Ethiopian strongman Meles dies abroad
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who led the Horn of Africa country for more than two decades, died of an infection while being treated abroad for an undisclosed illness, state-run television said on Tuesday.
Speculation that Meles, 57, was seriously ill grew after he failed to attend an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last month.
"Prime Minister Zenawi suddenly passed away last night. Meles was recovering in a hospital overseas for the past two months but died of a sudden infection at 11:40 (on Monday night)," state television said. Read More
Mosquitoes 'developing resistance to bed nets'
Thursday 18 August 2011
Mosquitoes can rapidly develop resistance to bed nets treated with insecticide, a study from Senegal says.
In recent years the nets have become a leading method of preventing malaria, especially in Africa.
In the Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers also suggest the nets reduced the immunity of older children and adults to malaria infection.
But other experts say the study was too small to draw conclusions about the long-term effectiveness of nets. Read More
Gambia ignores pleas to drop death sentences on two journalists
Monday 15 August 2011
The world is pleading for two Gambian journalists who could face capital punishment for distributing T-shirts that call for an end to dictatorship in their country.
Last month the high court in Gambia charged Ms Ndey Tapha Sosseh and Mr Matthew K. Jallow with treason in a country where the death penalty is very much alive.
The pair are presently in exile in two different West African countries. Before fleeing the country, Read More
Ivory Coast Conflict: Laurent Gbagbo’s Son Charged
Monday 15 August 2011
The son of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo is among 12 people who have been charged over post-election violence which killed an estimated 3,000 people. Michel Gbagbo, who has dual French and Ivorian nationality, was charged along with other close allies of his father. They include the former prime minister and head of Mr Gbagbo's. Read More
Guinea soldiers arrested for attack on president's home
Wednesday 20July 2011
At least 37 soldiers have been arrested in Guinea following the attack on President Alpha Conde's home, officials say.
The detained soldiers include high-ranking officers who were close to Guinea's former military junta, the officials said.
The junta handed power to Mr Conde last year after he won elections.Read More
‘Only God can remove me,' says Gambia's Jammeh
Wednesday 20 July 2011
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said Monday that neither the upcoming November presidential election nor a military coup, but only God, could unseat him from power.
State television GRTS broadcast a speech by the 46-year-old leader to a meeting of mostly farmers in Gambia's central river region. Read More
Once-daily AIDS pill can slash HIV infection risk
Thursday 13 July, 2011
AIDS drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples, two studies conducted in Africa showed for the first time on Wednesday.
The findings add to growing evidence that the type of medicines prescribed since the mid-1990s to treat people who are already sick may also hold the key to slowing or even halting the spread of the sexually transmitted disease. Read More
Foul Foot Odor Used to Catch Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes
Thursday 14 July, 2011
Researchers in Africa have found that the odor of dirty socks can lure mosquitoes into traps and help slow the spread of malaria.
Dr. Fredros Okumu of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania says that in a recent experiment, the foul odor attracted four times as many mosquitoes into the traps than did humans sleeping nearby. Read More
Liberia's Ruling Party Denies 'Connections' to Elections Commission
Monday 11 July 2011
Unity Party chairman Varney Sherman says suggestions of any connection to the elections commission are intended to smear the party
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
The chairman of Liberia’s ruling Unity Party (UP), Varney Sherman, denied the party has “connections” with the independent National Elections Commission (NEC). Read More
Mobile phones to speed up healthcare delivery in East Africa
Monday 11 July 2011
The mobile phone is now set to be the information portal for health workers, many of whom work in remote areas where access to reference materials is limited.
Renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs has called the mobile phone “the single most transformative technology for development.”
Mobile applications have revolutionised the way information is spread in developing countries, finding a wide range of functions in such diverse sectors as agriculture, personal banking and cash transfers. Read More
After Years of Struggle, South Sudan Becomes a New NationMonday 11 July 2011
JUBA, South Sudan — The celebrations erupted at midnight. Thousands of revelers poured into Juba’s steamy streets in the predawn hours on Saturday, hoisting enormous flags, singing, dancing and leaping on the back of cars.Read More
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