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Friday 27 March 2015

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(Voice of America 03/26/15)
Ebola appears to do its damage worse in young children than it does in adults, killing 90 percent of children under the age of one who become infected, a new study has found. The joint study by the World Health Organization and Imperial College London found that, although infection rates are lower in children than adults, babies and toddlers who get the disease have a far slimmer chance of survival. The virus, which causes haemorrhagic fever and induces internal and external bleeding, is killing 90 percent of infants in the current outbreak and around 80 percent of children ages between one to four years, the scientists found.
(Xinhuanet 03/25/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- African nations on Tuesday were urged to strengthen their national regulatory infrastructures for the nuclear energy to benefit the continent and its people. The call came at the time when a number of African countries are embarking into harnessing uranium energy to promote nuclear technologies for peaceful use.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/25/15)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently,...
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
CONAKRY— March 23 marks one year since the World Health Organization declared an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. More than a year after the first Ebola case was discovered in southeastern Guinea’s forest region, the number of new reported cases continues to increase. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there have now been more than 3,400 cases in Guinea since the outbreak began, and nearly 25,000 overall in West Africa. The WHO says the week ending March 15 saw 95 new cases in Guinea, the highest weekly number since the end of last year. "
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
GENEVA— On the first anniversary of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, a leading medical group is decrying the missed opportunities for preventing this deadly disease from spinning out of control in West Africa. In a bit of soul searching, Doctors Without Borders has issued a critical analysis of the global response to this crisis. The report spares no one. Everyone comes in for criticism, including the authors of the study. The report by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, is based on interviews with staff involved in the organization’s Ebola intervention.
(This Day Live 03/24/15)
In view of the Saturday presidential election in Nigeria, Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States and Ghanaian President, John Draman Mahama, on Monday called for free, fair and credible election. Mahama made the call, when he met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. According to the Ghanaian president, ECOWAS was interested in the conduct of a peaceful and credible election in the country. “I am...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
MURANG'A, Kenya, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Seated round the table and with chopsticks in their hands, Kenyan students living in suburb slums chatted animatedly while enjoying breakfast before Chinese class. The students are from the Mathare slums in Nairobi, and like many other poor kids living in slums of the capital Nairobi, they had to struggle for a chance of education. "But that was before the Chinese came," said Sharon Mwangi, a pioneer student at Beijing MCEDO School and will...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
KASANE, Botswana, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese official has said that China will make more efforts on the fields of management, law enforcement, education and capacity building to help African countries battle elephant poaching. Meng Xianlin, executive director-general of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Import and Export Management Office of China, made the remarks Monday after the African Elephant Summit in Kasane, Northern Botswana. China has also strengthened law enforcement, Meng said after the meeting, adding that...
(BBC News Africa 03/23/15)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission has told the BBC. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting “arrogantly”. A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says a “global coalition of inaction” led to tragic consequences. Looking back over the year, the charity...
(Xinhuanet 03/23/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- With the Ebola epidemic still haunting West Africa, China has delivered four rounds of humanitarian aid with a combined value of more than 120 million U. S. dollars and sent hundreds of medical workers to the "frontline" since the breakout in April 2014. Here are key dates in China's anti-Ebola aid in Africa since the breakout in 2014: In May, China sent the first batch of relief goods, mostly for disease prevention, control and treatment, to...
(Independent Online 03/23/15)
Direct marketing retailer HomeChoice seems to be making headway with growing business in Africa with plans to open its Pan-African office in Mauritius this year. The group which sells homeware merchandise, personal electronics and loan products, said on Friday that it planned to offer innovative retail and financial services products to the growing African middle class. “Expansion into the rest of Africa presents a major growth opportunity for the business in the medium to long term. “A solid platform for...
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization is vigorously denying accusations that it delayed declaring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa an international public health emergency for political reasons. An article by the Associated Press said secretly obtained e-mails of internal documents indicated the WHO was afraid that declaring a global emergency could set off alarm bells, which could hurt countries’ economies or interfere with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. WHO's spokeswoman on Ebola, Margaret Harris, told VOA that the assertion was categorically untrue. “There was no secrecy.
