Tuesday 24 April 2018
(Ips News 01/16/14)
WASHINGTON, (IPS) - Top diplomats and retired U.S. military officials are urging Western and African governments to step up the global fight against illegal wildlife poaching. Adding new pressure ahead of a major February summit slated to take place in the United Kingdom on the subject, a growing body of evidence suggests that wildlife poaching is funding criminal and terrorist organisations in several parts of Africa. These groups include Al-Shabaab in Somalia, and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda and South Sudan, who have reportedly turned to the killing of wild rhinoceros, elephants and other protected species to sell their tusks. "On one end, you have the poor local tribesman with no job who just needs the money. On...
(Voice of America 01/15/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande says European countries likely will offer military backing to France's operation in the conflict-torn Central African Republic, and he denies his country is going it alone in defusing crises overseas. Hollande made the remarks in Paris Tuesday at a news conference that was overshadowed by reports about his personal life. The president offered no deadline for the end of France's operation in the Central African Republic. But he said Paris will not meddle in the African country's internal politics as it tries to form a transitional government. "France is working with African countries in the region to ensure that the CAR eventually will be able to have the same kind of political transition -...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/14)
BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday blasted Japanese prime minister's criticism of China's Africa policy, saying the comment was "unprofessional". "Such an accusation was unprofessional and ridiculous," spokesman Hong Lei told a daily press briefing. Hong made the remarks when asked to comment on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's accusation that China's aid to Africa was aimed at the continent's market and resources while Japan's aid helped create more jobs for the continent. Abe concluded his six-day visit to three African countries on Wednesday. Hong reviewed China's long-term assistance to Africa, saying it helped African economic and social development and people's livelihood. He cited China's assistance to African highways, railways and power stations, saying...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/14)
ADDIS ABABA, January 15, 2014 (AFP) - China launched a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan on Wednesday, warning African nations of an impending "resurrection of Japanese militarism" and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a "troublemaker". In a press conference held the day after Abe wrapped up a landmark African tour aimed at boosting Japan's presence in the continent, China's ambassador to the African Union accused him of trying to undermine Beijing's own diplomatic reach. "Abe has become the biggest troublemaker in Asia," Xie Xiaoyan, who is also China's ambassador to Ethiopia, told reporters. "He has worked hard to portray China as a threat, aiming to sow discord, raising regional tensions and so creating a convenient excuse for the resurrection of...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/14)
TEL AVIV, January 15, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of African women and children seeking asylum in Israel staged a protest march in Tel Aviv Wednesday against the Jewish state's immigration policies, an AFP correspondent said. "We are refugees," women chanted, many of them carrying infants or pushing prams along the streets of this coastal city where most of them live. Holding placards reading "We need freedom" and "stop racism!" they marched first to the headquarters of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, then on to the US embassy. Last week, the UNHCR warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers. "We are seeking asylum. We're not criminals,"...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/14)
Japan should increase its business links with the fast-growing economies in Africa, "the continent that carries the hopes of the world", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said. Speaking in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa at the end of his first tour of the continent, he also pledged to increase aid and investment. Mr Abe said he would increase support for peacekeeping in South Sudan. His visit is seen as an attempt to rival China's huge influence in Africa. Mr Abe said Japan's priorities would be the continent's young people and women. "We will centre the axis of Japan's diplomacy toward Africa on two groups: Young people, who will without a doubt shoulder the responsibility for the future Africa, and women,...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/14)
There has been a "catastrophic collapse" in the number of lions in West Africa, with only around 400 left in the region, a new survey suggests. With fewer than 250 mature lions of breeding age, there are concerns the entire population could disappear. The research by Panthera, a non-profit organisation, was carried out in 17 countries, from Senegal to Nigeria, and took more than six years. West African lions are genetically distinct from others in Africa. In 2005, West African lions were believed to live in 21 different protected areas. But the survey, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, suggests lions now exist in just four of those sites. The report says lions now roam in just 1.1% of...
(Xinhuanet 01/14/14)
LUSAKA, (Xinhua) -- A senior Zambian government official said plans were currently underway to standardize mining policies in Africa to enable countries fully benefit from their mineral resources, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Monday. Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development said African countries are expected to form an alliance that will standardize the mining system to do deter some companies from exploiting mineral-rich nations. "Zambia, like many other countries, has not maximized benefits from the mineral resource. We have come together to look into ways of ensuring that the same mining standards are applied everywhere so that, if say, Zambia turns down a mining prospector, (the investor), will not go to Zimbabwe or Angola because the...
