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(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. Early defence In the most advanced trial to date, involving several African countries, 15,000 infants and children were given the RTS,S vaccine. Revisiting them 18 months after the last...
(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 is in Africa, but many people still don’t have enough to eat. Experts say that small-scale farmers could be the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/30/14)
Monrovia — Barely weeks after the United States of America cancelled the visas of three Liberian officials, FrontPageAfrica has gathered as reported by GhanaWeb that corrupt government officials from Ghana and all over Africa will be denied visas into the United States as part of moves by the U.S. to clamp down on corruption in Africa. According to the Ghanaian news outlet, the move, which was initially only applicable to only a number of African countries, will now cover all...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(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...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(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...
(PANA 07/25/14)
Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged the development gains made through assistance from foreign governments and non-profit organisations such as his foundation. But he said: 'The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves – whether that is in the form of government funding, private-sector investment or just plain human creativity at all levels of society.”
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
BRAZZAVILLE — Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree on a cease-fire at the start of talks in the neighboring Congo Republic. The three-day forum in Brazzaville, mediated by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, aims to reach terms for a halt to hostilities and disarmament but will not address negotiations for a longer-term peace deal in the former French colony. “This forum which opens today is a major step in the political dialogue and reconciliation between the sons and daughters of Central African Republic,” Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza said at the opening of the talks.

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(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. Early defence In the most advanced trial to date, involving several African countries, 15,000 infants and children were given the RTS,S vaccine. Revisiting them 18 months after the last...
(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 is in Africa, but many people still don’t have enough to eat. Experts say that small-scale farmers could be the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(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...
(PANA 07/25/14)
Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged the development gains made through assistance from foreign governments and non-profit organisations such as his foundation. But he said: 'The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves – whether that is in the form of government funding, private-sector investment or just plain human creativity at all levels of society.”
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nigeria, other ACP countries to benefit from euro facility for development. The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of 512 million euros for Nigeria to develop and promote good governance, health nutrition and sustainable energy under the EU National Indicative Programme (NIP), according to local media reports. The private Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the programme is the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The newspaper noted that the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe has dismissed fears over possible drying up of HIV/AIDS funds, saying steps have been taken to reduce the global cost of treatment to free more resources for investments. Sidibe said plans have been implemented across Africa to increase the number of people on HIV/AIDS treatment while also negotiating lower treatment costs. 'It is not really true that HIV/AIDS funding is drying up. We are mobilising more resources and...

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(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Friday decried the prevailing high bank interest rates in the continent which has discouraged many investors to take credits from banks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer Andrew Mold told Xinhua that the situation is partly caused by the big spread in interests maintained by the banks.
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS, July (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials on Thursday called for increased and effective investment in Africa to help achieve the continent's development objectives. "In recent years, Africa's economic growth has been higher than in many other regions," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the promotion of investment in Africa. UN economists estimate that Africa's overall growth will exceed 5 percent in 2015, driven especially by domestic demand and solid commodity prices. "But, this positive performance must not let us become complacent," Ban said, adding that serious obstacles still...
(PANA 07/17/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(African arguments 07/14/14)
When, midway through the American journalist Howard French's new book, a Zambian politician tells him dejectedly that "we are not a poor people but we have crowned ourselves with poverty," the phrase resonates with the experience of many countries is modern-day Africa. Resource rich but often misgoverned by autocrats who refuse to leave office - and whose depredations have been bankrolled by Western governments - Africa, despite some bright spots, remains a continent of unrealised hopes and unfulfilled potential. It...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- Microsoft and Safaricom on Wednesday signed an agreement that will promote entrepreneurship in the software development market. Microsoft Operator Channel Lead for Sub Saharan Africa Mariam Abdullahi told journalists in Nairobi that under the agreement, software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via Safaricom payment platform. "The partnership will help promote local content that is relevant to Kenyan problems," Abdullahi said. The majority of those in the industry practitioners are...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/14)
LONDON/ACCRA Fri Jul 4, 2014 (Reuters) - Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa. The tiny blending and bottling plant for Gilbey's gin, housed inside five connected shipping containers, gives Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, a way to test demand for new drinks while...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/14)
London — African agriculture has enjoyed something of a makeover in recent years, shedding the tired image of a poor farmer barely able to scratch out a living with a hoe, according to the head of a regional partnership set up to improve smallholder farming on the continent. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), founded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, focuses on getting better quality seeds to farmers, boosting...
