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EUROZONE CRISIS 
The Eurozone crisis has become a buzzword, but most people are oblivious as to how this will affect them personally. The crisis was sparked by Greece's inability to meet its borrowing obligations, very similar to a situation where you are unable to pay your bank loan due to a job loss or cut in salary. Because of this, many banks who were lenders to Greece are experiencing a cash crunch.

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Libyans obstructing peace may face sanctions, EU says
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
BRUSSELS Dec 16 (Reuters) - The European Union is ready to consider sanctions, if necessary, on people obstructing a political solution in Libya, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.
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Cameroon signs $438 mln oil pipeline partnership with consortium
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
YAOUNDE Dec 16 (Reuters) - Cameroon has signed an agreement worth some 230 billion CFA francs ($438 million) with a consortium and Houston-based Govind Development to build an oil pipeline from its petroleum
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UPDATE 1-Kenyan shilling gains on remittances, shares ease
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
(Adds shilling closing rate, stocks, bonds) NAIROBI Dec 16 (Reuters) - Kenya's shilling strengthened slightly on Tuesday on remittances from Kenyans abroad and a mop-up of excess liquidity by
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Nigerian Stock Index Drops to 2-Year Low as Oil Trades Under $60
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Nigeria’s benchmark stock index tumbled to an almost two year low as the outlook for Africa’s biggest oil producer worsened with Brent crude trading below $60 a barrel. The Nigerian Stock Exchange All
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UPDATE 1-Morocco's central bank cuts benchmark interest rate to 2.5 pct
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
(Add details) RABAT Dec 16 (Reuters) - Morocco's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate on Tuesday to 2.5 percent from 2.75 percent, the second rate cut in three months as it seeks to support
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South Africa’s Eskom Restoring Power Units to Reduce Outage Risk
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. restored power to two of the four power-generating units that had shut down this morning, leaving a "moderate" risk of more blackouts, spokesman Khulu
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Botswana leaves benchmark rate at 7.5 percent
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
JOHANNESBURG Dec 16 (Reuters) - Botswana's central bank left its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 7.5 percent on Tuesday, saying inflation was forecast to remain within its medium-term target range
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'Ancient Trees': from Botswana to Yemen, some of the world's oldest trees
Christian Science Monitor - 12/16/2014
Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time By Beth Moon Abbeville Publishing Group 104 pp. Like many new photographers just starting out, I used to take my Pentax film camera out and about to photograph lovely
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In pictures: Zanzibar's clove harvest
BBC - 12/16/2014
The archipelago of Zanzibar in Tanzania, sometimes known as the Spice Islands, was once the world's largest producer of cloves. It is still an important industry for farmers on the island of Pemba as
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Mali ends last quarantines, could be Ebola-free next month
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
BAMAKO Dec 16 (Reuters) - Mali has released from quarantine the last 13 people being monitored for Ebola, and the country could be declared free of the virus next month if no further cases are recorded,
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RPT-Mali ends last quarantines, could be Ebola-free next month
Reuters UK - 12/16/2014
(Repeats to wider subscribers, no changes) BAMAKO Dec 16 (Reuters) - Mali has released from quarantine the last 13 people being monitored for Ebola, and the country could be declared free of the virus
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Wiring the world for sound…Voice Of Hope - Africa is the latest acquisition by California
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Strategic Communications Group ("SCG", http://www.voiceofhope.com) announced today the purchase of its newest shortwave transmission facility in Lusaka, Zambia.
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Uganda says begins sending ex-Congo rebels back home
Reuters UK - 12/16/2014
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda began sending home over a thousand fighters of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel group on Tuesday after Kinshasa pressured it to return the refugees so they do not
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UPDATE 1-Libya's rival parliament says open to U.N.-sponsored peace talks
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
(Adds details, background) TRIPOLI Dec 16 (Reuters) - Libya's rival parliament is open to U.N.-sponsored talks to end the country's conflict if the venue of the next round is changed and certain
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Reconnaissance Field Program Reinforces Prospectivity of the Karankasso Project
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
VANCOUVER, Dec.16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sarama Resources Ltd The reconnaissance field program covered the 750km ² Karankasso Project JV area where previous exploration has identified several zones of
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Morocco's central bank cuts benchmark interest rate to 2.5 pct
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
RABAT Dec 16 (Reuters) - Morocco's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 2.5 from 2.75 pct to boost growth, a statement from the bank said on Tuesday. It is the second cut in three month
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Nigerian overnight interbank lending rate spikes to record high
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
LAGOS Dec 16 (Reuters) - Nigeria's interbank overnight lending rate spiked further by 20 percentage points on Tuesday to 80 percent following drop in liquidity on large naira cash withdrawal by the state-owned
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Ocampo defends ICC Kenyatta charges
BBC - 12/16/2014
The ex-chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has defended his decision to charge Kenya's president, despite the case collapsing. Luis Moreno Ocampo said the charges against Uhuru
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Kenya's Uchumi raises 896 mln shillings for expansion
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
NAIROBI Dec 16 (Reuters) - Kenya's Uchumi Supermarkets has raised 895.8 million shillings ($9.89 million) in an oversubscribed rights issue to expand its operations in the east African region.
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Carnegie Mellon University Launches Fund to Accelerate Engineering Education in
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
KUGALI, Rwanda, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda accelerates its capacity to educate and empower students with the establishment of the Innovators Forward Fellowship
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Libya's rival parliament says open to U.N.-sponsored peace talks
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
TRIPOLI Dec 16 (Reuters) - Libya's unofficial parliament is open to U.N.-sponsored talks to end the country's conflict if the venue of the next rounds is changed and certain conditions are met, a parliamentary
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Morocco revives $4.6 bln LNG import plan
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT Dec 16 (Reuters) - Morocco has launched a national plan to boost imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), including the construction of a terminal at the industrial hub
Morocco revives $4.6bn LNG import plan Qatar Peninsula
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Rwanda Has Become World's Largest Coltan Exporter, Reports KT Press
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
KIGALI, Rwanda, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rwanda is now the world's single largest exporter of tantalum mineral known as coltan and the government says that is only a small portion of the
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Sisters in the vanguard as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood battles to survive
Reuters - 12/16/2014
(Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi walk in the rain during a protest at Al-Haram street, in Cairo December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer) In homes and streets
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For Ebola Patients in Sierra Leone, Survival Takes More Than Medicine
Wired News - 12/16/2014
BO, Sierra Leone—Morning rounds have just begun at an Ebola treatment center here in the city of Bo, in central Sierra Leone. The patients who are able shuffle out of a tent towards two layers of chain-link
New UK Ebola Centres and Labs in Sierra Leone World News Report
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