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Monday 9 February 2015

Fight against Boko Haram turns into ‘regional war’

Niger is joining a new regional force to combat the Nigerian radical Islamic militia Boko Haram after repeated attacks on a border town where French liaison officers are already based. Cameroon, Chad and Benin are also on board.

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In DR Congo, simple rules could reduce the large impact of small-scale loggers

A new study of the sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reveals that informal, small-scale sawyers serving the domestic market extract up to 13 times as much timber as industrial companies—and suggests simple, short-term measures to improve the management of this sector.

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Sunday 18 January 2015

Monsieur Hollande's focus: heal his people

France's political leaders are moving quickly to deal with the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in the heart of Paris.

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Friday 16 January 2015

Executions in Jordan and Pakistan show need to go beyond moratorium

The World Coalition and its members have criticised decisions by the governments of Jordan and Pakistan to reverse their policy of suspending executions despite a historic vote in favour of a moratorium on the use of the death penalty at the UN General Assembly.

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Sunday 11 January 2015

France paralysed by ignorance, misinformation and horror

The slaughter of Charlie Hebdo’s staff by radical Islamists last Wednesday has raised the stakes in an already tense country to boiling point.

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Monday 5 January 2015

Protected areas: biodiversity troves and carbon sinks under one canopy?

When biologists see a forest, they may think of the number of species it could support. When climatologists see a forest, they may think of how much carbon it could store. Rarely, alas, do those points of view meet in a policy context.

But recent research conducted in the Kom-Mengamé forest of southern Cameroon shows that the two disciplines should converge on national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas, where they are likely to find both biodiversity and carbon storage in one place.

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Monday 22 December 2014

Looking back on Africa in 2014

For many Africans, the past year has been marked by hardship caused by the Ebola outbreak and violent conflict in South Sudan, the Central African Republic or Nigeria.

Yet African entrepreneurs worked their way around obstacles, confirming the continent's attractiveness as one of the fastest-growing economic areas in the world.

Tunisia brought a tricky political transition to a close with democratic elections and Burkina Faso started its own peaceful revolution. In both countries, the people have shown that lifelong presidential terms were no longer acceptable.

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Thursday 18 December 2014

Has the Castro regime won against the USA?

Following Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuban and US presidents that they would restore diplomatic relations, some critics have argued that the rapprochement gives away too much too soon to Havana’s communist government.

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Sunday 7 December 2014

Irish power making French waves

The French government has chosen turbines made by Irish-based marine engineering firm OpenHydro to power an experimental tidal generating station.

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Friday 28 November 2014

Morocco’s death penalty takes centre stage at Marrakesh forum

Debates on the abolition of the death penalty at the World Human Rights Forum have highlighted the situation in the host country among the major fronts in the abolitionist struggle.

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Sunday 16 November 2014

OpenHydro is frontrunner for France's €60 million tidal farm project

Irish-based marine engineering company OpenHydro is the French government's first choice to provide turbines for a €60 million tidal energy farm.

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Ex-French PM steps up legal battle against Hollande’s top aide

Fuelling the scandal that has rocked France’s political establishment for the past 10 days, former Prime Minister François Fillon has filed three separate libel suits against the presidency’s chief of staff Jean-Pierre Jouyet, his lawyer said.

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Thursday 13 November 2014

ICC team in Bangui to launch criminal investigation

A team of seven liaison officers and investigators from the office of the International Criminal Court's prosecutor is currently on a week-long visit to the Central African Republic.
The ICC is considering opening a permanent mission in Bangui to investigate crimes allegedly committed in the past two years in the war-torn country, including large-scale murder, rape and conscription of child soldiers.
Pascal Turlan, the prosecutor's judicial cooperation advisor, told RFI's Thomas Hubert that his team had begun to collect documentary evidence and was assessing the security situation before it can start interviewing witnesses.

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South Sudan talks fail to address root causes of conflict - FIDH

A group of lawyers and researchers who spent the past week in South Sudan have warned that tensions there remain dangerously high, almost one year after civil war engulfed the young nation.
The group, who were there on behalf of the International Federation for Human Rights, say militia groups supporting either President Salva Kiir or former Vice President Riek Machar are continuing to organise, arm and commit various forms of abuse against civilians with total impunity.
They also fear that recent efforts by regional mediators to conclude a political settlement will not address the root causes of the conflict.
RFI's Thomas Hubert talked to Arnold Tsunga, the Zimbabwean lawyer who headed the FIDH mission to the country.

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Thursday 30 October 2014

NGOs join forces to tackle capital punishment at Iran’s rights review

Several World Coalition members are among organisations co-ordinating their efforts to help the international community put pressure on Iran over its use of the death penalty.

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Monday 27 October 2014

Cameroon research adds to growing consensus on sustainable climate change strategies

In a paper published earlier this year, researchers in the Central African country showed that efforts to mitigate global warming by curbing deforestation can no longer be conducted separately from measures to help people adapt to a degree of inevitable climate change.

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Sunday 26 October 2014

Irish brewery makes French Connection

A chain of seven bars opened by Irish partners in the French capital over the past 15 years has switched six of its seven draught beer lines to a range of O’Hara Irish craft brews – with only Guinness surviving the deal agreed with the Carlow Brewing Company.

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Friday 17 October 2014

Beef producers' organisations: how do the French do it?

Some 18,000 French beef farmers belong to 38 so-called “non-commercial producer organisations” across the country.

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At least 26 dead in attack on eastern DRC town of Beni

In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, gunmen attacked the outskirts of Beni on Wednesday night.
An eyewitness told RFI on Thursday that he had seen the bodies of 26 men and women killed in the attack, between the town centre and the airport.
Violence between competing militias and security forces has increased in the region in recent weeks, but this is the first large-scale attack on a major town for a long time.
Government spokesman Lambert Mende told RFI's Thomas Hubert that the authorities blamed Ugandan rebels battling the army in the hills of Congo's North Kivu province for the raid.

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UN accuses DRC police of unlawful killings during crackdown on crime

According to the United Nations' human rights office in the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 41 people including children have died or disappeared at the hands of the police during a crackdown on crime a few months ago.
A UN report accuses masked members of elite police units of launching violent night-time raids in the capital Kinshasa between November 2013 and February 2014 as part of operation Likofi, which means "punch" in Lingala.
Scott Campbell is the head of the UN's human rights office in the DRC, and the government has called for his replacement following the publication of the report. Yet he told RFI's Thomas Hubert that the reality was probably worse than what UN investigators were able to establish.

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