Thursday 26 April 2018
(Voice of America 09/13/13)
GENEVA — A new report says the number of global deaths among children under age five is almost half what it was 22 years ago. A joint report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization,and World Bank finds about 6.6 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2012 compared to 12 million children who died in 1990. The report calls the progress being made in cutting child deaths remarkable. However, it says this is still not good enough. It says most child deaths are preventable, and that by applying a number of simple, affordable measures, more children’s lives can be saved. Elizabeth Mason, director of the World Health Organization's department of maternal, newborn, child and...
(Voice of America 09/13/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA — In Africa, demand for the cassava plant has grown significantly over the years. The continent produces 60 percent of the crop in the world. But the crop is drastically declining in East and Central Africa due to diseases that reduce production. More than 160 million people in east, central and southern Africa depend on cassava as a stable food and a source of income. Production of the crop has significantly dropped due to the cassava mosaic and cassava brown streak diseases. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO], the brown streak disease is worse since it affects the root of the crop. These two diseases are creating havoc in Africa’s agricultural lands.Improvements necessary. The acting...
(The Guardian 09/12/13)
Islamic Emirate of Libya posts picture of missile and asks who it should be aimed at on anniversary of US ambassador's death. Libya is tense for the anniversary of the killing of the US ambassador Chris Stevens on Wednesday after a jihadist group posted an online picture of a missile and asked respondents to its Facebook page to "vote" for one of three targets to fire it at. The previously unknown group, Islamic Emirate of Libya, asks respondents to help choose the target, listing Libya's general national congress, "embassies" and the Thunderbolt special forces brigade in Benghazi with a caption: "Where would you like us to put this missile?" It added: "With the approach of the global day of horror...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/13)
SOFIA, September 12, 2013 (AFP) - Up to 8,000 Libyan soldiers are expected to train at two joint US-Bulgarian military bases in Bulgaria as part of post-war efforts to rebuild Libya, Defence Minister Angel Naydenov said Thursday. Naydenov said he had approved Washington's proposal to train the troops but Bulgaria and the United States still had to work out the details. "This is a bilateral proposal but it is also being discussed within NATO and could be expected to become part of NATO's mission for post-war reconstruction of Libya," said the minister. The proposal envisages the training of between 150 and 200 soldiers at a time on a rotational basis over a period of between five and eight years, the...
(AL Jazeera 09/12/13)
Car bomb goes off outside building that once housed US consulate, exactly one year after raid that killed US ambassador. A car bomb outside a building that once housed the US consulate in Benghazi has damaged the Libyan Foreign Ministry building but caused no casualties. Wednesday's blast in the eastern coastal Libyan city occurred on the anniversary of an attack on the current US consulate that killed four Americans, including the ambassador. The bomb blew out a side wall of the building, leaving desks, filing cabinets and computers strewn among the concrete rubble, an Associated Press news agency report said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. An AFP photographer said a large section of the building had been...
