Monthly Archives : July 2009

Zuma leading calls for revamping the NAM.

Zuma leading calls for revamping the NAM.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa is leading calls for the creation of a new global financial architecture that will have the capacity to insulate more vulnerable countries in the developing world in the future from the maelstrom caused by…

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Military forces unite to fight HIV.

Military forces unite to fight HIV.

Military forces from 20 countries in West and Central Africa have launched a regional HIV network to share information on combating HIV within their ranks and communities.  It follows the example of other military-led efforts to fight the spread of…

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Recommitting to bridging north-south education gap.

Recommitting to bridging north-south education gap.

Ghana: Northern regional minister, Stephen Sumani Nayina, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to bridging the educational gap between the North and the Southern parts of the country. Nayina said promotion of quality education was the only and surest tool to…

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Innovation and belt tightening – survival instincts in the face of the financial and economic crises.

Innovation and belt tightening – survival instincts in the face of the financial and economic crises.

By Kaifala Marah, Governance and Institutional Development Division, Commonwealth Secretariat. The ongoing financial crisis – which is no fault of the developing economies – has dealt a devastating blow to their stability, now teetering on the brink of the worst…

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Cases of swine flu in Southern Africa.

Cases of swine flu in Southern Africa.

Zimbabwe and Botswana have reported their first suspected cases of swine flu as the H1N1 virus began to establish a foothold in southern Africa. Neighbouring South Africa has reported 54 laboratory confirmed cases of swine flu so far, 32 of…

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Tanzania: Govenor jailed for life.

Tanzania: Govenor jailed for life.

A UN court has sentenced the former governor of the capital Rwanda, Kigali, to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide. The international court, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, convicted Tharcisse Renzaho on five counts including…

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Egypt: Civil servant jailed.

Egypt: Civil servant jailed.

A civil servant has been jailed for three years for insulting President Hosni Mubarak in a poem, according to newspaper reports. Moneer Said Hanna’s family said he wrote satirical poetry for fun, to entertain his work colleagues, and never meant…

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Nigeria: Scans to determine players age.

Nigeria: Scans to determine players age.

Players taking part in the Under-17 World Cup will be subjected to MRI bone scans to determine their ages.  Accusations of age cheating have blighted Nigeria’s success at international age group tournaments in recent years.

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Kenya: Illegal ivory seized.

Kenya: Illegal ivory seized.

The authorities here have seized 300kg (660 lbs) of illegal ivory hidden in coffins on a plane bound for Laos. The haul included 16 elephant tusks and black rhinoceros horns. Officials said the blood on the ivory suggested the animals…

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DRC: Mobutu Sese Seko assets siezed.

DRC: Mobutu Sese Seko assets siezed.

A Swiss court has ruled that the assets of Mobutu Sese Seko, former leader of Zaire, now the DR Congo, who died in 1997, be returned to his family.  The court rejected an appeal to extend a freeze on assets…

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