archives : January 2011


United States
Rahm Emanuel, who left Chicago to join the Obama administration as White House chief of staff, should not appear on the Feb. 22 mayoral ballot in the city because he does not meet the residency standard, according to a ruling issued by a state appellate court Monday. - Tuesday 25 January 2011

United States

Winfrey announced on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired on Monday that a Milwaukee woman named Patricia discovered that the two were half-sisters.

The woman says she had been searching for years for the identity of the mother who gave her up for adoption in 1963. She says she learned in 2007 that Winfrey was her half-sister. On her program, Winfrey says she learned about Patricia last November.

- Tuesday 25 January 2011

Ivory Coast
Philippe-Henri Dacoury-Tabley, Governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), was forced to resign over the weekend by the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), which took place in Bamako, Mali. Dacoury-Tabley has been accused of failing to implement the institution’s decision to recognize only the signature of Alassane Ouattara, president elect of the Ivory Coast. - Monday 24 January 2011

Zimbabwe - International
One of Robert Mugabe’s trusted spin-doctors has rubbished off possibilities of Tunisian-type street protests in the country to topple the veteran ruler. Meanwhile, massive campaigns to mobilize millions of Zimbabweans to sign a petition condemning actions taken by Western countries against Mugabe and his cronies have been planned. - Monday 24 January 2011

The Army of Islam was behind the deadly New Year’s Day church bombing in Egypt which killed twenty-three people outside a church in the city of Alexandria, intelligence report has revealed. However, the Palestinian based group claims it had no connection to the church attack in Egypt, but praised those who did it. - Monday 24 January 2011


A new vaccine against pneumonia is being rolled out in Africa which estimates suggest could save more than half a million lives a year globally.

The Gavi Alliance, a global health partnership of public and private sectors for immunisation, says 19 countries will get the jab at first.

Kenyan children have begun receiving it and Sierra Leone, Yemen, Honduras and Guyana will follow this year.

- Monday 24 January 2011


These are challenging times for America.

And challenging times call for heroes. Like Captain America.

But because these are also sensitive times, even heroes need to change their names.

Thus, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger is undergoing a title change when it rolls out in Russia, Ukraine and South Korea this summer, where it will be called simply The First Avenger.

- Monday 24 January 2011

United States
In the late 1970s, when Lonnie G. Bunch III had his first job at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, veterans of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black squadron, accused the museum of playing down their contributions during World War II. In response, the museum asked some of the African-Americans on staff to allow their faces to be used on mannequins, increasing the “black presence” in its exhibits. - Monday 24 January 2011

After another year of plunging music sales, record company executives are starting to contemplate the unthinkable: The digital music business, held out as the future of the industry, may already be as big as it is going to get.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a trade group based in London, said last week that sales of music in digital form had risen only 6 percent worldwide in 2010, even as the overall music market had shrunk 8 percent or 9 percent, extending a decade-long decline.

- Monday 24 January 2011


Kanye West has a busy 2011 ahead.

The superstar MC tweeted about a slew of forthcoming releases on Sunday (January 23), and revealed that not only will his joint album with Jay-Z drop soon, but fans can expect a follow-up to November’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy once the weather heats up.

- Monday 24 January 2011

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