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Museveni, Besigye need to talk

Scholars warn of more protests if dialogue does not replace repression of opposition

As hard economic times bite and it looks like President Yoweri Museveni has decided to become more repressive instead of trying to democratise a hungry nation, agitation is increasing for national dialogue.


Museveni can avoid going like Gadaffi

American group shows how torturing Besigye could affect the President

At 25 years in power, Yoweri Museveni is the fifth longest president in Africa and pressure is mounting on him to quit.

In the latest salvo, a November 11 report by an American democracy analysis group, the African Centre for Strategic and International Studies (ACSS), criticises Museveni and other leaders who stay too long in power.


Bishops sign open letter criticising welfare reforms

Eighteen Church of England bishops have signed an open letter, criticising the government's proposed welfare changes.

In the letter, in The Observer, the bishops express concerns about plans to limit the amount any household can claim in benefits to £500 a week.


Vatican takes legal action over pope-imam kissing ad

The Vatican says it is taking legal action over the use of an ad showing Pope Benedict kissing a leading imam as part of a Benetton advertising campaign.

The Vatican move comes despite an announcement by the Italian clothing company that it was pulling the ad.


Italy: New Mario Monti government wins confidence vote

New Italian PM Mario Monti's government of technocrats has passed its first test, winning a vote of confidence in the senate.

As expected, the government won the vote in the upper house of parliament easily, by 281 votes to 25.


Italy PM to show austerity plan to tackle Italy crisis

Newly-appointed Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is due to outline austerity measures aimed at steering the country out of its debt crisis.

He will present his plans to the Italian senate ahead of a confidence vote in the upper house.

Mr Monti, who has unveiled a cabinet of technocrats, has revealed little about his plans, but they are expected to follow demands made by the EU.



Uganda has been selected as the top tourist destination for the year 2012 by lonely planet.


Greece opposition chief demands PM's resignation over debt crisis

Greece's main opposition leader has again insisted that Prime Minister George Papandreou must stand down to break political deadlock over the country's debt crisis.

Antonis Samaras of the New Democracy party said after meeting the president that if the PM resigned, "everything will take its course".


Uganda Where child sacrifice is a business

The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda's capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear.

Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice.

The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until about three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country's economy.


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