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Jun 12, 2013

O3B wins clients with broadband plan for the “other 3 billion”

DAKAR, June 12 (Reuters) – Satellite operator O3B Network
has customers signed up for one third of the capacity on eight
new satellites to be launched by September to provide high-speed
Internet to emerging markets, its chief executive said on
Wednesday.

Steve Collar said 03B aimed to offer fast Internet access at
affordable prices thanks to its low-orbiting satellites aimed at
areas mostly in developing countries where the population lacks
access to broadband connectivity.

May 7, 2013

Equatorial Guinea vote unlikely to be free, fair – right groups

DAKAR (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea’s elections this month are unlikely to be free as the organising body is controlled by the government and the work of observers will be severely restricted, three human rights organisations said on Tuesday.

Voters in the oil-rich Central African state are due to vote on May 26 to choose members of parliament, senators and local councillors in a vote expected to tighten President Teodoro Nguema Obiang’s 34-year grip on power.

May 1, 2013

Guinea on brink of chaos over long-delayed poll

FRIA, Guinea (Reuters) – Failure by Guinea’s politicians to reach agreement for a long-delayed legislative poll is stirring up tribal violence, jeopardizing economic gains and raising fears that the military could once again step in.

The election, first scheduled for 2011, is meant to complete a transition to civilian rule after a military coup in 2008, but has been postponed several times as government and opposition parties remain at loggerheads over the organization of the vote.

Apr 26, 2013

Elephant poaching on rise in chaos-hit Central African Republic

DAKAR (Reuters) – Elephant poachers are taking advantage of the chaos in Central African Republic to hunt down the animals in protected wildlife areas and openly sell their meat in village markets, campaigners said on Friday.

The killings were part of a wider surge in poaching, fuelled by growing Asian demand for ivory, that threatened the region’s entire elephant population, eight organizations said.

Apr 26, 2013

Elephant poaching on rise in chaos-hit C.African Republic

DAKAR, April 26 (Reuters) – Elephant poachers are taking
advantage of the chaos in Central African Republic to hunt down
the animals in protected wildlife areas and openly sell their
meat in village markets, campaigners said on Friday.

The killings were part of a wider surge in poaching, fuelled
by growing Asian demand for ivory, that threatened the region’s
entire elephant population, eight organisations said.

Apr 11, 2013

Skills shortage could hamper Africa growth surge

DAKAR (Reuters) – Abdoul Aziz Tamba is in his final year of an English course at Senegal’s Cheikh Anta Diop University, but he has little hope of finding employment after three years of study.

“Everyone expects me to become a teacher or a translator, but there are no jobs,” the 24-year-old told Reuters in Dakar. “I’m studying in a field where it’s nearly impossible to find work.”

Mar 29, 2013

Guinea to hold polls with or without opposition: minister

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea will hold long-delayed parliamentary elections this year, to conclude its transition to civilian rule, with or without the participation of the country’s main opposition coalition, a government minister said on Friday.

The mineral-rich country was originally supposed to hold the vote in 2011 – but it was held up amid wrangling over the makeup of the electoral commission and opposition accusations that the government was planning to rig it.

Mar 27, 2013

Guinea picks global advisers for mining review

CONAKRY, March 27 (Reuters) – Guinea has chosen global law
firm DLA Piper and three other advisers to help review and, if
need be, renegotiate mining contracts signed by previous
governments, the head of the review body told Reuters.

The review, pledged by President Alpha Conde after he came
to power in 2010, will scrutinise contracts with companies such
as BHP Billiton, Vale, Rio Tinto,
RUSAL and BSGR to ensure the mineral-rich but impoverished West
African nation is benefiting sufficiently from deals.

Mar 27, 2013

Guinea picks DLA Piper among advisers on mining review

CONAKRY, March 27 (Reuters) – Guinea has selected four legal
advisers including DLA Piper to help it review and, if
necessary, renegotiate mining contracts signed by previous
governments, the head of the review body told Reuters.

Nava Toure, president of a technical committee reviewing 18
mining deals, said Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie and French
firms Orrick Rambaud Martel and Gide were the other three
selected to take part in a process now due to be completed by
the third quarter of 2014.

Mar 26, 2013

Guinea opposition abandons vote talks, threatens protests

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s opposition leaders on Tuesday abandoned talks with the government and threatened to resume street protests, accusing the president’s camp of disrespecting the terms of a planned dialogue over election preparations.

Earlier this month, opposition leaders accepted to take part in talks with the government following two weeks of sporadic protest that killed eight and wounded hundreds more in the world’s top bauxite-producing nation.

    • About Bate

      "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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