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NIGERIA: JOINT STATEMENT ON NIGERIA (U.S. Department of State)
London – We express our deep regret at the recent violence and tragic loss of lives in Jos, and extend our sympathies to the bereaved and injured.
KENYA: 2 MILLION DEAD PEOPLE ‘VOTED’ IN 2007 POLL-US (The [East African] STANDARD)
Nairobi – A US [Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero] official revisited the controversial 2007 presidential election when she said her country was aware two million dead voters were not weeded from the electoral register as pressure on reforms mounted.
ETHIOPIA: NAVY SENDS SECOND SHIP TO AID ETHIOPIAN FLIGHT SALVAGE (Stars and Stripes)
NAPLES, Italy — The U.S. Navy is sending another ship to help in the salvage and recovery efforts of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 that crashed Monday off the coast of Lebanon, presumably killing all 90 people onboard.
ETHIOPIA: U.S. NAVY HAS DETECTED THE FLIGHT RECORDERS FROM A CRASHED ETHIOPIAN JET (ASHARQ ALAWSAT)
U.S. Navy vessel has detected the flight recorders from a crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet at some 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) under the sea, the Lebanese army said Thursday.
GHANA: GHANAIAN IN US NAVY HELPS OUT IN HAITI (JoyOnline)
The Ghana Navy might not be part of troops in Haiti helping bring relief to earthquake victims but there is a Ghanaian naval officer assisting a US rescue mission.
U.S.: U.S. NAVY SHIP’S TEAM DESCRIBES HAITI AID EFFORTS (U.S. Department of Defense)
WASHINGTON, DC – On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.
LIBERIA: HILARY CLINTON ENDORSES SIRLEAF’S 2ND TERM BID (THE ANALYST)
If there is any historical reason Liberians today regard poll politics as tele-guided and controlled by invisible hands, it is the consistency with which incumbent presidents won "landslide" or "volcanic" victories over contenders in the past.
AFRICA: WEAK INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS LIMIT AFRICA FINANCING: AU (Reuters)
Addis Ababa – African countries must develop clear infrastructure improvement plans to tap soft finance available for investment in the transport and energy sectors, an African Union official said on Friday.
AFRICA: AFRICA A CHALLENGE FOR OBAMA IN 2010 (OneWorld.net)
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 – Barack Obama is "missing a historic opportunity" to improve lives across the continent of Africa, says a new report from a pair of Africa policy think tanks, urging the U.S. president to create a new, "people-centered" strategy to tackle major ongoing challenges including HIV/AIDS, poverty, human rights violations, and climate change.
CHAD/SUDAN: SUDAN AND CHAD TURN A CORNER (VOA News)
Chad and Sudan have taken a major step toward bringing peace to Darfur, one of the world’s most troubled regions, with an agreement to normalize relations.
SUDAN: SUDANESE IN US QUESTION LEGITIMACY OF ELECTIONS IN SUDAN (VOA News)
Elections scheduled this April in Sudan represent the first time in a generation that people there will get a chance to choose government leaders.
SUDAN: SUDAN OFFICIAL: BASHIR ‘BLACKMAILING’ SOUTH OVER ELECTIONS (VOA News)
A Southern Sudanese official says Khartoum has cut off talks with the South in a move to pressure the South’s ruling party into withdrawing its candidate for Sudanese presidency.
SUDAN: MINES THREAT UNLIKELY TO HAMPER SUDAN ELECTIONS: UN (AFP)
Khartoum – Voter turnout in upcoming elections in Sudan is unlikely to be seriously hampered by the threat of mines because most regions have been cleared of mines from the 1983-2005 civil war, a UN official said on Thursday.
SUDAN LIKE A POWDER KEG, SAYS AU CHIEF (BBC)
Addis Ababa – A vote for independence in oil-rich Southern Sudan’s referendum next year could be catastrophic, the African Union’s top diplomat has warned.
