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2006-02-22 19:52:28

HARARE (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake measuring an estimated 7.5 shook large areas of Zimbabwe and northern Mozambique early on Thursday, shaking buildings from Harare to Maputo. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web site said the quake, which struck just after midnight (2200 GMT on Wednesday), measured an estimated 7.5 and was centred in northern Mozambique, an area not known for severe earthquakes. In Zimbabwe, the quake jolted people out of their beds in Harare, where...

2006-01-27 10:43:08

By Mateus Chale MAPUTO (Reuters) - U.S. Internet mogul Greg Carr has committed up to $40 million of his own cash to help rebuild a game park in Mozambique which he hopes to restock with animals from elsewhere in Africa. Carr, former chairman of Prodigy Internet and Boston Technology, told Reuters on Friday he wanted Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique to recapture its place as a leading eco-tourism destination in southern Africa. The park, which lies at the southern end of...

2006-01-10 05:50:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- Attacks on humans by man-eating lions are on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique, raising the stakes in the conservation game as environmentalists strive to save the big cats from extinction. Lions in the area have developed a taste for human flesh because people have been sleeping outdoors to protect their crops from raiding bushpigs, which the cats follow onto croplands, a leading expert said. "In Tanzania in the early 1990s there were about 40 recorded lion...

2005-12-28 08:25:00

By Mateus Chale MAPUTO -- Pistols, rifles, machineguns and mines that spread terror across Mozambique during years of civil war have been transformed from agents of death and destruction into art, winning hearts at home and abroad. People have been encouraged to hand over weapons in exchange for sewing machines, agricultural tools, construction materials or bicycles. After the weapons had been put out of action, some of the pieces were used to make strikingly original sculptures. "We...

2005-10-24 10:12:23

By Mateus Chale MAPUTO (Reuters) - Only a tiny fraction of children in Mozambique eligible for AIDS drugs have access to the medicines due to a severe shortage of staff who themselves are dying of the disease, the country's health minister said. AIDS is a major development challenge for Mozambique, hailed by international lenders as a model reformer that has grown its economy at an average rate of 7 percent to 8 percent over the past decade and is seen as a strong campaigner against...

2005-10-11 07:15:00

By Mateus Chale MATUTUINE, Mozambique (Reuters) - Thirteen years ago, the small settlement of Matutuine in southern Mozambique was a desolate site -- uninhabited and ruined by war. The residents, some 50,000 people, had fled to neighboring South Africa or tiny Swaziland to escape mayhem and bloodshed in their own backyard during the civil war that had raged for 16 years before ending in 1992. Then, the ravages of war could be seen in the bombed buildings with their bullet-pocked walls. Of the...

2005-09-09 08:37:19

By Peter Apps JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Hungry Mozambicans desperately need international food aid after their crops failed, the United Nations said on Friday, with low river and dam levels raising fears of another bad harvest next year. The U.N. World Food Programme says around 10.7 million people across southern Africa face serious shortages this year, with the effects of poor rain compounded by chronic poverty and the death of breadwinners and farmworkers from AIDS. "It is...

2005-08-17 04:22:48

By Ed Stoddard PONTA D'OURO, Mozambique (Reuters) - Warm waters, colorful corals and unspoiled beaches as far as the eye can see: the allure of Mozambique's Ponta d'Ouro is obvious. Transformed from an impoverished seaside village into a bustling tourist resort in just a few years, Ponta d'Ouro is emblematic of Mozambique's drive to nurture its tourist industry as a way of fighting poverty. "If the tourists didn't come here we would have no work, we would just be fishing," said John...

2005-08-11 09:46:26

By Peter Apps NHAMPUGUANE, Mozambique (Reuters) - As he scans the landscape around him, all Sam Guemba can see are maize crops standing stunted and withered. But there's an exception. A few fields shine green and fertile -- the first fruit of a process aid workers hope could alleviate the shortages endemic in southern Africa. At Nhampuguane in Guija district, southern Mozambique, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) is working with U.S. religious agency Samaritans' Purse to encourage...

2005-08-10 06:03:18

By Peter Apps SONGUENE, Mozambique (Reuters) - For villagers in drought-stricken southern Mozambique, this year's food shortages are the worst many can remember, but aid workers fear the world may not respond until it is too late. Across southern Africa, the United Nations says some 10 million people -- many of them already battling HIV and chronic poverty -- could face serious hunger by the end of the year. "If the situation continues like this, we could die," says 43-year-old mother of...


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2007-10-24 16:32:18

The Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus), is a bushshrike and a passerine bird closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique. It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in urban areas. The adult Bokmakierie is a 8.6-9.0 inch long bird with olive-green upperparts and a...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'