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Ethiopia's World Marathon Champ 'Angry' At Reports He Was Pressured To Retire

Road racing legend Haile Gebrselassie says he is angry and disappointed at a US newspaper report saying his on-again, off-again retirement may have been due to pressure from Ethiopia's government. The world marathon champ expects to be back in action soon.Speaking to reporters Friday, Haile Gebrselassie took some of the blame for what many thought...

Madagascar Tourism Industry Affected by Instability, Says an Expert

A Madagascar-based consultant said the country’s bourgeoning tourism businesses has been adversely affected following Wednesday’s attempted coup d’état that led to a renewed political crisis in the southern African island nation. Patricia Rajeriarison said the situation in the capital, Antananarivo remains tensed, adding that it will take several...

Egypt Rejects US 'Meddling' in Internal Affairs

Egypt has accused the United States of meddling in its internal affairs, after Washington called for international monitors to observe the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.In a strongly worded statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Thursday the U.S. is acting like an "overseer" and not respecting the country's sovereignty.Cairo...

African Media Owners Seek Integration of Old, New Media

Various speakers at the second African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), which began in Lagos yesterday, have called for an integration of the old and new media in presenting information to the people of the continent. The traditional media of printed newspapers, magazines and broadcasting are referred to as "old media" while the modern Internet-driven...

Telecom Investment in Nigeria Hits $18bn

Within the last eight years, telecom investments in Nigeria have exceeded, the $18 billion mark "on account of a predictive regulatory environment and supportive government for a deregulated telecom industry." A statement made available to THISDAY by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said the chief executive of the Commission, Engr....

Republic of Liberia President Sirleaf Sues New Broom Newspaper

The President of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has filed a law suit against the New Broom Newspaper. According to a writ of summons issued by the Civil Law Court, The President filed for Action of Damages in line with the publication of the paper of September 3, 2009 alleging that the President took US$2 million dollars...

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Preparing to Step Down

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi reaffirmed his readiness to leave his office, saying he wants to see a new generation of leadership in the post. Meles says he wants to step down but the final decision will be made by his ruling party that has led the country for the last 18 years. However, he has not given a deadline for his departure....

Somali Government Forces Launch Offensive to Retake Mogadishu

Somali government forces and allied militias attacked rebel positions in the capital Mogadishu Friday morning in a bid to retake control of the capital, Radio Garowe reports. At least four people, including a radio reporter, were killed in the clashes as pro-government forces clashed with rebels loyal to Islamist factions Al Shabaab and Hizbul...

Media Indaba Revised of Zimbabwe After Boycott Threats

THE Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity has revised the agenda for an all-stakeholders conference to review the country's media environment in Kariba next week after media organisations threatened to boycott it. Media organisations and journalists had said the agenda, with its prospect of unreconstructed media controls, was contrary to...

Government of Rwanda Suspends BBC Local Language (Kinyarwanda) Programmes

The government has removed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) local language (Kinyarwanda) programmes from the airwaves. This was confirmed by Information Minister Louise Mushikiwabo by phone late Saturday because, as she put it, the BBC programmes despite repeated written and verbal protests from Government, consistently showed total...

African TV Channel Grows in West: Now Reaches 12 Million Households in USA, UK And Caribbean

The two founders of the Africa Channel wanted to "showcase the beauty and promise of Africa" to audiences outside Africa. So they put together a channel that took African material and framed and packaged it in a way that American audiences were used to. It's not a channel aimed at African diaspora audiences but one aimed squarely at the...

Continent to Benefit From Turnaround, Says IDC

THE global crisis has radically altered the outlook for Africa's economies, and growth forecasts for the continent are likely to be revised further downward, a new report by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) says. But the IDC, which has approved about $1bn of loans beyond SA's borders, says demand for Africa's resources - in the markets...

DSTV Fills GTV Soccer Vacuum

SUBSCRIBERS to the defunct Gateway Television (GTV) that were frustrated and probably still miserable over the anticipated costs of switching to Digital Satellite Television (DStv) need not worry. The pay-per-view company yesterday pledged to satisfy its future clientele with upgraded DStv decoders at discounted rates despite the current economic...

Battle Over Future of Public Broadcaster of South Africa

A powerful coalition of civic organisations is calling for a complete overhaul of the legal framework of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to force it to fulfil its public broadcasting mandate. At a meeting on Jan. 29, the Save our SABC Coalition said they would step up their focus on the SABC Amendment Bill that is awaiting the...

Scenes of Hope Echo Spirit of Mandela

SOUTH Africans who remember the 1994 inauguration of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings would have instantly recognised the atmosphere yesterday when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the US. The powerful sense of history in the making, the intoxicating tingle of anticipation and expectation, all underpinned by a feeling of...