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Wednesday 01 July 2015

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(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/15)
Burundi's authorities were counting votes on Tuesday, a day after holding a parliamentary election that was boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said nearly 10,000 fled over the weekend before Monday's vote, with some trekking through the bush after Burundi closed its borders, determined to escape its worst political crisis since civil war ended in 2005. The European Union and African Union did not send observers to watch Monday's poll, saying conditions were not in place to ensure a fair vote. The United States said it was disappointed that the government did not heed calls to delay the vote due to weeks of unrest triggered...
(Voice of America 07/01/15)
The U.N. refugee agency said thousands of Burundians continue to flee political instability and violence. About 10,000 refugees crossed into neighboring countries over the weekend before the government closed the borders prior to parliamentary elections. It’s now estimated that at least 144,000 refugees have fled Burundi since the beginning of April. That’s when violence erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term. UNHCR spokesperson Karin de Gruijl said most of those who fled over the weekend went to Tanzania and Rwanda. Closing the border crossings Sunday did not stop the exodus. “Refugees are still leaving the country. They’re using now informal border crossings – basically paths through the bush. They find their way into Rwanda and...
(Voice of America 07/01/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Burundi's authorities were counting votes on Tuesday, a day after holding a parliamentary election that was boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said nearly 10,000 fled over the weekend before Monday's vote, with some trekking through the bush after Burundi closed its borders, determined to escape its worst political crisis since civil war ended in 2005. The European Union and African Union did not send observers to watch...
(Ipp media 07/01/15)
The East African Community (EAC) partner states have been challenged to make a declaration to allow non-governmental organisations and individuals to bring cases before the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). Addressing about 30-member delegation of the Kenya’s International Peace Keeping Training Centre (IPSTC) and the National Steering Committee (NSC) yesterday, the AfCHPR’s President Justice Augustino Ramadhani said that the African Court was based in East Africa and East African countries should take a lead in ratifying...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(AFP 06/30/15)
Nearly 10,000 Burundians fled the country over the weekend before Burundi closed its borders ahead of controversial and violence-wracked elections in the troubled central African nation, the United Nations said Tuesday. Since Burundi's political turmoil began in April, some 144,000 people have fled the country, with the numbers surging towards the end of last week, the UN refugee agency said. "The pace this weekend spiked... We saw over the weekend 10,000 more Burundians fleeing the country," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming...
(AFP (eng) 06/30/15)
Burundi election officials finished vote-counting on Tuesday, a day after internationally condemned polls boycotted by the opposition, with the ruling party expected to win a sweeping victory. "The counting is completed in all the polling stations throughout Burundi," election commission spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye told AFP, with those votes now being collated and taken to larger centres for final tallies before results can be announced. Voting on Monday was marked by grenade attacks, with the election commission claiming an "enormous" turnout despite many polling stations remaining quiet.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/30/15)
Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunshots and weeks of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to win a third term in office. Voting appeared slow in several districts for an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by the international community as lacking the conditions to ensure it was fair. "We don't see many people," one diplomat said. The European Union, a major donor to the aid-reliant country, threatened...
(News24 06/30/15)
Bujumbura - Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunshots and weeks of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to win a third term in office. Voting appeared slow in several districts for an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by the international community as lacking the conditions to ensure it was fair. "We don't see many people," one diplomat said. The European Union, a major donor to the aid-reliant...
(Voice of America 06/30/15)
Burundi’s ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party said it is happy with the turnout in Monday’s parliamentary elections despite an opposition boycott and international criticism the atmosphere was not conducive for a free, fair and transparent vote. Party Chairman Pascal Nyabenda said Burundians defied opposition boycott calls because they prefer democracy to a coup d’état. He dismissed global criticism saying the government organized the elections for Burundians and they responded. “For...
