| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
The head of EU border agency Frontex on Monday criticised charities that rescue migrants off Libya, arguing that they encourage the traffickers who profit from the dangerous Mediterranean crossings. Such rescue operations "should be reevaluated", Fabrice Leggeri told Germany's Die Welt daily, also accusing the groups of not effectively cooperating with security agencies against human traffickers. Leggeri said 40 percent of recent rescue operations at sea off the North African country "were carried out by non-government organisations". He said that under maritime law everyone at sea has a duty to rescue vessels and people in distress. "But we must avoid supporting the business of criminal networks and traffickers in Libya through European vessels picking up...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Nightmarish conditions in Libya are helping to drive a surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy in the depths of winter, humanitarian officials and asylum seekers say. European efforts to close the route are also thought to lie behind a 30 to 40 percent increase in the number of mainly African migrants who have landed at Italian ports in the first two months of this year, compared to the same period in 2015 and 2016. More than 2,700 people have been rescued in recent days, including a newborn delivered on a Norwegian police vessel. The latest arrivals will lift the total for January and February above 12,000. The number of deaths has also spiked: survivor testimonies point...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Armed groups traded fire with heavy weapons in the centre of Tripoli, injuring at least nine people and paralysing the Libyan capital, residents and the Red Crescent said on Friday. "Our team... rescued nine people injured in the indiscriminate firing," said the Libyan Red Crescent, which has set up a field hospital on a roundabout on the fringes of the urban combat zone. There was no official casualty toll from the clashes which raged most of Thursday night and resumed...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
The bodies of 13 migrants, including two teenagers, who died of suffocation in a shipping container bound for Europe have been found in Libya and 56 survivors rescued, aid officials said Thursday. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), citing the Libyan Red Crescent, said on its website that the African migrants had been trapped for "four days" in the metal container. Some of the 56 who survived were "suffering from various injuries and fractures and...
(Voice of America 02/24/17)
The commander of U.S. forces in Africa has told VOA the only way to restore peace in Libya is to bring rival factions together, and that will require cooperative efforts by many parties, including Russia. General Thomas Waldhauser, who heads the U.S. Africa Command, discussed the continuing political chaos in Libya while in Germany for the recent Munich Security Conference. Libya is a checkerboard of separate, divided power centers: The internationally backed Government of National Accord controls only part of...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Russia's Rosneft oil giant has paved the way for investment in Libya's oil sector by signing a Cooperation Framework Agreement with the National Oil Corporation of Libya, it was announced Tuesday. The agreement was signed Monday on the sidelines of London's International Petroleum Week by NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla and Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin, according to the NOC. Under the deal, the two state companies will establish a joint working committee to explore possible cooperation in various fields, including exploration and production. Sanalla last month announced plans to encourage investment by foreign oil companies in an effort to boost Libya's
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Italy's coast guard has rescued about 630 migrants off the coast of Libya who were trying to cross the Mediterranean. The two rescue operations came as the bodies of 74 migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. The Italian coast guard said it mounted operations to rescue two drifting vessels, a large boat and a rubber raft. In the absence of an army or a...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services after finding a wrecked boat on the beach with bodies inside, the Red Crescent said. More were discovered elsewhere on the beach and still more were feared to be in the sea...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services after finding a wrecked boat on the beach with bodies inside, the Red Crescent said. More were discovered elsewhere on the beach and still more were feared to be in the sea...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
A trial of dozens of aides to ousted Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi is failing to uphold international rights norms in its treatment of defendants, a United Nations report said Tuesday. Libya has been riven by violence and lawlessness since Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt in 2011, and his son Seif al-Islam and 36 former regime officials are on trial for crimes including human rights violations. The report by the UN's Libya mission and Human Rights Office highlighted a series of flaws in the trial. "Holding perpetrators responsible for violations is vitally important but accountability should be...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Algerian, Egyptian and Tunisian foreign ministers met on Sunday in Tunis, Tunisia to discuss ways of ending the Libyan crisis. The initiative proposed by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is meant to tackle the results of consultations the three countries will have with the Libyan rival factions to reach a convergence of views between them and lay the foundations for a consensual political solution to the crisis. Libya is currently divided between two rival administrations: the Government of National Unity...
(Washington Post 02/21/17)
Dozens of bodies washed ashore on Libya’s western Mediterranean sea coast on Tuesday, the latest tragedy to strike desperate migrants from Africa and elsewhere seeking refuge and jobs in Europe. At least 74 bodies were pulled from a beach near the western city of Zawiya, according to Libya’s Red Crescent, which added that the dead had previously been on a boat. The agency tweeted photos showing rescue workers placing the victims in black-and-white body bags. It was unclear how the...
(AfricaNews 02/21/17)
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights chief says the trial Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, should be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the Libyan trial of Saif ‘‘fell short of international norms and standards for fair trial and also breached Libyan law in some aspects.’‘ In his view, ‘‘The trial was a missed opportunity for justice,’‘ and it will only take the Hague based outfit to right...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Rosneft PJSC signed investment and crude-purchasing agreements with Libya’s National Oil Corp. as more international companies return to the North African country to gain access to Africa’s largest reserves. Moscow-based Rosneft agreed to invest in exploration and production in Libya, the state-run NOC said Tuesday in a statement on its website, without specifying the amount or timing of the investment. The companies signed a separate accord for Rosneft to buy Libyan crude. The deals are part of a bigger push...
(The Guardian 02/21/17)
Libyan national oil corporation says contract with Rosneft to redevelop oilfields lays groundwork for further investment. Russia has significantly boosted its involvement in Libya by signing a potentially major contract to help redevelop Libyan oilfields. The head of the Libyan national oil corporation (NOC) signed a cooperation agreement with Rosneft, the Russian oil giant, which NOC said on Tuesday “lays the groundwork for investment by Rosneft in Libya’s oil sector”. “The agreement envisages the establishment of a joint working committee...
(The Guardian 02/21/17)
Bodies were discovered on coast of city of Zawiya, says Red Crescent, with more people likely to have died in incident. The bodies of at least 74 people, believed to be migrants, have washed ashore on the Libyan coast in the latest tragedy at sea for people fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty. The Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday the bodies had been found the previous morning on the coast of the city of Zawiya, and aid...
(Premium Times 02/21/17)
The Nigerian government has concluded arrangements to bring back home a fresh set of 180 Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya and 50 deportees from the European Union this week. While the Libya returnees will arrive the country on Tuesday, the deportees from the EU will be received on Thursday. A statement by Balogun Abdur-Rahman, the media assistant to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, said the returnees will arrive through the Murtala...

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