(Dw-World 09/12/13)
If German Chancellor Angela Merkel were standing for election in Africa in September, she would have a good chance of winning. But it's not all praise for Merkel and the German government. If it were up to the Mozambicans who were once contract workers in the former East Germany or "GDR", Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would win the upcoming elections. Germany goes to the polls on September 22, 2013. The Mozambican returnees, known as "Madgermanes", are convinced Merkel strengthened the German economy and successfully steered her country through the turmoil of the financial crisis. "Germany has remained Europe's largest economy under the Merkel government, even the global financial crisis did not affect it that badly,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 12 | (Reuters) - Africa's robust economic growth over the past decade has raised hopes the world's poorest continent can reduce reliance on aid. The problem with this scenario is its failure to consider the role aid may be playing in the "Africa Rising" narrative. Looking for a link between aid and growth, an unmistakable pattern emerges from the numbers. World Bank data shows foreign donor aid to Africa from the OECD group of wealthy countries was just under $13 billion in 2000 and soared to $41 billion in 2006, and then slipped, before rebounding and hitting over $46 billion in 2011. Net official development assistance per capita was just $19.50 in 2000 and almost tripled to a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/13)
LONDON | Thu Sep 12, 2013 (Reuters) - BlackRock's exchange-traded funds (ETFs) business iShares has appointed a new fixed income chief in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as it steps up efforts to meet growing demand for index-tracking bond investments in the region. iShares has appointed Brett Olson, former managing director of Nomura's asset backed securities sales team in EMEA, to lead its burgeoning fixed income product development, sales and capital markets teams. Olson will report to Tom Fekete, who recently joined iShares as head of product development for EMEA and David Heike, Global Head of Fixed Income iShares. "Fixed income ETFs have gathered strong assets over the last three years, but we're now seeing a revolution in demand...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/13)
LONDON | Thu Sep 12, 2013 (Reuters) - Gas supplies to Europe will become less reliable as much of its new demand in the coming decade will have to be met with gas from politically unstable countries in Africa. Europe's gas demand is expected to rise by around 20 percent to 580 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year in the next 10 years as economic growth returns and governments plan to switch from coal to gas for power generation. During the same time, supplies to Europe from the North Sea are expected to fall by at least 20 percent as reserves dwindle, while established suppliers such as Russia and Norway will not be able to increase exports by much and...
(Voice of America 09/12/13)
The World Bank has released new reports outlining the health challenges facing six major regions. Those challenges include not only many types of disease, but road accidents as well. The bank says the reports will help policymakers develop evidence-based health programs after the Millennium Development Goals expire. The World Bank has released the reports in conjunction with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Timothy Evans is the bank’s director of Health, Nutrition and Population. “What we see when we look beyond the global picture is that there’s a lot of regional specificity to trends in the burden of disease. And so the regional focus just allows us more detail and attention to what’s happening in different regions of the...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/13)
WASHINGTON, September 11, 2013 (AFP) - US House Republicans used the occasion of Wednesday's 9/11 anniversary to demand Obama administration accountability over a deadly attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya one year ago. House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama's team of not being "up front" about circumstances of a raid by militants which left four Americans dead last September 11, the same anniversary as that of the terror attacks of 2001. "For the past year, this administration has failed to provide sufficient answers, fully comply with subpoenas, and make available relevant individuals to provide testimony," Boehner said in a statement. "In short, this administration hasn't been up front with the American people or this Congress," he...
(Press Tv 09/11/13)
A police colonel has been killed in a bomb explosion in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, the latest in a series of violent attacks in the country, security sources say. The blast took place on Tuesday. "Colonel Salem al-Orfi was killed when his car exploded in the Assalam neighborhood. One person who was driving was seriously injured,” said security services spokesman Colonel Abdullah al-Zayedi. Zayedi said that an investigation was underway as it was still not clear whether the incident was caused by “an explosive device placed on the car or rocket fire.” According to the spokesman, Orfi had worked with Libya’s Internal Security Agency, a body that kept track of opponents to the regime of former Libyan ruler Muammar...
(CNN 09/11/13)
(CNN) -- A car bomb exploded outside a Foreign Ministry building in the Libyan city of Benghazi Wednesday, state media said, on the anniversary of an assault on the U.S. Consulate there that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The blast did not cause any casualties but blew away large parts of the building's facade, said Col. Abdullah Al Zaydi, spokesman for the Joint Security Task Force in Benghazi, according to Libya's state news agency, LANA. Zaydi said the explosion was very powerful and destroyed the vehicle used for the bombing, which contained a large quantity of explosives, the news agency said. The blast also damaged a branch of the Central Bank of Libya and slightly injured one of...
