archives : January 2011


Education officials in South African have shut down a high school following an incident involving an 18 year old female learner. The young student committed suicide using insecticide after she was told that she had failed her examinations. - Monday 31 January 2011

Egypt - United States
Leader of the Egyptian revolution has called for the United States to end its “life support for the dictator” President Hosni Mubarak, demanding that Washington support the people of Egypt in ousting Mubarak rather than support Mubarak’s initiated reforms. - Monday 31 January 2011

United States

Jay Carney, the spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, will replace Robert Gibbs as President Obama’s press secretary, the White House announced Thursday.

A former journalist who spent 20 years at Time magazine, Carney, 45, joined the Obama administration two years ago as communications director for the vice president. His elevation is part of a White House overhaul that has seen several other West Wing staffers promoted, as well as the departures of key aides David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel.

- Monday 31 January 2011

A court in Indonesia has sentenced one of south-east Asia’s best known pop stars to three-and-a-half years in prison for making and distributing sex videos on the internet.

The tapes of Nazril Irham, or Ariel as he is known, and two other celebrities, were made public last June.

- Monday 31 January 2011

Egypt - United States

Charter flights that begin Monday will ferry the first of thousands of Americans away from the escalating crisis in Egypt, the State Department said.

"We will keep running the charter flights until we get [all] people out," said Assistant Secretary of State Janice L. Jacobs.

- Monday 31 January 2011


Google’s display ads, or ads with images, have been showing up across the Web and even in Times Square. Now they are bound for Gmail.

Google started showing the ads alongside people’s e-mail in-boxes on Jan. 21. The company is still experimenting with them and not every Gmail user will see them, said Rob Shilkin, a Google spokesman.

- Monday 31 January 2011

United States
The 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night (January 30), and awards-season favorites The King’s Speech and The Fighter continued to nab hardware. The ceremony, which only focuses on acting achievements, was dominated by Speech and The Fighter, which won two awards each. On the television side, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire ran the night, also garnering two trophies. While Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice winner Natalie Portman continued to collect statuettes for her Black Swan role, other hits like The Social Network and Glee were shut out. - Monday 31 January 2011

Panafrica - Ethiopia - France - International
United Nation (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has urged African leaders to work closely to ensure peace in Africa. Warning that "violence breeds violence", French President Nicolas Sarkozy has also called for politicians to work for the good of Africans. - Sunday 30 January 2011

Opposition parties in Uganda have complained about heavy deployment of security personnel in the East African country ahead of the February 18 presidential elections. - Sunday 30 January 2011

Ivory Coast - Ethiopia - Zimbabwe
Africa Union leaders currently meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have roped in one of their controversial counterparts, Robert Mugabe, to mediate in the Ivory Coast crisis. - Sunday 30 January 2011

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