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2006-06-27 21:55:00

By Rose Skelton NDEM, Senegal (Reuters) - A hot wind blows across Senegal's arid landscape as Mathioro Ndiaye bows his head before his marabout, or spiritual guide. Ndiaye is one of Serigne Babacar Mbow's most faithful followers. He is also the Sorbonne-educated public relations representative of Mbow's lucrative clothing company, Maam Samba. Ndiaye brushes his hands over his face to receive the blessings muttered by Mbow, dressed in a simple white robe with dreadlocks piled up beneath a...

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...

2006-03-19 10:57:22

By Alberto Dabo SAO DOMINGOS, Guinea Bissau (Reuters) - Guinea Bissau troops used rockets and mortars at the weekend to bombard southern Senegal separatist rebels in a border zone, killing at least one of the rebels, an officer said on Sunday. Four Guinea Bissau troops were also injured in the clashes, which have raged for several days around Sao Domingos town near the frontier with Senegal's southern Casamance region, where rebels have fought a low-intensity separatist war for...

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,...

2006-02-22 09:55:24

By Diadie Ba and Alistair Thomson DAKAR (Reuters) - Ministers and experts from across West Africa met on Wednesday to draft a plan to detect, fight and contain the bird flu virus which was found on several poultry farms in Nigeria this month. The H5N1 bird flu strain 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, the virus could spread rapidly...

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...

2006-01-26 08:10:00

By Daniel Flynn DJIBONKOR, Senegal -- Legend has it that the Bainouk people of southern Senegal were cursed by a tyrannical king, who with his dying breath condemned them to wander in poverty forever. Today, the Bainouk eke out a meager existence from agriculture in the forests of the lush Casamance region, their ancient language and lifestyle under threat from the encroaching modern world. "If we speak our language no one can understand us, so we use Diola if we go into town," said...

2006-01-23 12:37:37

By Daniel Flynn CAP SKIRRING, Senegal (Reuters) - Soldiers lounge by a sandbagged checkpoint and an army truck bearing a heavy sub-machinegun trundles along the potholed road to one of West Africa's premier beach resorts. Most of the European tourists who flock to Cap Skirring in search of winter sun only get a brief glimpse of the soldiers as they drive from the airport to the pristine beaches and manicured golf courses of the luxury hotels. But for residents of Senegal's tropical...

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...


Latest Senegal Reference Libraries

Working horse
2014-06-14 10:44:57

The Fouta is a breed of horse originating from Senegal, West Africa. Also known as the Foutanke, the horse was developed from crossing the Fleuve and M’Bayer breeds resulting in a light work horse. The Fleuve horse is also found in Senegal, West Africa. This light horse was bred from crossing Barb horses with local ponies. The M’Bayer also evolved from the Barb horse and originated in the Baol region of Senegal. This breed is usually bay or chestnut. The average horse in Senegal is...

African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis
2012-06-19 13:45:47

The African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is thought to be similar to the West Indian manatee. Its other common names include the seacow and the West African manatee. It is native to Africa, specifically Senegal to Angola and West Africa. Its range also includes Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ghana, among other regions. They can live in many water habitats including freshwater, oceans, brackish water, and lagoons. However, they will not live anywhere with a temperature...

2012-06-14 13:15:54

Symbol: PHRE Group: Monocot Family: Arecaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Native Status: L48    I Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

2012-06-15 06:09:38

Symbol: KHSE2 Group: Dicot Family: Meliaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Native Status: L48    I PR    I Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants...

2012-06-18 09:02:25

Symbol: BOSE4 Group: Dicot Family: Capparaceae Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons Subclass   Dilleniidae Order   Capparales Family   Capparaceae – Caper family Genus   Boscia Lam....

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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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