Saturday 16 December 2017

Panafrican articles

  • (AFP (eng) Friday 15 December 2017)

    Nigeria's former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu led a team of African all-stars in a charity football match on Thursday, to raise money for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency and highlight their plight.

    Kanu, Senegal's El-Hadji Diouf, Fabian McCarthy of South Africa and Cyrille Mubiala from the Democratic Republic of Congo were in a side that took on Nigeria Premier League side Kano Pillars at Kano's Sani Abacha stadium.

    The home side won 2-1 in front of a 16,000-strong crowd.

    Ticket sales from the "Match for IDPs" (internally displaced persons) will be...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 15 November 2017)

The head of the African Union on Wednesday said the crisis in Zimbabwe "seems like a coup" and called on the military to halt their actions and restore constitutional order.

Alpha Conde, who is also Guinea's president, said the AU condemned the actions of top brass in the southern African...

(Reuters (Eng) Tuesday 14 November 2017)

KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday.

The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big...

(AFP (eng) Monday 13 November 2017)

Ministers from 13 European and African countries on Monday pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya.

Interior ministers and other representatives from countries impacted by the ongoing wave of...

(AFP (eng) Monday 13 November 2017)

African leaders on Monday used a regional forum to call for extra support as the continent moves to assure its own security after years of Western interventions.

The annual Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security this year brings together the presidents of Mali, Rwanda and hosts...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 09 November 2017)

Boba springs left and right for a Cairo zookeeper feeding him fruit, but the chimp's exuberance contrasts with the pitiful lack of space and natural habitat in Africa's oldest zoo.

Under the tall trees in the expansive Giza Zoo in the centre of the Egyptian capital, children throw morsels...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 08 November 2017)

A dozen other students look on as Umar Amadu uses a glass pipette to draw a solution from a conical flask as part of a chemistry experiment.

It could be a scene from any school laboratory around the world, but until two months ago Amadu and his fellow students had no access to any science...

(Reuters (Eng) Tuesday 07 November 2017)

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. [UBER.UL] is growing rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa and considering moves into more markets, despite sometimes violent opposition from metered taxi drivers, a senior executive said on Tuesday.

Uber’s service has triggered...

(Reuters (Eng) Monday 06 November 2017)

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa’s mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks.

A report by research and consulting firm Ovum in London estimates that mobile...

(AFP (eng) Friday 03 November 2017)

US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy.

Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 02 November 2017)

Like the plot in an old-fashioned movie, cinemas in Africa are making a third-reel comeback after years of worrying decline.

In many countries south of the Sahara, digital technology, strong investment and modern theatres are bringing about a major revival of movie-going, ending years of...

(Reuters (Eng) Tuesday 31 October 2017)

HARARE (Reuters) - Economic growth is expected to rise to 3.4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa next year from 2.6 percent in 2017, the IMF said in a report on Monday, but warned that rising debt and political risks in larger economies would weigh down future growth.

Nigeria and South...

(Reuters (Eng) Tuesday 31 October 2017)

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola outbreaks tend to occur two years after trees have been cut down or forests cleared in West and Central Africa, researchers said on Monday, suggesting that deforestation data could be used to predict outbreaks of the deadly disease.

A study...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 24 October 2017)

Elephant poaching in Africa declined for a fifth straight year in 2016 but seizures of illegal ivory hit records highs, the CITES monitor said Tuesday, calling it a "conflicting phenomena".

In its latest report, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species also noted that...

(Reuters (Eng) Monday 23 October 2017)

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African political leaders, activists, and local chiefs joined forces on Monday to commit to ending child marriage in West and Central Africa, the region with the highest child marriage rate in the world.

More than a third of girls in the region are...

(AFP (eng) Saturday 21 October 2017)

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Haley will meet with officials from the African Union in Addis Ababa on Monday before traveling on to...

(AFP (eng) Saturday 21 October 2017)

The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the...

(Reuters (Eng) Friday 20 October 2017)

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it.

Prompted by...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 18 October 2017)

Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent.

The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 17 October 2017)

Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different.

Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we...

(Xinhuanet Tuesday 17 October 2017)

Africa needs to fast-track the adoption of key policies and legal frameworks to facilitate free movement of migrants in the continent, Khabele Matlosa, director of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission said Monday in Rwanda's capital city Kigali. Speaking at a meeting on an AU's...

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