(Voice of America 06/30/15)
NAIROBI— Voters in Burundi cast ballots in parliament and communal elections Monday following a night of gunfire in the capital and weeks of violent political protests. The government said it was pressing on despite international concerns about the credibility of the vote. Voting took place against a backdrop of political turmoil surrounding President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plans to run for a third term in office, a move opponents say violates the law. Election officials say voting went smoothly before polls closed...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/30/15)
Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunshots and weeks of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to win a third term in office. Voting appeared slow in several districts for an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by the international community as lacking the conditions to ensure it was fair. "We don't see many people," one diplomat said. The European Union, a major donor to the aid-reliant country, threatened...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/30/15)
Burundi's authorities were counting votes on Tuesday, a day after holding a parliamentary election that was boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said nearly 10,000 fled over the weekend before Monday's vote, with some trekking through the bush after Burundi closed its borders, determined to escape its worst political crisis since civil war ended in 2005. The European Union and African Union did not send observers to watch Monday's poll,...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(AFP (eng) 06/29/15)
Sitting in a quiet polling station in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, the four election officials have little better to do than listen to the radio. Voters are shunning the ballot here in the key opposition Nyakabiga district, driven both by a fear of violence following weeks of unrest and a string of recent grenade attacks, as well as heeding a boycott call by the opposition. But even in the strongholds of the ruling party, queues of voters appeared smaller than the...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/15)
Burundi goes to the polls on Monday with the president defiant in his controversial bid for a third term in power, despite weeks of unrest that forced thousand to flee and prompted international calls for a delay. On the eve of the election, top party official and parliament head Pie Ntavyohanyuma said Sunday he had joined some 127,000 other Burundians who have fled the country, denouncing President Pierre Nkurunziza's "illegal" bid to stay in power for a third term. UN...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/15)
Voting in Burundi's controversial elections opened Monday despite a string of grenade attacks on polling stations, the latest in weeks of violence sparked by the president's defiant bid for a third term. Assailants threw grenades in both the capital Bujumbura and at some provincial voting centres ahead of Monday's parliamentary and local elections, delaying the start of voting in many areas, police and election officials said. Another grenade exploded in the capital shortly after voting began. UN Secretary General Ban...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
Burundi began a parliamentary election on Monday, the first in a cycle of polls the opposition is boycotting after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term spurred two months of unrest in which 77 people died. Polling stations opened at 6 a.m. for a day of balloting to select 103 lawmakers across the East African nation, electoral committee spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye said in a June 26 interview. As many as 3.6 million of Burundi’s population of about 10 million...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/15)
Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday, the first in a series of elections boycotted by the opposition after weeks of protests and violence triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office. Gunshots echoed around the capital Bujumbura, the center of opposition rallies against Nkurunziza and his government, overnight before voting began. Many polling stations opened late, witnesses said. Despite mounting international criticism, the government has pressed on with the parliamentary vote and its...

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(Voice of America 07/01/15)
The U.N. refugee agency said thousands of Burundians continue to flee political instability and violence. About 10,000 refugees crossed into neighboring countries over the weekend before the government closed the borders prior to parliamentary elections. It’s now estimated that at least 144,000 refugees have fled Burundi since the beginning of April. That’s when violence erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term. UNHCR spokesperson Karin de Gruijl said most of those who fled over the weekend went to Tanzania and Rwanda. Closing the border crossings Sunday did not stop the exodus. “Refugees are still leaving the country. They’re using now informal border crossings – basically paths through the bush. They find...
(Voice of America 07/01/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Burundi's authorities were counting votes on Tuesday, a day after holding a parliamentary election that was boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said nearly 10,000 fled over the weekend before Monday's vote, with some trekking through the bush after Burundi closed its borders, determined to escape its worst political crisis since civil war ended in 2005. The European Union and African Union did not send observers to watch Monday's poll, saying conditions were not in place to ensure a fair vote. The United States said it was disappointed that the government did not heed calls to delay the vote due to weeks of unrest triggered by President Pierre...
