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Wednesday 23 April 2014

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(The Associated Press 04/23/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African troops captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by the rebels, Uganda's military said Tuesday, the latest blow against the rebel group in an international hunt for its fugitive leaders. The commander — a rebel lieutenant known as Charles Okello — was seized after a firefight in Central African Republic, where Uganda-led African Union troops are hunting down the rebels in vast jungle, said Ugandan military spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda. Up to 10 civilians, seven of them children, were rescued from the rebels, he said.
(Voice of America 04/23/14)
Uganda's military says troops have captured a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army [LRA] and freed 10 people who were held captive by the rebel group. A military spokesman said African troops hunting the LRA seized Charles Okello in the Central African Republic. The spokesman said most of those rescued were children. The LRA is notorious for attacking and looting villages, and also for its forced recruitment of child soldiers. The rebel group formed in the mid-1980's and battled the Ugandan government for 20 years before fleeing to nearby areas. Ugandan troops have been leading a U.S.-backed African Union mission...
(PANA 04/23/14)
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist, has promoted two African country heads to take regional roles in a continent poised for renewed growth, the company said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Former Managing Director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, becomes the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Southern Africa region, while Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect. Mtya,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
New York, US - African runners, led by last year's winners, are the clear favourites at Monday's (21 April) 2014 Boston Marathon in the US, PANA reported. The 118th running of the annual Marathon is significant because it will be the first edition of the race since the 2013 edition was ruined by a bomb explosion. Last year's winners in the men's and women's categories, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya respectively, will lead the pack of...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials. Supported by staff from the UN's refugee agency, 93 Muslims were transported east from Bangui to the town of Bambari, according to El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane, senior official in the town some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital. Sectarian violence in the former French colony has killed thousands...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Johannesburg (AFP) - Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was "on the brink of genocide", as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and "re-learn to live together". "Over the past 13 months, the nation's seemingly incessant struggles for political power and resources have degenerated into anarchy, hatred and ethnic cleansing -- the country stands on the brink of genocide; some would say it has already commenced," Archbishop Emeritus Tutu said in a...
(The Associated Press 04/22/14)
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed, according to a witness. Dimanche Ngodi, an official in the town of Grimari in the country's center, said the fighting began Sunday between Christian militants and former members of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels. Central African Republic exploded into sectarian violence last year amid mounting resentment toward the Seleka-led government, who took...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - In the nightmare of the strife-torn Central African Republic, many citizens have begun to long for the "good old days" of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the emperor who became infamous for his brutality yet worked economic wonders in their eyes. Some residents of the capital Bangui are openly nostalgic for the Bokassa era, which lasted from his military coup in 1966 until his overthrow in 1979, two years after a hugely extravagant coronation when the former...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/14)
BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) - French peacekeepers in Central African Republic escorted a convoy of Muslims away from the threat of violence in the capital on Monday to a town effectively controlled by Muslim rebels. A Reuters witness said 102 Muslims guarded by 150 French troops, supported by a helicopter patrolling overhead, left the northern suburb of PK-12 on Sunday in trucks for Bambari, about 300 km (190 miles) northeast of the capital. Almost all Muslims have fled Bangui since the Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March 2013, were forced to step aside in January.
(AL Jazeera 04/22/14)
A witness has said fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed. Dimanche Ngodi, an official in Grimari in the country's centre, told AP news agency the fighting began on Sunday between Christian fighters and former members of a Muslim rebel group. Ngodi said French forces intervened. Captain Sebastien Isern, spokesman for the French forces, said they were conducting regular patrols in the town, which had...
(PANA 04/22/14)
The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, has called on African countries to follow the example of China in their development programmes. 'It is important to keep the spirit of the experience of China for, it involves two direct links with Africa,' he said in a PANA interview. First, could Africa follow the same path for quick rural economic development, poverty reduction and industrialization, with regard to the fact that the emergence of China has changed the world economic growth?
(Ips News 04/22/14)
Washington — As the World Bank wrapped up its semi-annual joint meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here last weekend, it reaffirmed its commitment to bringing extreme poverty below three percent of the global population by 2030 while increasing the income of the poorest 40 percent of the population of each country. However, some suggest that in sub-Saharan Africa, this may be impossible. It's not easy to fix a country, rebuild institutions and get growth going while making sure...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/14)
BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Trade between China and Africa increased 5.9 percent year on year to 210.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to data released on Tuesday by the China Chamber of International Commerce. Chinese exports to Africa stood at 92.8 billion U.S. dollars, up 8.8 percent. Imports from Africa hit 117.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 3.8 percent, the data showed. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Chinese companies had been established in Africa by the end of 2013, in...
