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BURUNDI: Plea for new constitution, electoral law
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The transitional government of Burundi should ensure that the country has a new constitution as well as an electoral law to enable it to move to democracy within the time stipulated in the 2000 Arusha peace accord, the president of the accord's Implementation Monitoring Committee, Berhanu Dinka, said on Monday.
SOMALIA: I was not ill-treated, says released UN official
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), A United Nations staff member just freed from captivity has said that although the conditions of his captivity were harsh he was not ill-treated.
SUDAN: Rebels dismiss president's claim of victory in Darfur
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The declaration this week by the government that it had defeated rebels in the western Darfur region was an important step towards unlocking humanitarian access and an eventual resolution to the conflict, a Sudanese diplomat said on Tuesday.
ZIMBABWE: Rescuing Bulawayo's street kids
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), It is a few minutes before lunchtime and a disorderly queue of dishevelled youths in ragged clothes has already formed outside the doors of Thuthuka, a drop-in centre for street children in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Graduates do better than feared in the job hunt
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), A recent report has challenged the conventional wisdom that Africa's educated youth often find themselves without a job after completing their studies.
south africa: Concern over World Bank's position on funding mining projects
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), South Africa's Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on Monday raised concerns that the World Bank was considering a limit on financing coal and oil projects in developing countries.
CAMEROON-NIGERIA: Mixed commission to visit disputed Bakassi Peninsula
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The joint commission set up to implement a World Court ruling on the border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon will begin the most delicate part of its job this week when it visits the potentially oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Special report on the challenge of providing healthy urban environments
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), Africa's urban poor, often struggling to eke out a living in unplanned and expanding shanty communities, are at the back of the queue for water and sewerage services from underfunded local authorities.
SOMALIA: Abducted UN staff member released
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia has welcomed the release on 7 February of Rolf Helmrich, a UN employee abducted earlier near the southern town of Kismayo, the UN said in a statement.
ETHIOPIA: British minister arrives for talks with government
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), British International Development Secretary Hilary Benn arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday to advocate greater land reform as a means of tackling food shortages. Benn, who was appointed to his post five months ago, believes that production could be boosted by encouraging peasant land ownership.

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