Thursday 18 January 2018
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently on a two-day visit to Egypt, urged Saturday evening the Egyptian political leaders to reach consensus as an important step for resolving the country's economic crisis. "There must be a willingness on all sides to make meaningful compromises on the issues that matter most to the Egyptian people," Kerry told reporters after initial talks with Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr in Cairo. "We do believe that in this moment of economic challenge that it is important for the Egyptian people to come together around the economic choices and to find some common ground in making those choices." "It is paramount, essential, urgent that the Egyptian economy gets stronger, that it gets...
( 03/01/13)
Prominent Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been freed on bail after pleading not guilty to a charge of inciting violence. He was arrested on Tuesday following the killing of governing party member Harrison Chanda a day earlier. A crowd allegedly killed Mr Chanda in Livingstone town, ahead of a by-election that has now been postponed. Zambia is a largely stable democracy, though some violence flares up during elections, correspondents say. A court in Livingstone freed Mr Hichilema, the leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), on $400 (£263) bail, reports the BBC's Mutuna Chanda from the capital, Lusaka. 'Axe attack' He pleaded not guilty to a charge of inciting violence. Another seven people have been charged with...
( 03/01/13)
HARARE – Secrets-spilling WikiLeaks has begun releasing a cache of 5,5 million emails obtained from the servers of Stratfor, a US-based intelligence gathering firm with about 300 000 subscribers, an exposé likely to infuriate the US embassy in Harare.So far, only three Stratfor emails on Zimbabwe have been published by WikiLeaks, the document-leaking organisation that has previously released confidential diplomatic cables wired by US ambassadors to Washington giving a devastating portrait of the US’s low opinion on Zimbabwean politics. The Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. While in the last batch WikiLeaks gave the...
( 03/01/13)
HARARE: UN monitors on Wednesday urged Zimbabwe to live up to international human rights standards, voicing concerns over violations ahead of next month's constitutional referendum and elections expected in July. The trio of monitors, who oversee countries' respect for freedom of assembly and expression and the treatment of human rights campaigners, said in a statement that they wanted to raise the alarm amid increasing reports of intimidation and harassment, physical violence and arrests. Zimbabwe votes next month on a new constitution drafted by the uneasy unity government of veteran President Robert Mugabe and his arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.The bitter rivals were forced to form a government to avoid Zimbabwe tipping into all-out conflict following a bloody presidential run-off election...
( 03/01/13)
A Nigerian court ruled on Friday that President Goodluck Jonathan can run for office again in 2015, rejecting his opponents' complaints that he has already reached the constitutional limit of two terms. An increasingly bitter battle is raging between Jonathan's supporters and opponents over whether he should run for office in 2015, in what analysts say is a distraction from such urgent tasks as fixing the power sector and passing crucial oil legislation. The president has declined to say whether or not he wishes to rule Africa's top oil and gas producer again, although most pundits expect him to run. Jonathan first took power in May 2010, after the death of then president Umar Yar'Adua, ending a six-month political crisis...
( 03/01/13)
A Nigerian court ruled on Friday that President Goodluck Jonathan can run for office again in 2015, rejecting his opponents' complaints that he has already reached the constitutional limit of two terms. An increasingly bitter battle is raging between Jonathan's supporters and opponents over whether he should run for office in 2015, in what analysts say is a distraction from such urgent tasks as fixing the power sector and passing crucial oil legislation. The president has declined to say whether or not he wishes to rule Africa's top oil and gas producer again, although most pundits expect him to run. Jonathan first took power in May 2010, after the death of then president Umar Yar'Adua, ending a six-month political crisis...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
Khartoum — A senior Saudi Arabian official unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan. "The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters and if it collapsed then Khartoum will drown completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam," the Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan said at the meetings of the Arab Water Council in Cairo. "Egypt is the most affected party from the Ethiopian Renaissance dam because they have no alternative water source compared to other...
(Addis Fortune 02/28/13)
A day after Prince Khalid bin Sultan, deputy defence minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, made hostile remarks about Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, will be meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Abeba, today. The Prince, who is attending the third session of the Arab Water Council in Cairo, Egypt, made claims that the dam has the capacity to flood Khartoum and severely impact Aswan Dam. Moreover, he accused Ethiopia of having ulterior motives for the dam. "The establishment of the dam 12Km from the Sudanese border is for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki sought on Monday to calm fears of unrest, and in his first reaction to the storming of the information ministry ago by dissident troops three weeks, blamed "bankrupt enemies" for being behind the attack. Eritrean soldiers, backed by tanks, took over the ministry on January 21 and obliged the director general of state television to appeal for all political prisoners to be freed. Calm soon returned in the capital, but Eritrean opposition activists in neighboring Ethiopia say there is growing dissent within the army, Africa's second biggest, over economic hardship. The incident sparked protests by exiled Eritreans in Europe, who briefly occupied embassies in London, Rome and other cities last month to express support for the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
GARSEN, Kenya — Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa that is one of the most secretive and repressive countries in the world, was cast into confusion on Monday after mutinous soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and took over the state-run television service, apparently in a coup attempt. According to several people with close contacts inside Eritrea, the coup attempt failed, with government troops quelling the would-be rebellion and no one rising up in the streets. But many analysts said it was only a matter of time before President Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea’s brash and steely leader for the past 20 years, is confronted again — and most likely from within. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
o people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit . . . . . Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7: 16 – 20 ካብ እሾዂዶ ፍረወይኒ ይቕንጠብ ? ካብ ዳንዴርከ በለስዶ ይእረ ? ከምኡ ድማ እቲ ጽቡቕ ኦም ጽቡቕ ፍረ ይፈሪ ፡ እቲ ሕማቕ ኦም ከኣ ሕማቕ ፍረ ይፈሪ ። ጽቡቕ ኦም ክፉእ ፍረ ከፍሪ፡ ወይስ ክፉእ ኦም ጽቡቕ ፍረ ከፍሪ ኣይክእልን እዩ ። . . . . እምብኣርከስ ብፍሪኦም ከተለልይዎም ኢኹም ። ወንጌል ማቴዎስ 7: 16-20 Eritrea witnessed a small political tremor in the...
