- The government of Niger has extended the state of alert in the troubled northern region so as to intensify military onslaught against rebel fighters of Movement for Justice in Niger (MNJ).
The state of alert, extended by President Mamadou Tandja, has been in place in the region since last year. President Tandja has authorised the security forces to patrol, carry out investigations and check ID cards in the region.
Pre-dominantly dominated by Tuaregs who held anger against the government for denying their uranium-rich communities development packages, the MNJ began a revolt in February 2007.
Few days ago, the group denied reports of ending the armed struggle through the intervention of Libya. The group accused the Nigerien government of trading "unfounded and misleading information."
Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi who has promised to throughly investigate the rebels allegations advised them to be aware that justice cannot be achieved only through armed struggles.
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afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.