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2006-07-15 11:42:40

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - A delegation of U.S. cotton farmers visiting West Africa said Washington's multi-billion dollar subsidies to its cotton industry were worsening hardship in the world's poorest region. During a trip to Mali, West Africa's largest cotton producer, the group of farmers from California, Illinois, Vermont and Kansas witnessed conditions in one of the world' poorest countries. Cotton provides a livelihood for nearly a third of Mali's 10 million...

2006-06-25 19:38:22

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians have voted hugely in favor of limiting the number of terms future presidents can serve, early indications from a referendum in the Islamic republic showed late on Sunday. The poll in the impoverished nation straddling Arab and black West Africa asked voters to approve constitutional changes that would prevent a president from serving more than two terms, each of them limited to five years. "On the basis of polling stations considered to be...

2006-06-25 05:13:44

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians voted in a referendum on Sunday on whether to amend their constitution, in a ballot aimed at ending decades of coup attempts and one-party rule in the Islamic Republic. The polls in the impoverished nation, which straddles Arab and black West Africa, are the first since a military junta seized power in a bloodless coup last August and lay the foundation for a presidential election next March. If approved, the changes would make...

2006-03-07 11:23:02

By Tiemoko Diallo and Gamer Dicko BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian blues singer and guitarist Ali Farka Toure, one of Africa's best loved musicians, died in his sleep at home on Tuesday after a long fight with bone cancer. He was in his late 60s. Dubbed "the African John Lee Hooker," the Grammy-winning bluesman was among West Africa's most internationally successful artists, winning acclaim around the world for his 1994 album "Talking Timbuktu," recorded with Texan guitarist Ry Cooder....

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...

2006-01-16 10:55:00

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian DAKAR (Reuters) - Nearly $240 million is needed to feed at least 10 million people this year in West Africa, where food shortages risk being overshadowed by emergencies elsewhere on the continent, the United Nations said on Monday. Several countries in West Africa suffered shortages last year after crops were ravaged by drought and locusts. In Niger, the worst-affected, aid groups scrambled to tackle a food crisis affecting more than 3 million people. "Despite a good...

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...

2005-11-24 05:13:24

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Reuters) - West African states emerging from years of civil strife have pledged to conserve and protect dwindling elephant populations, a Liberian government official said on Thursday. Experts say elephants in West Africa died by their thousands in the 19th century ivory trade and as a result of the construction of roads and railways following the arrival of European colonial powers. In the 20th century, elephant numbers continued to decline with more ivory...

2005-08-08 09:38:42

DUBAI (Reuters) - Mauritania's ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya vowed on Monday to return to his country despite being deposed by a military coup last week. "As president, I order officers and soldiers of the armed forces and security forces to put an end to this criminal act so that the situation returns to normal," Taya said in remarks broadcast by Arabic satellite television Al Arabiya. "I will return home, God willing, so that we can together continue the path for a better...


Latest West Africa Reference Libraries

Zebra Tilapia, Tilapia buttikoferi
2009-07-04 15:57:53

The Zebra tilapia (Tilapia buttikoferi) is a fish inhabitant to West Africa, specifically Liberia. This fish is an African tilapiine cichlid. The Zebra tilapia is a freshwater fish that is inclined to streams and rivers. For both aquatic and nutritious reasons, this fish has been imported and bred all over the world. The Zebra tilapia is a stunning cichlid. It is usually white or yellow with black stripes. This fish varies from light to black based on its mood. The stripes seem to fade...

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2009-04-07 15:38:01

The Bearded Barbet (Lybius dubius) is a species of bird that is found in tropical west Africa. It is found mostly in trees around wooded country and also gardens. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. The adult is 10.25 inches in length. It is fairly plump, has a short neck and a large head. The tail is somewhat short. It has a black crown, back, tail and breast band. The throat and belly are red and the rump is white. There is a yellow eye patch....

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2008-05-01 00:06:09

The Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus), also known as the ropefish or snakefish is a species of freshwater fish in the bichir family and order. It is the only member of the genus Erpetoichthys. It is native to West Africa, with its natural habitat stretching from Nigeria to the Congo. The Reedfish has a maximum total length of 36 inches. It lives in slow-moving, brackish, warm water, and it can breathe air using a modified swimbladder which it uses like a pair of lungs. This organ means...

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2007-03-30 00:39:53

Tilapia buttikoferi is an African tilapiine cichlid fish that can be found mainly in West Africa, more specifically Liberia. They are freshwater fish that tend to live in rivers and streams. People have imported and bred these fish throughout the world for both aquatic and nutritious purposes. One spawn can supply an entire city, so breeding these fish is an easy process. The tilapia is a beautiful specimen. The fish is typically yellow or white with black stripes and can vary from very...

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2007-03-30 00:34:17

Steatocranus (Boulenger, 1899) is a small genus of rheophilic cichlid fish endemic to the Congo River, although one species, Steatocranus irevinei, occurs in West Africa. The genus currently includes 9 species, all of which have relatively reduced swim bladder function. The name Steatocranus refers to the fatty deposit on the forehead of most species. Two species, Steatocranus casuarius (also known as the Lionhead, Blockhead or Humphead) and Steatocranus tinanti are relatively common in the...

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