(Ipp media 07/01/15)
The East African Community (EAC) partner states have been challenged to make a declaration to allow non-governmental organisations and individuals to bring cases before the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). Addressing about 30-member delegation of the Kenya’s International Peace Keeping Training Centre (IPSTC) and the National Steering Committee (NSC) yesterday, the AfCHPR’s President Justice Augustino Ramadhani said that the African Court was based in East Africa and East African countries should take a lead in ratifying...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(AFP 06/30/15)
Nearly 10,000 Burundians fled the country over the weekend before Burundi closed its borders ahead of controversial and violence-wracked elections in the troubled central African nation, the United Nations said Tuesday. Since Burundi's political turmoil began in April, some 144,000 people have fled the country, with the numbers surging towards the end of last week, the UN refugee agency said. "The pace this weekend spiked... We saw over the weekend 10,000 more Burundians fleeing the country," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/15)
Voting in Burundi's controversial elections opened Monday despite a string of grenade attacks on polling stations, the latest in weeks of violence sparked by the president's defiant bid for a third term. Assailants threw grenades in both the capital Bujumbura and at some provincial voting centres ahead of Monday's parliamentary and local elections, delaying the start of voting in many areas, police and election officials said. Another grenade exploded in the capital shortly after voting began. UN Secretary General Ban...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(AFP (eng) 06/26/15)
Nearly 127,000 Burundians have registered as refugees in neighbouring countries and many more have likely fled under the radar from the troubled central African nation, the United Nations said Friday. Since Burundi's political turmoil started in April, the UN refugee agency said it had seen 62,000 Burundians register as refugees in neighbouring Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, 10,590 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 8,855 in Uganda and 400 in Zambia. "Many more Burundians are thought to have left the country...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— About 100 university students in Burundi are in the U.S. embassy's parking lot seeking refuge amid the country's political turmoil, an embassy statement confirmed Thursday. The students had been camping at a construction site adjacent to the embassy grounds after their university was closed on April 30 due to political turmoil. Police persuaded them to leave the site and some went to the embassy's parking lot, the statement said. Four people received minor injuries during the incident, the...
(The New York Times 06/26/15)
Scores of students crawled under the gates and scaled the walls protecting the United States Embassy complex here on Thursday in a desperate attempt to escape from the local police, who had moved in to clear their street encampment and clamp down on antigovernment protests. With United States Marines watching from the roof of an embassy building, the Burundi police had little choice but to stand by as about 200 students made it safely to the embassy parking lot, which...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/26/15)
Rwanda's intelligence chief told a London court on Thursday he would fight an attempt to extradite him to Spain, where he is accused of reprisal killings after the 1994 genocide in the east African country. British police arrested Karenzi Karake, 54, at Heathrow airport on Saturday on a warrant issued in Spain, a move condemned by the Rwandan government as an "outrage". Ahead of Thursday's court hearing, at which Karake was released on bail, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said "no...
(APA 06/26/15)
The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda fleeing violence in their country has reached 8,800, APA learns here Friday. According to a World Food Program (WFP) report, the new arrivals came in at a rate of approximately 92 persons per day in the week leading to 22 June 2015. These are currently settled at Nakivale refugee settlement camp where WFP is providing meals as well as ensuring they live in good conditions The report further notes that the Burundian...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/15)
A record 1.5 tonnes of heroin have been seized off East Africa's coast since last month, according to United Nations figures, showing the growing importance of the route to international traffickers. A total of 1,562 kilogrammes (3,444 pounds) of heroin were seized in a string of busts conducted by international warships patrolling the Indian Ocean in the six weeks since May 10. The most recent seizure was at the weekend when Australian guided-missile frigate HMAS Newcastle seized 581 kilogrammes (1,280...
(CBC News 06/25/15)
Students who had camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Burundi's capital for weeks clamored over the wall and under a gate Thursday to seek refuge inside the fortified compound, from the violent political crisis gripping their nation. The Agence France Press news agency said about 200 students frantically scrambled into the compound after police threatened to clear their camp, which appeared close to the end of April. U.S. Marines stationed as guards at the embassy were keeping an eye on...
(Voice of America 06/22/15)
The outgoing UNICEF representative in Burundi says this past week's attack on a school in the capital, Bujumbura, is a senseless tragedy. On his last day of service, Johannes Wedenig told VOA Saturday the grenade attack on the Day of the African Child school, which wounded a 15-year-old boy, "is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child." UNICEF said the ongoing political unrest in Burundi should not get in the way of protecting children, who "have been killed, detained, and continue to be at great risk."
