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UN Sees Encouraging Developments in Guinea-Bissau

A senior United Nations official says there have been encouraging developments in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. But he adds that there is a lot yet to be done by the country’s leaders to consolidate the gains. The U.N. Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau, Joseph Mutaboba, says the encouraging developments include the reform of...

Guinea-Bissau's Lone Brewery Hopes to Tap National Pride

Through coups, conflicts and other upheavals, one constant for many West African countries has been the presence of a national beer. After going years without one, Guinea-Bissau is now hoping to revive its own local beer tradition following the reopening of its only beer factory. The sound of clinking bottles echoes in the humming Pampa beer...

NGO: Guinea-Bissau to be Land Mine Free by Next Year

An organization dedicated to the removal of land mines from three conflicts in the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau says the country will become mine free in 2012. The land mine removal group HUMAID says it is close to completing its work in the mine-riddled countryside of Guinea-Bissau, a country of 1.6 million people that is nestled...

Guinea-Bissau Wants More Money for Fish Agreements

Officials in Guinea-Bissau say the European Union is paying too little for the right to fish in their seas, and must pay more if they want to continue doing so.This wetland country off Africa's Atlantic coast is no rich nation.  In fact, the United Nations ranks it the world's sixth poorest.Yet just off shore, under the waves that batter its 80...

Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

Quranic schools in Senegal gained much unwanted attention last year with a damning report by Human Rights Watch that said many schools were enslaving their students to beg for money. One Quranic school that is putting its students first. Mohammed Niasse opened his Quranic school in 1981 with just six students. Thirty years later, this daara,...

Nigeria's Latest Election Signals Possible Turnaround

Nigeria may be able to polish its reputation and assume a wider on role the global stage if its upcoming gubernatorial polls are as seemingly free and fair as last week's presidential election, analysts say. This oil-exporting country of 154 million people has long enjoyed the money and manpower to dominate its continent, and some analysts expect...

West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change's Effects

From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.  The ocean breaking on southern Senegal's coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a...

Radio Network in Southern Senegal Tries to Restore Peace

A community radio project in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region is trying to help the peace process there by encouraging dialogue in an atmosphere of ongoing tension and violence. Pasted to the wall inside Fogny FM, a radio station located just south of the Gambian border, are the words "radio is an art" scribbled in French.  But for thousands of...

West Africa Stock Exchange Suspends Ivory Coast Trading

West Africa's regional stock exchange has suspended operations in Ivory Coast because of the country's political crisis. It is the latest in a series of financial closures that deepen the economic impact of the standoff between rival presidents.The regional bourse [stock exchange] is suspending all operations until further notice at its Abidjan...