Thursday 29 June 2017
(La Croix 06/28/17)
Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui has denied authorizing the signing in his name of a “political agreement for peace in the Central African Republic” sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community. Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga said he did not sign or authorize a representative to sign a “political agreement for peace in the Central African Republic” sponsored by the Sant'Egidio community. The aim of the ten-page document was to put an end to violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). But a few days after its publication, the archbishop of Bangui formally denied initialing the document, which was in fact signed by Godefroy Mokamande purportedly as the “representative of Cardinal Nzapalainga". However, in a communiqué issued on June...
(Bloomberg 06/28/17)
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. may cut about 8,500 jobs in South Africa and halt some unprofitable operations as the world’s third-largest gold producer pursues a turnaround in its home country. AngloGold intends to place its Kopanang mine and the Savuka section of the TauTona mine on care and maintenance, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Wednesday. AngloGold is taking the steps “to ensure the viability of our remaining operations,” spokesman Stewart Bailey said by phone. AngloGold’s South African mines made their first loss since 2012 in the first quarter of this year, as costs surged 44 percent and output slid. The company said in May it was reviewing operations in the country, where it employs about 28,000 people, including contractors...
(Le Monde 06/27/17)
Ce que les Chinois, les Turcs, les Indiens réussissent à faire, pourquoi les entreprises françaises ne le feraient-elles pas ? demande Etienne Giros. La France vit un bouleversement politique d’une ampleur surprenante. Sous l’impulsion d’un président de 39 ans, un large renouvellement du personnel politique va de pair avec un écroulement des partis traditionnels et l’émergence d’une nouvelle majorité. Les relations avec l’Afrique seront évidemment impactées par ce mouvement. A cette occasion, qu’il soit permis aux entreprises françaises investies en...
(Bloomberg 06/27/17)
The International Monetary Fund had suspicions about Mozambique’s hidden loans almost a year before the government finally admitted it had undisclosed debt, email exchanges between the fund and the government show. The communications, seen by Bloomberg and confirmed by the IMF, show for the first time how the fund sought to uncover the state’s concealment of its borrowings as far back as May 2015. The government’s eventual disclosure in April 2016 of more than $1 billion of previously hidden loans led the fund and...
(Voice of America 06/27/17)
BANGUI — A new peace deal between the Bangui government and 13 major rebel groups in the Central African Republic is being met with criticism and skepticism domestically. The agreement signed Monday in Rome promised an immediate cease-fire in exchange for political representation for the rebels. The new accord followed a series of peace deals signed by armed groups in the CAR during 2014 and 2015. All fell apart. "As one of the armed group representatives said, 'We have signed a good paper,' " said Igor Acko, the U.S. Institute of Peace's national program specialist in Bangui.
(RFI(EN) 06/27/17)
Uganda is hosting the first UN-backed Refugee Solidarity Summit to find support for the over 1.3 million refugees in the country over the next four years. Opening Thursday in Kampala, the two-day summit aims to raise two billion dollars a year for the second largest refugee-hosting country globally after Turkey and to showcase Uganda’s celebrated refugee model. Uganda now has a refugee population of 1.3 million and, with more new arrivals each day than any other country, it has earned...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/17)
Egyptian warplanes struck a convoy of 12 vehicles about to be driven across the border from Libya carrying weapons and ammunition, the military said on Tuesday. The military said in a statement that it had acted on "intelligence indicating a number of criminal elements had gathered to cross the border into Egypt using a number of four-wheel-drive vehicles". An official in the armed forces told AFP the vehicles had been on the move from Libya. Air force units...
(Voice of America 06/27/17)
MORA, CAMEROON — Cameroon has dispatched its defense minister to its northern border with Nigeria following a recent series of suicide bomb attacks that has left dozens dead. Militant group Boko Haram is believed to be behind the carnage. The central African state says the bombers have infiltrated markets and mosques as end of Ramadan feast draws near. Medical staff at the Mora hospital on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria have attended to at least 50 people injured in six...