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization is calling for the urgent scale-up of mass vaccinations against preventable killer diseases in West Africa’s Ebola-affected countries, now that the deadly disease is on the decline. Many illnesses, including child-killing, vaccine-preventable diseases, have been neglected In West Africa’s Ebola-affected countries. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have diverted most of their resources and efforts toward containing the deadly Ebola virus over the past year. Today's WHO announcement came just as officials in Liberia reported the...
(The Independent 03/21/15)
For all the reports of war and famine, Africa is booming. Jim Armitage speaks to some of its CEOs at their annual get-together in Geneva. It’s easy to fall into the age-old narrative that Africa is a land hidebound by corruption. But, at the annual Africa CEO Forum in Geneva this week, corporate leaders were pushing a very different theme. In fact, the C-word was one that few delegates wanted to talk about, preferring instead to discuss the same kinds...
(Bloomberg 03/21/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation. The U.K.-based bank is financing buyers of rough stones in Botswana and South Africa, the people said, asking not to be identified as the move hasn’t been made public. Barclays customers include buyers of gems from the Botswana government, the biggest producing country, two of the people said. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony...
(BBC News Africa 03/20/15)
A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola. Designed by technology volunteers and Google, it can be used even wearing gloves and in storms and high humidity. Medecins Sans Frontieres put out a call for an Ebola-proof tablet to help teams record vital patient information. At the height of the current outbreak, medics were shouting patient notes across fences to avoid contamination. High-risk zones Ebola is passed on through close contact with infected bodily fluids.
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
YAOUNDE— The United Nations is calling on African countries affected by terrorism to draw up legislation to facilitate hot pursuit. Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of United Nations counterterrorism committee, said terrorism suspects are escaping because police are not permitted to cross national boundaries without a warrant. "Of-course there is more to be done not only by the international community but also at the regional level in terms of police cooperation which is already well done among the countries of central...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/19/15)
UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa exacerbated violence against women and rolled back access to reproductive healthcare in the region, ministers from Guinea and Liberia said on Wednesday. In Guinea, data indicates a 4.5 percent increase in cases of gender-based violence since before the epidemic including twice as many rapes, Sanaba Kaba, the country's minister of social action, women and children, said on a panel at the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status...
(Xinhuanet 03/19/15)
FREETOWN, March (Xinhua) -- The three Mano River Union countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are meeting in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown to map the way forward for the post Ebola reconstruction programme. The meeting which is being held together with development partners is a follow up of a two day summit of heads of state of the three MRU countries previously held in the Guinean capital of Conakry. Addressing the opening ceremony Monday, Finance Minister of Sierra...

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(Voice of America 03/26/15)
Ebola appears to do its damage worse in young children than it does in adults, killing 90 percent of children under the age of one who become infected, a new study has found. The joint study by the World Health Organization and Imperial College London found that, although infection rates are lower in children than adults, babies and toddlers who get the disease have a far slimmer chance of survival. The virus, which causes haemorrhagic fever and induces internal and external bleeding, is killing 90 percent of infants in the current outbreak and around 80 percent of children ages between one to four years, the scientists found.
(Xinhuanet 03/25/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- African nations on Tuesday were urged to strengthen their national regulatory infrastructures for the nuclear energy to benefit the continent and its people. The call came at the time when a number of African countries are embarking into harnessing uranium energy to promote nuclear technologies for peaceful use.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/25/15)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently,...
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
CONAKRY— March 23 marks one year since the World Health Organization declared an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. More than a year after the first Ebola case was discovered in southeastern Guinea’s forest region, the number of new reported cases continues to increase. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there have now been more than 3,400 cases in Guinea since the outbreak began, and nearly 25,000 overall in West Africa. The WHO says the week ending March 15 saw 95 new cases in Guinea, the highest weekly number since the end of last year. "
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
GENEVA— On the first anniversary of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, a leading medical group is decrying the missed opportunities for preventing this deadly disease from spinning out of control in West Africa. In a bit of soul searching, Doctors Without Borders has issued a critical analysis of the global response to this crisis. The report spares no one. Everyone comes in for criticism, including the authors of the study. The report by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, is based on interviews with staff involved in the organization’s Ebola intervention.
