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(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Turkish lawmakers approved Thursday sending troops on a year-long mission with EU forces in the Central African Republic and Mali as Turkey continues efforts to bolster its presence in the region. The motion passed easily with support from the ruling party and the main opposition, although the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) voted against it, the private Dogan news agency reported. The parliament gave the army a mandate of one year for the deployments. Defending the motion in parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said passing it was a requirement of Turkey's participation in the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. The EU has a military training mission in Mali (EUTM) and a peacekeeping mission...
(IRIN 11/21/14)
One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions. The conflict is not over. October and November were marked by new waves of violence in the capital, Bangui. Witnesses said political battles were still being fought out on the streets, with the anti-Balaka militia particularly prominent. French military sources warned of growing delinquency, armed gangs taking...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/14)
BANGUI (Reuters) - At least six people were killed and around 10 were injured in western Central African Republic during clashes pitting Christian militia fighters against U.N. peacekeepers, a town residents and local journalist said on Thursday. Shooting erupted in Cantonnier, a town on the border with Cameroon around 600 km (370 miles) west of the capital Bangui, Wednesday afternoon when soldiers from the U.N. mission, known as MINUSCA, attempted to disarm so-called anti-balaka fighters.
(Daily Nation 11/21/14)
Pan-African lawmakers are now pushing for the establishment of a standby force to enhance rapid response to deal with conflicts in the region. The move came as Somali MPs at the Pan-African Parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kenyan forces and other Amisom forces from Somalia. An independent force, they said, would reduce the level of suspicion between the countries in conflict and the countries contributing the peace-keeping forces to regional organs such as the Amisom.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/14)
An AFPTV video journalist from Central African Republic on Wednesday won the Rory Peck Award for News from a British media group that highlights the work of freelancers and campaigns for their safety. Pacome Pabandji, 23, was picked for his extensive coverage of the brutal civil conflict that has ravaged his country over the past year, illustrating both the horrific sectarian violence and individual stories of suffering. "He achieved one of the most difficult things in journalism -- to be...
(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they...
(PANA 11/20/14)
Paris, France - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of 'president for life'. It also puts an end to the seizure of power through constitutional amendment, Philippe Missassou, a lawyer and analyst of Franco-African relations, said in Paris, PANA reported on Wednesday. 'What happened in recent days in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) will have a domino...
(Voice of America 11/19/14)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Cameroon says it has pushed backed a group of suspected anti-Balaka rebels from the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) who attacked its territory Tuesday, apparently in an attempt to free one of their leaders. Cameroon Defense Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said confrontations between the Cameroon military and suspected anti-Balaka rebels have been common during the past month. He said during Tuesday's attack in eastern Cameroon, his soldiers succeeded in forcing the rebels to retreat. He added that Cameroon’s...
(Voice of America 11/19/14)
BANGUI— Ex-rebels in the Central African Republic have been threatening to blow themselves up to protest a government attempt to relocate them from camps in the capital, Bangui. The rebels are under pressure to move - an international aid agency says their food supply has been put on hold while talks about their relocation continue. Tensions are running high in the streets of Bangui around two camps containing ex-rebels, as negotiations over their future drag on. Peacekeepers from the United...
(UN.org 11/19/14)
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - the principal judicial organ of the UN - following the election of four judges earlier this month. After voting this afternoon in the Assembly and the Council, which met independently from but concurrently with each other, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica was elected to a nine-year term on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eastern and Southern Africa has made great strides in protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence, yet necessary laws, legal systems and enforcement mechanisms are still lacking throughout the region, said a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expert. In an interview with Xinhua, Cornelius Williams, child protection advisor with UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, said almost all countries in the region today have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
(Capitalfm Business 11/19/14)
Nairobi — Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs). The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people. "It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa's...
(Mining Weekly 11/18/14)
The dysfunctional Central African Republic (CAR) has taken over as the country where “blood diamond” activity is again rife. Diamonds worth $24-million have been smuggled out of CAR since the suspension of the Kimberley Process last year and Seleka rebels and "anti-balaka" militia are providing security to local diamond traders, who initially pay the warring groups for safe access to diamond fields and then for ongoing protection during mining. “It’s a classical case of blood diamonds,” International Crisis Group project director Thierry Vircoulon told Mining Weekly Online in the attached video. Belgian authorities earlier this year confiscated diamonds ostensibly smuggled through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
(Voice of America 11/18/14)
BANGUI— In the last 18 months of yet another armed conflict, as many as 10,000 children in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have been recruited by armed groups. To date, UNICEF has negotiated for the release of 1,400 of these young boys and girls who now face the struggle of reintegrating into society. In Jerome’s village, the attack was swift and violent. During the Seleka rebel raid, some people were burned in their homes while others were shot as they...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday. The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates. The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
Nairobi — With an El Niño event predicted to hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel starting in December, potentially bringing worsening droughts and floods, researchers are recommending action now to avoid a food crisis. Effective measure to cut risks might include better water management, planting a more diverse range of crops and sharing weather information, they said. Forecasts by the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this month warn of an El Niño period starting in...
(PANA 11/17/14)
As the two-day G20 summit rounded off in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, an African economic expert has canvassed a stronger representation for the continent in the group, which comprises the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies, representing about two-thirds of the world’s population. 'Africa can no longer remain on the margins where global leaders are making decisions on the world economy,' Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), wrote in an Op-Ed article designed to coincide with the just-ended summit.
