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Sep 16, 2013

Insight: Kenya cases stir African backlash against ICC

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya is canvassing support for a possible walk-out by African states from the International Criminal Court, whose prosecution of elected Kenyan leaders has revived accusations on the continent that the court unfairly targets Africans.

The start last week of the trial for crimes against humanity of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial due in November, has stirred a growing backlash against the Hague-based court from some African governments, which see it as a biased tool of Western powers.

Sep 3, 2013

South Africa’s Zuma appeals to gold firms, unions to avoid strike

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday appealed to unions and companies in the gold industry to avoid an imminent strike that could seriously damage Africa’s largest economy, force mine closures and cost thousands of jobs.

Gold miners were set to strike for higher pay from Tuesday, after talks between unions and companies broke down last week.

Sep 3, 2013

Protracted strike in South Africa gold mines would hurt economy: minister

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A protracted strike in South Africa’s gold industry would harm Africa’s largest economy and the government is ready to intervene to bring parties together, the mining minister said on Tuesday.

Gold miners were set to strike for higher pay from Tuesday, after talks between unions and companies broke down last week. A wave of strikes sweeping South Africa has sent the rand to four year lows and raised worries of slowing growth.

Jul 30, 2013

Insight: In the shadow of Mandela, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe fights on

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Both are hailed as African liberation heroes and both preached, and were praised for, messages of reconciliation and unity when their countries threw off the shackles of white minority rule.

But while South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, now 95, retired and ill in hospital, is basking in glowing world tributes, Robert Mugabe, 89, who helped turn former Rhodesia into independent Zimbabwe, is fighting to stay in power as Africa’s oldest ruler.

Jul 24, 2013

South Africa’s ex-ANC ‘bad boy’ plans election bid against the odds

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – He wears a red beret, talks the language of Revolution and calls himself “Commander in Chief”.

Any echo of Venezuela’s late firebrand socialist leader Hugo Chavez is not accidental.

Jul 23, 2013

Insight: ‘Donors’ darling’ Mozambique looks less loveable after attacks

BOBOLE, Mozambique (Reuters) – At Bobole, a bustling refreshment stop on Mozambique’s north-south highway, brightly-painted kiosks lined with bottles offer drinks to thirsty travelers while hawkers sell bananas, paw-paws and carrots in a typical African roadside scene.

But memories remain fresh off when Bobole lay in the “death corridor” of a civil war that cost nearly one million Mozambicans their lives until it ended two decades ago.

Jul 23, 2013

“Donors’ darling” Mozambique looks less loveable after attacks

BOBOLE, Mozambique, July 23 (Reuters) – At Bobole, a
bustling refreshment stop on Mozambique’s north-south highway,
brightly-painted kiosks lined with bottles offer drinks to
thirsty travellers while hawkers sell bananas, paw-paws and
carrots in a typical African roadside scene.

But memories remain fresh of when Bobole lay in the “death
corridor” of a civil war that cost nearly one million
Mozambicans their lives until it ended two decades ago.

Jun 20, 2013

Insurgency threat may dim Mozambique’s shine for investors

MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An economic take-off in Mozambique driven by bumper coal and gas discoveries two decades after the end of a civil war is facing disruption from disgruntled former guerrillas who feel they have not benefited from the post-conflict dividend.

A public threat by the ex-rebel Renamo opposition party to paralyze central rail and road links has put the Frelimo government on alert and alarmed diplomats and investors.

May 26, 2013

Africa defence force never more needed but still a paper tiger

JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A website created for Africa’s proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission “to support and keep peace for Africa’s prosperity and a better life for all in the world”.

But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site (www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE. htm) and the response is a dispiriting “page cannot be found”.

May 26, 2013

Analysis: Africa defense force never more needed but still a paper tiger

JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A website created for Africa’s proposed continental defense force proclaims a lofty mission “to support and keep peace for Africa’s prosperity and a better life for all in the world”.

But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site (www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE.htm) and the response is a dispiriting “page cannot be found”.

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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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