Saturday 19 August 2017
(APA 08/17/17)
The Ivorian government has donated to Sierra Leone tones of medicines hours after preside Ernest Bai Koroma launched a call for international aid following Monday’s mudslide in Freetown that has so far claimed over 400 people. “By way of material support, President Alassane Ouattara has kindly offered them a tonne and a half drugs,” Ivorian Economy and Finance Minister, Adama Kone, who was leading an Ivorian delegation to Sierra Leone said on Wednesday. “It is a humanitarian gesture, an act of solidarity and support for a brotherly affected people,” the Ivorian government emissary said, adding that “Cote d’Ivoire is willing to offer its technical expertise to Sierra Leone to address this situation.” On Monday, the...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
Twenty people escaped custody after assaulting police officers at the courthouse in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, justice official said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks on police in the West African country. Ten prisoners and another ten people who had been summoned to court escaped on Tuesday and were still at large 24 hours later, a justice official told Reuters. He not say who the escapees were nor why they had been in custody. A series...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Twenty people escaped custody after assaulting police officers at the courthouse in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, justice official said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks on police in the West African country. Ten prisoners and another ten people who had been summoned to court escaped on Tuesday and were still at large 24 hours later, a justice official told Reuters. He not say who the escapees were nor why they had been in custody. A series...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Anthrax, a bacterial disease commonly associated with arid climes, has quietly been decimating chimpanzees in a tropical West African forest, and may wipe them out altogether, researchers said Wednesday. Samples taken from carcasses, bones, and carrion-eating flies in the Ivory Coast's Tai National Park (TNP) from 1989 to 2014, revealed that anthrax had caused 38 percent of animal deaths -- including 31 out of 55 dead chimps tested. Other casualties included monkeys, duikers, mongooses and a porcupine. "Our simulations... suggest...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/17)
Ivory Coast has seized three tonnes of pangolin scales and arrested eight people for trading the valuable armor of the world's most trafficked animal, a police chief said. The small, armadillo-like mammal lives in forests in Ivory Coast and other West African countries. Global trade in pangolin scales is banned under a U.N. convention, but they are prized in some Asian countries for their use in traditional medicines. Ivory Coast authorities apprehended the traffickers as they were preparing to deliver...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
Fresh violence in Ivory Coast left one member of the security forces dead as gunmen attacked a police training school just hours before the start of an international sports tournament. It was just the latest in a series of clashes between government forces and disgruntled soldiers, some of them former rebels, and came just before the start on Friday of the Jeux de la Francophonie (French speakers' games). Gunmen attacked the National Police Academy in the central district of Cocody,...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
Gunfire erupted near several police installations across Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan late on Wednesday, witnesses and a police source said, in what appeared to be a renewed bout of insecurity following months of military mutinies. Shooting broke out at around 9.30 p.m. (2130 GMT) in the Cocody neighborhood near the national police and gendarmes academies and lasted for around an hour, according to one Reuters witness. A second Reuters reporter later heard sustained gunfire near the base of the...
(AFP (eng) 07/19/17)
Appeal judges Wednesday struck down a decision denying former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo interim release during his trial for crimes against humanity, and ordered the court to review his situation. Gbagbo, the first ex-head of state to be tried by the International Criminal Court, has appealed a March decision that he must stay behind bars in a UN detention centre until the end of his trial. Gbagbo and his former militia leader Charles Ble Goude, 45, have pleaded not guilty...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/17)
"It's not my first time," fireman Patrick Obite said with an air of confidence as, kneeling, he straddled a meter-long crocodile in the carpark of a building site in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan. "There was a first session yesterday at the zoo when we got used to them," he added, smiling. Africa's fastest growing economy, Ivory Coast, is now in the midst of a construction boom that is changing the face of the lagoon-side city, bringing new hotels, offices...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Bloomberg 07/17/17)
A group of mutinous soldiers in the Ivory Coast clashed with security forces in the northern city of Korhogo, a day after after talks with military commanders over bonuses deadlocked. The conflict on Saturday was preceded by shots fired into the air by members of the army group called 2600 in barracks at the capital Abidjan and Korhogo to protest military leaders telling them they won’t be paid bonuses due to unavailability of funds. The situation is “under control and...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/17)
Three soldiers died after shooting erupted overnight at a base in Ivory Coast, which has been gripped by tensions within the military, security sources said Saturday. Gunfire was heard coming from the barracks at Korhogo, a city in the north of the the West African country, at around 1:00 am (0100 GMT), Adama Coulibaly, a local carpenter reached by phone said. "There are three dead soldiers," an officer told AFP separately, without giving further details. A source at the local...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
Two former rebel leaders in Ivory Coast were jailed Tuesday after the ex-fighters obstructed a road into the central city of Bouake over a pay dispute, a legal source said. The head of the demobilised forces, Amadou Ouattara, and his main spokesman, Megbe Diomande, were sent to the town's civilian prison after being charged with "disturbing the peace and unauthorised demonstration", the source said, asking not to be named. Both men were detained on Sunday evening, after police dispersed ex-rebels...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
As West Africa declares war on the market for expired and counterfeit medicines, start-ups are putting quality control in the hands of patients to stop them risking their lives trying to get well. Not only can such drugs fail to treat the diseases they are bought to combat, experts say, but they may encourage resistance to antibiotics and even cause death as diseases continue to course unchecked through the body. At an April meeting in Liberia, the 15-member Economic Community...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(Voice of America 07/05/17)
More than 7 million children in West and Central Africa are displaced every year, the United Nations children's agency said in a report released Wednesday. Lack of economic opportunities, wars and climate change are forcing more than 12 million people in West and Central Africa to migrate annually, the report said. "Children in West and Central Africa are moving in greater numbers than ever before, many in search of safety or a better life," UNICEF regional director Marie-Pierre Poirier said...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...

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