Tuesday 20 February 2018
(BBC News Africa 12/27/13)
The entire contents of a former prep school in north Yorkshire is being shipped out to a school in Africa. Furniture, books and a billiard table are among the items donated by the independent school, which closed in the summer but wants to remain anonymous. The 40ft (12m) shipping container is being sent out to pupils in Lawra in Ghana by Wiltshire based charity, Action Through Enterprise (ATE). Sarah Gardner, from ATE, said: "We've been given everything - it's amazing." ATE, which was set up by Ms Gardner, runs a number of schemes in the rural upper west region of Ghana. Action Through Enterprise (ATE) The equipment is for a new teaching block at Karbo Primary School. One of its...
( 12/26/13)
Tel Aviv — Hundreds of African migrants and human rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on 21 December to protest the Israeli government's policy of detaining irregular migrants, the majority of them asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan. The protest came less than a week after a demonstration in Jerusalem by about 150 asylum seekers who had walked out of a new so-called open facility in Israel's southern Negev desert, known as Holot. The protestors hoped to meet with Minister of the Interior Gideon Sa'ar, an avid supporter of Israel's strict "anti-infiltration" measures, but were arrested soon after reaching Jerusalem. Holot was opened in response to a September 2013 Supreme Court ruling, which struck down an amendment...
(Voice of America 12/26/13)
More than 140 passengers from five African countries have been stranded at Brussels International Airport since early Thursday. They were to have departed late Tuesday from Chicago aboard a United Airlines plane with a planned three-hour stop in Brussels. But, their Chicago flight was delayed and they missed their connecting flight on Brussels Airlines. The carrier told them the next available flight is Friday. United told VOA “some passengers did miss their connections on other airlines to their final destinations, and our team in Brussels is doing everything it can to help the passengers make alternate accommodations as soon as possible.” Daniel Dogba, a Liberian who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and one of the stranded passengers, said all 142...
(UN.org 12/26/13)
Three Rome-based United Nations agencies are teaming up on a $2.7 million project to tackle the problem of food losses in developing countries, beginning with pilot programmes in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Globally, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes - enough food to feed 2 billion people - according to a joint news release by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The three-year project by the agencies is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and focuses on food losses in developing countries, which can...
(UN.org 12/26/13)
The United Nations is highlighting the intrinsic values and contributions of wild animals and plants, particularly endangered and protected species, by devoting 3 of March as 'World Wildlife Day.' In a resolution adopted last Friday, the 193-member Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions. Those include "ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being, and recognized the important role of CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora] in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species' survival." The Assembly selected 3 March for the Day, to coincide with the adoption of the CITES document, an international agreement between Governments of 176...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/24/13)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday deployed about 150 Marines to a base in the Horn of Africa to prepare for possible further evacuations of American citizens from the deepening conflict in South Sudan, U.S. officials said on Monday. The deployment of a special crisis-response team of Marines, who are normally stationed at Moron Air Base in Spain, follows a thwarted evacuation attempt in South Sudan over the weekend in which four U.S. soldiers were wounded by gunfire. Three U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Marines were sent to a base in Djibouti, a move that would allow them to deploy to South Sudan more quickly, if asked. Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon...
(AFP (eng) 12/23/13)
NEW YORK – The UN secretary-general says an estimated $1.2bn worth of cocaine transits through West Africa each year, and the Security Council is expressing “deep concern” about the drug trade’s increasing links to terrorist groups. The council issued a presidential statement on Wednesday after Ban Ki-moon briefed it on the widespread risks to stability in a region where borders are porous, governments are poorly funded and extremists groups are active. West Africa’s recent rise as a route for cocaine and other drugs from Latin America to Europe has startled the international community. Diplomats now point out that the region is producing its own drugs, including methamphetamine. Ban says the region now has “more than a million users of illicit...
(Reuters 12/22/13)
(Reuters) - Seven years ago, Dagmawi Yimer was "between life and death" when Italian navy officers rescued him and 30 others from a skiff in heavy seas between Libya and the island of Lampedusa. Today, Yimer directs documentary films about immigrants like himself from the home in the northern city of Verona he shares with his Italian partner and their two-year-old daughter. He is part of the fast-growing immigrant population that is changing the face of Italy, just as it has transformed the populations of more northern European countries such as Britain, France or Germany. He is also one of many foreigners who are trying - through cultural initiatives such as films and books - to change the racist views...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/21/13)
(Reuters) - African mediators said they held "productive" talks on Friday with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, trying to prevent an almost week-long conflict plunging the world's newest nation into an ethnic civil war. In a sign of the nervousness among South Sudan's neighbors, Ugandan soldiers flew in to help evacuate their citizens. Two anonymous military sources said they would also help secure the capital, which lies about 75 km (50 miles) from Uganda's border. Kiir, a member of the Dinka ethnic group, has accused his former vice president Riek Machar, a Nuer who was sacked in July, of attempting to seize power by force. Fighting that began on Sunday in the capital Juba has swiftly spread, and U.N. staff...
(24 Tanzania 12/20/13)
RABAT, Morocco, December 20, 2013 – An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Jean-François Dauphin visited Morocco from December 5 to 19, 2013 to conduct with the Moroccan authorities discussions on the 2013 Article IV consultation, as well as on the third review of Morocco’s economic performance under an arrangement supported by the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL). imf-logo The IMF Executive Board approved a 24-month arrangement under the PLL in an amount equivalent to about US$6 billion (700 percent of Morocco’s quota) in August 2012. During its stay, the mission also met with representatives of the private sector and civil society. The discussions focused on recent economic developments, the medium-term outlook, and economic policies to strengthen the...
