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Austria: Spindelegger on the death of Muammar Gaddafi

"With the death of Muammar Gaddafi, more than 42 years of dictatorship have come to an end.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 12:03

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Canada - Minister Oda updates on East Africa humanitarian crisis

Yesterday, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, provided an update on the serious humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa and announced the final tally of donations provided by individual Canadians to Canadian registered charities eligible to be matched by the Government of Canada through its East Africa Drought Relief Fund.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 10:50

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USA: Statement by President Barack Obama on the Declaration of Liberation in Libya

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Libya on today's historic declaration of liberation.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 10:41

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UN Secretary-General - Declaration of Liberation of Libya

Today in Benghazi, the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) declared the full liberation of Libya, marking a historical juncture that signifies a people attaining their freedom after decades of dictatorship.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 10:43

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High-level meeting of experts on improving regional aviation sector opens in Accra, Ghana

Ghana plans to establish a separate air navigation service provider as part of initiatives to modernize its aviation sector, improve the environment for efficient airline operations and in response to global trends, the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Collins Dauda said on Friday, 21st October in Accra.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 10:19

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Tunisia can again be Arab Spring pioneer with elections - UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today called on Tunisia, the first country to free itself from entrenched regimes during the Arab Spring movement, to once again pioneer the path forward to full democracy when it holds elections for a constituent assembly this Sunday.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 10:13

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Africa Human Rights Day Statement by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari AU-UN Joint Special Representative in Darfur

On this day, 25 years ago, the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) achieved an important milestone by adopting the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 13:55

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The African Union welcomes the progress made in the resolution of the crisis in Madagascar

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Jean Ping, welcomes the positive and encouraging developments towards the resolution of the crisis in Madagascar and return to constitutional order.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 13:45

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The African Union sends an observer mission to Tunisia

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission is deploying an election observation mission to Tunisia to supervise the Constituent Assembly elections scheduled to be held on the 23rd of October, 2011.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 13:45

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Norwegian Government approves debt cancellation for DR Congo

The Norwegian Government agreed today to cancel the Democratic Republic of Congo's remaining debt of NOK 143 million (approximately USD 23.8 million) to Norway in follow-up to international agreement on debt cancellation.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 13:30

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Botswana Hosts Global Meeting on Migration

A meeting next week in the Botswana capital, Gaborone, will bring together regional bodies from around the world working on inter-state cooperation, to share good practices and effective approaches to migration issues.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 13:39

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World Cocoa Foundation, USAID and IDH Launch the African Cocoa Initiative

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) announced today that the new African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI), a Global Development Alliance partnership to invest in sustainable cocoa programs in West Africa, will be launched in the coming weeks.

Cocoa is one of the most significant crops in West and Central Africa, 90 percent of which is grown on 2 million small family farms.  WCF/ACI is a five-year, $13.5 million program in the four producing countries of Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria that will develop their cocoa sector in four critical areas: foster public-private cooperative investments in cocoa and agriculture, improve the genetic quality and productivity of the cocoa varieties under cultivation, expand farmer education and training programs, and improve the agriculture input supply chains that serve the farmers.

Through WCF/ACI, the partner institutions, USAID, WCF and IDH, are contributing significant funding and expertise to improve farmer incomes, alleviate poverty, strengthen government and regional institutions, and help advance food security throughout the region.  This advances the goals of the U.S. government's Feed the Future Initiative to increase agricultural productivity and the economic well-being of smallholder farmers.

The four national governments have each endorsed WCF/ACI and are committing their agencies to participating and investing in its sponsored activities.  Additionally, important international organizations will be contributing to its implementation. These include the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries (COPAL) and the IFDC, which will be instrumental in providing expertise in genetics, cocoa policy and fertilizers, respectively, to the program.

The program will be headquartered at WCF's office in Accra, Ghana to support activities across the region.  Private sector funding for this program comes from WCF member companies ADM Cocoa, Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Cargill, Continaf BV, Ferrero, Guittard Chocolate Company, The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Lindt & Sprungli, Nestle, and Olam International Ltd.

Bill Guyton, President of WCF, said "We are very pleased to launch this significant new partnership with USAID, WCF member companies, and the Sustainable Trade Initiative.  WCF/ACI complements our existing programs and will enable us to reach many more cocoa farmers and build new partnerships in West and Central Africa."

"We are looking forward to supporting the important new cocoa initiative in West and Central Africa with the program partners," explained Joost Oorthuizen, Executive Director of the Sustainable Trade Initiative, based in the Netherlands.

"Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative, is proud to be a major contributor to the African Cocoa Initiative through USAID.  We look forward to this key public-private partnership which will benefit smallholder cocoa growers in West Africa.  We view our private sector partners as thought leaders who can bring crucial feedback, a fresh perspective, and innovative insights to the development table," says Margaret Enis, Director of the Office of Markets, Partnerships and Innovation, USAID Bureau for Food Security.

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership foundation that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits. These efforts help increase the supply of cocoa and help guarantee chocolate lovers access to their favorite products. WCF's membership includes cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80% of the global cocoa market. For more information, visit www.worldcocoa.org.

Source: World Cocoa Foundation

World Cocoa Foundation, USAID and IDH Launch the African Cocoa Initiative

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) announced today that the new African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI), a Global Development Alliance partnership to invest in sustainable cocoa programs in West Africa, will be launched in the coming weeks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:46

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Outcome already decided in trial of Swedish journalists in Ethiopia

Reporters Without Borders will pay close attention to the trial of Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, which has begun on October 18th in Addis Ababa.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 17:15

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African Speakers Conference: Ex-Ghanaian President Addresses Somalia Situation

The African Speakers' Conference commenced here at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) today with a keynote speech from H.E. Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana and AU High Representative for Somalia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:19

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Gambian justice minister should disclose Manneh's fate

An official of the Gambian government publicly indicated knowledge of the whereabouts of missing journalist Ebrima "Chief" Manneh, according to news reports. The government, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in Manneh's 2006 disappearance, must immediately disclose the details of his status, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:24

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FIFA satisfied with WADA decision to withdraw CAS appeal in case of Mexican footballers

FIFA would like to express its satisfaction with the decision taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to withdraw its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the decision not to sanction five Mexican footballers who tested positive for clenbuterol during the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June 2011.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:14

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