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Apr 15, 2013

Africa to have robust 2013-15 growth, must work on poverty -W.Bank

JOHANNESBURG, April 15 (Reuters) – Sub-Saharan Africa’s
economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over
the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the
region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the
World Bank said on Monday.

In its latest Africa’s Pulse analysis of prospects for the
region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices
and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth
surge in the world’s poorest continent.

Apr 10, 2013

Investing in Africa: mind the bumps and rewards will come

JOHANNESBURG, April 10 (Reuters) – If you want to ride
Africa’s business boom, choose your country well and be ready
for bumps on the road. But the momentum is upward and you will
be rewarded if you stay the course.

African policy-makers and chief executives of companies
operating in Africa are spreading this upbeat message, qualified
with some caveats, as interest in what was once dubbed the
“hopeless continent” blossoms along with growth rates.

Apr 5, 2013

Analysis: Africa’s rise pays out dividends for democracy

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa is rising not only on the growth charts of economists.

The continent that was a byword for poverty, chaos and bloodshed only a few decades ago, providing a media feast of famines and wars, is slowly but steadily notching up gains on the democracy scorecard too.

Apr 5, 2013

Africa’s rise pays out dividends for democracy

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa is rising not only on the growth charts of economists.

The continent that was a byword for poverty, chaos and bloodshed only a few decades ago, providing a media feast of famines and wars, is slowly but steadily notching up gains on the democracy scorecard too.

Mar 27, 2013

BRICS “Big Five” find it hard to run as a herd

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – At a summit in South Africa on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin likened the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – to Africa’s “Big Five” game beasts of trophy hunting lore – the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.

The Russian president’s comparison captures the dilemma of these muscular emerging global powers, which together present a formidable potential economic and political counterweight to the developed West, but individually could hardly be more different.

Mar 26, 2013

BRICS chafe under charge of “new imperialists” in Africa

DURBAN, South Africa, March 26 (Reuters) – “BRICS, Don’t
Carve Africa” reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban
where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical
eye at a summit of five global emerging powers.

The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin
where the predominant European colonial states carved up the
African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomising
the brash exploitative capitalism of the time.

Mar 24, 2013

Bozize ouster is latest power grab in Africa’s “phantom state”

DURBAN, South Africa (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 its reserves of gold, timber, uranium and gemstone quality diamonds, Central African Republic has been racked by debilitating rebellions for more than a decade.

Mar 18, 2013

Embassy surrender is end of line for Congo’s “Terminator”

By Pascal Fletcher and Richard Valdmanis

(Reuters) – It was a surprisingly meek end of a career for “The Terminator”, one of the world’s most wanted war crime fugitives.

Bosco Ntaganda, the Rwandan-born Tutsi rebel sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and an alleged leader of the M23 revolt in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, walked into the U.S. embassy in Rwanda on Monday and handed himself over, the U.S. government said.

Mar 6, 2013

Insight: Mending Mali poses political and ethnic puzzle

BAMAKO (Reuters) – When former colonial power France sent warplanes and troops to Mali on January 11 in a historic intervention, it did not just halt a menacing advance on the capital Bamako by Islamist rebels allied to al Qaeda.

It also snuffed out what diplomats and local politicians say was a political conspiracy in the capital to oust Mali’s interim civilian rulers, an attempted replay of the March 2012 coup that had plunged the Sahel state into turmoil and made it a potential launch pad for attacks on Western interests.

Feb 21, 2013

Mali war aims to crush rebels: African commander

BAMAKO (Reuters) – French and African forces aim to hunt down and eradicate Islamist rebels in northern Mali, not contain them, the African contingent commander said on Thursday.

The African military force (AFISMA) drawn mainly from Mali’s neighbors is accelerating deployment in support of around 4,000 French soldiers already on the ground in the Sahel nation, said its commander Nigerian Major General Shehu Abdul-Kadir.

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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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