( 02/28/13)
While Islamist militants in Sinai remain a target of security operations, Eritrea complains to the UNSC that a shoot-to-kill policy is in force for African refugees illegally crossing into Israel. Eritrea has sent a complaint to the UN Security Council complaining about Egyptian security's shoot-to-kill policy of Eritrean refugees attempting to cross illegally Egyptian borders into Israel, diplomatic sources in New York tell Ahram Online. According to one source, the Eritrean complaint, which was signed by President Isaias Afewerki, suggested that Egyptian authorities are opting for a bloody approach to border control that, in the words of the letter, "violates human rights." This is the second complaint to be forwarded to the UN Security Council about Sinai in less than...
(ComNat-ALPC 02/28/13)
Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire is expected to appear before the parliamentary special committee to explain the ownership of the besieged Botswana Meat Commission (BMC). The committee is investigating maladministration which almost led to the insolvency of the national abattoir recently and the general decline of the beef industry in the country. The investigations entered the third week and Sir Ketumile, who was part of the first parliament which formed BMC, is to explain whether government owns it or not. This comes after last week’s revelations by a former BMC board member, Mr Philip Fischer, that government only directs the abattoir on matters of public interest and cannot claim profits from it. “As a statutory corporation without share capital, the...
(Business News 02/27/13)
France won’t negotiate with the militant Islamist group Boko Haram that kidnapped seven French citizens including four children last week, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today. “We will use all means possible to ensure the liberation of the hostages,” he said on RTL radio. “But we won’t take part in this bidding war because it’s terrorism we are dealing with here. This is the first time we have children taken hostage. It is an unacceptable situation.” French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday that the hostages are probably held in Nigeria by Boko Haram. A video posted yesterday on YouTube showed what appeared to be the French hostages sitting on the floor, including children aged between five and...
( 02/27/13)
Some businesses in Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city, have reduced stock or closed ahead of Monday's presidential elections for fear of a repeat of the tribal violence that killed more than 1,200 people at the last such vote five years ago. On the outskirts of the Lake Victoria port city, abandoned ruins still bear witness to the weeks of looting and torching that brought East Africa's biggest economy to a standstill. "Last time most of what was targeted was alcohol, foodstuffs and non-breakables," said Saga Shah, who works for a firm that runs a supermarket on the city's main street that rioters turned into an inferno after the close race of 2007. "So a lot of people are reducing these items...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has dispatched a team of eight people to Nairobi that will monitor Kenya’s presidential election scheduled to take place on March 4, 2013. CCEDU is a civil society coalition on democracy and elections and a project of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI). The team that consists of five men and three women was led by the project’s coordinator, Crispy Kaheru. The other members were Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, Celestine Mugisha, Patrick Kaboyo, Christine Nakirya, Lillian Nakaweesi, Farida Lule and Ogoti Wada. It was revealed that CCEDU is to partner with other regional and continental groups including the West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) and Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)...
( 02/26/13)
(Reuters) - The trial of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity is unlikely to begin until August, international prosecutors said on Tuesday, a delay that would leave him freer to run in the election's second round. Kenyatta is running neck and neck with Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. A second-round run-off would take place in April. A former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, Kenyatta is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007. He has pledged to attend his trial in the Hague. His defense team says prosecutors...
(Google News 02/26/13)
The outgoing Kenyan ambassador to Sudan Robert Ngesu has distanced himself from remarks attributed to him by a pro-government newspaper last week in which he said that president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir is welcome to visit his country “at any time”.According to the Khartoum-based Arabic newspaper al-Rayaam, Ngesu reaffirmed his government’s solidarity with the Sudanese leader, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, in a letter sent to Sudan Tribune, Ngesu said he never gave an interview to al-Rayaam. “I wish to categorically state that I did not hold any interview with the said newspaper, and in this regard, I am expressing my objection to the said newspaper,” he said in the letter dated 25 February. “On the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/13)
BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN — The speaker of the Unity state assembly in South Sudan, Maguek Gai Majak, has refused to step down after a vote of no-confidence in him for alleged corruption and malpractice, and instead moved to close the assembly for a three-month recess. Majak announced the recess in the presence of 14 lawmakers who have stood by him and who argue that last week’s vote of no-confidence in the speaker was unconstitutional. “Any motion, whether it is a private motion or public motion, or you want to impeach the chairperson… you have to follow the conduct of business and the constitution of Unity state,” said John Kaway, chair of the state assembly’s Information Committee. Twenty-eight of Unity state’s...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/13)
HEAVY fighting has occurred between government and rebel forces in a strategic Sudanese border town, a source familiar with the situation says, giving the first independent confirmation of the key battle. The fight for El Kurmuk - which Sudan's army has denied - is the most serious for more than a year in Blue Nile state, which has been largely sealed from the outside world. "There has been heavy fighting since the start of this week," said the source, who cannot be identified. Rebels claimed on Sunday to have pushed into Kurmuk's southwest. Kurmuk, an important trading centre on the Ethiopian border, is the third-largest town in Blue Nile state and has been in government hands since November 2011. Sudan's...

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