(PANA 04/19/14)
New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in a radio message again appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace. 'Your future is not partition and bloodshed. It must be unity and peace,' Ban said in a personal appeal to fathers, mothers and children to end the increasing inter-communal violence that is tearing apart the country. He noted that 'the Muslims and Christians have always lived together in peace in the CAR', and...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...
(IRIN 04/18/14)
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight poverty-reduction targets that were signed during a world summit in 2000, will be retired next year. Diplomats, aid experts and UN officials are currently negotiating the 15-year objectives that will replace them in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Chad's entire contingent of peacekeepers has withdrawn from the Central African Republic (CAR), a military official has confirmed. The withdrawal followed accusations that Chad had aided Muslim rebels in CAR, a charge it denied. Chad had about 850 soldiers in a 6,000-strong African Union (AU) force battling to end conflict between Christian and Muslim militias. The UN Security Council voted last week to send 12,000 troops CAR. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned of "ethno-religious cleansing" in CAR, with lynchings, decapitations and sexual violence going unpunished.

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(The Associated Press 04/23/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African troops captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by the rebels, Uganda's military said Tuesday, the latest blow against the rebel group in an international hunt for its fugitive leaders. The commander — a rebel lieutenant known as Charles Okello — was seized after a firefight in Central African Republic, where Uganda-led African Union troops are hunting down the rebels in vast jungle, said Ugandan military spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda. Up to 10 civilians, seven of them children, were rescued from the rebels, he said.
(Voice of America 04/23/14)
Uganda's military says troops have captured a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army [LRA] and freed 10 people who were held captive by the rebel group. A military spokesman said African troops hunting the LRA seized Charles Okello in the Central African Republic. The spokesman said most of those rescued were children. The LRA is notorious for attacking and looting villages, and also for its forced recruitment of child soldiers. The rebel group formed in the mid-1980's and battled the Ugandan government for 20 years before fleeing to nearby areas. Ugandan troops have been leading a U.S.-backed African Union mission...
(PANA 04/23/14)
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist, has promoted two African country heads to take regional roles in a continent poised for renewed growth, the company said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Former Managing Director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, becomes the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Southern Africa region, while Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect. Mtya,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
New York, US - African runners, led by last year's winners, are the clear favourites at Monday's (21 April) 2014 Boston Marathon in the US, PANA reported. The 118th running of the annual Marathon is significant because it will be the first edition of the race since the 2013 edition was ruined by a bomb explosion. Last year's winners in the men's and women's categories, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya respectively, will lead the pack of...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials. Supported by staff from the UN's refugee agency, 93 Muslims were transported east from Bangui to the town of Bambari, according to El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane, senior official in the town some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital. Sectarian violence in the former French colony has killed thousands...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Johannesburg (AFP) - Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was "on the brink of genocide", as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and "re-learn to live together". "Over the past 13 months, the nation's seemingly incessant struggles for political power and resources have degenerated into anarchy, hatred and ethnic cleansing -- the country stands on the brink of genocide; some would say it has already commenced," Archbishop Emeritus Tutu said in a...
(The Associated Press 04/22/14)
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed, according to a witness. Dimanche Ngodi, an official in the town of Grimari in the country's center, said the fighting began Sunday between Christian militants and former members of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels. Central African Republic exploded into sectarian violence last year amid mounting resentment toward the Seleka-led government, who took...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/14)
BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) - French peacekeepers in Central African Republic escorted a convoy of Muslims away from the threat of violence in the capital on Monday to a town effectively controlled by Muslim rebels. A Reuters witness said 102 Muslims guarded by 150 French troops, supported by a helicopter patrolling overhead, left the northern suburb of PK-12 on Sunday in trucks for Bambari, about 300 km (190 miles) northeast of the capital. Almost all Muslims have fled Bangui since the Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March 2013, were forced to step aside in January.
(AL Jazeera 04/22/14)
A witness has said fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed. Dimanche Ngodi, an official in Grimari in the country's centre, told AP news agency the fighting began on Sunday between Christian fighters and former members of a Muslim rebel group. Ngodi said French forces intervened. Captain Sebastien Isern, spokesman for the French forces, said they were conducting regular patrols in the town, which had...
