Monday, February 8, 2016

Madagascar: Political Crisis, Population Growth Threaten Madagascar’s Biodiversity

The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot with 80 per cent of its animal species unique to the country. ...

Madagascar: Election Date Set, Key Candidates Barred

Photo: Midi MadagasikaraMembers of the Special Electoral Court, which has barred nine candidates from the October elections, among them the current ruler Andry Rajoelina - who seized power from President Marc Ravalomanana, Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of the deposed president and ex-president former president Didier Ratsiraka. ...

Uganda: Anti-Mosquito ‘Invisibility’ Patch Set for Trial

A patch designed to make people 'invisible' to disease-transmitting mosquitoes may soon undergo field trials in Uganda. ...

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Slams West, Commends Rivals

VETERAN leader Robert Mugabe was on Thursday sworn-in as president for the next five years in a ceremony attended by a handful of African leaders but boycotted by his erstwhile colleagues from the outgoing unity government. ...

Somalia: Kenyans Fight Al Shabaab Near Border

Kismayo — At least ten Al Shabaab fighters were reportedly killed in heavy clashes between Kenyan security forces and Al Shabaab militants late Wednesday night in a Kenyan vicinity bordering Somalia, Garowe Online reports. ...

Congo-Kinshasa: New Fighting Erupts in East

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has ordered peacekeepers to take necessary action to protect civilians and prevent armed groups from advancing in the North Kivu province in response to renewed fighting in the region. ...

Ethiopia: Foreign Policy One Year After Meles Zenawi

Today, on 21 August 2013, a year has passed since the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the man considered to be the leading architect of post-Derg Ethiopia. ...

Sudan: One Family’s Lucky Escape From Flash Floods

On the evening of Friday 3 August, the residents of Sharg Elneel - 15 kilometres to the east of Sudan's capital, Khartoum - were taken by surprise by severe flash floods. ...

Uganda: Campaign Pins Hopes On Female Condom

Kampala — As Uganda continues to struggle with condom shortages and inconsistent use, an ongoing campaign hopes to encourage more young people to use condoms and to raise the profile of the little-used female condom. ...

Madagascar: Banned Election Candidates Adamant

The ongoing impasse in Madagascar's presidential election process that has lasted several months over disputes as to who is qualified to run, now looks set to continue. ...