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(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya will this week host a major African conference aimed at discussing and recommending ways of dealing with increasing cases of terrorism on the continent. The high profile Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism will be graced by several Heads of State, senior government officials and security chiefs from across the continent. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta whose term has borne the brunt of terrorism has called for a collective approach by the region in dealing with terrorism cases. “The challenge of terrorism is very unique, dynamic and callous.
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries of North Africa, the continent is home to 880 million inhabitants. Most senior financial services executives that have dealt with...
(The Point 08/30/14)
President John Mahama has said the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa should push African leaders to generate home-grown solutions to solve the continent's problems. He said the spread of the virus in the sub-region "must remind us of the fierce urgency to develop regional solutions to our common social problems." He was speaking at a conference of West African ministers of Health in Accra, Ghana, this week, among them the Gambian minister of Health, Dr. Omar Sey. President...
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
CHANGCHUN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/14)
MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug. (Xinhua) -- African police chiefs are due to meet in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa from Monday to share vital information on terrorists, drug dealers and poachers. Kenya's Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said on Sunday the five-day meeting is expected to bring police commanders and heads of criminal investigations from 17 countries in Africa to share intelligence on the emerging security threats in the region. He said security experts from Germany, Turkey, France, Algeria and...
(PANA 08/23/14)
Fourteen years after the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by the US government to facilitate trade with the continent, a Nigerian business group has frowned at a situation whereby America is dictating the price of what they buy from Nigeria. The local media Thursday quoted the Director General of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. John Isemede, as saying AGOA had not be quite beneficial to the country because...
(PANA 08/23/14)
The presently inadequate number of pathologists in the East, Central and Southern Africa region should not deter efforts to institute quality assurance measures for improving the profession and laboratory services that go with quality health care, according to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein. Addressing the 12th Biannual Conference of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania, Shein said the grouping had a crucial role of ensuring continuous professional development in all pathology disciplines...
(AL Jazeera 08/22/14)
African countries have tightened travel curbs in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organisation (WHO) warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas. In the West Point slum in Liberia's capital Monrovia, the scene of violent clashes with the army on Wednesday after the area was quarantined to curb the spread of Ebola, hundreds of people jostled their way towards trucks loaded with water and rice. This decision will...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(Addis Standard 08/21/14)
First established as the Institute for Defense Policy in 1991 by its current Executive Director Dr Jakkie Cilliers, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an award winning, leading Pan African policy research institution working to "enhance human security on the continent". ISS is known for its independent and authoritative researches and provides expert policy analysis and advice as well as practical training and technical assistance to governments and organizations across the continent and beyond. Its areas of research and...
(Voice of America 08/20/14)
The World Health Organization said another 84 people have died in West Africa as a result of the Ebola virus, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to 1,229. The U.N. health agency on Tuesday announced the number of confirmed and likely infections has risen to 2,240, including 113 new cases reported late last week. The majority of the new deaths were in Liberia, where authorities are struggling to contain the virus. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded 53 new deaths,...

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(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya will this week host a major African conference aimed at discussing and recommending ways of dealing with increasing cases of terrorism on the continent. The high profile Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism will be graced by several Heads of State, senior government officials and security chiefs from across the continent. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta whose term has borne the brunt of terrorism has called for a collective approach by the region in dealing with terrorism cases. “The challenge of terrorism is very unique, dynamic and callous.
(The Point 08/30/14)
President John Mahama has said the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa should push African leaders to generate home-grown solutions to solve the continent's problems. He said the spread of the virus in the sub-region "must remind us of the fierce urgency to develop regional solutions to our common social problems." He was speaking at a conference of West African ministers of Health in Accra, Ghana, this week, among them the Gambian minister of Health, Dr. Omar Sey. President Mahama in his keynote speech called on African leaders not to rest until the Ebola disease "is defeated." The outbreak...
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
CHANGCHUN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/14)
MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug. (Xinhua) -- African police chiefs are due to meet in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa from Monday to share vital information on terrorists, drug dealers and poachers. Kenya's Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said on Sunday the five-day meeting is expected to bring police commanders and heads of criminal investigations from 17 countries in Africa to share intelligence on the emerging security threats in the region. He said security experts from Germany, Turkey, France, Algeria and...
(PANA 08/23/14)
Fourteen years after the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by the US government to facilitate trade with the continent, a Nigerian business group has frowned at a situation whereby America is dictating the price of what they buy from Nigeria. The local media Thursday quoted the Director General of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. John Isemede, as saying AGOA had not be quite beneficial to the country because...
