Thursday 26 April 2018

Panafrican articles

  • (AFP (eng) Wednesday 21 March 2018)

    Forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent's economic development, the head of the African Union said Wednesday.

    "The agreement establishing the CFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) was signed by 44 countries," said Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the AU commission.

    The creation of a free trade area -- billed as the world's largest -- comes after two years of negotiations, and is one of the AU's flagship projects for greater African integration.

    However, the agreement will still have to...

(AFP (eng) Monday 19 March 2018)

Africa's leaders will gather in Rwanda Wednesday to launch what they say will be the world's largest free trade area but Nigeria has already pulled out, highlighting the challenge in getting the continent to sign up.

Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) with 55...

(AFP Monday 19 March 2018)

Les dirigeants africains se réunissent mercredi à Kigali pour signer l'accord instituant ce qui pourrait à terme devenir la plus vaste zone de libre-échange au monde, mais le chemin est, de l'avis des experts, encore long pour convaincre tous les pays de l'intérêt du projet.

La création...

(AFP (eng) Monday 19 March 2018)

Very modern tales of religious intolerance, Islamist terrorism and illegal immigration are being heard as African story-tellers tackle the burning issues of today far from the traditional bedtime stories for children.

Story-telling had top billing this week at the 10th edition of the...

(AFP (eng) Friday 16 March 2018)

Ministers from 13 African and European countries held talks along with the EU on Friday on cracking down on migrant traffickers, with France calling for firmer action on smuggling networks in African countries.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called on counterparts in the Nigerien...

(AFP (eng) Friday 16 March 2018)

Protests over illegal immigration gripping the French island of Mayotte off Africa's coast have an unexpected epicentre: a maternity ward packed to bursting point.

The main hospital in Mayotte, wedged between Madagascar and the southeast African mainland, is now home to the busiest...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 15 March 2018)

Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar celebrates one year as CAF president Friday having caused a shock last March by ending the 29-year reign of Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.

It has been a hectic time for the previously largely unknown Malagasy with plenty of changes to the African football landscape...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 15 March 2018)

Israel's supreme court on Thursday suspended a controversial government plan to deport thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese migrants in response to a challenge from those opposed to the move.

The court said in its decision the state was given until March 26 to provide further information...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 14 March 2018)

The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration.

Brussels has been seeking greater cooperation from such countries to take back...

(AFP (eng) Friday 09 March 2018)

A thousand artists from over 50 countries will gather in Ivory Coast on Saturday for a week-long festival of African music, theatre, dance, comedy, slam poetry and storytelling.

The 10th edition of the biannual Market for African Performing Arts, known by its French initials as MASA, will...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 08 March 2018)

Washington's top diplomat began his first Africa tour Thursday by meeting with the African Union chief, who said the continent had moved on from a reported insult by President Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and AU commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat discussed security...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 08 March 2018)

Africa and other developing regions are becoming increasingly significant battlegrounds in the effort to combat the spread of smoking, an anti-smoking campaign group warned on Thursday.

But most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have inadequate monitoring of tobacco use, according to the...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 07 March 2018)

Philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that he will spend $20 million (16.13 million euros) to launch a watchdog to detect and expose deceptive practices by the tobacco industry.

The monitor, to be called Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), will seek to...

(AFP (eng) Tuesday 06 March 2018)

French forestry and wood products group Rougier filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, causing uncertainty for its nearly 3,000 employees in central Africa, a court source told AFP.

The 95-year-old company blamed major logistical problems at the port of Doula in Cameroon, as well as delays to...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 01 March 2018)

A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Wednesday for £1.2 million (1.4 million euros, $1.7 million), exceeding estimates and setting a record for the artist.

The 1974 painting of Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, by Nigerian artist...

(AFP (eng) Saturday 24 February 2018)

She's been described as "the African Mona Lisa", the subject of a long-lost series of three paintings by the artist considered the father of Nigerian modernism.

But like Leonardo da Vinci's most famous portrait, finding out more about the woman in Ben Enwonwu's "Tutu" has so far been...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 21 February 2018)

Hundreds of African migrants launched a hunger strike to protest Israel's implementation of its controversial policy to expel or indefinitely imprison them, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

Israel has resolved to expel thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese who entered illegally...

(AFP (eng) Monday 19 February 2018)

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition across Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said Monday.

The official, speaking at a conference on Africa organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture...

(AFP (eng) Friday 16 February 2018)

The release this week of Marvel Studios' latest superhero outing, "Black Panther", has triggered the enthusiasm of African movie fans and a sense of pride that Hollywood has finally plugged a gap.

With an almost entirely black cast and a young African-American director, Ryan Coogler, the...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 08 February 2018)

"I think of it as the African Mona Lisa," said award-winning novelist Ben Okri, gazing at the long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess which recently turned up in a London flat.

Ben Enwonwu's 1974 painting of Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, daughter of a Yoruba king, has taken on almost...

(AFP (eng) Thursday 08 February 2018)

The African Union's chairman dismissed during a visit to Beijing on Thursday a French newspaper report alleging that China had spied on the continental body as "lies" intended to derail cooperation.

The report published by Le Monde in January claimed technicians at the AU's Chinese-built...

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