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(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have rejected a ceasefire deal and demanded the country be partitioned between Muslims and Christians. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Harding, Seleka military chief Joseph Zoundeiko said his forces would ignore the ceasefire agreed on Thursday. He said the deal had been negotiated without proper input from the military wing of the former Seleka alliance. Almost a quarter of the 4.6 million population have fled their homes. The peace agreement between mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia was signed in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of horrifying brutality, racism, discrimination and clashes among the different ethnic groups aboard the vessel. A spokesman for the International Organization...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/14)
The UN Security Council on Thursday threw its support behind a ceasefire deal reached by warring factions in the Central African Republic and said the agreement should be fully implemented. Christian and Muslim rebel factions signed the accord following talks in Brazzaville on Wednesday in what was hailed as a first step to end the bloodshed in one of Africa's poorest countries. In a statement, the Council said it welcomed the deal and "called on all parties to immediately and...
(PANA 07/25/14)
The parties involved in the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday night signed a ceasefire agreement to end the violence that started in March 2013. The agreement was signed at the end of a national reconciliation forum in Brazzaville, Congo, PANA reported from here. Head of the delegation of the rebel “Séléka” group Mohamed Moussa Dahaffane and coordinator of the “Anti-Balaka” Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona signed the deal, which also provides for the free movement of people and...
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over a year of religious conflict. The agreement was signed in Congo-Brazzaville between mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia. The BBC's Andrew Harding says despite the deal fighting has continued in the volatile central town of Bambari. Almost a quarter of the 4.6 million population have fled their homes. Muslims have been forced to flee the capital city and most of the west of the country, in what rights groups described as ethnic cleansing.
(AL Jazeera 07/25/14)
Representatives of the majority-Muslim Seleka have signed a ceasefire agreement with Christian factions to end fighting in the Central African Republic. The signing of the pact on Wednesday in Brazzaville, the capital of neighboring Republic of Congo, came after heavy pressure from regional mediators, aims to put an end to months of sectarian violence. It is not clear if the ceasefire will be respected by the fighters in Central African Republic. Representing the Seleka faction was Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane. CAR...
(PANA 07/25/14)
Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged the development gains made through assistance from foreign governments and non-profit organisations such as his foundation. But he said: 'The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves – whether that is in the form of government funding, private-sector investment or just plain human creativity at all levels of society.”
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Peace talks between the government of the Central African Republic and rebels have been suspended, after the main rebel group failed to show up for the second day of the session. The talks, in the neighboring Republic of Congo, were put on hold Tuesday due to the absence of former Seleka rebels. A former C.A.R. minister, Abacar Sabone, who now represents the MLCJ (Movement of the Central African Liberators for Justice) rebel group, told VOA's French to Africa Service that...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/23/14)
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Seleka rebels have demanded that Central African Republic be partitioned into a Muslim north and a Christian south, a surprise move at talks aimed at halting religious violence, sources at the meeting said on Tuesday. Seleka's head of delegation to the three-day forum in Brazzaville, General Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, told a session it was time to formalize the split after tens of thousands of Muslims had fled the south. The talks, bringing together 169 delegates from the...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
BRAZZAVILLE — Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree on a cease-fire at the start of talks in the neighboring Congo Republic. The three-day forum in Brazzaville, mediated by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, aims to reach terms for a halt to hostilities and disarmament but will not address negotiations for a longer-term peace deal in the former French colony. “This forum which opens today is a major step in the political dialogue and reconciliation between the sons and daughters of Central African Republic,” Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza said at the opening of the talks.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/22/14)
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree on a ceasefire at the start of talks in the neighbouring Congo Republic. The three-day forum in Brazzaville, mediated by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, aims to reach terms for a halt to hostilities and disarmament but will not address negotiations for a longer-term peace deal in the former French colony. "This forum which opens today is a major...
(AL Jazeera 07/22/14)
Muslims who have been displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic have accused the transitional government of abandoning them during the month of Ramadan. Muslims in the CAR capital of Bangui are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan but challenges of insecurity and lack of food in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps have dampened the spirit of Ramadan for many. "We are doing the best that we can during this Ramadan period. Many of our families have been...
