September 18, 2009  Nº 819 - Vol. 7

"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be."

Samuel Johnson

In today’s Law Firm Marketing, Mail 9 letters--in 9 weeks--and attract 9 new clients!


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According to the Jewish calendar, Saturday is the first day of the year 5,770 since the Creation. Of course, the Chinese say that the world was created around 3500 years ago. So the real question is: What did all those Jews do without a good Chinese restaurant for 1500 years? The editor of Migalhas International wanted to wish you a Good Year of peace, happiness, success and accomplishment.

  • Top News

UN to establish consolidated women's rights agency

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution Monday to consolidate four agencies to create one large, overarching department that will be responsible for women's rights development. The UN Development Fund for Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women will be collapsed into one department, headed by an under-secretary-general. The resolution strongly supports the consolidation of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, into a composite entity, taking into account the existing mandates.

Barroso wins second term as European Commission president

José Manuel Barroso won parliamentary endorsement Wednesday for a second term as president of the European Commission. The E.U. embarks on a shake-up aimed at expanding its geopolitical role. The block. is trying to keep up with the United States and China as the global economy shakes off the worst downturn since the Depression of the 1930s. But if the bloc manages to add two major leaders to take over new roles, it remains unclear how big a profile Barroso will enjoy in representing Europe on the world stage. These two new appointments fall under the Lisbon Treaty, which, before it can come into force, still needs a yes vote Oct. 2 in Ireland’s second referendum on the accord, and final ratification by the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. During the economic downturn the Commission, which is the guardian of the single market, has had a series of tense debates with national governments over the bailout of banks and failing industries. With extensive powers over antitrust policy, trade, agriculture and several other dossiers, the European Commission in Brussels is an important regulator in some areas, and has the right to propose legislation in many others.

Growing despair

A community of 130 indigenous people has been evicted from their land in Brazil and their village was later set on fire, an international campaign group says. Survival International says families from the Guarani Kaoiwa people are now living at the side of a road in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in very primitive and dangerous conditions. Campaigners for indigenous rights say the community of around 35 families, including 60 children and teenagers, was evicted last week as the result of legal action taken by a local landowner, who is himself a lawyer. Disputes between local farmers and indigenous groups over what is farmland purchased in good faith, and what is indigenous ancestral land are common in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. In a report released earlier this year the UN highlighted the chronic shortage of land among the Guarani, which is the largest indigenous group in Brazil. Farmers in the area say that when non-indigenous people are removed from land set aside for indigenous people they are not properly compensated, and that there is a constant uncertainty about which land may be considered for demarcation. Indigenous groups accuse farmers of using violence and threats to prevent state officials from establishing what should be ancestral Indian land, and point out that land conflicts have led to many deaths.

Is the billable hour dying?

Dating to about five minutes after the billable hour was born, folks have been predicting its death. But throughout it all, no other billing method has come close to knocking the billable model from atop its lofty perch. Clients want greater predictability in their fees and better value from their law firms. Consequently, the industry is seeing substantial movement away from the billable hour to fixed and other alternative fees, and look to value billing arrangements, including fixed or capped fees. The simple fact that coverage has gone beyond the legal press to the business press and other media provides a powerful indicator of the extent of this movement. After all, we had heard complaints about the billable hour and even predictions of its demise for over 20 years. Now, the focus has shifted from persuasion to how to do it and providing specific tools. Change is happening more rapidly than even the leaders imagined. The billable hour will not disappear but it will lose its position as the automatic default billing mechanism. The (r)evolution of the legal profession continues.

California courts implementing monthly closures to ease budget crisis

California courts were closed Wednesday in the first of what will be a monthly shut down of the judiciary in an effort to reduce the state's budget gap. The closures were authorized as part of California Code 68070, which allows for closure of the courts one day per month, "for the transaction of judicial business for one day per month and may adopt rules of court to implement this section." While the move may slow some court business, one provision of the code does mandate that a court officer: "be available for the signing of any necessary documents on an emergency basis during the time a court is closed under this section on the same basis as a judicial officer is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and judicial holidays, and any other time a court is closed."

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  • Crumbs!

1- Hungary to accept Guantanamo detainee (click here)

2- US lawmakers introduce bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act (click here)

3- Senate passes measure to allow gun transport on Amtrak (click here)

4- Microsoft, Google expand search-engine tools (click here)

5- Trafigura offers deal to 31,000 Africans over dumped waste (click here)

6- California lawmaker plans hearings on soda-obesity link (click here)

7- Bank of Japan Keeps Rates Steady (click here)


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  • MiMIC Journal

China rejects US military fears

China has described criticism of its military growth strategy by the United States as groundless and irresponsible. A defence ministry spokesman in Beijing said that China's military development is defensive, and a force for peace. He rejected US Defence Secretary Robert Gates' comments that US naval carriers and air bases in the Pacific faced new threats from China's modernisation. The war of words follows a resurgence of trade disputes between the two powers. China said Washington should respect China's defence policy and correct its comments.

