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2008-07-10 09:01:02

Writethru: Senegal committed to achieving "food security": official DAKAR, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Senegalese government has said it attaches great importance to the realization of "food security" in the country, especially in the wake of the ongoing global food crunch, Daouda Fall, a senior agriculture ministry official, said. Fall, who is the special adviser to the Senegalese Agriculture Minister Amath Sall, made the remarks Tuesday during an exclusive interview with Xinhua....

2006-07-09 08:05:51

By Rose Skelton DAKAR (Reuters) - At the top of a tower block in one of Dakar's densely packed neighborhoods, Xuman sits in the studio of Ocean FM radio and addresses the young people of the Senegalese capital. "For all our friends who decide to leave Senegal," the 7 ft (2-meter) tall, dreadlocked rap artist shouts into the microphone. "For all our friends who believe that the solution lies in Barcelona, or on the other side of the sea," he continues. "This is for you." From the...

2006-06-22 07:35:00

By Nick Tattersall "BEVERLY HILLS," Senegal -- Young fishermen playing table football in the sand look up wistfully as another plane bound for Paris roars over their rubbish-strewn beach. Mothers dressed in bright cloth wraps lounge beside polystyrene cool boxes, brushing away flies in the fetid air as they wait for their sons to return with the day's catch. Senegal is meant to be an African success story: one of the continent's most stable democracies, religiously tolerant and a major...

2006-05-21 10:05:00

By Pascal Fletcher DAKAR -- From Moscow to Monrovia, from New Zealand to New York, people turned out in hundreds of thousands on Sunday to march in support of the global fight against hunger, that silent killer which claims a child every 5 seconds. As Pope Benedict appealed from Vatican City for "concrete and swift action" to stop world hunger, walkers in more than 100 countries across 24 time zones took part in the worldwide initiative organized by the United Nations World Food Program. In...

2006-05-08 07:55:46

DAKAR (Reuters) - A U.S. rower hoping to cross the Atlantic in a wooden boat to raise awareness of Africa's AIDS crisis was forced to abandon his trip hours after he set off when his boat took on water and sank, his Web site said. The Senegalese navy and an ocean freighter rescued Victor Mooney, a 41-year-old public affairs officer from New York, on Sunday afternoon soon after he set off from the historic slaving island of Goree bound for New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Mooney was hoping...

2006-02-22 12:35:00

By Diadie Ba and Alistair Thomson DAKAR -- Ministers and experts from across West Africa met on Wednesday to draft a plan to contain the bird flu virus as the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of a looming regional disaster. The H5N1 bird flu strain confirmed in Nigeria earlier this month has killed 92 people in Asia and the Middle East since 2003 and triggered the culling of millions of domestic fowl. Experts fear that in Africa, where chickens live in millions of homes,...

2006-02-13 08:05:00

By Nick Tattersall DAKAR, Senegal (Reuters) - Massaer Niang had been praying he would be caught when Spanish border guards dragged him, struggling for breath, out of the rough waters off North Africa. Like thousands of migrants who try to break into "fortress Europe" each year, the 24-year-old Senegalese student had hidden between the carriages of goods trains, been beaten by police and shot at during repeated attempts to get out of Africa. In the cold nighttime waters off the heavily guarded...

2006-02-13 08:51:31

By Diadie Ba DAKAR, Senegal (Reuters) - Maria Victoria Correa is a Catholic but she keeps a prayer mat in her house for Muslim visitors, one of the everyday kindnesses which underpin Senegal's religious tolerance. At a time when cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad have triggered violent protests in several Muslim countries, the respect between faiths in Senegal remains unshaken. While the overwhelming majority of its people are Muslim, the West African country has made religious...

2006-02-09 12:35:00

By Alistair Thomson DAKAR -- African countries lack the health and disease control systems to contain a deadly strain of bird flu which was confirmed for the first time on the continent this week, officials and experts said on Thursday. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza was found in poultry in northern Nigeria on Wednesday and officials say it poses a major challenge to weak healthcare services already battling HIV/AIDS and malaria. H5N1 has killed 88 people in Asia and the Middle East since...

2006-02-08 10:00:00

By Alistair Thomson DAKAR -- African countries scrambled on Wednesday to limit the spread of deadly H5N1 bird flu after the continent's first outbreak was confirmed in Nigeria. The disease can jump to humans from infected birds and has killed at least 88 people in Asia and the Middle East since 2003. Experts have expressed fears that an outbreak in Africa, the world's poorest continent, could pose a serious threat given already weak public health systems and the fact that many rural people...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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