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Tuesday 28 April 2015

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(AFP 04/27/15)
Guinea's opposition has called for renewed protests over the country's disputed election timetable in a show of defiance after days of deadly clashes between activists and security forces. The coalition of main opposition parties issued a statement late Saturday saying it was planning "another peaceful march" in Conakry on Thursday followed by a nationwide demonstration next week. The call for renewed protests follows two weeks of clashes between anti-government activists and security services which have left several people dead and dozens wounded in the country's largest towns and cities. A delegation of the European Union in Conakry called for an end to the bloodshed which it said was "a very worrying signal at a time...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing. UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw, said limited financing towards climate adaptation and mitigation programs threatens sustainability agenda globally. "The impacts of climate change will be felt in the long-term even if countries put a cap on carbon emissions. There is an urgency to deliver funding, technologies and knowledge required to enable countries adapt to this phenomenon," Thiaw said
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa...
(Bloomberg 04/25/15)
United Nations officials criticized the European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea for emphasizing border protection without a comprehensive plan to resettle refugees. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday pledged to send naval patrols to disrupt trafficking networks and destroy vessels before they’re used by traffickers. They also tripled their annual funding for the bloc’s Mediterranean border patrol and assistance measures to 120 million euros ($130 million). “Destroying boats is only a very short-sighted solution”...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
CONAKRY— Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. "He didn't survive his injuries and is dead." The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the West African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of Conakry, and threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas.
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/15)
(Reuters) - Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment. He didn't survive his injuries and is dead," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the west African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of...
(AFP 04/23/15)
More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began and more than 10,800 have died, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The UN health body also warned that the decline in confirmed cases appeared to have stagnated, urging increased efforts to stop transmission of the deadly virus. In all, 26,079 people have contracted the disease over the past 16 months, and 10,823 of them have died, almost all of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. After tearing through the three countries like wildfire, the spread of the virus has slowed to a crawl.
(Voice of America 04/23/15)
CONAKRY— Political tensions are heating up in Guinea again — this time over the government’s decision to postpone local elections until 2016. The opposition says it will keep protesting despite renewed calls for dialogue. Guineans say they are tired of all the discord. Protesters clashed with security forces Monday during what authorities said was an unauthorized demonstration in Conakry. At least three people were wounded. An unknown number were arrested. Hundreds arrested during a demonstration last week have been sentenced to two to five month’s imprisonment. One person was killed.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
CONAKRY, April (Xinhua) -- A court in Guinea on Tuesday sentenced 11 men to life imprisonment for killing eight members of an anti-Ebola team in the southeastern village of Womey last September, a judicial source said. The 11 were also fined 137,000 U.S. dollars which will be used as compensation to the families of the victims. Fifteen other accused persons were acquitted by court for lack of sufficient evidence. Forty-two other people cited in this criminal case had not yet...
(Voice of America 04/23/15)
CONAKRY— A court in Guinea has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murdering a team educating locals about the risks of Ebola in a remote part of the West African country last year, a state prosecutor said on Wednesday. The bodies of eight people were discovered in September in Womey, a village near the city of Nzerekore around 1,000 km (620 miles) southeast of the capital Conakry. Some had been hacked to death with machetes or had their...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa. All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days. Scientists cautioned that the drug's efficacy has not been proven in humans. At present, there are no treatments or vaccines for Ebola...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) - - The African Union (AU) has commended the latest financial support worth 950 million U.S. dollars in the fight against Ebola. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, commended the latest financial support bequeathed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in the fight against Ebola, said a statement from AU on Thursday. The funds, 300 million dollars from AfDB and 650 million dollars from WBG, will be used...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ACCRA, April (Xinhua) -- For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self- sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH) , said the Post-2015 development agenda should focus on sanitation, equally as it focuses on water. WA-WASH is an initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Ghana, Niger and Burkina Faso. Boukerrou...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(AFP 04/22/15)
Eleven people have been sentenced to life in prison in Guinea for murdering eight Ebola workers, while another 15 have been acquitted, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday. The victims, including local health officials and journalists, went missing after their delegation came under attack from angry locals during an outreach visit to the southern town of Womey in September last year. Eight bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a nearby primary school two days after the attack. "We...

