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(The Associated Press 07/31/15)
Burundi's re-elected president is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible. In a televised speech Thursday night, Pierre Nkurunziza said he would be a president for all, including those who did not vote for him. He said that during his presidency "everyone will enjoy the same rights and opportunities without favoritism." Nkurunziza won 69 percent of the vote while his closest rival, Agathon Rwasa, got 19 percent in the July 21 elections. The elections took place amid violence stemming from regular street protests against Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, which many saw as unconstitutional. The U.N. had urged Burundi's government to delay the elections until...
(AL Jazeera 07/31/15)
Agathon Rwasa elected deputy head of parliament after support from the ruling party of president Nkurunziza. Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has been elected as deputy head of the national parliament, despite having condemned recent elections and supported months of civil unrest. Rwasa, who has denounced the third consecutive win by President Pierre Nkurunziza, had said earlier this week that he intended to "play the game" in order to try and help find a solution to the country's political crisis - but has already been branded a "traitor" by other opposition figures. In a parliament session on Thursday, Rwasa was elected as the national assembly's first deputy president, winning 108 votes out of 112 thanks
(Youtube 07/31/15)
 
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Following a night of intense gunfire and explosions in Burundi's capital of Bujumbura that left at least one civilian and one police officer dead, voters turned out in low numbers for the country's controversial presidential election, in which President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a third term that critics charge is unconstitutional. The body of an opposition member was found dead in the commune of Nyakabiga, and residents have accused supporters of the ruling party of planting the body as an...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a...
(AFP (eng) 07/30/15)
Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa was Thursday elected as deputy head of the national parliament, despite having condemned recent elections and supported months of civil unrest. Rwasa, who has denounced the third consecutive term win by President Pierre Nkurunziza, had said earlier this week that he intended to "play the game" in order to try and help find a solution to the country's political crisis -- but has already been branded a "traitor" by other opposition figures. In a...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/15)
When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa. Launched in 2013, Power Africa aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative has prioritized expanding the continent’s capacity to generate electricity, with an additional focus on small-scale renewable energy investments. This is a useful first step. But investing in generation...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/15)
When Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya it felt like a moment of affirmation and an opportunity to use the US president's words to "call on the world to change its approach to Africa". As a continent, it depends less on aid now than it did in the past. Instead many countries which make up Africa are increasingly being seen as a global partner, not a minority shareholder in generating wealth, fighting terrorism and climate change. Mr...
(Bloomberg 07/28/15)
The United Nations said Burundi’s elections, in which President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term, were held in an environment “not conducive” to an “inclusive, free and credible” vote. While Burundians in most parts of the East African country went peacefully to the July 21 polls, they took place amid serious restrictions on the media, with freedoms of expression, assembly and association “severely impaired,” the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi said Monday in a preliminary statement posted on its website. Nkurunziza’s April decision to seek a third term, which opponents said was illegal, triggered a public backlash and an attempted military coup, which was quickly extinguished.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/15)
Burundi's parliament sat for the first time on Monday after President Pierre Nkurunziza won a disputed election last week, with a leading opposition figure taking his seat despite having boycotted the vote. The United States called the July 21 presidential vote "deeply flawed", while regional observers said the poll "fell short" of being free and fair. The opposition, which also boycotted parliamentary elections held on June 29, has accused the government of violence and intimidation against its members. Nkurunziza's decision...
(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/15)
A United Nations observer mission said Monday that last week's presidential elections in Burundi were relatively peaceful but had not been "an inclusive, free and credible" vote. In a preliminary report, the observers said the vote, which saw President Pierre Nkurunziza re-elected, was marred by violence and obstacles to freedom of expression and the press.
(AFP (eng) 07/27/15)
Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa took his seat as parliament met for the first time Monday since legislative elections last month, saying he would "play the game" despite criticising the polls as not credible. Rwasa, who has denounced the third consecutive win by President Pierre Nkurunziza, garnered almost 19 percent of the presidential vote last Tuesday despite saying he was unable to properly campaign. But Rwasa said he was right to take up his seat as a member of...