(Xinhuanet 07/22/14)
GENEVA, July (Xinhua) -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that its 6th return intention survey of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), reflected a continuing reduce in the amount of people who intend to return home. This IDP survey, conducted with the help of 601 IDPs at 31 displacement sites from 17-19 June on a monthly basis since January 2014, was to monitor the needs and return intentions of...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/14)
Key players in the Central African conflict launched a fresh round of talks in Brazzaville on Monday to end more than a year of sectarian bloodshed in the impoverished nation. The three-day forum for reconciliation and political dialogue is chaired by Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso as regional mediator in a crisis that has left thousands of civilians dead and driven more than a million people from their homes. One of Africa's poorest countries, CAR has been in crisis since...

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(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have rejected a ceasefire deal and demanded the country be partitioned between Muslims and Christians. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Harding, Seleka military chief Joseph Zoundeiko said his forces would ignore the ceasefire agreed on Thursday. He said the deal had been negotiated without proper input from the military wing of the former Seleka alliance. Almost a quarter of the 4.6 million population have fled their homes. The peace agreement between mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia was signed in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of horrifying brutality, racism, discrimination and clashes among the different ethnic groups aboard the vessel. A spokesman for the International Organization...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(AL Jazeera 07/25/14)
Representatives of the majority-Muslim Seleka have signed a ceasefire agreement with Christian factions to end fighting in the Central African Republic. The signing of the pact on Wednesday in Brazzaville, the capital of neighboring Republic of Congo, came after heavy pressure from regional mediators, aims to put an end to months of sectarian violence. It is not clear if the ceasefire will be respected by the fighters in Central African Republic. Representing the Seleka faction was Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane. CAR...
(PANA 07/25/14)
Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged the development gains made through assistance from foreign governments and non-profit organisations such as his foundation. But he said: 'The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves – whether that is in the form of government funding, private-sector investment or just plain human creativity at all levels of society.”
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/23/14)
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Seleka rebels have demanded that Central African Republic be partitioned into a Muslim north and a Christian south, a surprise move at talks aimed at halting religious violence, sources at the meeting said on Tuesday. Seleka's head of delegation to the three-day forum in Brazzaville, General Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, told a session it was time to formalize the split after tens of thousands of Muslims had fled the south. The talks, bringing together 169 delegates from the...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(AL Jazeera 07/22/14)
Muslims who have been displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic have accused the transitional government of abandoning them during the month of Ramadan. Muslims in the CAR capital of Bangui are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan but challenges of insecurity and lack of food in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps have dampened the spirit of Ramadan for many. "We are doing the best that we can during this Ramadan period. Many of our families have been...
(Xinhuanet 07/22/14)
GENEVA, July (Xinhua) -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that its 6th return intention survey of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), reflected a continuing reduce in the amount of people who intend to return home. This IDP survey, conducted with the help of 601 IDPs at 31 displacement sites from 17-19 June on a monthly basis since January 2014, was to monitor the needs and return intentions of...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nigeria, other ACP countries to benefit from euro facility for development. The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of 512 million euros for Nigeria to develop and promote good governance, health nutrition and sustainable energy under the EU National Indicative Programme (NIP), according to local media reports. The private Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the programme is the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The newspaper noted that the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe has dismissed fears over possible drying up of HIV/AIDS funds, saying steps have been taken to reduce the global cost of treatment to free more resources for investments. Sidibe said plans have been implemented across Africa to increase the number of people on HIV/AIDS treatment while also negotiating lower treatment costs. 'It is not really true that HIV/AIDS funding is drying up. We are mobilising more resources and...
(Voice of America 07/19/14)
U.N. Human Rights experts are expressing concern about the widespread violence and discrimination to which women in conflict-ridden Central African Republic and Syria are subjected. C.A.R. and Syria are two of eight countries examined by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which monitors States Compliance to existing rules. Members of the committee say countries at peace often miss the deadline for submitting reports regarding their implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women...
(African arguments 07/19/14)
Despite their legal attributes, in functional terms many African states (constructs of the continent's encounter with colonial rule) came into being without possessing the requisite qualities of statehood. Apart from their alienation from the lived political and socio-cultural experiences of the masses of the people, they became states without the capacity to provide for the security and other basic needs of their people. To date, and despite the passage of half a century since the end of colonial rule, a...
(Voice of America 07/19/14)
A report on agriculture in Africa calls for increased investment for entrepreneurship in the rural food sector, and cites agriculture as the key sector for creating jobs for African youth. The "Small and Growing - Entrepreneurship in African Agriculture" report was released in London last month by the Montpellier Panel. The panel is a group of agriculture and trade experts from Europe and Africa who work together to improve food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. "Africa produces over $280 billion worth...
