BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of diplomatic relations between China and African countries. Over the past 50 years, China and Africa have become all-weather friends, partners of sincere cooperation, and good brothers, with the two peoples forging a profound relationship, and bilateral ties achieving great successes.Â Â Â Â The Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), scheduled for Nov. 3-5, will be the highest-level and the largest meeting between Chinese and African leaders since China and African countries started to forge cooperative ties in the 1950s.
Lebanon war puts damper on Israeli pot smokers
Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:33 PM ET
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s recent war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas has sent cannabis prices sky high in the Jewish state.
Nigerian pastor finds new flock in Ukraine
By Helen Fawkes
BBC News, Kiev
Inside one of Ukraine’s biggest sports halls a band pumps out deafening music surrounded by pom pom-waving dancers in shiny blue outfits.
From weapons of war to great coffee
By Amber Henshaw
BBC News, Mekele
In Biblical times they said “turn your swords into ploughshares”, now in northern Ethiopia a tradesman is bringing the saying into the 21st century.
China to build Nigerian railway
China is to build a railway line between Nigeria’s two main commercial cities, Lagos and Kano.
An $8bn contract was signed by the deputy transport minister and the president of the Chinese firm (CCECC).
Hemp for Victory
Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white film produced in 1942 by the USDA outlining a plan to distribute 400,000 lbs. of cannabis seeds to American farmers with the goal of producing 350,000 acres of cannabis by 1943 — all for the war effort. The USDA even went as far as to urge 4-H clubs to grow at least half an acre, but preferably 2 acres of cannabis.
Accused denies existence of HIV
AN HIV-positive man convicted of endangering the lives of three girlfriends is attempting to turn conventional science on its head by denying the existence of the virus that leads to AIDS.
Niger suspending Arab expulsions
Niger’s government has suspended a controversial decision to deport thousands of Arabs back to Chad.
The Mahamid Arabs, who are mostly nomads with animals, have lived in arid areas of Niger for several decades.
Oxfam Urges Company to Review Strategy and Sign Licensing Agreement
Oxfam International (Boston)
October 26, 2006
Posted to the web October 26, 2006
Youths Shut Down Oil Facilities in RiversÂ
By Jimitota Onoyume
FLOW stations belonging to Shell, Chevron/Texaco in Kula community were yesterday shut down by youths from the area for alleged failure of the affected multinational oil firms to respect MoU signed with the community.