Thursday 18 January 2018

Panafrican articles

  • (AFP (eng) Thursday 18 January 2018)

    Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday.

    Growth in Africa rose from 2.2 percent in 2016 to 3.6 percent in 2017 and is likely to rise to 4.1 percent in 2018 and 2019, the ADB said in its annual report, African Economic Outlook.

    "Overall, the recovery in growth has been faster than envisaged, especially among non-resource–intensive economies, underscoring Africa’s resilience," it said.

    "The recovery in growth...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 17 January 2018)

There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent.

Located in the bustling Adjame quarter of Ivory Coast's main city and commercial hub, the...

(AFP (eng) Saturday 13 January 2018)

A jihadist group linked to Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks on US and French troops in west Africa, in a statement published Friday by Mauritania's ANI news agency. The group, led by Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui, said it was behind "an attack against an American commando unit in...

(AFP (eng) Friday 12 January 2018)

The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting." Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump's statement "truly flies in the...

(AFP (eng) Friday 12 January 2018)

President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out in a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries.

The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats and...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 09 January 2018)

The United Nations on Tuesday called on Israel to scrap a new programme forcing thousands of African migrants out of the country, condemning it as incoherent and unsafe.

The programme is targeting an estimated 38,000 people, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan.

Israel has offered them $...

(AFP (eng) Friday 05 January 2018)

Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year in Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday, the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al Khatib in 1983.

The 25-year-old has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season for the Premier...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 03 January 2018)

Israel on Wednesday began implementing a plan to force tens of thousands of African migrants out of the country by April, threatening to arrest those who stay.

"This plan will get under way today," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

Under the...

(AFP (eng) Monday 18 December 2017)

France on Monday accepted a first group of 19 refugees who were identified in Africa under an overhauled asylum policy that will also see it expel thousands of economic migrants.

While it has drawn little public outcry in France, the policy faces stiff opposition from the left and from...

(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...

(AFP (eng) Monday 11 December 2017)

Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Smail Chergui, the AU's commissioner for peace and security, said African...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 07 December 2017)

From forced labour in Libya to a job as a founding member of an Italian fashion start-up, Bassirou has come a long way in two years, thanks to his skills with scissors.

The 26-year-old Burkina Faso native is the star student of a novel project aimed at training asylum seekers in one of...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 06 December 2017)

Conflicts, violence and disaster across Africa forced some 15,000 people to flee their homes every day in the first half of the year, international monitors said Wednesday.

A total of 2.7 million Africans were internally displaced within their own countries in the first six months of...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 05 December 2017)

Security experts from West Africa, France and the United States gathered in Abidjan Tuesday for talks on beefing up anti-terrorism measures at sea in the Gulf of Guinea. The three-day seminar seeks to identify terrorism risks in the Gulf of Guinea -- the vast expanse of water stretching from...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 05 December 2017)

The head of the UN's AIDS agency on Monday urged African countries to protect young women and children who are bearing the brunt of the continent's AIDS epidemic.

A sharp rise of people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has now slowed, "but now is not the time to drop...

(AFP (eng) Friday 01 December 2017)

Leaders at an EU-Africa summit called Thursday for the immediate evacuation of nearly 4,000 distressed African migrants in Libya under a new drive to fight slave traders and traffickers.

Wrapping up a two-day summit in Ivory Coast's economic capital, a top African Union (AU) official said...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 30 November 2017)

Twenty-five asylum seekers from Africa arrived safely in Rome Thursday, using a Christian "humanitarian corridor" set up for Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland.

"It was just a project but it became THE project, the way of the future," said Mario Morcone of the Italian interior...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 30 November 2017)

A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya. Wrapping up the summit in the Ivorian capital, a top African Union official said there could be as many...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 29 November 2017)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara opened a Europe-Africa summit on Wednesday calling for "all urgent measures" to end migrant abuses, including slave trading in Libya. The slavery revelations are casting a shadow over the Abidjan summit, which both sides hope will launch a deeper...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 29 November 2017)

More than 80 African and European leaders will gather in the Ivory Coast on Wednesday to promote jobs and stability for Africa's exploding population, with some calling for a new "Marshall Plan." The two-day summit in Abidjan opens as the European Union increasingly sees its fate linked to...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 28 November 2017)

A furore over migrant slave markets in Libya casts a shadow over an AU-EU summit this week that aims to promote Africa's long-term economic growth and stability, spurred by European fears of terrorism and mass migration.

The two-day African Union and European Union summit opening...

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