In three African countries, it's Gaddafi to the rescue

In three African countries, it's Gaddafi to the rescueTripoli - Dressed in a traditional Libyan brown cap and cloak punctuated by a broach in the shape of the African continent, Moamer Gaddafi looked completely in his element rushing from one conflict-beset African country to the next last week.

On Friday, Libya's 66-year-old "Brother Leader" triumphantly returned to the Niger capital, Niamey, with six hostages whose release he had just secured from the rebel Movement of the Niger People for Justice.

Local airlines losing fight for growing African market

Local airlines losing fight for growing African marketRabat, Morocco  - West and central Africa have rapidly growing aviation markets, but the local airlines are having a hard time defending their turf against foreign competition.

Many African airlines "have very short life spans," Jacques Courbin, president of the African air traffic control agency Asecna, told the magazine Jeune Afrique.

Microbicide gel offers promising HIV prevention method for women

HIVWashington, March 6 : A vaginal microbicide gel has for the first time shown some promise to prevent HIV infection in women in a clinical trial involving more than 3,000 subjects in the U. S. and southern Africa.

While making a presentation on the trial's findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), the researchers said that one 0.5 per cent dose of a microbicide designed to prevent HIV from attaching to cells in the genital tract, was 30 per cent effective.

African Union threatens to withdraw summit from troubled Madagascar

African UnionAntananarivo - The African Union (AU) has ordered Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana to restore order and stability to the troubled island within two weeks or forfeit the AU summit the country was scheduled to hold in July, local newspapers reported Thursday.

The ultimatum issued by AU envoy Amara Essy came as security forces clashed with opposition demonstration for the second day running Thursday in the narrow streets of the capital Antananarivo.

NMDC Pays Interim Dividend To Govt; Eyes Iron Ore Mines In Africa

NMDC Pays Interim Dividend To Govt; Eyes Iron Ore Mines In AfricaState-run National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) on February 26 paid an interim dividend worth Rs 4.01 billion to the administration.

After getting the cheque from the NMDC chairman, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers, praised the company (NMDC) for its excellent performance.

Mr. Paswan stated that NDMC’s 4 million ton steel plant in Chhattisgarh would come sooner than schedule.

Drug cos eye 'loose' Middle East, Africa

US, Japan and the UK, the largest pharmaceutical markets, are fast losing sheen for many Indian drugmakers.