(BBC News Africa 06/22/15)
Four people have been killed and 30 wounded in a wave of grenade attacks overnight in Burundi, police say, a week before parliamentary elections. A single attack on a bar in Ngozi, the hometown of President Pierre Nkurunziza, accounted for the majority of the victims. Police blamed the attacks on opposition supporters and said three suspects had been arrested. Violent protests began in April against the president's third-term bid. In two grenade attacks overnight, one police officer was injured in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/22/15)
Grenade attacks in Burundi's capital Bujumbura and a northern town close to President Pierre Nkurunziza's home village killed four people on Sunday night, police said, as parliamentary elections and a presidential vote approach. The attacks are the latest in a string of assaults in the African nation which is facing its worst political crisis since an ethnically fueled civil war ended in 2005. The crisis has been sparked by President Nkurunziza's bid for a third term at July 15 polls,...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/15)
Eleven Burundian police officers were wounded, one of them seriously, in a string of overnight grenade attacks in the capital of the crisis-hit central African nation, security sources said Saturday. "Last night, several police posts as well as police vehicles were attacked with grenades. Eleven police officers were wounded, one of them seriously, and police responded with sustained gunfire," a senior police official told AFP, blaming demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term in office. Officials said the attacks took place in the districts of Citiboke, Nyakabiga, Musaga and Jabe, which have been at the centre of weeks of unrest sparked...
(AL Jazeera 06/19/15)
We drove fast, our windows open, the car radio blaring, for 10 hours, deep into the Senegalese countryside, the roaring sound of hot dry air blowing into the car. Outside lay the African savannah - and the immense possibilities of escape. Along this road leading to the Sahara Desert, villages are rare. They appear unannounced like an opportunity. A relief from the monotony of what felt like an endless journey. It is in one such village that my cameraman Jose...

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(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(The New Times 06/25/15)
A new campaign to stop Africa from 'bleeding' is to be launched today in Nairobi by the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A), a coalition of researchers and activists focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens. The 'bleeding' is symbolic of a $50 billion, which is the minimum that the continent is estimated to lose every year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as recently reported by a high level panel chaired by former South African President...
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...
(Voice of America 06/23/15)
LUXUMBOURG/BUJUMBURA— The EU warned Burundi on Monday it might impose sanctions on those responsible for violence and consider other steps against the aid-reliant nation, plunged into turmoil by the president's plan to run for a third term. A grenade attack killed four people on Sunday. President Pierre Nkurunziza's opponents say his bid for another five years in office is unconstitutional, while he cites a court ruling that found he could run. It is the worst political crisis since Burundi emerged...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/15)
Bordeaux - For wine and spirits companies looking to expand their businesses, Africa and its growing middle class clamouring for refined tipples is now one of the world's fastest-growing beverage markets, analysts say. Wine consumption in Africa is rising five times faster than the global average, according to a study of 24 sub-Saharan African countries released this past week by British wine consultancy IWSR at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo. Africans gulped down a total of 864 million bottles...
(New Era 06/22/15)
Africans, about 625 million of them, waited in excitement for last weekend's AU Summit, which was to complete formalities regarding the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) - a deal that would usher the continent into a new era of meaningful economic emancipation. The TFTA has been hailed by many as the foundation of the Continental Free Trade Area being promoted by the Africa Union (AU) Commission and its partners. Worth an astronomical US$1.3 trillion, the proposed new regional economic bloc, involving 26 countries, would merge the East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and COMESA blocs.
(KBC 06/18/15)
East African Community member states have hired a consultant to harmonize regulations for Small and Medium Enterprises in the region. Industrialization Principal Secretary Dr. Wilson Songa urged the consultant to identify best practices within the EAC region and fast track the harmonization process. He says among the challenges currently facing SMEs are unfavorable policy environment, inhibitive legal and regulatory environment and limited access to financial services. Speaking in Nairobi, Dr. Songa said the government is focusing on building attractive sectors...