(PANA 08/23/14)
The presently inadequate number of pathologists in the East, Central and Southern Africa region should not deter efforts to institute quality assurance measures for improving the profession and laboratory services that go with quality health care, according to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein. Addressing the 12th Biannual Conference of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania, Shein said the grouping had a crucial role of ensuring continuous professional development in all pathology disciplines...
(AL Jazeera 08/22/14)
African countries have tightened travel curbs in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organisation (WHO) warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas. In the West Point slum in Liberia's capital Monrovia, the scene of violent clashes with the army on Wednesday after the area was quarantined to curb the spread of Ebola, hundreds of people jostled their way towards trucks loaded with water and rice. This decision will...
(Addis Standard 08/21/14)
First established as the Institute for Defense Policy in 1991 by its current Executive Director Dr Jakkie Cilliers, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an award winning, leading Pan African policy research institution working to "enhance human security on the continent". ISS is known for its independent and authoritative researches and provides expert policy analysis and advice as well as practical training and technical assistance to governments and organizations across the continent and beyond. Its areas of research and...
(Voice of America 08/20/14)
The World Health Organization said another 84 people have died in West Africa as a result of the Ebola virus, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to 1,229. The U.N. health agency on Tuesday announced the number of confirmed and likely infections has risen to 2,240, including 113 new cases reported late last week. The majority of the new deaths were in Liberia, where authorities are struggling to contain the virus. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded 53 new deaths,...
(The New Times 08/20/14)
Africa is changing dramatically - and so are outsiders' attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama's recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and African business leaders suggests a new, more confident mood. That is encouraging; but as long as parts of Sub-Saharan Africa continue to struggle with violent conflict, poverty, and corruption, the...
(IRIN 08/20/14)
Dakar — Today is World Humanitarian Day when the UN sets out to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN and aid agencies are highlighting humanitarian heroes who have made huge sacrifices to help others in need. Doctors Samuel Brisbane, from Liberia, and Dr Sheikh Umar Khan from Sierra Leone both died after contracting the Ebola virus which, as of 16 August, had infected 2,240 West Africans, and killed 1,229. IRIN...
(Mareeg 08/19/14)
Mareeg.com- The military court convicted 13 more people yesterday. 7 were sentences to death as they were accused of jointly killing a prison inmate who was called Abdiaziz Muhidin Hiraabe. The military court convicted 13 more people yesterday. 7 were sentences to death as they were accused of jointly killing a prison inmate who was called Abdiaziz Muhidin Hiraabe. The others were sentenced to life time imprisonment. The names of those sentenced to death are Hassan Farah Jiinow, Faarah Mohamed...
(Sabahi 08/19/14)
Somali security forces on Tuesday (August 19th) arrested 30 suspected al-Shabaab members and seized a cache of illegal weapons in a daytime security operation in Mogadishu's Bakara Market, Somalia's RBC Radio reported. Hawlwadag District Commissioner Ahmed Nur Siyad said the security forces acted on intelligence information. "We have found information [that] the suspected al-Shabaab members were hiding in a house in the market; that is why we went there," Siyad told reporters, adding that security forces seized pistols and other...

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(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries of North Africa, the continent is home to 880 million inhabitants. Most senior financial services executives that have dealt with the region are familiar with the low penetration of bank accounts across much of the...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to...
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(Dw-World 08/19/14)
African governments are sealing their ports and airports in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But will fever checks and entry bans really make any difference? With more than 1,100 dead and 2,100 suspected cases of Ebola, authorities in many African countries are holding their breath. Many are nervous, and some have begun to isolate themselves. From Tuesday onwards, Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast is no longer allowing ships from Ebola-hit...
(RFI(EN) 08/19/14)
African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch of the mobile money technology M-Pesa in Romania. M-Pesa, which means mobile money in Swahili, is credited with transforming the lives of millions of Africans who do not have access to conventional banking services. It uses text messages to send and receive money through mobile phones. Since its debut in Kenya seven years ago, the service has registered nearly 17 million users. Vodafone, the company which developed the technology, hopes it...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/13/14)
Beijing — In July, nations known as the "BRICS," Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, announced the creation of a new, $100 billion development bank (NDB). The project is aimed at lending money to developing nations for investments, much like how the American and European-backed International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank operate. Liu Haifang, a professor at Peking University's Center for African Studies, said the bank will provide developing countries with more options for financing. "Finally they got some alternative sources to get funding for infrastructure and they do not come with these conditionalities.
