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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa Promises Half a Million Jobs in Six Months

Despite the global economic downturn and the country's worst recession, President Jacob Zuma vowed, in his first State of the Nation address, to create half a million jobs in six months, but he acknowledged it would be tough to meet all his election promises. "The economic downturn will affect the pace at which our country is able to address the...

Amnesty - Again MEND Spurns Offer in Nigeria

For the second time in less than three months, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said it would not accept the offer of amnesty offered by President Umaru Yar'Adua as it failed to define the terms of the offer. This was coming as the Joint Task Force said it has been vindicated by the Red Cross and National Emergency...

War in Niger Delta - JTF Sacks Okerenkoko Community

Troops on Tuesday intensified their offensive against Okerenkoko, another community in Delta State, razing down all buildings in the all-out confrontation against militants intent on making life impossible in the Deep South. Community leaders said over 200 homes in Okerenkoko, the second largest settlement after Oporoza in Gbaramatu Kingdom, were...

An Ethiopian army contingent has entered parts of central Somalia Region - Report

An Ethiopian army contingent has entered parts of central Somalia where deadly clashes have raged in recent days among rival factions of Somali Islamists, Radio Garowe reports. Ethiopian troops backed by 18 military trucks entered the central Hiran region Tuesday morning, where they set up a base at the strategic Kala-Beyr junction, witnesses said...

Zimbabwen Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Workers Must be Realistic on Salaries

WORKERS must be realistic when they negotiate salaries since it will take time for salaries to reach desired levels, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday, while the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions urged Government to help improve salaries through the promulgation of a statutory instrument for a rationalised salary structure....

New Growth Measures of WHO Will Help Fight Infant Mortality in Africa

New World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards will help to detect which infants are at risk of malnutrition much more quickly, allowing for faster and less costly intervention, say aid workers. Malnutrition is a factor in about half the 10 million deaths among children under five each year, and improved nutrition is essential to achieving...

Mutiny - 27 Soldiers Get Life Sentence in Nigeria

Twenty-seven out of the 28 soldiers standing trial on mutiny charge at the 323 Army Artillery Regiment, Owena Barrack, Akure, Ondo State capital were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment by the Military Court Martial presided over by Brigadier- General Ishaya Bauka. The remaining accused, Private Bala Aliyu, was, however, discharged and...

Massive Mungiki Manhunt in Kenya

Three students and an 83-year-old man are the latest victims of a vigilante group moving through villages in Central Province hunting for suspected Mungiki sect members. The three - two form two students and a fourth former from Mutito Secondary School in Kirinyaga District - were snatched from their homes on Sunday night and slashed to death...

Women is Sierra Leone Access Power, Vote By Vote

In Kailahun, Sierra Leone, the poorest region in the world's poorest country, women are trying to effect change on the issues that matter to them - maternal mortality, girls' education, teenage pregnancy, literacy rates for women - by entering political office. One in eight Sierra Leonean women die in childbirth, the majority of women are...

Refugees Returning to 'Risky' Mogadishu

Hawa Salad Halane and her two children are among the families returning to Heliwa district of north Mogadishu after 18 months in an overcrowded camp on the outskirts of the capital. "We came back five days ago but found most of our homes destroyed by shells; everything is either destroyed or looted," Halane told IRIN on 4 March. Thousands of...

Global Food Crisis Adding to Shortages in Djibouti

Drought, high food prices and a weak response from donors have left a large proportion of Djibouti's population without enough to eat, despite some level of economic growth, the UN Resident Coordinator said. "Djibouti has been suffering over the last few years, not only from the drought situation that the Horn of Africa is facing, but it is...

60 Million Nigerians Now Own Power Generating Sets For Their Electricity!

AN estimated 60 million Nigerians now own power generating sets for their electricity, while the same number of people spend a staggering N1.56 trillion ($13.35m ) to fuel them annually, and despite the cut in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) announced last week, marketers still sell at N70 and above in many parts of the country....

THE LRA rebels killed over 400 people in Congo

THE LRA rebels killed over 400 people in Congo during the Christmas period, fresh details have emerged. The simultaneous attacks on several villages in the Orientale province show a trail of bloody killings, looting, abductions and torching of villages, Caritas International, a Catholic charity operating in the province, said in a statement....

5.5 Million People In Zimbabwe May Need Food, Says UN

Four independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Zimbabwe and the international community to do more to rebuild the country's health system, end the worst cholera epidemic ever recorded there and ensure adequate food for all people as millions face hunger. "Zimbabwe's health system has completely...

In Cameroon Boost Maize Production Or Face Food Crisis, Local NGO Warns

Still saddled with high food prices, most Cameroonians are turning to maize as the most affordable staple. But a local NGO says a combination of increasing demand and high production costs - allegedly complicated by embezzlement – could trigger severe food insecurity. A local NGO is calling on the government to help boost maize production,...