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Archive April 2012

Nigeria: Terrorist attack in Kano against christian community

Apr30

KANO (Nigeria) – Twenty persons were killed yesterday, including two university professors with several others injured when gunmen armed with bombs attacked St Stephen Catholic Chaplain, Bayero University, Kano.

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Understanding Russia-African Economic Cooperation

Low enthusiasm and inadequate knowledge of current market changes are key factors affecting economic cooperation between Russia and African countries, but experts have repeatedly suggested that this trend can be reversed if both African governments and Russian authorities get down to serious dialogue with concrete business agenda.

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The World celebrates the International Jazz Day

Apr30

Today UNESCO launches the International Jazz Day to be celebrated by millions worldwide every April 30. This year it and will begin with an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and culminate with a sunset concert at the United Nations. Music stars such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins will join Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. This post is dedicated to Hancock and African jazz musicians like Foday Musa Suso.

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Kenya “becoming economic heartbeat of Africa”

NAIROBI, Apr 25 – When Kenya’s newly announced geothermal power generation project comes online, it will turn the East African country into an economic powerhouse in the region.

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Africa and the state of Israel

Apr29

My Land, a new documentary on the occupied territories of Palestine by Nabil Ayouch, opens with the statement by the director that his background gave rise to the inquiry his film makes. Here’s a fragment (with French subtitles; the documentary’s website has more):

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Sudan: education under threat in South Kordofan

Nuba Students in Yida Refugee Camp Since June 2011 Sudan’s war-ravaged state of South Kordofan has been the scene of flaming conflicts between the Khartoum government forces and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).

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