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Oct 14, 2011

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in laid-back Niamey, Niger

NIAMEY, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Nestled on the banks of the
Niger River, Niamey stands at the crossroads of the Sahel and
sub-Saharan Africa with a population of nearly 1 million people
who take pride in their city’s reputation as one of the
continent’s most laid-back capitals.

Unlike the 32 dignitaries of former Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi’s regime who have sought refuge here but remain under
surveillance with limited movement, you will be able to visit
some of the panoramic countryside which surrounds Niamey, enjoy
all the local cuisine on offer and hit the nightlife.

Oct 6, 2011

Cameroon’s Biya set for election victory

DAKAR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, on course to win Sunday’s election, will use a new term to try to build a favourable legacy to his decades in power with major construction projects, and to anoint a successor, say analysts.

During his 29-year rule, Biya has kept the central African oil-producer on a relatively stable path in a volatile region — although critics say sometimes at the expense of democracy.

Sep 14, 2011

Niger calls for help to secure Libyan border

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger called on Wednesday for international help to secure its northern border with Libya, saying the conflict to the north was holding back efforts by its new civilian government to find stability and develop its economy.

Justice Minister Marou Amadou said Niger needed help with intelligence-gathering and aerial surveillance of some six million square meters of desert in its north, already a venue for al Qaeda’s North African wing and bandits.

Sep 11, 2011

Niger justice minister says Gaddafi son Saadi in Niger

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi entered the territory of Libya’s southern neighbor Niger on Sunday, Niger’s justice minister said.

“He was in a convoy of nine people. They were intercepted heading in the direction of Agadez,” Marou Adamou told a news conference, referring to the northern town through which at least two previous convoys of Gaddafi loyalists have entered in the past week.

Jun 28, 2011

Senegal deploys extra troops as power cuts enrage

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal deployed troops at ministry buildings, armored personnel carriers near the presidential palace and at least one helicopter gunship in the capital Dakar on Tuesday after riots over lengthy power cuts.

Many Dakar homes and businesses have been without electricity for more than 30 hours, catalysing anti-government sentiment in the normally tranquil West African state.

Jun 15, 2011

Senegal making progress on graft, governance -U.S.

DAKAR, June 15 (Reuters) – Senegal has made progress
fighting corruption and establishing good governance practices,
earning it the confidence of investors and ratings agencies, the
outgoing U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday.

Marcia Bernicat warned the West African nation last year
after a series of corruption scandals that U.S. aid, including
the $540 million Millennium Challenge Corporation grant,
depended on its anti-graft efforts. [ID:nLDE64Q2HI]

May 31, 2011

Online network Viadeo eyes Africa after shelving IPO

DAKAR (Reuters) – Viadeo, the world’s second-biggest online networking site for professionals behind LinkedIn, plans to double its users in Africa within a year, its chief operating officer for the continent said on Tuesday.

Viadeo, which targets professionals, job seekers, recruiters and serves as a brainstorming platform for entrepreneurs, shelved plans for an initial public offering (IPO) early this month to focus on growth in emerging markets.

May 30, 2011

Analysis: Post-Biya succession void looms in Cameroon

DAKAR (Reuters) – With Cameroonian leader Paul Biya widely tipped for re-election in polls scheduled for October, the burning question now for many observers of the central African state is: Who will succeed him?

Biya, 78, has ruled the oil-exporting nation for 29 years, making him among Africa’s longest rulers. After a constitutional tweak in 2008 which removed term limits, he is set to run again in what, given his age, is potentially his last seven-year term.

Apr 27, 2011

Analysis: Al Qaeda, hunger pose risks for Niger’s Issoufou

DAKAR/NIAMEY (Reuters) – The constant threat from local al Qaeda allies, recurrent food shortages and a population explosion are just a few of the problems awaiting Niger’s new civilian president.

Mahamadou Issoufou, 59, named his government last week, ending over a year of military rule in the landlocked West African nation that is rich in uranium but plagued by instability, with poverty afflicting 60 percent of its people.

Apr 22, 2011

Rio says reaches accord with Guinea over Simandou

DAKAR (Reuters) – Mining giant Rio Tinto (RIO.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday it would pay the government of Guinea $700 million after reaching an agreement to resolve all outstanding disputes over blocks 3 and 4 of its Simandou iron ore project.

The company said in an emailed statement to Reuters that it had signed a settlement to secure Rio’s mining title for the southern Simandou blocks, paving the way for some $10 billion in investment and the first shipment of iron ore by mid-2015.

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      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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