DRC: Mass rape sparks outrage

DRC: Mass rape sparks outrage

The United Nations has confirmed that members of two armed rebel groups raped at least 154 civilians in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has also condemned the attacks, in which homes were looted…

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South Africa: Opposition merger

South Africa: Opposition merger

The country’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has agreed to form a coalition with the Independent Democrats (ID). The parties will unite ahead of local elections next year, by which time the ID’s officials and structure will be…

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UN-AU develop Darfur peace strategy

UN-AU develop Darfur peace strategy

The head of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping endeavour met with government authorities in Darfur to discuss the peace process, currently in effect in the troubled west Sudanese region. Discussions were led by UN-African Union Joint Special Representative in Darfur,…

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Daniel Alexander QC

Daniel Alexander QC

Daniel Alexander is intelligent, witty and charming – he also happens to be an award winning QC, deputy judge and proud trustee of the National History Museum. NAA spoke with him recently to discover what it takes to ascend to…

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Nigeria: Ex-footballers oppose Football Federation elections

Nigeria: Ex-footballers oppose Football Federation elections

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has been caught in a whirl wind of controversy yet again. A court order issued on Wednesday 18th August 2010 halting the NFFs upcoming executive board elections has been overturned by FIFA, the world football…

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Sierra Leone: Govt urged to repeal bad press laws

Sierra Leone: Govt urged to repeal bad press laws

Journalists have urged the government to follow the example of the Ugandan Supreme Court and repeal laws that curtail freedom of speech. In August, the Ugandan government abolished sedition laws that had previously been used to prosecute and criminalise journalists…

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On International Aid

On International Aid

International aid has always been a highly contested issue.  Should aid be directed to help those most in need or does it merely feed corruption and shore up inefficient governments ? Not only does the United Kingdom’s decision to refocus…

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Nigeria: Government agencies dispense science kits

Nigeria: Government agencies dispense science kits

Selected junior secondary schools across the country’s 36 states have received science kits to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  The donation of 2,548 kits– which has been funded by the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission…

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CAR: WFP warns of severe cuts in food aid

CAR: WFP warns of severe cuts in food aid

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has acknowledged that it may have to cut food aid in the Central African Republic (CAR) because of lack of funds. The agency is subsequently facing a shortfall amounting to US$15 million over…

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Botswana: World Bank warns of budget cuts

Botswana: World Bank warns of budget cuts

The World Bank has warned the government that it may have to cut the size of its public sector by at least 25% to balance the economy due to a fall in diamond sales receipts. The forecast has been made…

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