Wednesday, November 12, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

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President al-Bashir (r) with opposition leader al-Mirghani at closing session of Sudanese President Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Darfur
Omar al-Bashir says country will immediately set up plan to disarm militias, restrict use of weapons by armed forces

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, right, is greeted by supporters during a conference in Khartoum, 12 Nov 2008 Sudanese Rebels Dismiss President's Cease-Fire Call
Justice and Equality Movement says President Omar al-Bashir cannot be trusted 

Darfur_Refugees150 Human Rights Group Questions Effectiveness of Darfur Ceasefire  Audio Clip Available
Amnesty International says past announcements of ceasefires have failed to protect civilians

A Congolese girl carrying her sibling cries as she looks for her parents through the village of Kiwanja in eastern Congo, 6 Nov. 2008 Thousands in Eastern DRC Receive Emergency Aid, But Many Others Yet to be Helped  Audio Clip Available
UN refugee agency distributing plastic sheets, blankets, kitchen sets; other groups delivering food

Kismayo, Somalia Islamist Militants Capture Key Somali Port
Insurgents seize port of Merka, located about 90 kilometers south of Mogadishu

Congolese government soldiers pass displaced people as they return from the front in Kibati, just north of Goma in eastern Congo, 11 Nov 2008 UN Calls for Congo Ceasefire Amid Charges of North Kivu Abuse  Audio Clip Available
DRC fighting hampers aid groups' effort to assist more than 100-thousand refugees cut off by fighting north of Goma

United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon, speaks during the opening of the Special Consultative Meeting on conflict in the Eastern Republic of Congo, in Nairobi, Kenya, 07 Nov 2008 UN Security Council Weighs Troop Request for Congo  Audio Clip Available
UN secretary-general requests an additional 3,000 peacekeepers to reinforce UN's overstretched peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (file photo) Algeria Ends Presidential Term Limits
Move paves way for incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stay in office beyond next year

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