Friday, January 16, 2009

VOA Africa News Summary - News from Voice of America

Here are today's top stories from VOA Africa.

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[insert caption here] Bush Administration Calls Aid to Africa, Elsewhere, Great Success  Audio Clip Available
USAID Administrator praises PEPFAR, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Morgan Tsvangirai speaking to reporters in Johannesburg, 15 Jan 2009 Zimbabwe Welcomes Return of Tsvangirai for Crisis Talks
Reaction comes after South African government announced President Kgalema Motlanthe would go to Harare Monday to mediate between two rivals

A refugee family from Zimbabwe sit together in the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, 30 Jun 2008 Rights Advocates Seek Temporary Status for Zimbabwe Emigres  Audio Clip Available
Border crossings strain South Africa's asylum policy, prompting criticism that growing numbers of refugees face deportation

Somalia and Gulf of Aden Somali Pirates Release Danish Ship, Crew
Spokesman says ransom was parachuted to pirates from plane, but did not specify how much was paid

Islamist insurgents under training in camps vacated by the Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu, Somalia, 15 Jan 2009 Islamists Take Over Ethiopian Bases in Mogadishu
Residents say the Islamic Courts Union militia have tightened security and are now in charge of most positions in city

Vice Admiral William Gortney (undated photo) US to Get Aggressive Against Somali Pirates
Vice Admiral William Gortney says he expects approval by next week of a plan to hunt down and arrest suspected pirates

African Union soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia, 16 June 2007 African Union Troops Claim They're Ready to Maintain Peace in Mogadishu  Audio Clip Available
The African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM) say they are prepared to ensure stability in Mogadishu now that Ethiopian troops have completed their troop withdrawal from the Somali capital.

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