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
MURANG'A, Kenya, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Seated round the table and with chopsticks in their hands, Kenyan students living in suburb slums chatted animatedly while enjoying breakfast before Chinese class. The students are from the Mathare slums in Nairobi, and like many other poor kids living in slums of the capital Nairobi, they had to struggle for a chance of education. "But that was before the Chinese came," said Sharon Mwangi, a pioneer student at Beijing MCEDO School and will...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
KASANE, Botswana, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese official has said that China will make more efforts on the fields of management, law enforcement, education and capacity building to help African countries battle elephant poaching. Meng Xianlin, executive director-general of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Import and Export Management Office of China, made the remarks Monday after the African Elephant Summit in Kasane, Northern Botswana. China has also strengthened law enforcement, Meng said after the meeting, adding that...
(BBC News Africa 03/23/15)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission has told the BBC. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting “arrogantly”. A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says a “global coalition of inaction” led to tragic consequences. Looking back over the year, the charity...
(Xinhuanet 03/23/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- With the Ebola epidemic still haunting West Africa, China has delivered four rounds of humanitarian aid with a combined value of more than 120 million U. S. dollars and sent hundreds of medical workers to the "frontline" since the breakout in April 2014. Here are key dates in China's anti-Ebola aid in Africa since the breakout in 2014: In May, China sent the first batch of relief goods, mostly for disease prevention, control and treatment, to...
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization is vigorously denying accusations that it delayed declaring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa an international public health emergency for political reasons. An article by the Associated Press said secretly obtained e-mails of internal documents indicated the WHO was afraid that declaring a global emergency could set off alarm bells, which could hurt countries’ economies or interfere with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. WHO's spokeswoman on Ebola, Margaret Harris, told VOA that the assertion was categorically untrue. “There was no secrecy.
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization is calling for the urgent scale-up of mass vaccinations against preventable killer diseases in West Africa’s Ebola-affected countries, now that the deadly disease is on the decline. Many illnesses, including child-killing, vaccine-preventable diseases, have been neglected In West Africa’s Ebola-affected countries. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have diverted most of their resources and efforts toward containing the deadly Ebola virus over the past year. Today's WHO announcement came just as officials in Liberia reported the...
(The Independent 03/21/15)
For all the reports of war and famine, Africa is booming. Jim Armitage speaks to some of its CEOs at their annual get-together in Geneva. It’s easy to fall into the age-old narrative that Africa is a land hidebound by corruption. But, at the annual Africa CEO Forum in Geneva this week, corporate leaders were pushing a very different theme. In fact, the C-word was one that few delegates wanted to talk about, preferring instead to discuss the same kinds...
(BBC News Africa 03/20/15)
A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola. Designed by technology volunteers and Google, it can be used even wearing gloves and in storms and high humidity. Medecins Sans Frontieres put out a call for an Ebola-proof tablet to help teams record vital patient information. At the height of the current outbreak, medics were shouting patient notes across fences to avoid contamination. High-risk zones Ebola is passed on through close contact with infected bodily fluids.
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
YAOUNDE— The United Nations is calling on African countries affected by terrorism to draw up legislation to facilitate hot pursuit. Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of United Nations counterterrorism committee, said terrorism suspects are escaping because police are not permitted to cross national boundaries without a warrant. "Of-course there is more to be done not only by the international community but also at the regional level in terms of police cooperation which is already well done among the countries of central...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/19/15)
UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa exacerbated violence against women and rolled back access to reproductive healthcare in the region, ministers from Guinea and Liberia said on Wednesday. In Guinea, data indicates a 4.5 percent increase in cases of gender-based violence since before the epidemic including twice as many rapes, Sanaba Kaba, the country's minister of social action, women and children, said on a panel at the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status...
