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NIGERIA: Bird flu confirmed in five states and the capital, 21/Feb/06
ABUJA, 21 February (IRIN) - Tests have confirmed the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus – also fatal in humans – has now infected poultry in five contiguous Nigerian states and the federal capital, Abuja, according to the government.... Full Report... Email Report

CAMEROON: Tuberculosis and AIDS soaring in prisons, 21/Feb/06
EDEA, 21 February (IRIN) - Victor N. no longer has the strength to get up from his straw mattress; he is battling tuberculosis, which has struck for a second time in some months. One of his cellmates in Edea prison near Douala is in the same state - too weary even to fight the... Full Report... Email Report

NIGERIA: Deadly cartoon protests in north spark reprisals in south, 21/Feb/06
ONITSHA, 21 February (IRIN) - Several people were reported killed in southern Nigeria on Tuesday in revenge attacks following deadly riots last weekend in the north in which Muslims targeted Christians over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers. ... Full Report... Email Report

LIBERIA: War-battered nation launches truth commission, 21/Feb/06
MONROVIA, 21 February (IRIN) - The Liberian government has officially launched a truth and reconciliation commission to probe human rights abuses over the past quarter-century in the war-wounded country. ... Full Report... Email Report

SENEGAL: On the lookout for bird flu in world’s third biggest reserve, 21/Feb/06
DJOUDJ, 21 February (IRIN) - As soon as Moussa Diouf saw the bird lying sick on the ground, the young man from a village on the edges of Senegal’s giant Djoudj bird reserve, dropped it in a plastic bag and dashed off post-haste to the main rangers’ office. He was worried the... Full Report... Email Report

NIGERIA: Muhammad cartoon protests spark attacks on Christians, 20/Feb/06
ABUJA, 20 February (IRIN) - At least 17 people, including a Catholic priest, were killed and 30 churches burned in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri when Muslims protesting cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad turned on local Christians, police said. ... Full Report... Email Report

LIBERIA: Crumbled system leaves suspects languishing in jails without trial, 20/Feb/06
MONROVIA, 20 February (IRIN) - During the final months of the civil war, when rebel fighters bombarded the capital Monrovia, Liberia’s central prison took mortar hits and prisoners scrambled over the rubble to freedom.... Full Report... Email Report

NIGERIA: Militants seize 9 foreigners in new attack, cause cut in oil exports, 19/Feb/06
WARRI, 19 February (IRIN) - Armed militants in Nigeria’s southern oil region seized nine foreign hostages, damaged an oil export terminal and blasted a major crude oil pipeline in simultaneous weekend attacks that reduced the country’s oil exports by at least 20 percent.... Full Report... Email Report

BENIN: Refugees flee camp after clashes with villagers, 17/Feb/06
COTONOU, 17 February (IRIN) - Thousands of Togolese refugees have fled the Lokossa camp in Benin after fierce clashes with local residents in which 29 people were hurt, some by gunfire, local officials told IRIN on Friday.... Full Report... Email Report

COTE D IVOIRE: International panel meets, Egeland winds up visit, 17/Feb/06
ABIDJAN, 17 February (IRIN) - A panel of international mediators overseeing a UN peace blueprint for Cote d’Ivoire met on Friday as the European Commission pledged funds to assist reunification of the war-divided nation.... Full Report... Email Report

NIGERIA: Army trades fire with militant groups in Niger Delta, 17/Feb/06
WARRI, 17 February (IRIN) - An army helicopter gunship on routine patrol in Nigeria’s turbulent Niger Delta region exchanged fire on Friday with militants active in the oil-rich zone, military officials said.... Full Report... Email Report

WEST AFRICA: IRIN-WA Weekly Round-up 317 covering 11-17 February 2006, 17/Feb/06
DAKAR, 17 February (IRIN) - ... Full Report... Email Report

WESTERN SAHARA: Tens of thousands of refugees homeless after rains wipe out shelters, 16/Feb/06
DAKAR, 16 February (IRIN) - Aid agencies are rushing to help some 60,000 Western Sahara refugees after freak rains late last week wiped out houses and schools and damaged hospitals in camps in eastern Algeria.... Full Report... Email Report

COTE D IVOIRE: Exams at last for 90,000 students left in limbo in rebel territory, 16/Feb/06
ABIDJAN, 16 February (IRIN) - After waiting more than three years to sit key exams because of Cote d’Ivoire’s unrelenting civil war, more than 90,000 school students left in limbo in rebel-held territory could be able to take the tests as soon as this month.... Full Report... Email Report

BENIN: On eve of election campaign, strikes and cash crunch cloud poll, 16/Feb/06
COTONOU, 16 February (IRIN) - Weeks ahead of presidential elections in Benin, registration glitches and continued financial constraints are clouding efforts to select a replacement for exiting 72-year-old leader Mathieu Kerekou.... Full Report... Email Report

NIGER: Dead birds raise fears of bird flu, 16/Feb/06
NIAMEY, 16 February (IRIN) - The death of at least 400 chickens, turkeys and geese in Niger – which shares a 1,500-kilometre border with bird-flu-infected Nigeria – has government officials scurrying to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.... Full Report... Email Report

COTE D IVOIRE: Top UN official meets with authorities after anti-UN violence, 15/Feb/06
ABIDJAN, 15 February (IRIN) - The UN’s top humanitarian official Jan Egeland is in war-torn Cote d’Ivoire seeking assurances from authorities that January’s anti-UN violence will not be repeated and that ringleaders of the attacks will be punished. ... Full Report... Email Report

NIGERIA: International experts deploy to help check bird flu spread, 15/Feb/06
KANO, 15 February (IRIN) - International health experts have deployed in northern Nigeria, where suspicious poultry deaths have been reported in eight northern states, with three states confirming cases of the deadly H5N1 virus. ... Full Report... Email Report

COTE D IVOIRE: Interview: UN humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, 15/Feb/06
ABIDJAN, 15 February (IRIN) - The UN’s top humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, is visiting war-torn Cote d’Ivoire following violent protests last month that targeted UN facilities. In an interview with IRIN, Egeland warns that violence against humanitarian workers must end and... Full Report... Email Report

GUINEA: Repatriation of 35,000 Liberian refugees underway, 14/Feb/06
CONAKRY, 14 February (IRIN) - The voluntary repatriation of 35,000 Liberian refugees from Guinea has begun, but time is short if they are to be back home and on their farms before seasonal rains begin in April.... Full Report... Email Report


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