China in huge Venezuela oil deal

Venezuela has announced a $16bn investment deal with China for oil exploration in the Orinoco river. The move comes shortly after Venezuela signed a similar agreement with Russia, which is estimated to be $20bn.

  • Law Firm Marketing

Mail 9 letters--in 9 weeks--and attract 9 new clients*

by Trey Ryder

(*I don't know if you'll really get nine new clients.  You might get even more.)

You may be a terrific lawyer -- but without adequate marketing, you may be the best-kept secret in town.  With little more than a word processor and postage stamps, you can go a long way in educating people about who you are and what you do.

Here is a series of nine letters you can send to different audiences that will help attract new clients.  I've included suggestions on content: 

WEEK #1:  Letter to Referral Sources.  Send a thank you letter to everyone who has referred a client in the past year.  This includes lawyers, professional colleagues, friends and former clients.  No "Dear-Friend-Thank-You" form letters.  Everyone gets a signed original.  In the same letter, bring readers up to date on the type of law you currently practice.  List the specific services you offer, in terms your referrers understand.  Discuss two or three recent successes.  Insert a short one-paragraph bio.  Offer to help your readers and their friends and colleagues.  Make sure your referrers know that you welcome referrals.  Offer to provide references on request.  And invite readers to call or e-mail you with questions or comments -- to discuss a legal matter -- or to schedule an appointment. 

WEEK #2:  Letter to Former Clients.  Send a letter to former clients.  Explain the type of law you currently practice.  List the specific services you offer, in terms your former clients understand.  Discuss two or three recent successes.  Insert a short one-paragraph bio.  Offer to help former clients and their friends and colleagues.  Make sure your referrers know that you welcome referrals.  Offer to provide references on request.  And invite readers to call or e-mail you with questions or comments -- to discuss a legal matter -- or to schedule an appointment. 

WEEK #3:  Letter to Prospective Clients.  Send a letter to prospective clients who are already on your mailing list.  Explain the type of law you currently practice.  List specific services you offer, in terms your prospects understand.  Discuss two or three recent successes  Insert a short one-paragraph bio.  Offer to help prospects and their friends and colleagues.  Offer to provide references on request  And invite readers to call or e-mail you with questions or comments -- to discuss a legal matter -- or to schedule an appointment. 

WEEK #4:  Letter to Prospective Clients.  Send a letter to prospective clients you'd like to serve -- often corporations or general counsel -- who are not already on your mailing list.  Introduce yourself.  Explain the type of law you practice.  List specific services you offer.  Discuss two or three recent successes for clients like these companies.  Insert a short biography.  Offer to provide references on request.  Offer to present an in-house roundtable for executives.  Invite executives to call or e-mail with questions or comments -- or to set up an appointment. 

WEEK #5:  Letter to Potential Referral Lawyers.  Send a letter to prospective referring lawyers.  Explain the type of law you currently practice.  List the specific services you offer.  Discuss two or three recent successes.  Give them a short bio.  Invite their referrals.  Offer to pay a referral fee, if appropriate.  Offer to return referrals, if appropriate.  Offer to provide references on request.  Invite them to call or e-mail with any questions or comments. 

WEEK #6:  Letter to Professional Colleagues.  Send a letter to professional colleagues other than lawyers.  Explain the type of law you currently practice.  List the specific services you offer.  Discuss two or three recent successes.  Give them a short one-paragraph bio.  Invite their referrals.  Offer to return referrals, if appropriate.  Offer to provide references on request.  Invite them to call or e-mail with any questions or comments. 

WEEK #7:  Letter to Assignment Editors.  Send a letter to assignment editors at local television stations.  Suggest a topic that you think would appeal to the station's viewers.  Reinforce why you believe your topic would interest many people.  Explain the types of information you can offer during your interview.  Itemize specific subjects you can discuss.  Provide a short bio that reinforces your qualifications to provide this information.  Give the assignment editor the name of the educational handout you will send to all viewers who call your office.  Invite the assignment editor to call you.  And thank the assignment editor for considering your idea. 