(Dw-World 07/19/14)
Life is dangerous for Africa's gays and lesbians, despite a resolution from the African Commission for Human Rights. The UN warns that the persecution of homosexuals is hindering the fight against AIDS. Yaounde, Cameroon, 15 July 2013 - journalist and gay activist Eric Lembembe is found dead at his home. His body showed signs of having been severely tortured, his friends told police who launched an investigation - but without any results. Drissa Traore, deputy head of the International Human...
(Voice of America 07/18/14)
KIGALI — U.N. experts have called for militia fighters to be expelled from the Central African Republic's armed forces, but other observers said that's easier said than done and might jeopardize upcoming peace talks. The call came in an interim report released this month on the communal violence sparked last year between mostly Muslim Seleka rebels who took power and mostly Christian anti-balaka militias. Since then, thousands of people have been killed and half the country's population displaced. A United...

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(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
GENEVA, July (Xinhua) -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that its 6th return intention survey of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), reflected a continuing reduce in the amount of people who intend to return home. This IDP survey, conducted with the help of 601 IDPs at 31 displacement sites from 17-19 June on a monthly basis since January 2014, was to monitor the needs and return intentions of IDPs in Bangui, said IOM. The latest survey showed that security, housing and non-food aid items were the top three priority needs that IDPs wanted to be satisfied before returning home, which remained largely unchanged...
(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Friday decried the prevailing high bank interest rates in the continent which has discouraged many investors to take credits from banks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer Andrew Mold told Xinhua that the situation is partly caused by the big spread in interests maintained by the banks.
(PANA 07/18/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) on Monday, in the Italian city of Milan, launched a fiduciary multi-donor fund for the Central African Republic (CAR) in which France, Germany and The Netherlands will participate, says a press statement issued here Tuesday by the European Commission. Agreement for the fund, called 'Bekou (meaning hope in Sango language)' and which has an initial amount of 64 million euros, was signed by Mrs. Florence Limbio, the CAR minister of International cooperation, Mrs...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS, July (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials on Thursday called for increased and effective investment in Africa to help achieve the continent's development objectives. "In recent years, Africa's economic growth has been higher than in many other regions," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the promotion of investment in Africa. UN economists estimate that Africa's overall growth will exceed 5 percent in 2015, driven especially by domestic demand and solid commodity prices. "But, this positive performance must not let us become complacent," Ban said, adding that serious obstacles still exist to more inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.
(PANA 07/17/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(African arguments 07/14/14)
When, midway through the American journalist Howard French's new book, a Zambian politician tells him dejectedly that "we are not a poor people but we have crowned ourselves with poverty," the phrase resonates with the experience of many countries is modern-day Africa. Resource rich but often misgoverned by autocrats who refuse to leave office - and whose depredations have been bankrolled by Western governments - Africa, despite some bright spots, remains a continent of unrealised hopes and unfulfilled potential. It...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- Microsoft and Safaricom on Wednesday signed an agreement that will promote entrepreneurship in the software development market. Microsoft Operator Channel Lead for Sub Saharan Africa Mariam Abdullahi told journalists in Nairobi that under the agreement, software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via Safaricom payment platform. "The partnership will help promote local content that is relevant to Kenyan problems," Abdullahi said. The majority of those in the industry practitioners are...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/14)
LONDON/ACCRA Fri Jul 4, 2014 (Reuters) - Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa. The tiny blending and bottling plant for Gilbey's gin, housed inside five connected shipping containers, gives Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, a way to test demand for new drinks while...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/14)
London — African agriculture has enjoyed something of a makeover in recent years, shedding the tired image of a poor farmer barely able to scratch out a living with a hoe, according to the head of a regional partnership set up to improve smallholder farming on the continent. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), founded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, focuses on getting better quality seeds to farmers, boosting...
(PANA 07/02/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it will adopt a new approach to addressing issues undermining development and fragility in some countries on the continent. The private Guardian newspaper Monday quoted a statement from the Bank as saying the new strategy, entitled ”Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa”, would last from 2014 to 2019. “We will stay engaged across the spectrum of fragile situations, making use of all available instruments and focusing resources on the areas where it...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), grouping foreign ministers and ministers of agriculture, opened its 25th session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday with discussions on how to reverse the decline of agriculture in Africa. African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the growth of the agricultural sector was a key priority for African countries seeking to grow their industrial base. “Agriculture and food security are key priorities for Africa to propel her industrial growth,” Dlamini-Zuma told the...
