Man jailed for attack on team

An ANGOLAN court has sentenced a man to 24 years in prison following the attack on Togo's national football team earlier this year, which left two people dead and eight wounded, including a goalkeeper.

Akwa sure Angola can progress

ANGOLA captain Fabrice Akwa says the World Cup debutants are confident of reaching the second round after the final batch of Group D games this afternoon.

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Cholera scandal of oil-rich Angola

IN A nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many are instead forced to drink has fuelled one of the worst cholera epidemics to strike Africa in nearly a decade.

Seven million land mines still hidden in Angola

An estimated seven million land mines are still hidden in unmarked minefields across Angola, four years after a protracted civil war ended, a government official said yesterday.

Half of Angola's children malnourished, UN warns

ALMOST half of Angola's children are severely malnourished and at risk from preventable diseases, the World Food Programme said yesterday.

Panic in Angola as killer virus sweeps the slums

THE worst ever outbreak of highly lethal Marburg virus should be a "wake-up call to the world", United Nations health officials said yesterday.

'Ebola-like' virus kills 96

ALMOST 100 people have been killed by a deadly Ebola-like virus in Angola.

Investors return to Angola after years of war

ANGOLA, the African country scarred by a 27-year civil war, has seen private investment in non-oil and diamond sectors soar over the first six months of 2004.

Poor want answers on Angola's oil cash

OIL prices are high in Angola, but frustration among millions of impoverished men, women and children is higher.

The killing fields

PEERING through the broken window of a dilapidated hospital ward, Cecilia Namutumbo’s face is briefly illuminated by the fading early-evening light as she lifts her head and offers me a small, enigmatic smile. The dusty chaos of the African afternoon recedes before me like a bad dream. Perhaps out of relief, I smile back. I am selfishly thankful that there is still room for some happiness in her life, behind the sadness that her eyes betray.

Street children find refuge in sewers

IN THE fading evening light, the wide boulevards of Luanda are virtually silent but for a ragged army of filthy street children running barefoot down the central reservation of Avenida de Commandante Valodia.

War far from over for Angola's children

FRANCELINA Kafundi is staring at me pleadingly through a haze of pain, starvation and malaria.

A state of despair

ANGOLA is an operatic sort of country where everything is on a Wagnerian scale and demands to be described in superlatives, one of its fondest biographers asserts. Unfortunately, the superlatives used today are almost all negative: UNICEF calls Angola one of the "the worst places on Earth to be a child".

Ghost of Savimbi haunts Angola

THE ghost of Jonas Savimbi still hovers over Angola one year after the cruel rebel leader was slain by a unit led by his former guerrilla army chief, General Geraldo Nunda.

De Beers plans return to Angola

DIAMOND giant De Beers plans to resume operations in Angola early next year as the country emerges from civil war and seeks to end an unsuccessful state gem marketing monopoly.

Angola faces race against time in new fight for life

AID workers in Angola are racing against the clock to get food to hundreds of thousands of starving people before heavy rains set in next month, making the roads used to deliver crucial relief supplies impassable.

$2bn in oil cash as Angola starves

WESTERN countries have slowed aid assistance to Angola, where around three million people need urgent help, over concerns about $1bn in "missing" government oil revenue.

Catastrophe threatens Angola

ANGOLA is at peace for the first time in 40 years yet death rates have soared and international donors are refusing to help the government rebuild the country.

Angola to end 26-year war

THE Angolan government and the Unita rebel movement will today sign a formal ceasefire bringing to an end 26 years of civil war which has claimed around 500,000 lives.

Corruption could hamper Angola’s oil-rich future

THE peace agreement signed at the weekend that ends Angola’s 27-year civil war deprives the rulers of the country - potentially the richest in Africa - of further excuses for high level corruption, poor governance and the continued impoverishment of its people.

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