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(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing. UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw, said limited financing towards climate adaptation and mitigation programs threatens sustainability agenda globally. "The impacts of climate change will be felt in the long-term even if countries put a cap on carbon emissions. There is an urgency to deliver funding, technologies and knowledge required to enable countries adapt to this phenomenon," Thiaw said
(Bloomberg 04/25/15)
United Nations officials criticized the European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea for emphasizing border protection without a comprehensive plan to resettle refugees. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday pledged to send naval patrols to disrupt trafficking networks and destroy vessels before they’re used by traffickers. They also tripled their annual funding for the bloc’s Mediterranean border patrol and assistance measures to 120 million euros ($130 million). “Destroying boats is only a very short-sighted solution” to combating smugglers who “continue to skillfully adapt, as long as there is a market to exploit,” Francois Crépeau and Maria Grazia, UN experts on migrants’ rights and human trafficking, said in a statement Friday. The emergency funding increase may...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
CONAKRY— Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. "He didn't survive his injuries and is dead." The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the West African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of Conakry, and threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
00:00
WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/15)
(Reuters) - Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment. He didn't survive his injuries and is dead," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the west African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of...
(AFP 04/23/15)
More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began and more than 10,800 have died, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The UN health body also warned that the decline in confirmed cases appeared to have stagnated, urging increased efforts to stop transmission of the deadly virus. In all, 26,079 people have contracted the disease over the past 16 months, and 10,823 of them have died, almost all of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. After tearing through the three countries like wildfire, the spread of the virus has slowed to a crawl.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
CONAKRY, April (Xinhua) -- A court in Guinea on Tuesday sentenced 11 men to life imprisonment for killing eight members of an anti-Ebola team in the southeastern village of Womey last September, a judicial source said. The 11 were also fined 137,000 U.S. dollars which will be used as compensation to the families of the victims. Fifteen other accused persons were acquitted by court for lack of sufficient evidence. Forty-two other people cited in this criminal case had not yet...
(Voice of America 04/23/15)
CONAKRY— A court in Guinea has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murdering a team educating locals about the risks of Ebola in a remote part of the West African country last year, a state prosecutor said on Wednesday. The bodies of eight people were discovered in September in Womey, a village near the city of Nzerekore around 1,000 km (620 miles) southeast of the capital Conakry. Some had been hacked to death with machetes or had their...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa. All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days. Scientists cautioned that the drug's efficacy has not been proven in humans. At present, there are no treatments or vaccines for Ebola...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) - - The African Union (AU) has commended the latest financial support worth 950 million U.S. dollars in the fight against Ebola. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, commended the latest financial support bequeathed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in the fight against Ebola, said a statement from AU on Thursday. The funds, 300 million dollars from AfDB and 650 million dollars from WBG, will be used...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ACCRA, April (Xinhua) -- For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self- sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH) , said the Post-2015 development agenda should focus on sanitation, equally as it focuses on water. WA-WASH is an initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Ghana, Niger and Burkina Faso. Boukerrou...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(AFP 04/22/15)
Eleven people have been sentenced to life in prison in Guinea for murdering eight Ebola workers, while another 15 have been acquitted, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday. The victims, including local health officials and journalists, went missing after their delegation came under attack from angry locals during an outreach visit to the southern town of Womey in September last year. Eight bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a nearby primary school two days after the attack. "We...
(Voice of America 04/22/15)
LONDON— Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections. The project, led by British scientists with West African and Saudi Arabian collaboration, hopes to encourage laboratories around the world to use the live data - updated as new cases emerge - to find new ways to diagnose and treat the killer diseases, and ideally, ultimately, prevent them.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/15)
(Reuters) - Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/21/15)
(Reuters) - At least five people were wounded by gunfire in Guinea's capital Conakry on Monday during violent opposition protests against the timing of elections, an opposition leader and a witness said. As early as 10.00 p.m. ET on Monday, some opposition supporters erected barricades and burned tyres on the streets of the seaside capital while youths fought street battles with the police and gendarmes. According to the opposition, at least three people have been killed and 50 injured in the protests which began last week.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/21/15)
(Reuters) - The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable. The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence. The Pulitzers honor extraordinary work in U.S. journalism, literature, drama and other areas and bring welcome attention...