SUDAN SOUTHERN REGION TELLS OF PLOT AGAINST REFERENDUM (ALL Africa)
Nairobi — The Southern Sudanese government on Thursday accused their counterparts in Khartoum of sabotaging independence referendum scheduled to take place in their region next year.
SUDAN: COURT TO DECIDE ON GENOCIDE CHARGE FOR SUDAN’S BASHIR (Reuters)
Amsterdam – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague said on Thursday it would decide on February 3 whether Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir should be charged with genocide.
SUDAN: UN-AFRICAN UNION ENVOY DISCUSSES DARFUR WITH SENIOR SUDANESE OFFICIALS (UN News Centre)
Ibrahim Gambari, who recently took up his new post as the head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, has met with the Defence Minister to discuss peace prospects in the strife-torn region as part of a series of meetings with Sudanese officials.
MADAGASCAR AFRICAN UNION CHIEF CONCERNED ABOUT SITUATION IN MADAGASCAR (XINHUA)
Addis Ababa – African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Jean Ping said on Thursday that Madagascar was one of the main political problems facing Africa, while calling for joint efforts to address the conflicts in the country.
AFRICA: AU DISMAYED BY US TRADE SANCTIONS ON AFRICA (REUTERS)
Addis Ababa – The African Union objects to the imposition of trade sanctions by the United States against African countries it perceives to have violated democratic principles, an AU trade official said on Thursday.
AFRICAN UNION ROW OVER MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S ROLE (BBC)
Addis Ababa – A diplomatic row has broken out at the African Union over attempts to extend Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s chairmanship of the organisation.
AFRICA-ASIA TIES FLYING HIGH (REUTERS)
Investment from China and other Asian countries was an important factor in several years of unprecedented growth in Africa before the global downturn hit.
COTE D’IVOIRE UN EXTENDS MANDATE AND BEEFS UP SECURITY IN COTE D’IVOIRE (XINHUA)
United Nations – The United Nations Security Council unanimously decided on Thursday to extend the UN peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) through the end of May and bolster security with 500 troops from Burkina Faso in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections.
SOMALIA: ANTI-PIRACY STRATEGIES PROVING EFFECTIVE, U.N. SAYS (CNN)
Pirate attacks off Somalia’s coastline have "grown exponentially" in the past five years, but pirates are claiming fewer ships these days, according to the U.N.-backed European Union naval operation tackling Somali piracy.
SOMALIA: CHINA’S ANTI-PIRACY ROLE OFF SOMALIA EXPANDS (BBC News)
China has been focusing on protecting its own shipping in the area, but it will now join the naval forces of the US, Nato and the European Union.
SOMALIA FIGHTING RAGES IN MOGADISHU (NEWS 24)
Mogadishu – Heavy fighting raged early on Friday in the centre of Mogadishu between Islamist insurgents and soldiers of the African Union’s peacekeeping force in Somalia (Amisom).
United Nations – The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to extend for one year the mandate of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia, or AMISOM.
UGANDA MUSLIM LEGISLATORS CALL FOR DIALOGUE IN SOMALIA (DAILY MONITOR)
Kampala – Members of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Conference have resolved to compel their governments to push for dialogue in Somalia, as a way of bringing about peace in the war-torn region.
UGANDA: MEDIA TO TRAIN FOR 2011 NATIONAL ELECTIONS (THE New Vision)
Kampala — Radio and television presenters are to undergo training in preparation for the 2011 elections.
LIBYA GADDAFI SAYS NO TO NGOS (news 24)
Tripoli – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday the concept of civil society has no place in his country, just as a panel headed by his son Seif al-Islam was about to propose a law permitting the creation of non-governmental organisations.
LIBYA AL QAEDA MEMBERS TO REMAIN IN JAIL- GADDAFI (REUTERS)
Rabat (Reuters) – Libya will hold up to 300 al Qaeda members in jail indefinitely after they have completed their prison terms to stop them staging fresh attacks, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday.
LIBYA MINISTER MAY QUIT OVER INMATES (NEWS 24)
Tripoli – Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abdeljalil said on Thursday he wants to resign because of "hindrances" and his inability to secure freedom for hundreds of prisoners who have been found innocent.
