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MAURITANIA: Military junta launches pro-democracy poll

NOUAKCHOTT, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Mauritania’s new military leaders are encouraging voters to massively take part in a referendum on Sunday aimed at promoting democracy and preventing presidents from remaining in office for more than two terms. Full report

ANGOLA: Cholera death toll continues to rise

LUANDA, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has sent a consignment of drugs, re-hydration salts and disinfectant to help fight a cholera outbreak that has claimed close to 1,900 lives in Angola.Full report

ZAMBIA: Fear of bird flu panics Zambians

LUSAKA, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The mysterious death of wild birds this week has panicked Zambians, fearing the arrival of avian influenza in a country long-recognised as vulnerable to the deadly H5N1 virus.Full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Local languages in schools urged to help students learn

JOHANNESBURG, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - With South Africa still struggling to improve education standards, a new report has called on the government to consider using local languages as a medium of instruction in schools. Full report

BURUNDI: EU asks Bujumbura to probe corrupt officials

BUJUMBURA, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The European Union, a major donor to Burundi, has asked the government to investigate claims of corruption and forgery in a EU-funded programme that was set up in 2001 to rehabilitate infrastructure in the country that is emerging from 12 years of civil war.Full report

SOMALIA: Foreign cameraman shot dead in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a Swedish cameraman covering a demonstration in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, an act immediately condemned by the leadership of the Islamic courts, which controls the city. Full report

SWAZILAND: Children in for a better deal

MBABANE, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Swaziland has finally got around to drawing up legislation focusing on the protection of children's rights. Full report

SUDAN: Concerns over implementation of Darfur peace deal

NAIROBI, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) is falling behind schedule and threatening the fragile truce in Sudan's western region, observers have warned. Full report

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-CHAD: Forgotten refugees face epidemics, food cuts

GORE, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - In the lush malarial forests of southern Chad tens of thousands of forgotten refugees from Central African Republic squat in tattered tents exposed to shrinking food rations and infection from diseases that could easily be prevented with minimal investment. Full report

ZIMBABWE: When the going gets tough, the tough turn entrepreneurs

HARARE, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Just when it seems life could not conceivably get any tougher for Zimbabweans, it invariably does. Full report


Year in Brief and Review

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Year in Brief: CAR 2005 - A chronology of key events

BURUNDI: Year in Brief: Burundi 2005 - A chronology of key events

IRIN Africa Special reports

DRC: A vote for a piece of soap

SOMALIA: Tragic Cargo, Part Two

IRIN Africa Focuses & Interviews

SOMALIA: Interview with Shaykh Sharif Shaykh Ahmed, Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) chairman

COTE D IVOIRE: Involving children in issues raised by HIV/AIDS

SOUTH AFRICA: New AIDS threat looms

SENEGAL: Impunity on trial

Related Internet Links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

WFP - Africa Hunger Alert

UN Economic Commission for Africa

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