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Canada’s M2 Cobalt Optimistic About Future In Uganda

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Canada's M2 Cobalt Optimistic About Future In Uganda

Canada’s mining company M2 cobalt corporation has announced on Tuesday Uganda may have more cobalt than previously thought. The firm’s director for east Africa operations, Jennifer Hinton, told reporters they are excited about the promising results they got in three target areas in the country within a short time.

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The discovery of cobalt, a mineral needed to make electric cars as it is a key component in batteries-followed extensive airborne surveys and drilling in three areas near a historical copper mine close to Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 60% of the world’s cobalt is produced. Experts say the development will help diversify the supply.

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Hinton said, grades of up more than one and a half percent cobalt, 0.91% copper and 0.26% nickel combined with the size are extremely encouraging. She said, there could be “a bigger regional source of high cobalt concentrations”.

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Uganda’s department of geological survey and mines says Kilembe has an estimated 4 million tonnes of ore, of which almost ten percent is estimated to be pure copper and 0.17% cobalt.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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