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Archive December 2013

Mandela ‘aided scientific renaissance in South Africa’

Cape Town – Scientists have said that Nelson Mandela, the first black president of a democratic South Africa who died on 5 December aged 95, brought an educational environment in which science could thrive, especially for blacks.

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South Sudan ex-VP denies coup attempt, labels Kiir ‘illegal president’

London – South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar, has categorically denied any involvement in an alleged coup attempt in the capital, Juba, saying it was another undemocratic attempt by president Salva Kiir to get rid of his political critics in the party and government.

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Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

Lusaka – It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars.

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Central African Republic: A Mixed Bag of Foreign Peacekeepers to the Rescue?

With the Central African Republic (CAR) descending into further chaos rather than slowly normalising as many had hoped and expected, international peacekeeping forces have been entering the country in ever greater numbers this month.

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Major boost for climate change resilience in Africa

Cape Town – A new US$10 million fund has been launched to increase climate change resilience in Africa.

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Mali: Citizens Vote in Run-off Legislative Elections

Bamako – Malians went to the polls on Sunday December 15 to elect members of their National Assembly following an inconclusive first round balloting on 24th November that produced only 20 out of the 147-seat Parliament.

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