Tuesday, December 9, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary

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Former UN chief and former US president , along with human rights campaigner Graca Machel, were scheduled to visit Zimbabwe Saturday for first-hand look at emerging cholera crisis 600 Dead in Zimbabwe from Cholera
Government seeks more international aid

Former Nigerian president and special UN envoy Olusegun Obasanjo and Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula during opening of Congo peace talks in Nairobi, 8 Dec. 2008 DRC Talks Resume in Nairobi
Mediators had expressed high hopes for UN-backed talks, but meeting has not included leaders of government or rebel group and has been limited to discussing framework for future talks

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, 08 Dec 2008 EU Calls for Zimbabwe's Mugabe to Step Down  Audio Clip Available
French President Nicolas Sarkozy says President Mugabe has to go while Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner tells reporters international intervention needed to respond to cholera outbreak

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  Audio Clip Available
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

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington (File) US Panel Says Preventing Genocide Should Be Top Priority for Obama  Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she expects Obama administration to support panel's recommendations

File photo provided by Darby Communications of a child being vaccinated as part of a Malaria vaccine trial in Tanzania Researchers Announce Promising Malaria Vaccine  Audio Clip Available
Researchers report results of two clinical trials in Kenya and Tanzania of experimental malaria vaccine, RTS, S/AS 

Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu, (file photo) Ethiopia Rejects Rights Report on Somalia as 'Politically-Motivated'  Audio Clip Available
Ethiopian official says Human Rights Watch relied on hearsay and second-hand evidence to accuse Ethiopian forces of crimes committed by other groups

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes remarks at the International Human Rights Awards Ceremony at the State Department, 8 Dec.  2008 US Says Neighbors Hold Key to Ending Zimbabwe Crisis  Audio Clip Available
In addition, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterates her call for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down

A giant AIDS symbol is seen outside the 15th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Dakar, 3 Dec. 2008 NGOs Call On Donors to Step Up Funding at Africa AIDS Conference  Audio Clip Available
World leaders in Dakar, Senegal call for increased emphasis on prevention in global fight against HIV and AIDS, but some working to fight AIDS say projected funding shortfall could threaten efforts

Armed fighters from the Al-shabab insurgent group prepare to travel on the back of pickup trucks outside Mogadishu in Somalia, 8 Dec 2008 Human Rights Watch Urges Accountability, Reassessment of Somalia Priorities  Audio Clip Available
Rights group seeks UN Commission of Inquiry, Obama policy shift away from anti-terrorism goals that it says fuel hostilities

Liu Jianchao (file photo) China Considers Humanitarian Aid for Zimbabwe  Audio Clip Available
However, Chinese spokesman refrains from joining other world leaders in calling for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down   

Ruling party presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo casts vote in his hometown of Kyebi, as wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo looks on, 07 Dec 2008 Ghana Ruling Party Candidate Leads Presidential Election Results
But opposition supporters are crying foul, alleging vote-rigging

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