(Xinhuanet 08/11/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and African Union (AU) Commission signed a 25-million-U.S.-dollar grant to support development of the AU Commission and other AU organs. The grant was signed in Washington on Friday by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, according to a AU statement released on Saturday. The funding will strengthen capacity of the AU Commission to facilitate economic development and transformation by improving institutional efficiency,...
(PANA 08/09/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched the first phase of a programme for Africa’s integration, with an initial budget of 415 million Euros for the period 2014 to 2017, official sources said in Brussels. In a press statement, the European Commission said that the programme, which targets integration in North Africa, Southern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, will ensure better coherence in the management of development programmes, by creating synergies between the EU development cooperation and other...
(PANA 08/09/14)
The World Bank Group Tuesday committed US$ 5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa Initiative. The countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, the Group said in a news dispatch from its headquarters in Washington. Making the announcement on the second day of the first US-African Leaders' Summit, World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, said the new financial commitment was...
(PANA 08/08/14)
Washington DC, US - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a Presidential Memorandum, entitled: 'Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Sub-Saharan Africa's Capacity for Trade and Investment', to enhance business transactions in Africa. A White House statement, circulated at the US-Africa Business Forum segment of the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, said that the memorandum,which was directed to US heads of executive department and agencies, was meant to coordinate their activities on trade and investments in Africa.
(Bloomberg 08/06/14)
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim indicated today that African “demand for access to power” may lead the lender to support coal projects on the world’s poorest continent. “We are very sensitive to the idea that Africa deserves to have power,” Kim said, referring to the possibility of supporting coal projects. “There’s never been a country that has developed with intermittent power.” Africa is experiencing an “almost energy apartheid,” where two-thirds of the population lacks access to power, Kim said...
(BBC News Africa 08/06/14)
US companies have pledged $14bn (£8.3bn) of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure, US President Barack Obama has said. The announcement came at the first US-Africa Leaders' Summit, attended by over 40 African heads of state. The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with Africa as China increases its African investments. Mr Obama also hosted a dinner for African leaders at the White House. The deals announced on Tuesday included a $5bn partnership between...
(PANA 08/06/14)
Washington DC, US - US President Barak Obama Tuesday established The President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa to promote broad-based economic growth and job creation in the US and Africa. The Council will also encourage US companies to trade with and invest in Africa. Speaking at the US-Africa Business Forum, as part of the US-Africa Leaders Forum in Washington DC, Obama said the US recognized that Africa was a region of growing economic opportunity and innovation and aimed...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/05/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - African leaders urged the United States on Monday to renew a trade benefits program giving duty-free access to billions of dollars of African exports for 15 years, saying it would help cement trade relations and boost development in the region. South African President Jacob Zuma, one of nearly 50 African leaders in Washington to attend a three-day summit, said the renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) when it expires next year was one of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/05/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N) on Monday pledged to invest $2 billion in Africa by 2018 to boost infrastructure, worker skills and access to energy, an announcement timed to coincide with a U.S. summit meeting of nearly 50 African leaders. U.S. companies still have opportunities to catch up to China, Europe and Japan, who have made bigger strides in investing in the fast-growing continent, GE Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt said. "The growth is real. I think, for...
(Bloomberg 08/04/14)
ThankGod Agbagu views the paved roads and skyscrapers that have sprung up in Lagos, Africa’s largest city, as the signs of a brighter future. “That’s development, progress,” the 30-year-old tailor said in a July 30 phone interview from Nigeria’s commercial capital. “I definitely see many opportunities out there. Things may not really get better in my lifetime but maybe it will for those that come after us.” A two-decade surge in growth in Africa suggests the poorest continent is starting...