(PANA 04/22/14)
The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, has called on African countries to follow the example of China in their development programmes. 'It is important to keep the spirit of the experience of China for, it involves two direct links with Africa,' he said in a PANA interview. First, could Africa follow the same path for quick rural economic development, poverty reduction and industrialization, with regard to the fact that the emergence of China has changed the world economic growth?
(Ips News 04/22/14)
Washington — As the World Bank wrapped up its semi-annual joint meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here last weekend, it reaffirmed its commitment to bringing extreme poverty below three percent of the global population by 2030 while increasing the income of the poorest 40 percent of the population of each country. However, some suggest that in sub-Saharan Africa, this may be impossible. It's not easy to fix a country, rebuild institutions and get growth going while making sure...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/14)
BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Trade between China and Africa increased 5.9 percent year on year to 210.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to data released on Tuesday by the China Chamber of International Commerce. Chinese exports to Africa stood at 92.8 billion U.S. dollars, up 8.8 percent. Imports from Africa hit 117.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 3.8 percent, the data showed. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Chinese companies had been established in Africa by the end of 2013, in...
(PANA 04/19/14)
New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in a radio message again appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace. 'Your future is not partition and bloodshed. It must be unity and peace,' Ban said in a personal appeal to fathers, mothers and children to end the increasing inter-communal violence that is tearing apart the country. He noted that 'the Muslims and Christians have always lived together in peace in the CAR', and...
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...
(IRIN 04/18/14)
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight poverty-reduction targets that were signed during a world summit in 2000, will be retired next year. Diplomats, aid experts and UN officials are currently negotiating the 15-year objectives that will replace them in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Chad's entire contingent of peacekeepers has withdrawn from the Central African Republic (CAR), a military official has confirmed. The withdrawal followed accusations that Chad had aided Muslim rebels in CAR, a charge it denied. Chad had about 850 soldiers in a 6,000-strong African Union (AU) force battling to end conflict between Christian and Muslim militias. The UN Security Council voted last week to send 12,000 troops CAR. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned of "ethno-religious cleansing" in CAR, with lynchings, decapitations and sexual violence going unpunished.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/17/14)
BANGUI (Reuters) - Thousands fled a gun battle between Chadian troops escorting a convoy of Muslim civilians and local militia in Central African Republic, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday, as Chad completed a withdrawal of soldiers from its violence-ravaged neighbor. Central African Republic has descended into chaos since the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition seized power a year ago. Its abuses on the majority Christian population triggered waves of revenge attacks, leading to thousands of deaths and displacing hundreds...
(Voice of America 04/17/14)
GENEVA — Fifteen United Nations and private humanitarian agencies are appealing for $274 million to fund emergency aid for people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic. Nearly 200,000 people have fled the C.A.R. since December, but the U.N. says it expects that number to grow to more than 360,000 by the end of the year. The funding will meet the acute needs of refugees from the Central African Republic who have escaped to neighboring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic...

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(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - In the nightmare of the strife-torn Central African Republic, many citizens have begun to long for the "good old days" of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the emperor who became infamous for his brutality yet worked economic wonders in their eyes. Some residents of the capital Bangui are openly nostalgic for the Bokassa era, which lasted from his military coup in 1966 until his overthrow in 1979, two years after a hugely extravagant coronation when the former soldier proclaimed himself emperor. His fans point to his legacy in public works, including buildings, electricity supplies and transport, neglected by his successors in one of Africa's poorest countries. "Kolingba came, he built nothing. Patasse...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(Xinhuanet 04/08/14)
DUBAI, April (Xinhua) -- China has played a positive role in redefining Africa and helped the once despaired continent to get back on track, the president of the Cairo-based African Export- Import Bank Jean-Louis Ekkra said here on Monday. Ekkra made the remarks to Xinhua at the third annual Dubai precious metals conference which is held under the theme "Engaging with Africa," adding that Chinese firms are investing in nearly all countries of the continent. "China provides both financing and...
(PANA 04/04/14)
African economists have wound up a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa on the steps required to stop the illicit flow of funds with a call for an African Criminal Court to deal with financial crimes. They also called for the repatriation of US$400 billion held by African Central banks abroad. “We have been seen as a weak continent. But we have the resources to make Africa the source of global capital and create the kind of life we want for...