(The Associated Press 06/27/17)
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died. Maj. Gen. Joseph Ponde told journalists that armed forces were alerted to the graves by Red Cross officials and villagers in the area. He said seven of the 10 new mass graves were located in Diboko. A U.N. team is due to arrive on the scene Wednesday. Human...
(BBC News Africa 06/27/17)
Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants. On Sunday three suicide bombers attacked the university killing themselves and a security guard. There has been a dramatic upsurge in violence in Maiduguri in recent months. Boko Haram, who want an Islamic state, loosely translates from Hausa as "Western education is forbidden". Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40416497
(Reuters (Eng) 06/24/17)
Kenya has promised free sanitary pads to all schoolgirls to encourage them to go to school during their periods, rather than stay at home with rags or tissues stuffed in their underwear. Every schoolgirl is Kenya is entitled to "free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels" and a safe place to dispose of them, according to the law introduced this week. "We are treating the access to sanitary pads as a basic human right," government spokesman Eric Kiraithe told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "We are improving the...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/24/17)
Air Senegal SA has ordered two ATR 72-600 aircraft in a 50 million euro ($56 million) deal as the new flagship carrier seeks to build up a fleet ahead of its launch later this year, the ministry of tourism and air transportation said on Thursday. Toulouse, France-based ATR, a partnership between Airbus and Italy's Leonardo, will deliver the two turboprop planes in November, the ministry said. Air Senegal was formed in April 2016 with 40 billion CFA francs ($68 million)...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/24/17)
The South African parliament is planning to challenge in court an anti-graft watchdog's recommendation of constitutional changes to the mandate of the central bank, it said on Friday, highlighting worsening divisions between state institutions. Divisions have also surfaced within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since President Jacob Zuma sacked his finance minister in March and are likely to keep emerging until the party elects a new leader in December. The central bank and Barclays...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/24/17)
An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude struck 60 kilometers (37.28 miles) northwest the Mozambique city of BEIRA, the United States Geological Survey said on Saturday. The USGS put the depth of the tremor at 10 km (6.21 miles). There were no other details immediately available. read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-quake-mozambique-idUSKBN19F02K
(The Associated Press 06/23/17)
The United States ambassador to Somalia says the U.S. once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year. The U.S. embassy was closed in 1991 as the Horn of Africa nation slid into decades of chaos. Former Secretary of State John Kerry during a 2015 visit said the U.S. would begin the process of re-establishing a diplomatic presence.
(Reuters 06/23/17)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 502 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, state media said on Friday, including prominent businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa, according to security sources. No list of names was immediately available, but the prisoners to be released include 25 women and "a large number of youth jailed in cases involving protesting and gathering," state news agency MENA reported, without specifying how many. Since seizing power in mid-2013 from the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi has presided over...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province, agricultural industry body group AgriSA said on Friday. Poultry producer Astral confirmed that the H5N8 bird flu strain was found on its Villiers farm on the outskirts of the Free State province, it said in a statement. The company said the farm had been quarantined and the site affected would be depleted of all birds. "Astral assures all stakeholders that everything...
(Voice of America 06/23/17)
GENEVA — The United Nations Human Rights Council launched an international investigation on Friday into killings and other atrocities in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 47-member Geneva forum adopted by consensus a resolution brought by African countries which also called on the Kinshasa government to cooperate with the team of international experts. U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has called repeatedly for the inquiry and said on Tuesday that a militia linked to government has...
(Voice of America 06/23/17)
BANGUI — Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic's capital. "I said, 'Take the children. You go to the camp. I am handicapped. I can't flee like the others. If something happens to me, at least my family will be safe,'" Lenguy, who is disabled from polio, recounted in an interview with The Associated Press. His wife refused and forced him to come with her, even when...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
The U.N. Security Council is calling on Eritrea and Djibouti to peacefully resolve a land dispute along their border. Djibouti accused Eritrea of deploying troops to occupy the contested area, known as Ras Doumeira, after a contingent of 450 Qatari peacekeepers departed last week. If true, the move could threaten a return to war for the first time since the countries fought over the land in 2008. In a news conference Monday, Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, the permanent representative of...

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