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(24 Tanzania 10/10/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 10, 2013 – The African Union (AU) High Representative for the Operationalization of the African Standby Force (ASF), General Sékouba Konaté, today, IN Gaborone, opened the Main Planning Conference of the AMANI AFRICA II Field Training Exercise. (21)EGYPT-SHARM EL-SHEIKH-AU SUMMIT-ASSEMBLY-CLOSING CEREMONYThe three-day Main Planning Conference brings together planners from the AU Commission, the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), the European Union (EU), the United Nations and other partners to strategize on the rollout of the remaining activities under the AMANI AFRICA cycle. The overall objective of the Exercise is to validate the capacity of the AU to mandate and employ a Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) of the African Standby Force...
(Voice of America 10/09/13)
DAKAR — In Guinea, tensions continue to run high following the September 28 legislative election. The opposition wants the vote invalidated for alleged fraud and has threatened protests. Western and regional diplomats are now saying there were "irregularities" in certain districts. Representatives from the United Nations and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, as well as the E.U., France and the United States, say they have identified "shortcomings and irregularities" in eight voting districts that could "undermine the credibility of certain results." The representatives are part of the follow-up committee to the June 5 accord that paved the way for the legislative elections to be held. The committee says the electoral commission should report these irregularities to the Supreme Court...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/13)
CONAKRY, October 9, 2013 (AFP) - International observers said last month's polls in Guinea had been marred by irregularities, boosting calls by opposition leaders meeting Wednesday for the much-delayed election to be annulled. The region's top diplomats said the flaws were serious enough to affect the credibility of the vote, held on September 28 after bitter political and ethnic divisions delayed it by more than two years. "Breaches and irregularities were observed in a certain number of constituencies, preventing a significant number of votes from being taken into account," said a joint statement issued late Tuesday. The international observers -- who include the region's top UN envoy Said Djinnit as well as representatives from the European Union and west African...
(Voice of America 10/09/13)
A summit to determine the combat readiness of the African Union’s (AU) standby force will begin in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone Wednesday, says Major-General Samaila Iliya, the director of the AMANI Africa II exercise. “[It] is going to focus on rapid deployment capabilities, which is part and parcel of the African standby force,” said IlIya. “We are looking at the preparations [for the] field training exercise which is going to take place in October hopefully next year, [which] has to do with the African standby force.” Officials from the military, police and other civilian security experts and planners are scheduled to attend the Wednesday planning conference for the training exercise. Senior AU representatives say the standby force is expected to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his decision to order commando raids in Libya and Somalia last weekend, saying the United States would keep targeting al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa but had no intention of going to war there. Speaking at a news conference, Obama said the United States was justified in seizing a senior al Qaeda figure in Tripoli and whisking him out of the country, and he made clear that it likely would not be the last operation of its kind. "Where you've got active plots and active networks, we're going to go after them," Obama said. "We're not going to farm out our defense." Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/13)
CAPE TOWN, October 9, 2013 (AFP) - South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned African leaders against leaving the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, saying it would leave the world a "more dangerous place". In an online petition titled "Who will stop the next genocide?", the 82-year-old anti-apartheid hero said that in his lifetime he had seen "great gains made that protect the weak from the strong". He cautioned that "in just two days time, African leaders could kill off a great institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place." The 54-member African Union will meet on Friday to debate a possible withdrawal from the war crimes court over claims that it targets the continent. Adding to growing cautions...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/13)
CONAKRY | Tue Oct 8, 2013 (Reuters) - Guinea's opposition walked out of U.N.-backed talks with the government on Tuesday, accusing it of rigging last week's legislative elections and deepening fears of a return to violence. The United Nations brought the two sides together earlier this year after the opposition took to the streets, accusing the government of plotting to rig the vote. Clashes with security forces killed around 50 people. The parties agreed to let the long-delayed election - which was meant to mark the completion of a democratic transition after a 2008 military coup - take place on September 28. Partial results to date show President Alpha Conde's ruling RPG party with a slight lead over opposition leader...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/13)
LONDON | (Reuters) - British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children in the trial, and to have reduced by around a quarter the number of malaria cases in infants. "Based on these data, GSK now intends to submit, in 2014, a regulatory application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA)," GSK, which has been developing the vaccine for three decades, said in a statement. It added that the United Nations health agency, the Geneva-based...
(CNN 10/08/13)
(CNN) -- Sub-Saharan Africa's economic renaissance is fueling an investment drive by fast food joints looking to tap the continent's growing middle class. The likes of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Domino's pizza are opening up in African growth markets from Nigeria to Angola to give consumers a taste of U.S. cuisine. Elias Schulze, managing partner of The Africa Group, a boutique Africa-focused investment consultancy, said U.S. takeout stores are rapidly becoming "aspirational brands" for cosmopolitan Africans with disposable income. He said: "An upwardly mobile, confident, Western-leaning and young consumer class bodes well for an American burger boom." And the battle for the African market is well underway. This year, Yum! Brands -- owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza...
(BBC News Africa 10/08/13)
Africa has 55 billionaires, far more than previously thought, Nigeria-based Ventures financial magazine says. They include three women - the mother of Kenya's president, a daughter of Angola's president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and fashion designer. The richest man is Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, with a fortune of $20.2bn (£12.5bn), Ventures said. The list is likely to reignite debate about inequality between rich and poor people in Africa, correspondents say. In April, the World Bank said the number of people living in extreme poverty in Africa had risen in the past three decades from 205 million to 414 million. 'Conservative estimate'. A report earlier this month by research group Afrobarometer suggested that economic growth in Africa was primarily benefiting a...
