Pambazuka News 269: Ivory Coast: Dynamics of mediation

Under the supervision of the Director General, he/she carries out the Five - Year strategic Plan of Action and contributes to PIWA’s institutional building.

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) is seeking a qualified and talented person to fill the position of Executive Director. Based in Kampala, Uganda, the Executive Director will head the AfriComNet Secretariat, and will be answerable to a Board of Directors drawn from countries across Africa.

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of the Sudanese newspaper editor whose beheaded body was found in Khartoum after he was kidnapped. Many people wept openly as Mohammed Taha's body was carried on a wooden bed from his home to the cemetery. The BBC's Alfred Taban says the killing has shocked Sudan.

A Somali radio station has resumed broadcasting after it was closed down by Islamist leaders for playing local love songs. However, Radio Jowhar is no longer playing any music, even jingles. The Union of Islamic Courts, which controls much of the south, is split between hardliners, who want Taleban-style rule, and moderates.

Six people have now died from the toxic waste dumped in the biggest Ivory Coast city, Abidjan, while 9,000 have sought treatment, the government says. The UN has set up an inter-agency team to respond to the crisis. A French team is analysing the waste, and says it will produce a report by the end of this week.