Africa

More than $380bn has been stolen or wasted by Nigerian governments since independence in 1960, Nigeria’s chief corruption fighter says

by BBC News October 20, 2006

More than $380bn has either been stolen or wasted by Nigerian governments since independence in 1960, the chief corruption fighter has said. Nuhu Ribadu told the BBC that Nigeria has "nothing much" to show for the missing money. ...

Illegal orphanages mushroom.

by IRIN News October 20, 2006

Malawi's opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has cautiously welcomed an informal offer by President Bingu wa Mutharika to begin cross-party talks aimed at easing political tensions. ...

WEST AFRICA: Child deaths from AIDS to keep growing

by IRIN/PlusNews October 19, 2006

Some 12,500 girls currently belong to government and non-government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a programme to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate all militias into society is failing them, Save the Children, an NGO, said in an August 2005 report. ...

Calls for review of law in wake of Madonna adoption.

by IRIN News October 17, 2006

Although the government has not publicly declared the Ebola haemorrhagic fever over, medical authorities in the Republic of Congo say they have the situation well under control....

US envoy in peace bid for Darfur

by BBC News October 15, 2006

United States Sudan envoy Andrew Natsios has arrived in Khartoum for a trip expected to take him to the troubled region of Darfur....

Darfur campaign finds a powerful friend in MySpace

by Frank Ahrens Washington Post October 10, 2006

Bich Ngoc Cao had been interested in the Darfur crisis since she took a class on the history of genocide at the University of Southern California. In May, she traveled from her home in Los Angeles to Washington for the rallies on the Mall. ...

Sudan divestment effort gains momentum at state level

by Nora Boustany Washington Post October 7, 2006

House members are scattering to their home states this week with inconclusive results on the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan, but momentum is growing at the state level for governments to divest public funds from companies, mostly foreign-based, doing business with Khartoum...

George Soros donates $50 million to implement African Millennium Villages project

by BBC News September 13, 2006

US billionaire George Soros is to give $50m (£26.7m)to help tackle poverty and Aids in Africa. Mr Soros pledged to hand the cash to the United Nations' (UN) Millennium Villages Project over five years. ...

Gates, Rockefeller charities Join to fight African hunger

by Karen DeYoung Washington Post September 13, 2006

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's richest charity, joined with the Rockefeller Foundation yesterday to launch a new development initiative for sub-Saharan Africa that they said would revolutionize food production and reduce hunger and poverty for tens of millions of people....

In Darfur, terror from the air. Sudan intensifies use of helicopter gunships and bombs, driving more villagers from their homes.

by Glenn Kessler and Craig Timberg Washington Post September 9, 2006

EL FASHER, Sudan, Sept. 8 -- Yagoub Mustafa, 45, could not easily mimic the "whoop whoop whoop, boom! boom! boom!" of two helicopter gunships that fired rockets into the huts in his Darfur village. He tried to make the noises, but they were not loud enough, or terrifying enough. ...