WEEK #8:  Letter to Talk Show Producers.  Send a letter to producers of local radio talk shows.  Suggest a topic that you think would appeal to the listening audience.  Reinforce why you believe your topic would interest many people.  Explain the types of information you can offer during your interview.  Itemize specific subjects you can discuss.  Provide a short bio that reinforces your qualifications to provide this information.  Give the producer the name of the educational handout you will send to all listeners who call your office.  Invite the producer to call you.  And thank the producer for considering your idea.

WEEK #9:  Letter to Newspaper Editors.  Send a letter to editors who cover the newspaper sections in which you want to appear.  Suggest a topic that you think would interest the newspaper's readers.  Reinforce why you believe your topic would interest many people.  Explain the types of information you can provide during your interview.  Itemize specific subjects you can discuss.  Provide a short bio that reinforces your qualifications to provide this information.  Give the editor the name of the educational handout you will send to all readers who call your office.  Invite the editor to call you.  And thank the editor for considering your idea.

Don't stop there.  I'm sure you can think of others to whom you can send letters that will attract new clients.  Best of all, you can do all this without spending one dime on advertising.


© Trey Ryder

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  • Historia Verdadera


La canadiense Calibre Mining Corp dijo el jueves que se asoció con B2Gold Corp para buscar oro en el noreste de Nicaragua, para lo que ambas firmas aprobaron un presupuesto de 2,5 millones de dólares canadiense. Calibre Mining informó que su asociación con B2Gold Corp será en el proyecto de oro y cobre Borosi, ubicado en una rica área minera de Nicaragua.

Colombia x Unasur

El presidente de Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, descartó el jueves el retiro de su país de la Unión de Naciones Sudamericanas (Unasur), pese a que dos de sus funcionarios admitieron esa posibilidad en medio de las críticas a un acuerdo militar de Bogotá con Washington.


Funcionarios de Cuba y Estados Unidos se reunieron el jueves en La Habana para discutir cómo reanudar el correo directo después de casi medio siglo, un nuevo espacio de contacto entre los viejos enemigos de la Guerra Fría. En el encuentro, realizado en algún lugar de la Habana, la delegación de Washington está encabezada por la secretaria de Estado adjunta para asuntos hemisféricos Bisa Williams, la funcionaria de mayor rango del Gobierno del presidente Barack Obama en visitar Cuba. Participan además enviados del U.S. Postal Service.

  • Brief News

Airline in $1bn air mile sell-off

AMR, the parent of American Airlines, has raised $2.9bn of new financing to help it through the global downturn in air travel. The group said $1bn of the total came from advanced sales of frequent flyer miles to Citigroup bank. Citigroup has effectively bought air miles in advance with which it can reward its customers when they use the bank's credit cards. A further $1.6bn came from a sale and leaseback arrangement with General Electric's aviation division for planes it had already ordered. A note of caution, however: the airline "cannot borrow its way to prosperity.

Recession 'may see 25m jobs lost'

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says the global recession could cost 25 million people their jobs. This is despite recent signs that economies of its 30 member countries may be starting to recover. "A recovery is in sight, but it is likely to be modest for some time to come," OECD chief Angel Gurria said. Fifteen million jobs have been lost so far, and up to 10 million more could go by the end of 2010, the OECD said. The unemployment rate across the 30 most industrialised nations in the OECD was 8.5% for July, the highest since World War II. It was 5.6% at the end of 2007.

Russia hails US missile overhaul

Obama's decision to abandon a Bush-era missile defense system in Europe and establish a partly ship-based shield against Iranian rockets could tighten U.S. pressure on the Islamic republic and ease a simmering rift with Russia. Navy's Aegis missile-defense system will be geographically closer to Iran, will be deployed sooner, and will be more cost effective than the land-based system put forward by the Bush administration.

Egypt jails US 'adoption' couples

Two US couples have been jailed in Egypt for two years for trying to illegally adopt children. The first couple had been offered orphaned twins by a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. When they applied to take the children out of the country they were arrested for child trafficking. The second couple was also sentenced along with several officials from the orphanage. The case has laid bare the tangle of Egypt's complicated adoption system based on Islamic law. In Egypt the adopting couple must be Egyptian, the name of the child must not be changed and the children should not be removed from the country.

EU agrees on bonus claw-back call

European Union leaders have agreed to seek a global deal for bankers' bonuses to be clawed back if profits fall, ahead of next week's G20 summit in Pittsburgh. They want the threat of sanctions to be used to force banks to link bonuses to long-term performance. There is concern the current system may encourage short-term risk-taking, which helped trigger the banking crisis.