(Press Tv 04/04/14)
The Central African Republic (CAR) and international lenders have reportedly reached a preliminary bailout agreement as the cash-strapped African nation faces an ongoing sectarian crisis. The agreement between the CAR, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other creditors was announced Thursday, paving the way for the country to receive a bailout worth about 84 billion CFA francs (USD 176 million). The IMF will loan the former French colony 6 billion CFA francs (USD 12.5 million) under the first loan, with...
(Bloomberg 04/03/14)
Robert Diamond, former head of Barclays Plc (BARC), plans to sell corporate loans in sub-Saharan Africa to international investors through his new financial-services venture, Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd. (ATMA) Securitizing loans will open up one of the fastest-growing regions in the world to institutional investors and provide capital to businesses operating there, Diamond, 62, said in an interview in Johannesburg yesterday. “International investors have already crossed the Rubicon in that they’re interested in Africa,” he said. “Now it’s a question...
(Times of Zambia 03/31/14)
Zambia's metal exports in the total value decreased from K3, 631 million recorded in January to K3,082 million in February 2014. The overall contributions of metals and their products to the total export earnings in February and January 2014 averaged 74.0 per cent. Central Statistical Office (CSO) director John Kalumbi said the share of Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) recorded an average of 26 per cent in revenue earnings between February and January 2014. Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka, Mr...
(Premium Times 03/31/14)
The bulk of Africa's losses to illicit financial flows annually were through various schemes by multinational companies to evade and avoid the payment of corporate tax in their areas of operations. Findings by the African Union high-level panel on illicit financial flows showed that what the continent has been losing annually through illicit financial flows is more than what it receives in development aids from abroad or foreign direct investment combined. The panel, chaired by former South African President, Thabo...
(PANA 03/26/14)
Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition, FAO said here Monday. As the Organization’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa takes place in Tunis, FAO is calling on African ministers of agriculture for action in priority areas to accelerate increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers, including rural youth and women. Africa has recorded continuous...
(PANA 03/24/14)
The chairman of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Mr Cheik Hadjibou Soumaré, on Friday bemoaned the low level of intra-regional trade saying this is unhealthy for the economies of countries in the union. 'The liberalization of intra-regional trade can be profitable for WAEMU countries by making them less vulnerable, by enabling them to diversify their economies, improve their competitiveness and create jobs,” he said. Speaking in Dakar on Thursday at a conference organised by...
(Bloomberg 03/14/14)
Credit Suisse Group AG is deploying investment bankers to woo African entrepreneurs as the second-biggest Swiss bank tries to build its wealth-management business on the continent. Those bankers offer services from capital raising to trade finance and mergers and acquisitions advice, John Wright, a managing director and market leader for Africa at Credit Suisse, said in an interview in Cape Town. “We have a dedicated group of investment bankers embedded within private banking,” said Zurich-based Wright. “They have the mission...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/14)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Pan-African lender Ecobank grew too fast in a short space of time, its biggest shareholder said on Wednesday, potentially signaling a slowdown in the rapid expansion that has taken the financial institution to 35 countries. Elias Masilela, chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation, said the bank, whose chief executive Thierry Tanoh was ousted by the board on Tuesday, needed to devote as much attention to governance as to growth. "The institution grew too fast in a...
(Bloomberg 03/12/14)
African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) slumped the most in 14 months in London trading after its parent, the world’s biggest producer of the metal, sold a 10 percent stake. The unit of Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) fell as much as 17 percent, the largest drop since Jan. 8, 2013. The parent sold 41 million shares to institutions for $188 million, cutting its stake to 64 percent less than four years after an initial public offering. “This sale confirms that the...
(Bloomberg 03/11/14)
Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc plans to raise $400 million to $500 million this year to allow the Nigerian company to expand its offshore business in Africa. Japaul is studying loans, bonds, stocks or a combination of all three to raise money after appointing a consulting firm a month ago, Chief Executive Officer Jegede Paul said in Lagos. The company, now in Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, plans to buy ships and equipment to expand in “about...