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from Asian and African countries have vowed to combat terrorism and drug trafficking ahead of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference. "The ministers see the importance of peace and stability and the need to strengthen and combat transnational crime including terrorism and drug trafficking," said Retno Marsudi, foreign minister of the host nation Indonesia, on Monday. During their speeches, a number of ministers stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to fight terrorism. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said "terrorism and violent extremism" continued to affect the world.
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asian African Business Summit (AABS) kicked off here on Tuesday morning with Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivering a brief opening speech. "I believe this forum will be a facility for the business sector to materialize Bandung Spirit through strengthening of mutually-benefiting cooperation on trade and investment that give contribution to the acceleration of economy and prosperity of the people on the two continents,"said the president. Bandung Spirit, which was put forward at the first...

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(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda (6.8 percent). The level of remittance dependency varies across countries. Remittances in the Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia and Comoros equal about 20 percent of GDP in 2013, the latest available data. Remittance flows to the region...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa and Nigeria, where about nine-in-ten have a cell phone.” Mobile phone penetration in South Africa and Nigeria, in fact, rivals that of the U.S., where 89 percent of American adults own a cell phone. Over 7,000 Africans were surveyed in...
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (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. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to attend the opening of the 54th session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and deliver a key-note speech later this month, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. The annual AALCO session, which will take place in Beijing from April 13 to 17, will involve delegates from AALCO members and international organizations, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing.
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Xinhuanet 04/01/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Tuesday urged Africa to increase its public expenditure on agriculture in order to increase food security. World Bank Group Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist Ademola Braimoh told a business forum in Nairobi that low investments in agriculture have made Africa's agricultural sector vulnerable to climate change. "These challenges can be overcome through more investment in instruments such as the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)," Braimoh said during the launch of the World Bank's report on Increasing Agricultural Production and Resilience through improved Agro- Meteorological Services.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.
(Business Day 03/31/15)
Master Drilling, a supplier of drilling services to the mining industry, grew its headline earnings per share 32% in the year to December thanks to strong revenue growth from its specialised services in Africa. The group is benefiting from being diversified across emerging markets. It is listed on the JSE and in the US. On Monday it reported headline earnings per share of $131.5c for the year to last December compared with 99.3c for the year before. Sales revenue from...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- The Third Africa-China Young Leaders Forum concluded on Sunday with the call for African countries to make their own policies which will help in promoting regional macroeconomic stability, a very fundamental aspect in improving people's welfare. Wrapping up the forum, Tanzania's Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal stressed on the need for African policy makers to produce good investment policies. "While we looking at these opportunities, it is a fact that we cannot run away from the new global development approaches.
(Xinhuanet 03/28/15)
LUSAKA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- Africa's trading bloc said it has resolved about 80 percent of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) restricting trade, a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday said. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) said 385 out of 476 NTBs identified as most restrictive to trade in the region through an online reporting system have been resolved while seven were considered non-actionable, according to a statement released by the bloc's public relations officer Mwangi Gakunga. "Currently, eight categories of NTBs have been identified as most restrictive to trade in the region.
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
ADDIS ABABA, March (Xinhua) -- Intra-regional trade in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has increased dramatically but a lot needs to be done to achieve more with focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs), noted Officials. Speaking at the 34th session of the Council of Ministers of COMESA on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the officials of the sub-region also underlined the need to ensure value addition of products in member countries for more...
(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...
(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...

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(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(AFP (eng) 03/30/15)
Former France international Luis Fernandez is poised to take over as coach of Guinea in place of compatriot Michel Dussuyer, the Guinean Football Federation (FGF) confirmed on Monday. FGF Secretary General Ibrahima Barry told a press conference that the 55-year-old Fernandez had been in Conakry since Saturday visiting sports venues and holding talks with the country's sport minister. FGF have been looking for a replacement since Dussuyer quit following Guinea's quarter-final exit from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. "It's an open discussion. We're at 90 or 95 percent," said Barry. "We have agreement on a certain number of points and there remains the 10 or 5 percent as in all negotiations. "There are administrative issues that have to be...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and...
