Wednesday 25 April 2018
(Dw-World 11/08/13)
Most German entrepreneurs shy away from investing in southern Africa and bilateral trade is relatively low. A business lobby group wants to reverse this trend. The Togolese ambassador to Germany, Comla Paka, has expressed his country's desire for international investors. The small West African country on the Atlantic Ocean has a lot to catch up with in terms of investment. "We need investment in infrastructure, our roads and ports," said Paka. Traditionally Togo enjoys good relations with Germany, but economic cooperation between the two is still rare, the ambassador said. “Many African countries find access to European markets very difficult and in the end prefer to do business with countries like China and India," he added. Africa's economy is growing...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/13)
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb's claim of responsibility for the killing of two French journalists in northern Mali last week is plausible, the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, has said. The Mauritanian news website Sahara Medias said it had received a claim of responsibility from al-Qaida's regional wing for the killing of the two journalists, who were working for Radio France International (RFI) when they were kidnapped in the northern city of Kidal. A spokesman for Abdelkrim al-Targui, a senior AQIM regional commander, told Sahara Medias the killings were just a small part of the price President François Hollande and his people would pay for the French military intervention in Mali in January. "We are checking, but it [the claim]...
(Voice of America 11/07/13)
DAKAR — France says its timetable for withdrawing troops from Mali remains firm despite an upsurge in violence and the kidnapping and execution of two French journalists. French and Malian authorities continue their search for the four armed men who grabbed the journalists Saturday in the northern rebel stronghold of Kidal. Radio France International reports that dozens of people have been arrested in northern Mali in connection with the killing of RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon outside Kidal on Saturday. The French government says the killings were the work of "terrorist groups." French newspaper Le Monde is reporting possible links between the kidnappers and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The grabbing of the two journalists came just days...
(CNN 11/07/13)
Bamako, Mali (CNN) -- Days after two French journalists were killed in northern Mali, authorities rounded up dozens of suspects and a group linked to al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the deaths. At least 30 suspects were seized in desert camps near the town of Kidal and taken to the local French army base for questioning, three officials in Mali said. The officials did not want to be named because they are not authorized to talk to the media. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has allegedly claimed responsibility for the killings, according to Sahara Media news agency in Mauritania. AQIM operates in northern Africa and the group's statements have shown up before on the Sahara outlet. Radio France...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/13)
NOUAKCHOTT | (Reuters) - The Mauritanian news website Sahara Medias said on Wednesday it had received a claim of responsibility from al Qaeda's regional wing for the killing of two French journalists in northern Mali. A Sahara Medias reporter said a spokesman for Abdelkrim al-Targui, a senior regional commander for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), had called by satellite phone to read a communique in Arabic. The caller had started by speaking in Tamashek, the language spoken by Tuaregs in northern Mali. The communique said the killing was only a small part of the price French President Francois Hollande and his people would have to pay for this year's military intervention, which drove out Islamist militants who had...
(BBC News Africa 11/07/13)
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) killed the two French journalists who were abducted in Kidal in north Mali, a website used by the group has said. An AQIM statement said the killings on Saturday were in response to France's "new crusade", Sahara Media reports. French troops drove Islamist groups out of northern Mali's main towns after launching an offensive in January. France described the killing of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon as a "calculated assassination". AQIM said their killing was intended to avenge "crimes" committed by French and African troops against the people of northern Mali, Sahara Media, a news agency based in Mauritania, reported on its Arab-language website. "The organisation considers that this is the least price that...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/13)
PARIS | Thu Nov 7, 2013 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM) claim of responsibility for the killing of two French journalists in northern Mali last week is plausible, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. The Mauritanian news website Sahara Medias said it received a claim of responsibility from al Qaeda's regional wing for the killing of the two journalists, who worked for Radio France International (RFI) when they were kidnapped in the northern city of Kidal. A spokesman for Abdelkrim al-Targui, a senior AQIM regional commander, told Sahara Medias the killings were just a small part of the price President Francois Hollande and his people would pay for a January military intervention in Mali...
(The Guardian 11/07/13)
Ghana is a country of technological contradictions. In many schools, IT is taught in classrooms with no electricity yet mobile penetration exceeds 100%. Tech start-ups are using the challenges and opportunities as a spring board and achieving way beyond expectation. In East Legon, a smart suburb of Ghana's capital, Accra, two men and a woman in their 20s stand in front of a slick ad featuring a large plane in mid-flight. They are pitching a business idea for a website that would allow travellers to compare ticket prices, then book and pay for airline tickets on domestic flights. The pitch has sparked a lively debate among the pupils who sit in a darkened classroom, with the words "generosity, positivity, standards"...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
NOUAKCHOTT, November 6, 2013 (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's north and west African division claimed responsibility Wednesday for the murders of two French journalists shot dead in Mali's rebel-infested desert, in a statement published by a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and killed by what French officials called "terrorist groups" after interviewing a spokesman for Tuareg separatists in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday. "This operation was a response to crimes committed by France against Malians and the work of African and international forces against the Muslims of Azawad," Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said, using the name given by the Tuareg people to northern Mali. AQIM added in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
Foreign minister says military will stick to timetable despite upsurge in violence and murder of two journalists. France will stick to its timetable for withdrawing troops from Mali despite a resurgence in violence and the killing of two French journalists, its Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said. The French government, which sent soldiers to its former colony in January to combat armed groups who had taken over large swathes of the country, has already delayed by two months plans to reduce troop numbers from 3,200 to 1,000 by the end of the year. Speaking on Radio France Internationale, Fabius said France had moved 150 soldiers from the south to Kidal, the northerly Tuareg rebel stronghold, where instability has grown in...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
NOUAKCHOTT | Wed Nov 6, 2013 (Reuters) - Mauritanian news website Sahara Medias said on Wednesday it had received a claim from al Qaeda's regional wing for the killing at the weekend of two French journalists in northern Mali. Abdallah Mohamedi, head of Sahara Medias, said the claim had been emailed by fighters loyal to Abdelkrim al-Targui, a senior regional commander for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Sahara Medias is often sent statements by Islamist militants in Mali. According to a communiqué published by the website, AQIM said the killings of the two journalists for Radio France International on Saturday in Kidal was a response to "crimes perpetrated by France and its U.N., Malian and African allies". France...
