archives : January 2010


Ethiopia - International
An agreement reached several months ago between the Ethiopian national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, and Airbus for the supply of 12 A350 aircraft was rumoured by many analysts as the end of a longstanding partnership between the eastern African country’s national carrier and Boeing. A timely new transaction however ends months of speculations about future relations between the two companies. - Saturday 23 January 2010

Jean-Marie Dore, spokesperson for the Forces Vives, a coalition of political parties and civil society groups in Guinea against the military junata, has been appointed interim prime minister of Guinea and handed the huge job of leading the country through national elections, without a break in civility. Shortly after his nomination on Tuesday, the 70 year-old president of UPG (Union of Forces for the Progress of Guinea), known for his toughness, has rejected the Ouagadougou accord and does not rule out his candidacy in the presidential elections. - Saturday 23 January 2010

Thousands of children in Uganda Friday demonstrated against homosexuality on the streets of the country’s capital Kampala. - Friday 22 January 2010

At least 70 students have been admitted to the hospital in Yambio, in southern Sudan’s Western equatoria state, after getting injured during riots which took place Thursday evening in Yambio town. - Friday 22 January 2010

Panafrica - Haiti
Despite their own financial difficulties and development challenges, many African nations are joining with the international community to donate money and lifesaving or emergency support services to the earthquake-stricken people of Haiti. - Friday 22 January 2010

Rwanda - France
Rwanda and France have resumed diplomatic ties after three years of ambassadorial impasse. French president Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy will visit Rwanda next month, and a new French ambassador has presented his credentials to resume and head an embassy in Rwanda. - Friday 22 January 2010

Uganda - Italy
The government of Uganda has threatened to throw out rivaling oil companies in the country if their disagreements threaten the exploration of oil in the country. - Friday 22 January 2010

Tunisia - International
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin, will undertake an official visit to Tunisia from 22 to 26 January, at the invitation of the Government. - Thursday 21 January 2010

Zimbabwe has suspended indefinitely the drafting of a constitution due to disagreements on the composition of outreach teams further deepening the country’s political crisis. - Thursday 21 January 2010

Freelance journalist Stanley Kwenda, a contributor to the private weekly The Zimbabwean, fled the country on Friday after he said he received a telephone threat from a high-ranking police officer, according to the paper’s editor, Wilf Mbanga. - Thursday 21 January 2010

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