(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 dangerous parts of the region...
(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...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
CONAKRY— Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. "He didn't survive his injuries and is dead." The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the West African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of Conakry, and threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Voice of America 04/23/15)
CONAKRY— Political tensions are heating up in Guinea again — this time over the government’s decision to postpone local elections until 2016. The opposition says it will keep protesting despite renewed calls for dialogue. Guineans say they are tired of all the discord. Protesters clashed with security forces Monday during what authorities said was an unauthorized demonstration in Conakry. At least three people were wounded. An unknown number were arrested. Hundreds arrested during a demonstration last week have been sentenced to two to five month’s imprisonment. One person was killed.
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa. All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days. Scientists cautioned that the drug's efficacy has not been proven in humans. At present, there are no treatments or vaccines for Ebola...
(Voice of America 04/22/15)
LONDON— Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections. The project, led by British scientists with West African and Saudi Arabian collaboration, hopes to encourage laboratories around the world to use the live data - updated as new cases emerge - to find new ways to diagnose and treat the killer diseases, and ideally, ultimately, prevent them.
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
WASHINGTON— The World Bank is offering an additional $650 million to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone recover from the devastating Ebola epidemic. Before Ebola these nations had some of the highest economic growth rates in Africa, but the crisis closed markets, crimped trade, and forced schools and work places to close. This brought sharp cuts in the growth needed to fund the improved health care systems, infrastructure, education and other things needed to fight the disease and rebuild the economy.
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(Voice of America 04/17/15)
CONAKRY, GUINEA— Guinean authorities have confirmed at least nine new cases of Ebola in the southwest region of Forecariah near the border with Sierra Leone, the area hardest hit by the year-old outbreak, a senior health official said Thursday. Authorities launched a four-day, door-to-door campaign in Forecariah on Sunday to try to improve community participation in reporting suspected cases and as part of an emergency 45-day drive to tackle Ebola in the west of the country.
(Voice of America 04/16/15)
 
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WHITE HOUSE— President Barack Obama says there has been “great progress” in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, but warns the international community must stay vigilant until the virus is wiped out. Obama on Wednesday met with the leaders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the nations most devastated by last year's outbreak, to assess the progress and talk about recovery efforts. The strides those countries have made, with help from the United States, is evident. After killing 10,000...
(Voice of America 04/15/15)
CONAKRY— Gunfire erupted in several neighborhoods in Guinea's capital, Conakry, on Tuesday as hundreds of opposition supporters clashed with security forces for a second day of protests over the timing of elections, witnesses said. The government said about 10 people had been injured, including one with bullet wounds. At least six people were hit by bullets on Monday. The government denied security forces shot at people protesting and called for an investigation.
(BBC News Africa 04/15/15)
The WHO has urged Ebola survivors to be even more cautious during sexual contact to ensure the virus is not passed on to their partners. The warning comes after a survivor was found to have traces of Ebola in his semen almost six months after recovery. This is some 90 days later than previously documented. It is unclear whether Ebola can still be spread at this point. But officials have launched further investigations to evaluate the risks. New evidence There...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Voice of America 04/11/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization says the risk of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic spreading to other countries has gone down considerably, but that the deadly virus is still considered a "public health emergency of international concern." Despite progress toward ending the 15-month epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the WHO's emergency committee of experts says it is premature for the international community to let its guard down. "The virus is still moving," WHO Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward said.
(Voice of America 04/10/15)
MONROVIA— Liberia’s reputation for graft has international donors and many Liberians concerned that aid money pouring in to help the country recover from Ebola may disappear into the maw of corruption. The international community has pledged nearly $5 billion to help West Africa fight and recover from the Ebola outbreak. But systemic fraud and mismanagement in Liberia has donors concerned the people who need the money most won’t see it. Liberia Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson said his government has taken these concerns into account and the international community should be reassured.
(BBC News Africa 04/10/15)
Many Ebola survivors are likely to face further health issues including eye and joint problems, the World Health Organization has warned. The organisation said there had not been enough focus on this so far. It added there had been "real, substantive progress" in the drive to end the outbreak in the last few weeks. But experts remained "absolutely firm" the crisis still constituted a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO announced it was attempting to set up clinics...

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