Monday, December 8, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

Here are today's top stories from VOA Africa.

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Kenya's Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula (file) DRC Rebels, Government Begin Talks
Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula pledges support of international community, but says parties to conflict need to take responsibility

Election observers from the Spanish Parliament leave Accra's Int'l Press Center as Ghana waits for election results, 08 December 2008 Early Returns Show Tight Race in Ghana Presidential Vote  Audio Clip Available
Observers say process was mostly orderly, peaceful; results expected in a few days

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, 08 Dec 2008 French Leader Says Mugabe 'Must Go'
Nicolas Sarkozy accuses Zimbabwe leader of taking his people hostage

Armed fighters from the Al-shabab insurgent group prepare to travel on the back of pickup trucks outside Mogadishu in Somalia, 8 Dec 2008 Ethiopian Army Sets Up New Bases in Somalia
Troop deployment follows recent gains by militant Islamist group al-Shabab and comes despite pledge by Ethiopian army to pull out of Somalia by end of the year

Somalia and Gulf of Aden Containing Hunger in the Horn of Africa  Audio Clip Available
Relief experts say while there are pockets of acute malnutrition in the region, no famine is expected

Okule Buli helps her five-year old daughter Jamila sit up in her bed in the Intensive Care Unit of a medical center run by Medecins Sans Frontiers in Kuyera, Ethiopia, 02 Sep 2008 Severe Malnutrition among Indicators Leading to Famine  Audio Clip Available
Aid agencies treating thousands of severely malnourished in Ethiopia in effort to stave off famine

Health workers weigh boy at outpatient therapeutic program site in Ethiopia's Bolosso Sorie district Famine: Deadly Confluence of Economics, Politics and Nature  Audio Clip Available
Famine: Deadly Confluence of Economics, Politics and Nature

Burmese asylum seeker fans her baby during an hunger strike in front of UNHCR office in New Delhi (File Photo)  Some Media and Relief Agencies Differ Over Meaning of Famine  Audio Clip Available
Misuse of the word can lead to inaccurate response to food emergencies

Steven Devereux of the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK Development Economist Sees No Excuse for Famines  Audio Clip Available
Stephen Devereux says political inertia a major cause of acute hunger

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