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Apr 26, 2013

African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award

LONDON (Reuters) – African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes.

French veterans Lo’jo, who mix French folk with African and Arabic sounds, picked up the Best Group award and the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba was chosen as top Newcomer.

Apr 21, 2013

Victory over Japanese at Kohima named Britain’s greatest battle

LONDON (Reuters) – The Battle of Imphal/Kohima, when British troops fighting in horrendous jungle conditions turned the tide against the Japanese army in World War II, has been chosen as Britain’s greatest battle.

Kohima was picked over the more celebrated battles of D-Day and Waterloo in a contest organised by the National Army Museum.

Jan 28, 2013

Malian musicians back power of harmony over guns

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – As musicians from Mali took to a
London stage on Saturday night, news was announced that back
home French troops had captured the airport of the
Islamist-controlled city of Gao.

A cheer went up – and not surprisingly.

Since Islamist militants seized control of Mali’s north
following a military coup in March 2012, the country has been
convulsed by conflict.

Dec 20, 2012

Lawyer who foretold church scandals writes his story

London (Reuters) – Ray Mouton was a successful young lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana, respected in the community and blessed with a loving family, when he received a call from a vicar in the Roman Catholic diocese for a lunch meeting on a fateful day in 1984.

The diocese asked him to defend an errant priest, accused of abusing dozens of children in a rural community. Mouton reluctantly agreed to take on the task.

Nov 16, 2012

Spain and Portugal’s plight dominates Ibero-American meet

CADIZ, Spain, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought
help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies to
rescue them from economic crisis through a new wave of trade and
investment across the Atlantic Ocean.

Suffering deep recession and with their citizens protesting
at job losses and austerity measures, the two European countries
hope the Ibero-American Summit of leaders in the historic port
of Cadiz can open up desperately needed business opportunities.

Nov 16, 2012

Spain and Portugal’s recessions dominate Ibero: American summit

CADIZ, Spain (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies, looking for a wave of trade and investment across the Atlantic Ocean to rescue them from economic crisis.

Suffering deep recession and with their citizens demonstrating against job losses and public spending cuts, the two European countries hope the Ibero-American Summit can open up desperately needed trading opportunities.

Nov 15, 2012

Impoverished Iberians, booming Latin America eye new relations

CADIZ, Spain, Nov 15 (Reuters) – In past centuries, the
Atlantic port of Cadiz played a central role in trade between
Spain and its Latin American colonies, with merchants and
adventurers bringing treasure back to the mother country from
the mines and plantations of the empire.

In recent decades, Spanish and Portuguese businessmen
roamed the continent in a wave of investment known as the
“Reconquest”.

Oct 22, 2012

Gunmen, soldiers fight in Lebanon in spillover from Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, security and hospital sources said.

The clashes have heightened fears that Syria’s civil war with its sectarian dimensions is now spreading into Lebanon, pitting local allies and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against each other.

Oct 22, 2012

Gunbattles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese army promised decisive action to quell unrest linked to the Syria conflict as gunbattles flared in the capital Beirut and elsewhere on Monday after the assassination of a senior intelligence officer last week.

The army command urged political leaders to be cautious in their public statements so as not to inflame passions further.

Oct 22, 2012

Clashes break out in Beirut after slain official’s funeral

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Gunmen exchanged fire in southern districts of Beirut overnight after the state funeral of an assassinated Lebanese intelligence chief ended in violence when angry mourners broke away and tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Sunday’s clashes fed into a growing political crisis in Lebanon linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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