| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum on Sunday for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry said. Kobler, on his first visit to Sudan, is expected to meet Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and other senior officials in Khartoum. "He will discuss efforts made by Arab League and African Union to solve the Libyan crisis," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Ghandour will also attend a May 8 conference in Nigeria drawing Libya's neighbours, it said. Libya has fallen into crisis since the 2011 killing of longtime strongman Moamer Kadhafi, with dozens of armed factions battling for control of the oil-rich...
(AfricaNews 04/28/17)
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo remembered the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during a two-day state visit to Uganda where he stressed on pan-Africanism. Obiang Nguema told the media at the Ugandan State House in Entebbe on Wednesday that Africa’s problem is due to lack of unity to counter its challenges. “I remember our hero Gaddafi who used to promote this African solidarity but sadly most countries would not still agree with him … The instability Africa is suffering is due to the egoism of each country,” he was quoted by local media Daily Monitor.
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. Severe bleeding, known as postpartum hemorrhage, or PPH, is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women every year. Even for mothers who survive, it is a painful and traumatic experience. The world's poorest countries, especially in Africa and India, are the worst hit. Drug from 1960s But...
(AfricaNews 04/27/17)
253 Nigerian nationals stranded in Libya have been returned home with the help of the United Nations migration agency International Organisation for Migration (IOM). An Airbus A333-200 airplane with registration number 5A LAT disembarked 140 women, 102 men and 11 children at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday. Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were at the airport to help the returnees go back to their families. “We are giving them some stipends. We need...
(Business Day Ghana 04/27/17)
There are currently 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – an 80 percent penetration rate among the continent’s population. Internet penetration is at 18 percent with 216 million internet users, according to the latest Jumia mobile trend report for Africa. The 2017 edition of the African Mobile Trends Paper is the third white paper presentation from Jumia delving into mobile trends across Africa and specifically Nigeria. The study takes a look at the how the market has democratised mobile internet...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
The UN-backed Libyan government has asked the EU for a long list of equipment, including large patrol boats, to help stem the tide of African migrants fleeing to Europe, EU diplomatic sources said Wednesday. The European Union launched Operation Sophia in 2015 to crack down on people smugglers, but because it cannot operate in Libyan territorial waters it is also trying to boost the coast guard through training and supplying basic equipment. So far its efforts have made little headway, with the Libyan government beset by Islamic militias and warlords who have been fighting for control since the West ousted long-time dictator Moamer
(Xinhuanet 04/26/17)
Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Tuesday asked Russia to help end its domestic conflict when meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Bogdanov said his visit to Tripoli is "a continuation of Serraj's visit to Russia and to develop mechanisms to implement what was agreed upon during that visit." "We have promised your excellency the return of cooperative relations between the two countries and we will honor this pledge," Bogdanov told Serraj during the meeting. Serraj welcomed Russian investments in Libya in the fields of energy, railroads, and infrastructure. Serraj expressed hope for Russia "to use its international status to help lift the arms embargo on libya.
(Xinhuanet 04/26/17)
The Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative is a golden opportunity to bring about regional integration and sustainable economic growth for Africa, said Berhane Gebre-Christos, special envoy of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, on Tuesday. The special envoy made the remarks at the opening of a seminar organized on the B&R Initiative in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Welcoming the initiative, the special envoy said he is looking forward to the expected effects of the initiative. "The B&R is a project that will...
(AFP (eng) 04/25/17)
International judges on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to late dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The warrant, first issued in 2013 by the International Criminal Court (ICC), charges Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, once head of Libya's internal security agency, with three charges of war crimes and four crimes against humanity. The announcement comes as the court is still in a legal tug-of-war with Libyan authorities to transfer Kadhafi's jailed son Seif al-Islam to the tribunal in The Hague to face trial for crimes against
(AFP (eng) 04/24/17)
A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of them children under five. "The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help...
(Xinhuanet 04/21/17)
Mohamed Amari Zayed, Libya's presidential council member and minister of state for specialized council affairs, met on Thursday with Lt. Gen. Paolo Serra, security adviser of the UN mission to Libya, in the council's headquarter in Tripoli. The two officials discussed the latest security developments in Libya, particularly in the south of the country, as well as the eastern oil crescent. Serra informed Zayed of the mission's efforts and support for Libyan security and military institutions, as well as the...
(RT 04/20/17)
The “uncertain” political situation as well as a dire security situation in Libya make any proposals concerning the full or even partial lifting of the arms embargo imposed against the nation “premature,” Russia’s incumbent UN envoy, Pyotr Ilyichev, said. “Given the uncertainty of the situation in Libya, it would be premature to talk about a full or partial lifting of the weapons embargo [imposed] against Libya,” Ilyichev said at the UN Security Council meeting dedicated to the country’s crisis. He went on to say that any proposals should be “strictly linked” to the security situation in the North African country.
(Bloomberg 04/20/17)
Libya’s El-Feel oil field, operated by a venture between Eni SpA and the state producer, re-opened after a two-year halt in operations that crimped the OPEC nation’s output, according to a person familiar with the situation. The field, also known as Elephant, re-opened on Wednesday, said the person, who asked not to be identified because of a lack of authorization to speak to media. It hasn’t resumed pumping oil yet because of an electricity outage, Petroleum Facilities Guard Brigadier Idris...
(Bloomberg 04/20/17)
WorldRemit Ltd., a British money-transfer operator, sees revenue from transactions involving Africans doubling by 2020 as more people on the continent access mobile-payment platforms and expatriates send cash home. The seven-year-old company, in which Facebook Inc.-backer Accel Partners LP invested $40 million in 2014, will this year open a regional office in South Africa, its largest market on the continent in terms of money-transfer value, founder and Chief Executive Officer Ismail Ahmed said in an interview. Another site will start...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/19/17)
Libyan fishermen found the bodies of 28 migrants who appeared to have died of thirst and hunger after their boat broke down off the coast of Sabratha city, a ministry of interior official said on Tuesday. Since Libya fell into chaos after Muammar Gaddafi's fall in 2011, the North African country has become the main departure point for migrants hoping to reach Europe by sea. More than 150,000 have made the crossing to Italy annually over the past three years...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Libya's unity government has called for "urgent intervention" by the international community to end military escalation in its south, warning of a possible "civil war". For more than a week, militias allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord have fought off rival forces trying to capture an airbase in the south of the North African country. "We ask you to take a firm and decisive stance with regards to this escalation and we will support all decisions to re-establish security and stability in Libya," GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj wrote in a letter published on Saturday.
(Voice of America 04/18/17)
More than 1,000 migrants picked up off the coast of Libya Sunday have arrived at a port on the Italian island of Sicily. A German navy ship brought the rescued migrants to the port of Catania Monday aboard the FGS Rhein. Some 29,000 migrants, most of them fleeing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, have arrived in Italy this year after being rescued by European military ships or private charity organizations. The U.N. migration agency (IOM) reported last week that 31,993 migrants...
(AFP (eng) 04/17/17)
Libya's unity government has called for "urgent intervention" by the international community to end military escalation in its south, warning of a possible "civil war". For more than a week, militias allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord have fought off rival forces trying to capture an airbase in the south of the North African country. "We ask you to take a firm and decisive stance with regards to this escalation and we will support all decisions to re-establish...
(Voice of America 04/17/17)
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 migrants on the Mediterranean since Friday, underscoring the continued flow of people along this dangerous route. A group of Africans living in Europe visited Cameroon this week to launch a campaign against illegal migration. The group is called “No More Death in the Desert or on the Sea.” Its mission is simple: to educate youth in Africa about the harsh realities of illegal migration. "We want to tell them that...

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