ZIMBABWE: Five year plan to battle HIV/AIDS on farms launched

by IRIN News November 16, 2006

Mali’s largest union sent a shot across the government’s bows on Monday by making good on a promise to hold a 24-hour strike, describing it as a “warning” and vowing to press on until its demands were met....

Dirty water and lack of toilets kill more people than war in West Africa Photo: © Nicholas Reader/IRIN

WEST AFRICA: Still the lowest living standards in world, UN report says

by IRIN News November 10, 2006

The food-security situation in south Sudan - particularly Northern Bahr El Ghazal - remains fragile, as malnutrition rates during an already bad hunger season seem to be further deteriorating and the prospects for the next harvest look bleak, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned....

Son of Equatorial Guinea’s president buys $35 million house in Malibu, California

by BBC News November 8, 2006

An anti-graft pressure group has called for a probe into the alleged purchase of a luxury US beach house by the son of Equatorial Guinea's president....

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Climate change threatens food security

by IRIN News November 7, 2006

In a strong show of unity, Guinea’s opposition has called on ailing President Lansana Conte to step aside in favour of a government of national unity....

Top Ethiopian judge flees threats from Ethiopian government, accuses government of killing critics

by BBC News November 6, 2006

One of Ethiopia's most senior judges, Teshale Aberra, has left the country following "continued harassment" from the government, he has told the BBC....

The power of oil and the state of democracy in Angola

by Rafael Marques November 3, 2006

The civil war in Angola ended in 2002. In this speech, given at Harvard University, Rafael Marques argues that the peace agreement signed in April 2002 has failed to promote democratic values or engage citizens in public affairs. Elections that the government promised the people since 1999 have no...

© Pierre Holtz/IRIN  Even in her worst month, Mboup takes home $100

SENEGAL: Making it with microfinance

by IRIN News October 27, 2006

News that foreign consultants in Malawi are lavishly spending British aid money on hotels and meals has ignited controversy....

Starbucks in Ethiopian coffee dispute. U.S. coffee chain Starbucks is denying Ethiopia earnings of $88 million a year, according to Oxfam.

by BBC News October 26, 2006

US coffee chain Starbucks is denying Ethiopia earnings of £47m ($88m) a year, according to Oxfam. The UK charity says Starbucks asked the National Coffee Association (NCA) to block the country's bid to trademark three types of coffee bean in the US....

Awareness campaigns have done little to change negative attitudes toward AIDS in Sao Tome and Principe Photo: © IRIN

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: Stigma hobbles HIV/AIDS fight

by IRIN News October 25, 2006

Some 90,000 Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees living in eastern Sudan could go hungry unless more money is found to fill a 47-percent funding gap in a feeding programme for them, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday....

Photo: BBC Phindile is not sure if her son is also infected.

Africa’s forgotten HIV children

by Angus Crawford BBC News October 25, 2006

Children with HIV and Aids in the developing world are half as likely as adults to get life-saving drugs. This means fewer than one in 10 of over two million children infected get anti-retroviral treatment (ARVs)....