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Egypt’s PM says US threats to cut aid won’t work

Egypt’s military-backed prime minister said today his country will not halt its crackdown on foreign-funded nonprofit groups despite what he called threats by Western

Kenya’s coffee wars

In the coffee plantations on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, farmers have started to sleep in fields to protect their crops. Beyond the Kakamega rainforest, near the border with Uganda, villagers have waged bloody battles with gangs ready…

Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast beat Mali 1-0 in Libreville to reach Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, where they will face Zambia.

South Africa official says paid to oust anti-corruption crusader

JOHANNESBURG: A Cricket South Africa official claims he was sent around the country to lobby provincial cricket bosses to oust CSA president and anti-corruption crusader Mtutuzeli

Germany: 2 men arrested for spying on Syrian opposition

The two suspects are accused of conducting systematic surveillance of members of the Syrian opposition living in Germany over several years. read more

Cameroon: Economy Suffers As Boko Haram Infiltrates

[IPS] Yaounde – Ahmadou Lamine has been forced to close his business selling fuel imported from Nigeria, known locally as “zoa-zoa”, because of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Spotlight on SA's World Cup with match-fixing claims

Safa has confirmed that Fifa will look into allegations that international friendlies in South Africa had been fixed ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

The UK's global success story is already evident, if politicians would only look

David Cameron has heard from business leaders dismayed at Westminster’s anti-business rhetoric. On Tuesday that rhetoric will ratchet up once more when MPs are invited to vent their ire over pay and bonuses …

At -37C, the big freeze tightens its icy grip

Arctic weather continued to cause chaos across Europe this weekend, with more than 220 people reported dead as a result of the cold spell. Eastern Europe was worst hit with temperatures dropping as low as -37C. Authorities in 27 Serbian municipalities were forced to declare a state …

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The Year Past, The Year Ahead

Steve Coll, Robert Grenier, and Daniel Markey look at changes in U.S.-Pakistan relations over the past year and make recommendations for moving forward.

NYT: In Syria, We Need to Bargain With the Devil

Nicholas Noe argues that an internationally led reconciliation effort and subsequent peace-keeping presence in Syria would bypass the resulting destruction of a military intervention or civil war, while still keeping the diplomatic upper hand.

The Obama Doctrine

Elliott Abrams argues that President Obama’s recent State of the Union address settled the matter on the existence of an Obama Doctrine.

RT @AfricaEagle: Update Sports: Coach of Underdogs Zambia Starts War of Words Against Black Stars – http://t.co/xFdDJ1Ii #Ghana #Zambia

RT @ AfricaEagle : Update Sports: Coach of Underdogs Zambia Starts War of Words Against Black Stars – http://t.co/xFdDJ1Ii #Ghana #Zambia

French trade deficit hit a record high in 2011: minister

France suffered a record 69.6 billion euro ($91.3 billion) trade deficit last year, junior minister for trade Pierre Lellouche said in a newspaper interview, published on Tuesday.

Egypt telecom tycoon Sawiris eyes new horizons

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian telecoms magnate Naguib Sawiris wants to get back on the acquisition trail, eyeing businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa after selling a chunk of assets to Russia’s Vimpelcom. Sawiris said he plans to divest non-core operations left out of the sale to Vimpelcom …

Slovenia Central Bank May Take Over Managing Biggest Lender, Finance Says

Slovenia’s central bank is considering taking over the management of Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d. to stabilize the country’s biggest bank, Finance newspaper reported without saying where it got the information.

Khulekani 'Mgqumeni' Khumalo, 'back from dead' musician, blames zombies (VIDEO)

Police had to use water cannons to control fans trying to see the man claiming to be dead musician Khulekani ‘Mgqumeni’ Khumalo, but today arrested him after checking fingerprints. Erin Conway-Smith JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When news spread that Zulu folk singer Khulekani…

Sadtu padlocks Eastern Cape education department offices

Demonstrating members of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) padlocked the main gate of the Eastern Cape education department’s head office in Zwelitsha, the department

Bemba’s Forces Took "No Decision Without his Consent"

Accused was in daily contact with combatants deployed to Central African Republic, witness says. Programme:  International Justice – ICC read more

