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Senegal cracks down on foreign ships

Senegal’s minister of fisheries has ordered the detention of a Russian trawler observed illegally catching fish in Senegalese waters. The move immediately won high praise from bloggers on the Internet. “Keep the fish, Charge a BIG FINE. If the Russians don’t pay, KEEP THE BOAT and sell it,” wrote “Bob” on the Yahoo comments page. Michael B wrote: “Good for the Senegal government for taking this action again ...

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‘Democracy has disappeared’ say officials in mass resignation

Some 75 officials in the West African nation of Burkina Faso resigned this week in mass to protest efforts by President Blaise Compaore to give himself an additional five-year term. According to critics, Compaore is planning to extend his time in office by changing the rule that limits presidents to two five-year terms. Compaore has been in power since 1987 and under the current rule would not be able to ru ...

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