(East African Business Week 07/27/15)
Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania are looking for investors to participate in building of new 1,661km standard gauge railway expected to cost about $7.6 billion. The partners, through the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), are seeking expressions of interest from firms to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the railway under a public private partnership. Kenya is already building an SGR. Sources privy to the project said Rwanda is considering shifting from the longer SGR rail set to traverse Kenya and Uganda to the proposed shorter Central Corridor facility from Dar es Salaam to Isaka in northern Tanzania. Expression of interest for the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) rail
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/15)
US President Barack Obama defended his "Power Africa" initiative against claims that the $7 billion plan has failed to achieve its goal of doubling access to electricity in Africa. "We are well on our way," Obama said as he met five vendors in Nairobi using solar technology to further the project's goal of creating 30,000 megawatts of "new, cleaner electricity generation capacity". In 2013 Obama launched the initiative to much fanfare, but reports have suggested that it has so far...
(International Business Times 07/24/15)
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third term in a controversial election boycotted by major opposition figures and held amidst claims of vote-rigging and street violence. It was announced at the presidential palace in Bujumbura on Friday (24 July) that Nkurunziza won every district but two in Tuesday's election, winning 69.41% of the vote to his rival Agathon Rwasa's 18.99% Turnout was as high as 91.99% in the incumbent's home town Ngozi where he won 79% of votes but...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/15)
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third five-year term as the leader of the small east African nation, the country's electoral commission said on Friday, after a vote marred by violence and a boycott by the opposition. Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, head of the electoral commission, told reporters Nkurunziza had won 69.41 percent of the votes cast. Nkrunziza's nearest rival, Agathon Rwasa, took 18.99 percent. The vote took place on Tuesday, despite calls by African leaders and Western powers for...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/15)
The European Union is ready to impose sanctions on Burundians failing to help end the Central African nation's crisis, the EU's foreign policy chief said on Thursday, following elections that Brussels and Washington say were not credible. Facing its worst political crisis since the end of civil war in 2005, Burundi is awaiting the results of Tuesday's vote in which President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term, breaking the two-term limit agreed in a peace deal a decade ago...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/15)
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is set to win a controversial third term in office, but analysts say his victory will be hollow, with the country divided, isolated and facing aid cuts. Nkurunziza's candidacy was branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that ended 13 years of civil war in 2006, but the president has succeeded in fighting off street protests and an attempted coup, all the while ignoring international criticism. Presidential elections were held on...
(International Business Times 07/24/15)
Burundian human rights activists have made allegations of widespread vote rigging in the country's presidential election ahead of results being announced on Friday afternoon (24 July). The Burundian Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Persons Detained (APRODH) has said that a number of members of the electoral commission – who were supervising the 21 July elections – may have used fraudulent electoral voting cards. IBTimes UK was exclusively shown what one activist described as "proof of electoral fraud"...

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(Youtube 07/31/15)
 
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Following a night of intense gunfire and explosions in Burundi's capital of Bujumbura that left at least one civilian and one police officer dead, voters turned out in low numbers for the country's controversial presidential election, in which President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a third term that critics charge is unconstitutional. The body of an opposition member was found dead in the commune of Nyakabiga, and residents have accused supporters of the ruling party of planting the body as an act of intimidation. As Red Cross workers removed the body from the neighborhood, anti-Nkurunziza songs, dances, and chants erupted from a crowd of residents, delivering one of the most open displays of defiance against the...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a billion dollars in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world, with half the money going to support women and young people. "Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs," said President Obama. "The research shows that when women entrepreneurs succeed, they drive economic...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/15)
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is set to win a controversial third term in office, but analysts say his victory will be hollow, with the country divided, isolated and facing aid cuts. Nkurunziza's candidacy was branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that ended 13 years of civil war in 2006, but the president has succeeded in fighting off street protests and an attempted coup, all the while ignoring international criticism. Presidential elections were held on...
