Wednesday 28 June 2017
(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 there is new hope. In the 1960s, Japanese researchers developed a drug called tranexamic acid, which works by stopping blood clots from breaking down. But they could not persuade doctors to try the drug for treating PPH. The London School...
(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 to let them realize that the country they left some years ago is not the same country they are meeting today. We have moved ahead and everybody now has equal opportunity to be the best you can be,” NEMA Director...
(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 use, the consumer behaviours driving increased smartphone adoption and the role of mobile brands, mobile operators and m-commerce in creating a synergy of an enhanced customer experience. This year’s Mobile Africa Study was carried out in 15 African countries which...
(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 affect millions of people, and it will be one of the most important issues of the 21st century," he said, adding that the comprehensive approach of China means that the aspirations and development strategies of all countries involved will be...
(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 us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa. The vaccine should be used alongside other preventative measures such as bed nets, insecticides, repellants and anti-malarial drugs, the WHO...
(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 latest security arrangements based on the political agreement. Zayed stressed the mission's efforts to establish security and stability in Libya, and its support of a dialogue between Libyan parties. Despite a UN-sponsored peace deal by Libya's political rivals and a...
(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 Bukhamada said by phone. Authorities are working to resolve the power stoppage soon, he said. El-Feel in western Libya was due to re-open in December, but guards demanding benefits prevented that from happening, National Oil Corp. said in January. The...
(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 operating in Kenya, where the London-based business sees Africa’s highest number of individual transactions. “In the next two years we should be doubling our volume every year,” Ahmed said in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The continent accounted for half the company’s...
(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. The 28 migrants, including four women, were found after sunset by the fishermen, who towed the vessel to shore, Interior Ministry security unit commander Ahmaida Khalifa Amsalam told Reuters. The victims were buried together in a cemetery for illegal migrants,...
(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 Partnership in Peace and Security," said Dujarric. It will be the first conference Mahamat will address with the United Nation since he was elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission. Although he had brief talks with Guterres in Addis...
(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 and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through April 9, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This is considerably lower compared to 172,774 through the first 97 days of 2016. The...
(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 security and stability in Libya," GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj wrote in a letter published Saturday. Sarraj called for an "urgent intervention" from the international community "to end the deterioration of the situation in south Libya", in an open letter addressed...
(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 all the information people give them before they start their journey are wrong," said Nantcha. The group’s leader Sylvie Nantcha was born in Cameroon. She has lived in the German town of Freiburg for 25 years. She arrived as a...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said the missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Qassem told AFP. He said the Libyan coastguard had rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities just under 10 kilometres (6 miles) off the coast of Tripoli. The boat's hull was completely destroyed and the survivors, all men, were found clinging to a flotation device, he said. Those who had disappeared were "probably dead", but bad weather had so far prevented the recovery of their bodies, Qassem added. An AFP photographer said survivors had been given food and medical care at Tripoli port before being transferred...

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