Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Voice of America 11/20/13)
The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says members of the group will start a one-week annual meeting beginning Wednesday at The Hague. The Assembly of States Parties is a body that administers management oversight over the ICC. Ambassador Tiina Intelmann says high on the agenda will be a discussion on the immunity from prosecution of sitting heads of state. It’s an important issue to some members who say current leaders should not be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. “This year we will focus on how the court addresses and helps victims, also on the issue of cooperation and also on complementarity,” said Intelmann. “African states parties have asked...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/13)
KUWAIT CITY, November 20, 2013 (AFP) - Arab and African leaders ended a two-day summit in Kuwait Wednesday by calling for closer cooperation on the political and economic levels, as well as in the fight against terrorism. The leaders issued the Kuwait Declaration which called for accelerating economic integration in the Arab world, which includes oil-rich Gulf states and investment-thirsty African states. They called for the creation of a joint "Africa-Arab Financing Mechanism" to fund programmes and projects, under a plan adopted at the second summit in Libya three years ago. But there was no mention of any moves for an Africa-Arab common market, as recommended by businessmen. The Kuwait Declaration strongly condemned terrorism. It urged member states to "enhance...
(Voice of America 11/19/13)
YAOUNDE — Cameroon President Paul Biya has laid the foundation stone for one of his biggest projects after 31 years in power. His government will build an 820 meters long second bridge over the Wouri River in the economic capital city, Douala - called the "Gateway into Central Africa." It is expected to reduce congestion on the first bridge constructed 60 years ago by France, the former colonial ruler of Cameroon. Just above the dark waters of the Wouri River near Cameroon's Atlantic coast lies a one kilometer bridge, the longest in the Central African Sub region. It was constructed by French colonial masters 60 years ago to carry 2,000 vehicles per day. Douala, CameroonDouala, Cameroon. The bridge today carries...
(CNN 11/19/13)
(CNN) -- Tubes used to clear his lungs prevent Nelson Mandela from speaking, and he uses facial expressions to communicate with doctors and family, according to his former wife. "He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile," Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told South Africa's Sunday Independent newspaper in an article published Sunday. "The bedroom there [at his home] is like an ICU ward." Mandela, 95, "remains quite ill," she said, but doctors are tending to his needs at his residence in Houghton, a suburb of Johannesburg. The tubes are used to prevent infection in Mandela, who is said to be stable. "He communicates with the face, you see," Madikizela-Mandela told the newspaper. "But the doctors...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/13)
KUWAIT CITY, November 19, 2013 (AFP) - Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah opened the third Africa-Arab summit Tuesday with a pledge to provide $1 billion in low-interest loans to African countries over a five-year period. Arab and African leaders gathered for the two-day summit in Kuwait City are to review steps to promote economic ties between wealthy Gulf states and investment-thirsty Africa. "I ordered officials of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to provide soft loans worth $1 billion to Africa over the next five years," Sheikh Sabah announced. Thirty-four heads of state, seven vice presidents and three heads of government are attending the third Africa-Arab summit, which brings together 71 countries and organisations. The meeting is the...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/13)
WARSAW, November 19, 2013 (AFP) - Africa will need between $200 and $350 billion a year by 2070 to shore up its defences against climate change, a UN report said Monday. The $200-billion (150-billion-euro) figure is a best-case scenario, based on meeting the goal of limiting average global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report said. It was issued on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Warsaw that are working towards sealing a global deal by 2015 to reach the 2 C target. The higher figure of $350 billion (260 billion euros) assumes warming of 3.5-4.0 C, which will cause much greater damage to Earth's climate system. "Missing the 2.0 C window...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/13)
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Assailants from the Central African Republic raided a village in eastern Cameroon but the army repulsed the attack, killing five gunmen, Cameroon Defense Minister Edgar Allain Mebe Ngo'o said on Sunday. One Cameroonian soldier and one villager died in the fighting after the army deployed troops to the Kadei Division of East Region on Saturday night, he said in a statement. One attacker was also captured and would be interrogated to determine the identity and motive of the gunmen, Ngo'o said. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly cross-border raids since the Central African Republic, which is rich in minerals, descended into chaos after mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March...
(CNN 11/18/13)
Maroua, Cameroon (CNN) -- Nigeria's Boko Haram is responsible for kidnapping a French priest in neighboring Cameroon -- the same day the U.S. government labeled the group a terrorist organization -- said the governor of Cameroon's Far North region. Though Gov. Fonka Awa Augustine ordered his region's border with Nigeria closed, it may be too late, as eyewitnesses reported seeing the armed militants cross into Nigeria on motorcycles after Wednesday's kidnapping. "This is shocking," the governor said Friday. "All expatriates should restrict their movement in this region. They should stay within much secured areas and avoid visiting touristic sites." The priest, Georges Vandenbeusch, was snatched from his parish church in Nguetchewe, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) from the Nigerian border,...
(AL Jazeera 11/18/13)
Nelson Mandela remains in a "stable but critical" condition more than two months after doctors treating him for a lung infection sent him home to recover, the South African government said. The latest update on the anti-apartheid icon's health came after President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela at his home Monday. "The health of the former president remains much the same," the government said in a statement, noting "he continues to recover." Monday's statement was the first since September. The former South African president was still "quite ill" and unable to speak because of tubes being used to clear fluid from his lungs, ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told the Sunday Independent newspaper. "He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has...
(The Independent 11/18/13)
Why Africa should fight for free trade, not fair trade; for competitiveness in global markets and not kindness in consumers. Everyday there is an effort mainly in the West to save Africa from something - tyranny, impunity, poverty, disease, ignorance - whatever. Always, the savior is an institution or person from Western Europe and its off-shoots in North America. This "savior" is presented as kind, generous and altruistic. Consequently, the supposed beneficiaries need not be active participants in the efforts to save them. They are "victims" to be "helped." It was in this context that last week, I attended a presentation by researchers from the University of London on a new mantra to end poverty, "fair trade." There is a...