Denmark's latest TV hit attracts audiences worldwide

MALMO — On Wednesday, Adam Price met the three main actors in Borgen, the Danish television drama he writes, for their first read-through of the script for the third series. read more

NEW TAMIL DAILY, THINA KURAL, TO BE LAUNCHED FEB 9

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) — A new Tamil newspaper, Thina Kural (DailyVoice), is to hit the streets on Feb 9. Its managing director is Aruul (rpt) Aruul Kumar, 29, son of the late A.Athikumanan, a former editor-in-chief of Tamil daily Malaysia…

Firebrand Malema ignited SA politics

In less than four years, ANC youth leader Julius Malema turned himself into an outspoken irritant for South Africa’s ruling party as he regularly and

NEWSMAKER: Fallen firebrand Malema ignited S.African politics

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – In less than four years, ANC youth leader Julius Malema turned himself into an outspoken irritant for South Africa’s ruling party as he regularly and pointedly reminded its leaders how they had failed the country’s poor majority. On Saturday, after an African National…

S. Africa's ANC dismisses youth leader's suspension appeal

South Africa’s ruling ANC suspended fiery youth leader Julius Malema on Saturday, dismissing his appeal against a disciplinary finding and quashing one of President Jacob Zuma’s biggest headaches.

Africa: Companies Lining Up to Explore Oil Prospects

[African Arguments] If 2011 was a record year for elections in Africa, it was also the year frontier exploration for oil and gas came of age.

A failed province: Cautionary tale for S.Africa

The giant pipes lying idle along the road were supposed to deliver water from a dam completed six years ago to villages across the region.

Obama’s Faster, Smarter Afghan Exit

Leslie H. Gelb says the Obama administration’s announcement of a quick end to U.S. combat in Afghanistan is a surprise decision of strategic skill and political courage.

Campaign 2012: The Candidates on U.S.-Russia Relations

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at the United States’ relationship with Russia and presidential candidates’ stances on the issue.

Drawing Down in Afghanistan

The Pentagon’s plan for an end to U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2013 has drawn familiar battle lines in the public debate over the proper

Military planes used in Australia floods

Authorities were using military helicopters and a C-130 cargo plane Sunday to evacuate thousands of residents stranded by rising floodwaters in the eastern Australian province of Queensland, the government said.

Khmer Rouge jail chief gets life for his ‘factory of death’

Comrade Duch, the head of a notorious Khmer Rouge prison, was ordered to spend the rest of his life in jail after a tribunal ruled yesterday that he had overseen a “factory of death”.

Romney Wins Nevada Caucus

U.S. presidential contender Mitt Romney decisively won Republican Party caucuses in the western state of Nevada Saturday, confirming his lead in the race to choose his party’s nominee for the presidential election in November. Former Speaker of the House of …

US unemployment rate at three-year low

The US jobless rate dropped to a three-year low of 8.3 percent and the economy created 243,000 jobs in January, marking the fastest employment growth in nine months, the Labor Department said Friday.

TIME: Class War 2012

TIME ‘s Michael Scherer comments on the class-based sense of injustice that is now roiling all sides of the ideological spectrum.

At least 5 dead after migrant boat sinks near Dominican Republic

Rescue efforts continued Sunday after a boat carrying migrants sank between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, killing at least five, authorities said.

Growing Sudan, South Sudan Oil Impasse Has High Stakes

African Union mediation to end an oil standoff between Sudan and South Sudan is expected to resume this week. Analysts say the stakes are high for the governments …

Suspension of ANC’s Youth Leader Upheld

A disciplinary committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has upheld the suspension of Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the organization’s youth wing. The 30-year-old Malema has been leading a campaign to …

Four Egyptians die in fresh riots with police

THERE was more bloodshed on the streets of Egypt last night as four people were killed in violent clashes with police in the aftermath of the soccer massacre this week.

12 dead in fresh clashes as soccer dead are buried

Bleeding from a knife cut to the wrist and winded by a kick to the stomach, Mohammed Salema watched in terror as the mob of hooligans closed in.

EGYPT: Riots over football deaths rage outside Cairo ministry

Protesters clashed with police outside Egypt’s Interior Ministry for a third day on Saturday amid anger over the deaths of 74 people at a football match earlier this week. Officials say nine more people have died in the

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