(PANA 03/11/14)
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is to hold an Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Consultative Roundtable and a side event on the Science Agenda in Africa 17-18 March in Durban, South Africa. FARA said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday that former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping will be the guest speaker. It said the two events would hold on the sideline of the 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/02/14)
(Reuters) - The main shareholder in Ecobank (ETI.LG), one of the biggest banks in sub-Saharan Africa, called on Saturday for its Ivorian chief executive Thierry Tanoh to be dismissed immediately. The South African government-owned Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) demand was made in a letter to the interim chairman of the bank, which is headquartered in Togo and is listed in Nigeria and Ghana and on the West African regional bourse BRVM. Four senior executives called several weeks ago for Tanoh...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
YAOUNDE — Central Africa remains one of the poorest regions in the world, with 70 percent of the population living on less than $1 a day and 30 percent of the people going hungry. The Central African Economic and Monetary Community, CEMAC, has done little to make a dent in rampant poverty since the six-nation grouping was formed in 1994. Paul Tasong, CEMAC’s commissioner for monetary, economic and financial policies, tells VOA the African sub-region remains poor due to a...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Vanguard 02/28/14)
Marc Wegerif coordinates Oxfam's Economic Justice campaign in East Africa, working with partners to bring about fair policies for small farmers, pastoralists and communities affected by climate change. He is based in Tanzania. He was in Nigeria recently as part of his work on Female Food Hero award. Oxfam is working in a number of countries where they are rolling it out as a way of celebrating women's contribution to agriculture and food security. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE,...
(PANA 02/27/14)
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold the key to Africa's growth, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DHL Express for sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Charles Brewer, said. The private BusinessDay reported Tuesday that the CEO supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which forecasts economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 to be slightly higher than 2013. “This growth, coupled with the more than one billion consumers on the continent who spend US$600 billion annually, as well as having the fastest growing middle...

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(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially in the past 26 years of CAF. 'What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to get even more successes for African football,' CAF's media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation said it has decided to make it's Excellence Centre in Cameroon available to the five teams...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(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...
(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...
(AL Jazeera 12/30/13)
More than 100,000 people displaced by inter-religious violence in Central African Republic are sheltering at a makeshift camp at Bangui airport, a medical charity has said, calling for urgent aid. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said it was receiving between 15 and 20 wounded a day at the site from fighting in the riverside capital, where the deployment of French and African peacekeepers in early December has failed to halt violence. Attacks by Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March,...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
(Spy Ghana 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(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...
(Voice of America 04/23/14)
Uganda's military says troops have captured a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army [LRA] and freed 10 people who were held captive by the rebel group. A military spokesman said African troops hunting the LRA seized Charles Okello in the Central African Republic. The spokesman said most of those rescued were children. The LRA is notorious for attacking and looting villages, and also for its forced recruitment of child soldiers. The rebel group formed in the mid-1980's and battled the Ugandan government for 20 years before fleeing to nearby areas. Ugandan troops have been leading a U.S.-backed African Union mission to capture LRA leader Joseph Kony and other LRA figures. Kony is wanted by the...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained heavy casualties. John Del Monde knows the site well. He is a member of the board of the South African...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Chad's entire contingent of peacekeepers has withdrawn from the Central African Republic (CAR), a military official has confirmed. The withdrawal followed accusations that Chad had aided Muslim rebels in CAR, a charge it denied. Chad had about 850 soldiers in a 6,000-strong African Union (AU) force battling to end conflict between Christian and Muslim militias. The UN Security Council voted last week to send 12,000 troops CAR. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned of "ethno-religious cleansing" in CAR, with lynchings, decapitations and sexual violence going unpunished.
(Voice of America 04/17/14)
GENEVA — Fifteen United Nations and private humanitarian agencies are appealing for $274 million to fund emergency aid for people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic. Nearly 200,000 people have fled the C.A.R. since December, but the U.N. says it expects that number to grow to more than 360,000 by the end of the year. The funding will meet the acute needs of refugees from the Central African Republic who have escaped to neighboring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic...
(Voice of America 04/17/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister has expressed concern that the conflict in neighboring Central African Republic (C.A.R) could threaten security of the entire region. According to government officials thousands of C.A.R refugees fleeing the conflict in their country have crossed the border into the DRC. Lambert Mende says the government in Kinshasa is working with member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to help the C.A.R stabilize the security situation there. “We are more concerned...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average...
(Voice of America 04/15/14)
DAKAR — In the north central Central African Republic, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says several thousand civilians have fled into the bush following fighting between anti-balaka militia and African Union peacekeepers. Doctors Without Borders says 7,000 civilians fled the northern town of Boguila after fighting broke out there late Friday and continued into Saturday. The aid agency, known by its French acronym MSF, says AU peacekeepers were escorting a convoy of 540 Muslims from Bossangoa to Chad. The convoy had...