(Xinhuanet 01/14/14)
BEIJING,(Xinhuanet) -- Although big-ticket infrastructure projects and building contracts have been the preferred route for most Chinese companies in Africa, one Chinese company is hoping to make a difference with a rather diverse approach. The company, Guanghzou-based Sunda International Trading Co, is banking on its Africa-specific brands and villa construction projects to grow profits and establish strong links in Africa. Sunda, which started operations in 2000 as a foreign trade agent, was one of the first Chinese companies to launch Africa-specific brands in 2011. From its first branch in Ghana in 2004, the company now has a footprint that covers more countries in Africa. Wang Dajiang, vice-president of Sunda, says Ghana will be the pivot for the company's expansion in...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/14)
Thousands of children could be dying each year because the World Health Organization has not updated guidelines for treating those going into shock, UK researchers warn. They say the advice to give large quantities of fluid is deadly. The updated guidelines in 2013 did not recommend a change, which the researchers described as "disappointing and puzzling". The WHO said it had to be "very vigilant" when changing guidelines. And that it aimed to publish a new set of interim guidelines by early 2015. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We're very concerned that two and a half years later the guidelines have not changed” Prof Kathryn Maitland Imperial College London Disagreement Critically ill patients can go into shock as...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/14)
Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, 12 January Pope Francis named his new cardinals during his Sunday address. Pope Francis is to appoint 19 new cardinals next month, including churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso, reflecting his commitment to the poor. Cardinals, who wear red hats and robes, are the most senior clergymen in the Roman Catholic Church below the Pope. Sixteen of the new appointees are under 80, making them eligible to enter a conclave to elect the Pope's successor. The new cardinals will be formally instated at a ceremony, known as a consistory, on 22 February. Continue reading the main story...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/13/14)
(Reuters) - Pope Francis put his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Sunday, naming 19 new cardinals from around the world and emphasizing his concern for poor countries. Sixteen of them are "cardinal electors" under 80 and thus eligible to enter a conclave to elect a pope. They come from Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile, Burkina Faso, the Philippines and Haiti. Half of them are non-Europeans, indicating the importance Francis attaches to the developing world. Francis is the first Latin American pope and the first non-European pontiff in some 1,300 years. Cardinals are the pope's closest advisers in the Vatican and around the world. Apart...
(Bloomberg 01/11/14)
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may seek to secure natural gas supplies from Mozambique during a three-nation African tour this week, the first visit to the continent by a Japanese leader in almost eight years. Japan, the world’s biggest importer of liquefied natural gas, has been seeking new energy sources after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The world’s third-largest economy has been without nuclear power, which accounts for about a quarter of its energy needs, since September as all of the country’s 50 reactors have been shut pending safety reviews. “Since the Fukushima accident, Japan’s imports of natural gas for electricity generation have risen enormously, including from Africa,” Katsumi Hirano, head researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, an affiliate of...
(RFI(EN) 01/11/14)
France's higher education system is going online with an extra eight million euros being invested in Massive Open Online Courses (Moocs). France's Minister for Higher Education, Geneviève Fioraso announced the new funding on Tuesday in addition to 12 million euros already planned to develop these online courses. The first eight French Moocs start Thursday, via the French platform called France Université Numérique (Fun). Some 88,000 people had already signed up for the 25 courses that are due to start this year. These are taught by professors at some of France's top universities, from the HEC business management school, to Sciences Po, France's Institute for political science. Fioraso said that France is lagging behind the US and the UK in developing...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/11/14)
Counting people displaced by conflict or natural disaster is a difficult and sometimes contentious process. The greatest number of those displaced usually falls into the category of internally displaced persons (IDPs) - citizens who are forced to flee to other parts of their home nation. In Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan and Somalia have the continent's largest internally displaced populations which are among the largest in the world. The U.N. Refugee Agency expects 2013 would have been "one of the worst periods for forced displacement in decades", although full figures will not be released until later this year. Mass displacements caused by recent violence in South Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR) suggest this trend may...
(Voice of America 01/11/14)
Scientists and food experts have high hopes in achieving global food security as the Cinsultatvie Group on Internnational Agricultural Research (CGIAR) recently announced a billion-dollar funding milestone. The world’s largest agriculture research partnership says funding for research and development went from $500 million dollars in 2008 to $1 billion dollars in 2013. CGIAR partners around the world conduct research to reduce poverty in rural areas to overcome complex challenges in areas such as climate change, water scarcity, land degradation and chronic malnutrition. The new funding allows the consortium to expand their focus on their 16 global research programs in developing policies and technologies. The increased funding has also allows the partnership to commit to providing 12 million African households with...
(Daily Maverick 01/11/14)
Only a few years ago Africa was labelled the hapless continent, a result of an era of colonial exploitation that was followed by decades of kleptocratic rule, civil wars and worse in many nations. Then, surprisingly, the popular narrative switched - it became a story of Africa rising. This catch phrase was everyone's lips - and even on the covers of such usually-sober journals as The Economist. But, has the pendulum begun to swing away from an irrational exuberance for the continent's future? J. BROOKS SPECTOR attended an African business futures conference, organised by the Frontier Advisory organisation, to attempt to glean some clarity on the question. To hear co-CEO of Standard Bank Sim Tshabalala tell it in his typically...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three successive titles, emulating Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, who now plays for Chelsea. Voted for by African national team coaches and technical directors, Toure needs only one more title to join Eto'o in an elite band of players who have won...
(BBC News Africa 01/10/14)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to pledge more than $14bn (£8.5bn) in aid and trade deals during his week-long visit to Africa. He is also hoping to secure energy resources and increase exports. Mr Abe's first stop is Oman, before he visits three fast-growing economies - Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Mozambique. BBC Africa Business Report's Lerato Mbele says the visit is seen as a step by Japan to compete with China, in the new scramble for African resources. In Ethiopia, he is to announce plans for a geo-thermal plant, which reinforces the country's growing renewable energy profile. Mozambique recently made huge gas and coal discoveries and Japan is one of many investors scouting deals there. Although Ivory Coast...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and strength and have achieved success, fame and fortune. Belowis a list of players from the African continent, which includeone Congolese, one Togolese, one Cameroonian, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, two Malians, and three Ivoirians, who have been on top of their...

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