LIBYA: AFRICAN UNION ROW OVER MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S ROLE (BBC News)
A diplomatic row has broken out at the African Union over attempts to extend Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s chairmanship of the organisation.
GAMBIA: ‘FAKE PASSPORT’ HOLDER IN POLICE NET (daily observer)
Banjul – The police have arrested one Abdou Cadir Conteh, a native of Gambisara village in the Upper River Region (URR) at the Banjul International Airport after being found in possession of a fake passport.
NIGERIA YAR’ADUA IS COMING HOME SOON, SAYS DEPUTY (IOL)
Abuja – Nigeria’s ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, in Saudi Arabia for more than two months for treatment for an acute heart condition, will return soon, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday.
NIGERIA: MALAYSIA NABS TWO NIGERIAN ACCOMPLICES (ThisDay)
Ten terror suspects including two Nigerians said to be accomplices of Christmas Day United States jetliner failed bomber, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, have been arrested in Malaysia, the country has announced.
NIGERIA: MEND THREATENS TO CALL OFF CEASEFIRE (VANGUARD)
Warri – Spokesman for the militant group, Jomo Gbomo, in an exclusive electronic mail response to Vanguard inquiry said, "The ceasefire will very likely be called off; this has nothing to do with President Umaru Yar’ Adua’s illness or his unwillingness to hand over to the Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.
NIGERIA: ART CALLS FOR COOPERATION AMONG SECURITY, GOVT AGENCIES (Daily Independent)
Aftermath of the December 25, 2009 failed attempt by Umar Abdulmutallab to blow up a Northwest plane bound for Detroit and the introduction of new enhanced security measures at airports around the world; including the use of 3D Total Body Scanners, Aviation Round Table(ART), an aviation pressure group has called for cooperation among security agencies at airports.
NIGERIA: STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR RUSS FEINGOLD ON POLITICAL SITUATION IN COUNTRY (United States Congress)
Washington, DC – The following is a statement by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the political situation in Nigeria.
ALGERIA: ALGERIAN COURT SENTENCES DRUG TRAFFICKERS (AFP)
ALGIERS – The Oran criminal court in western Algeria has sentenced eight people to jail terms ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment for drug trafficking, the APS news agency reported Thursday.
CONGO: IMF, WORLD BANK SUPPORT CONGO REPUBLIC DEBT RELIEF (Bloomberg)
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank’s International Development Association agreed to support $1.9 billion in debt relief for the Republic of Congo, the institutions said.
CONGO: CHINA RAILWAY GROUP DENIES ABUSE OF CONGOLESE WORKERS (Bloomberg)
China Railway Group Ltd. denied a report by the African Association for the Defense of Human Rights that said Congolese laborers employed by the Chinese company’s parent worked in harsh conditions.
CONGO: UNITED NATIONS CONGO MISSION AT CROSSROADS (Los Angeles Times)
Congo army units have been accused of the same abuses as the rebels they are fighting with U.N. troops’ assistance.
CONGO: FIELD DISPATCH: FEROCIOUS LRA ATTACKS IN NORTHEAST CONGO (Relief Web)
In a trip to Province Orientale of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in early December 2009, Enough researchers found abundant evidence of brutal ongoing violence committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Despite claims from Congolese and Ugandan state officials that the LRA is on its last legs, attacks against Congolese civilians perpetrated by the rebel group remain frequent.
RWANDA: ICC TALKS TO RWANDA ABOUT NON-MEMBERSHIP (AFP)
THE HAGUE — Rwanda’s Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has met top officials of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to discuss the country’s non-membership of the court, a statement said Thursday.
WEST AFRICA: STRONG RISK" OF 2010 FAMINE IN AFRICA’S SAHEL: EU (Reuters)
DAKAR – Millions in West Africa’s arid Sahel belt could face famine this year unless the world acts quickly to help, the European Union’s humanitarian aid arm said on Thursday.