Wednesday, December 17, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

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President of S. Africa's ruling party African National Congress, Jacob Zuma ANC Urges More South African Pressure on Zimbabwe  Audio Clip Available
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) says South Africa put more pressure on Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party to form a unity government with the opposition to help resolve the economic crisis.

Map of Darfur region of Sudan Activists Accuse Sudan of Enslaving Thousands in Darfur
Darfur Consortium says it has evidence  men, women and children abducted during fighting in Western Sudan

Ron Redmond (file photo) Sudanese Refugees Leave Iraq for Resettlement
UN refugee spokesman says 97 Sudanese refugees will fly to Romania to wait for their resettlement applications to be processed, another group of 42 Sudanese refugees are expected to leave Iraq next month 

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (r) confers with U.S. U.N. Ambassador  Zalmay Khalilzad, during debates in UN Security Council in New York, 16 Dec 2008 UN Security Council Approves Anti-Piracy Measure  Audio Clip Available
Resolution 1851 authorizes states with permission from Somalia's transitional federal government, to 'undertake all necessary measures in Somalia' to pursue, capture pirates or armed robbers

NGOs Concerned About Humanitarian Situation in Somalia  Audio Clip Available
Policy advisor for OXFAM says almost half the population needs emergency aid.

Somalia and Gulf of Aden Analyst Doubts Effectiveness of UN Crack Down on Somali Pirates  Audio Clip Available
Former diplomat David Shinn says peacemaking troops a more effective option

Somali interirm President Abdullahi Yusuf (file  photo) Somalis Displeased With President Yusuf  Audio Clip Available
Somalis are expressing their displeasure about the apparent breakdown of the United Nations-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) after President Abdallahi Yusuf recently fired Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein.

A Young HIV positive orphan lies in his cot at the Nyumbani children home, a hospice for AIDS orphans in Nairobi, Kenya Kenyan Children Cited As Needing Greater Access to Antiretroviral Drugs  Audio Clip Available
New report says 40-thousand could die within 2 years without treatment

voa_Paul_Kagame_rwanda_150_ Rwanda Rejects UN Panel Report  Audio Clip Available
Kennedy Ndahiro, executive editor of the New Times newspaper of Rwanda says the Paul Kagame government describes the UN panel of experts report as bias and inaccurate

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe (file photo) Regional Body Rejects Zimbabwe's Coup Accusations
Southern African Development Community chairman Kgalema Motlanthe dismisses allegations but says organization will investigate

A column of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters emerge from thick bush (File) UN Preparing for Influx of Congolese Refugees  Audio Clip Available
UN refugee agency says joint military action recently taken against Lord's Resistance Army is causing thousands to flee to Sudan

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