Tuesday 21 November 2017
(Voice of America 10/01/13)
LONDON — The past week's terrorist attacks in Kenya and Nigeria have renewed attention on militancy and terrorism in Africa. It's a rising trend, and a difficult one to reverse. The September 21 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall by Somalia's al-Shabab militants was a shocking event in generally peaceful Nairobi. A week later across the continent, the midnight killing of dozens of students at a college in Nigeria was equally shocking, but less surprising. There, the government is at war with the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. Rising militancy in Nigeria and Somalia, as well as Mali, Libya, and several other African countries, has killed thousands in terrorist attacks and civil wars. And for the most part, it is...
(Voice of America 10/01/13)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Both the African Union and the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) have held countless meetings and conferences on increasing intra-Africa trade. Efforts so far, however, have not translated into results. How intra-Africa trade can be improved is one of the most discussed topics at the AU and UNECA. African countries do only 11 percent of their foreign trade with other countries on the continent. In comparison, Asian countries do 50 percent of their trade with each other, while European Union countries do 70 percent. UNECA Regional Integration and Trade Division Director Stephen Karingi said several conferences during the past decades were needed to find common positions. “They have had to come up with common positions...
(Voice of America 10/01/13)
WASHINGTON — The number of hungry people in the world is down slightly, but not enough to meet development goals, according to a new United Nations report. The report, written by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said one in eight people worldwide, or 842 million, suffers from chronic hunger. That figure is a decrease from last year’s estimate of 868 million, and down 17 percent from the early 1990s, but it is not low enough to reach the goal world leaders set of reducing the proportion of hungry people in developing nations by half by 2015. “This goal is close and has been reached in many countries,” said FAO statistician and study author Piero Conforti. The target for...
(UN.org 09/28/13)
As the United Nations General Assembly continues its annual high-level segment, a host of African leaders stressed today that while the continent’s progress is beyond doubt, consolidating social and economic gains requires international, regional and local approaches that better protect African livelihoods and ensure that agreed development targets can be achieved. In his address, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania said that is vital to complete the “unfinished business” of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) so that Governments can make informed decisions about the shape of the post-2015 agenda. The theme of this year’s General Debate, “Setting the Stage” afforded an opportunity to closely examine the successes and gaps in MDG implementation. One crucial element going forward will be to...
(Voice of America 09/27/13)
UNITED NATIONS — World leaders meeting at the United Nations have been calling for a coordinated response to terrorist attacks in Africa following the deaths of at least 67 people in an attack by Somali militants in Kenya. The attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall put African terrorism back into the world spotlight. U.S. President Barack Obama said he is working with African leaders to dismantle terror networks while Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the fight must be united. "We maintain that terror anywhere in the world is terror on all of us. And, we call on global leaders to come together and fight terror," said Jonathan. Nigeria is currently engaged in a fight with terrorists from a group called Boko...
(Ghana Business News 09/27/13)
Mr. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, has challenged governments in Africa to wisely manage revenues that come from the continent’s natural resources. In managing these resource rents, he urged African “leaders to invest more upfront to relieve the pressing human needs that constrain Africa’s development.” Mr. Annan was speaking at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) on September 26, 2013 to mark the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year in Geneva. The lecture was as well to celebrate the move of the Graduate Institute to its new campus, ‘Maison de la Paix’. Speaking on the theme “Is Africa’s mining boom helping or harming its people?” Kofi Annan bemoaned the...
(Times of Zambia 09/26/13)
President Michael Sata has said Africa needs a permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Delivering his keynote address to the 68th session of UN Heads of State annual general debate on Tuesday night, Mr Sata said it was Zambia’s and Africa’s desire for the continent to have a permanent seat on the Security Council. He said negotiations for Africa to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council organ were long overdue and reiterated the need to conclude them as defined by the Ezulwini Consesus. Mr Sata said the efficacy of the Security Council should be manifested in its adaptation to the prevailing global realities of international peace and security and the legitimacy realised through an all-inclusive...
(Voice of America 09/26/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Experts say Africa's economy is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2013, and exceed five percent growth in 2014. Statistics compiled by the African Development Bank, the U.N. Development Population and the OECD Development Center indicate Libya will be the fastest growing African country, followed by Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. The African Economic Outlook report of the African Development Bank and its partners projects that Africa’s gross domestic product -- the measure of goods and services produced -- will grow by 5.3 percent in 2014. Central and West Africa are the fastest growing regions, mainly because of their commodities. GDP Growth in AfricaGDP Growth in Africa Anthony Simpasa of the African Development Bank said the...
(BBC News Africa 09/26/13)
Nelson Mandela is continuing to respond to treatment at his home in Houghton, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. The former South African president, 95, returned home at the start of September after almost three months in hospital. In his statement, President Zuma thanked the global community for their support but did not go into detail about Mr Mandela's condition. Previous statements have often said he is "critical but stable". Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital in Pretoria in June with a recurring lung condition. Family members have spoken of their happiness at having Mr Mandela home again. "Our revered former president continues to respond to treatment at his home," said President Zuma on Wednesday. "His family and our...
