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Sep 2, 2014

African leaders seek fund to fight militant groups

NAIROBI (Reuters) – African leaders proposed on Tuesday creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

African Union (AU) states announced the idea after Nairobi talks on a problem highlighted on Tuesday by capture of a town in north-eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants. Fighting killed scores of people, according to security forces, and sent at least 5,000 fleeing.

Aug 15, 2014

Some cities question benefits of free U.S. military gear

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle seemed like a useful piece of equipment for the Albuquerque Police Department – at least at first.

But less than a year after the hulking tactical vehicle arrived from the U.S. Defense Department, Albuquerque police have yet to use it and are giving it up. The MRAP’s bulk and its inability to turn easily makes it unsuitable for urban policing in New Mexico, said Tanner Tixier, a department spokesman.

Aug 8, 2014

Ghana seeks talks with IMF to win endorsement for reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ghana’s government is seeking talks with the International Monetary Fund to win endorsement for its own fiscal reform program rather than because it needs a bailout, Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh told Reuters on Friday.

Those talks will give a stamp of international credibility to the government’s reform plan in advance of the issuance of a third Eurobond worth $1.5 billion, Tetteh said.

Aug 8, 2014

Kenya downplays security risks as it courts U.S. investment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, in Washington this week to court Western investors, has sought to downplay a spate of violent attacks tied to militants in neighboring Somalia and their impact on Kenya’s economy.

“Yes, we may have pockets where we have problems – which we know and are focused on how to address. But the rest of the country is actually trouble-free,” Kenyatta told Reuters in an interview on Thursday from a hotel overlooking the White House.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. anti-drug efforts in West Africa may expand to protect wildlife

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hopes to expand a two-year-old effort against organized crime in West Africa to include wildlife trafficking and money laundering – activities that it says exploits some of the same networks long used for drug trafficking.

William Brownfield, the Assistant U.S. Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said on Tuesday that his office is ready to take “the next step” in its anti-drug efforts when U.S. officials convene a high-level meeting later this week with 15 west African countries.

Aug 4, 2014

African leaders want U.S. trade deal renewed for 15 more years

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – African leaders urged the
United States on Monday to renew a trade benefits program giving
duty-free access to billions of dollars of African exports for
15 years, saying it would help cement trade relations and boost
development in the region.

South African President Jacob Zuma, one of nearly 50 African
leaders in Washington to attend a three-day summit, said the
renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) when it
expires next year was one of the key issues for this week’s
talks.

Jul 9, 2014

Jewish woman featured as Nazis’ ideal Aryan baby recalls ordeal

NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) – For the German photographer who
chose a picture of a Jewish child as the ideal Aryan for Nazi
propagandists, it was a sly joke. For the child’s family, it
became a terrifying ordeal.

Hessy Taft was 6 months old in 1935 when her portrait by the
well-known German photographer Hans Ballin was chosen by Nazis
and reprinted on the cover of a family magazine, on postcards
and on shop placards urging customers to “buy beautiful clothes
for your beautiful baby.”

Jul 8, 2014

Latino activists aim to boost participation in U.S. midterm vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A coalition of Latino groups is launching a new push to register voters and mobilize Hispanics ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in the hope of electing more lawmakers sympathetic to issues important to them, including immigration.

At a news conference to open the annual convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), advocates announced the goal of registering 50,000 new Latino voters and mobilizing 100,000 voters to go to the polls in November.

Jul 7, 2014

Potential buyer of New York City Opera objects to delays

NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) – A creditor who hopes to rescue
the bankrupt New York City Opera filed an objection on Monday to
delays in consideration of his bid and called for an independent
trustee to be put in charge.

Businessman Gene Kaufman made an undisclosed offer six
months ago to buy “the people’s opera” and salvage the venerable
cultural institution. He now says the opera’s board is “stuck in
neutral” nine months after filing for bankruptcy and canceling
the season, and should relinquish control of the process.

Jul 3, 2014

Trips Tips – Seeing mountain gorillas up close in eastern Congo

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – The mountain gorillas looked me over with what I took to be boredom, but the rangers leading me knew better.

When a male gorilla let out a low, two-note murmur, the rangers responded by making the same sound, as if to say: “We’ve come as friends.”