(Xinhuanet 06/20/14)
SINGAPORE, June (Xinhua) -- The trade promotion agency of Singapore has said that Africa offers potential business opportunities for local enterprises, local media reported Thursday. International Enterprise (IE) Singapore highlighted agriculture and oil and gas as two key growth areas, Channel NewsAsia said. There is clearly room for Singapore to do more despite challenges such as political risks and regulatory uncertainty, it was quoted as saying. "In today's Africa, there's a huge demand for consumption products. There's greater rates of...
(PANA 06/10/14)
US President Barack Obama’s 'Doing Business in Africa' campaign, aimed at increasing US investment in Africa, is gaining momentum ahead of an August Summit with African leaders. Senior Obama administration officials, however, said while the US' commitment to engage in business is clear, achieving the desired goals would require serious groundwork. “America’s commitment to this issue is clear,” said Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary. “I hope our discussions can begin to answer...basic questions. What has to happen for US...
(Xinhuanet 06/05/14)
NAIROBI, June (Xinhua) -- The World Council of Churches (WCC) on Wednesday called on African countries to sign Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to help save lives being shattered by proliferation of illicit weapons. In a statement received in Nairobi, WCC said the new, global and potentially life-saving Arms Trade Treaty is showing record progress toward coming into effect. "African governments, civil society groups and churches worked hard to make this treaty strong. We call on them to ratify it now,...
(Xinhuanet 05/31/14)
MAPUTO, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, on Thursday praised the Sub-Saharan Africa has been "growing strongly and steadily" for nearly two decades in Maputo, while pointing out that the continent still faces challenges forward. The Africa Rising conference, held by the IMF and the Mozambican government, opened on Thursday in the country's capital city, with more than 300 participants from the African policy makers and beyond, the private sector, civil society, academics, and private foundations. Much of Sub-Saharan Africa has proven to be extraordinarily resilient to the 2007-2008 global financial crisis.
(Xinhuanet 05/31/14)
MAPUTO, May (Xinhua) -- The World Bank (WB) has announced Thursday in Maputo a grant of 10 billion U.S. dollars to fund various socio-economic projects in Africa in 2014. The grant was announced by Maktar Diop, the deputy chairperson for the World Bank Africa Division, during the two-day Africa Rising conference organized by the Mozambican government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Commenting on the Africa Rising conference, Diop said that there are different necessary levels of transformation to be...
(PANA 05/28/14)
United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker over the weekend rounded off her visit to Africa in Ethiopia, where she said US companies were looking for business opportunities across the continent. 'My trip was to discuss US commitment to Africa and what we can do to spur trade and investment in Ethiopia. President Barack Obama sees tremendous opportunities for trade and investment in Ethiopia,” Pritzker told reporters in Addis Ababa. US companies are seeking opportunities to invest in Africa’s aviation,...
(PANA 05/27/14)
Africa’s farming - In a bid to promote the development of Africa’s agriculture industry, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) and eleni LLC, the leading proponent and developer of commodity exchanges in Africa, Thursday signed here a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with a view to establishing a cooperative framework. Ecobank’s Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Essien and Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, chief executive officer of eleni, signed the MOU on the sidelines of the ongoing annual meetings of the African Development Bank...

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(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available between the national football federations and players. Take Cameroun which has represented the continent six times. Their participation in this year's World Cup was out of pure luck, as they were eliminated by Cape Verde,...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All this coming after the team threatened to boycott the tournament and kicking up a mighty fuss over bonuses by rejecting...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have rejected a ceasefire deal and demanded the country be partitioned between Muslims and Christians. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Harding, Seleka military chief Joseph Zoundeiko said his forces would ignore the ceasefire agreed on Thursday. He said the deal had been negotiated without proper input from the military wing of the former Seleka alliance. Almost a quarter of the 4.6 million population have fled their homes. The peace agreement between mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia was signed in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the harvesting of wild animals from the sea and the land is worth $400bn annually and supports the livelihoods of 15%...
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over a year of religious conflict. The agreement was signed in Congo-Brazzaville between mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia. The BBC's Andrew Harding says despite the deal fighting has continued in the volatile central town of Bambari. Almost a quarter of the 4.6 million population have fled their homes. Muslims have been forced to flee the capital city and most of the west of the country, in what rights groups described as ethnic cleansing.
