Wednesday, December 31, 2008

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

Here are today's top stories from VOA Africa.

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Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyers Fight to Get Imprisoned Zimbabwean Activists Released
Human rights lawyers believe more activists, mostly from the Movement for Democratic Change party, who have been missing for weeks are being detained at unknown locations

Al-Shabab insurgents seen in Mogadishu, Somalia, 27 Dec 2008 Somalia - Will 2009 Bring More Violence or Peace?  Audio Clip Available
2088 saw insurgency, hunger, displacement, piracy

Banker Kabine Komara, who was named prime minister by the military junta which seized power in Guinea last week is pictured upon his arrival at Conkary airport, 30 Dec. 2008 Guinea's New Prime Minister Faces Challenges
Fighting poverty is one of the greatest challenges that Banker Kabine Komara will face 

scale_justice__100 2008 and the Rule of Law in Africa  Audio Clip Available
Professor David Crane, a former chief prosecutor, comments on justice and peace efforts on the continent

Barack Obama Will Obama Administration Make Africa a Priority?  Audio Clip Available
Former US ambassador David Shinn says domestic problems may overshadow concerns on the continent

Nigeria Girls Primary School Enrollment Surges in Nigeria's Northern Kano State
Community-based initiative helping to correct long-time gender inequalities in education

Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), answers journalists' questions in Ri-Kwamba, southern Sudan (2006 file photo) Uganda's LRA Rebels Deny Killing 400 People in Congo  Audio Clip Available
LRA chief peace negotiator David Matsanga says the killings were carried out by a special battalion of the Uganda Peoples Defence Force known as the UPDF

Junta leader, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, speaks at meeting at Camp Alpha Yaya Diallo military camp in Conakry, 27 Dec 2008<br /><br /> Guinea's Military Leaders Lobby Sub-Regional Leaders for Support  Audio Clip Available
Second vice president general Mamadou Bah Camara met Tuesday with Liberia's President Sirleaf and Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma both leaders of Mano River Union countries

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