(The Associated Press 07/24/15)
A supporter of Burundi's opposition was shot dead Wednesday night, witnesses said, a victim of electoral violence as the country awaits results of the presidential election amid unrest due to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Results of the presidential election are expected Friday afternoon. Nkurunziza is expected to win the vote because some opposition groups boycotted. Leading opposition figure Agathon Rwasa said his campaign was frustrated by government security agencies. Critics charge that Nkurunziza's effort to extend...
(AFP (eng) 07/23/15)
Burundian security forces crushed anti-government demonstrations, including shooting protesters running away from them, to silence those opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza bid for a third-term, a rights group said Thursday. "Burundian authorities sought not just to disperse demonstrations, but to punish protesters for expressing their political views," Amnesty International said in a report, titled "Braving Bullets." "They used excessive and disproportionate force, including lethal force, against protesters, at times shooting unarmed protesters running away from them," added the report released in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Results from Tuesday's presidential polls, which were condemned as illegitimate by the
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
The African Union said Wednesday it had begun deployment of military and human rights observers to Burundi, where vote counting was underway a day after a presidential election. Results from the polls, which have been condemned as illegitimate by the international community after sparking months of deadly violence that forced tens of thousands to flee the country, are expected later in the week. The AU teams are aimed to "prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi and to facilitate the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/22/15)
Tanzanian refugee camps and relief workers, struggling to help tens of thousands of Burundian refugees, fear a new wave may pour across the border because of the violence that hit Burundi's presidential election on Tuesday, aid agencies said. A policeman and an opposition official died in violence marring the start of the election, in a nation already hit by opposition boycotts and protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. Opponents of Nkurunziza say his bid...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/15)
Burundians voted Tuesday amid gunfire and grenade blasts, with President Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third straight term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence. At least two people -- a policeman and a civilian -- were killed in a string of explosions and gunfire overnight, police and witnesses said. Blasts and shootings were also heard as polls opened shortly after dawn in the capital Bujumbura, the epicentre of three months of anti-government protests. Willy Nyamitwe, Nkurunziza's chief communications advisor, condemned the attacks as "terrorist acts" aimed at "intimidating voters". Opposition and civil society groups have denounced Nkurunziza's
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
A policeman and civilian were killed in clashes hours before the start of Burundi's presidential elections, already hit by opposition boycotts and protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. Blasts and gunfire echoed around the capital before polling stations opened on Tuesday in a nation grappling with its worst crisis since a civil war ended in 2005. It has faced weeks of demonstrations, a failed coup and clashes between rebel soldiers and the army. Opponents...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously
(AFP (eng) 07/20/15)
African Union troops said Sunday they had launched a new offensive against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels in southern Somalia, vowing to flush the insurgents out of rural areas. The African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, said "Operation Jubba Corridor" was launched on Friday in the Bay and Gedo regions south of the capital Mogadishu along with Somali government troops. Officials and witnesses confirmed heavy fighting was raging near the Shebab strongholds of Dinsor and Bardhere, and said the militants hit...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/15)
The small, landlocked African country of Burundi holds controversial presidential elections on Tuesday after weeks of unrest that recall its long history of conflict and ethnic massacres. At least 100 people have been killed in weeks of street protests that erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to seek a third term in office. Those protests were brutally suppressed, triggering an exodus of around 150,000 people into neighbouring countries. - Ethnic divisions - Tensions between Burundi's ethnic Hutu majority -- some...
(The Associated Press 07/20/15)
Government representatives failed to show up Sunday for talks in Burundi aimed at ending the unrest caused by the president's controversial bid for a third term, forcing the mediation to be adjourned just ahead of Tuesday's election, the talks facilitator said. Ugandan Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga, who is acting as mediator, stopped short of saying the talks had collapsed and said the government should be given a chance to explain itself. The talks are backed by the East African Community...
