Saturday 25 November 2017
(Voice of America 09/27/13)
UNITED NATIONS — Mali's newly-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita called on Thursday for nations in the Sahara region to create a regional multilateral force that could intervene quickly to respond to the ongoing Islamist threat across the area. Attacks in Niger, growing instability in southern Libya and clashes between Tunisian government troops and Islamist militants have shown how al-Qaida-linked rebels have taken advantage of a security vacuum in the region since French-led forces intervened in Mali earlier this year to oust them. Despite the presence in Mali of some 3,200 French troops and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), trafficking routes across West Africa remain wide open, from Mauritania on the Atlantic coast, through Algeria and Mali, into Niger...
(Voice of America 09/27/13)
UNITED NATIONS — World leaders meeting at the United Nations have been calling for a coordinated response to terrorist attacks in Africa following the deaths of at least 67 people in an attack by Somali militants in Kenya. The attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall put African terrorism back into the world spotlight. U.S. President Barack Obama said he is working with African leaders to dismantle terror networks while Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the fight must be united. "We maintain that terror anywhere in the world is terror on all of us. And, we call on global leaders to come together and fight terror," said Jonathan. Nigeria is currently engaged in a fight with terrorists from a group called Boko...
(Ghana Business News 09/27/13)
Mr. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, has challenged governments in Africa to wisely manage revenues that come from the continent’s natural resources. In managing these resource rents, he urged African “leaders to invest more upfront to relieve the pressing human needs that constrain Africa’s development.” Mr. Annan was speaking at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) on September 26, 2013 to mark the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year in Geneva. The lecture was as well to celebrate the move of the Graduate Institute to its new campus, ‘Maison de la Paix’. Speaking on the theme “Is Africa’s mining boom helping or harming its people?” Kofi Annan bemoaned the...
(Times of Zambia 09/26/13)
President Michael Sata has said Africa needs a permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Delivering his keynote address to the 68th session of UN Heads of State annual general debate on Tuesday night, Mr Sata said it was Zambia’s and Africa’s desire for the continent to have a permanent seat on the Security Council. He said negotiations for Africa to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council organ were long overdue and reiterated the need to conclude them as defined by the Ezulwini Consesus. Mr Sata said the efficacy of the Security Council should be manifested in its adaptation to the prevailing global realities of international peace and security and the legitimacy realised through an all-inclusive...
(BBC News Africa 09/26/13)
At least four UN peacekeepers have been involved in the rape of a woman in Mali, according to the UN. The soldiers have been identified as being among 1,500 Chadian troops serving with Minusma. The UN says it wants Chad to investigate the incident and take disciplinary action against the men. Minusma took over security duties in July after the withdrawal of French forces, which led an operation to oust Islamist militants from the north. The assault is believed to have happened last Thursday in the northern city of Gao. Gao was among the areas seized by militants following a coup in March 2012. The woman is thought to have come forward seeking medical help from the UN immediately after...
(Voice of America 09/26/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Experts say Africa's economy is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2013, and exceed five percent growth in 2014. Statistics compiled by the African Development Bank, the U.N. Development Population and the OECD Development Center indicate Libya will be the fastest growing African country, followed by Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. The African Economic Outlook report of the African Development Bank and its partners projects that Africa’s gross domestic product -- the measure of goods and services produced -- will grow by 5.3 percent in 2014. Central and West Africa are the fastest growing regions, mainly because of their commodities. GDP Growth in AfricaGDP Growth in Africa Anthony Simpasa of the African Development Bank said the...
(BBC News Africa 09/26/13)
Nelson Mandela is continuing to respond to treatment at his home in Houghton, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. The former South African president, 95, returned home at the start of September after almost three months in hospital. In his statement, President Zuma thanked the global community for their support but did not go into detail about Mr Mandela's condition. Previous statements have often said he is "critical but stable". Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital in Pretoria in June with a recurring lung condition. Family members have spoken of their happiness at having Mr Mandela home again. "Our revered former president continues to respond to treatment at his home," said President Zuma on Wednesday. "His family and our...
(Voice of America 09/25/13)
The U.S. military has moved its fleet of drones from a key Horn of Africa air base to a more remote location. A Pentagon official tells VOA that the unmanned aircraft have been moved from Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. base in Djibouti, to another location in the country. The official says the new location alleviates traffic issues that resulted from having drones share the same runway with regular base traffic and commercial air traffic. Camp Lemonnier is located at the Djibouti international airport. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the relocation took place after a string of crashes raised fears in Djibouti about the risk of collisions between drones and passenger planes. The newspaper says local officials had expressed concern...
( 09/24/13)
World leaders and others who have pledged to help Mali recover from nearly two years of conflict will gather in the Mali capital, Bamako, today for the official inauguration of the newly elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. "I want to reconcile hearts and minds, restore true brotherhood between us," said President Keita, echoing his campaign speech after taking the oath of office on 4 September. "So that all the different people can play their part harmoniously in the national symphony." This came days after protesters jeered and threw stones at government officials visiting the northeastern city of Kidal - a Tuareg-rebel stronghold and the base of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), which seized the north of...
(Newstime Africa 09/23/13)
BAMAKO, Mali, September 23, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – An Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted jointly by the Government of Mali, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and 15 other partners shows that three out of four households living in northern regions of the country are food insecure and heavily reliant on food assistance. The most vulnerable people in northern Mali, estimated to number around 1.3 million, have had little chance to recover following the recent conflict and last year’s food and nutrition crisis as a result of erratic rains. As internally displaced people and refugees begin to return to their home communities, the limited resources will be further strained and...
