Monthly Archives: October 2013

Madagascar Elections: Robinson in early lead

The referendum is taking place ahead of general elections slated for July Madagascar’s national electoral commission says preliminary results show Jean Louis Robinson is leading the 33-candidate race with 29 percent of the votes counted. The election body on its website says results are from 1,255 of the 20,001 polling stations. To win in the […]

West Africa: More Irrigation and Pastoralism Could Transform Africa’s Sahel Region

COLUMN The Sahel region, a vast arid stretch of land linking six countries in West Africa — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal — is home to some of the most productive pastoralist communities in the world.And yet, assailed by a host of climatic, political and development challenges, their pastoralist way of life […]

Kenyan Police Free Gang-Rape Suspects After Making Them Clean Yard – Report

Nairobi — Kenyan police officers freed three suspects, identified by a teenager who was gang-raped by six men and thrown into a pit latrine, after making them cut the grass in the police camp, the Daily Nation newspaper reported on Tuesday. Sexual violence is widespread in Kenya and critics say the police do not take […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram – Nigeria Military Imposes 24-Hour Curfew On Yobe

The military on Friday imposed a 24-hour curfew on Yobe following attacks on Damaturu, the state capital, by suspected insurgents on Thursday night. This is contained in a statement signed by Capt. Eli Lazarus, spokesman of the 3 Division Special Operations Battalion, Damaturu. “The 3 Division Special Operation Battalion, Damaturu, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew […]

Kenyan Deputy President Must Attend Trial

enya’s deputy president William Ruto will have to attend his Hague trial for crimes against humanity after an appeals chamber reversed a previous ruling excusing him from most sessions. Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) had appealed against the June 18 ruling by the trial chamber, which would have allowed him to be absent […]

Africa: Advances and Setbacks in Polio Fight

Photo: Gates Foundation Vaccinating against polio in Nigeria, one of the three countries in the world in which it is still endemic, but where progress towards eradicating it is being made. As the global community marks World Polio Day on Thursday, recent events show there is both cause for celebration and concern. There have been 296 […]

Ethiopia Sets Sights On Stars With Space Program

Ethiopia unveiled Friday the first phase of a space exploration program, which includes East Africa’s largest observatory designed to promote astronomy research in the region. “The optical astronomical telescope is mainly intended for astronomy and astrophysics observation research,” said observatory director, Dr. Solomon Belay. The observatory, which will formally be opened on Saturday, boasts two […]