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Commonwealth Sec Gen Sharma on G20, Africa and human rights

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Kamalesh Sharma, 2009. Photo: UNDP

Kamalesh Sharma, 2009. Photo: UNDP

Promoting the interests of Commonwealth countries was the primary focus of Commonwealth chief Kamalesh Sharma‘s meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday night, ahead of next week’s G20 finance ministers meeting.

Radio France Internationale

Interview: Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General, Commonwealth

Sharma represents 54 countries across the world, including a number from Africa. The Commonwealth recently observed elections in Zambia and has a team in place for this weekend’s elections in Cameroon. However, there are some criticisms over the Commonwealth’s approach to holding countries accountable for their human rights record.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

5 October 2011 at 19:48

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Photo of Daniel Finnan by Agata Wolanska

Photo: Agata Wolanska

Daniel Finnan is a broadcast journalist working for Radio France Internationale’s English service in Paris.

His work mainly concerns international news and politics, especially Africa  and France. He also covers arts, culture, economics, the environment, music, sports and technology. He has skills in multimedia production with a high level of expertise in audio editing, graphics, video and web technologies. His work has been heard on international radio stations, including American Public Media, Radio Netherlands and Deutsche Welle.

Before working as a journalist he spent time in commercial and community radio in the United Kingdom. He developed The Hillz FM community radio station and helped it to secure a full-time FM license.

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24 August 2011 at 10:00

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Air France refuses to carry deported gay Cameroon man from UK

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An Air France plane at Heathrow airport. Photo: Mathieu Marquer

An Air France plane at Heathrow airport. Photo: Mathieu Marquer

A gay Cameroonian man who faces expulsion from the UK will be allowed out on bail from a detention centre after Air France refused to transport him. A statement from the UK Border Agency seen by RFI on Monday says asylum seeker Joseph Kaute was “disruptive” during attempts to deport him. He will receive a temporary reprieve from being returned to Cameroon.

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

10 August 2011 at 12:54

Egypt’s new trade minister tells RFI he will not take office

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Egypt’s new Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Fekri Abdel Wahab told RFI on Tuesday that he would not be taking office after all. The announcement of his appointment had been met with some criticism over a possible conflict of interest between his private businesses and serving the needs of the Egyptian people.

Interview: Ahmed Fekri Abdel Wahab

Radio France Internationale

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Cabinet reshuffle will convince some in Tahrir, says new finance minister

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Hazem el-Beblawi

Hazem el-Beblawi, 1996. Photo: UN Photo/Milton Grant

Egypt’s new finance minister Hazem el-Beblawi told RFI on Sunday that protesters in Tahrir Square would be “at least partially satisfied” with the government’s cabinet reshuffle. Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has handed a list of proposed ministers to the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for approval. The new cabinet is expected to be unveiled on Monday.

“The new cabinet reflects more the feeling on the street than the previous one, where some names, rightly or wrongly, were associated with the past regime,” says Beblawi.

Beblawi replaces Samir Radwan who was appointed shortly before toppled president Hosni Mubarak left.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

17 July 2011 at 23:04

S.Africa sets out its stall ahead of Durban climate change conference

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Construction of the Medupi power plant in Lephalale, South Africa, April 2009. Photo: Eskom

Delegations from South Africa, India, China and Brazil rounded up a meeting in Durban on Sunday focused on climate change. It was the second such meeting this year and comes ahead of November’s UN climate change talks. The four nations were expected to adopt a common strategy and decide how they will negotiate their position with world’s richest economies.

Interview: Edna Molewa, South Africa’s Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs

Radio France Internationale

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Congo has to take the lead in November elections, says Crisis Group’s Délétroz

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Representatives of the DRC's electoral commission in Kinshasa, 7 May. Photo: CENI

Representatives of the DRC’s electoral commission in Kinshasa, 7 May. Photo: CENI

Anger and consternation dominated the feelings amongst Congolese pro-democracy activists at a meeting with representatives from the French foreign ministry in Paris on Monday. During discussions about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 28th November polls, three themed round tables focused on the electoral process, security, justice and impunity. There are worries that the government is not ready to improve on 2006’s dismal voting conditions, and many Congolese are unhappy with French support for elections that they already see as flawed.

Interview: Alain Délétroz, Vice President, International Crisis Group

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

17 May 2011 at 20:13

Successful Nigerian polls will echo across Africa, says Kufuor

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John Kufuor. Photo: Gregory Jones

A well-organised vote as Nigerian voters go to the polls this Saturday would “resound to the good of all of Africa”, according to John Kufuor, the head of the African Union election observation mission in Nigeria, and former Ghanaian president. Kufuor spoke to RFI about what the mission has observed in the days leading up to the presidential vote.

Interview: John Kufuor, head of the AU election observation mission

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Not going to offer war crimes court a fig leaf, says Taylor’s lawyer

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The front of the ICC, The Hague, March 2010. CC licence: http://www.charlestaylortrial.org

Charles Taylor’s defence lawyer walked out of the Sierra Leone war crimes court in protest on Tuesday. British attorney Courtenay Griffiths told RFI that the court is a “farce” and riding “roughshod” over his client’s rights. The ex-Liberian president denies 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Sierra Leone.

Interview: Lawyer Courtenay Griffiths

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Written by Daniel Finnan

8 February 2011 at 21:13

French press review 11 August 2010

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Many French newspapers led with football this morning, and the ongoing saga with the French national squad. As Le Parisien recounts, France play Norway in a friendly tonight – and it’s the first match since the fiasco of the World Cup.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

11 August 2010 at 09:29