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(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
More than 7,500 people have now died from the Ebola virus, as the number of cases climbs towards 20,000, the World Health Organization said Monday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 20, 19,340 people had been infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that 7,518 of them had died. The death toll in other countries remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths. - Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone, which has overtaken Liberia as the...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram. Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on December 14, in a chillingly similar event to the April abduction in Chibok of more than 200 school girls. "If there is a problem in one country, if we don't put out the fire it will spread to the other countries," Conde told TV5 Monde television in a Sunday interview. "We hope that we will become aware of this and put an end to the danger of Boko Haram. "Today it spreads to Cameroon,...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies left healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola underfunded and lacking doctors, and hampered a coordinated response to the outbreak, researchers said Monday. Links between the IMF and the rapid spread of the disease were examined by researchers from Cambridge University's sociology department, with colleagues from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They found IMF programmes held back the development of effective health systems in Guinea, Liberia...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.
(The Guardian 12/22/14)
Global Witness not obliged to surrender personal information gathered during investigation into Simandou mine. An attempt to use data protection regulations to force a campaign group to hand over personal information relating to a billion-dollar mining deal has been defeated. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled that Global Witness does not need to surrender material gathered in the course of its investigation into the Simandou ore mines in Guinea, west Africa. The decision is believed to be the first...
(Vision Guinée 12/22/14)
Les élèves et étudiants reprendront bientôt le chemin de l’école. En raison d’Ebola, la rentrée des classes initialement prévue le 3 octobre 2014 a été retardée. Le chef de l’Etat a assuré dans un entretien à la chaîne TV5 Monde et à RFI que les classes seront rouvertes début janvier. elevesLe retard accusé dans l’ouverture des classe est une mesure de préoccupation, a déclaré Alpha Condé, au micro de nos confrères, reconnaissant au début, ‘’on n’a pas tout à fait...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(AFP (eng) 12/20/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Guinean capital Conakry on Saturday on the last day of his tour of west African countries hit by the world's worst outbreak of Ebola. The UN chief was greeted at the airport by Guinea's foreign and health ministers Francois Louceny Fall and Remy Lamah. Several officials involved in the drive to end the epidemic in Guinea were also on hand at the airport. Ban, who did not speak to reporters, was to...
(Caj News Africa 12/20/14)
Lagos — The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)has restated its commitment to addressing the continent's infrastructure challenges. This follows the leading investment grade rated multilateral development finance institution, announced the close of a US$ 300 million dual tranche club facility arranged by a number of initial mandated lead arrangers. Among these are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Deutsche Bank AG, FirstRand Bank Limited, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Chartered Bank. The completion of the fund raising was simultaneously announced in Lagos and the United Kingdom.
(PANA 12/20/14)
Africa’s food safety - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review progress made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) African region said in a dispatch to PANA here Thursday that participants at the workshop, including African Union (AU) policy makers, noted that food-borne diseases impacted negatively on the continent’s economy. “Codex Alimentarius is about safe, good food for everyone – everywhere.
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic. Ban, who flew in from Ghana, where the UN Ebola mission is headquartered, was welcomed on arrival in Monrovia by Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai will full military honours. Ban will also travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali, where the UN is leading the response to the health...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its...
(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Vale SA lost a bid to dismiss Rio Tinto Plc (RIO)’s suit alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and his BSG Resources Ltd. to steal rights to the world’s biggest untapped iron-ore deposit by bribing officials in Guinea. Rio Tinto accused Vale of passing confidential information it obtained during discussions the two companies had about Vale buying a stake in the Guinea property to Steinmetz and BSGR. Steinmetz, BSGR and Vale used that information to advance their own...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday. Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said. The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has left more than 6,800...
(AL Jazeera 12/17/14)
Almost 200 Ethiopian health workers have arrived in West Africa to bolster the response to Ebola, a disease that has ravaged weak health care systems and killed more than 300 medical staff. The African Union (AU) said in a tweet that the Ethiopian government sent a total of 187 personnel to the region without giving a breakdown of how many would go to which countries. The campaign, getting to zero before Christmas, continues. We are still having between five to...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 12/17/14)
Security – France's Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said here Monday that he was pleased by the commitment of African countries to fight insecurity on the continent and he reaffirmed his country’s readiness to accompany them in that war. 'Today, the first actors of insecurity in Africa are African States, the African armies and African organizations. In all African crises, it is the voice of the African Union which is heard. In all peacekeeping operations deployed in Africa, I realize that it is African contingents who do most of the job,' he said.