Indonesia must repeal "cruel" new stoning and caning law

A new Indonesian bylaw that endorses stoning to death for adultery and caning of up to 100 lashes for homosexuality should be repealed immediately, Amnesty International said The local Islamic Criminal Code was passed by the Aceh Provincial House of Representatives on Monday. It forbids a number of acts including alcohol consumption, gambling, intimacy between unmarried couples, adultery and fornication, and homosexuality. The new criminal bylaw flies in the face of international human rights law as well as provisions of the Indonesian constitution."Stoning to death is particularly cruel and constitutes torture, which is absolutely forbidden under all circumstances in international law." Indonesia's central government has indicated that the law may contravene Indonesia's existing human rights protections under the country's constitution.

‘Smart socializing’ can help 1st-years get started on rainmaking

Even first-year associates should be thinking about developing legal business, and "smart socializing" can help them do so. Among the ways that fledgling legal eagles can begin meeting the people who can help them develop a book of business is simply keeping in touch with a circle of friends through Internet social networking and participating in activities outside work that do not involve fellow attorneys. It's also important, of course, to get to know colleagues at work. To market your law firm, it's important to know something about what it does and what legal issues clients are likely to be concerned about, he notes. "My firm makes this easy by internally distributing weekly news summaries of articles and headlines featuring the firm's attorneys. It takes five minutes to catch up on what's important both in the firm and the business world."

Bid to halt US 'vein' execution

Lawyers for a US man whose lethal injection was halted as officials failed to find a vein - he had been pricked by the needle up to 18 times - will try to block a second attempt. They say that as he survived it would amount to "cruel and unusual punishment" to try again.

Brazil eyes limits on Amazon sugar cane growth

The Brazilian government presented new legislation Thursday intended to protect the Amazon from deforestation by banning any new planting of sugar cane, widely cultivated for ethanol production. The legislation would ban new clearing or planting of the crop in more than 90 percent of Brazil's territory, as well as the construction of new factories in rainforested areas across the country.

Brazil, US study resolution to WTO cotton ruling impasse

Brazil and the U.S. remain open to a negotiated settlement regarding a recent WTO decision condemning U.S. cotton subsidies, though the content of negotiations will depend on the implementation of WTO recommendations by the U.S. government. A meeting between U.S. Trade Representative and Brazilian Foreign Relations Minister Celso Amorim produced no specific proposals for resolving differences on the matter. "At the moment we're studying what measures we might take in case the U.S. resolves not to change its position on subsidies," said Amorim. Following an 8-year dispute, Brazil last month won an $800 million ruling against the U.S. at the World Trade Organization allowing it the right to retaliate across various sectors, including intellectual property and other commerce. The U.S. would hold off on making any proposals until Brazil made a determination on whether it planned to use direct retaliation.

Shield law would exclude unpaid journalists

The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to exclude unpaid journalists from protection under a pending media shield bill. The legislation - the Free Flow of Information Act - would grant legal protection to journalists who want to protect the identities of confidential sources who want to divulge newsworthy information to reporters without fear of retribution. The panel approved an amendment that defines a journalist as a "salaried employee of, or independent contractor for" media organizations, including newspapers, magazines, broadcast networks and wire services. Critics of media shield legislation have argued that such protection should be limited and that a broad definition could extend to bloggers, student reporters and citizen journalists. The Schumer amendment was designed to address that criticism by narrowing the definition of protected journalists.

UK government to review control order system

UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Wednesday that the government will conduct a review of the control order house arrest system in light of a June Law Lords ruling requiring the government to let detainees know generally what charges they face so that they can mount a defense. Johnson issued a ministerial statement saying that his "current assessment is ... that the control order regime remains viable," but that he would "be keeping this assessment under review." Control orders are not and never were intended to be the first line of defense. Where an individual is suspected of terrorist activity, our first objective will always be for that person to be tried and prosecuted in an open court, or deported if they are foreign nationals. But there is a very small number of people who undoubtedly pose a substantial threat to public safety, and who for good reason, we can neither prosecute nor deport.

Wash. court throws out medical malpractice law

The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously threw out a 2006 law that requires an injured patient to get a certificate of merit from an expert before suing for medical malpractice. The high court ruled that the law violates the separation of state powers, saying that allowing the Legislature to set rules about filing a lawsuit "conflicts with the judiciary's inherent power to set court procedures." Seven of the justices also said that the law was unconstitutional because it unduly burdened the right of access to courts.

