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Soldiers shoot at university students in Nigeria

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Soldiers in a central Nigerian city opened fire Saturday on university students protesting continuing violence between Christians and Muslims, witnesses said, with at least nine people killed in the ensuing violence. The shooting came as gas stations and farmers’ markets smoldered after late Friday violence that sparked when Christian students attacked Muslims trying to bury a corpse in Jos,... 

Malawi set to make breaking wind a crime

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Causing a stink: The government of Malawi, led by Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, are planning to outlaw breaking wind. Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country. The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders ‘who foul the air’ in a bid to ‘mould responsible and disciplined citizens.’ But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be... 

Thousands to protest in Sudan today

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As street protests sweep Egypt, neighbouring Sudan watches nervously, faced with its own political and economic malaise, opposition calls for popular uprisings and the likely secession of the south. 10,000 people have so far joined a Facebook group calling for anti-government protests across Sudan today, the day preliminary results are due out for the vote on southern independence that is widely expected... 

Shoot-to-kill orders issued in Nigeria after riot

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Soldiers patrolling Nigeria’s volatile central region received shoot-to-kill orders after a Christian mob killed a Muslim election worker and set his body on fire, an army spokesman said Tuesday. The death Monday in Jos, a flashpoint of religious tension between Nigeria’s two dominant religions, comes as technical problems continue to plague the nation’s effort to register 70 million... 

Tunisian president flees to Saudi Arabia after mass uprising

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Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. A startling power shift in restive Tunisia inched forward Saturday as the country’s parliament speaker assumed the interim presidency and the country’s former longtime leader took refuge with his family in Saudi Arabia. In a change of government driven by days of angry street protests, Tunisian state TV reported that Fouad Mebazaa was sworn... 

Food price jumps protested in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco

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Riots and Protests in North Africa. Prices of basic food items have rocketed in the last year, hitting the world’s least developed countries the hardest, where working people commonly spend half or more of their income on food. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization announced in January that the food price index rose 32 percent between June and December 2010. Prices are expected... 

UN wants up to 2,000 more Ivory Coast peacekeepers

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The United Nations said on Wednesday it will ask the Security Council to approve up to 2,000 additional peacekeepers for Ivory Coast to help protect the man it says is the west African nation’s new president. “I expressed my intention to request more troops and I expect to formalize it in the coming days,” Alain Le Roy, the U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations,... 

Nigerian capital hit by bombs on New Years Eve

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More vicious terrorist attacks while the world leftist press stays silent. The escalation of Muslim attacks on Christians Christmas week and New Years continues unabated, unchallenged, unanswered. God forgive us. Officials in Nigeria say a bomb has exploded at a popular market inside an army barracks in the capital, Abuja. Nigerian television is reporting that at least 30 people died in the explosion.... 

U.N. Group Using Obama’s Family to Make Claims About Anti-Hunger Algae

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A little-known United Nations-affiliated organization is using members of President Obama’s Kenyan family — as well as Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona — to promote the idea that a type of algae is the solution to world hunger. The grandly-named Intergovernmental Institute for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) proudly advertises that President Obama’s... 

Nigeria: Iranian charged in arms case granted bail

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Nigeria: Iranian man charged with importing arms into Nigeria’s busiest port granted bail. A defense lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday that the Abuja High Court granted Azim Aghajani a $260,000 bail Thursday. The lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to press, said the judge asked Aghajani to present two people who would commit to paying $130,000... 

Mugabe threat to nationalise US and UK Zimbabwe firms

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Robert Mugabe’s addresses his Zanu-PF party conference in Mutare. Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says his country will nationalise all US and UK companies operating in the country unless Western sanctions are removed. He told his Zanu-PF party’s annual conference it was time to fight the sanctions imposed on him and party leaders. Mr Mugabe also said it was time to end power-sharing... 

South African police commissioner suspects and insults husband of murdered bride

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Race row: Police commissioner Bheki Cele labelled accused businessman Shrien Dewani 'a monkey' South African police chief calls husband of murdered bride ‘a monkey’ who thought he could get away with killing his wife there. * Claim businessman ‘left envelope of cash in a taxi to pay for wife’s murder’ * Anni Dewani’s father speaks of pain of hearing details... 

United Nations report warns African nations on population explosion

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A new UN report on Tuesday warned that Africa’s urban population was set to triple in the next 40 years. It also said that the development would put massive pressure on governments and infrastructure across the continent. The report entitled, ‘The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets’, was released by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). It... 

Failure of South African land reform

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The South African government’s efforts to redress the wrongs of apartheid by buying farms from willing white owners and giving them to blacks has been a failure, with many of the new owners having little experience to make a success of it. The policy has also stirred racial tensions. Reporting from Greylingstad, South Africa — Michael Zulu trundles a wheelbarrow along the track to his farm... 

Uneasy ‘calm’ in Conakry after post-election ethnic violence

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Ethnic violence in Guinea’s capital Conakry following a disputed presidential election has left at least seven people dead. The situation appears to have calmed, but simmering tensions remain. It was heralded as an election that would finally bring democracy to a coup-weary West African nation, but Guinea’s much-postponed Nov. 7 presidential runoff ended up exposing deep ethnic fault lines and... 
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