(Voice of America 09/23/13)
ABUJA — Activists in Nigeria say security in West Africa is directly related to the region’s ability to adapt to climate change. To raise awareness, an environmental group called 'Walk to Mali' is planning a 3,400 kilometer trek from Nigeria to Mali. Climate change is affecting West Africa, where most of the people are farmers, growing just enough food to feed their families. But ‘Walk to Mali’ program director Oludotun Babayemi says these farming communities are victims of environmental degradation and need to develop strategies to cope with deforestation, increased flooding and other impacts of climate change. “We are not the most emitters of carbon dioxide, but we are left to adapt to what is happening right now, one of...
(CNN 09/23/13)
(CNN) -- Africa is in the middle of an amazing demographic shift. Our continent is the only one where the size of the younger generation is rising significantly. Our population is already 16 years younger than in China, and this is only the beginning. Within less than three generations, four out of ten of the world's youth will live on our continent. This demographic dividend -- and the energy and enthusiasm it brings -- offers us a unique advantage which other continents facing the prospect of a rapidly aging population and dwindling workforce can only envy. In a world changing with breakneck speed, it is young people who are best equipped to identify and deliver fresh solutions to our problems...
(Voice of America 09/21/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — Can the United States take a trade law that’s helping to increase African exports, and make it better? That’s what African and American politicians, economists and policy makers are discussing as they consider the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. The legislation, which expires in two years, drops duties and tariffs on thousands of products from the continent. Supporters say it’s generated hundreds of billions of dollars in trade and investment opportunities. Most African development specialists and policy makers would like to see AGOA extended, at least for another ten years. Some would like to add other low income countries outside Africa or include a wider range of products. A new study by...
(Voice of America 09/20/13)
DAKAR — After Mali's nearly two-year crisis tore the country in half and deepened divisions in both the north and the south, newly elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says reuniting his nation is a top priority. Comparing the job ahead to "stitching back together" what he has called Mali's shredded social fabric, Keita has said he is aiming to get Malians to harmonize as a "national symphony." For many Malians, however, dialogue and justice must precede reconciliation. "First, we need to look at all that has happened, who did what and why," said a man on the streets of Bamako who withheld his name. "Only then will we be able to forgive and start fresh." In a country where decades...
(BBC News Africa 09/20/13)
The African Union has called a special summit to discuss a mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in protest at the trial of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto. A letter sent to the ICC signed by African leaders says Mr Ruto's presence in The Hague will disadvantage Kenya. The AU has previously accused the ICC of "hunting" African leaders and ignoring atrocities elsewhere. The ICC says it is standing up for victims of crimes wherever they are. The extraordinary summit will be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 October. Days before the start of Mr Ruto's trial this month, Kenya's parliament voted to leave the ICC. This decision will not affect the trial of Mr...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/13)
DAKAR | Fri Sep 20, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions. The push coincides with Hezbollah's deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar al-Assad. It also comes in the wake of attacks outside Lebanon linked to Hezbollah that Western experts say are part of global campaign that could soon include Africa. Critics, however, argue that Washington and its allies may be exaggerating the threat and failing to distinguish between different forms of support for various elements of...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion Week. The lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, according to supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman, who this month launched a campaign to raise awareness of racism in the industry...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/13)
BAMAKO, September 19, 2013 (AFP) - Leaders from across Africa and France arrived in Mali on Thursday for the inauguration of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in front of thousands of supporters as the nation entered a new era of democracy after months of political chaos. Idriss Deby of Chad, the Ivory Coast's Alassane Ouattara and Moroccan king Mohammed VI were prominent guests among 26 heads of state invited to welcome Mali's new leader, elected by a landslide on August 11, and enjoy military parades and cultural displays. But French President Francois Hollande was expected to take centre stage at the 55,000-seat March 26 Stadium in the capital Bamako, with the ceremony drawing a line under military action launched by Paris...
(Voice of America 09/19/13)
More than 20 heads of state including French President Francois Hollande gathered in Bamako Thursday for the inauguration of Mali's new president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Keita addressed a stadium with more than 40,000 Malians in attendance, including representatives of the MNLA, the Tuareg separatist group whose rebellion touched off a coup in Bamako and the Islamist militant takeover of the north last year. Keita pledged to be the president of all Malians, and also thanked the international community for its help in restoring order to the war-torn West African country. French forces led the offensive that ousted al-Qaida-linked militant groups from power in the north earlier this year. Keita was elected president last month, defeating his rival in a run-off...
(Voice of America 09/19/13)
The U.S. government has filed murder charges against a Malian national accused of killing a U.S defense official in Niger 13 years ago. Alhassane Ould Mohamed, 42, allegedly shot and killed William Bultemeier in Niger's capital, Niamey, on December 23, 2000. Bultemeier was working at the U.S. embassy at the time. The U.S. Justice Department says he and some colleagues were leaving a restaurant when Mohamed approached Bultemeier, demanded the keys to his car, and then shot him with a pistol. An unnamed co-conspirator shot and seriously wounded a U.S. Marine staff sergeant who ran to Bultemeier's aid. The two alleged assailants then drove away in Bultemeier's car, a licensed diplomatic vehicle. The FBI says Mohamed was arrested in Mali...

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