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Jan 29, 2013
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Radical Islamists fleeing Timbuktu leave legacy of destruction behind them

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(Librarian Aboubakar Yaro examines an Islamic manuscript from the 17th century at the Djenne Library of Manuscipts, in Djenne, September 1, 2012. Librarians from the northern Malian town of Timbuktu–besieged since April by Al-Qaeda linked Islamists–are urging the digitization of Djenne’s manuscripts. Picture taken September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney )

The burning of a library housing thousands of ancient manuscripts in Mali’s desert city of Timbuktu is just the latest act of destruction by Islamist fighters who have spent months smashing graves and holy shrines in the World Heritage site.

Jan 28, 2013

Fleeing Islamists leave legacy of destruction in Timbuktu

Jan 28 (Reuters) – The burning of a library housing
thousands of ancient manuscripts in Mali’s desert city of
Timbuktu is just the latest act of destruction by Islamist
fighters who have spent months smashing graves and holy shrines
in the World Heritage site.

The United Nations cultural body UNESCO said it was trying
to find out the precise damage done to the Ahmed Baba Institute,
a modern building that contains priceless documents dating back
to the 13th century.

Jan 13, 2013

Analysis: French early strike shakes up Mali intervention plan

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.

Jan 7, 2013

Exclusion drives Central African Republic revolt and, this time, France won’t intervene

By Pascal Fletcher

(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, 2013

Exclusion drives CAR revolt and, this time, France won’t intervene

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.

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.

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