Thursday 26 April 2018
(AL Jazeera 10/31/13)
The bodies of 87 migrants were found in Niger's northern desert after they died of thirst just a few kilometres from the border of Algeria, their planned destination, security officials said. The corpses of the seven men, 32 women and 48 children were in addition to five bodies of women and girls found earlier, a security source said. All died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria that began in late September, the source added. Almoustapha Alhacen, a spokesman of local aid organisation Aghir In'man, confirmed the death toll and gave a graphic account of discovering the bodies. "The corpses were decomposed; it was horrible," he said. "We found them in different locations in a 20km radius...
(Dw-World 10/30/13)
The people of Madagascar are waiting for the outcome of Saturday's election.They hope the new leadership will lift their country out of political chaos and rescue it from economic ruin. It is a long list. Thirty three candidates competed in Friday's presidential elections in Madagascar, far more than the last election in 2006. Parties are playing a subordinate role. "You'll look for familiar candidates' names in vain," said Jean Herve Rakotozanany, a radio journalist who has been covering Madagascan politics for the last 15 years. Some of the candidates' names were completely unknown to him. Initially it had seemed that well-known heavyweights such as Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina would be contesting this election. Ravalomanana was president until the beginning...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/30/13)
NIAMEY | (Reuters) - Around 10 migrants from Niger have died of thirst and 50 are missing after one of the vehicles they were travelling in broke down in the Sahara, the governor of the Niger's northern region of Agadez said on Tuesday. Although the number of West Africans seeking to reach Europe has dropped in recent years, the route across the Sahara is still used by some migrants from the region and those from farther afield. Hundreds of those who make it to the Mediterranean have drowned trying to cross in recent months. "Two vehicles left for a neighboring country and when one of them broke down, ten people sadly died," Garba Maikido, governor of the desert region of...
(CNN 10/29/13)
(CNN) -- A U.N. peacekeeper was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent fighting, according to a statement release Sunday from the spokesperson for the Secretary-General. The Tanzanian peacekeeper was part the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the unstable eastern part of the vast nation in Central Africa. The mission was joining the Congolese military in an effort to protect civilians about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in the region, the statement said. The mission said Friday it was on "high alert" and monitoring the clashes between Congolese forces and M23 rebels. The U.N .mission stated that about 5,000 civilians from the town of Kibumba crossed the border into Rwanda on Friday...
(Voice of America 10/29/13)
A spokesman for the African Union (AU) says high ranking officials from the group will meet in the Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan Tuesday to promote security and stability on the continent. “The whole idea is to bridge the divide between the policy makers and the practitioners,” said AU spokesman El-Ghassim Wane. “It is also to facilitate coordination [and] harmonization among special envoys among officials working on the same issues on the African continent, and it provides the platform for outreach for AU’s efforts on peace and security on the continent.” Also attending the meeting will be the leadership of regional economic communities, the United Nations, Arab League, European Union and member of bilateral partners, academic researchers and representatives of...
(Irish Examiner 10/29/13)
Scores of children were among the members of immigrant families who have been DNA-tested in the past two years. Around 220 DNA tests were carried out, mainly as part of family reunification proceedings where a relative of an individual who has been granted permission to reside in the State applies to the immigration authorities for permission to join them here. Most of the tests, 82%, were sought to establish the parentage of a child central to the application, but people needing to prove that they were siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents were also tested. Some of the most frequently tested nationalities were those from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda and Afghanistan. The Department of...
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/29/13)
Surprise of the week: the club of African presidents (aka the African Union) has held a special meeting and declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes while they are in office. They are taking this step, they say, because the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unfairly targeting Africans: all eight cases currently under investigation are about crimes committed in African countries. “We would love nothing more than to have an international forum for justice and accountability, but what choice do we have when we get only bias and race-hunting at the ICC?” said President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (who by a strange coincidence is currently under indictment by the ICC)...
(AL Jazeera 10/28/13)
Madagascar's first presidential election since a military-backed coup was free and fair despite a few irregularities, European Union (EU) and Southern African observers say. The verdict on the Indian Ocean island's elections came on Sunday, two days after the poll. The announcements were a boost for Madagascar which needs a credible vote to rebuild investors' confidence and win back aid suspended after dissident troops propelled Andry Rajoelina into power in 2009. But foreign envoys warned there was still time for an upset. Full results could take as long as a week to emerge and the two front-runners both anticipate a second-round runoff, prolonging the uncertainty. "This election has been free, transparent and credible," Maria Muniz de Urquiza, head of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
ANTANANARIVO | (Reuters) - Results dribbled in from Madagascar's presidential election on Saturday but two front-runners said a second round looked likely in a vote many hope will restore investor confidence in an economy left paralyzed by a coup four years ago. A credible poll on the Indian Ocean island would be an important step towards luring back tourists as well as oil and mining companies who were scared off when mutinous troops swept former disc jockey Andry Rajoelina to power in 2009.About 24 hours after voting ended, the electoral commission (CENIT) had released provisional results from a mere 366 out of 20,001 polling stations, underlining the huge logistical task it faces on one of the world's largest islands. "Things...
