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A bombing Raid on Registration Center in South Sudan

The spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, Phillip Aguer, said a plane belonging to the Sudan Air Force bombed civilians at a voter registration center in Malual County in Northern Barh el Ghazal state.  He claimed four soldiers and two civilians were wounded in the attack. Aguer told VOA a helicopter gunship bombed an area along the...

Optimism, But No Deal, at Summit on Sudan Referendum

An East African regional summit on Sudan has ended with no deal between north and south on key disputes threatening a referendum on southern independence. But the two sides did agree to keep talking as time for a deal runs short.Five heads of state and one possible future head of state gathered at a posh hotel Tuesday to see what could be done to...

Conservationists Working to Protect Endangered African Manatees

Conservationists in West Africa are working with local fishermen to protect endangered African manatees, which are an important part of both the environment and local folk lore.The distinctive sound can be heard of a manatee - a torpedo shaped marine animal that lives in the Caribbean, South America and along the coast, rivers and wetlands of over...

Referendum Commission 'Encouraged' by Sudan Voter Registration

The spokesman for Sudan’s referendum commission told VOA his organization is encouraged by the increase in registration in the north because of what he described as an intensified media education campaign ahead of the 9th January referendum. George Benjamin said the chief of the referendum commission has urged both the governing National Congress...

Sudan’s Rival Factions Trade Voter Intimidation Charges

A prominent member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has flouted the Referendum Act by intimidating and harassing prospective voters ahead of the January vote. Rabie Abdelati Obeid said there is enough evidence to prove that officials of the SPLM encouraged southerners living...

Local Resistance Leaving Somali Refugees Without Shelter in Kenya

As the rainy season in Kenya continues, resources at the Dadaab refugee camps are being stretched to the limit. With refugees pouring across the Somali border, the demands of local politicians are forcing the humanitarian agencies to simply turn families away. In Northeastern Kenya, the ever-expanding Dadaab refugee camp may finally have reached...

Sinopec Hits First Oil in Niger Delta

Sinopec Hits First Oil in Niger Delta China oil giant, Sinopec, has struck oil in its first exploration well drilled in Nigeria's Block 137, previously owned by Canadian oil giant, Addax Petroleum. According to Reuters report, the Udele-3 well of Block 137, in the Niger Delta, was the first exploration well Sinopec drilled in Nigeria this year after its acquisition of Swiss oil and...

Earth Tremor Hits Western Kenya

n earth tremor that lasted for seconds and which occurred at around 3pm hit western Kenya threw the residents into shock and panic. In Kisumu town, people fled from buildings to areas that they considered secure. "The building that I was in started to shake and I had to flee for my safety," said Mr Apollo Apollo, a Kisumu resident. "This event is...

Floods Death Toll Rises to 100 in Kenya

Floods Death Toll Rises to 100 in Kenya More than 100 people have been killed by floods and thousands others displaced as the rains continue to wreak havoc. Some 500 families have been displaced in Trans Nzoia District by the floods that have destroyed human life and vegetation. Kenya Red Cross Society communications officer Nelly Muluka said some of the displaced families risked...

Tanzania to Set Up Mineral Processing Plant

Tanzania to Set Up Mineral Processing Plant WITH the passing of the Mining Act 2010 by the Parliament last week, local mineral processing plant will be set up as the government had finally set its sights on retaining a certain percentage of all minerals in the country for processing before export. This follows a legally binding arrangement that will be brought forth by the Act which...

President Museveni Supports Eradication of Nuclear Weapon in Uganda

President Museveni has told visiting Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Uganda does not support acquisition of nuclear weapons by new countries. In a speech delivered over dinner at State House Entebbe on Friday night, Mr Museveni, however, insisted that the use of nuclear technology for civilian purposes such as electricity generation...

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan Returns, U.S. Trip Successful, Says Nigerian Government

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan Returns, U.S. Trip Successful, Says Nigerian Government Acting President Goodluck Jonathan returned to the country yesterday after a four-day working visit to the United States where he attended the Nuclear Security Summit, met President Barack Obama and had other engagements. It was his first official visit outside the country since he emerged Acting President on February 9 following President Umaru...

Health Fears Follow Floods in Zambia

As the heavy rains subside, signifying the end of the rainy season, a cholera outbreak is sweeping through the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), issued an alert on Apr. 9 concerning a cholera epidemic that has swept the city. "Over the last five weeks, the number of cholera cases has risen...

19 Million Nigerians Treated for River Blindness in 12 Years

19 Million Nigerians Treated for River Blindness in 12 Years As part of efforts to check cases of river blindness or onchocerciasis in parts of Nigeria , over 19million Nigerians infected or at the risk of infection by the disease have been availed professional treatment and drugs in the last 12 years to arrest the spread of the tropical disease in the country. Country Director of the Helen Keller...

Namibia Aims to Go Nuclear in 20 Years

Namibia Aims to Go Nuclear in 20 Years GOVERNMENT has decided to build a nuclear power plant in Namibia within the next 15 to 20 years, Mines and Energy Minister Erkki Nghimtina has confirmed. Nghimtina on Tuesday told Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy in Paris that although no firm date has yet been set for the...