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SA observes national xenophobia day

South Africa: South Africa is holding a day of national mourning to remember those killed during May's xenophobic attacks. President Thabo Mbeki is due to lead a tribute in the capital, Pretoria, to be attended by religious leaders and relatives of those who died. More than 60 people died when armed groups in Johannesburg and other cities...

Mugabe sworn as Zimbabwe president after criticized run off

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for a new five-year term as Zimbabwe's president after election officials declared a landslide victory for him.   Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was sworn in on Sunday after being declared the landslide winner of a widely condemned election which African observers said was scarred by violence and...

African countries to decide about submarine fiber optic cables

Lome: Ten African countries are meeting hereto explore and work out ways to promote and enhance the access to the deployment and use of fiber optic technologies across parts of West and Central Africa, according to official sources.    The meeting, which began on Wednesday, will deliberate on ways to spur the implementation of the...

West should stop propaganda about Zimbabwe- says Mugabe

Zimbabwe: Britain and its allies should stop commenting on Zimbabwean issues because the country is no longer under colonial rule, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said. Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at rallies in Rushinga, Centenary and Mahuwe in Mashonaland Central on Wednesday, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was facing economic...

Bill Gates foundation to promote women farmers in Africa

Geneva: Efforts at reducing poverty by boosting agriculture in the developing world should be aimed more at women, an expert at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said Tuesday.    Catherine Bertini said that the foundation's agricultural development programme would now be focused on the needs of women. So far, some 800 million dollars...

Somalia: UN calls for immediate release of aid staff

Nairobi: The UN refugee agency has called for the immediate and unconditional release of it staff member in Somalia, who was abducted by unknown armed men on Saturday night from his home outside Mogadishu. Hassan Mohamed Ali, also known as Keynaan, was taken from his home on the outskirts of the Somali capital by armed men who drove him to an...

Egyptians condemn minister's Israel remark

Egypt: Dozens of Egyptian writers have condemned Culture Minister Faruq Hosni, a candidate to head UNESCO, for saying that he would visit Israel. The interview with an Israeli newspaper itself angered a group of 26 intellectuals, authors and poets, who consider Israel "the enemy" almost three decades after Egypt signed the first Arab...

Somali journalists gets training in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia has launched a month-long training programme for under-pressure Somali journalists, Addis Ababa said Saturday. "The Ministry of Information in collaboration with the publicly-owned media offers a month-long training in journalism to practitioners from Somalia," a statement read. Around 10 journalists working for...

Sudan terminate national airline temporarily

Sudan: Sudan's national airline has been banned from flying for a month for failing to comply with aviation rules.    Sudan Airways has been told that it will not be allowed to fly domestically or internationally from Monday. It comes less than two weeks after a Sudan Airways plane burst into flames after landing at Khartoum...

S African prisoners observes hunger strike

Johannesburg: Some 45 awaiting trial prisoners at the Kroonstad prison in South Africa were on Friday continuing with their hunger strike, the South Africa Department of Correctional Services said.    Departmental spokeswoman Puleng Mokhoane said the commissioner of correctional services in the Free state and Northern Cape, Zacharia...

Sweden donates 3 million for Somalia peach effort

Sweden: Sweden is contributing SEK 3 million to support the continuing peace efforts in Somalia under UN leadership. After mediation by the UN, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberalisation of Somalia (ARS) were able to agree on a ceasefire on 9 June. "I welcome the ceasefire...

Somalia: Donors mobilize funds to implement peace

Nairobi: The United Nations held a meeting in Nairobi Tuesday with key donors to seek ways to mobilize resources for implementing the recently signed peace deal between Somali sides. A statement from the UN Political Office for Somalia said the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah met with donors from...

African nations to follow global treaty on industrial design

United Nations: Businesses in 16 African nations will have a simpler and more affordable method to obtain and maintain their industrial design portfolios after their countries joined a key international treaty in the area Monday. The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), representing 16 African countries, acceded Monday to the Geneva...

Africa faces $40bn aid shortage-Kofi Annan

South Africa: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said Africa faces an aid shortfall of $40bn (£26bn). Speaking at the launch of a new report by the Africa Commission, he said African leaders had to live up to their promises on good governance. Mr Annan also chastised the industrialised world for failing to meet the pledges they gave...

S African president calls youth to resist violence

Johannesburg: The youth of South Africa should stand up against the perpetrators of xenophobic violence, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Monday. Speaking at a University of the Western Cape gathering, Mbeki said the youth had a responsibility to protect foreign nationals. "One of your immediate and critical responsibilities is to...