(Bloomberg 06/18/15)
TPG Capital and Satya Capital formed a partnership to invest in Africa that will focus on industries including healthcare, consumer and financial services, according to a statement on Thursday. “We look forward to identifying and supporting growing African businesses to meet the increasing demand from consumers on the continent and beyond,” said David Bonderman, co-founder of Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG. TPG will make the investments via TPG Growth, which specializes in emerging markets and has more than $7 billion in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/17/15)
Swiss food and drinks company Nestle (NESN.VX) is cutting 15 percent of its workforce in 21 African countries, the company confirmed on Wednesday. A Nestle spokesman told Reuters the job cuts would affect about 60 workers in the equatorial Africa region after the Financial Times reported that the company is pulling back because it overestimated growth in the middle classes. "We thought this would be the next Asia, but we have realized the middle class here in the region is...
(The New Times 06/17/15)
Raphael Kuuchi, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa, was in Rwanda last week. Kuuchi talked to Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about a range of issues, including how Rwandan and African aviation industry can be improved to become more competitive: RwandAir has now joined the club, what does it mean for Africa’s youngest airline? It means international recognition… IATA provides the airline a powerful, unified, and experienced voice to support and promote its members operations and aspirations. IATA is...
(Ips News 06/16/15)
Melville — Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis - South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. African governments have been sceptical of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for decades and have played a key role historically in ensuring that international law - the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - takes a precautionary stance towards genetic engineering in food and agriculture. They have...
(Voice of America 06/15/15)
JOHANNESBURG— A top African economist offered harsh words for leaders in Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza's efforts to stretch his constitutional term limit have triggered violence, protests and a coup attempt. Speaking exclusively with VOA on the sidelines of the 2015 African Union Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday, former African Development Bank chief Donald Kaberuka, a Rwandan economist, was candid about his thoughts on the small central African nation with which his countrymen share a violent history.
(Caj News Africa 06/15/15)
It is high time the African continent united, emancipated itself from poverty and stopped blaming industrialized nations and former colonisers for the challenges it faced. This was the dominant position taken by speakers at the 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Experts mentioned that the most feasible way to accelerate developmental pace was to invest significantly in infrastructure, value-addition to its products and increase trade within member states.
(Ips News 06/13/15)
Johannesburg — Africa is known as the 'paradox of plenty'. How can a continent so rich in natural resources be so poor? Economic growth is predicted to increase by 4.5 percent across the continent this year, despite falling oil prices and the Ebola crisis. South Africa's economy, the second biggest in Africa is expected to continue to grow by 3.5 percent this year; Nigeria will grow by an enviable 5.5 percent. However, millions across Africa are struggling. Economic inequality is...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/13/15)
London — Protecting the world's dwindling forests and making small farms more productive will cost hundreds of billions of dollars annually - money governments and charities do not have to spend, experts said at a London conference. Private investors could fill the gap, they said - but only if environmentalists and finance experts work together to create investment products that are financially attractive and effective in creating the right kind of change on the ground. "There are trillions of dollars...
(Bloomberg 06/12/15)
African nations are taking steps toward creating a free-trade zone with a combined size of $2 trillion, as heads of state meet in Johannesburg this week. Talks on removing the barriers to trade and the movement of people between the continent’s 54 countries will begin on June 15 at the African Union summit and conclude by the end of 2017, Fatima Haram Acyl, the AU’s trade commissioner, said in an interview on Thursday. Progress on creating a continental trade bloc...
(Bloomberg 06/12/15)
Sub-Saharan Africa is weathering the global bond tempest better than most. Seven of nine sub-Saharan African nations have outperformed the Bloomberg Emerging-Market Sovereign Bond Index since April 15, when a gauge tracking euro-area bonds reached a record high before the selloff wiped more than $400 billion off the value of global fixed-income markets. Dollar securities from the continent lost 1.9 percent in the period, compared with a 3.1 percent drop for emerging-market debt, 6 percent for euro-area bonds and 3...
