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The extent to which mining companies routinely deprive African countries of huge amounts of tax revenue that could be used to combat poverty is revealed in two reports published yesterday.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Council for World Mission (CWM) are appealing for calm in Madagascar following a change of government after weeks of violence in the country.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has dismissed calls by the National Council of Churches for fresh elections, charging the churches with spreading populist politics that could ruin the country.
The National Council of Churches of Kenya is calling for fresh elections in the east African country due to what it charges is a crisis of leadership and bad governance.
The Vatican has amended comments made about condoms by the Pope, but the change in tone is unlikely to stem critics who say his anti-contraception stance is damaging the fight against HIV-AIDS.
As the conflict deepens in his country, the leader of the largest Protestant church in Madagascar has issued a repeated radio appeal to Christian soldiers in the military not to kill.
The head of the largest Protestant church in Madagascar has apparently been released after detention by unspecified military personnel following the resignation of President Marc Ravalomanana.
Heightened political tension and economic turmoil are causing great concern for the Catholic bishops in Zambia who have issued a pastoral letter entitled, "A Call for Integrity".
Southern African Catholic bishops yesterday told the region's politicians to stop supporting President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, or else to accept complicity in a "passive genocide".
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's special envoy at the All African Conference of Churches general assembly in Maputo, Laurence Konmla Bropleh, has called on the churches in Africa to help make their leaders accountable.