Science and Innovation in Africa: invisible no more

Bravo to two South African scientists to drawing attention, in the influential pages of Science magazine, to the revival and advance of scientific research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new vitality in scientific research in the region is paralleled by a deepening interest in innovation by entrepreneurs, engineers and ordinary people in the region.

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The conflict in Syria: Worse and worse, and no end in sight

IT IS growing harder to distinguish one bloody day in Syria from the next, unless the horror is so stark as to earn a special mark in the trajectory of an increasingly gruesome conflict. Daraya, a town on the south-western fringe of Damascus with a reputation for stubborn but peaceful opposition to the regime, was the most recent to suffer

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Angola’s election: By hook or by crook

Uncle’s Zé’s birthday party IF YOU are an ageing dictator, few birthday presents beat a certain election victory. José Eduardo dos Santos, Angola’s president, celebrated his 70th birthday three days before the poll on August 31st that his party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), looked sure to win. At the election in 2008, only the second ever, it got 82% of the vote.

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Yemen and the United States: Don’t drone on

“PEOPLE are afraid to go to weddings because, whenever large groups of men gather, they are afraid a drone will hit them,” says a sheikh from Bayhan district in Shabwa, a haven for al-Qaeda to the south-east of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. He says he sees or hears about one drone a week flying over his home. After a big lunch, reclining on cushions as he and his friends chew the Yemenis’ beloved qat, a leaf that is a mild stimulant, they all grumble about drones.

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The United Nations in Africa: Radio Ga Ga

FOR two decades UN peacekeeping missions have run radio stations. Starting in Cambodia in 1992, the idea was to disseminate reliable information before elections. The practice proved so successful that by 2010 UN radio had spread to 13 countries, mostly in Africa, including Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

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Libya: Unesco Calls for Immediate Stop to Destruction of Sufi Religious Sites

[UN News]Noting that “destroying places of religious and cultural significance cannot be tolerated,” the head of the United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage today spoke out against the destruction of various Sufi religious sites in Libya, and called on the perpetrators to cease immediately.

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Cameroon: Books Swelling Supplies, Climbing Price

[Cameroon Tribune]Exercise books prices have continued to rise sharply after the reading of the 2012 General Certificate Examination (GCE) results last August 2, signalling future high prices in September and early October when schools will effectively kick-off.

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South Africa: Government Apologises for Mine Killings

[Cameroon Tribune]South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula on Tuesday August 21 apologised to striking miners where the police on August 16 killed 34 of them in clashes that left 10 other people dead.

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