(Voice of America 07/20/15)
Burundians gathered in churches for Sunday services across the country, just two days before the country's presidential election in the hope there will be no electoral related violence. But talks between Burundi's political parties were suspended Sunday after government representatives failed to attend. In Musaga, one of Bujumbura neighborhoods the worst hit by weeks of deadly protests since April, worshipers were singing Sunday at a Catholic church. Today roads are open and many people are in the streets, but there...
(Voice of America 07/20/15)
Ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region, which starts later this week, Kenyan and Ethiopian troops operating in Somalia have launched a new military offensive against the al-Shabab militant group in Gedo and Bay regions. The African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, announced the offensive named “Operation Jubba Corridor” and said the aim was to “flush out the terrorist group” from rural areas. The first phase of two offensives was launched on Friday from Fafahdhun, a...
(APA 07/20/15)
As large numbers of refugees fleeing the unrest in Burundi cross the border to neighbouring Tanzania, the overcrowded Nyarugusu refugee camp “has reached breaking point”, the Emergency Coordinator for international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Sita Cacioppe said on Monday. In a statement issued in Nairobi Monday, Mr. Cacioppe said with the influx of people, services are massively overstretched, and aid agencies are struggling to provide them with sufficient food, water, shelter and healthcare. Up to 1,000 people are...
(AL Jazeera 07/13/15)
Burundi's army has captured scores of gunmen and killed others in two days of clashes in the north, a regional governor has said, as security worsened in the east African country. "About 100 gunmen are in the hands of the army forces," Anselme Nsabimana, governor of Cibitoke province, which borders both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, said. "There is no more fighting in Cibitoke. It's calm," he told the Reuters news agency, adding that rebels some were also...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/15)
At least one civilian was killed in renewed overnight unrest in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, with the night marked by a string of grenade attacks and heavy gunfire, police and witnesses said Saturday. Eyewitnesses said one person was shot dead in the city when police opened fire in response to a series of around 10 grenade blasts targeting police positions in parts of the city that have seen weeks of demonstrations against the central African nation's president, Pierre Nkurunziza. "These were...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/15)
Burundian soldiers clashed with gunmen Friday in a northern region near Rwanda, a local official and the military said, in the latest violence ahead of controversial elections due next week. The crisis in Burundi revolves around President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to stand for a third straight five-year term, which his opponents say is unconstitutional and violates a peace deal that ended a dozen years of civil war in 2006. Army spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza reported shooting and "a situation of...

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(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a hundred yards from his door. The cheapest, a whiskey called Jebel Gold, costs about 10 cents for a 30-milliliter “tot”—about two-thirds of a shot. Mr. Odhiambo says he is losing customers to the nearby liquor...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/15)
When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa. Launched in 2013, Power Africa aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative has prioritized expanding the continent’s capacity to generate electricity, with an additional focus on small-scale renewable energy investments. This is a useful first step. But investing in generation alone will be useless without addressing the economic and institutional obstacles to distributing electricity to homes and businesses. Power Africa is tackling a critical global challenge. All of Sub-Saharan Africa, with 961 million residents, currently only consumes about as much...
(East African Business Week 07/27/15)
Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania are looking for investors to participate in building of new 1,661km standard gauge railway expected to cost about $7.6 billion. The partners, through the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), are seeking expressions of interest from firms to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the railway under a public private partnership. Kenya is already building an SGR. Sources privy to the project said Rwanda is considering shifting from the longer SGR rail set to traverse Kenya and Uganda to the proposed shorter Central Corridor facility from Dar es Salaam to Isaka in northern Tanzania. Expression of interest for the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) rail
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Africa is likely to benefit from weak global growth by attracting more investment that will drive its development, experts said at a financing conference in Ethiopia on Wednesday. Investors have been pouring money into Africa in recent years, buoyed by its strong economic growth and improved governance amid slow growth in Europe, China and the United States. "As the global economy continues to be sluggish and large emerging markets slow down, clearly the future is on this continent," African Development...