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(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising says Africa has more than enough talented riders to achieve this. 58-Year-old Boyer made Tour de France history himself when...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(The Associated Press 05/17/14)
CAIRO (AP) — The Congo stadium where 15 people died in a stampede at a domestic football game will host an Africa Champions League match just a week after the disaster. The Confederation of African Football said Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa remains the venue for the continental club competition group game between AS Vita and Egyptian club Zamalek on Sunday. CAF said the crowd would be limited to 5,000 people as a precaution. The Tata Raphael can hold up...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Congo-Liberty 08/17/13)
Encore une fois le Congo de « Monsieur Denis Sassou NGuesso, fils, filles & neveux », est bon dernier de la classe et, encore une fois, la direction prise ne semble pas, de toute évidence, être la bonne. Les raisons, nous le verrons, en seront toujours les mêmes : la cupidité et l’intérêt personnel du même groupe de personnes. L’Autocrate congolais, par les décisions prises lors du Conseil des ministres du 08 Août dernier, a dit se préoccuper des générations...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(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 with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
( 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 off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(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 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east. The success of Islamic State could shape the thinking of African Islamists, said Andrew Muzonzini, Zimbabwe's head of external intelligence and a member of the African Union's Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to be moved. Earlier this month Caf told Sierra Leone and Guinea to move their home matches, and the latter arranged...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(Voice of America 08/20/14)
The World Health Organization said another 84 people have died in West Africa as a result of the Ebola virus, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to 1,229. The U.N. health agency on Tuesday announced the number of confirmed and likely infections has risen to 2,240, including 113 new cases reported late last week. The majority of the new deaths were in Liberia, where authorities are struggling to contain the virus. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded 53 new deaths,...
(BBC News Africa 08/19/14)
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, said: "We are...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
The African continent is primed for a massive baby boom within the next four decades, a shift that the United Nations’ children’s agency says represents both a challenge and a huge opportunity. By the year 2050, UNICEF predicts in a report released this week, Africa will be home to about 41 percent of the world’s births. By that time, one in four people on this planet will be African. The boom is caused by several factors. Africa is already home...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says. Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950. This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says. The continent currently accounts for about half of child...
(CNN 08/11/14)
(CNN) -- West African nations are turning to drastic measures in a desperate effort to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Guinea has closed its border with Sierra Leone, a border police official told CNN. Meanwhile, the Zambian government banned arrivals of people from countries where there has been an Ebola outbreak, as a preventive measure to stop the virus from entering the country. "All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola Virus disease are restricted...
(CNN 08/08/14)
(CNN) -- One of the many questions surrounding the revelation that Americans Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received a little-known, experimental serum for their Ebola infection is: "Why did we hear nothing about it earlier, and how did they gain access to it?" Ebola has no cure, although potential medications and vaccines are in various states of development. The serum ZMapp, an experimental product of Mapp Biopharmaceutical, hasn't been tested in humans, which means it doesn't meet a primary requirement for FDA approval -- so its obscurity is no surprise.
(BBC News Africa 08/06/14)
US companies have pledged $14bn (£8.3bn) of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure, US President Barack Obama has said. The announcement came at the first US-Africa Leaders' Summit, attended by over 40 African heads of state. The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with Africa as China increases its African investments. Mr Obama also hosted a dinner for African leaders at the White House. The deals announced on Tuesday included a $5bn partnership between...
(Voice of America 08/06/14)
WHITE HOUSE — One goal of the African leaders' summit in Washington is to build on a strategic relationship that the United States has established in Africa as the continent faces a range of security threats. From establishing drone bases to training African troops, the U.S. has expanded its security relationship with Africa in recent years. The aim is to help African governments combat extremist groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in East Africa and militants in the Sahel...
(Voice of America 08/05/14)
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is working to strengthen ties with Africa at a three-day summit in Washington for some 50 African heads of state. Monday's opening forums touched on a range of issues including security, health, the environment and corruption. At one panel focused on trade, South African President Jacob Zuma urged the United States to renew the trade agreement, African Growth and Opportunity Act, when it expires next year.
(Voice of America 08/04/14)
WASHINGTON — President Obama will be welcoming more than 50 African leaders for a three-day U.S.-Africa summit to begin August 4 in Washington, D.C. Not invited are the presidents of four countries with a record of human rights violations: Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Central African Republic. The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have canceled their trips because of the Ebola outbreak in their countries. At the summit, the U.S. is expected to unveil nearly $1 billion in business deals, more funding for peacekeeping, and commit billions more dollars to food and power programs in Africa.
(Voice of America 08/04/14)
An outspoken member of the African Diaspora has called on African leaders taking part in a Washington summit to meet with them. Chika Onyeani, publisher and editor-in-chief of the African Sun Times newspaper and chairman of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, acknowledged he’s not speaking for the whole African Diaspora. But, he said it remits an estimated $70 to $80 billion each year to Africa. Onyeani said African leaders should give the Diaspora the same respect they give to other groups...
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...

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