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2005-08-08 07:54:47

DUBAI (Reuters) - Mauritania's ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, deposed in a military coup last week, has vowed to return to his country soon, satellite television Al Arabiya said on Monday. "The ousted president stresses he will return to Mauritania soon," the Dubai-based channel said, adding that it would broadcast an interview with Taya later on Monday. It said Taya condemned the coup as a criminal act and called on the armed forces to return the country to "legality."...

2005-08-03 03:35:47

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Soldiers surrounded Mauritania's state radio station on Wednesday and blocked off streets around the presidency building while President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was out of the country, a witness said. "State radio has been off air since this morning. They are not letting anybody in," the Reuters witness said. Taya was in Riyadh on Tuesday for the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.

2005-08-01 08:34:09

By Rose Skelton DAKAR (Reuters) - Faada Freddy has a message for Senegal's leaders: If they don't keep their promises they can expect a tightly rhymed tongue-lashing from his fellow rappers. The threat is more intimidating than it sounds. Shunning their American counterparts' obsessions with gangsters, guns and girls, Senegalese rappers are among the country's loudest campaigners for social justice. Already the vanguard of West Africa's explosive hip-hop scene, their voices are only...

2005-06-28 13:14:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A genetically engineered virus may offer the first effective vaccine against Lassa fever, a sometimes deadly hemorrhagic fever common in West Africa, U.S. and Canadian scientists said on Monday. The vaccine successfully protected four monkeys against Lassa, a virus that sometimes causes high fever, internal bleeding and which kills at least 5,000 people a year. "This is the first vaccine platform shown to completely protect nonhuman primates from Lassa virus," said...

2005-06-27 08:17:27

By Kwaku Sakyi-Addo ACCRA (Reuters) - In northern Ghana, tradition forbade men to stoop and pick up the fruit that fell from the towering shea nut tree. It was beneath them to do so. But that's not the case anymore. Shea butter is the new 'It' cosmetic in the West, where it is applied to smooth wrinkles and cure blemishes, while nut oil is used more and more in Europe as a cheap substitute for cocoa butter in chocolate. For generations women gathered the fruit, pounded the nuts, and sold...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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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