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'Shell Paid Soldiers to Suppress and Kill Nigerian Protesters in Ogoniland'

Documents that have emerged from court cases against oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria reveal that in the 1990s it routinely worked with Nigeria's military to suppress resistance to its activities, often from activists in Ogoniland, in the delta region, some of them ending in deaths

In Somaliland, Less Money Has Brought More Democracy

As the humanitarian crisis in southern Somalia threatens millions of lives, Somalia's little-known northern neighbour, Somaliland, is doing so well that its government recently offered to send aid across the border.

Competition Spurs Access to Banking And Innovation in Africa

Competition among financial institutions is intensifying in Africa as more governments relax barriers to entry and open their countries' banking sectors to new players. The flurry of fresh entrants in some countries is credited with helping to drive down banking charges

Tsvangirai Fraud Scandal Deepens

The fraud scandal in which Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his close relative Hebson Makuvise are accused of misappropriating US$1,5 million in public funds meant to buy a house for the premier in the up-market Highlands suburb in Harare has deepened as new information obtained this week further shed light on the high profile case.

North Sudan Feeling the Economic Impact of Southern Secession

In early January 2011, southern Sudanese voted in a referendum in favour of secession from the north and this set in motion the beginnings of an economic crisis in Sudan. Currently North and South Sudan equally share the profits of the oil found in the south. But this will change when South Sudan becomes independent.

Planes Captured in Pirate Ransom Drama, US and UK Citizens Held

The minister said three of those detained carried UK passports, another one has an American passport while two have Kenyan identities.

kenya’s Mobile Money Innovation Draws World Attention

Today 18 million Kenyans move a billion shillings every day through their mobile phones. And the numbers are increasing daily. Apart from turning a phone into a virtual ATM card
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