Promises: Much lobbyist help undisclosed

Few members of Congress are disclosing that lobbyists are helping them raise campaign cash despite a new law that was supposed to shed light on the ties between lawmakers and the capital's influence brokers, an Associated Press review found. Though lobbyist-hosted fundraisers are workaday events in Washington — typically advertised to political insiders by fax and word of mouth — only about two dozen lawmakers have reported lobbyists raising money for them. Many more have escaped disclosure. Lobbyists identified as hosts on at least 195 congressional fundraising invitations have yet to be publicly disclosed as fundraisers by the candidates who benefited, the review found.

UBS tax net snares U.S. clients of Credit Suisse, Julius Baer, LGT for IRS

UBS AG's $780 million settlement with U.S. authorities to avoid prosecution for helping Americans cheat on their taxes has opened a Pandora's box for banks worldwide. Bankers in Switzerland called for the introduction of a withholding tax on earnings generated by foreign investors, a move aimed at ending international pressure on bank secrecy.

U.S. proposes ban on 'flash' trading on Wall Street

In addition to banning flash orders, which give some traders a split-second advantage, regulators are also seeking new limits on the credit rating industry.

  • Daily Press Review

Egypt Convicts 2 US Couples for Illegal Adoption
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Bomb kills seven in northwest Pakistan market: police
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Iran internal tensions rise ahead of pro-Palestinian rally
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

ENVIRONMENT: Cairo Sinking in Garbage
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

PA: Abbas may meet with PM next week
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Metro Website Launched
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Iraqi Stock Exchange trades over 1.2b shares
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

U.S. Presses Russia on Iran after Missile Shift
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mitchell urges region to meet duties on peace
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Biden calls on Iraq to lower sights in oil bidding
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Landmine survivors call on governments to live up to their Mine Ban Treaty promises
Yemen Times, Independent weekly, Sana'a, Yemen

Cabinet discussing spending cuts
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Bank shares dip, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Dirty Dancing town to honour Swayze
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Attorney General faces raid on her home and £10,000 fine over her illegal immigrant housekeeper
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Palm ships 823,000 smartphones in August quarter
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Curtis Warren 'pulled strings of £1m drugs conspiracy'
icLiverpool, Online news portal, Liverpool, England

Man arrested over death crash
Manchester Online, Independent daily, Manchester, England

Czech opponents welcome US decision to abandon anti-missile radar
Radio Prague, Online news portal, Prague, Czech Republic

Concerns Over Boom In Pro-Anorexia Websites
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

One Year after Lehman: It's Business as Usual Again for Wall Street's Casino Capitalists
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Darling to meet ministers to discuss spending cuts
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

German producer prices up 0.5%
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Eighteen women diagnosed with breast cancer after faulty screening
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

South Africa complains to UN over Caster Semenya row
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

A'lian PM congratulates RI for eliminating top terrorist
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Pakistan being ill-treated by lenders: Shahbaz Sharif
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Post cross border firing, high alert sounded in Jammu
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Now, Tirupati pitches for metro rail
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Nomiya shelves Barbie image
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Programme to rehabilitate Mat Rempit
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Dogs get sniff of 'human remains' at Garrido house
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Myanmar official media stresses existence of single armed forces in country
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Puma v Adidas: town divided by tale of two shoes
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Mayawati warns against demolition of memorials
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Bleak times for youngsters in search of jobs
The Standard, Business daily, Hong Kong

BACK DOOR TAX...New MBS Act destined for select committee as ALP raises contentions
Antigua Sun Online, Independent daily, St. John's, Antigua

Buju Banton concerts cancelled in the United States
Caribbean News Portal, Online news aggregator

Standard and Poor's lifts T&T from credit watch
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Experts predict need for taxes
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Don't blame us for drugs, top Dominican officials tell the U.S.
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

ENERGY-VENEZUELA: Great Business for Good Friends
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

'Mills, Francis should get OJs'
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Peruvian Pizarro's Werder Bremen won 3-2 to Portuguese Nacional
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

The Liberals wanted him, the Tories won
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Liberals easily win St. Paul's
Toronto Star, Liberal daily, Toronto, Canada

'Judiciary must be independent'
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Somali deaths 'will not deter AU'
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

UN Report Describes 'Terrible' Year for Children in Armed Conflict, Independent online news aggregator

Bank official held over Robbery
Daily Monitor, Independent daily, Kampala, Uganda

Ex-teacher crafts money through works
Daily Nation, Independent daily, Nairobi, Kenya

Ghana Hosts World Tourism Day Celebrations
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yale murder shocks USA
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Justice for Bernadine...
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Addis Fortune Interview with Ethiopia's powerful businessmen
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Is ODI's sparkle over?
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Radical Aids plan for W Cape, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

CPP, CRPP differ on Oshiomhole's performance
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria


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