(Voice of America 09/25/13)
The U.S. military has moved its fleet of drones from a key Horn of Africa air base to a more remote location. A Pentagon official tells VOA that the unmanned aircraft have been moved from Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. base in Djibouti, to another location in the country. The official says the new location alleviates traffic issues that resulted from having drones share the same runway with regular base traffic and commercial air traffic. Camp Lemonnier is located at the Djibouti international airport. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the relocation took place after a string of crashes raised fears in Djibouti about the risk of collisions between drones and passenger planes. The newspaper says local officials had expressed concern...
(CNN 09/23/13)
(CNN) -- Africa is in the middle of an amazing demographic shift. Our continent is the only one where the size of the younger generation is rising significantly. Our population is already 16 years younger than in China, and this is only the beginning. Within less than three generations, four out of ten of the world's youth will live on our continent. This demographic dividend -- and the energy and enthusiasm it brings -- offers us a unique advantage which other continents facing the prospect of a rapidly aging population and dwindling workforce can only envy. In a world changing with breakneck speed, it is young people who are best equipped to identify and deliver fresh solutions to our problems...
(Voice of America 09/21/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — Can the United States take a trade law that’s helping to increase African exports, and make it better? That’s what African and American politicians, economists and policy makers are discussing as they consider the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. The legislation, which expires in two years, drops duties and tariffs on thousands of products from the continent. Supporters say it’s generated hundreds of billions of dollars in trade and investment opportunities. Most African development specialists and policy makers would like to see AGOA extended, at least for another ten years. Some would like to add other low income countries outside Africa or include a wider range of products. A new study by...
(BBC News Africa 09/20/13)
The African Union has called a special summit to discuss a mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in protest at the trial of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto. A letter sent to the ICC signed by African leaders says Mr Ruto's presence in The Hague will disadvantage Kenya. The AU has previously accused the ICC of "hunting" African leaders and ignoring atrocities elsewhere. The ICC says it is standing up for victims of crimes wherever they are. The extraordinary summit will be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 October. Days before the start of Mr Ruto's trial this month, Kenya's parliament voted to leave the ICC. This decision will not affect the trial of Mr...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/13)
DAKAR | Fri Sep 20, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions. The push coincides with Hezbollah's deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar al-Assad. It also comes in the wake of attacks outside Lebanon linked to Hezbollah that Western experts say are part of global campaign that could soon include Africa. Critics, however, argue that Washington and its allies may be exaggerating the threat and failing to distinguish between different forms of support for various elements of...
(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 Week. The lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, according to supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman, who this month launched a campaign to raise awareness of racism in the industry...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/13)
ADDIS ABABA | Thu Sep 19, 2013 (Reuters) - African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya's planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday. So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal. Last week's start of the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for crimes against humanity - with President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial due in November - has fuelled a...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/13)
NADOR, September 19, 2013 (AFP) - In a forest overlooking the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Diamani nurses fresh wounds from his latest desperate bid, along with hundreds of other African migrants, to scale the heavily guarded border fence. He describes being attacked by Moroccan security forces, who he says fired rubber bullets and hurled rocks. "I managed to get past them, but then cut my leg as I was climbing over the fence," adds the 27-year-old from Gao in northern Mali, showing a bloody gash on his bandaged left leg. Sheltering in the Gourougou forest in northern Morocco, hundreds of fortune seekers like him get ready for the night, the lights of Melilla tantalisingly visible below, less than two kilometres...
(The Wall Street Journal 09/18/13)
When residents sang and danced in this town's dusty streets in August to celebrate the self-declared birth of their new nation, Zambia's police pounced. On Tuesday, 59 people arrested in the sweep appeared at a court in Mongu, located on the marshy banks of the Zambezi River, charged with treason. Many were picked up in the past few weeks for their alleged involvement in a ceremony to select a new regional administrator who would organize elections for a newly independent government. It was the latest sign of separatism taking hold in Africa—both peacefully and violently. Some of the jailed activists now call themselves citizens of Barotseland, a kingdom that before Zambia's independence in 1964 was a British protectorate. When the...
( 09/18/13)
(IRIN) - This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development. While this was Barack Obama's first extended tour of Africa since taking office (he made a one-day stop in 2009 in Ghana), Chinese leaders have been visiting the continent regularly for decades, quietly working on joint development, trade, foreign direct investment and assistance projects. "China is the largest developing country in the world, and Africa is the continent with the largest number of developing countries," Jiang Zemin, then-president of China, said in his opening remarks at the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)...
(The Guardian 09/17/13)
Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative will compare existing approaches as part of drive to tackle urban conflict. Urban violence in 40 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America will be investigated as part of an ambitious Canadian-British funded research project. The initiative will seek to understand the complex causes of urban violence and find practical solutions. The $11m (£6.7m) Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Britain's Department for International Development (DfID), will provide 15 research teams with grants of up to $500,000 each. "Top experts from around the world will analyse the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies and identify successful concrete examples," said John de Boer, a programme leader at...

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