(Xinhuanet 03/19/15)
FREETOWN, March (Xinhua) -- The three Mano River Union countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are meeting in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown to map the way forward for the post Ebola reconstruction programme. The meeting which is being held together with development partners is a follow up of a two day summit of heads of state of the three MRU countries previously held in the Guinean capital of Conakry. Addressing the opening ceremony Monday, Finance Minister of Sierra...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/19/15)
(Reuters) - The last two members of a group of U.S. healthcare workers whose colleague is being treated for the Ebola virus returned on Wednesday from Sierra Leone to the United States, where they are being monitored for possible exposure to the deadly virus. Their repatriation brought the total number of Americans brought back from the West African nation to 18 since last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday night. "They were part of the...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- James Wilde has climbed the tallest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. Now he’s drilling in Uganda for water to aid refugees fleeing South Sudan’s conflict. Global H20 was founded by Wilde after he caught dysentery from contaminated water on Tibet’s Mount Cho Oyu in 2009. Since then, the charity has won contracts to drill wells and dig latrines for refugee camps accommodating some 80,000 who escaped from South Sudan. A new Angola chapter kicks off operations...
(Voice of America 03/18/15)
MONROVIA, LOFA COUNTY, LIBERIA— When the rate of Ebola infections in Liberia reached zero, the government decided to reopen its borders to its West African neighbors still fighting the disease. Liberia has managed to get its outbreak under control. But many residents, especially those in northern Lofa County, which was devastated by Ebola, are concerned the deadly virus might make a comeback through visitors from neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are not yet Ebola free. In the northern Liberia...

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(Independent Online 03/23/15)
Direct marketing retailer HomeChoice seems to be making headway with growing business in Africa with plans to open its Pan-African office in Mauritius this year. The group which sells homeware merchandise, personal electronics and loan products, said on Friday that it planned to offer innovative retail and financial services products to the growing African middle class. “Expansion into the rest of Africa presents a major growth opportunity for the business in the medium to long term. “A solid platform for expansion across the continent has been created in recent years and HomeChoice currently trades in five countries outside South Africa, contributing 11 percent of retail sales,” the group said. HomeChoice, which listed on the JSE...
(Bloomberg 03/21/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation. The U.K.-based bank is financing buyers of rough stones in Botswana and South Africa, the people said, asking not to be identified as the move hasn’t been made public. Barclays customers include buyers of gems from the Botswana government, the biggest producing country, two of the people said. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins, 53, is expanding in Africa as it shrinks its investment bank amid dwindling profit and a gamut of new capital regulations. The bank wants a top-three revenue position in its five largest African markets –- South Africa, Kenya, Ghana,...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Pioneer Foods Ltd., a South African food and beverage producer, plans acquisitions in at least five more African countries after taking a majority holding in Nigerian competitor Food Concepts Plc. “We’re talking to entrepreneurs for opportunities to expand our investments in the continent” within the next five years, Thushen Govender, the company’s head of international business, said in an interview in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, on Tuesday. “Our focus is on larger economies with a higher population -- for example, Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana.”
(Xinhuanet 03/19/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Megacities across Africa have suffered from the perennial problem of traffic congestion, a by- product of the remarkable economic boom over the past decade. Africa has outperformed many economies in the world in past decade with an average growth of near 5 percent. Despite headwinds, growth is projected to stand at 5.1 percent by 2017, lifted by infrastructure investment, increased agriculture production, and buoyant services. However, the economic boom has led to surging population in megacities...
(Forbes 03/18/15)
“There is always space for you to play, but approach it with diligence,” - Strive Masiyiwa, founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group. According to a research report published by Canadean, total consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in Africa in 2013 was 51,559 million liters (13,473 million gallons). Applying a multiplier to that consumption volume; average price of $1.06 per liter (combination of on and off trade sales values), the value of the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Africa was estimated at $54.6...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/15)
NAIROBI, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network.