(Voice of America 12/20/13)
DAKAR — African militaries want surveillance drones to help them patrol their borders and vast open spaces, but engineers and entrepreneurs say unmanned aerial vehicles could do so much more than just track the bad guys. They could deliver medicines, protect endangered species, and drive economic growth, with cargo drones moving goods quickly and cheaply. But some experts warn that opening up civilian air space to drones, even for such purportedly "good" uses, could create problems in the long run. Kenyan engineer James Munyoki has built several drones. His latest prototype can carry 6 kilograms. He is working on getting that up to 10. "When I started building them, I was thinking the payload would be something like a camera...
(The New York Times 12/20/13)
JERUSALEM — Some arrived here on Tuesday in sturdy walking boots donated by local aid organizations; others came less equipped for the leftover snow on the ground, wearing sandals and house slippers. They held placards bearing slogans like “Refugees but not criminals” and a verse invoking a biblical injunction against oppressing the stranger because “you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” The roughly 200 asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea came to protest their treatment by the Israeli authorities, finishing a two-day journey. On Sunday they left a new “open” detention facility where they were being held in the Negev desert and walked for about six hours to Beersheba, the nearest city. They spent the night in the bus...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/20/13)
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area on Thursday, the fifth day of a conflict that has deepened ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation. The conflict, which has so far killed up to 500 people, has alarmed South Sudan's neighbors. African mediators held talks with President Salva Kiir on Thursday to try to broker peace, and U.S. President Barak Obama urged the clashing factions to stop fighting. The clashes that erupted around the capital Juba on Sunday night have quickly spread, pitting loyalists of the former Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, against Kiir, a member of the dominant Dinka...
(The Observer 12/20/13)
An estimated 500 people are now said to have been killed in the sporadic fighting that started on Sunday and has been described as a coup attempt. What is most worrying is that the ethnic dimension of the conflict is beginning to rear its ugly head with reports of ethnic-inspired massacres. A civil war might well be imminent if nothing is done quickly to restore sanity. With thousands of Ugandans working or doing business in South Sudan, Uganda is directly affected by these negative developments. Not only are Ugandans among those killed, many Ugandan traders are counting their losses. Besides, the resulting humanitarian situation could see refugees pouring across the border. It is, therefore, in Uganda's interest to have a...
(Voice of America 12/20/13)
Scientists say climate change will not affect all regions of the world equally – especially when it comes to fresh water. The latest computer models indicate some places will get a lot less, while others get a lot more. Dr. Jacob Schewe and his colleagues say that “water scarcity is a major threat for human development” if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked. They’ve published their findings in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The reason we’re concerned is that it’s a very important issue for a lot of people. We all depend on water for so many different purposes. And water scarcity, where it exists, really impairs many things that people do and that...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/19/13)
ADDIS ABABA Wed(Reuters) - A group of East African foreign ministers will travel to South Sudan on Thursday to seek an end to days of fighting, the first foreign mission to enter the country since the eruption of the conflict that has killed up to 500 people. Clashes between rival groups of soldiers started in the capital Juba late on Sunday and spread on Wednesday to the flashpoint town of Bor, scene of an ethnic massacre in 1991, raising fears of a slide into civil war. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of starting the fighting and trying to launch a coup, charges denied by Machar. Kiir said on Wednesday he was ready for...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/13)
Security forces have foiled an attempt by about 1,000 migrants to charge a six-metre tall border fence that separates Morocco from the Spanish-held north African territory of Melilla, Spain's government said. The migrants organised themselves into lines and approached the Moroccan side of Melilla's border on Tuesday, according to the government representative. They got close to the fence, but Spanish and Moroccan security forces were able to block their approach. Authorities said this practice has become common as desperate migrants try to enter the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta. Both cities, of about 80,000 inhabitants, share the European Union's only land borders with Africa, making them a common target for hopeful migrants. But several have died trying the cross...
(Voice of America 12/18/13)
Dakar — Researchers working with the African Development Bank say that African countries have lost as much as $1.4 trillion in cash leakages over the last 30 years. Much of the lost money is a result of illicit cash flows and corruption, and continues to hinder development in the region. The amount of illicit cash flowing out of Africa has nearly doubled over the past three decades. Illicit cash flows refer to funds leaving a country through irregular means, often to skirt local taxes. This can range from a foreign business underreporting its earnings in an African country and then funneling revenue into offshore accounts, corrupt officials embezzling state funds and tucking them away overseas, or organized crime groups just...
(Daily Observer 12/18/13)
Lawmakers on Monday unanimously adopted the Report on the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) during the latter's October session in South Africa. The Report looked at issues relating to enhanced African integration with a view to expediting development vis-à-vis Agenda 2063 adopted by the authority of heads of state during the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity/Africa Union. The Report challenged African parliamentarians to play a key role in the continent's integration through sensitisations and dialogue, putting in place legislations for sustainable development in all aspects. Tabling the report before lawmakers, Hon. Bintanding Jarjue of Foni Berefet, informed that the session explored women's rights and violence against women. She said it also...
(Voice of America 12/18/13)
WASHINGTON — About two-thirds of the 8,400 French troops involved in foreign operations are based in Africa, primarily in Mali and the Central African Republic. Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande said recently that he wants his country to double its trade to Africa over the next five years. Together, the developments could indicate the former colonial power in Africa is again trying to bolster its influence on the continent. France has carried out more than 10 major military interventions on the African continent since the early 1990s, in countries including Chad, Ivory Coast and Libya. This year, France gained international attention for its leading role in intervening in the crisis in Mali and now the Central African Republic. Peter Pham,...

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