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The Africa Report: 9 October

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

A mosquito. Picture: sxc.hu

GSK's MALARIA VACCINE TRIAL QUESTIONED

As GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) prepare to submit their malaria vaccine for approval, questions are being asked about the scope of the trial.

The medical trial for the malaria vaccine was conducted by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), a non-profit that's funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

They tested the vaccine on 15,000 people in 11 medical centres across seven African countries.

Although GSK is confident the vaccine is an instrumental tool in the fight against malaria, critics are claiming the 15,000 are not enough.

Malaria kills at least 660,000 people per annum according to the World Health Organisation and 90 percent of those affected are in sub-Saharan Africa.

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OBAMA: US FORCES WILL KEEP GOING AFTER AL QAEDA

United States President Barack Obama has warned those affiliated to terror group al Qaeda that US forces will not stop in their attempts to capture terrorists.

The warning was made soon after the capture of an al Qaeda leader in Libya on Saturday.

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai is allegedly the mastermind behind the US embassy attacks in 1998 which claimed the lives of 220 people.

Al-Ruqai is now in US custody and will stand trial in due time.

Despite issues of state sovereignty coming to the fore from Libya, Obama has stated that as long as al Qaeda has active plots and networks, US forces will continue to hunt them down.

The US President has also emphasised that operations of this nature are not acts of war, rather it is about taking clinical strike action.

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UN TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO CAR

A United Nations regional peacekeeping force is expected to be authorised after yet another violent clash has left 30 people dead in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Former Seleka rebels and vigilante groups who have formed since the ousting of Francois Bozizé clashed North West of the capital Bangui.

30 people were left dead whilst many others were injured in the clashes.

As a result of the worsening situation in the CAR, the UN Security Council are expected to authorise a regional peacekeeping force on Wednesday.

Soon after taking power in the CAR, Michel Djotodia disbanded the Seleka rebel coalition that put him in office following the overthrow of Bozizé.