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Nigeria Election: Jonathan or Babangida

With presidential campaigning under way in Nigeria voters are debating the merits of the two frontrunners. A president with four-months experience in office or a former coup leader who ran the country for eight years atop a military dictatorship? Those are the two leading choices for Nigerian voters: President Goodluck Jonathan or retired General Ibrahim Babangida

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Jacob Zuma calls for ANC Unity

South African President Jacob Zuma has called for unity and discipline in the ruling African National Congress on Monday while attending his party's mid-term review conference. Jacob Zuma came to the ANC National General Council in Durban, aware the powerful and often turbulent ANC Youth League wanted the conference to adopt a plan to nationalize private South African mines

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NIGERIA ELECTION

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has formally launched his campaign to run in January’s presidential elections. Mr. Jonathan made the formal announcement Saturday before a crowd of cheering supporters in Nigeria’s main city, Abuja. On Wednesday, the president used the social networking site Facebook to initially announce his candidacy

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World Bank To Invest More Resources to Help African Countries Meet Millennium Development Goals

The World Bank says African countries are having mixed results in attempts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The bank released a report on worldwide efforts in advance of next week’s UN summit on progress in achieving the goals. The report highlights the positives and the negatives of efforts by developing countries to meet their targets, says Phil Hay, the communications adviser to the Human Development Network of the World Bank

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Babangida Campaign Chief Accuses Goodluck Jonathan’s Supporters of Threats

A Nigerian media tycoon has said he stands by his allegation that supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan have threatened to kidnap his eldest son. Raymond Dokpesi, who is Director General of the presidential campaign for former Nigerian military leader Ibrahim Babangida, told VOA he received several phone calls also threatening to attack his business if he did not step down from his post

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African women scientists Honored

Five African women scientists were honored Thursday at the African Union’s 11th anniversary celebration. A.U. chairman Jean Ping told the crowd he wanted to do more to encourage women to participate in fields that have been dominated by men

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China Against South Korea Sanctions Against Iran

China has expressed opposition to South Korea's new sanctions on Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Thursday China does not approve of the unilateral sanctions. She said the Chinese government hopes countries will instead stick to diplomatic efforts and seek a resolution through dialogue and negotiations

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Says He will Run for President

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told leaders in the ruling People's Democratic Party he will seek the party's nomination in the upcoming presidential election. Nigerian media report Mr. Jonathan declared his intention Tuesday night at a closed-door meeting of state governors. Mr. Jonathan told the governors he plans to make a public announcement on September 18

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Christian Group Plans to Burn Korans

A small evangelical Christian group in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida on Saturday plans to burn Korans as a protest against violent Islamic extremists. The day marks the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. The church has a right to burn the holy book under the U.S. constitution's First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech

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Trade, Debt, Territorial Issues Dominate Talks between China, US

Washington and Beijing are entwined economically and diplomatically. Yet their relationship is often strained by economic and territorial issues. U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and Deputy National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon are in Beijing to discuss ways to ease some of the friction. The two advisers to President Obama will hold a series of talks over the next two days with Chinese officials

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Nigeria and China Building Huge Free Trade Zone in Lagos

China and Nigeria are building one of Africa's largest free trade zones in the commercial capital, Lagos. Chinese companies will use the facility to manufacture goods for export throughout Africa. On the tip of the Lekki Peninsula in Lagos, Nigeria and China are building a 16,000 hectare free trade zone to develop local manufacturing and reduce Nigeria's dependence on imported consumer goods

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Israel, Palestinians resume direct peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have launched their first direct peace talks in nearly two years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for opening statements, Thursday, in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu said a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians would take "painful concessions" from both sides

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South Africa to deport Zimbabwe refugees

The South African government has decided to end special dispensation for undocumented Zimbabwean refugees and will deport those who do not have permission to stay by the end of the year. At least one group representing Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa described the decision by President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet this week as "tantamount to a death sentence"

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