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
Guinea's capital Conakry has followed Sierra Leone's example in banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations to combat the spread of the Ebola virus. Only about 10 percent of Guinea's predominantly Muslim population is Christian. But like elsewhere in Africa most people join in year-end celebrations, whatever their beliefs. "Large-scale gatherings in public places are suspended for the moment," Conakry governor Soriba Sorel Camara announced in a statement. "Beaches will remain closed" and firecrackers and fireworks are also banned, he...

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(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
More than 7,500 people have now died from the Ebola virus, as the number of cases climbs towards 20,000, the World Health Organization said Monday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 20, 19,340 people had been infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that 7,518 of them had died. The death toll in other countries remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths. - Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone, which has overtaken Liberia as the...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose. "There's a tendency that missions go on because of continuing political instability and conflict. Ebola is a very urgent and unprecedented epidemic, therefore we cannot take too long in eliminating it," he told Reuters. "That is why I am sending...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.
(Vision Guinée 12/22/14)
Les élèves et étudiants reprendront bientôt le chemin de l’école. En raison d’Ebola, la rentrée des classes initialement prévue le 3 octobre 2014 a été retardée. Le chef de l’Etat a assuré dans un entretien à la chaîne TV5 Monde et à RFI que les classes seront rouvertes début janvier. elevesLe retard accusé dans l’ouverture des classe est une mesure de préoccupation, a déclaré Alpha Condé, au micro de nos confrères, reconnaissant au début, ‘’on n’a pas tout à fait...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Guinean capital Conakry on Saturday on the last day of his tour of west African countries hit by the world's worst outbreak of Ebola. The UN chief was greeted at the airport by Guinea's foreign and health ministers Francois Louceny Fall and Remy Lamah. Several officials involved in the drive to end the epidemic in Guinea were also on hand at the airport. Ban, who did not speak to reporters, was to...
(PANA 12/20/14)
Africa’s food safety - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review progress made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) African region said in a dispatch to PANA here Thursday that participants at the workshop, including African Union (AU) policy makers, noted that food-borne diseases impacted negatively on the continent’s economy. “Codex Alimentarius is about safe, good food for everyone – everywhere.
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic. Ban, who flew in from Ghana, where the UN Ebola mission is headquartered, was welcomed on arrival in Monrovia by Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai will full military honours. Ban will also travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali, where the UN is leading the response to the health...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday. Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said. The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has left more than 6,800...
(AL Jazeera 12/17/14)
Almost 200 Ethiopian health workers have arrived in West Africa to bolster the response to Ebola, a disease that has ravaged weak health care systems and killed more than 300 medical staff. The African Union (AU) said in a tweet that the Ethiopian government sent a total of 187 personnel to the region without giving a breakdown of how many would go to which countries. The campaign, getting to zero before Christmas, continues. We are still having between five to...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 13, there had been 18,464 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,841 people had died. WHO did not provide an update of cases in other countries, but last week said the death toll remained the same: six in Mali,...
(AL Jazeera 12/16/14)
A UN commission has asked for more debt cancellations for the three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola virus. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa said on Monday that it was crucial the current Ebola health crisis would not become a catalyst for financial distress in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Carlos Lopez, a UN under secretary-general and the executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, appealed in Ethiopia on Monday for loan relief.
(The New York Times 12/16/14)
Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs mostly within families, in hospitals and at funerals, not randomly like the flu, Yale scientists said Tuesday, and far fewer cases go unreported than has previously been estimated. That implies, they said, that the epidemic is unlikely to reach the gloomy scenarios of hundreds of thousands of cases that studies released in September had forecast were possible; the most pessimistic one, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had predicted up to 1.4...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(AL Jazeera 12/15/14)
WHO official in Cuba blames sanctions for problems in transferring money to doctors fighting the disease in Africa. Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the US embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organisation, according to an official at the UN agency. Jose Luis Di Fabio, the health agency's representative for Cuba, told the Associated Press news agency on Friday it had to request special licences from...
(Ips News 12/15/14)
Lima — Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping into its plentiful renewable resources - hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. "There is a revolution...
(PANA 12/13/14)
The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. This, the UN health agency says, is according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47 percent worldwide and by 54 percent in the WHO African Region - where about 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.
