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Diplomats back Somali peacekeeping mission

Western and African diplomats called on Friday for the urgent dispatch of peacekeepers to Somalia to stabilise the country after a two-week war in which Ethiopian-backed government forces routed Islamist fighters. The International Contact Group on Somalia held closed-door talks in Nairobi with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf.

First drought, now floods plague Kenya’s nomads

After all her goats died in a drought that swept East Africa last year, Habiba Abdi Gedi decided to settle a few kilometres from the Darwa river along the Kenya-Ethiopia border. But then this year abnormally heavy rains in the Ethiopian highlands caused flash floods, bursting the river's banks, and flooding her home.

Nigerian wins African business leader award

A Nigerian banker was named African Business Leader of 2006 in a competition to honour major contributors to economic development. Tony Elumelu, chief executive officer of the Lagos-based United Bank for Africa, was hailed by United Kingdom-based African Investor magazine as a believer in excellence.

Africa needs help to win clean energy investment

Africa lacks the capacity and projects to attract the levels of investment in clean energy seen in other parts of the world, Kenya's environment minister said on Sunday. Africa lags behind Asia and Latin America in the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism, which lets rich nations fund clean energy projects in developing countries.

Report: Patients forcibly held in Burundi hospitals

Hundreds of patients are forcibly held in Burundi's hospitals -- sometimes for months -- over unpaid bills and many have to sell prized land or cattle to leave, a human rights report said on Thursday. Health care for mothers and children under five is free in the tiny Central African country whose shattered economy is emerging from more than a decade of ethnic conflict.

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