Thursday 17 August 2017
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all,...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Burundian Second Vice-President Joseph Butore on Tuesday called for urgent measures to stop the pollution of Lake Tanganyika. "Urgent and concrete measures need to be taken to stop the pollution of Lake Tanganyika waters," Butore said after visiting the shores of the lake in the capital city Bujumbura. "People entitled to take measures should do it quickly because the lake is facing a real threat of pollution. Sanctions will be taken against polluters of the lake," he said. He said...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Xinhuanet 08/08/17)
A soldier working in the Burundian presidential protection unit Sunday night died after shooting himself with his gun, the Burundian army spokesman said Monday. "The soldier shot himself dead with his gun. He committed suicide at 21:30 at one of the military posts of the presidential protection unit," Burundian Army Spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said. Baratuza said the victim had, in February this year, come back from a peacekeeping mission at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(The Associated Press 08/03/17)
The U.N. Security Council expressed alarm Wednesday over reports of torture and extrajudicial killings in Burundi and about an increasing number of refugees who are fleeing the tiny East African nation, now totaling over 416,000 people. A presidential statement reiterated the council’s intention to pursue sanctions against all those inside and outside the country “who threaten the peace and security of Burundi.” Burundi has been plagued by sporadic violence since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term led to street protests. Nkurunziza ...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Xinhuanet 07/31/17)
Driving on streets of Burundi's capital city Bujumbura, one can see StarTimes' orange advertising boards standing on the roadside. Currently, more than 90 percent of the city's digital television (DTV) users choose StarTimes, said Chen Yongzheng, general manager of StarTimes in Burundi. The Chinese company's market share is over 85 percent in the whole country, according to him. "I choose StarTimes because it has good channels, including children's channel, also because of the price, which is cheaper than other companies,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
The Burundian senate Wednesday passed a bill on the ratification of an agreement between Burundi and the World Bank's International Development Association to boost the country's farming sector. The bill will provides the financial agreement worth 75 million U.S. dollars to support farmers and farmers' associations doing their agricultural activities near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Burundian Finance Minister Domitien Ndihokubwayo had been invited at the senate to answer senators' questions about the bill. He...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with...
(Xinhuanet 07/26/17)
Burundi is eyeing the leather business in addition to coffee and tea to bring the country cash money, the Burundian second vice-president said Tuesday after visiting two tannery companies. "We are identifying and promoting products for export that can bring cash money to the country's treasury. We assume that leather and animal skins can generate a lot of foreign currencies," Joseph Butore said after visiting both tannery companies. He said the leather sector can compete with the country's coffee and tea sectors that are "traditionally" bringing foreign currencies to the ...
(The Associated Press 07/26/17)
Burundi-born Eric Ndayisenga and his friends in exile religiously listen to a radio station that urges liberation from the deadly political violence back home. One day the report brought grief instead. His sister Zainabu and a friend had been found dead, stabbed and their throats slit, in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Ndayisenga believes his sister's fate would have been unknown if not reported by the station linked to the Forebu rebel group, supported by exiles who press the international community to act on Burundi's crisis. Hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled the small East African nation in the two years since President Pierre Nkurunziza set off protests
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
Two members of a teenage robotics team from Burundi who went missing after a competition in Washington last week have been located and are safe, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday. The teens, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were spotted last week crossing the border into Canada. The Metropolitan Police Department would not say on Tuesday where or when they were found, citing department procedures for missing persons. "The others are still missing, so the case...
(The Associated Press 07/25/17)
Six Burundian teenagers who disappeared after an international robotics competition in Washington probably left because life is hard in the East African nation, not because they feared insecurity at home, the director of a school that sent two of the teens said Monday. Esperence Niyonzima, who is the director of Iteletique, said parents she spoke with "were not concerned" by their disappearance. "These teens are young," Niyonzima said. "I do not think they disappeared because they fear insecurity. They were not in insecurity in Burundi really." Burundi has been plagued by sporadic violence since April 2015
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Xinhuanet 07/24/17)
Gunmen killed a minibus driver in an ambush in western Burundi on Saturday nigh, police said Sunday. "Four criminals armed with Kalashnikov guns ambushed the passenger minibus at Kagunuzi in Buganda district in Cibitoke province around 21:30 (19:30 GMT)," Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said. "They shot dead the driver and seriously injured another passenger who was evacuated to one of the hospitals in the capital Bujumbura," said the spokesman. The minibus had only the two persons on board, said...

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