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Archive August 2013

West African science too reliant on foreign cooperation

Cotonou – West African countries rely heavily on collaborations with Western countries in science, which may skew their own national priorities in research, according to two papers in Scientometrics.

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Economists sound the alarm over EA’s rising public debt

East African Community member states are facing fresh pressure to tame spiralling public debt which has hit new levels.

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Controversy surrounding the National Theatre in Lagos

The National Arts Theatre is visible from the motorway system which connects Lagos Island and the mainland: an iconic modern structure which rises, it is often noted, like the peak of a military cap from the surrounding parkland.

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Zimbabwe Sails Close to Economic Rocks

Harare – For President Robert Mugabe to defeat the opposition in the Jul. 31 election by hook or by crook may have been a walk in the park, but beating the economic crisis will be another matter. The stock market fell 11 percent the day he was sworn in, the biggest fall in a day since 2009.

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South Sudan: A new vice President

Last friday, the news was spread that South Sudan has, at last, a vice president. We are talking about James Wani Igga who’s taking Riek Machar Teny place, the controversial protagonist in an open challenge started a couple of months back, against President Salva Kiir Mayardit, in the long and already turbulent race to the elections of 2015.

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Gay Somali refugees face death threats

Gay, lesbian and HIV-infected refugees from Somalia are facing persecution – and even the threat of death – should they return home.

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