(The Associated Press 12/12/14)
The U.N. Ebola chief said Thursday it will take several more months before the outbreak in West Africa is under control, an assessment that makes clear the U.N.'s goal of isolating 100 percent of Ebola cases by Jan. 1 won't be met. Dr. David Nabarro said there has been "a massive shift" over the last four months in the way affected governments have taken the lead in responding to the epidemic, communities are taking action and the international community has...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/14)
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has granted $35 million to fight Ebola in an effort to slow a death toll which has reached nearly 6,400, the Islamic Development Bank said Thursday. The grant will provide schools in West Africa with heat sensors and medical equipment to help prevent and treat the illness, Ahmed Mohamed Ali, president of the Jeddah-based IDB, said in a statement. Similar equipment will be provided at airports and other terminals, said the IDB, which will implement the...

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(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies left healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola underfunded and lacking doctors, and hampered a coordinated response to the outbreak, researchers said Monday. Links between the IMF and the rapid spread of the disease were examined by researchers from Cambridge University's sociology department, with colleagues from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They found IMF programmes held back the development of effective health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries at the epicentre of the outbreak that has killed over 7,370 people. Reforms advocated by the IMF hampered the ability of the health systems to cope with infectious disease...
(The Guardian 12/22/14)
Global Witness not obliged to surrender personal information gathered during investigation into Simandou mine. An attempt to use data protection regulations to force a campaign group to hand over personal information relating to a billion-dollar mining deal has been defeated. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled that Global Witness does not need to surrender material gathered in the course of its investigation into the Simandou ore mines in Guinea, west Africa. The decision is believed to be the first in which legal protection available to media organisations has been extended to others carrying out journalistic work and sets a significant precedent. Lawyers for four people connected to the mining conglomerate BSG Resources (BSGR) launched the highly unusual legal action...
(Caj News Africa 12/20/14)
Lagos — The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)has restated its commitment to addressing the continent's infrastructure challenges. This follows the leading investment grade rated multilateral development finance institution, announced the close of a US$ 300 million dual tranche club facility arranged by a number of initial mandated lead arrangers. Among these are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Deutsche Bank AG, FirstRand Bank Limited, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Chartered Bank. The completion of the fund raising was simultaneously announced in Lagos and the United Kingdom.
(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Vale SA lost a bid to dismiss Rio Tinto Plc (RIO)’s suit alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and his BSG Resources Ltd. to steal rights to the world’s biggest untapped iron-ore deposit by bribing officials in Guinea. Rio Tinto accused Vale of passing confidential information it obtained during discussions the two companies had about Vale buying a stake in the Guinea property to Steinmetz and BSGR. Steinmetz, BSGR and Vale used that information to advance their own...
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
Guinea's capital Conakry has followed Sierra Leone's example in banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations to combat the spread of the Ebola virus. Only about 10 percent of Guinea's predominantly Muslim population is Christian. But like elsewhere in Africa most people join in year-end celebrations, whatever their beliefs. "Large-scale gatherings in public places are suspended for the moment," Conakry governor Soriba Sorel Camara announced in a statement. "Beaches will remain closed" and firecrackers and fireworks are also banned, he...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/08/14)
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focussing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home. Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major...
(PANA 12/06/14)
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday decried lack of funding as the main crisis facing the implementation of Africa's development plans. Dlamini Zuma said Africa's grand visions like the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the upcoming Vision 2063, have failed to make substantial headway due to the lack of local financing sources. Speaking during a grand lecture in honour of Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the AU, Zuma said finding a way out of the financing crisis was critical for Africa.
(PANA 12/03/14)
Conakry, Guinea - The president of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, is expected on Wednesday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, for a working visit, the international financial institution said in a statement on Monday. Dr. Jim will be in the West African country to reaffirm 'support and solidarity' of the World Bank Group to the Guinean population and government in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. During his stay, the head of the World Bank will...
