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Showing posts from November, 2009

France and Rwanda Restoring Relations

Claude Gueant, chief of staff at the French presidency, met Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Sunday in Rwandas capital Kigali to restore diplomatic ties. Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Rosemary Museminali, told reporters the move was the start of a process of normalizing relations.

'No alternative' in Equatorial Guinea elections - 28 Nov 09

Equatorial Guinea will hold presidential elections on Sunday, and its leader of thirty years predicts he will win almost 100 per cent of the vote. Equatorial Guinea had a low international profile until large oil reserves were discovered in 1994. Since then, its per capita income has expanded to more than $30,000 a year,. making it the richest nation in sub-Saharan Africa. But living conditions for most people in the country remain harsh. Many of them survive on less than a dollar a day. And the life expectancy for the average citizen is just 50 years. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege sat down with President Obiang in the capital Malabo in his first interview with foreign media in several years.

Zimbabwe hunts 'ghost workers'

Zimbabwe has launched a drive to find out who is getting paid by the state and whether their jobs are legitimate. The bid to reform its civil service comes amid claims thousands of people are being paid for jobs they do not do, in exchange for their political support.

Sudan braced for Egypt-Algeria grudge match

One police officer for every two football fans have been deployed for the World Cup play-off between Egypt and Algeria. The teams will meet in Omdurman in Sudan on Wednesday for a place in the finals in South Africa. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Vall reports from the capital Khartoum on the build up to a match charged with emotion.

Dam project threatens Sudanese nubian tribe

An estimated 50,000 people are likely to be displaced by the Sudanese government's proposed Merowe Dam on the River Nile The government says it is an essential project to counter an acute power shortage. But the Nubian tribe of northern Sudan, who live in the path of the dam project, think differently.

SA Police Chief: 'Cops Must Use Deadly Force'

South Africa's chief of police has told Sky News his officers should kill criminals if they are under attack. The country has one of the worst crime rates in the world and is due to host the World Cup in just over six months time. Lisa Holland reports from Johannesburg.

Inside Story - Egypt's next president

Egypt has been awash with rumour this week over who will be the country's next president. The current leader, 81 year old Hosni Mubarak, hasn't ruled out running for yet another term. But if he doesn't stand, it's being increasingly suggested that his son will.