(Tanzania Daily News 11/18/13)
Arusha — Despite being operational for more than seven years now, the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has been under-utilized having handled only 28 petitions relating to contentious matters and five requests for advisory opinion. The court has therefore decided to make its presence felt through organising a continental conference for the media on the promotion of the court's activities. The occasion will be graced by Prof Makame Mbarawa, the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology and attended by among others, the president and other judges of the court, as well as representatives of international organizations established based in the region. According to Mr Jean- Pierre Uwanone, Senior Information and Communication Officer, the objective of the seminar...
(CNN 11/18/13)
(CNN) -- Cameroon joined Ivory Coast and Nigeria as African qualifiers for the World Cup finals with a 4-1 victory over Tunisia in Yaounde Sunday. Tied goalless from the first leg, the Indomitable Lions took a two goal cushion as Pierre Webo and Benjamin Moudandjo were on target. But Tunisia were given hope through Ahmed Akaichi's strike after the break until a Jean Makoun brace made it six final appearances in the last seven for Cameroon. On Saturday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria made the finals for the fifth time after easing to a 2-0 home win over Ethiopia for a 4-1 aggregate triumph, while the Ivory Coast held Senegal 1-1 in Casablanca to go through 4-2 on aggregate in...
(CNN 11/18/13)
(CNN) -- Notch this up to Swedes and another ridiculously cool, innovative design. This latest effort can be found off an African island and straightaway is placed high on that list of 'amazing hotels I wish i could get to' many travelers have. Just off the coast of Tanzania, The Manta Resort on Pemba Island has added a beautiful, other-worldly underwater bedroom to their original 16-room offering. The new 'digs' opened for business this month, designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels. They are the brains behind the The Utter Inn, an underwater room in the middle of a Swedish lake which was also one of our 15 unusual places to spend the night. Lying approximately 250 meters offshore, the...
(AFP 11/17/13)
KUWAIT CITY, November 17, 2013 (AFP) - Arab and African foreign ministers met in Kuwait on Sunday hoping to accelerate a strategy to bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first meeting of its kind since 2010, when leaders met in Libya prior to the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled longstanding dictatorships there and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East. The one-day meeting will adopt the agenda for the summit, where leaders are expected to approve a raft of new measures to upgrade economic ties between the two regions, including the oil-rich Gulf and sub-Saharan Africa. "It is time to upgrade...
(AFP 11/17/13)
Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's Nelson Mandela remains "quite ill" and is unable to speak, using facial expressions to communicate as he receives intensive medical care at home, his ex-wife told Sunday media. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old was not on life support but he was no longer talking "because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear (fluid from) the lungs". "He can't actually articulate anything" as a result, she told The Sunday Independent newspaper. "He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice." Mandela was discharged on September 1 to his home in Johannesburg's upmarket Houghton suburb after nearly three months in hospital for...
(AFP 11/15/13)
UNITED NATIONS, November 15, 2013 (AFP) - African nations will Friday launch one of the biggest challenges yet to the International Criminal Court by forcing a UN Security Council vote on suspending the trial of Kenya's president. A resolution seeking to defer crimes against humanity charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto for one year is almost certain to fail through lack of support. But diplomats and justice experts say the action risks heightening tensions between the ICC and Africa. The two leaders are accused of masterminding unrest after a 2007 presidential election in 2007 in which at least 1,100 people died. Kenyatta and Ruto took office after an election this year. Ruto's trial has started, while...
(Reuters 11/15/13)
(Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40 million - from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and training programs, AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez said, most likely forcing smaller exercises. The size of AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is to be reduced by some 20 percent. The planned cuts are part of broader across-the-board U.S. spending restrictions dubbed "sequestration" and imposed after Congress failed to agree deficit reduction measures. AFRICOM - set up in 2007 to coordinate U.S. military activity on the continent - retains some 5,000...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/13)
MONACO, November 14, 2013 (AFP) - President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged the French "not to put their lives in danger" after a priest was kidnapped in Cameroon despite repeated warnings he was in a risky area. Hollande also promised that "everything will be done" to secure the release of Roman Catholic priest Georges Vandenbeusch, who was kidnapped by armed men near the border with Nigeria.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/13)
YAOUNDE/PARIS Thu Nov 14, 2013 (Reuters) - Gunmen have kidnapped a French priest working in the lawless region of northern Cameroon, authorities said on Thursday, nine months after Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram seized a French family in the same area. A church official told Radio France International that English-speaking gunmen burst into the parish church of Nguetchewe, a village some 10 km (6 miles) from the Nigerian border, demanding money on Wednesday night. When they discovered the priest, Georges Vandenbeusch, they marched him bare-foot across the village and fled on motorbikes. "According to a village chief, some motorbikes later crossed the frontier to Nigeria and their riders started to celebrate. So it's likely they took the priest to Nigeria,"...
(Voice of America 11/14/13)
A veteran U.S.-based African journalist said ending corruption in Africa is becoming more elusive because there is no incentive for government officials and others not to engage in corruption. Chika Onyeani, publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York-based African Sun Times newspaper, said part of the solution would be prosecution and lengthy prison terms for those implicated in official corruption. Onyeani was reacting to a study by the independent research firm Afrobarometer, which found that Africans are unhappy with efforts to fight corruption, and found that many still pay bribes to get basic services. The report said Nigeria, Egypt and Zimbabwe got the worst ratings, while Malawi, Lesotho and Botswana got the best. Onyeani said that while not surprised by...

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