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Peace talks between the government of the Central African Republic and rebels have been suspended, after the main rebel group failed to show up for the second day of the session. The talks, in the neighboring Republic of Congo, were put on hold Tuesday due to the absence of former Seleka rebels. A former C.A.R. minister, Abacar Sabone, who now represents the MLCJ (Movement of the Central African Liberators for Justice) rebel group, told VOA's French to Africa Service that...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
BRAZZAVILLE — Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree on a cease-fire at the start of talks in the neighboring Congo Republic. The three-day forum in Brazzaville, mediated by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, aims to reach terms for a halt to hostilities and disarmament but will not address negotiations for a longer-term peace deal in the former French colony. “This forum which opens today is a major step in the political dialogue and reconciliation between the sons and daughters of Central African Republic,” Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza said at the opening of the talks.
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(Voice of America 07/18/14)
KIGALI — U.N. experts have called for militia fighters to be expelled from the Central African Republic's armed forces, but other observers said that's easier said than done and might jeopardize upcoming peace talks. The call came in an interim report released this month on the communal violence sparked last year between mostly Muslim Seleka rebels who took power and mostly Christian anti-balaka militias. Since then, thousands of people have been killed and half the country's population displaced. A United...
(Voice of America 07/17/14)
A new survey indicates the number of people killed during the height of the Central African Republic conflict has been underestimated. Doctors Without Borders (MSF - Medecins San Frontieres) says a survey of thousands of CAR refugees in neighboring Chad finds that nearly 2,600 people were killed in the unrest between November 2013 and April of this year. Relief organizations previously estimated that between 1,000 and 2,000 people died in fighting between the mostly Muslim ex-Seleka rebels and mostly Christian...
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande flies to Africa Thursday, on a three-nation visit that will focus on economic issues and rooting out terrorism in the Sahel area. Security tops the agenda of President Francois Hollande's trip to Africa, where he will visit French troops and hold talks with the leaders of Niger, Chad and Ivory Coast. France has just announced a new mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel area. The operation is called Barkhane, named after a type...
(BBC News Africa 07/11/14)
Amnesty International has identified those it believes are responsible for atrocities recently committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Several leaders from rebels and militia groups, as well as former Presidents Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia, are named by the rights group. The trouble in CAR began as Mr Djotodia's mainly Muslim rebels seized power in March last year. The majority Christian state then descended into ethno-religious warfare. Thousands of people have been killed and almost a quarter of the...
(Voice of America 07/11/14)
DAKAR — Amnesty International has published the names of people suspected to have committed human rights violations and war crimes in the Central African Republic. The human rights group says these individuals must be investigated and held accountable in order for the country to begin a peace and reconciliation process. The new report, entitled Central African Republic: Time for Accountability, turns a spotlight on high-profile members of the mostly Christian anti-balaka and mainly Muslim Seleka armed rebel groups, who are...
(Voice of America 07/08/14)
BANGUI — Rebel fighters and armed Muslim civilians killed “many” people in an attack on a church compound in the Central African Republic on Monday where thousands of civilians had taken refuge, Catholic Church officials said. The attack in Bambari, 380 km (236 miles) northwest of the capital Bangui, came just a day before French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was due to visit the town, where a grenade attack injured seven French soldiers last week. Church officials said fighters...
(Voice of America 07/01/14)
Uganda said on Tuesday its forces in Central African Republic (C.A.R.) had clashed for the first time with fighters from Seleka, a mainly Muslim rebel force, killing 12, and would pursue them as part of a campaign against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). “Seleka had never tasted our fire, I think it was important that they taste our fire so that they are careful - they are in bed with LRA and we shall treat them as such,” Paddy Ankunda,...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of people have fled this week from deadly attacks by various groups of armed men in the Central African Republic town of Bambari. Tensions have been at a boiling point in Bambari since May, when widespread fighting displaced more than 13,000 people. On Monday, armed elements attacked a Muslim displacement camp south of the city. Other armed men and the civilian population then retaliated. UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said at least 45 people have...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
African leaders have called for greater investment in agriculture at the African Union summit closing Friday in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Leaders also discussed concerted efforts to address conflicts smoldering across the continent from South Sudan to Central African Republic. The AU has focused this year's summit on tackling issues of agriculture and climate change as part of the continental body's overall development goals to create jobs and to improve food security. African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkoszana Dlamini...
(Voice of America 06/25/14)
At least 18 people have been killed in retaliatory clashes between Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic. Witnesses and security officials say the violence began Monday near the central town of Bambari and continued into Tuesday. The unrest began after gunmen claiming to be from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia attacked Muslims in a village, witnesses say, adding that most of those killed were members of the Muslim Fulani minority. In a report released Tuesday, the International Federation...

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