Thursday, October 30, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

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A Congolese soldier walks near a group of displaced Congolese women in the provincial capital of Goma, 30 Oct 2008 Tense Calm Returns to Eastern Congo City
Rebels positioned outside city of Goma appear to respect unilateral cease-fire

People carry their belongings down a road in Mugunga, DRC, 13 Nov. 2007 Amnesty International Calls for Stronger UN Force in Eastern DRC  Audio Clip Available
Human Rights group also says neighboring countries must pressure warring parties to end violence targeting civilians

130_Ambassador-Jendayi-Fraz US Assistant Secretary to Meet DRC President Kabila Over Rebel Insurgency   Audio Clip Available
The US underSecretary of State for African Affairs is expected to meet DRC President Joseph Kabila and other Congolese officials Thursday to address ongoing clashes between the government and the rebels in the restive North Kivu Province.

Niger Doctors Without Borders says Forced to End Malnutrition Program in Niger
Government ordered suspension of children's feeding program in July, accusing group of exaggerating problem in Maradi

President of Zambia Levy Mwanawasa_175_03Oct06 Zambians Hold Election to Fill Position of Deceased President  Audio Clip Available
Zambians are electing a new president Thursday to replace late President Levy Mwanawasa, who won international praise for prudent economic management policies and a crackdown on graft.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, center, speaks at the Supreme Court in Algiers, 29 Oct. 2008. Boutaflika, 72, started clearing the way Wednesday to give himself a third term in office Algerian President Proposes End to Term Limits
Constitutional changes could allow President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a third term

AIDS Conference Zimbabweans Fighting HIV/AIDS Turned Away As State Clinics Close  Audio Clip Available
The closure of the units followed news that the technical review panel of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria backed Harare's application for up to US$500 million

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