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ANGOLA: AU considers looking at Cabinda claims
30 December 2011 (IRIN ), More than five years after the Front for the Liberation of Cabinda (FLEC) filed a complaint with the African Union (AU) against the Angolan government for alleged human rights abuses, the AU says it is willing to hear the “merits” of appointing a special rapporteur to investigate the claims.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94572/ANGOLA-AU-considers-looking-at-Cabinda-claims
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Pick of the year 2011
29 December 2011 (IRIN ), In 2011 the global economic crisis combined with poor governance, financial mismanagement and unpredictable rainfall to push several southern African countries to the point of crisis. Others responded to rising unemployment and increased pressure on national budgets by hardening their attitude towards immigrants and closing their borders to asylum-seekers. IRIN covered developments from all over the region, but the following stories consistently grabbed headlines:
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94564/SOUTHERN-AFRICA-Pick-of-the-year-2011
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Counter-trafficking measures trail commitments
12 December 2011 (IRIN ), At any given time, an estimated 130,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa are engaged in forced labour as a result of trafficking. It is a fraction of the global figure, which the International Labour Organization (ILO) puts at 2.5 million, but this highly lucrative and concealed crime is on the rise in Africa and traffickers usually operate with impunity.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94445/SOUTHERN-AFRICA-Counter-trafficking-measures-trail-commitments
CLIMATE CHANGE: Durban or bust - the Trans-African Caravan of Hope
2 December 2011 (IRIN ), Brandishing a plea for developed countries to make good their promises to reduce carbon emissions, 300 farmers, youths and activists took the scenic route to the COP17 conference in Durban, travelling more than 7,000km from Burundi in 17 days, through 10 eastern and southern African countries, aboard a convoy of buses draped in various national flags.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94372/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Durban-or-bust-the-Trans-African-Caravan-of-Hope
GLOBAL: New ways needed to grow food
28 November 2011 (IRIN ), In another 40 years, many parts of the world will have run out of water for farming, says a new authoritative analysis of the state of the world's land and water resources.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94315/GLOBAL-New-ways-needed-to-grow-food
AFRICA: Urgent drive to act on road safety
18 November 2011 (IRIN ), Increasing traffic accident deaths are a likely consequence of economic and population growth in Africa unless leaders on the continent, already beset by the world's worst road-safety record, implement a wide-ranging plan to address the second leading cause of deaths of young people, specialists at a major conference told IRIN.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94238/AFRICA-Urgent-drive-to-act-on-road-safety
FOOD: Rumpus over GM food aid
18 October 2011 (IRIN ), Genetically modified (GM) food aid bound for Africa has long been a bone of contention among governments, scientists, activists, consumers and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93991/FOOD-Rumpus-over-GM-food-aid
HEALTH: Keeping a measure on malaria
22 September 2011 (IRIN ), The African Leaders Malaria Alliance has launched a scorecard to improve the fight against malaria on the African continent. “This,” said Agnes Bingwaho, Rwanda’s Health Minister, holding up the laminated scorecard, “is something that will help Africa make progress.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93796/HEALTH-Keeping-a-measure-on-malaria
In Brief: Southern Africa floods cause highest death toll in recent years
21 July 2011 (IRIN ), The death toll in southern Africa during the 2010-2011 rainy season (December-May) was “markedly higher” than in recent years, with 477 people killed, compared to seven during the same period in 2009-2010, and 212 in 2008-2009, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/93294/In-Brief-Southern-Africa-floods-cause-highest-death-toll-in-recent-years
AFRICA: Sleeping sickness in cattle put to bed?
20 May 2011 (IRIN ), New research on sleeping sickness in African cattle is holding out the possibility that in the not too distant future Africa could start seeing the introduction of cattle resistant to sleeping sickness - a disease which kills billions of dollars worth of livestock every year.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/92773/AFRICA-Sleeping-sickness-in-cattle-put-to-bed

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