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Ethiopia – Egypt : Is a War Over the Nile Still Imminent?

Ethiopia – Egypt : Is a War Over the Nile Still Imminent?

Until the recent positive signs of cooperation between some of the Nile riparian states, disputes between the downstream and upper riparian states over rights to the waters of the Nile have been a contentious issue for centuries. The outcome of the Nile water negotiations could have profound consequences for the region and the African continent. [...]

Egypt Threatening Ethiopia Over Nile Dam Construction

Egypt increasingly views Ethiopia’s plan to build a massive 6,000-megawatt hydroelectric dam on the Nile River as a threat to its national security because it claims it will seriously cut the country’s water supplies. Egypt depends on the Nile for virtually all of its water and is mounting a major diplomatic and economic campaign to [...]

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Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Set up Commission to Assess Nile Dam Project

A tripartite commission, established by Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan will meet on 8 October 2012 in Addis Ababa to discuss the impact of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the three other countries. Ethiopia is building the $5 billion Nile dam, but other countries upstream of the river fear this could have an impact on water levels. [...]

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South Africa Launches Metals Atomisation Project

South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has launched state mineral research company Mintek’s new R44-million water atomising plant. The demonstration plant, situated at Mintek’s Randburg, Johannesburg campus, will initially be used for a two-year, R200-million research and development project with mining company Anglo American Platinum. The project will explore and develop atomisation technology as [...]

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Haiti Faces New Tragedy as Tropical Storm Isaac Approaches

Haiti hunkered down Friday as forecasters warned that Tropical Storm Isaac could dump large amounts of rain on the struggling country still recovering from a killer earthquake. Packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers (45 miles) per hour, Isaac was centered some 265 kilometers south of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic at 0900 GMT, [...]

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Life On a South African Mine, Decades of Squalor

From scrawny dogs wandering shanties to pit toilets, workers at South Africa’s tragedy-hit Marikana platinum mine still live in miserable conditions 18 years after the end of apartheid. The police shooting which killed 34 mine workers on Thursday has not only highlighted the brutality faced by the workers, but has also put the spotlight on [...]

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UN Boost Efforts to Tackle ‘Alarming’ Health Situation Among Sudanese Refugees in S.S.

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are scaling up efforts to reverse the “alarming” rates of malnutrition, disease and death in two camps hosting Sudanese refugees in South Sudan, even as they struggle to cope with logistical problems amid the rainy season. There are some 170,000 Sudanese refugees currently in South Sudan, according [...]

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Uganda Reaping the Benefits of the Bujagali Dam

For the first time in a decade, Uganda enjoys a near-sufficient electricity supply. Results have been immediate. Since the long-awaited Bujagali Dam started producing 250 megawatts in June, power cuts have fallen sharply. The new hydropower Bujagali output means the country produces roughly 700 megawatts, according to Uganda’s energy ministry spokesman Matovu Bukenya. “We are [...]

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Report: Black Voter Turnout Key to Obama’s Re-Election

The turnout of Black voters is going to be the key in the upcoming presidential election, just a 5 percent drop in the number who vote in the last election could make it much harder for President Obama to get elected, according to a report released today by the National Urban League. While most election observers expect [...]

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