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TANZANIA: Focus on fighting fistula
5 February 2004 (IRIN ),
GABON: Oil pact with China aims to boost falling reserves
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Gabon has signed a series of deals with China to try and breathe new life into its declining oil industry. In return, Gabon has agreed to ship to oil-thirsty China a guaranteed supply of 20,000 barrels of crude per day.
ANGOLA: Peacekeeping troops ready soon
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Angola is expected to announce a decision to provide troops for United Nations peacekeeping missions in the next four months, according to a senior diplomat.
DRC: MONUC investigators attacked in Ituri
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Unidentified gunmen attacked on Wednesday a team of UN officials investigating the reported killing of 100 people almost three weeks ago in Gobu, a village in the troubled district of Ituri, Orientale Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UGANDA: Rebels kill 52 in dawn attack on Lira IDPs camp
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), In the most devastating assault on northern Uganda’s civilian population for several months, the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacked a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Lira District on Thursday morning, killing 52 people and seriously wounding over 70, residents said. Many of the injured were in critical condition.
ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Lifting of partial border closure expected
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Ethiopia is expected to lift a partial border ban imposed unexpectedly on United Nations peacekeepers, the UN’s military commander said on Thursday. Maj-Gen Robert Gordon said the Ethiopian military had pledged to reopen its frontier with Eritrea after closing western and central border areas to the UN force.
ZIMBABWE: Pro-democracy leader allegedly assaulted by police
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Zimbabwean police say they are unaware of the alleged beating of a pro-democracy leader during a protest in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday.
SUDAN: More pressure on parties urged in prelude to talks resumption
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), As talks to end Sudan's 20-year civil war resume in Kenya on 17 February, the international community is being urged to bring more pressure to bear on the warring parties to expedite the process and reach agreement on the pending issues of power-sharing and the three disputed regions.
UGANDA: Funding for civil society and poverty alleviation
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Uganda is to receive from the EU, under an Africa, Pacific and Caribbean (ACP) programme, €8 million (about US $10 million) to fight poverty and build civil society institutions. Uganda thus becomes the first country eligible for funding under the ACP programme, which supports local civil society institutions to get funding for poverty alleviation that is directed "from the ground up".
ANGOLA: Food security better in areas farming cassava
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Households in the maize-based agricultural areas of southern and central Angola are facing greater food insecurity than those in the northern and eastern cassava belt.

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