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Obama Grandmother Dies in Hawaii

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2008

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Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, dies at 86 on eve of election after prolonged battle with cancer.

The grandmother dies on the eve of the elections that may see the grandson become the first African American US President.

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Riots: The US Elections

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2008

Riots anticipated in kenya ifObama loses
Strange as it may sound their is a big chance that kenyans are going to destroy property worth millions or even kill each other because of an election in another continent.
Intelligence reports indicate that riots are likely to occur in Kisumu, the hometown of Obams father and the constituency in Nairobi that Raila Odinga represents in parliament.
Police in Kisumu told this writer that all steps have been taken to ensure that nothing gets out of hand during the anticipated celebrations.
Everyone here believes that Obama is almost in the Whitehouse. Bar owners this writer spoke to were busy ordering more beers and happily preparing for what they think will be a booming week.
This is what should scare us. This is a region which does not take kindly to bad news. When it was announced early this year that Raila had lost the election, his die hard supporters flooded the streets rioting and terrorized those believed to have voted against him. Criminals took advantage of these riots and stole or destroyed properties worth millions. In some cases people were killed.
It is feared that should Obama lose then Odinga`s die hard supporters will take to the streets. Let us hope that this time the police are well prepared to dealwith these thugs
By John Kuto, Political writer

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Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2008

Chinas top legislator Wu Bangguo begins on Monday a two-week official visit to five African countries respectively Algeria, Gabon, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Seychelles.

A communiqu of the Chinese National Peoples Congress (NPC) said the chairman of its standing committee Wu will also visit the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa during his visit to Ethiopia.

In recent years, Chinas top leaders mainly the president, the prime minister and the top legislator have been paying annual official visits to Africa, because of the huge Chinese interests in the continent.

Bilateral trade between China and Africa will exceed 100 billion U.S. dollars in 2008, two years earlier than expected, according to expectations of the Chinese Customs Administration released recently.

The first-half figures showed that bilateral trade grew almost 66 percent year-on-year to 53.14 billion U.S. dollars. The growth rate was about 40 percent age points higher than the year-earlier level.

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Trinidad president begins 4-day visit to Ghana

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2008

The head of state of the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Prof. George Maxwell Richards, arrived in Ghana on Monday to begin a four-day tour of the West African country.

President Richards arrived with a 10-man delegation, including his wife Mrs Richards, on the invitation of President John Agyekum Kufuor.

Prof. Richards will hold bilateral talks with President Kufuor at the Osu Castle, seat of the Government on Monday.

After that, he will pay a courtesy call on the Paramount chief of the Ga State, Ga Mantse Nii Tackie Tawiah, the overlord of the capital city, Accra.

The Trinidadian president is also expected to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, where a durbar will be held by Asanteman (Asante state) in his honour.

On Wednesday, Prof. Richards will visit Cape Coast and Elmina Castle dungeons which served as Slave storage points in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

On Thursday, he will meet the Caribbean community and visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra before he returns home.

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Sudan delivers message to Egyptian president on Darfur

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2008

Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor on Sunday delivered to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a message from Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Darfur and the expected peace talks between the government and armed movements in the region under the auspices of the Arab League.

The message also addressed developments in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between north and south Sudan and the consequences of the International Criminal Court indictment of the Sudanese president.

Alor said he briefed Mubarak on recent meetings of Sudan\s initiative to solve the problem of Darfur and possible recommendations alongside the initiative of the Arab League and African Union to reach a common ground between the Sudanese government and armed movements in Darfur.

He said he also briefed Mubarak on the developments of relations between Sudan and Chad and possible exchange of ambassadors between the two countries this month.

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ICC decides on confirmation of charges against DRC warlord in December

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2008

The hearing of the confirmation of charges in the case of the Prosecutor general vs. the former rebel leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo at the International Criminal Court will take place on 8-12 December.

According to an ICC statement copied to APA, this hearing was initially set for 4 November.

Trial-Chamber III of the ICC will decide whether or not to confirm the charges brought by the Prosecutor against Bemba and commit him to trial.

Arrested on 24 May by the Belgian authorities following an arrest warrant issued by the ICC on 23 May 2008, Bemba, about 45, was transferred to this Criminal Court on 3 July 2008.

A former rebel leader of the Movement for the liberation of Congo (MLC), which turned into a political party in 2003, Bemba is allegedly accused of five war crimes and three crimes against humanity perpetrated by his troops on the Central African soil between 25 October 2002 and 15 March 2003.

MLC troops entered in the Central African Republic following the invitation of the countrys former president Ange Felix Patasse whose regime was then threatened by the rebellion of incumbent head of State, Francois Bozize.

The leadership of MLC, the leading opposition party in DR Congo, said Bembas trial at the ICC is a politically motivated case.

Bemba was DR Congo vice-president from 2003 to 2006. He ran for the 2006 presidential election and lost with 41.95 percent against 48.05 percent of votes to President Joseph Kabila.

The Congolese opposition leader was afterwards elected senator in January 2007 and left his country on 11 April of the same year following the clashes between his bodyguards and the DR Congo armed forces (FARDC) in the capital.

He is DR Congos fourth warlord prosecuted by the ICC after Thomas Lubanga, Mathieu Ngodjulu, and Germain Katanga.

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