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2006-01-15 12:09:14

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LAC ROSE, Senegal (Reuters) - French driver Luc Alphand and Spanish rider Marc Coma won their first Dakar Rally on Sunday but both lamented the accidents which killed two young boys and an Australian competitor during the 9,000-km race. As a tribute to the three victims, organizers decided not to time Sunday's 110-km last stage around Lac Rose, a scenic salt lake set amid beachside sand dunes north east of Dakar. The rally ended as always with a podium...

2005-12-17 05:06:41

By Nick Tattersall DAKAR (Reuters) - China is winning African hearts and minds by offering the world's poorest continent everything from cheap flip-flops to new sports stadiums, but the West is wary of the Asian giant's methods and motives. From a 20,000-seater soccer stadium in coup-prone Central African Republic to a huge parliament building in war-hit Ivory Coast, China is opening diplomatic doors with attention-grabbing gifts for the state and cheap goods for the people. Even...

2005-12-01 14:48:57

By Nick Tattersall DAKAR (Reuters) - Dakar's university may provide an education envied around West Africa but many of its students have only one dream -- to leave Africa, even if it means hiding in boats, truck containers or the undercarriage of an aircraft. Almost three quarters of West Africa's population are under 30 and unemployment rates in some countries are as high as 80 percent. In the overcrowded corridors of Senegal's top university, students say that leaves them with only...

2005-11-25 06:39:29

DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegal's Appeals Court said on Friday it did not have the competence to rule on a Belgian extradition request for former Chad President Hissene Habre, who is wanted over atrocities committed during his government. It was not immediately clear which authority would now take up the case. An international arrest warrant issued by Belgium holds Habre, who has lived in exile in Senegal for 15 years, responsible for mass murder and torture carried out by his political...

2005-10-10 14:43:25

By Zakia Abdennebi OUJDA, Morocco (Reuters) - Morocco, under pressure to stem illegal immigration to Spain and accused by rights groups of mistreating migrants, began flying detained Africans to Senegal and Mali on Monday, government officials said. "We have already flown 140 illegal migrants back home to Senegal this morning and we are preparing a flight of 140 others also to Senegal soon from Oujda," a senior official told Reuters. After arriving back in Dakar, some of the...

2005-07-20 13:07:50

By Alistair Thomson DAKAR (Reuters) - Condoleezza Rice used her first trip to Africa as Secretary of State on Wednesday to show top-level commitment to a U.S. preferential trade deal for the world's poorest continent. On a trip set to be dominated by efforts to stem bloodshed in the Middle East and Sudan's Darfur region, Rice said Washington's African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefited everyone. "AGOA is making a difference in people's lives along with development assistance,...

2005-07-20 09:33:51

By Alistair Thomson DAKAR (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice used her first trip to Africa on Wednesday to show top level commitment to a U.S. preferential trade deal for the poorest continent. On a trip set to be dominated by efforts to stem bloodshed in the Middle East and Sudan's Darfur, Rice renewed Washington's backing for its African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a meeting with the 37 eligible countries in Dakar, Senegal. "Development assistance can be catalytic....

2005-07-19 10:40:45

By Alistair Thomson DAKAR (Reuters) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced a new program to boost African farm produce exports on Tuesday as part of efforts to widen the range of products the poorest continent sells onto global markets. Johanns made the announcement at a meeting in Senegal with the 37 beneficiaries of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) whose impact in the poorest, non-oil producing countries has so far focused largely on textile exports. He...

2005-07-18 06:09:04

By Alistair Thomson DAKAR (Reuters) - U.S. and African trade experts and businessmen will try to get more out of a deal which aims to help African nations trade their way out of poverty during a meeting in Senegal's capital which starts on Monday. Few concrete decisions are expected from the 3-day meeting in Dakar, but U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is due to drop in on the last day to show top-level commitment to boosting trade under the African Growth and Opportunity Act...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.