(The Wall Street Journal 09/11/13)
Saudi Arabia has been pumping oil at its highest level in decades to offset a global shortfall fueled by another hot spot besides Syria: Libya, where unrest has slashed output. A tumble in Libyan production to depths not seen since a civil war toppled the Gadhafi regime in 2011, combined with fears of a possible U.S.-led military strike against Syria, have sent oil prices sharply higher in recent weeks. But unlike two years ago—when plunging Libyan output triggered a release of emergency oil stockpiles by the world's biggest consumers—soaring Saudi Arabian, U.S. and Iraqi output is helping cushion the blow, according to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, a group of some of the world's top oil producers. Oil-industry...
(The Associated Press 09/11/13)
Security officials say a powerful explosion has caused serious damage to Libya's Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the coastal city of Benghazi. The early Wednesday morning blast also damaged the building next door housing the Benghazi branch of the Libyan Central Bank. The officials said several passers-by were slightly injured by the blast, which blew out windows in nearby buildings. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The blast came exactly one year after al Qaeda-linked militants stormed the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Both Wednesday's bombing and last year's attack on the American consulate took place...
(Fox News 09/11/13)
The military is ramping up its ability to respond to a potential attack on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead. Fox News has confirmed that 250 Marines have moved closer to Libya – from Moron, Spain, to the U.S. naval air station in Sigonella, Italy. Military officials say Marines could move from Italy to Benghazi in under three hours if needed. Two-hundred and fifty Marines will also remain in Moron, ready to respond in the European theater if needed. Wednesday marks one year since the Benghazi terror attack, and 12 years since the Al Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The increase of Marine teams in...
(ABC News 09/11/13)
WASHINGTON — If Syria avoids a U.S. strike and agrees to give up its chemical weapons, Libya may serve as a model for how to remove and destroy its deadly stockpiles, analysts say. In 2003, Libya renounced its weapons of mass destruction programs and agreed to abide by the chemical weapons convention and other international treaties. A key difference: Syria is in the middle of a civil war that would make verification difficult, said Tom Collina, research director for the Arms Control Association, an independent group. "How do we make sure Syria is coming forward with all of its stockpiles?" Collina said, calling it a "manageable challenge." No agreement has been concluded with Syria and it is not clear whether...
(Business News (Ng) 09/11/13)
Africa’s vibrant mobile phone market is forecast to increase four fold in size from a value of $60 billion in 2013 to $234 billion by 2020, according to experts at Manifest Mind LLC, a U.S. based research firm. The continent’s mobile phone market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 21.27 per cent between 2013 and 2020, to reach the set target. Africa’s telecoms sector growth has surged in the last 10 years as the continent has overtaken Europe and Latin America to become the second biggest market in the world for handsets after Asia, according to global mobile phone body, the GSMA. Figures from the GSMA also indicate that from 2007 to 2012 mobile connections in Africa...
(Libya Herald 09/10/13)
Libya’s four most prominent western allies – the US, UK, France and Italy – have expressed their concern about the oil blockades and the consequences for the country. In a joint statement issued today, they called on Libyans to put national interests first, avoid divisions and stand behind the beleaguered government of Ali Zeidan in its efforts to resolve to oil crisis peacefully. They themselves fully supported its attempts to do so, “peacefully and as quickly as possible”. Refering to Libya’s democratic transition as “challenging”, they said they would “continue to work closely with the government of Libya in its efforts to restore security, build its institutions, and deliver vital goods and services to the people of Libya”. The continued...
(Amnesty International 09/10/13)
The Libyan authorities must immediately drop charges that violate the rights to freedom of expression and assembly of a man who was involved in protests against military intervention in Libya in London on 28 June 2011, Amnesty International said. Tomorrow Moad al-Hnesh, a Libyan engineer aged 34, will appear in the Zawiya Criminal Court charged with crimes against the state in relation to his activities in the United Kingdom during the 2011 Libyan conflict. If found guilty he could face a life sentence. “That a young man could face life in prison for expressing political opinions deemed unacceptable by those in power begs the question of whether Libya has changed since the al-Gaddafi era,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s...

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