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The Africa Report: 17 January

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

FILE: Fighters of former Mozambican rebel movement Renamo receive military training in Gorongosa's mountains. Picture: AFP.

INSTABILITY THREATENS MOZAMBICAN GROWTH

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the ongoing instability in Mozambique is threatening its stellar growth.

In a report released on Thursday, the IMF warned that the ongoing clashes between the Frelimo-led government and Renamo would threaten the 2014 projected growth of 8.3%.

The history of fighting between the two parties dates back to 1977 when the Mozambican civil war began.

This lasted until 1992, exhausting both sides and leaving a death toll of at least one million.

Fighting between the two parties began again in 2012 and has continued since.

Mozambique, which was once one of the poorest countries globally, is now predicted to grow at a highly favourable rate but political and security threats are major obstacles.

In order to revive the tourism sector and to encourage investment, Mozambique must ensure stability.

ALGERIA TO DOUBLE NATURAL GAS OUTPUT THIS DECADE

According to the Energy Minister, the next decade will be a positive one for Algeria and its natural gas production.

Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi said on Thursday that following successful exploration, Algeria would be able to double its natural gas output by 50 percent.

This is welcoming news for the country whose production has declined steadily since 2005.

Algeria is the third largest provider of natural gas to Europe, after Norway and Russia.

THE AFRICAN QUEEN RETURNS TO THE NILE

More than 60 years after its Hollywood debut, the African Queen is back on the Nile, this time to transport tourists.

Cam McLeay, an adventurer from New Zealand, has spent 16 years traveling the full extent of the Nile and was adamant the famous boat belonged on the world's longest river.

Released in 1951, African Queen was shot in Uganda with silver screen stars Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

The film was set in 1914 during the time of German occupation in East Africa.

By the end of the film, Bogart's character rams the African Queen into a German battleship.

In reality, the African Queen was left to rot on the banks of the Nile.

McLeay has since restored the boat, replacing the diesel engine with a steam one to recreate the feel of the movie.

Passengers are welcome to hop aboard and travel the Nile for sunset cruises and to view some of the world's most varied bird life.