JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – France has rushed to help Mali block a push south by Islamist rebels from its desert north but a U.N.-backed intervention plan to dislodge al Qaeda and its allies faces a tough enemy and terrain and could still take months – if it succeeds at all.
The original timetable for the AFISMA intervention force of 3,300 West African troops with western logistical, financial and intelligence backing did not foresee deployment before September, to allow time for full preparation.
(Reuters) – The French dubbed it the neglected “Cinderella” of their African colonial empire; modern observers have called it a “phantom state”.
Landlocked, isolated and poverty stricken despite reserves of gold, timber, uranium and gemstone quality diamonds, Central African Republic has been racked by rural rebellions for more than a decade.
Jan 7 (Reuters) – The French dubbed it the neglected
“Cinderella” of their African colonial empire; modern observers
have called it a “phantom state”.
Landlocked, isolated and poverty stricken despite reserves
of gold, timber, uranium and gemstone quality diamonds, Central
African Republic has been racked by rural rebellions for more
than a decade.
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.
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 (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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.