(Bloomberg 10/07/13)
Sable Mining Africa Ltd. (SBLM) has won permission to export iron ore from its Nimba mine in Guinea through neighboring Liberia, increasing prospects that it will start production in 2015. The Guinean decree will enable Sable to transport the steelmaking ingredient to the port of Buchanan, the company said in a statement today. Sable rose 7.8 percent to 10.25 pence by the close in London trading, the highest since March 6. Sable was last week granted a mining license for Nimba, which contains a reserve of about 135 million metric tons of iron ore. The company said it would seek to transport the ore by train from the project in southeast Guinea through Liberia, where ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/07/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Mon Oct 7, 2013 (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should increase to 5.3 percent next year, with strong private and public investment underpinning the region's robust performance, the World Bank said on Monday. The bank lifted its forecast for 2014 from the 5.1 percent projected earlier this year. The region was expected to grow 5.5 percent in 2015, up from a previous forecast of 5.2 percent, it said in its bi-annual 'Africa's Pulse' report. Growth for this year is forecast at 4.9 percent, higher than last year's 4.2 percent. The figure is more than double the bank's 2.3 percent estimate for global growth in 2013, underscoring the attractiveness of the continent for investors. But African countries could...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/13)
PARIS, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa. The wildlife charity claims that Soco International's oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo put "people, animals and habitats at risk" and violate international guidelines issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in a complaint to that organisation. "The only way for Soco to come into compliance with the OECD guidelines is for the company to end all exploration in Virunga for good," said Lasse Gustavsson, executive director of conservation at WWF International. "We...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/13)
LAGOS, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - There are far more African billionaires than previously thought, Ventures magazine said Monday in a report on the continent's mega-rich, but the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has also shot up. Previous Africa-rich-lists named as few as 16 billionaires, but Ventures said its exhaustive research had identified at least 55 on a continent where the wealthy often fiercely protect details about their fortunes. The pan-African business magazine said it was able to uncover dozens of new billionaires by using "on-the-ground knowledge" to overcome hurdles that may have "hampered" other researchers. Of the 55, 20 are Nigerian, including several oil barons, while South Africa and Egypt boast nine and eight respectively. Ventures' supported...
(The Associated Press 10/05/13)
CAIRO (AP) — "For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability... We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations." — President George W. Bush in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 21, 2004. Almost a quarter-century ago, a young American political scientist achieved global academic celebrity by suggesting that the collapse of communism had ended the discussion on how to run societies, leaving "Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." In Egypt and around the Middle East, after a summer of violence and upheaval, the discussion,...
(AFP (eng) 10/04/13)
CONAKRY, October 4, 2013 (AFP) - Guinea's opposition called on Friday for the annulment of parliamentary elections held on September 28, alleging that the vote had been tarnished by widespread fraud. "The opposition demands the pure and simple annulment of the vote because fraud was so massive," the main opposition parties said in a joint statement read to journalists in Conakry. "In spite of repeated warnings, the opposition notes that the authorities and the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) persist in publishing electoral results that in no way reflect the reality of the ballot," the statement added. The various parties accused the regime of President Alpha Conde and his Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party of carrying out an...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/13)
(Reuters) - Guinea's opposition parties pulled their delegates out of the national electoral commission on Thursday after rejecting some provisional results from Sunday's parliamentary election, meant to cap a transition to democracy. The National Electoral Commission (CENI) began announcing election results on Wednesday, with President Alpha Conde's ruling RPG party taking an early lead in several districts. But the opposition said it had won the Dubreka district, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Conakry. "We won Dubreka and categorically reject the results announced by the CENI yesterday," said former prime minister Sidya Toure, leader of the opposition UFR party. He said the opposition was withdrawing its observers from the centre where votes were slowly being tallied, saying their...
(Voice of America 10/04/13)
CONAKRY — Guinea's opposition parties pulled their delegates out of the national electoral commission on Thursday after rejecting some provisional results from Sunday's parliamentary election, meant to cap a transition to democracy. The National Electoral Commission (CENI) began announcing election results on Wednesday, with President Alpha Conde's ruling RPG party taking an early lead in several districts. But the opposition said it had won the Dubreka district, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Conakry. “We won Dubreka and categorically reject the results announced by the CENI yesterday,” said former prime minister Sidya Toure, leader of the opposition UFR party. He said the opposition was withdrawing its observers from the center where votes were slowly being tallied, saying their...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/13)
PERTH | Thu Oct 3, 2013 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) has secured an additional $1.5 billion in debt financing for its $19 billion Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, its project partner Oil Search (OSH.AX) said on Friday. The $1.5 billion in supplemental financing will help cover overruns at the 6.9 million metric ton (1 metric ton = 1.1023 tons) per year LNG development, where costs climbed to $19 billion from $15.7 billion late last year. PNG LNG remains on track to deliver its first LNG cargoes in 2014, Oil Search said. Partners in PNG LNG, led and operated by Exxon Mobil subsidiary Esso Highlands Ltd, include Oil Search, National Petroleum Company Papua New Guinea (NPCP), Santos...
(Voice of America 10/04/13)
The boat accident near the Italian island of Lampedusa that resulted in what is feared to be more than 300 deaths is part of a broader problem involving African migrants who risk dangerous voyages to seek a better life. Jumbe Omari Jumbe, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, says there are four "gates" used by Africans who are trying to escape their homelands or the continent. Recent Maritime Accidents Involving Migrants. -October 3, 2013: Estimates of 300 people dead or missing after boat catches fires and capsizes near Italian island of Lampedusa. -September 27, 2013: At least 21 asylum seekers, mostly from the Middle East, killed after boat bound for Australia sinks off Indonesia's coast. -December 18, 2012:...

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