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December 26 2013

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The Patchwork Nation

New York Times - By Adewale Maja Pearce - Dec. 26 (Opinion) - In 2005, the National Intelligence Council, an independent group that advises Washington’s director of central intelligence, published a report that raised the specter of “the outright collapse of Nigeria.” It echoed an earlier council report on global trends through 2015 that was pessimistic about the future of the so-called giant of Africa.

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December 25 2013

08:00

Editorial: The Global Cancer Burden - NY Times: Editorials

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Dec. 25 (Editorial) - Editorial: The Global Cancer Burden

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October 15 2013

07:00

Looking Forward: The End of the Nation-State?

New York Times - By By PARAG KHANNA - Oct. 15 (Opinion) - With rapid urbanization under way, cities want to call their own shots. Increasingly, they can.

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October 10 2013

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Mixed fortunes for Cape vultures

BBC News - Oct. 10 (News Report) - Expanding networks of pylons and power lines in southern Africa are extending Cape vultures' foraging range but it comes at a cost, say scientists.

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October 06 2013

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U.S. forces raid targets in Libya, Somalia, capture al Qaeda operative

CNN - By Barbara Starr. Evan Perez, Greg Botelho - Oct. 06 (Breaking News) - In two operations in Africa nearly 3,000 miles apart, U.S. military forces went after two high-value targets over the weekend. One operation took place early Saturday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, when U.S. forces captured Abu Anas al Libi, an al Qaeda operative wanted for his role in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

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September 25 2013

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Op-Ed Contributor: The End of Poverty, Soon

New York Times - By By JEFFREY D. SACHS - Sep. 25 (Opinion) - Op-Ed Contributor: The End of Poverty, Soon

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August 18 2013

07:00

AfricaNews - Eating to live: debate on growing GM crops rife in Ghana - The AfricaNews articles of adomfeh

africanews.com - By Kofi Adu Domfeh - Aug. 18 (Special Report) - The first-ever genetically modified (GM) crop to be planted in Ghana is the Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) rice.

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July 09 2013

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Foiled in the United States, Anti-Gay Evangelicals Spread Hate in Africa

Mother Jones - By Jeremy Lybarger - Jul. 09 (Opinion) - The Supreme Court's recent decisions on same-sex marriage were a sound rebuke to religious conservatives who have sought to demonize gay Americans and prevent them from sharing rights that their fellow citizens take for granted. But American evangelical groups, undaunted by their losses in America's culture wars, have been taking their messages—good and bad—to the multitudes of Africa.

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July 02 2013

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Cold War Radioactivity Can Date Illegal Elephant Ivory

National Geographic - By Roff Smith - Jul. 02 (News) - Fallout from long-ago Cold War explosions is now a forensic tool in the very modern war against elephant poachers and the illegal trade in ivory. It's a war that's never been hotter. Despite a 1989 international ban on ivory sales, elephant poaching is a bigger business than ever, with an estimated 30,000 African elephants being killed for their tusks last year alone

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March 30 2013

07:00

Kenya Supreme Court upholds Uhuru Kenyatta election win - BBC News

BBC News - Mar. 30 (News) - Kenya's Supreme Court has upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory, rejecting several petitions challenging the vote. Chief Justice Willy Mutunga announced the decision, which was unanimous, saying the poll was free and fair.

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August 21 2012

07:00

Q & A: What happened to journalists under Meles Zenawi's ruling?

GlobalPost - By Amy Silverstein - Aug. 21 (Interview) - Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi granted and then squashed press freedoms, says an expert from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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January 12 2012

08:00

Nicholas D. Kristof Blog: Melinda Gates Shares Insights From Her Recent Trip to Bangladesh.

New York Times - By By THE EDITORS - Jan. 12 (Opinion) - Melinda Gates, just back from a trip to Bangladesh, along with Nicholas Kristof, answer readers' questions about the developing world.