(Voice of America 04/12/14)
The Central African Republic's government says U.N. authorization of a nearly 12,000-member peacekeeping force is a "good start," but it questions the timing of the mission. Spokeswoman Gisele Bedan says she is worried about the September 15 deployment date for the U.N. forces. In a VOA interview , she expressed concern that the start date for the deployment to the violence-plagued C.A.R. is too far away. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to send 10,000 soldiers and 1,800...
(Voice of America 04/11/14)
BANGUI — The United Nations says 19,000 Muslims in the Central African Republic remain in imminent danger and should be relocated to safer towns farther north or outside the country. But it is a complex issue, as tens of thousands of Muslims have already fled their homes in the capital and the western half of the country following attacks. Some local authorities worry that further evacuations could deepen divisions and reinforce calls for a partition of the country. The C.A.R...
(Voice of America 04/10/14)
The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution Thursday authorizing a new, expanded peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic. According to a draft seen by VOA, the measure calls for 10,000 soldiers and 1,800 police, who would take over from an African force currently operating in the C.A.R. Six thousand African troops and 2,000 French troops have been unable to contain sectarian violence that has killed thousands of people. The resolution said the U.N. force should...
(BBC News Africa 04/10/14)
At least 30 people have been killed and another 10 wounded in fighting between rival sectarian militias in the Central African Republic (CAR), police say. Officials say most of those who died in the central town of Dekoa were civilians hit by stray bullets. The predominantly Christian anti-Balaka militia attacked positions held by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, they say. CAR exploded into violence in early December amid mounting resentment toward a Muslim-led government. Muslim rebels seized power in March 2013...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Voice of America 04/05/14)
BANGUI — Many people in the Central African Republic are welcoming Chad's decision to withdraw its troops from the African Union peacekeeping force in the country. However, there is concern that trouble between the two countries could impede efforts to re-establish government control over the northeast, much of which is still under the control of the ex-Seleka rebel coalition. The news that Chad is withdrawing troops from the peacekeeping force in the C.A.R. came as a surprise Thursday. As it...
(Voice of America 04/05/14)
GENEVA — An investigation by U.N. human rights monitors has found that on March 29, Chadian soldiers fired on civilians in the Central African Republic's capital, killing and wounding dozens. The investigators say the soldiers were likely on a mission to evacuate Muslims from a volatile area. Information gathered by the U.N. investigation team shows soldiers from the Chadian national army entered the C.A.R. capital, Bangui, in several pick-up vehicles on March 29. The investigators say the soldiers went to...
(BBC News Africa 04/05/14)
Chadian soldiers in the Central African Republic killed at least 30 civilians in an unprovoked attack on a market in Bangui last weekend, a UN inquiry says. Another 300 people in the capital were injured in the shooting, it said. The troops, who were reportedly on a mission to evacuate some of the city's remaining Muslim inhabitants, said they were attacked first by militias. Chad has said it will pull its peacekeepers out of CAR in protest at claims that...
(Voice of America 04/04/14)
LONDON — African and European Union leaders have wrapped up a two-day summit aimed at improving trade ties, but the talks in Brussels were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in the Central African Republic. Over the past 10 days, U.N. officials say more than 60 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. Recent violence there and in other C.A.R. cities has prompted tens of thousands of Muslims to flee their communities. The European...
(BBC News Africa 04/04/14)
Belgium's gay Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has called on African leaders to respect the rights of minorities, including homosexuals. It was intolerable that people were "persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions", he said. Mr Di Rupo was addressing African and European leaders attending the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. Nigeria and Uganda have toughened anti-gay laws this year. Their presidents - Goodluck Jonathan and Yoweri Museveni - are at the summit, which is discussing...
(Voice of America 04/03/14)
African and European leaders are focusing on the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis at a summit in Brussels. During a news conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would press world powers to provide more security and financial support to the CAR. "The people of Central African Republic are suffering grave, deplorable atrocities. I will do everything possible to improve the international response," he said. Ban said the international community has not made the difference that it promised it would...
(Voice of America 04/03/14)
The group Human Rights Watch reports it has uncovered evidence of massacres in remote villages in Central African Republic. It accuses both anti-balaka militias and Seleka fighters for the attacks. The armed groups have been waging inter-communal violence since December. Human Rights Watch Emergencies Director Peter Bouckaert said it took time to learn the details of the attacks. “The southwest of the Central African Republic is a very remote area. It actually took us days just to reach the area...

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