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12 December 2010

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Mozambique drug barons "protected by President"

afrol News - Mozambique is becoming a major narcotics transit point in Africa, with US diplomatic sources pointing at two of country's main businessmen as drug barons. Both are protected by the President.
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afrol News - The Foreign Minister of Djibouti, in talks with the US Embassy, called President Issaias Afwerki of neighbouring Eritrea "a lunatic". He also revealed Eritrea opposes any real Somali peace talks.
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Djibouti | Eritrea
Politics | Society
afrol News - An operation by special police forces earlier this week in the Central African Republic led to the arrest of a key wildlife smuggler and seizure of elephant tusks and cat skins.
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Central African Republic
Society | Environment - Nature
afrol News - Morocco's exotic inland city Marrakech has been named the top destination of UK's leading airliner British Airways (BA). Also Mauritius is on BA's top-ten list for 2011.
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Travel - Leisure
afrol News / Africa Renewal - With Sudan moving towards a referendum to determine whether the south remains part of the country or secedes, the international community has launched a major diplomatic push to keep the troubled process on track.
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afrol News - The Ethiopian government is hailing Kenya for its registration of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) as "an organised criminal body." Several OLF rebels have already been killed and arrested in Kenya.
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Kenya | Ethiopia
Comoros | Réunion and Mayotte
Politics | Society
Mayotte issue to split or join Comoros, France

afrol News - Despite heavy protests from Comoros, the Comoran island Mayotte soon will become a department and an integrated part of France. The move could further divide France and Comoros, or bring them closer together.
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Society | Gender - Women
Mass FGM ceremonies planned in Tanzania

afrol News - While Tanzania outlawed female genital mutilation (FGM) in 1998, mass FGM ceremonies are still going on, in particular in the November-January season. Activists expect over 5,000 girls to be cut "this holiday season".
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Côte d'Ivoire
Pressure mounts against Côte d'Ivoire "coup"

afrol News - West African state leaders have unanimously "recognised Alassane Dramane Ouattara" as the rightful "President-elect of Côte d'Ivoire." Protest against the "coup" of outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo is universal.
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Congo Kinshasa | Rwanda
Science - Education | Environment - Nature
Mountain gorilla population recovering

afrol News - A new mountain gorilla census in Rwanda and Congo Kinshasa (DRC) shows a 26 percent increase in population of this endangered species during seven years. Mountain gorillas are among the region's main tourist attractions.
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Economy - Development | Politics
Africa, Europe set out cooperation priorities

afrol News / SANF - Africa and Europe have agreed on a new plan of action aimed at strengthening relations between the two continents.
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Economy - Development | Health
Graft pauses Mali health aid

afrol News - Three projects fighting malaria and tuberculosis in Mali have seen their international funding suspended as government found "evidence of misappropriation and unjustified expenditure."
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Technology | Media | Society
Africa's social media revolution

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Lost in the excitement about Africans' enthusiastic embrace of mobile phones is the growing use of those phones to access the Internet - particularly YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites.
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Travel - Leisure
Your secret African travel destinations

afrol News - During 2010, this afrol News series will present the most rewarding "secret" travel destinations in Africa, totally off the beaten track. Wondering where to go for a real African holiday experience or adventure? Follow us!
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Society | Economy - Development
Seychelles' silent 2nd revolution

afrol News - The small island nation of Seychelles found itself in a deep crisis in 2008, which had its roots in the 1979 socialist revolution. A new economic "revolution" in 2008 however is reinventing the nation's economy, turning old truths upside-down and removing the disputed legacy of ex-Dictator France Albert René.
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