(Voice of America 06/11/15)
BUJUMBURA— The political crisis in Burundi is affecting an already struggling economy. International aid groups are threatening to pull out, unemployment is on the rise and prices of basic goods are increasing. At the warehouse of a rice supplier in Bujumbura, all activities abruptly stopped a few weeks ago. Policemen came and accused the manager of selling rice to protesters. The authorities immediately shut down the place, says a worker, who wished to remain anonymous to protect his privacy. He...

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(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused by a dearth of sponsors. Ike believes that if the women were lavished with the same attention that the men receive then many more girls would take up the sport. "If you watch some tournaments in the game you will...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(The New Times 02/17/15)
Burundi's Amical Sportif de Bujumbura won the 2015 Kayumba Memorial men's volleyball title after defeating Kigali Volleyball Club by three sets to nil at GSOB in Huye District on Sunday. KVC were the defending champions-they beat Rayon Sport in the last year's final. Rwanda Revenue Authority won the women's title for the second year running after defeating Ruhango Volleyball Club 3-1 in the final. The students' category which was introduced this year was won by Saint Joseph Kabgayi after beating...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/10/14)
The national football team, ‘Taifa Stars’ second string side failed to culminate the ‘Uhuru Day’ celebrations with victory, after suffering a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Burundi U-23 national side at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. In the day that Tanzania Mainland was marking its 53rd independence anniversary, many soccer fans had expected that the youthful national side would emerge victorious against Burundi, following weeks of intensive drills in Bulyanhulu and Dar es Salaam respectively...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(Pana 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Pana 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...

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(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson...
(AFP 05/13/15)
Burundi's key independent radio resumed broadcasts Wednesday after weeks off air, delivering a message from the top general who launched a coup attempt against the president. The influential African Public Radio (RPA) was shut down by the government a day after protests began on April 26.
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 07/01/15)
The U.N. refugee agency said thousands of Burundians continue to flee political instability and violence. About 10,000 refugees crossed into neighboring countries over the weekend before the government closed the borders prior to parliamentary elections. It’s now estimated that at least 144,000 refugees have fled Burundi since the beginning of April. That’s when violence erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term. UNHCR spokesperson Karin de Gruijl said most of those who fled over the weekend went to Tanzania and Rwanda. Closing the border crossings Sunday did not stop the exodus. “Refugees are still leaving the country. They’re using now informal border crossings – basically paths through the bush. They find...
(Voice of America 07/01/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Burundi's authorities were counting votes on Tuesday, a day after holding a parliamentary election that was boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said nearly 10,000 fled over the weekend before Monday's vote, with some trekking through the bush after Burundi closed its borders, determined to escape its worst political crisis since civil war ended in 2005. The European Union and African Union did not send observers to watch Monday's poll, saying conditions were not in place to ensure a fair vote. The United States said it was disappointed that the government did not heed calls to delay the vote due to weeks of unrest triggered by President Pierre...
(Voice of America 06/30/15)
Burundi’s ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party said it is happy with the turnout in Monday’s parliamentary elections despite an opposition boycott and international criticism the atmosphere was not conducive for a free, fair and transparent vote. Party Chairman Pascal Nyabenda said Burundians defied opposition boycott calls because they prefer democracy to a coup d’état. He dismissed global criticism saying the government organized the elections for Burundians and they responded. “For...
(Voice of America 06/30/15)
NAIROBI— Voters in Burundi cast ballots in parliament and communal elections Monday following a night of gunfire in the capital and weeks of violent political protests. The government said it was pressing on despite international concerns about the credibility of the vote. Voting took place against a backdrop of political turmoil surrounding President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plans to run for a third term in office, a move opponents say violates the law. Election officials say voting went smoothly before polls closed...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
At least two people died in overnight violence in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, witnesses reported Sunday, as tensions rise in the lead-up to contested elections. Burundi's opposition parties said they would not participate in national elections as a protest against the president's bid for a third term in office. The opposition groups said they would boycott both parliamentary elections on Monday and a presidential vote on July 15, saying it would not be possible to hold a fair vote. Meanwhile, parliament...
