East Africa

Ethiopian Dictator Meles Zenawi goes “in hiding” after suffering an unknown illness

August 7, 2012

“In an interview with the state-run Ethiopian Television (ETV), information minister, Bereket Simon, said Zenawi’s health has improved during the past few days following treatment in Europe.”

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Somalia Leaders vote in favor of a new draft Constitution

August 3, 2012

“Somalia now officially has a constitution after over 20 years of lawlessness, the Somali government has moved one step closer to being an established government.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Clinton travels to East Africa to discuss security and political stability

August 2, 2012

“She will meet leaders from Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia, countries essential to Washington’s strategy to fight Islamist militants and expand American economic interests.”

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Ebola-related fatalities in Uganda rise to 15

August 2, 2012

“At least 15 people have died in Uganda from the deadly Ebola virus with the toll likely to rise further, the health ministry said Wednesday.”

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8 Protesters killed in western Darfur, the worst violence since austerity measures were imposed last month

August 1, 2012

“The austerity measures, including cuts to fuel subsidies, have provoked a spate of small antigovernment demonstrations.”

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Mali’s Interim President outlines plans for a peaceful post-coup political transition

July 31, 2012

“According to Traore, the president, prime minister and other government ministers would not be eligible to run for office in the next elections.”

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Secretary of State Clinton’s 11-day tour through Africa focuses on terrorism and China

July 31, 2012

“Without mentioning China by name, Clinton will urge African leaders to carefully consider projects proposed by foreign countries that do not demand complete accountability and may encourage corruption to the detriment of the people.”

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Analysis: Russia’s plan to extend its naval forces to foreign bases poses little strategic threat to the U.S.

July 30, 2012

“It is more a political move than a military one, as President Vladimir Putincontinues to contest American supremacy, particularly during the Syrian crisis.”

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Ebola virus breaks out in Uganda, killing at least 14 people this month

July 30, 2012

“The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan health officials said on Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.”

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Report: Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since 1991 in either Cuba, Vietnam or Seychelles

July 28, 2012

“Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending warships further afield as part of an effort to restore pride project power in a world dominated by the U.S. military.”

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Federal Judge overseeing a Somali Pirate Case assails the Prosecution for “inexcusable behavior”

July 24, 2012

“The judge also ruled that for the other piracy count, the government would have to prove that Ali “intentionally facilitated acts of piracy while he was on the high seas” — and not in Somalia’s territorial waters.”

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Drug-resistant strain of HIV appearing in parts of Africa

July 24, 2012

Over eight years, prevalance of resistant virus in untreated people soared from around one percent to 7.3 percent in eastern Africa, and from one percent to 3.7 percent in southern Africa.”

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South African President Zuma: Africa’s unbalanced trade ties with China are “unsustainable”

July 22, 2012

“Two-way trade between China and Africa hit $166 billion last year, with a trade surplus in Africa’s favor due to exports of raw materials such as crude oil and copper. China is a major exporter of cheap manufactured goods to Africa, such as electronics and clothes.”

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America’s War on Drugs spreads to Africa as the U.S. begins training counternarcotics police in Ghana

July 22, 2012

“In both regions, American officials are responding to fears that crackdowns in more direct staging points for smuggling — like Mexico and Spain — have prompted traffickers to move into smaller and weakly governed states, further corrupting and destabilizing them.”

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China and African countries outline plans for future cooperation

July 22, 2012

“At the forum, China pledged African governments $20 billion in credit over the next three years, and Chinese president Hu Jintao said the money will support infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and growth of small businesses.”

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