(Bloomberg 12/03/14)
Militant insurgencies across West Africa are weighing on Nestle SA (NESN)’s business in the region, adding to the pressures of currency depreciation, high inflation and the Ebola outbreak, the food maker’s regional head said. Islamist rebellions in some countries are undermining consumer confidence, Nandu Nandkishore, Nestle’s 56-year-old head of Asia, Africa and Oceania, said in a Nov. 28 interview at the Swiss company’s factory in Agbara, southwest Nigeria. Militants linked to Al-Qaeda have stepped up attacks against United Nations’ peacekeepers and French soldiers in northern Mali this year, while Nigeria’s government is struggling to contain a rebellion by Boko Haram, which has killed more than 13,000 since 2009.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/02/14)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is taking a heavy toll on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, all of which face negative or slower growth next year because of the virus, the World Bank said on Tuesday. The bank said growth estimates for the three countries hardest hit by Ebola had tumbled since its previous analysis in October, and that projections showed the outbreak costing them more than $2 billion in lost income over the 2014-2015 period...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/28/14)
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not...
(Bloomberg 11/27/14)
Guinea is preparing a tender offer for mining rights to Simandou, the world’s biggest untapped iron-ore deposit, that were stripped from billionaire Beny Steinmetz’sBSG Resources Ltd. and Vale SA (VALE5) in April. The country’s mining minister is in Paris preparing the tender with lawyers, President Alpha Conde told reporters yesterday in Conakry, the capital. He didn’t give any details on the timing of the process. BSGR and Vale, the world’s biggest iron ore exporter, had planned a $10 billion operation...
(Bloomberg 11/27/14)
SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) will combine bottling operations for non-alcoholic beverages in southern and eastern Africa, forming the continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and allowing the world’s second-biggest brewer to expand in soft drinks. SABMiller will hold 57 percent of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, with Coca-Cola holding 11.3 percent and Gutsche Family Investments owning the rest, the London-based maker of Grolsch and Peroni said in a statement today.
(Xinhuanet 11/26/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Tuesday said Africa's creative industries and cultural revival could contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. World Bank Kenya Country Director Diarietou Gaye told a cultural forum in Nairobi that the potential of the sectors is immense but remains largely untapped. "Africa needs to be in tune with the modern world by being more innovative in the way to market its culture by embracing new technologies," Gaye said during the National Stakeholders...
(Caj News Africa 11/24/14)
Nairobi — MTN, the network operator, said it had again topped the Brand Africa 100 list as the Most Admired and Most Valuable African Brand. Valued at over $5,4 billion, MTN is the only African brand valued over a billion dollars. "While it is nice to again be acknowledged as Africa's most valuable brand, it is even nicer to be ranked the most admired African brand. It means that MTN doesn't just have a spot in our customers' pocket book,...
(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/14)
Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea, was stunned. In front of him, Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, had just called for an increase in the country's budget deficit so that it could battle Ebola -- a complete reversal from the Fund's orthodox view that deficits must be closed. "The IMF doesn't say that very often," Lagarde admitted later. "It is good to increase the fiscal deficit when it's a matter of curing the people." Conde,...
(Capitalfm Business 11/19/14)
Nairobi — Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs). The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people. "It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa's...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday. The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates. The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of...

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(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) such as making bidding easier and cheaper and allowing possible joint bids are intended to take the Games to “new regions”, according to Bach, “We will see now,” Bach said. “The next candidature phase is for the...
(The Daily News 11/24/14)
Letlhakeng — With qualification for the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals settled, a familiar picture has emerged being the dominance of the African soccer scene by the West Africans. For a long time West African Football Union (WAFU) teams have proved to be above par when compared to other regions such as Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA), Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) and...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/14)
Ebola-ravaged Guinea joined Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana and DR Congo in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday but defending champions Nigeria crashed out. As qualifying concluded the Nigerians were held to a 2-2 draw by already qualified South Africa on home turf in Uyo to finish out of contention in third in Group A. Congo, 1-0 winners over Sudan, secured the runners-up berth, and their finals ticket. The last spot was grabbed by the Democratic Republic...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/14)
Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola. Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected, though recovered, and a US doctor who returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/14)
Guinea and Sierra Leone will host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations matchday 3 qualifiers in Morocco and Cameroon because of the Ebola epidemic, the organisers said Wednesday. A Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said Guinea would play Ghana on October 11 at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca. Guinea defeated Togo at the same venue this month in a previous Group E home match. Sierra Leone will face Group D leaders Cameroon on October 10 at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
KAMPALA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's national football team, Cranes on Wednesday stopped Guinea 2-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier. South African based professional Geoffrey Massa netted a brace in the Group E match played at the 42,500-seater Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Massa put the home side 1-0 up after 21 minutes when he capitalized on a Godfrey Walusimbi cross to finish at close range. The Guinea team battled back strongly but failed to penetrate the...
