April 15, 2014

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U.S. Census Bureau releases 2013 population estimates for states, counties and metropolitan areas–Release Date: March 27, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau releases 2013 population estimates for states, counties and metropolitan areas -Release Date: March 27, 2014 Raleigh-Durham, NC joins the ranks of urban areas with over 2 million people. Raleigh-Durham’s 2013 estimate population now stands at 2,037,430. The state of North Carolina now has 2 metropolitan areas with over 2 million people. The other being Charlotte with […]

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April 14, 2014

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Angola to grant De Beers new diamond exploration license

Angola to grant De Beers new diamond exploration license BY Shriesh Laxmidas Reuters LUANDA – Angola, the world’s fourth-largest diamond producer by value, will approve a new concession to De Beers to explore for diamonds, Geology and Mines Minister Francisco Queiroz said. London-based De Beers, majority-owned by global miner Anglo American (AAL.L), previously explored in […]

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April 14, 2014

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Guinea-Bissau holds first poll since 2012 coup amid hopes for stability

Guinea-Bissau holds first poll since 2012 coup amid hopes for stability Xinhua BISSAU- The first presidential and legislative elections since a 2012 military coup in Guinea-Bissau was held on Sunday amid hopes for a return to stability, as nearly 800,000 voters cast ballots at polling stations across the west African country. Voters will elect a […]

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April 9, 2014

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Images from NASA Mars Rover include bright spots

Images from NASA Mars Rover include bright spots Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays striking the camera’s detector. The rover took the image just after arriving at […]

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April 8, 2014

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United States: Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed 50 years ago

United States: Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed 50 years ago President Johnson speaks to a nationwide television audience from the White House just before signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among those in the front row are Lady Bird Johnson, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Everett Dirksen, Senator Hubert Humphrey, House Minority […]

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April 7, 2014

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Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa

Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa Nigeria’s economy surpassed South Africa’s as the largest on the continent Tolu Ogunlesi The Guardian (UK) After months of delays and mounting anticipation, Nigeria’s economy has been officially “rebased”. It is now worth $510bn (2013 figures) – an 89% rise, far in excess of analysts’ predictions. Nigeria […]

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April 6, 2014

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Saudi Arabia begins construction of multi-billion dollar metro rail

Saudi Arabia begins construction of multi-billion dollar metro rail Al Arabiya Saudi Arabia has begun construction work on its long awaited first metro rail system in the capital Riyadh. The multi-billion project will involve six rail lines extending 176 kilometers and carrying electric, driverless trains, in what Saudi officials project to be the world’s largest […]

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April 4, 2014

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2013 World’s Busiest Airports- Release Date March 31, 2014

2013 World Airport Traffic and Rankings Release Date March 31, 2014 Charlotte Douglas International Airport (above) is the 8th busiest airport in the U.S. by passengers and 6th busiest in the U.S. by traffic.  The airport  is the 23rd busiest airport in the world by passengers and the 7th busiest in the world by traffic.  Airports Council […]

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April 4, 2014

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Nigeria set to overtake South Africa as Africa’s biggest economy

Nigeria set to overtake South Africa as Africa’s biggest economy REUTERS Nigeria will rebase its GDP on Sunday, the statistics office said, in a move that will boost its estimated size by anything from around 40 to 70% and is almost certain to push it ahead of South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy. The […]

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April 2, 2014

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How non-Africans make huge profits from Africa’s oil

How non-Africans make huge profits from Africa’s oil By Mark Jenkins NPR There are three categories of schemers in Big Men, Rachel Boynton’s illuminating documentary about the oil business in West Africa: businessmen, politicians and bandits. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to tell the types apart. Filmed over about five years, the movie follows the seesawing […]

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