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
Burundi is going ahead with parliamentary elections Monday despite an opposition boycott and criticism from the United Nations and African Union questioning the free and fair nature of the vote. African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma expressed concern about what she called "the serious political and security situation" in Burundi and said AU observers will not participate in Monday's elections. She said the AU, U.N. and regional bodies had called on Burundi to delay the vote until July 30 along...
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
The legislative elections will take place Monday – despite efforts to delay them. The European Union, African Union, East African Community and United Nations secretary general have asked that they be postponed until the opposition and the government can agree on how to ensure the elections will be transparent and inclusive. Over the past week, grenade attacks shook several towns, killing four and injuring dozens. One of the country’s two vice presidents and two members of the electoral commission have...
(International Business Times 06/29/15)
The head of parliament of the Republic of Burundi has reportedly fled the country ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on Monday. Pie Ntavyohanyuma left the country over ongoing violence in the build up toward the elections. Speaking exclusively to France 24 news channel in an interview from Brussels, Ntavayohanyum called for the country’s current president, Pierre Nkurunziza, not to seek an “illegal” third term of presidency. According to Reuters, protesters took to the streets in Bujumbura, the nation’s capital,...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza remained defiant as he launched his re-election campaign Thursday in front of thousands of cheering loyalists, even as there were more calls to delay parliamentary and presidential elections. Also Thursday, second vice-president Gervais Rufyikiri, who fled the country to Belgium, urged Nkurunziza to withdraw his presidential bid because “it violates the constitution.” He accused the president of leading the country on the path of illegality. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place June 29, followed by president vote on July 15.
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— About 100 university students in Burundi are in the U.S. embassy's parking lot seeking refuge amid the country's political turmoil, an embassy statement confirmed Thursday. The students had been camping at a construction site adjacent to the embassy grounds after their university was closed on April 30 due to political turmoil. Police persuaded them to leave the site and some went to the embassy's parking lot, the statement said. Four people received minor injuries during the incident, the...
(The New York Times 06/26/15)
Scores of students crawled under the gates and scaled the walls protecting the United States Embassy complex here on Thursday in a desperate attempt to escape from the local police, who had moved in to clear their street encampment and clamp down on antigovernment protests. With United States Marines watching from the roof of an embassy building, the Burundi police had little choice but to stand by as about 200 students made it safely to the embassy parking lot, which...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(Voice of America 06/25/15)
Burundi's second vice president has fled the country and denounced President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to extend his stay in power. Gervais Rufyikiri told France 24 television on Wednesday that he is against what he called the president's "illegal third term." The president's media adviser, Willy Nyamitwe, sent out a Twitter message saying, "Goodbye and good riddance is the refrain of the song in my heart." The second vice president is believed to be in Belgium. The president's office told VOA that Rufyikiri went there on a mission a couple of days ago.
(Bloomberg 06/25/15)
Burundian Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri fled the country and backed opposition demands that President Pierre Nkurunziza withdraw his bid for a third term in office to end a political crisis in the country. Rufyikiri, a second vice president in charge of the East African nation’s economy, said Nkurunziza’s plan to extend his decade-long rule is illegal under the constitution. The 50-year-old Rufyikiri, appointed in 2010, said he was threatened by “government agents” before leaving Burundi last week. “I left Burundi...
(CBC News 06/25/15)
Students who had camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Burundi's capital for weeks clamored over the wall and under a gate Thursday to seek refuge inside the fortified compound, from the violent political crisis gripping their nation. The Agence France Press news agency said about 200 students frantically scrambled into the compound after police threatened to clear their camp, which appeared close to the end of April. U.S. Marines stationed as guards at the embassy were keeping an eye on...
(Bloomberg 06/25/15)
Burundian Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri fled the country and backed opposition demands that President Pierre Nkurunziza withdraw his bid for a third term in office to end a political crisis in the country. Rufyikiri, a second vice president in charge of the East African nation’s economy, said Nkurunziza’s plan to extend his decade-long rule is illegal under the constitution. The 50-year-old Rufyikiri, appointed in 2010, said he was threatened by “government agents” before leaving Burundi last week. “I left Burundi...
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...

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