UN Envoy Meets Nepali Leaders to Urge Agreement Ahead of Constitution Deadlines

The United Nations has expresses concern over the tardy peace process of Nepal and urged the major political parties to arrive at a consensus without making any delay. As Nepal’s peace process failed to yield any results following the withdrawal of the UN’s political mission in January UN Secretary General, Ban ki- Moon sent a … Read more UN Envoy Meets Nepali Leaders to Urge Agreement Ahead of Constitution Deadlines

Early Election in Latvia “Was Not Necessary” Says Transport Minister Uldis Augulis

The Latvian Minister for Transport, Uldis Augulis, spoke to The Global Herald ahead of a snap election announced for September in the Baltic nation. Mr Augulis has been in politics since 1996, a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība or ZZS) since it began in 2002, and a member … Read more Early Election in Latvia “Was Not Necessary” Says Transport Minister Uldis Augulis

Senior Chinese Official Meets Madhav Kumar Nepal as Nepal Readies to Appoint Leader

A senior Chinese official has met with Madhav Kumar Nepal to discuss political stability in Nepal following the resignation of the Prime Minister, Jhala Nath Khanal. Zhou Yongkang met with the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) in Kathmandu. The member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the … Read more Senior Chinese Official Meets Madhav Kumar Nepal as Nepal Readies to Appoint Leader

Minister Announces Support for an ICT Enabled Kenya at ICEFICT 2011

The government of Kenya has taken notable steps in facilitating an enabling environment for emergent technologies in line with Vision 2030, the Minister for Information and Communications, Mr Samuel Poghisio has said. Mr Poghisio said they have so far improved access to information and communication technology (ICT) resources through a number of measures. Globally linked … Read more Minister Announces Support for an ICT Enabled Kenya at ICEFICT 2011

Jhala Nath Khanal Resigns as Prime Minister of Nepal

The Prime Minister of Nepal has resigned creating yet another constitutional crisis for the fragile government of the nation. After having nearly missed a deadline to vote on the new constitution, politicians now have yet another deadline to meet – they must form a new government by 21st August 2011. Mr Khanal went to visit … Read more Jhala Nath Khanal Resigns as Prime Minister of Nepal

Michelle Bachmann Wins Early Test in Republican Presidential Candidate Contest

Michelle Bachmann has won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa – an early indicator of who will lead the contest to become the Republican candidate for the US presidential elections in 2012. Ron Paul came a close second, though the famed poll of Republican sentiment was overshadowed by the announcement that Governor Rick Perry of … Read more Michelle Bachmann Wins Early Test in Republican Presidential Candidate Contest

“We are there for each other” – Nordic Leaders Stand United at World Scout Jamboree

In a joint statement released by the office of the Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, three leaders of Nordic states have reiterated their commitment to freedom, equality and social justice in the face of the attacks in Norway, which took place on Friday 22nd July 2011. Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Prime Minister of Sweden, Lars Løkke … Read more “We are there for each other” – Nordic Leaders Stand United at World Scout Jamboree

Kenyan Minister for Housing, Soita Shitanda, on the KISIP Informal Settlement Programme

Kenya’s Ministry for Housing is aiming to build affordable housing in informal settlements to transform cities, towns and buildings into cohesive, sustainable and caring communities with closer access to work and social amenities including sports and recreation facilities. The Minister for Housing, Mr Soita Shitanda, said that his department is reviewing systems, standards and policies … Read more Kenyan Minister for Housing, Soita Shitanda, on the KISIP Informal Settlement Programme

US Vice President Joe Biden to Visit China

The US Vice President, Joe Biden will visit China from 17th – 22nd August 2011. There he will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Biden is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in the first of series of planned reciprocal visits between the two vice presidents that was announced during … Read more US Vice President Joe Biden to Visit China

World Bank Advises on Housing Upgrades in Kenya

“The challenges of providing adequate infrastructure, housing, and services for the burgeoning urban population are enormous. Urban management and infrastructure will have to be significantly strengthened to meet the challenges,” says Mr Johannes Zutt, the World Bank Country Director for Kenya. Mr Zutt said during the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP) Launch that Kenya’s … Read more World Bank Advises on Housing Upgrades in Kenya

Yingluck Shinawatra Voted New Prime Minister of Thailand

At the 28th meeting of the National Assembly on 5th August 2011, 296 MPs appointed Yingluck Shinawatra as the new Prime Minister of Thailand. The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, was swift to congratulate Ms Shinawatra: “On behalf of the Chinese Government and in my own name, I wish to extend to Your Excellency the warmest congratulations … Read more Yingluck Shinawatra Voted New Prime Minister of Thailand

Australia Voices Concerns Over Arrests of Fiji Trade Unionists

Australia has voiced its concerns to Fiji over the arrest of two trade unionists including Daniel Urai and Dinesh Gounder. The pair have been charged under Public Emergency Regulations that stipulate a permit is required for meetings between trade unionists. On Friday 5th August 2011, the two appeared before Nadi Magistrate Court at 1.30pm charged with … Read more Australia Voices Concerns Over Arrests of Fiji Trade Unionists

MTF-3 and 3rd Kandak Move into Charmestan Valley, Afghanistan

3rd Kandak of the 4th Brigade, Afghan National Army, with support from the Australian Mentoring Task Force – 3, have moved into Charmestan Valley in the Uruzgan province. Part of Operation ROSHAN, the manoeuvre is designed to ensure the safety of government workers sent by the leader of Uruzgan Province, Governor Shirzad. The first step in providing … Read more MTF-3 and 3rd Kandak Move into Charmestan Valley, Afghanistan

KCB and Acumen Fund Launch East Africa Fellows Leadership Program

“Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Foundation has remained a committed partner in support of community investments where the bank operates, in education, environment, enterprise development, health and humanitarian support”, said the bank’s CEO, Dr Martin Oduor-Otieno. Dr Otieno who was speaking during the celebration of the inaugural class of the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows program … Read more KCB and Acumen Fund Launch East Africa Fellows Leadership Program

Afghan National Security Forces Destroy 250kg of Heroin in Afghanistan

The Australian Defence Force have supported Afghan National Security Force efforts to successfully destroy 250kg of heroin in Afghanistan following an operation in Baghran district, Helmand. The mission was completed thanks to co-operation between the Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU) and the Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG). Six tonnes of precursor chemicals, six kilograms … Read more Afghan National Security Forces Destroy 250kg of Heroin in Afghanistan