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Africa

Liberia lifts diamond mining moratorium

The Liberian government said Saturday it had lifted a six-year moratorium on the diamond trade, put in place after former President Charles Taylor was accused of using “blood diamonds” to fuel civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.


Nigerian ex-naval officers suspected of illegal petrol bunkerin
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A corruption scandal is rattling Nigeria’s navy after officials revealed that two vice admirals and eight officers now retired are suspected of having been involved in contraband petrol trafficking in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Mugabe says he will print more money

President Robert Mugabe has promised to print more money to fund municipal projects, a government newspaper reported Saturday. The pledge came despite hyperinflation that has created severe shortages of cornmeal, meat, milk and other staples. more after the jump


Libya Faults Bulgarian Pardon of Medical Workers

Calling the action a betrayal, Libya on Saturday denounced a decision by Bulgaria’s president to pardon six medical workers who had been given life sentences in Libya before they were released from the country this week.


Toiling in the Dark: Africa’s Power Crisis

Crippling electricity shortages in sub-Saharan Africa have begun to hamper the region’s development.

A U.N. Report on Somalia Accuses Eritrea of Adding to the Chaos

Eritrea has covertly shipped ”œhuge quantities of arms,” possibly including suicide bomb belts and missiles that can shoot down planes, to insurgents in Somalia in an effort to torpedo Somalia’s fledgling government, a new United Nations report says.

Ambushes cut off food, U.N. says

Attacks on aid convoys in Sudan’s Darfur region are hampering the world’s largest humanitarian operation, and about 170,000 people are out of reach of food aid because of the violence, the United Nations’ World Food Program said.

Breakaway Somali republic arrests 3 politicians

The government of the breakaway Somali republic of Somaliland on Saturday arrested three politicians planning to form an opposition party, in a move diplomats said could hurt its bid for sovereignty.

Another rattling kidnap in N-Delta

*Bayelsa in frantic search for abducted septuagenarian mother of speaker

”˜I cried and watched my aged mother being lowered into the boat and it disappeared into the night’

THE kidnap on Tuesday night of Mrs. Hansel Seibarugu, the mother of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, in the sleepy riverine settlement of Akaibiri in the Ekpetiama clan of Yenagoa Local Government Area has again brought to the fore the anarchy in the troubled Niger Delta.


Nigerian ex-naval officers suspected of illegal petrol bunkering

A corruption scandal is rattling Nigeria’s navy after officials revealed that two vice admirals and eight officers now retired are suspected of having been involved in contraband petrol trafficking in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

The new head of the navy, Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, told a parliamentary commission on Thursday about the suspected illegal bunkering on ships under naval guard and how the ex-officers allegedly dipped into the lucrative trade, several newspapers reported.

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