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Shea Production Vital to Women's Incomes in West Africa

Across the semi-arid Sahel region of West Africa, the shea tree prized by women, who produce a butter from its nuts that is a key ingredient in food and cosmetics. However, drought and diseases threaten this source of income. "Shea represents 80 percent of rural women's income," says Fatoumata Coulibaly, explaining how women go out to collect the...

Two Nigerian students Citizens Linked to Al-Qaeda Deported

The two Nigerian students-- Abdulsalam Luqman and Abdullahi Bolajoko Uthman, who were arrested by Malaysian authorities in January for alleged connections to al-Qaeda have been deported back to Nigeria Accused of being associates of Farouk AbdulMutallab, who is currently standing trial in US for the attempted bombing of s Detroit airline last...

Monitoring Peace in the Border Badlands of Sudan

Thick dust clouds obscure the horizon as the convoy of UN military observers sets off to patrol the oil-rich, yet desperately underdeveloped Unity State in Southern Sudan. In these borderlands, monitoring a 2005 deal that halted decades of war between north and south is a major undertaking. "We set up a forward operating base, from where we travel...

Africa Could Join High-Speed Science Network

Africa Could Join High-Speed Science Network African science ministers are hoping to extend a high-speed fibre optic network - currently linking Egypt to the northern hemisphere - to other countries in Africa. The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) connects national laboratories and institutes across Canada, China, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia and the...

Zimbabwean President Jacob Zuma to Meet All Factions in Harare

Zimbabwean President Jacob Zuma to Meet All Factions in Harare PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma held brief talks last night with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe soon after his arrival in Harare on an official visit during which he will hold critical talks with the country's bickering political leadership. Zuma's intervention in Zimbabwe could determine the future of the weakening coalition government, formed...

Zimbabwean Documentary Wins an Oscar

Zimbabwean Documentary Wins an Oscar Music by Prudence', an inspiring documentary about a group of handicapped Zimbabwean musicians, scooped the best prize for a short documentary at the 2010 Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, on Sunday night. The documentary is about singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena and her marimba group Liyana, who offer messages of hope through their music,...

Court Okays Fresh Legal Moves to Sack President Umaru Yar'Adua

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, okayed a request by former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Farouk Aliyu, to void the January 27 resolution passed by the Economic Council of the Federation, ECF, giving President Umaru Yar'Adua a clean bill of health. The trial judge, Justice Adamu Bello, granted the applicant the...

450,000 Sign to Kill Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda

Almost half a million people have petitioned Parliament to drop debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Religious leaders and HIV/Aids activists handed a copy of the petition with signatures, collected mainly through the Internet from all over the world, including Uganda, to Speaker Edward Ssekandi on Monday. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, the first...

Lavish Birthday Bash Planned for President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Zanu PF is planning lavish birthday celebrations for President Robert Mugabe despite revelations last week that over two million Zimbabweans need urgent food aid. Mugabe, the country's only ruler since Independence in 1980, turns 86 today. This year's ritzy celebrations kicking off on Friday night at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair include a...

'World Food Program (WFP) Will Not Operate in Southern Somalia' - Al-Shabab

Officials of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen have Saturday said that the World Food Program (WFP) will not operate in the areas under the control of their administration in Somalia until it takes commandments ordered earlier. Sheik Moktar Robow Ali better known as (Abu Mansour), high profile of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen told reporters before a...

Unicef Study Finds Millions of Egyptian Children Still Live in Poverty

Unicef Study Finds Millions of Egyptian Children Still Live in Poverty Millions of Egyptian children continue to live in poverty, despite recent gains made for young people, particularly on the legislative front, a study commissioned by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found. Speaking this week at the study's launch in Cairo, Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa,...

President Mwai Kibaki Suspends 8 Officials in Anti-Graft Purge

President Mwai Kibaki on Saturday asked government officials mentioned adversely in the Subsidized Maize Scheme Audit Report and the Free Primary Education Programme to step down to allow for independent investigations. In a statement issued from State House Nairobi, President Kibaki said the officials should vacate office for three months to...

National Assembly Empowers Jonathan as Acting President in Nigeria

National Assembly Empowers Jonathan as Acting President in Nigeria The National Assembly has passed a resolution empowering Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to step in the saddle as Acting President, pending the return of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. Yar'Adua has been receiving treatment at King Faisal Specialist and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, since November 24, last year. He had...

Free Education Lifts Uganda's Development Position

Free primary and secondary education has lifted Uganda's ranking on the UN Human Development Index (HDI). The spike in the number of students, since the Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education programmes was introduced, has contributed greatly to the country's improved global standing. Although Uganda's ranking of 157 out of...

Christian Parties Call On South African President Jacob Zuma to Quit Over 'Love-Child'

Two Christian political parties have urged South African President Jacob Zuma to resign for fathering a child out-of-wedlock, saying he is undermining government efforts to fight HIV and AIDSs. "The African Christian Democratic Party is shocked by the report that President Zuma has fathered a love-child with the daughter of his close friend, Irvin...