(Voice of America 09/05/14)
Nearly 200 experts on Ebola are meeting in Switzerland to discuss possible cures and vaccines for the deadly disease, as the number of cases in West Africa continues to rise. The World Health Organization says the two-day conference in Geneva is to review recent developments in possible treatments for Ebola and identify the most important actions that need to be taken. On Thursday, the gathering’s opening day, the WHO called for drug companies and regulatory agencies to collaborate in speeding...
(CNN 09/05/14)
(CNN) -- Tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine began this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. On Thursday, a third volunteer will receive a dose of the vaccine. The first volunteer, a 39-year-old woman, received a dose Tuesday; the second volunteer, a 27-year-old woman, received her dose Wednesday. Seven more will be given the vaccine next week. The NIH hopes to have 20 volunteers enrolled and...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(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.
(The Associated Press 08/11/14)
LOME, Togo (AP) — Fearful Togo officials have asked the African soccer confederation to move a game out of Ebola-affected Guinea as the outbreak of the deadly disease threatens to badly disrupt the African Cup's final qualifying round. Games involving Sierra Leone are already under scrutiny after that country said it would not host any soccer matches until further notice because of Ebola. The Togo soccer federation's request refers to its first game of the final group stage in Guinea...
(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...

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(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group,...
(BBC News Africa 12/09/14)
William Pooley, the British nurse who survived Ebola, has described the Band Aid 30 single as "cringeworthy" and "a bit much". He said he heard the first half of the song on his way into work in Sierra Leone where he is treating Ebola sufferers at an isolation unit. Mr Pooley noted the track was "definitely being talked about here among my colleagues". "It's Africa, not another planet," Mr Pooley told the Radio Times magazine. "Stuff about Do They Know It's Christmas? It's just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. "That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There's a lyric about 'death in every tear,' it's just a bit much." Emeli Sande, who...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/14)
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure on Monday announced a 30th anniversary version of their Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to raise money to fight Ebola. Artists including One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin are among those lined up to appear on the fourth incarnation of the song, which became one of the world's biggest-selling singles ever after its release in 1984 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. "This is a particularly pernicious illness because...
(AFP (eng) 10/29/14)
Straining to hear the radio held to his ear, Wesley Wudea gestures for his grandchildren to be silent as he picks up rare tips on Ebola prevention in his own language. In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca. "They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(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...
( 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...
(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...
(The Guardian 12/22/14)
Global Witness not obliged to surrender personal information gathered during investigation into Simandou mine. An attempt to use data protection regulations to force a campaign group to hand over personal information relating to a billion-dollar mining deal has been defeated. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled that Global Witness does not need to surrender material gathered in the course of its investigation into the Simandou ore mines in Guinea, west Africa. The decision is believed to be the first in which legal protection available to media organisations has been extended to others carrying out journalistic work and sets a significant precedent. Lawyers for four people connected to the mining conglomerate BSG Resources (BSGR) launched...
(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Vale SA lost a bid to dismiss Rio Tinto Plc (RIO)’s suit alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and his BSG Resources Ltd. to steal rights to the world’s biggest untapped iron-ore deposit by bribing officials in Guinea. Rio Tinto accused Vale of passing confidential information it obtained during discussions the two companies had about Vale buying a stake in the Guinea property to Steinmetz and BSGR. Steinmetz, BSGR and Vale used that information to advance their own bid for the mining rights, Rio Tinto said in a complaint filed last year in federal court in New York. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan today rejected Vale’s argument that the suit should have been brought in the...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(The New York Times 12/16/14)
Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs mostly within families, in hospitals and at funerals, not randomly like the flu, Yale scientists said Tuesday, and far fewer cases go unreported than has previously been estimated. That implies, they said, that the epidemic is unlikely to reach the gloomy scenarios of hundreds of thousands of cases that studies released in September had forecast were possible; the most pessimistic one, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had predicted up to 1.4...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(AL Jazeera 12/15/14)
WHO official in Cuba blames sanctions for problems in transferring money to doctors fighting the disease in Africa. Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the US embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organisation, according to an official at the UN agency. Jose Luis Di Fabio, the health agency's representative for Cuba, told the Associated Press news agency on Friday it had to request special licences from...