(PANA 07/02/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(PANA 06/26/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - Italy-based oil firm, Eni, will invest US$1.5 billion on the exploitation of some deposits recently discovered in Congo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Italian company, Claudio Descalzi, announced here Tuesday at the end of a meeting with the Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso. According to Descalzi, several deposits have been discovered in the country, the most recent one being found in Nene.
(PANA 06/25/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it will adopt a new approach to addressing issues undermining development and fragility in some countries on the continent. The private Guardian newspaper Monday quoted a statement from the Bank as saying the new strategy, entitled ”Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa”, would last from 2014 to 2019. “We will stay engaged across the spectrum of fragile situations, making use of all available instruments and focusing resources on the areas where it...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), grouping foreign ministers and ministers of agriculture, opened its 25th session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday with discussions on how to reverse the decline of agriculture in Africa. African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the growth of the agricultural sector was a key priority for African countries seeking to grow their industrial base. “Agriculture and food security are key priorities for Africa to propel her industrial growth,” Dlamini-Zuma told the...
(Xinhuanet 06/20/14)
SINGAPORE, June (Xinhua) -- The trade promotion agency of Singapore has said that Africa offers potential business opportunities for local enterprises, local media reported Thursday. International Enterprise (IE) Singapore highlighted agriculture and oil and gas as two key growth areas, Channel NewsAsia said. There is clearly room for Singapore to do more despite challenges such as political risks and regulatory uncertainty, it was quoted as saying. "In today's Africa, there's a huge demand for consumption products. There's greater rates of...
(PANA 06/10/14)
US President Barack Obama’s 'Doing Business in Africa' campaign, aimed at increasing US investment in Africa, is gaining momentum ahead of an August Summit with African leaders. Senior Obama administration officials, however, said while the US' commitment to engage in business is clear, achieving the desired goals would require serious groundwork. “America’s commitment to this issue is clear,” said Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary. “I hope our discussions can begin to answer...basic questions. What has to happen for US...
(Xinhuanet 06/05/14)
NAIROBI, June (Xinhua) -- The World Council of Churches (WCC) on Wednesday called on African countries to sign Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to help save lives being shattered by proliferation of illicit weapons. In a statement received in Nairobi, WCC said the new, global and potentially life-saving Arms Trade Treaty is showing record progress toward coming into effect. "African governments, civil society groups and churches worked hard to make this treaty strong. We call on them to ratify it now,...
(Xinhuanet 05/31/14)
MAPUTO, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, on Thursday praised the Sub-Saharan Africa has been "growing strongly and steadily" for nearly two decades in Maputo, while pointing out that the continent still faces challenges forward. The Africa Rising conference, held by the IMF and the Mozambican government, opened on Thursday in the country's capital city, with more than 300 participants from the African policy makers and beyond, the private sector, civil society, academics, and private foundations. Much of Sub-Saharan Africa has proven to be extraordinarily resilient to the 2007-2008 global financial crisis.
(Xinhuanet 05/31/14)
MAPUTO, May (Xinhua) -- The World Bank (WB) has announced Thursday in Maputo a grant of 10 billion U.S. dollars to fund various socio-economic projects in Africa in 2014. The grant was announced by Maktar Diop, the deputy chairperson for the World Bank Africa Division, during the two-day Africa Rising conference organized by the Mozambican government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Commenting on the Africa Rising conference, Diop said that there are different necessary levels of transformation to be...
(PANA 05/30/14)
The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation visiting Congo, Dalia Hakura, has said that Congo is expected to record a 6% growth between 2014 and 2019, after remaining stable at 3.5% over the past three years, according to an official communiqué issued here Wednesday. The IMF mission also hailed the drop in inflation, particularly the effect of the reduction in foodstuffs prices and the appreciation of the foreign exchange rate for the CFAF. In these conditions, the Bretton...
(PANA 05/28/14)
United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker over the weekend rounded off her visit to Africa in Ethiopia, where she said US companies were looking for business opportunities across the continent. 'My trip was to discuss US commitment to Africa and what we can do to spur trade and investment in Ethiopia. President Barack Obama sees tremendous opportunities for trade and investment in Ethiopia,” Pritzker told reporters in Addis Ababa. US companies are seeking opportunities to invest in Africa’s aviation,...
