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Angola launches new banknotes, coins

Kwanzas10Luanda, Jan 30 : Angola's Reserve Bank has launched a new family of banknotes and coins.

The new coins of 50 cent, 1, 5 and 10 Kwanzas went into circulation with effect from Jan 18 and the currency notes of denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 Kwanzas (100 Kwanzas equals $1) will be gradually introduced into the market from March to June, BNA Governor Jose de Lima Massano said at the launching ceremony.

Togo prepared to stay if they play elsewhere

Luanda, Jan 9 : Africa's controlling footballing body CAF said Saturday that they had been approached by the Togo football federation to be allowed to play their Africa Cup of Nations games elsewhere.

The West African country had earlier said they were considering whether to remain at the tournament in Angola after a terrorist attack on their team bus left the bus driver dead and two players injured.

The bus came under machine-gun fire shortly after entering Angola on Friday and the attack was later claimed by the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) - which has threatened further attacks during the tournament.

Clinton to tackle human rights during Congo visit

Clinton to tackle human rights during Congo visit Luanda/Kinshasa - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday arrived in conflict-hit Democratic Republic of Congo, where she is expected to call for an end to sexual violence against women.

While a bloody war in the sprawling Central African nation officially ended in 2003, various rebel groups have kept the conflict running in the eastern provinces.

Raul Castro in Angola for second visit in six months

Raul Castro Luanda - Cuban President Raul Castro was due to hold talks with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Tuesday on his second visit to the oil-rich southern African nation and longtime Cuba ally in under six months.

Castro arrived in the capital Luanda on Monday from the desert state of Namibia to Angola's south.

Castro and dos Santos were to hold talks at the presidential palace "to analyse the cooperation between their two countries," Angola's state press agency Angop reported Tuesday.

Medvedev closes Africa tour in rising oil producer Angola

Medvedev closes Africa tour in rising oil producer AngolaWindhoek - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev departed Namibia Friday for its oil-producing neighbour to the north, Angola, in the last leg of his four-country tour of Africa aimed at boosting Russian ties with the continent.

Medvedev left Namibia Friday morning for Angola's capital Luanda, where he was scheduled to meet with longtime President Eduardo dos Santos, Prime Minister Antonio Paulo Kassoma and other officials.

Pope celebrates open-air mass in Angola

Pope Benedict XVILuanda  - In what was billed as the high point of his three- day visit to the southern African country, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated an open-air mass Sunday in Angola's capital Luanda in front of hundreds of thousands of worshippers.

Benedict was joined by southern African bishops in saying the mass on the Cimangola Esplanade at the entry to the city.

The celebration was overshadowed by the deaths on Saturday of two youths in a stampede Saturday at a sports stadium in Luanda, where the pope addressed thousands of youth.

Angola's president excludes press from papal ceremony

Angola's president excludes press from papal ceremonyLuanda/Rome - The Angolese President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos on Friday is not allowing foreign press to formal visiting ceremony by Pope Benedict XVI despite a previous agreement.

Vatican spokesman Padr Federico Lombardi announced that the Vatican would request an explanation from the Angolan ambassador in Rome.

Vatican journalists reported that only representatives of Angola's national media were allowed into the ceremonial visit by the pope.

ROUNDUP: Angola and Germany discuss oil, trade and cultural ties

Angola and Germany discuss oil, trade and cultural ties Berlin - The Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos described relations with Germany as a "win-win situation" following a meeting in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

Merkel echoed the sentiment saying, "Angola has an interest in diversifying its economic relations, so as not to depend purely on its natural resources," while "Germany naturally has an interest in building its relations with a resource-rich country."

Angolan president to visit Germany

germanyBerlin - The President of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on February 27, a German government spokesman announced Friday.

Discussions will centre on bilateral relations, regional politics and economic relations between the two countries, chancellery spokesman Urich Wilhelm said. (dpa)

Vatican issues schedule of pope's first visit to Africa

Pope Benedict XVIVatican City - Pope Benedict XVI, during his planned first trip to Africa as pontiff in March, is set to meet Muslim leaders in Cameroon and hold talks in Angola with bishops from the continent's southern region, the Vatican said Monday.

The German-born Benedict is scheduled to arrive in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, a former German colony, on March 17.

In a nation of some 17 million people, Catholics, at just over a third of the population, make up the largest religious group. The highlight of Benedict's visit is likely to be his open-air mass at Yaounde's Amdadou Ahidjo Stadium on March 19.

Elections show Angola is consolidating its democracy, EU says

angola flagBrussels  - The positive outcome of Angola's first parliamentary elections in 16 years shows that the country is consolidating its democracy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Monday.

"After such a devastating war as the one Angola suffered, these elections are a step towards the consolidation of a multi-party democracy, a fundamental element for peace, stability, and socio- economic development," the head of the European Union's executive arm said in a statement.

The EU sent an election observation team to the country, and its final report was still due.

Angola's ruling party on the way to crushing victory

Johannesburg/Luanda - With nearly 55 per cent of the ballots counted, Angola's ruling MPLA party seem headed for a massive victory of more than 80 per cent of the vote in the country's first parliamentary elections in 16 years, reports said Sunday.

According to the state electoral commission, the MPLA party of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was ahead in 17 of 18 provinces. Should the results be confirmed, the MPLA would have more than the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution.

The official results are expected at the earliest by the middle of next week.

The largest opposition party UNITA had so far received little more than 10 per cent of the vote. The rest went to smaller parties.

Angola's ruling party on the way to crushing victory

Angola's ruling party on the way to crushing victory Johannesburg/Luanda  - Angola's ruling MPLA party was heading for a massive victory in the country's first parliamentary elections in 16 years, with initial projections by the country's electoral commission showing the party claiming more than 80 per cent of the vote, reports said Sunday.

Although the opposition UNITA party has already begun to dispute the results of the two-day vote due to problems during the polling, independent observers such as those from the European Union spoke only of poor preparation that affected some parts of the capital Luanda.

Angolan opposition considering call for new elections in Luanda

Johannesburg/Luanda - Angolan opposition parties on Saturday, the second and last day of the country's national elections, expressed misgivings about the running of the polls in the capital city Luanda and were considering calling for a new vote.

According to election observers the opening of polling places was delayed by several hours on Friday in the capital, where 20 per cent of country's 8.3 million registered voters live.

The country's first national election in 16 years though praised by the head of the European Union observer team for its "peaceful manner" was nevertheless marked by a lack of preparedness.

Post-war Angola votes in first national election in 16 years

Johannesburg/Luanda - Angolans were going to the polls Friday in the first national election in the war-scarred country in 16 years. President Eduardo dos Santos' party was expected to win easily.

Dos Santos, 68, who has maintained a tight grip on power for 29 years, had repeatedly delayed parliamentary and presidential elections on the grounds that the country's ruined infrastructure made them unfeasible.

The elections to the 220-seat National Assembly on Friday and Saturday, while deemed unlikely to dent the majority of dos Santos' MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), are seen as a dry run for presidential elections scheduled for next year.

First national election in 16 years in post-war Angola

Johannesburg/Luanda - Angolans go to the polls later this month in the first national election in the war-scarred country in 16 years. President Eduardo dos Santos' party is expected to win easily.

Dos Santos, 68, who has maintained a tight grip on power for 29 years, had repeatedly delayed parliamentary and presidential elections on the grounds that the country's ruined infrastructure made them unfeasible.

The elections to the 220-seat National Assembly on September 5 and 6, while deemed unlikely to dent the majority of dos Santos' MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), are seen as a dry run for presidential elections scheduled for next year.




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