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Dec 20, 2012

“Africa Rising” banks on reality matching the metrics

SANGBULIMA, Sierra Leone, Dec 20 (Reuters) – In sight of a
crumbling 18th century slave trade fort overgrown with jungle, a
conveyor belt pours ochre-red iron ore into the belly of a bulk
carrier moored on the muddy Sierra Leone River.

Past and present peer across the water at each other in this
small West African state, one of several hailed by economists as
flag bearers of a new rising Africa seen as a pole of investment
and potential prosperity in a troubled, recession-hit world.

Dec 17, 2012

Mozambique to tax capital gains at fixed rate of 32 pct

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Mozambique will apply a 32
percent tax on future sales of local assets by foreign companies
operating in the emerging coal and gas producer as it seeks a
greater share of profits from its mineral wealth, a tax official
said on Monday.

Several oil and mining majors have rushed in to Mozambique
to seek opportunities in what is expected to become one of the
world’s leading coal and gas exporters and the tax will affect
future sales of assets located in the southern African state.

Nov 22, 2012

Deja vu in eastern Congo, crucible of conflict

Nov 22 (Reuters) – History seems to repeat itself in
Democratic Republic of Congo.

Once again, armed rebels are on the move in the vast central
African country’s eastern borderlands with Rwanda and Uganda.

Nov 21, 2012

Congo’s “The Terminator”: at large but out of sight

By Pascal Fletcher and Richard Valdmanis

(Reuters) – He is one of the most wanted war crimes fugitives in the world and the International Criminal Court lists him as “at large”.

Bosco “The Terminator” Ntaganda, the Rwandan-born Tutsi warlord U.N. experts say controls the M23 rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has stayed largely invisible as M23 fighters notch up military success after success.

Nov 20, 2012

Special Report: In South Sudan, plunder preserves a fragile peace

JUBA (Reuters) – Deng Athuai Mawiir knows about the dangers of fighting the corruption that helps glue this young country together.

In early June a letter by President Salva Kiir, asking some 75 ministers and officials to return $4 billion of stolen government money, leaked to the press.

Nov 19, 2012

Observers hail smooth Sierra Leone vote, urge peaceful result

FREETOWN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s elections were
generally well conducted, saw a large turnout, and will help
consolidate democracy in the West African state if the eventual
results are accepted peacefully by the contenders, European and
U.S. observers said on Monday.

While praising Saturday’s voting as largely calm and
peaceful, the 100-strong European Union observer mission said
however it noted “some shortcomings”, including an “unequal
playing field” during pre-election campaigning that favoured the
ruling party of President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Nov 17, 2012

Sierra Leoneans vote amid hopes of minerals boom

FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans thronged polling stations on Saturday to vote in a close-fought election they hope can rebrand their poor, war-scarred West African state as an emerging democracy with the potential for fast growth from mining and oil.

Election officials and observers reported a large and enthusiastic turnout in the presidential and parliamentary polls, with eager crowds of voters overwhelming polling stations from the moment they opened in the steamy seaside capital Freetown and across the nation.

Nov 17, 2012

S. Leoneans rush to vote with hope set on minerals boom

FREETOWN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans crowded polling
stations to vote on Saturday, saying they wanted to elect
leaders who would bring prosperity to the poor, conflict-scarred
West African state after a decade of recovery from civil war.

The presidential and parliamentary polls, the third held
since the end of the 1991-2002 conflict, pit President Ernest
Bai Koroma and his ruling All People’s Congress (APC) against
challenger Julius Maada Bio, a former junta leader who
represents the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

Nov 16, 2012

Close Sierra Leone vote carries high hopes for growth

FREETOWN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans vote on
Saturday in elections they hope can propel the small West
African state into an era of prosperity based on mining and oil
after a decade of difficult recovery from civil war.

The presidential and parliamentary polls, the third held
since the end of the 1991-2002 conflict, pit President Ernest
Bai Koroma and his ruling All People’s Congress (APC) against
challenger Julius Maada Bio, a former junta leader who
represents the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

Nov 7, 2012

Angola sees iron ore production from 2014 or 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Angola aims to start up iron
ore production in the next two to three years through a state
company partnership with private operators including leading
international trading house Trafigura, an Angolan industry
official said on Wednesday.

Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, president of state-owned
Ferrangol-EP, told Reuters the integrated iron ore/manganese and
steel project would extract ore from two mining areas -
Kassala-Kitungo in Kwanza Norte province and Cassinga in
southern Huila province.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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