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Date Archives for November 2014

  • Ethiopia Eyes World Record For HIV Tests On World AIDS Day

    By Kevin Mwanza, 11:43 pm

    Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day. The country’s health officials said Tuesday they hope to break the record this coming weekend in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The previous record for number of HIV tests carried out in one day occurred in Argentina in November 2012, when 1,380 people were tested. Ethiopian officials hope to carry out 2,000 tests.

  • JPMorgan Eyes East Africa In Regional Expansion Plan

    By Kevin Mwanza, 11:04 pm

    JPMorgan Chase, the US financial giant that deals in asset management, private banking and corporate and investment banking across the world, is weighing possibilities of setting up an office in Kenya to help it cover the east African market well as the region slowly emerge as an oil and gas hot bed with huge discoveries cutting across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

  • Cape Verde Volcano Damages Villages; Government Meets With U.N. Officials

    By Ann Brown, 8:00 pm

    From Yahoo! Molten rock from a thundering volcano threatens to engulf several villages in Cape Verde – days after its initial eruption. The active volcano, Pico do Fogo, is the archipelago’s highest peak on its most prominent island: Fogo, which means fire. It burst open on November 23 for the first time since 1995 and […]

  • Uganda’s GDP Grows By 13 Percent

    By Ann Brown, 6:00 pm

    From The Standard Uganda said its gross domestic product has expanded by 13 per cent after it rebased its calculation to incorporate new sectors in the economy. The east African country’s GDP stood at Ush68.4 trillion ($24.69 billion) at the end of the 2013/14 financial year, after the rebasing, the finance ministry said, from a […]

  • Hundreds Of Families Flee South Sudan Fighting

    By Ann Brown, 5:00 pm

    From Aljazeera Four-hundred families arrived in the baking, dusty village of Calek recently after they fled in two waves from Abyei, a contested fist of land on the border of Sudan and South Sudan. “I had five children,” young mother Achol Dhieu, 30, told Al Jazeera. “I ran away with two babies because the other three […]

  • Togo’s Protesters Demand Presidential Term Limits

    By Ann Brown, 5:00 pm

    From Ajazeera The Gnassingbe family has run the small West African nation since the current president’s father took power in 1967. Friday’s protest came a week after police in the capital Lome used teargas on oogipposition supporters who defied government orders not to march on the national assembly building. Togo’s Security and Civil Protection Ministry […]

  • Thousands Flee Nigeria Due To Boko Haram Attacks And Head To Niger

    By Ann Brown, 4:00 pm

    From UN.org A Boko Haram attack earlier this week on the northern Nigerian town of Damassak left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to neighbouring Niger’s Diffa region, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today. “Our teams in Diffa say that people are still arriving in Niger from Nigeria as […]

  • Nigeria’s Economy Slumps As U.S. Oil Exports Dry Up

    By Ann Brown, 3:00 pm

    From NBC News When the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls last spring, many news reports noted that Nigeria had long been one of the biggest suppliers of oil to the United States, suggesting that economic relationship gave Washington a strong incentive to help track down the kidnappers. That was wrong. […]

  • Kano Mosque Blasts In Nigeria Bring Death Toll To More Than 102

    By Ann Brown, 2:00 pm

    From Yahoo! Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to track down the perpetrators of the bomb blasts that killed more than 100 people at the central mosque in the city of Kano. Jonathan said his government will “continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all groups and persons involved […]

  • Namibia Voters Worry Swapo Party

    By Ann Brown, 1:00 pm

    From News 24   The South West Africa People’s Organisation was concerned on that many voters were not able to cast their vote due to technical glitches. “The Swapo Party has become aware of many voters who were turned away from polling stations across the country while expecting to cast their votes,” Swapo information secretary […]

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