(PANA 05/27/14)
Africa’s farming - In a bid to promote the development of Africa’s agriculture industry, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) and eleni LLC, the leading proponent and developer of commodity exchanges in Africa, Thursday signed here a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with a view to establishing a cooperative framework. Ecobank’s Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Essien and Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, chief executive officer of eleni, signed the MOU on the sidelines of the ongoing annual meetings of the African Development Bank...

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(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 he was the first American to participate in the legendary annual bicycle race in 1981...
(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 between the national football federations and players. Take Cameroun which has represented the continent six times. Their participation in this...
(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...
(Spy Ghana 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...
(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. Early defence In the most advanced trial to date, involving several African countries, 15,000 infants and children were given the RTS,S vaccine. Revisiting them 18 months after the last...
(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 is in Africa, but many people still don’t have enough to eat. Experts say that small-scale farmers could be the...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
BRAZZAVILLE — Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree on a cease-fire at the start of talks in the neighboring Congo Republic. The three-day forum in Brazzaville, mediated by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, aims to reach terms for a halt to hostilities and disarmament but will not address negotiations for a longer-term peace deal in the former French colony. “This forum which opens today is a major step in the political dialogue and reconciliation between the sons and daughters of Central African Republic,” Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza said at the opening of the talks.
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande flies to Africa Thursday, on a three-nation visit that will focus on economic issues and rooting out terrorism in the Sahel area. Security tops the agenda of President Francois Hollande's trip to Africa, where he will visit French troops and hold talks with the leaders of Niger, Chad and Ivory Coast. France has just announced a new mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel area. The operation is called Barkhane, named after a type...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
African leaders have called for greater investment in agriculture at the African Union summit closing Friday in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Leaders also discussed concerted efforts to address conflicts smoldering across the continent from South Sudan to Central African Republic. The AU has focused this year's summit on tackling issues of agriculture and climate change as part of the continental body's overall development goals to create jobs and to improve food security. African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkoszana Dlamini...
(Voice of America 06/14/14)
GENEVA — A major wildlife conservation group reports more than 20,000 African elephants were poached across the African continent last year. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, warns that poaching contributes to the continuing decline in elephant populations. According to CITES, 2013 was the third year in a row more than 20,000 elephants have been killed across the African continent. It says the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s peaked in 2011 and is leveling off.
(BBC News Africa 06/14/14)
The survival of Africa's elephants is under threat, with estimates suggesting more than 20,000 were killed in 2013, a report says. The office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said poaching levels were far above the elephant birth rate. However, the report said poaching numbers had dropped slightly compared to the previous two years. Transnational organised crime appeared to be involved in the trade, it added. Cites, which is based in Geneva, is responsible for regulating...
(Voice of America 06/05/14)
Africa analyst Bronwyn Bruton said she does not expect to hear a lot about human rights issues during the forthcoming US/Africa leaders' summit in Washington. Bruton, deputy director of the Africa Center at the US-based Atlantic Council, said she is concerned that the summit might disappoint many of the African leaders if each of them does not get a face-to-face meeting with President Barack Obama to talk specifically about what the United States can do for each country. She said...
(Voice of America 06/04/14)
Africa analyst Bronwyn Bruton said she does not expect to hear a lot about human rights issues during the forthcoming US/Africa leaders’ summit in Washington. Bruton, deputy director of the Africa Center at the US-based Atlantic Council, said she is concerned that the summit might disappoint many of the African leaders if each of them does not get a face-to-face meeting with President Barack Obama to talk specifically about what the United States can do for each country. She said Obama’s foreign policy speech to graduates of the US Military Academy at West Point suggested he was proposing the “Africanization of US security policy.”
(Voice of America 05/27/14)
An official of the Democratic Republic of Congo said his government will take legal action against the government of Congo-Brazzaville to protest the treatment of DRC nationals. Information Minister Lambert Mende said the legal action will take place both in the International Criminal Court and Congolese courts. According to the United Nations, more than 130,000 DRC nationals have been expelled since April. Congo-Brazzaville said they are illegal foreign workers. Two UN officials, Martin Kobler, head of the UN Stabilization Mission...
(BBC News Africa 05/27/14)
A vast peatland has been discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat. Scientists say investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region. Dr Simon Lewis, from the University of Leeds, said: "It's remarkable that there are parts of the planet that are still uncharted territory." He added: "Few people venture into these...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...

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