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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... 

Iran caught shipping Weapons to terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki flew to Nigeria on Thursday to discuss an arms shipment seized in the West African state last month which diplomats have said could put Tehran in breach of United Nations sanctions. Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia said his Iranian counterpart had pledged Tehran’s cooperation with investigations into the shipment, intercepted by Nigeria’s... 

Uganda Seen as a Front Line in the Bioterrorism Fight

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Senator Richard G. Lugar and a Pentagon delegation are on a tour of East Africa to assess American security concerns. The laboratories of Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Animals, Industry and Fisheries sit on the top of a quiet hill on a turnoff near the airport, behind an eroded fence. At the end of a hallway is a room with an unlocked refrigerator. That is where the anthrax is kept. Senator Richard... 

Bio Terror Threat from Kenyan Germ Labs Worries US

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US team to inspect Kenya’s germ labs. Concerned about the threat of biological terrorism, a powerful US senator will lead a team of high-level Pentagon officials on an inspection tour of Kenyan germ laboratories next week. Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be accompanied by the director of the US Defence Department’s Threat Reduction Agency as... 

Zimbabwe's white farmers face new violent surge

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Zimbabwe’s white farmers face new violent surge in the build up to vote, farm leaders say. A Zimbabwean white farmers’ organization said Thursday they had seen a “renewed onslaught” of farm seizures and attacks, including the slayings of two farmers, in recent weeks. Deon Theron, head of the Commercial Farmers Union that represents Zimbabwe’s dwindling number of white... 

Uganda faces demographic dilemma as population hits 32 million

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Development experts are warning that Uganda’s high fertility rate might become an economic burden in future if action to check the population surge is not taken. A new population report released on Wednesday shows that a Ugandan woman on average gives birth to seven children, one of the highest fertility rates not only in East Africa but also in the world. The report entitled, ‘Population and... 
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