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As Central Africa enters era of consolidating peace, new threats — piracy, drug trafficking — need regional response, says UN Secretary-General, in message

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NEW YORK, January 17, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message to the fifteenth ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), read by Abou Moussa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, in N'Djamena, 15 January:

On the occasion of the fifteenth ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), I would first of all like to commend the Government and the Chadian people for having accepted to host this important meeting, and for the generous hospitality extended to its participants.

Somaliland Releases 22 Journalists, Urged to Release the Rest and Allow the Television to Resume Operations

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 17, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the release of the 22 journalists who were detained by the Somaliland authorities in a systematic media crack down campaign that continues the second week and appeals the release of the three other journalists still held without charges and allow the Horn Cable television to resume its operations.

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Somalia / In past week in Somaliland, 25 journalists arrested, four still held and TV station closed

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PARIS, France, January 17, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Reporters Without Borders is worried by events of the past week affecting the media in the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland, in which a total of 25 journalists were arrested and a television station, HornCable TV, was closed in Hargeisa, the territory's capital.

Niger To Pursue Nuclear Plans Despite Fukushima: President

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NIGER'S PRESIDENT MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU ADDRESSES THE 66TH UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT THE U.N. HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011.
Niger will push ahead with a plan to develop civilian nuclear energy in partnership with other West African peers despite recent accidents including Fukushima, the country's president said on Monday.

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Explosions Used In Hunt For 29 Missing On Italian Liner

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Rescue squads used controlled explosions on Tuesday to enter a stricken Italian cruise liner in the increasingly despairing hunt for survivors as authorities almost doubled their estimate of the number missing on the huge vessel to 29 people.

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Greeks Strike Against Austerity As EU, IMF Visit

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Striking Greek workers brought the Athens metro to a standstill on Tuesday and kept ferries docked to protest against austerity as the country's lenders visited Athens to try to avert a disorderly debt default.

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U.S. Department of State Secretary's Remarks: Meeting With the Staff and Families of Embassy Monrovia

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MONROVIA, Liberia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Meeting With the Staff and Families of Embassy Monrovia

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Embassy Monrovia

Monrovia, Liberia

January 16, 2012

AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Good afternoon. It's great to see all of you here in this building.

U.S. Department of State / Africa: Meeting With the Staff and Families of Embassy Monrovia

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MONROVIA, Liberia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Meeting With the Staff and Families of Embassy Monrovia

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Embassy Monrovia

Monrovia, Liberia

January 16, 2012


AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Good afternoon. It's great to see all of you here in this building.

AUC Chairperson Receives Credentials of The New Permanent Observer of The Red Cross/Red Crescent to The African Union

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, received in his office at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on Thursday 12 January 2012, the credentials of the new Permanent Observer of the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), H.E.

IFJ Condemns Crackdown on Media in Somaliland

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GENEVA, Switzerland, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest of twenty five journalists in Somaliland recently, accusing the authorities of waging a campaign of intimidation to silence independent reporting.

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The African Union deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in the transitional federal parliament of Somalia

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Chair person of th e Commission of the African Union (AU), Je an Ping, expresses de ep concern over the lingering dispute in the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) of So malia.

US Dept of State Background Briefing en route Liberia

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WASHINGTON, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Special Briefing

Senior Administration Official, Office of the Spokesperson

ERT Monrovia, Liberia

January 15, 2012

MODERATOR: All right, everybody. We are en route with the Secretary of State to West Africa, three stops – Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo – and then, obviously, Cape Verde on the way home.

Italy-Egypt: a “lasting partnership”, says Terzi - Perss briefing on the minister's mission

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ROME, Italy, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Minister Giulio Terzi will be in Egypt on Thursday for bilateral meetings at a crucial stage in the redefinition of regional balances, and one year on from the start of the Arab spring.

21 Journalists Released in Somaliland

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the decision of the Minister of Interior of Somaliland, Mohamed Dur Arale, to release 21 journalists arrested on Sunday, 15 January 2012.

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FAO-EU project to promote climate-smart farming / Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia will benefit from collaborative effort

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ROME, Italy, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- FAO and the European Commission announced today a new €5.3 million project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia transition to a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture.

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25 Journalists Detained in Somaliland

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On Sunday, 15 January 2012, journalists of HornCable TV, Jamhuuriya Newspaper, Waaheen Newspaper, Geeska Afrika newspaper, Bulsho TV and Sahan newspaper staged a peaceful protest in front of Somaliland presidential palace, where the presidential guard beaten up the protesting journalists and arrested on the spot 8 journalists who all work for HornCable TV.

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