(BBC News Africa 10/28/13)
International observers have described Madagascar's presidential election as free and transparent, as results slowly come through. Friday's poll was the first to be held on the island since a coup in 2009. Preliminary results show that an ally of the ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana has taken an early lead. Richard Jean-Louis Robinson has about 30% of the votes so far, while his main rival Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina has just over 15%. Full results cold take as long as a week to emerge. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast, a second round will be held on 20 December. The EU's chief election observer, Maria Muniz de Urquiza, described Friday's elections as "free, transparent and credible",...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
ANTANANARIVO | (Reuters) - Madagascar's first presidential election since a military-backed coup was free and fair, European Union (EU) and Southern African observers said on Sunday, as early results trickled out two days after the poll. The announcements were a boost for the Indian Ocean island which needs a credible vote to rebuild investors' confidence and win back aid suspended after dissident troops propelled Andry Rajoelina into power in 2009. But foreign envoys warned there was still time for an upset. Full results cold take as long as a week to emerge and the two front-runners both anticipate a second-round runoff, prolonging the uncertainty. "This election has been free, transparent and credible," the head of the EU observer mission, Maria...
(The Independent 10/27/13)
East London - The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “Through the AU (African Union), the peoples of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which seeks to foster an agenda of regime change,” Zuma said at the University of Fort Hare's East London campus. In a speech prepared for delivery at the university's Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 50th anniversary lecture, the president said the replacement of democratically elected governments on the continent must be rejected. “We must do everything we can to prevent Africa from being cheaply auctioned as a result of the ineptitude and...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again with comments in Friday's release of the FIFA Weekly magazine, in which he said the African and Asian regions deserved more representation at World Cup finals. Blatter, who has stayed in power since 1998 by vowing to take FIFA's showpiece...
(AFP (eng) 10/25/13)
ANTANANARIVO, October 25, 2013 (AFP) - Polls closed Friday in Madagascar's crunch elections expected to restore democracy and attract desperately needed foreign aid after a 2009 coup plunged the island nation into crisis. Voting was generally peaceful, despite isolated incidents including the murder of a local government official in a polling station, which authorities said was unrelated to the polls. A polling station in the north was also torched as voters sought to end a crisis which has crippled the Indian Ocean island since strongman Andry Rajoelina, 39, ousted Marc Ravalomanana four years ago. Officials pulled down shutters at polling stations at 5:00 pm (1400 GMT), having opened 11 hours earlier in this deeply impoverished country. However, some polling stations...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
ANTANANARIVO | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - The people of Madagascar voted on Friday in a presidential election they hope will end a political crisis and prompt investors and donors to return to the Indian Ocean island, four years after a coup sent its economy reeling. Street protests backed by mutinous troops propelled former disc jockey Andry Rajoelina, 39, to power in 2009 in the country of 22 million people, famed for its exotic wildlife and eyed by foreign firms for its oil, nickel, cobalt and gold. Since then, donors such as the European Union, International Monetary Fund and World Bank have frozen funds, economic growth has slumped and poverty has worsened. Madagascar has struggled to lure back tourists...
(AFP (eng) 10/25/13)
ANTANANARIVO, October 25, 2013 (AFP) - Madagascar voted in crunch elections Friday to restore democracy after a 2009 coup plunged the island nation into crisis, with isolated incidents of violence leaving one dead. A senior government official was killed and a polling station torched as voters sought to end a crisis which has crippled the country since strongman Andry Rajoelina, 39, ousted Marc Ravalomanana four years ago. An interior ministry source speaking on condition of anonymity said the district chief had been killed while hiding in a polling station in an apparent revenge attack unrelated to the election. "Already before the elections someone had stolen his cattle and set fire to his house," the ministry official told AFP. Another person...
(Voice of America 10/25/13)
Polls have opened as Madagascar holds a long-delayed presidential election, a step seen as crucial to restoring democratic rule following a 2009 coup. Thirty-three candidates are vying to become president. None is expected to receive enough votes to avoid a December runoff election. Coup-leader Andry Rajoelina and the man he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana, have been barred from running, leaving no clear favorites. Rajoelina took over as transitional leader in 2009 has but failed to follow through on his promise to hold elections within two years. The coup is widely considered to have sent the already impoverished African island nation of 22 million people into an economic crisis. Madagascar is now one of the least developed countries in the world. The...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/13)
Voters in Madagascar are going to the polls in the first election since the military-backed coup four years ago. Thirty-three candidates are contesting the election, which has been postponed three times this year. Two front-runners are competing with a similar pledge to rebuild Madagascar's economy after years of political and economic crisis. Over 92% of the country's 21 million people live on less than $2 (£1.2) a day, according to the World Bank. The two front-runners, Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina and Richard Jean-Louis Robinson, are both pledging to rebuild Madagascar's economy. President Andry Rajoelina ousted Marc Ravalomanana from power in 2009, plunging the island nation into political turmoil and leaving the country isolated by the international community and deprived of...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/13)
Voters in Madagascar are going to the polls in the first election since the military-backed coup four years ago. Thirty-three candidates are contesting the election, which has been postponed three times this year. Two front-runners are competing with a similar pledge to rebuild Madagascar's economy after years of political and economic crisis. Over 92% of the country's 21 million people live on less than $2 (£1.2) a day, according to the World Bank. The two front-runners, Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina and Richard Jean-Louis Robinson, are both pledging to rebuild Madagascar's economy. President Andry Rajoelina ousted Marc Ravalomanana from power in 2009, plunging the island nation into political turmoil and leaving the country isolated by the international community and deprived of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
ANTANANARIVO | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - The people of Madagascar began voting on Friday in a presidential election they hope will end a five-year crisis and rebuild investor confidence to mend an economy crippled since President Andry Rajoelina seized power in a 2009 coup. It was the first vote on the huge nickel- and vanilla-producing island off Africa since the upheaval triggered by protests and mutinous soldiers that drew sanctions against Madagascar and prompted donors to freeze crucial budget support. Election officials at one primary school in the capital, Antananarivo, showed the first voters and political party representatives the empty plastic ballot boxes before sealing the containers. The first ballots were cast shortly after 2300 ET Thursday. "We...

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