(Voice of America 03/14/15)
ABUJA—Few Nigerians are applauding the collapse of oil prices, which has hit the economy of Africa's top crude producer hard and hammered its currency, the naira. But for the currency hawkers hanging around outside Abuja's Sheraton hotel, business has seldom been so good as wealthy Nigerians turn to the black market - sometimes changing up to $200,000 at a time - to dodge increasingly onerous FX regulations. In other African crude producers such as Angola and South Sudan, the sharp...
(Xinhuanet 03/12/15)
NAIROBI, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries have forged strong ties with China in order to acquire technologies and expertise that are crucial to accelerate an agrarian revolution, an African expert has said. Emmanuel Tambi, director of policy and advocacy with the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, noted that Sino-Africa cooperation in agriculture has unleashed mutual benefits. "There are a number of ongoing initiatives between China and Africa to strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture. China is...
(Bloomberg 03/11/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the Department of Commerce, doubled its presence in Africa over the past year to boost trade with some of the world’s fastest growing economies. The agency opened offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania in the past 12 months and is planning its biggest-ever trade mission to sub-Saharan Africa in September, Donald Nay, a regional senior commercial officer, said in an e-mailed response to questions. U.S. companies have faced increasing competition from China in Africa over the past decade as the Asian nation targeted the continent for oil and other mineral resources.
(BBC News Africa 03/10/15)
Over 30 million Africans live in the diaspora. They sent almost $40bn (£26.5bn) home in 2014, a figure that is likely to grow significantly in the coming years. While north African countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Egypt receive the most, east African countries are particularly dependent on remittances. The average per migrant is almost $1,200, representing 5% of GDP on a country-by-country average. Yet the cost of sending this money is high. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reports Africans...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/10/15)
Falling commodity prices, political upheaval and simmering conflict are exposing the differing fortunes of Africa’s economies, undermining the idea that the continent of a billion people is on one collective ascent. Sub-Saharan Africa has achieved annual growth of more than 5 percent over the last decade, and foreign investment has more than quadrupled over the same period, feeding the popular catch phrase that ‘Africa is rising’. However, the regional co-operation, infrastructure development and political reforms needed to diversify economies and...
(Vanguard 03/09/15)
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development ,Dr Akinwumi Adesina , has predicted that Africa’s future millionaires and billionaires will make their money from agriculture as the governments marshal out plans to unlock wealth from the soil. He spoke Friday in Abuja as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) in Abuja. The ATASP-1 is...
(UN.org 03/07/15)
Ahead of International Women's Day, United Nations food relief agencies gathered to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security, urging countries to step up efforts to empower rural women who too often do "backbreaking work" to harvest food. "Women are the backbone of rural societies as they grow and process food and make sure their families are well-fed and well-nourished," said International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo Nwanze in...
(Bloomberg 03/05/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Standard Bank Group Ltd. gained the most in six years in Johannesburg trading after it reported profit boosted by expansion in Africa, lower bad debts and curbs on costs. Standard Bank rose as much as 6.6 percent, the biggest intraday advance since April 2009. Full-year net income climbed to 17.9 billion rand ($1.52 billion) from 16.2 billion rand a year earlier, the bank said in a statement on Thursday.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory,...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- African experts and scholars have acclaimed China's aid to boost the development of the African continent as the West's fantastic theories like "neocolonialism" and "China is exploiting Africa's resources" are floating up. "When the West labels Chinese aid and infrastructural projects in Africa as neocolonial it is a question of sour grapes," Professor Munene Macharia, Lecturer of International Relations with Kenya-based United States International University, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector. African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that all known advances in humanity are based on appropriate investment in science and technology. "The African continent should therefore prioritize the role of science in order to improve its agricultural productivity," Tumusiime said during the...
(The Guardian 02/23/15)
With Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea due to present economic plans, donors do not want to dictate terms despite fears that corruption will undermine recovery. Leaders of the three west African countries worst affected by Ebola will meet donors and partners in March to discuss how to regenerate their economies. The outbreak of the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, combined with a fall in commodity prices, has interrupted a period of growth in economies worn down by decades...

