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Africa Faces Its Own Nuclear Power Challenges

While the tsunami-caused nuclear plant emergency in Japan is leading to reassessments of nuclear energy policy around the world, in Africa, experts say challenges remain the same as before. They say limits to expanding nuclear power on the continent are of a financial nature, as well as related to fears of political instability

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Gbagbo ready to leave Ivory Coast

A top French official says Ivory Coast's defiant leader, Laurent Gbagbo, is on the brink of giving up power. Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told parliament in Paris Tuesday that negotiators are, in his words, “very close to convincing” to Mr. Gbagbo to leave. Other French and Ivorian officials said negotiations for Mr. Gbagbo's departure are in progress

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Ivory Coast: France, UN Soldiers Join Fight Against Laurent Gbagbo

French troops and United Nations peacekeepers are joining the fight against Ivory Coast's incumbent president as forces backing the country's internationally recognized leader launch another attack for control of the commercial capital, Abidjan. United Nations and French helicopters in Abidjan have fired on forces loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to stop them from using heavy weapons

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Zuma takes heat for rebucking Mugabe

A diplomatic spat has emerged between Harare and Pretoria after President Robert Mugabe and state-controlled media aligned with his ZANU-PF party publicly criticized the mediation role in Zimbabwe of South African President Jacob Zuma, calling him a dishonest broker

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Nigeria Election: President Jonathan, PDP Welcome Vote Postponement

Nigeria's main political parties are backing a decision by election officials to postpone nationwide polls for a week. Elections for parliament were abruptly stopped Saturday when voting materials failed to reach many polling sites. The new schedule calls for parliamentary polls on April 9, followed by the presidential vote on April 16 and state elections ten days later

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Gadhafi Proposes Transferring Power to Son Saif al-Islam

Greek officials say an envoy of Moammar Gadhafi has told Prime Minister George Papandreou the Libyan leader wants an end to the fighting in his country. Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said Sunday that it appears Libyan authorities "are seeking a solution" to the armed conflict with anti-Gadhafi forces. Droutsas spoke after acting Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul-Ati al-Obeidi met with Mr. Papandreou in Athens

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New Nigeria Election Schedule Announced

Nigeria has announced another new schedule for nationwide elections, after postponing the first of those votes two times in two days. Under the new schedule announced Sunday, Nigerians will cast ballots for parliament on April 9, then vote for president on April 16 and state governor positions on April 26

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A fresh start for the next-wave economies

Imagine that you are in a room with a group of international investors and corporate executives and you have the chance to tell them about a virtually untapped trove of investment potential. There are nearly 50 countries, you will say, that among them have been growing at 6 or 7 per cent a year for most of the decade, and even during the depth of the downturn in 2009 managed to expand by more than 4 per cent. Most of them are rich in one or more of the natural resources that are highly prized today – petrol

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Ivory Coast: Fierce Fighting Between Gbagbo, Ouattara Forces

Troops loyal to Ivory Coast incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo are refusing to give up, using state-run television to call for reinforcements to help keep Mr. Gbagbo in power. Residents reported bursts of gunfire and explosions Saturday in and around Abidjan, as the battle between Mr. Gbagbo's forces and those fighting for internationally-recognized president Alassane Ouattara entered its third day

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara forces attack Gbagbo residence

A spokesman for Ivory Coast's internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara says forces loyal to him attacked the Abidjan residence of incumbent president Laurent Gbago, early Friday and have taken control of the country's state television station. The spokesman said the televison station went off the air Thursday night. Ouattara forces entered Abidjan earlier Thusday after sweeping across Ivory Coast this week, facing only minor resistance from Mr. Gbagbo's security

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Analyst: Economic Problems Fuel Ivory Coast Conflict

Ivory Coast’s electoral stand-off has cost hundreds of lives. Independent monitors and the international community say Alassane Ouattara won the recent presidential poll, and incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down. But some observers say the real cause of the conflict is cocoa, the commodity that has boosted living standards in the country and made it one of the wealthiest in West Africa

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