Thursday, November 27, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

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Ethiopian soldiers in Mogadishu, (file photo) Ethiopia to Withdraw Troops From Somalia by Year End  Audio Clip Available
Ethiopians to remain on Somali border, says AU; Withdrawal too dangerous, some diplomats caution

Somalia Somali Police Search for Kidnapped Foreign Journalists  Audio Clip Available
Unidentified gunmen abducted two European journalists Wednesday, after they reported on piracy in Boosaaso area

Germain Katanga looks up from his screen as he waits for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (File) DRC War Crimes Suspects Plead Not Guilty
Militiamen Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo face charges of murder, rape, and using child soldiers stemming a deadly attack that resulted in deaths of 200 villagers

Democratic Republic of Congo Congolese Refugees Flee to Uganda  Audio Clip Available
Amnesty International says refugees at risk from all armed groups in eastern DRC

Sudan Death of Prominent Politician Deals Blow to Sudan's Opposition Party
Abdul Nabi Ahmed, killed in a car crash last weekend, widely seen as crucial force in helping Umma Party rally support in troubled Darfur region

The capsized Senegalese ferry MS Joola is seen in this aerial handout photo from the French Navy, off the West African coast (File photo - 27 Sep 2002) Calls for Justice Continue Six Years After Senegal Ferry Disaster  Audio Clip Available
Senegalese officials say a French judge acted outside his jurisdiction in issuing arrest warrants against senior government officials, but victims' families say he may provide justice they were denied

UN Special Representative Alan Doss (file photo) UN Envoy: Bridging Force Needed in DRC Until Reinforcements Arrive  Audio Clip Available
UN's special envoy for DRC Alan Doss says additional peacekeepers must be of sufficient strength to be effective

Human Rights Watch's map of Ethiopia and Somali Regional State Ethiopia Challenges Rights Group on Ogaden War Crimes Allegations
Human Rights Watch report accuses Ethiopian soldiers of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during a counterinsurgency campaign in its eastern Somali region

A S. African girl is given her anti-retroviral medication at an orphanage near Cape Town (file photo) Study: 330,000 Lives Lost Due to South African AIDS Policies
Harvard study says deaths attributable to South African policies restricting or delaying use of treatments

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