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The Africa Report: 2 September

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

EGYPT, Cairo : Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi take part in a sit-in protest outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 12, 2013. Egypt's judiciary extended ousted president Mohamed Morsi's detention as his supporters marched through Cairo in defiance of the expiry of a government ultimatum to dismantle their huge protest camps. Picture: AFP

AU WANTS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PEACE MAP PLAN

During the African Union's (AU) week-long assessment of the Egyptian situation, the high level panel for Egypt has insisted that the ousted Muslim Brotherhood join the political road map proposed by the country's new authorities if there is any hope for an end to violence.

The panel, appointed by Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, began its assessment last Wednesday and will conclude by Tuesday.

The aim of the visit is to assist the troubled nation in overcoming some of the challenges confronting it, namely, the need for an inclusive peace deal.

Top AU official and former premier of Djibouti, Diletta Mohamed Diletta, said the Brotherhood must join the political roadmap as it is important and necessary for the success of a peaceful transition.

Meanwhile, a bird, initially believed to be a French swan, was detained in the Arab nation for allegedly spying.

After ruffling a few feathers, authorities found out that the bird was not a swan and certainly not a spy.

Alas, he was a common stork, carrying an electronic device to help French scientists track the migratory patterns of birds.

It is not known if the clearly innocent bird has been released.

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BIOFUEL PROJECT ROBS AFRICAN FARMERS

International organisation, ActionAid, has released a survey detailing how UK-sponsored biofuel "land grabs" by Swiss company, Addax Bioenergy, robs thousands of African people of food producing land.

In one of Africa's poorest countries, Sierra Leone, 13,000 farmers in 100 villages are being negatively affected by Addax Bioenergy's biofuel project that sees millions of hectares of land being lost to produce ethanol for the consumption of European motorists.

Addax has received $150 million from the British Department for International Development to fund their biofuel project.

Using sugarcane plantations, 85 million litres of ethanol will be produced, providing 12% of Britain's ethanol consumption which ActionAid estimates could feed 100 million people.

Thus, although touted to be the answer to the world's energy shortages, ActionAid argues biofuel will force "hundreds of millions more people into hunger by 2020".

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UN SPECIAL ENVOY HEADS FOR GOMA

Mary Robinson, the United Nations' (UN) Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes region, has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Kinshasa to assess the escalating violence in the volatile east as well as visit neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda.

The former Irish president is responsible for trying to implement a peace agreement in the volatile eastern DRC and her visit coincides with the recent deployment of the UN mission for stabilisation in the DRC (MONUSCO) that sees Malawi, South Africa, and Tanzania join forces with the DRC army to fight M23 rebels in the city of Goma.

Robinson will then move on to neighbouring countries, Rwanda and Uganda - both accused by the UN of backing the rebels.

After a successful onslaught on Friday, a unilateral ceasefire has been declared by the rebels and MONUSCO and the rebels have been warned not to attempt retaking Goma.