(Dw-World 11/06/13)
It’s an important step towards a fresh start: Malians go to the polls in late November to elect a new parliament. The election campaign has just begun in the crisis-hit West African country, and expectations are high. "Many are convinced that the elections mean a return to calm and democracy," said Badié Hima, who works for the US organization the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Mali's capital Bamako. On November 24, some three months after the presidential elections, Malians will elect a new national assembly, with 1,141 candidates running for 147 seats. Many voters hope that the new parliament will help their country out of the crisis that began just over a year and a half ago. On March 21,...
(UN.org 11/06/13)
“We are here for you,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told people of the Sahel today, kicking off a visit to the region with international development leaders to listen to local priorities and to link political, security, development and humanitarian efforts there. “We have partnered together in this extraordinary way because we recognize that the Sahel region needs an extraordinary effort,” Mr. Ban told the opening of Meeting on the Sahel in Bamako, Mali, presided over by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. “We need an approach that breaks down institutional barriers and joins-up political, security, development and humanitarian efforts throughout the region. Now is the time for action,” the Secretary-General urged. The United Nations chief is joined on the visit by World Bank...
(Voice of America 11/06/13)
PARIS/BAMAKO — France will stick to the timetable for its troop withdrawal from Mali despite a resurgence in violence and the killing of two French journalists at the weekend, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. France, which sent soldiers to its former colony in January to combat militants who had taken over large swaths of the country, has already delayed by two months plans to reduce troop numbers to 1,000, from 3,200, which was originally scheduled for the end of the year. Fabius, speaking on RFI radio, confirmed the French army had redeployed 150 soldiers from the south to Kidal, the Tuareg rebel stronghold in the north, where instability has grown in recent months and where the journalists were...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
PARIS/BAMAKO | (Reuters) - France will stick to its timetable for withdrawing troops from Mali despite a resurgence in violence and the killing of two French journalists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. France, which sent soldiers to its former colony in January to combat militants who had taken over large swathes of Mali, has already delayed by two months plans to reduce troop numbers from 3,200 to 1,000 by the end of the year. Speaking on Radio France Internationale, Fabius said France had moved 150 soldiers from the south to Kidal, the northerly Tuareg rebel stronghold, where instability has grown in recent months and where the journalists were abducted. President Francois Hollande "immediately decided to strengthen our presence...
(CNN 11/06/13)
(CNN) -- The bodies of two French journalists, who were killed in Mali, arrived in France Tuesday, Radio France International reported. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon worked for Radio France International and were kidnapped Saturday morning. The abduction occurred after the journalists were interviewing a Tuareg rebel near the northern town of Kidal, a local governor said, according to RFI sister network France Info. Both were kidnapped by four men in a Toyota, said Gov. Adama Kamissoko of Kidal. Hollande on Kenya, Mali and Libya.Kidal was one of the strongholds of the Islamic militant Tuareg uprising last year that plunged Mali into chaos after a military-led coup. Following the coup, Tuareg rebels occupied the northern half of the country. Veteran...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
LONDON | Wed Nov 6, 2013 (Reuters) - Three years ago, a trip to the Southern Kenya production facilities of Canadian company Africa Oil attracted only seven potential investors. Two months ago, 60 boarded the flight. The investor trip, described by sales staff at Citi following a recent client conference, is just one illustration of the swelling interest in the most esoteric frontier markets. In a world of low yields and paltry growth, the attraction of frontier markets - the lesser developed emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America - is pretty clear. Juicy returns, often huge natural resources and young populations provide a stark contrast to the ageing economic profile in the West. "Everyone...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - A former Deutsche Bank unit will pay $12.1 million to harmed borrowers in order to resolve allegations that it discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers seeking mortgage loans, the U.S. housing regulator said on Tuesday. MortgageIT, which was an indirect subsidiary of the German bank, charged higher rates and fees to minority borrowers and denied their loan applications more often than comparable white borrowers, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. The money will be used to compensate borrowers who were unfairly denied a loan or whose loans violated fair lending laws, the agency said. "It's creditworthiness and ability to pay that matter when you apply for a loan, not your race or where you...
(The Guardian 11/05/13)
Contingent to be scaled down after upcoming general election as focus shifts to political process. French forces are still holding the front line in Mali, and a huge operation launched last month is still under way. It is the first to deploy French forces, the Malian army and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali against armed terrorist groups. It is a large undertaking, with some 1,500 soldiers in the bend formed by the river Niger, but it may be striking at empty space after months of "cleansing" operations by French combatants. With one month before a general election, the military reckon the terrorist threat is only "residual". According to a French officer on the ground, attacks in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/05/13)
OUAGADOUGOU | (Reuters) - The three main rebel groups in northern Mali said on Monday they had agreed to merge, creating a united front in an ongoing peace process with the government. A Tuareg uprising in northern Mali last year plunged the country into chaos, leading to a coup in the capital Bamako and the occupation of the region by Islamist militants. Since a French-led invasion in January to drive out Islamists, rebel groups have been scattered and reconciliation with them is one of the greatest challenges for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The three groups are: the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA) and the Arab Movement of Azawad...

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