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A new scramble for African riches – its consumers

When the world’s biggest retail company, US-based Walmart, bought a majority stake in South Africa’s Massmart — also a retail company — for a staggering $2.5 billion last year, eyebrows were raised. Foreign investors in Africa usually put their money in the riches that lie beneath its soil, not over its discount counters. In fact, the steady growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the continent during most of the past decade has been mostly concentrated in mining, especially oil

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo Threatens Foreign Journalists

Ivory Coast's incumbent president is warning international journalists they will be considered “accomplices to terrorists” if they do not present a more balanced picture of the country's political crisis. Laurent Gbagbo said Tuesday in a statement read on state television by his spokesman that international media are making up atrocities committed by his supporters. For example, the statement said journalists fabricated reports security forces shelled civilians in an Abidjan neighborhood last week

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Kenya: President Kibaki Pledges Quick Electoral Reforms

Kenya's president says the government will work quickly to implement reforms outlined in the country's new constitution and set up free and fair elections next year. In his Tuesday address at parliament, Mwai Kibaki said he is “fully aware of the challenges and opportunities” in dealing with the aftermath of the post-election crisis that killed some 1,300 people, displaced some 300,000 people, and caused millions of dollars of damage

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Ouattara Calls on UN to use “legitimate force” in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, has called on the United Nations to authorize “legitimate force” to protect civilians caught in post-election violence. Mr. Ouattara's comments Monday came as fighters loyal to his side said they captured a fifth western town, as violent clashes increase with supporters of incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo

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Former President of Israel Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

An Israeli court has sentenced former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to seven years in prison for rape and other sexual assault offenses. Katsav was convicted in December of raping a former employee twice and molesting or sexually harassing two other women. Katsav had denied the charges and turned down a plea bargain, opting instead for a trial to clear his name

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo Supporters Join Army

Ivory Coast is teetering closer and closer to a return to civil war, as Laurent Gbagbo continues to cling to power nearly four months after a presidential election that the United Nations and much of the international community say he lost to rival, Alassane Ouattara. Thousands of pro-Gbagbo youth waited outside army headquarters in Abidjan Monday morning to join the nation's military, which has been involved in heavy fighting with forces loyal to Mr. Ouattara

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Gadhafi Must be Captured, Put on Trial, Says OppositionLeader

A Libyan opposition leader says coalition forces enforcing the U.N-authorized no-fly zone over Libya should capture leader Moammar Gadhafi so that he can be put on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity. Hadi Shalluf, president of the Justice and Democracy Party of Libya, says the opposition is not ready to negotiate with Gadhafi because, in his words, the Libyan leader is a criminal

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Greece, Macedonia clash at UN over name

Macedonia took its two-decade-old dispute with Greece over its name to the United Nations' highest court on Monday. The two countries have been at loggerheads since Skopje declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1992. Greece has demanded that Macedonia change its name, which is also the name of a Greek region, and has blocked Macedonia's bid to become a member of NATO

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China Loans Zimbabwe $585 Million

China will loan Zimbabwe $585 million under an agreement to boost the African country's health and farming sectors. After a signing ceremony in Harare on Monday, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said Beijing “understands” Zimbabwe's indigenization policy. But he expressed hope that the mineral-rich country would protect China's business investments

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Better Labs, Better Health Care in Africa

A new organization aims to sharply improve the quality of African laboratories, allowing health professionals to better track, treat and test for diseases. It’s called the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, or ASLM. “It’s basically an independent, not-for-profit entity that is organized on the continent of Africa to focus on the growing demand for really high quality medical and research laboratories throughout Africa

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Plane Shot Down in Libya

Witnesses in Libya say a fighter plane was shot down over the rebel stronghold of Benghazi Saturday. Frequent explosions have also been heard in the area. The renewed violence erupted after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's declared a cease-fire Friday and said he was ready to open channels of dialogue with the rebel opposition

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