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IFJ Condemns Crackdown on Media in Somaliland

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GENEVA, Switzerland, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest of twenty five journalists in Somaliland recently, accusing the authorities of waging a campaign of intimidation to silence independent reporting.

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The African Union deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in the transitional federal parliament of Somalia

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Chair person of th e Commission of the African Union (AU), Je an Ping, expresses de ep concern over the lingering dispute in the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) of So malia.

US Dept of State Background Briefing en route Liberia

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WASHINGTON, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Special Briefing

Senior Administration Official, Office of the Spokesperson

ERT Monrovia, Liberia

January 15, 2012

MODERATOR: All right, everybody. We are en route with the Secretary of State to West Africa, three stops – Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo – and then, obviously, Cape Verde on the way home.

Italy-Egypt: a “lasting partnership”, says Terzi - Perss briefing on the minister's mission

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ROME, Italy, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Minister Giulio Terzi will be in Egypt on Thursday for bilateral meetings at a crucial stage in the redefinition of regional balances, and one year on from the start of the Arab spring.

21 Journalists Released in Somaliland

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the decision of the Minister of Interior of Somaliland, Mohamed Dur Arale, to release 21 journalists arrested on Sunday, 15 January 2012.

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FAO-EU project to promote climate-smart farming / Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia will benefit from collaborative effort

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ROME, Italy, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- FAO and the European Commission announced today a new €5.3 million project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia transition to a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture.

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25 Journalists Detained in Somaliland

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On Sunday, 15 January 2012, journalists of HornCable TV, Jamhuuriya Newspaper, Waaheen Newspaper, Geeska Afrika newspaper, Bulsho TV and Sahan newspaper staged a peaceful protest in front of Somaliland presidential palace, where the presidential guard beaten up the protesting journalists and arrested on the spot 8 journalists who all work for HornCable TV.

Somaliland: 7 journalists arrested in a week, 3 still being held

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent spate of arrests of independent reporters in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland.

At least seven journalists have been arrested since last week, with three still in custody without being charged, local journalists said.

Ghana must probe state agents' attack on photographer

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Authorities in Ghana should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into reports that state security agents on Thursday brutalized a photojournalist covering the high-profile court case of a senior police official, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Somaliland: 21 Journalists arrested on Sunday in Hargeysa, Television License suspended

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible the unrelenting violations against the journalists and the media by the Somaliland authorities in which they had arrested 21 journalists were jailed on Sunday 15 January, 2012, in a string of arrests and media raids in the past week suffered by the Somaliland journalists, making the total journalists held without charges to 24.

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AUC Chairperson Receives Credentials of The First Permanent Observer of Latvia to The African Union

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, received in his office at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on Thursday 13 January 2012, the credentials of the first Permanent Observer of the Republic of Latvia to the African Union, H.E.

IMF Executive Board Completes Third Review Under Policy Support Instrument for Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the third review under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) for Uganda. In completing the review, the Board approved a waiver of nonobservance of the ceiling on net credit to government and the modification of quantitative assessment criteria.

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IMF Executive Board Completes Seventh and Final Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Burundi and Approves US$ 7.6 Million Disbursement

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BUJUMBURA, Burundi, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the seventh and final review of Burundi's economic performance under the economic program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.

EAC Defence, Security and Foreign Affairs experts meet to finalize Regional Peace and Security Protocol

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ARUSHA, Tanzania, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- A joint meeting of the EAC sectoral councils on Cooperation in Defence, Inter-state Security and Foreign Policy Coordination will from Monday 16 January to Thursday 19 January 2012 consider the final draft of the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security in Arusha, Tanzania.

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UN Secretary-General appoints Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe his Deputy Special Representative (political) in South Sudan

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe as Deputy Special Representative (Political) in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

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UN Security Council press statement on situation in Guinea-Bissau

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Baso Sangqu ( South Africa):

The members of the Security Council were briefed on 10 January 2012 by B.

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