(CNN 12/11/14)
(CNN) -- Foday Gallah saw the sick child was distressed and felt he had to do something. So he picked the kid up to comfort him. And with that act of kindness, the 37-year-old ambulance supervisor in Monrovia, Liberia, contracted Ebola himself. "Of course, he got vomit all over him and that's how he got Ebola," said photographer Jackie Nickerson, who shot Gallah's image for Time's "Person of the Year" magazine cover, which honors those on the front line of...
(BBC News Africa 12/10/14)
The Ebola virus that has killed thousands in West Africa is still "running ahead" of efforts to contain it, the head of the World Health Organization has said. Director general Margaret Chan said the situation had improved in some parts of the worst-affected countries, but she warned against complacency. The risk to the world "is always there" while the outbreak continues, she said. She said the WHO and the international community failed to act quickly enough. The death toll in...
(Bloomberg 12/09/14)
The spread of Ebola in West Africa probably exacerbated the effects of malaria in the region, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 6.6 million cases of malaria and 20,000 deaths from the disease affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013, the Geneva-based WHO said in a report today. This year, as most clinics that aren’t treating Ebola patients remain closed and people fear contracting the disease at health facilities in general, malaria cases aren’t being treated and...
(BBC News Africa 12/09/14)
William Pooley, the British nurse who survived Ebola, has described the Band Aid 30 single as "cringeworthy" and "a bit much". He said he heard the first half of the song on his way into work in Sierra Leone where he is treating Ebola sufferers at an isolation unit. Mr Pooley noted the track was "definitely being talked about here among my colleagues". "It's Africa, not another planet," Mr Pooley told the Radio Times magazine. "Stuff about Do They Know...
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports there has been a dramatic fall in the number of malaria deaths since 2000 and the number of cases is also steadily going down. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso says the number of people infected fell...
(PANA 12/06/14)
The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) has announced a grant of US$1.5 million in support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) recently launched Regional Response Programmes to tackle food security and agriculture issues related to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. According to a statement from the Rome-based UN organisation made available to PANA in Lagos on Tuesday, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, will each receive $500,000 to...
(Ria Novosti 12/04/14)
The World Health Organization has declared that a total 17,145 confirmed, probable, and suspected Ebola cases have been detected in West Africa. The number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus has exceeded 17,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday. "A total of 17,145 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America) and three previously affected countries (Nigeria,...
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
A campaign group has urged the rapid reopening of schools in three Ebola-hit West African states as some 5m children are being denied education. Education had become "one of the first casualties of the crisis" in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it added. The "most marginalised" would bear the brunt of the crisis for generations to come if "safe schools" were not reopened, the group said. Ebola was declared a health emergency after it was identified in March. Sierra Leone...
(Bloomberg 12/04/14)
From his office in the Ghanaian coastal city of Tema, Mark Owiredu has an up-close view of how Ebola is ravaging the economies of poorer African nations to the west. Since the outbreak of the disease was identified nine months ago, Owiredu, the general manager for manufacturing of Ernest Chemists Ltd., has seen orders worth as much as $880,000 annually from Sierra Leone and Liberia all but evaporate. With flights into the worst-affected countries canceled, Ernest, whose products include cough medicines and painkillers, is now looking to larger markets such as Nigeria to fill the gap.
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
The deputy chairman of the African Union Commission says more than 200 medical professionals will be deployed Thursday to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak. Erastus Mwencha says the AU is committed to sending at least 1,000 trained health workers by the end of the year to help in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The group of 200 workers will join an earlier contingent of 100 that was deployed equally in the three affected countries, according to...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned. The publication by the Montpellier Panel said the problem needed to be given a higher priority by aid donors. It added that soil degradation was also hampering economic development, costing the continent's farmers billions of dollars in lost income. The study has been published ahead of the 2015 international year of soils. The Montpellier Panel -...
(CNN 12/03/14)
(CNN) -- There are 16,911 cases of Ebola worldwide and despite missing its own target on burials, the World Health Organization is confident it can still catch up with the virus, even on such a large scale. Only Liberia and Guinea met a WHO target set for December 1 to safely bury 70% of the people who die from Ebola. In Sierra Leone that target was not met, because the western part of the country is "currently dealing with real...
(BBC News Africa 12/03/14)
US President Barack Obama has renewed calls for Congress to approve $6bn (£3.8bn) in emergency aid to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The president made the plea on a visit to the National Institutes of Health, where he congratulated scientists on work towards a vaccine. The WHO says 6,055 people have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has again strongly criticised the international response. It described it as patchy...

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