archives : January 2011


When the nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (January 25), The King’s Speech came out on top with a field-leading 12 nominations. The critically acclaimed story of Queen Elizabeth II’s stuttering father was trailed by the remake of the western True Grit, which locked up 10 nods, followed by The Social Network and Inception, which each racked up eight nominations. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

United States

Yahoo disclosed plans on Tuesday to layoff around 140 employees in the latest in a series of job cuts.

The reduction comes a month after the Web portal let around 600 workers go as part of a strategy by Carol A. Bartz, the chief executive, to pare costs and reinvigorate a stagnant business. Previous rounds of layoffs took place in 2009 and 2008.

- Wednesday 26 January 2011

United States
President Barack Obama has used his annual State of the Union address to outline his plan for growing U.S. jobs and making America more competitive in the global economy. The president also proposed a partial government spending freeze, to help reduce the deficit. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

Panafrica - International
The Dakar-based African Press Organisation announced yesterday the appointment of its Executive Director. Eloďne Barry gives an exclusive interview to and shares with us her vision on the APO leadership and ambition. She is Franco-Guinean born in Lyon, France, where she was raised up and studied Translations and International Relations followed by a Communication Master. Prior to joining the APO she was Head of Media Relations for EMEA at PR Newswire, global leader in news distribution, targeting and monitoring for 5 years. Interview. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

The international human rights organization Human Rights Watch says Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has no capacity to stop rampant human rights abuses in Zimbabwe as it "lacks real power to institute its political agenda." - Tuesday 25 January 2011

An estimated number of 350,000 Ethiopians were forcefully displaced internally late last year owing to human rights violations and conflicts by both the Ethiopian government and rebel groups, an international group has announced. - Tuesday 25 January 2011

Sudan - South-Sudan
Provisional results for South Sudan’s referendum for independence has shown that the number of people who voted in some counties exceeded the number of voters registered. - Tuesday 25 January 2011


Who are the usual suspects in the bombings?

Islamist extremists from the Northern Caucasus region of Russia are almost always suspected in bombings that happen in Russia.

The area they come from, located in the country’s mountainous south, includes Chechnya — home to an insurgent movement carrying out attacks locally and throughout Russia, such as: the hospital hostage crisis in Budyonnovsk in 1995, the siege of a Moscow theater in 2002, the bombing of a Moscow rock concert in 2003, the siege of a school in Beslan in 2004, several bombings in the Moscow metro, and the in-flight suicide bombings of two Russian aircraft in 2004.

- Tuesday 25 January 2011

United States

British actor Colin Firth is expected to receive an Oscar nod later when the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards are announced.

His film, historical drama The King’s Speech, is one of the main contenders for this year’s accolades.

Actress Mo’Nique, winner of last year’s best supporting actress award, will join Academy president Tom Sherak to reveal the nominations at 1330 GMT.

- Tuesday 25 January 2011

Pope Benedict gave a qualified blessing to social networking Monday, praising its potential but warning that online friendships are no substitute for real human contact. - Tuesday 25 January 2011

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