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February 22, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
Decline of grass threatens world's most endangered antelope



Laramie WY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
University of Wyoming researchers took a big step toward solving the mystery of the decline of hirola, a rare African antelope, conducting wildlife research in one of the most formidable environments - the border region of eastern Kenya and southern Somalia. "In spite of a long history of coexistence between hirola and local people, we think overgrazing, loss of elephants from poaching and lack of fires have taken away food supplies for hirola - a large antelope that specializes on grass," says Ab ... read more

FLORA AND FAUNA
Gabon's forest elephants slain for ivory at alarming rate
Poachers are killing elephants for their ivory at an alarming rate in the central African nation of Gabon, leading to a loss of 80 percent of the population in the last decade. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
A tonne of ivory, hacked into pieces, seized in Uganda
Ugandan authorities have seized more than a tonne of ivory, chopped into small pieces and treated with a chemical intended to prevent it being detected, the national wildlife protection service said Monday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
DR Congo snubs calls for inquiry of massacre video
The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday flatly rejected international calls to investigate a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed men and women by DR Congo soldiers. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Fresh delay for Mali interim authorities amid protests
The scheduled installation of interim local authorities in Mali's troubled north was postponed Saturday over disagreements on the choice of officials, holding up the tricky path to municipal polls. ... more
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Third S.Sudan military official quits over 'ethnic crimes'
A third top South Sudanese military official has resigned, accusing President Salva Kiir's regime of war crimes and ethnic cleansing, according to a letter seen by AFP Saturday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"
A Democratic Republic of Congo spokesman condemned as a "ridiculous montage" Saturday a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed civilians by DR Congo soldiers (FARDC). ... more
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Under pressure DR Congo govt vows to stem violence
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SHAKE AND BLOW
Cyclone Dineo batters southern Mozambique, killing 7
Cyclone Dineo killed seven people, injured 55 and displaced more than 100,000 as it battered southern Mozambique, natural disasters agencies said Friday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Interim authorities to begin work in Mali's north
A key step on the road to peace in northern Mali will take place Saturday when interim local authorities begin work, smoothing the path to municipal elections, the Malian government said. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's huge debt poses big headache for central bank
Chinese banks lent more money in January alone than the annual GDP of South Africa, as borrowers rushed to take advantage of government policies intended to stimulate the economy with easy credit. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
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Oil prices got a modest lift early Thursday on word OPEC may be upping the production cut ante, but gains were balanced by signs of Russian production growth. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Resource-rich Ghana facing mixed economic prospects
Emerging oil and gas producer Ghana could see its economy improve, though certain sectors are expected to face challenges, Moody's Investors Service found. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Cyclone downgraded after wreaking havoc in Mozambique
Mozambique was battered by high winds, flooding and sea surges when cyclone Dineo made landfall late Wednesday but the storm has begun to die down, according to meteorologists Thursday. ... more
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Alberta backing bioenergy programs
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Decline of grass threatens world's most endangered antelope
University of Wyoming researchers took a big step toward solving the mystery of the decline of hirola, a rare African antelope, conducting wildlife research in one of the most formidable environments - the border region of eastern Kenya and southern Somalia. "In spite of a long history of coexistence between hirola and local people, we think overgrazing, loss of elephants from poaching and ... more
Gabon's forest elephants slain for ivory at alarming rate

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