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Archive January 2013

Shell Case Shows Failure of Nigerian Judiciary

The decision by The Hague over Shell’s liability for polluting in the Niger Delta shows that justice is possible – but it is extremely hard to achieve if you are taking on a massive multinational, says Amnesty International’s Africa programme director Audrey Gaughran.

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Study assesses use of plants in antimalarial therapies

Traditional healers in Benin possess sophisticated knowledge regarding the treatment of malaria with medicinal plants, and strategies should be developed to exploit this and promote the plants‘ conservation, says a study.

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Mali: French and Malian Soldiers Greeted With Joy By People of Timbuktu

RFI’ s correspondent described on Tuesday how the people of Timbuktu greeted French-led troops with delight as they entered the city. The Islamists who had controlled the town disappeared offering little resistance.

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Mali, France, and chickens

It appears the French had one of their wars going on thereabouts.’ — Charlie Marlow from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The vision that Conrad’s character Marlow describes is of a French frigate firing broadsides into a vast African jungle, in essence, bombarding a continent.

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Global partnership launched to drive Africa’s agricultural research

An international agricultural research programme has unveiled plans to collaborate with the African Union to drive agricultural research and boost productivity on the continent.

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Who’s Watching Those Unblinking Eyes in the Sky?

On the long meadows of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, a man pilots an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – more commonly referred to as drones – in figure eights to the amusement of his Labrador. A few miles north on the other side of the East River, U.N. delegates mull over a more serious idea for drones – their deployment, for surveillance purposes, into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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