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(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
Guinea Goalkeeper Naby Moussa Yattara has said in plain words that he will not apologise to Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan for injuring him in their quarter-final clash in Malabo last Sunday. The goalkeeper thwarted Gyan’s efforts in the dying minutes of the game, resulting in his eventual sacking, reducing his side to 10 men. To Yattara, apologising to the Black Stars captain suggests his action was deliberate, hence his decision not to apologise. He managed with his sketchy Queens language shortly after his lunch at the team’s hotel – Sofitel Presidential, saying “I won’t apologise. If I apologise, it means it was deliberate. It was not my intention to hurt him; I came out to kick the ball. If I...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
Guinea Goalkeeper Naby Moussa Yattara has said in plain words that he will not apologise to Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan for injuring him in their quarter-final clash in Malabo last Sunday. The goalkeeper thwarted Gyan’s efforts in the dying minutes of the game, resulting in his eventual sacking, reducing his side to 10 men. To Yattara, apologising to the Black Stars captain suggests his action was deliberate, hence his decision not to apologise. He managed with his sketchy Queens language...
(CNN 02/03/15)
(CNN)Ghana earned a semifinal clash with hosts Equatorial Guinea after dispatching a disappointing Guinea 3-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations Sunday. The comfortable victory lifted the Black Stars into the last four of the competition for the fifth straight time and the result was scarcely in doubt once Christian Atsu had scored the first of his two goals after just four minutes. Atsu connected with Andre Ayew's neat backheel to beat Naby-Moussa Yattara in the Guinea goal. Guinea, who...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/15)
Frenchman Michel Dussuyer resigned as Guinea coach on Monday following their quarter-final elimination from the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. Guinea were outclassed 3-0 by Ghana in Sunday's quarter-final and had drawn all three of their group matches. Unusually for an African coaching position the 55-year-old had been in the job since 2010, and on Sunday had refused to even mull the question of stepping down. Guinea had made it through to the last eight after a drawing...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/15)
Christian Atsu scored twice as Ghana beat Guinea 3-0 in Malabo on Sunday to ease into their fifth successive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final. Atsu set the Black Stars on their way to a comfortable quarter-final victory when he opened the scoring in the fourth minute in Equatorial Guinea's capital, before Kwesi Appiah increased their advantage a minute before the interval. And Atsu, the winger on loan at Everton from their English Premier League rivals Chelsea, then saw his cross-cum-shot...
(AFP (eng) 01/31/15)
Guinea's place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals may have ultimately been won in a hotel meeting room, but that they got there at all was in large part down to Ibrahima Traore. Traore was not present when Amara Dabo, the financial director of Guinea's sports ministry, picked out the winning ball to take the Syli Nationale through to a last-eight tie against Ghana at Mali's expense in a drawing of lots at the Malabo Hilton on Thursday. But...
(CNN 01/30/15)
(CNN)There was nothing to separate Guinea and Mali after the group stage at the African Cup of Nations so lots had to be drawn to decide which team would progress to the quarterfinals. On this occasion, luck favored Guinea, one of the nations in west Africa ravaged by the Ebola virus. It was a rare -- the last time lots were drawn at the continental tournament was in 1988 -- and unfair way to settle second place in Group D...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
Guinea qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in bizarre fashion on Thursday after a drawing of lots was required to separate them and Mali. They will go through to a quarter-final on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo against Group C winners Ghana while unfortunate Mali go home. The surreal event took place during a meeting of the tournament Organising Committee at a hotel in Malabo and was attended by AFP. A representative of each team was sent...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The coaches of Mali and Guinea Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals scored. Who advances to face Ghana in the quarter-finals will be decided Thursday at 1500 GMT by drawing lots in a Malabo hotel. Two balls, with the name of one team inside...
(CNN 01/29/15)
(CNN)Ivory Coast reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations with a narrow victory over Cameroon -- but Guinea and Mali now face a drawing of lots on Thursday. The two teams drew 1-1 in Mongomo and cannot be separated by their head-to-head records, goal difference or goals scored. Instead, a random draw will decide which team goes through to play Ghana on Sunday. All four teams could have faced the drawing of lots had there been no...