(Forbes 07/09/15)
China’s interest in Africa is often said to come on the back of colonial aspirations. Newspaper headlines scream that Chinese firms, backed by the powerful and deep-pocketed Chinese state, will mop-up Africa’s business opportunities to the detriment of Western and indigenous firms. Given these developments, is it possible for Africa to benefit from increasing Chinese investments in Africa? While it is easy to conclude that China is taking over and ‘colonizing’ Africa when one sees ‘Made in China’ goods in...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/08/15)
From H&M to Calvin Klein, brands look to Ethiopian factories where pay is as low as $21 a month. At the Radisson Blu hotel here last year, a senior fashion executive met with several of his top Asian apparel suppliers. His plea: Open for business in Africa. “Africa is a huge opportunity to demonstrate how the industry can work together,” said Colin Browne, managing director of product supply and Asian sourcing for VF Corp., which owns such brands as Lee,...
(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(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...

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(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa are know, are also heavily favoured to progress to the next round with the second leg against minnows Morocco seeming a mere formality after they won three-nil at home a fortnight ago. The 2014 hosts...
(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...
(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...

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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...
(AL Jazeera 07/31/15)
Agathon Rwasa elected deputy head of parliament after support from the ruling party of president Nkurunziza. Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has been elected as deputy head of the national parliament, despite having condemned recent elections and supported months of civil unrest. Rwasa, who has denounced the third consecutive win by President Pierre Nkurunziza, had said earlier this week that he intended to "play the game" in order to try and help find a solution to the country's political crisis - but has already been branded a "traitor" by other opposition figures. In a parliament session on Thursday, Rwasa was elected as the national assembly's first deputy president, winning 108 votes out of 112 thanks
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a hundred yards from his door. The cheapest, a whiskey called Jebel Gold, costs about 10 cents for a 30-milliliter “tot”—about two-thirds of a shot. Mr. Odhiambo says he is losing customers to the nearby liquor shack, which also offers non-Diageo...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/15)
When Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya it felt like a moment of affirmation and an opportunity to use the US president's words to "call on the world to change its approach to Africa". As a continent, it depends less on aid now than it did in the past. Instead many countries which make up Africa are increasingly being seen as a global partner, not a minority shareholder in generating wealth, fighting terrorism and climate change. Mr...
(Bloomberg 07/28/15)
The United Nations said Burundi’s elections, in which President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term, were held in an environment “not conducive” to an “inclusive, free and credible” vote. While Burundians in most parts of the East African country went peacefully to the July 21 polls, they took place amid serious restrictions on the media, with freedoms of expression, assembly and association “severely impaired,” the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi said Monday in a preliminary statement posted on its website. Nkurunziza’s April decision to seek a third term, which opponents said was illegal, triggered a public backlash and an attempted military coup, which was quickly extinguished.
(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a...
(International Business Times 07/24/15)
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third term in a controversial election boycotted by major opposition figures and held amidst claims of vote-rigging and street violence. It was announced at the presidential palace in Bujumbura on Friday (24 July) that Nkurunziza won every district but two in Tuesday's election, winning 69.41% of the vote to his rival Agathon Rwasa's 18.99% Turnout was as high as 91.99% in the incumbent's home town Ngozi where he won 79% of votes but...
(International Business Times 07/24/15)
Burundian human rights activists have made allegations of widespread vote rigging in the country's presidential election ahead of results being announced on Friday afternoon (24 July). The Burundian Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Persons Detained (APRODH) has said that a number of members of the electoral commission – who were supervising the 21 July elections – may have used fraudulent electoral voting cards. IBTimes UK was exclusively shown what one activist described as "proof of electoral fraud"...
