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Angola faces difficulties in getting agriculture sector to grow

Oil-rich Angola aims to roll out measures to boost productivity in its agriculture sector and curb its dependence on food imports, but there are concerns price hikes will harm the poor. New import duties for selected products including fruits, vegetables, eggs and drinks are set to enter into force in March. The government hopes that the new levies will discourage imports and prod domestic industries to diversify from oil. Before its independence in 1975, Angola was an agricultural powerhouse known for its coffee and rubber production.

Angola denies report that Dos Santos treated for cancer in Spain

LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola on Friday denied a report by Portuguese state TV that the oil-producing African state's long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was undergoing cancer treatment in Spain. "I don't have anything to say, because it is not true," Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti told reporters in Luanda. The RTP report, broadcast late on Thursday, said dos Santos had checked in to the oncology unit of a clinic in Barcelona. A follow-up report on its website said he was about to undergo surgery.

Angola police on standby as hundreds attend activist's funeral

Angolan police on Wednesday mobilised water cannons and helicopters to try to stop the funeral of an opposition activist killed by security services at the weekend, an AFP journalist saw. Nearly 1,000 mourners, mostly supporters of the opposition Casa party, converged in downtown Luanda for a funeral procession to a cemetery on the outskirts of the capital. But after walking for 15 minutes, police armed with two water cannons and backed by two helicopters briefly stopped the procession, before finally letting it proceed.

Angola denies banning Islam after outcry

Angola's government on Tuesday denied it had banned Islam and closed mosques in the country, after speculation that sparked outrage among Muslims worldwide. "There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion," said Manuel Fernando, director of the National Institute for Religious Affairs, part of the ministry of culture. "There is no official position that targets the destruction or closure of places of worship, whichever they are," Fernando told AFP.

Angolan police kill opposition member, detain 292 protesters

By Shrikesh Laxmidas LUANDA (Reuters) - Angolan security forces shot and killed an opposition activist on Saturday, hours ahead of protests across the country where police detained 292 people. The killing comes after a tense week during which President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA party accused the main opposition party UNITA of promoting "chaos" with its protests against the kidnap and possible murder of two activists in May 2012.

Angolan police fire teargas to disperse opposition protest

By Shrikesh Laxmidas LUANDA (Reuters) - Angolan police fired teargas and warning shots on Saturday to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrating in the capital against the disappearance and possible murder of two anti-government activists. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA party accused the main UNITA opposition group this week of promoting "chaos" with its plans for nationwide rallies to tap into public anger in Africa's number two oil producer at the two disappearances.

Angolan police fire teargas to disperse protest

LUANDA (Reuters) - Angolan police fired tear gas and warning shots on Saturday to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrating in the capital against the disappearance and possible murder of two anti-government activists. The ruling MPLA party this week accused the main UNITA opposition group of promoting "chaos and anarchy" with its plans for nationwide rallies to tap into public anger in Africa's number two oil producer at the two disappearances.

Angola hints at trade cuts with Portugal amid spat

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on Tuesday hinted that tensions with Portugal have endangered preferential trade ties between the two countries. "With Portugal, unfortunately things are not going well," said Dos Santos in a state-of-the-nation address delivered in parliament. "There have been misunderstandings at the highest level of the state and the current political climate does not encourage the implementation of the previously announced strategic partnerships," said Dos Santos.

Angola's Dos Santos says relations with Portugal unhealthy

By Shrikesh Laxmidas LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola's President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos said on Tuesday relations with Portugal were unhealthy, reflecting tensions in a planned "strategic partnership" between Africa's number two oil producer and its former colonial ruler. Portugal is Angola's main source of imports and Portuguese companies are very active in banking and construction in the huge African country. In turn, Angolan investors have snapped up large stakes in top Lisbon-listed companies.

Angola's Dos Santos says relation with Portugal is 'not well'

LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola's President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos said on Tuesday his country's relationship with Portugal, one of its main trading partners, was "not well" and not conducive to the creation of a planned strategic partnership. "Only with Portugal, regrettably, are things not well," Dos Santos told parliament. "There have appeared contradictions at the level of the leadership and the current political climate in the relationship does not advise the construction of the strategic partnership."
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