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December 27 2011

08:00

Oil Slick From Massive Spill in Nigeria Threatens Coastline, May Be Largest Spill in a Decade

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 27 (News Report) - Communities along Nigeria’s Niger Delta have been put on alert following a major oil spill from the oil giant, Shell. The massive oil slick is making its way to the Nigerian coast, threatening local wildlife and massive pollution along the shore. Much of the available information about the spill comes from the company responsible for it, Royal Dutch Shell, which says less than 40,000 barrels have leaked so far. But Nigeria’s National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency says the spill could be three times as large. It comes just four months after the United Nations said it would take 30 years and around $1 billion for a small section of the delta to recover from environmental damage caused by Shell and other companies.

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November 01 2011

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France, Islam and the banlieues: a debate on the place of Islam and class in the suburbs

The Guardian - By Michèle Tribalat, Gérard Mauger - Nov. 01 (Opinion) - In an effort to allay concerns about Islam in France, policymakers and analysts have either tried to play down its importance or sought to blend it into the landscape. Islam is often portrayed as an integral part of French history: its presence simply follows on from ancient history. The basis for this argument is shaky, for it refers to an era when Christendom – not yet referred to as the west – was in retreat, driven back by the force of Islamic arms.

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October 20 2011

07:00

Colbert Nails Rush Limbaugh Over Obama Christian Killing Accusations (VIDEO)

Huffington Post - By Stephen Colbert - Oct. 20 (Comedy News) - On Wednesday night's "Report," Stephen Colbert featured a segment on the inflammatory radio host's recent on-air claim that Obama is sending troops to Uganda for the purpose of "wiping out Christians." Explaining that the "Christian" group Lord's Resistance Army promotes an objective "to remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people," Limbaugh left out that the LRA has terrorized the people of Uganda and other countries for over 25 years by abducting children, brainwashing them and forcing them to become sex slaves as well as torturers and executioners.

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September 02 2011

07:00

In Africa, U.S. Watches China's Rise

Wall Street Journal - By Peter Wonacott - Sep. 02 (News Report) - China is expanding its economic and political ties with countries across Africa, resulting in a rapid rise in influence here that has sparked concern from the U.S. government

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August 24 2011

07:00

Kadafi 'delusional,' wants to reclaim power, ex-confidante says

Los Angeles Times - By Molly Hennessy-Fiske - Aug. 24 (News Report) - Libya's fugitive leader thinks he can return to power when NATO ends its air campaign, his former right-hand man told Al Jazeera television. “Kadafi is delusional because he thinks he can disappear in Libya and, when NATO leaves, he believes he can gather his supporters,” said Abdel Salam Jalloud, who defected before rebels captured most of the capital this week.

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Live blog: Rebels fighting pockets of resistance; journalists escape hotel

CNN - Aug. 24 (Breaking News) - With reported pockets of fighting remaining in Tripoli on Wednesday, the whereabouts of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were still not known. Rebels seized Gadhafi’s vast compound on Tuesday. Celebratory gunfire was virtually nonstop as rebels streamed in and out of the compound, many leaving with weapons and ammunition seized from the complex. A senior NATO official warned that the war "is not over yet, although it's close."

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Qaddafi's many hideouts help him elude rebels

CBS News - Aug. 24 (News Report) - Even after rebels stormed into the capital and overwhelmed his residence, Libya's Muammar Qaddafi has plenty of places to hide. Underground, for example. The man who ruled Libya for 42 years is known to have deep bunkers under his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, which rebel fighters seized Tuesday. Some former officials say the compound is connected by long tunnels to far-flung parts of Tripoli in a hidden network that would provide a quick escape route.

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Foreign policy: intervention after Libya

The Guardian - Aug. 24 (Opinion) - It can be said that in narrow military terms the west's action over Libya has worked, and that politically there was justification It is too early to claim that the Nato intervention in Libya has been a success in the full meaning of that word. It will be weeks before we have a sense of where Libya is heading, months before there is any certainty about its future, and years before we can properly assess the impact of the decision to use force to aid the rebels. But it can now reasonably be said that in narrow military terms it worked, and that politically there was some retrospective justification for its advocates as the crowds poured into the streets of Tripoli to welcome the rebel convoys earlier this week. The argument that we had foolishly gone in on one side in a civil war must be weakened by such scenes, which suggest that the picture of a majority wishing to see the back of Gaddafi is closer to the truth than the alternative picture of a people more or less evenly divided between ...

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