Africa

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Crude oil: A campaigner's battle for survival

Coming between a government oil quota of two million barrels per day, five multinationals and countless militiamen in a near-lawless Nigerian region was worth it, says exiled Donny Ohia.

Malawian marijuana runs rife

A senior Malawian magistrate was among 20 people arrested in the lakeshore district of Salima for alleged marijuana trafficking in a week beset with events surrounding the drug.

AIDS crisis cuts Africa's annual growth

The AIDS virus – which affects about 35 million people in Africa - will cause annual growth to fall across the continent this year, political leaders have warned.

Sierra Leone war crime witnesses recount horrors

A woman who was forced to watch a militia torture and execute her two brothers described her ordeal to journalists last week under a new initiative launched by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC).

Sierra Leone requests extradition of civil war wild cats

Sierra Leone has called on neighbouring Liberia to arrest and extradite notorious ringleaders of war crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil war.

Manners and mores: Egypt's 'George Eliot' in bloom

Egyptian novelist, Ahdaf Soueif is a study in multiculturalism. She looks at the world through Egyptian eyes, and writes English fiction in an Arab hand.

'Truth' commission offers fresh hope for civil war victims

Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has begun a long battle to secure justice for victims of the country's bloody civil war.

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