(BBC News Africa 01/29/15)
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a draw in Mongomo. Modibo Maiga's header from Abdoulay Diaby's cross in the second half left Mali and Guinea with identical records, having drawn each of their games 1-1. The drawing of lots has been postponed until Thursday, having originally been pencilled in for Wednesday evening. Guinea had taken the lead when Kevin Constant coolly dinked home a penalty given for handball by Salif Coulibaly...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(AFP (eng) 01/21/15)
As many as three people died when a grenade went off at a bar in the Guinean capital Conakry where football fans were celebrating their team's goal in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations game against Ivory Coast, police said. A spokesman for the police, Mamadou Alpha Barry, said "it was an accidental explosion" and that the man who set off the hand grenade had himself been badly injured. The explosion occurred late Tuesday as Guinea opened the scoring in...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(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...
(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...

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(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Voice of America 03/26/15)
Ebola appears to do its damage worse in young children than it does in adults, killing 90 percent of children under the age of one who become infected, a new study has found. The joint study by the World Health Organization and Imperial College London found that, although infection rates are lower in children than adults, babies and toddlers who get the disease have a far slimmer chance of survival. The virus, which causes haemorrhagic fever and induces internal and external bleeding, is killing 90 percent of infants in the current outbreak and around 80 percent of children ages between one to four years, the scientists found.
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
CONAKRY— March 23 marks one year since the World Health Organization declared an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. More than a year after the first Ebola case was discovered in southeastern Guinea’s forest region, the number of new reported cases continues to increase. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there have now been more than 3,400 cases in Guinea since the outbreak began, and nearly 25,000 overall in West Africa. The WHO says the week ending March 15 saw 95 new cases in Guinea, the highest weekly number since the end of last year. "
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
GENEVA— On the first anniversary of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, a leading medical group is decrying the missed opportunities for preventing this deadly disease from spinning out of control in West Africa. In a bit of soul searching, Doctors Without Borders has issued a critical analysis of the global response to this crisis. The report spares no one. Everyone comes in for criticism, including the authors of the study. The report by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, is based on interviews with staff involved in the organization’s Ebola intervention.
(BBC News Africa 03/23/15)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission has told the BBC. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting “arrogantly”. A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says a “global coalition of inaction” led to tragic consequences. Looking back over the year, the charity...
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization is vigorously denying accusations that it delayed declaring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa an international public health emergency for political reasons. An article by the Associated Press said secretly obtained e-mails of internal documents indicated the WHO was afraid that declaring a global emergency could set off alarm bells, which could hurt countries’ economies or interfere with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. WHO's spokeswoman on Ebola, Margaret Harris, told VOA that the assertion was categorically untrue. “There was no secrecy.
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization is calling for the urgent scale-up of mass vaccinations against preventable killer diseases in West Africa’s Ebola-affected countries, now that the deadly disease is on the decline. Many illnesses, including child-killing, vaccine-preventable diseases, have been neglected In West Africa’s Ebola-affected countries. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have diverted most of their resources and efforts toward containing the deadly Ebola virus over the past year. Today's WHO announcement came just as officials in Liberia reported the...
(Bloomberg 03/21/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation. The U.K.-based bank is financing buyers of rough stones in Botswana and South Africa, the people said, asking not to be identified as the move hasn’t been made public. Barclays customers include buyers of gems from the Botswana government, the biggest producing country, two of the people said. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony...
(BBC News Africa 03/20/15)
A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola. Designed by technology volunteers and Google, it can be used even wearing gloves and in storms and high humidity. Medecins Sans Frontieres put out a call for an Ebola-proof tablet to help teams record vital patient information. At the height of the current outbreak, medics were shouting patient notes across fences to avoid contamination. High-risk zones Ebola is passed on through close contact with infected bodily fluids.
