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Zimbabwe receives 950 million dollar loan from China
Harare (AFP) June 30, 2009
Zimbabwe has won 950 million dollars in credit lines from China, the largest loan secured by the new government, boosting the country's global appeal for funds to rebuild its shattered economy. "While I was away, government through Finance Minister Tendai Biti also secured lines of credit from China totalling 950 million dollars (672 million euros)," said Tsvangirai, who returned to Harare ... read more

Truth commission submits report on Liberia war
Monrovia (AFP) July 1, 2009
Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission submitted to parliament on Wednesday its final report on crimes and human rights abuses committed during the country's devastating civil wars. Its findings and recommendations will be published in "at least three major local daily newspapers shortly," the panel said in a statement, without identifying the publications or date of release. "The ... more
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  • Google unveils SMS service for Africa
    Washington (AFP) June 29, 2009
    Google on Monday unveiled a new service designed to provide information via SMS text message to mobile phone users in Africa, where cell phones are prevalent but Internet penetration is low. "At Google we seek to serve a broad base of people -- not only those who can afford to access the Internet from the convenience of their workplace or with a computer at home," the Mountain View ... more

    US giving Somali government weapons
    Washington (AFP) June 25, 2009
    The United States is giving Somalia's embattled government urgent supplies of weapons and ammunition to fight off Islamist insurgents, a US official said Thursday. The United States has also approached Eritrea with "concerns" that it is aiding the insurgents and warned that such support would be a "serious obstacle" to better ties, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly added. "We remain ... more

    Senegal leader warns EU of competition from China, India
    Brussels (AFP) June 24, 2009
    Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade called on European nations on Wednesday to boost their aid to Africa, warning that countries there might turn to Brazil, China and India for economic help. "Africa wants to cooperate with Europe, but if Europe shuts itself off from Africa when we have India, China, Brazil coming to offer us the same things as Europe at lower prices and with extraordinary ... more

    Nigerians seize arms amid unrest
    Lagos, Nigeria (UPI) Jun 22, 2009
    Amid growing unrest around the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, Nigerian security authorities have seized a Ukrainian cargo aircraft loaded with 18 crates of weapons and ammunition bound for Equatorial Guinea, the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. The Antonov AN-12 transport was impounded with its seven crew members at Mallam Aminu international airport at Kano ... more

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    Chad hands over child soldiers to UNICEF
    Ndjamena (AFP) June 12, 2009
    Chad handed over 84 child soldiers captured during a rebel offensive last month to the UN children's organisation UNICEF Friday, an AFP journalist witnessed. The children were among 236 prisoners of war captured as government troops repelled rebels who had entered the east of the country from Sudan, said Defence Minister General Kamougue Wadal Abdelkader. The handover took place at a cer ... more

    Burundi's hand grenade epidemic
    Bujumbura (AFP) June 11, 2009
    In post-conflict Burundi, hand grenades go for around one dollar on the black market and have become the weapon of choice for everybody, from petty criminals to disgruntled lovers. In many of the region's countries, civil conflicts have become inextricably identified with a specific weapon. Somalia's warlord-dominated nineties coined the word technical for gun-mounted pickups, Darfur's ... more

    Nairobi slum dwellers worry at looming eviction
    Nairobi (AFP) June 9, 2009
    The 19-year-old leans against a rusty metal wall at his school in a Nairobi slum, pondering the government's plan to tear down the building as part of a new round of forced evictions. "We need a conducive environment to proceed with our exams," said O-level pupil Ben Ogada, who sits for his final pre-university examinations in December. "The government's threats are disrupting our learning ... more

    Gabon's defence minister, Bongo's son, calls for calm
    Libreville (AFP) June 8, 2009
    Gabon's Defence Minister Ali Ben Bongo, the son of the late president Omar Bongo Ondimba, made a televised appeal for calm in the country after the death of his father in a Spanish clinic Monday. "I am calling for calm and serenity of heart and reverence to preserve the unity and peace so dear to our late father," said Bongo, who is considered one of the leading candidates to step into the ... more

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