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Jun 13, 2014

Some abducted schoolgirls may never return: Nigerian ex-president

ABUJA (Reuters) – Some of the schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram may never return home, Nigeria’s influential former president Olusegun Obasanjo said, in some of the most pessimistic comments yet on their fate from a member of the country’s elite.

Obasanjo said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had taken too long to respond to the April mass abduction. Once Jonathan’s mentor and one of his strongest political allies, Obasanjo turned against him last December.

Jun 12, 2014

Nigerian media chase politics in Boko Haram coverage

LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – A year ago, the daily editorial conference at Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper might have paused to consider where on the inside pages to place a story about the latest Boko Haram attack.

These days there is no need to think. Major raids by the Islamist insurgents go front and center in the paper – and then further, generating comment pieces looking at every angle through the prism of Nigerian politics.

Jun 9, 2014

Africa’s sports bars, TV shacks step up security for World Cup

KAMPALA/ABUJA (Reuters) – Guards search customers and peer into bags at Kampala’s Kyadondo bar, almost exactly four years after militants set off explosives in a sports ground outside, killing dozens of fans watching the last World Cup final on a giant screen.

The crowd is small and mood subdued – but Edmond Twebembere does not want to let security fears spoil his night out. “I love the place, maybe too much … So, as scary as the history is, I decided I will come,” said the 32-year-old. “I could still die somewhere else.”

Nov 19, 2012

Gold rises 1 percent, recovers last week’s losses

LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Gold rose one percent on Monday,
recovering last week’s losses, on increased risk appetite as the
dollar softened, while violence in the Middle East and talks to
resolve an imminent fiscal crunch in the United States lent
support.

Spot gold rose 1.02 percent to $1,731.00 an ounce by
1430 GMT, having earlier jumped to $1,732.10. U.S. gold
gained 0.97 percent to $1,731.40.

Nov 19, 2012

Gold firms, buoyed by Middle East

LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Gold firmed as the dollar slipped
on Monday after dropping by 1 percent last week, while violence
in the Middle East and talks to resolve an imminent fiscal
crunch in the United States lent support.

Spot gold rose 0.59 percent to $1,723.6 an ounce by
1127 GMT. U.S. gold gained half a percent to $1,723.70.

Jan 25, 2011
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Dancing to the last beats of a united Sudan

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Half way through the evening you felt this is what a united Sudan could have been like.

It was an engagement party thrown by a beaming, white-robed Khartoum patriarch with pulsing music provided by Orupaap, a group of mostly southern musicians and dancers.

Nov 22, 2010
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Driving Sudan towards paradise

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Back in1978, Sudanese statesman Abel Alier decided he had had enough of negotiating with troublesome locals over a controversial development project. Exasperated at the endless obstacles, he vowed to force it through without an agreement.

“If we have to drive our people to paradise with sticks we will do so for their own good and the good of those who come after us,” he infamously said.

Sep 16, 2010
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Sudan rearranges furniture as independence vote looms

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The shiny new headquarters of Sudan’s referendum commission was buzzing with activity on Monday, less than four months ahead of the scheduled start of a seismic vote on whether the country’s oil-producing south should declare independence.

Unfortunately, officials were not all busy putting the final touches to voting registration lists or preparing publicity materials for the region’s inexperienced electorate.

Jun 14, 2010
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Juwama vs. the Nile Republic – South Sudan searches for a new name

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What’s in a name? An entire cultural and national identity if you are from Sudan’s oil-producing south.

The region of southern Sudan is now less than seven months away from a referendum on whether it should split away to form Africa’s newest country.

Apr 10, 2010
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When is an election boycott not an election boycott?

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When it takes place in Sudan.

Preparations for Sudan’s general elections — due to start tomorrow — were thrown into confusion over the past two weeks as opposition parties issued contradictory statements over whether they were boycotting the polls.

Some announced a total withdrawal, protesting against fraud and unrest in Darfur, only to change their minds days later. Others pulled out from parts of the elections — presidential, parliamentary and gubernatorial votes are taking place at the same time — then changed their minds days later. Others left it up to individual candidates to decide.