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March 28, 2012
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China hands over NigComSat 1-R to Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria (XNA) Mar 26, 2012
China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) handed the recently launched NigComSat 1-R to its Nigeria counterpart on Monday at the Obasanjo Space Center in Abuja. NigComSat 1-R, which was launched on Dec. 20, 2011 and successfully positioned in its geostationary orbit a week later, has completed the in-orbit test and is ready to hand over to Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) for commercial operation, said Yin Liming, the CGWIC president. CGWIC is fully prepared for the i ... read more

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French 'Big Bang' scientist on trial for alleged terror plot
A Franco-Algerian nuclear scientist goes on trial Thursday for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France, where an Islamist's killing spree has already overshadowed the presidential campaign. ... more
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Brazil's Rousseff to weigh French jet buy in India
President Dilma Rousseff plans to use her New Delhi visit later this week to sound out Indian leaders on the French Rafale fighter jet, which she is considering buying to beef up Brazil's air force. ... more
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Arab League goes from bluster to clout in Arab Spring
Back in 2008, flamboyant Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi warned rulers at an Arab League summit in Damascus that they, too, could face the fate of executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Mali coup leader trained with US military: Pentagon
Mali's coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, attended at least five training courses with the American military since 1998, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Thai man arrested in S.Africa over alleged rhino poaching
A Thai man has been arrested at a Johannesburg casino in connection with a rhino poaching syndicate accused of hiring prostitutes to smuggle rhino horns, a spokesman said Tuesday. ... more
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Zimbabwe says Trump sons' hunt legal
Zimbabwe's parks authority on Monday said US property magnate Donald Trump's sons were licensed to hunt game on a trip two years ago, after photos of their trophies sparked online outrage. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Walker's World: Africa old and new
Think of it as the old Africa and the new. In Mali, a military coup last week toppled an elected civilian government and soldiers went on a rampage of looting. Meanwhile a couple of hundred miles to the south, Ghana has launched a nationwide, biometric process to register every voter by fingerprints ahead of the December elections. ... more
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Mali coup: Arab Spring spreads to Africa
Last week's military coup in Mali, triggered by a Tuareg rebellion and ignited by fighters and weapons from Libya, underlines how deeply the fallout from the year-old string of Arab uprisings is spreading from North Africa to non-Arab West Africa. ... more
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Sudan renews airstrikes of South Sudan oil region
Sudanese warplanes launched a second day of bombardment of oil-rich areas of South Sudan, after bloody clashes between ground troops of the rival states, a Southern government official said Tuesday. ... more
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Sudanese aircraft and ground troops attacked multiple positions in South Sudan's oil rich border regions Monday but were repulsed after fierce battles, Southern President Salva Kiir charged as he warned of war. ... more
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Iraq president calls for unity meet in April
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Rights groups warn of Libya's shaky peace
Human rights campaign groups want the European Union and NATO to do more to secure Libya's fragile peace, which is said to be challenged daily by heavily armed militias and the transitional government's fluid and ineffective authority. ... more
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South Africa's 'Vietnam' war generating new debate
Many white South Africans conscripted to fight for the apartheid military in Angola still struggle to swallow the bitter pill that their battle landed on the wrong side of history. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt military lashes out at Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt's ruling generals lashed out Sunday at the Muslim Brotherhood over its questioning of the military's continued support of the cabinet, while urging the Islamists "to look to the future with the spirit of cooperation." ... more
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South Africa, Singapore airlines fined for price-fixing
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Science experiments devised by teenage students, one from Egypt and two from the United States, will be conducted in space as part of a move by YouTube and Lenovo to inspire young minds. ... more
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Debate still raging on site for super-telescope
An international consortium planning to build the world's most powerful radiotelescope is still debating whether South Africa or Australia should host the $2 billion project, an official said Friday. ... more
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Lost in the mountains of Swaziland, Bulembu became a ghost town when the local mine closed, cutting off its lifeblood. Now the town is coming back, centred on an orphanage taking in children whose parents have often died of AIDS. ... more
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Rhino poaching arrests up in South Africa
South Africa says it has arrested 89 suspected rhino poachers this year as part of an efforts to beef up its campaign to curb poaching. ... more
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Nigerian president says Mali coup a setback to democracy
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday's military coup in Mali was "an apparent setback to the consolidation of democracy" and urged reinstatement of the deposed government. ... more
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Zimbabwe group investigating hunt by Trump's sons
A Zimbabwean conservation group on Friday said it was investigating whether a hunting trip by US property magnate Donald Trump's sons was legal, after photos of their trophies sparked outrage online. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Troubled Nigeria's oil output under threat
Nigeria's oil production is under threat because of escalating piracy off West Africa, a simmering insurgency in the Niger Delta, the theft of up to 150,000 barrels a day by militants and pirates and deadly Islamist terrorism linked to al-Qaida. ... more
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Global cyber anti-garbage drive shifts into gear
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Shell sued in Britain over Nigeria oil spills
Lawyers for more than 11,000 Nigerians initiated formal legal proceedings against oil giant Shell in London on Friday after the breakdown of negotiations on compensation following two oil spills. ... more
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Brazil's Rousseff to attend BRICS summit in India
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Ex-spy boss may spill Gadhafi's secrets
Moammar Gadhafi's ex-spymaster and exterminator in chief has become the target of an international legal tug-of-war over who'll prosecute him for a chilling string of atrocities. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Efforts to save lives in Nigeria with clean cookstoves
A UN-linked body launched a campaign in Nigeria on Tuesday aimed at preventing deaths due to toxic smoke from rudimentary cookstoves, one of the developing world's worst public health threats. ... more
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Study: Good management can save fisheries
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