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
YAOUNDE— The United Nations is calling on African countries affected by terrorism to draw up legislation to facilitate hot pursuit. Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of United Nations counterterrorism committee, said terrorism suspects are escaping because police are not permitted to cross national boundaries without a warrant. "Of-course there is more to be done not only by the international community but also at the regional level in terms of police cooperation which is already well done among the countries of central...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- James Wilde has climbed the tallest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. Now he’s drilling in Uganda for water to aid refugees fleeing South Sudan’s conflict. Global H20 was founded by Wilde after he caught dysentery from contaminated water on Tibet’s Mount Cho Oyu in 2009. Since then, the charity has won contracts to drill wells and dig latrines for refugee camps accommodating some 80,000 who escaped from South Sudan. A new Angola chapter kicks off operations...
(Voice of America 03/18/15)
MONROVIA, LOFA COUNTY, LIBERIA— When the rate of Ebola infections in Liberia reached zero, the government decided to reopen its borders to its West African neighbors still fighting the disease. Liberia has managed to get its outbreak under control. But many residents, especially those in northern Lofa County, which was devastated by Ebola, are concerned the deadly virus might make a comeback through visitors from neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are not yet Ebola free. In the northern Liberia...
(Voice of America 03/18/15)
Another four American aid workers have been flown home to the United States for monitoring following possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus. Tuesday's arrival brought to 15 the number of Americans flown home from Sierra Leone since Friday. U.S. officials said the individuals would be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. All three have been used to treat American Ebola patients in the past...
(The New York Times 03/18/15)
NDJAMENA, Chad — Deep in the Sahara, late at night, a Reaper drone silently tracked a six-vehicle convoy crossing the desert into Niger from Libya. Minutes later, French attack planes and helicopter gunships swooped down on the convoy of Qaeda-backed fighters, turning the militant caravan into smoldering wreckage. The raid last October by French combat aircraft and commandos killed or captured 15 Islamist fighters, and recovered nearly three tons of weapons, including Russian-designed SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles and several hundred anti-tank rockets, all bound for guerrilla operations in Mali, French officials said.
(Forbes 03/18/15)
“There is always space for you to play, but approach it with diligence,” - Strive Masiyiwa, founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group. According to a research report published by Canadean, total consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in Africa in 2013 was 51,559 million liters (13,473 million gallons). Applying a multiplier to that consumption volume; average price of $1.06 per liter (combination of on and off trade sales values), the value of the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Africa was estimated at $54.6...
(Voice of America 03/16/15)
At least 10 U.S. aid workers who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone are being evacuated to the United States. U.S. officials said Saturday that the individuals would be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. All three have been used to treat American Ebola patients in the past. On Friday, a U.S. health care worker who tested positive for Ebola...
(Voice of America 03/14/15)
MONROVIA/CONAKRY— This week's report that the death toll from West Africa's Ebola epidemic has topped 10,000 is a reminder that many challenges remain to bring the number of cases down to zero, health experts say. The three most-affected Ebola countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — appeared in early January to be making progress against the disease.
(Voice of America 03/14/15)
ABUJA—Few Nigerians are applauding the collapse of oil prices, which has hit the economy of Africa's top crude producer hard and hammered its currency, the naira. But for the currency hawkers hanging around outside Abuja's Sheraton hotel, business has seldom been so good as wealthy Nigerians turn to the black market - sometimes changing up to $200,000 at a time - to dodge increasingly onerous FX regulations. In other African crude producers such as Angola and South Sudan, the sharp...
(Voice of America 03/13/15)
When the Ebola outbreak finally ends in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, those countries could continue to face serious health problems. Researchers say Ebola has disrupted health care systems, causing a “significant decrease” in vaccinations for measles and other childhood diseases. Dr. Justin Lessler said health care systems took a beating during the Ebola crisis with about 75 percent of services being disrupted. “The health care systems there were somewhat weak to begin with. And during the Ebola crisis many health care centers closed and there’s evidence that less people were coming to the facilities that were open
(Voice of America 03/11/15)
LONDON— The World Health Organization (WHO), criticized as being slow and poorly coordinated in its response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, has commissioned an independent expert panel to asses its handling of the deadly epidemic. The Geneva-based United Nations health agency was sharply criticized for failing to heed repeated warnings by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in the early days of the epidemic, which quickly grew to become the largest in history.

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