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Published 31st March 2006

Vol 47 No 7


Pressing for a deal

After three years of mass murder in Darfur, the West is in a hurry for a peace accord to enable UN troops to deploy

Mediators at talks on Darfur are scrambling for a rapid peace deal that would allow United Nations' troops to deploy in the region, where murders and rapes perpetrated by Khartoum's army and its militia allies have risen sharply again in recent months. Pressure is mounting on rebel groups and the regime to agree a peace deal in Nigeria that will trigger the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur. The National Islamic Front-National Congress (NIF-NC) regime has angrily refused a UN deployment in Darfur and threatened jihad. It will accept a UN take-over from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) only after a peace deal and said so at the AU Peace and Security Council meeting in Ethiopia on 10 March, which extended the AMIS mandate until September and agreed 'to consider' handing over to the UN.

On the frontline

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Darfur's troubles are fuelled by violence flowing both ways across the Chadian border, some of it orchestrated by the Sudanese regime. Meanwhile, President Idriss Déby Itno ...

Election budget

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Oil, China and a bid for votes are driving the world's fastest growing economy

This week, an International Monetary Fund team is in Luanda to assess Angola's staggering economic boom; the Fund expects gross domestic product to grow by 27.6 per cent next year....

The big guns salute

Sharia enthusiast Governor Sani gets help from British arms firm

Why would leading arms exporter BAE Systems want to introduce Zamfara State Governor Ahmed Sani, who is under investigation by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission fo...

Twilight of the chameleon

A clear and fairly clean win for Yayi Boni ends the Kérékou era

Intense pressure from domestic opinion and from the European Union - which threatened cuts in aid and promised US$4 million towards the $6 mn. election budget - persuaded President...

The hostile host

Before he hosts the AU summit, Jammeh wants to shut down the opposition and purge the army

After announcing on 22 March that his doughty security agents had foiled yet another coup plot, the tenth in twelve years, President Yahya Jammeh returned to Banjul under cover of ...

Khartoum's long arm

The LRA insurgency drags painfully on, threatening Congo and Southern Sudan as well

A spate of attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army over the last two months on the region around Yei in Southern Sudan has put the international focus back on the LRA. Alongside its ...


Treason's delays

A treason trial that raises human rights questions is under way virtually unnoticed in Windhoek's High Court. The 119 people on trial are charged with plotting the secession of Cap...

Enter kingmakers

The results of the 26 March elections will fuel concern among neighbouring countries. The coalition led by the Movimento Democrático das Forças da Mudança (MDF...

Lackadaisical list

As worries grow about air safety in Africa, the European Union has released a new list of 91 (mostly African) airlines banned from entering its airspace. It claims the list will he...