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Showing posts from December, 2009

Grave situation in Congo as UN mission downgraded.....

A controversal operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has ended and replaced with a revised five-month mandate. The Kimya 2 operation over the past nine months has been criticised by human rights groups for supporting a Congolese army accused of rape and murders. However, army leaders have said that the mission against Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) forces in the east of the country has been a success. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Adow reports from North Kivu in the east of the DRC.

Congestion at Mombasa public beach

Christmas celebrations at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa were marred by cases of children being separated from their parents. Beach security officials had a rough time trying to re-unite the lost children with their parents.

XL Report: Senegal - Cry Sea Land

In Senegal, 500 hi-tech European fishing vessels sail the Senegalese waters and fish enormous quantities for the European market, while the local 600,000-strong population has to survive on the leftovers that they catch with their basic pirogue boats.

Improved economy lifts Zimbabwe spirits.....

Last year, residents of Zimbabwe were suffering with the highest rate of inflation in the world, an a chronic shortage of even the most basic goods. But 12 months later, goods are back on the shelves of local grocers due in part to the government's decision to replace the Zimbabwe dollar with the South African rand and the US dollar.

Zimbabwe factions clash over IMF funds

The two main factions in Zimbabwe's unity government have clashed over how to spend half a billion dollars from the International Monetary Fund, in a dispute that could create further tensions in the already shaky coalition.

Nigeria's political uncertainty

Umaru Yaradua, the president of Nigeria remains in ill health, bringing the country's political stability into question. Yaradua is seeking medical treatment at a hospital in Saudi Arabia, three weeks after being taken ill. As yet no officials have been allowed to visit him in hospital, leading to growing speculation over the state of his health and whether he will return to power. Yvonne Ndege reports from the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Demolitions spark clashes in Egypt

In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, residents of poorer areas are resisting government efforts to demolish their homes. Tensions are high after residents clashed with police. As Rawya Rageh reports, the confrontation highlights the long running struggle involving illegally built slums which are home to many Egyptians.


TodaysNetworkNews: 16 December 2009 - UNHCR: While world leaders debate reduction of carbon emissions and the melting arctic ice shelf, around the world there are smaller significant efforts to help preserve the environment and fight climate change.

Is Lake Chad disappearing ?

With the attention of the world fixed on the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, France 24 correspondents Melissa Bell and Hélène Frade travelled to Chad to take a closer look at its shrinking lake.

Guinean military rounds up 'suspects'

Exclusive footage obtained by Al Jazeera reveals brutal treatment of military personel linked to a failed assassination attempt in Guinea. Troops who took part in, or witnessed, the failed shooting of de facto president Captain Moussa Dadis Camara are being hunted down, and, in some cases it is claimed, shot dead.

Egypt wants Rosetta stone back

The Egyptian government is demanding the return of an ancient stone tablet which was key to deciphering Heiroglyphics. The Rosetta Stone is currently on display in Britain, but the head of Egypt's supreme council of antiquities wants it back after initially asking for the stone to be loaned back to Cairo, Egypt's capital. Al Jazeera's Jessica Baldwin reports.

Egypt attempts crackdown on shisha

In a country where smoking is cheap and often described as a "national habit", an Egyptian government crackdown on shisha, the popular flavoured tobacco-filled water pipe, is facing stiff resistance.

Killings By Nigerian Soldiers, Police Still Unpunished

One year ago, Nigerian police and soldiers killed more than 130 civilians while responding to deadly sectarian clashes in the central Nigerian city of Jos. Since then, Human Rights Watch says that the Nigerian government has not conducted a single prosecution, nor has it even begun investigations.