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(Voice of America 07/23/15)
A Burundian government spokesman said President Pierre Nkurunziza is committed to forming a national unity government after Tuesday’s election results are known. Those results are expected to be announced Friday. The opposition boycotted the poll, arguing Nkurunziza had violated the constitution by seeking a third term. The constitution provides for two terms by universal suffrage, but the country’s Constitutional Court ruled his first term was not by direct popular vote. Willy Nyamitwe, Nkurunziza’s senior advisor on media and communication, said...
(CNN 07/23/15)
President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together as never before by our common fight against poverty and conflict, by the threat of terrorism, and most of all by exciting new economic possibilities. But instead of a victory lap for...
(BBC News Africa 07/22/15)
Votes are being counted in Burundi, where there is tension over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to stand for a third consecutive term. Just under three-quarters of the country's 3.8m eligible voters turned out on Tuesday after a night of gunfire and explosions that claimed two lives. The US State Department has joined critics saying the election lacks credibility. The government accuses the opposition of provoking violent protests. President Nkurunziza is running for a third term despite a limit of two...
(Voice of America 07/22/15)
Votes are being counted in Burundi, where pre-election violence has caused thousands of people to leave the country in the past few months. The controversial presidential election Tuesday is believed to have had low turnout, as President Pierre Nkurunziza ran without significant opposition for a third term. Official vote results are expected Thursday. But the elections have been roundly criticized as not free or fair, after the government ignored an opposition boycott and calls from the international community to postpone...
(AL Jazeera 07/21/15)
Opposition and civil society groups boycott vote, saying it is unconstitutional, as Pierre Nkurunziza seeks third term. Polling stations have opened in Burundi's controversial presidential elections with Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third consecutive term. Shortly before voting started on Tuesday, at least two people - a policeman and a civilian - were killed, according to witnesses, in a string of explosions and gunfire in the capital Bujumbura, the epicentre of three months of anti-government protests. On Tuesday,...
(BBC News Africa 07/21/15)
People in Burundi are voting amid widespread tension over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to stand for a third consecutive term. Polls opened at 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT), after a night of gunfire and explosions claimed two lives in the capital Bujumbura. The president's critics says the vote is unconstitutional, as he is only entitled to stand for two terms only. The government accuses the opposition of provoking violent protests. The BBC's Maud Jullien in Bujumbura says shooting was continuing...
(The Guardian 07/21/15)
As polling booths open in African nation, former rebel leader’s opponents call vote ‘theatre’ and say third term violates constitution and Arusha Accords. Pierre Nkurunziza looks set to win a third term as president of Burundi in elections on Tuesday, three months after his decision to run again plunged the country into crisis. Nkurunziza and his supporters have put down political resistance, street protests, an attempted coup and an attack by a newly formed rebel group – as well as...
(The Associated Press 07/20/15)
Government representatives failed to show up Sunday for talks in Burundi aimed at ending the unrest caused by the president's controversial bid for a third term, forcing the mediation to be adjourned just ahead of Tuesday's election, the talks facilitator said. Ugandan Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga, who is acting as mediator, stopped short of saying the talks had collapsed and said the government should be given a chance to explain itself. The talks are backed by the East African Community...
(Voice of America 07/20/15)
Burundians gathered in churches for Sunday services across the country, just two days before the country's presidential election in the hope there will be no electoral related violence. But talks between Burundi's political parties were suspended Sunday after government representatives failed to attend. In Musaga, one of Bujumbura neighborhoods the worst hit by weeks of deadly protests since April, worshipers were singing Sunday at a Catholic church. Today roads are open and many people are in the streets, but there...
(Voice of America 07/20/15)
Ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region, which starts later this week, Kenyan and Ethiopian troops operating in Somalia have launched a new military offensive against the al-Shabab militant group in Gedo and Bay regions. The African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, announced the offensive named “Operation Jubba Corridor” and said the aim was to “flush out the terrorist group” from rural areas. The first phase of two offensives was launched on Friday from Fafahdhun, a...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...

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