(Dw-World 11/17/14)
Africa is not immune to diabetes, a disease long considered to be restricted to the affluent west. It is spreading globally and this can also be seen in Africa where new lifestyles are being adopted. November 14 is World Diabetes Day. In 2014, the disease is a growing problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), close to 350 million people are suffering from diabetes across the globe. If left untreated it can kill - and figures from the WHO say that in 2012 it was responsible for the deaths of one and a half million people.
(AFP (eng) 11/14/14)
Former Muslim rebels who held sway for 10 months in the Central African Republic returned Friday to two camps in the capital after a rowdy protest against plans to return them to distant homes. The protesters were members of the Seleka rebel alliance that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and placed in power Michel Djotodia, who was forced to step down in January under international pressure. Dozens of the ex-combatants on Thursday burst out of the military camps,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/14)
BANGUI (Reuters) - Seleka rebels in Central African Republic blocked two main roads through the capital Bangui on Thursday and exchanged gunfire with U.N. peacekeepers brought in to calm inter-religious violence, witnesses said. The fighters, based at a military camp in Bangui since their leader ceded power to a transitional government in January, were protesting against a plan to relocate some of their ranks out of the capital to improve security. Seleka has rejected the plan, to be carried out by the International Organization for Migration, citing safety concerns.

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(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Turkish lawmakers approved Thursday sending troops on a year-long mission with EU forces in the Central African Republic and Mali as Turkey continues efforts to bolster its presence in the region. The motion passed easily with support from the ruling party and the main opposition, although the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) voted against it, the private Dogan news agency reported. The parliament gave the army a mandate of one year for the deployments. Defending the motion in parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said passing it was a requirement of Turkey's participation in the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. The EU has a military training mission in Mali (EUTM) and a peacekeeping mission...
(IRIN 11/21/14)
One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions. The conflict is not over. October and November were marked by new waves of violence in the capital, Bangui. Witnesses said political battles were still being fought out on the streets, with the anti-Balaka militia particularly prominent. French military sources warned of growing delinquency, armed gangs taking...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/14)
BANGUI (Reuters) - At least six people were killed and around 10 were injured in western Central African Republic during clashes pitting Christian militia fighters against U.N. peacekeepers, a town residents and local journalist said on Thursday. Shooting erupted in Cantonnier, a town on the border with Cameroon around 600 km (370 miles) west of the capital Bangui, Wednesday afternoon when soldiers from the U.N. mission, known as MINUSCA, attempted to disarm so-called anti-balaka fighters.
(Daily Nation 11/21/14)
Pan-African lawmakers are now pushing for the establishment of a standby force to enhance rapid response to deal with conflicts in the region. The move came as Somali MPs at the Pan-African Parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kenyan forces and other Amisom forces from Somalia. An independent force, they said, would reduce the level of suspicion between the countries in conflict and the countries contributing the peace-keeping forces to regional organs such as the Amisom.
(PANA 11/20/14)
Paris, France - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of 'president for life'. It also puts an end to the seizure of power through constitutional amendment, Philippe Missassou, a lawyer and analyst of Franco-African relations, said in Paris, PANA reported on Wednesday. 'What happened in recent days in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) will have a domino...
(Voice of America 11/19/14)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Cameroon says it has pushed backed a group of suspected anti-Balaka rebels from the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) who attacked its territory Tuesday, apparently in an attempt to free one of their leaders. Cameroon Defense Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said confrontations between the Cameroon military and suspected anti-Balaka rebels have been common during the past month. He said during Tuesday's attack in eastern Cameroon, his soldiers succeeded in forcing the rebels to retreat. He added that Cameroon’s...
(Voice of America 11/19/14)
BANGUI— Ex-rebels in the Central African Republic have been threatening to blow themselves up to protest a government attempt to relocate them from camps in the capital, Bangui. The rebels are under pressure to move - an international aid agency says their food supply has been put on hold while talks about their relocation continue. Tensions are running high in the streets of Bangui around two camps containing ex-rebels, as negotiations over their future drag on. Peacekeepers from the United...
(UN.org 11/19/14)
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - the principal judicial organ of the UN - following the election of four judges earlier this month. After voting this afternoon in the Assembly and the Council, which met independently from but concurrently with each other, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica was elected to a nine-year term on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eastern and Southern Africa has made great strides in protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence, yet necessary laws, legal systems and enforcement mechanisms are still lacking throughout the region, said a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expert. In an interview with Xinhua, Cornelius Williams, child protection advisor with UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, said almost all countries in the region today have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
(Voice of America 11/18/14)
BANGUI— In the last 18 months of yet another armed conflict, as many as 10,000 children in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have been recruited by armed groups. To date, UNICEF has negotiated for the release of 1,400 of these young boys and girls who now face the struggle of reintegrating into society. In Jerome’s village, the attack was swift and violent. During the Seleka rebel raid, some people were burned in their homes while others were shot as they...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
Nairobi — With an El Niño event predicted to hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel starting in December, potentially bringing worsening droughts and floods, researchers are recommending action now to avoid a food crisis. Effective measure to cut risks might include better water management, planting a more diverse range of crops and sharing weather information, they said. Forecasts by the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this month warn of an El Niño period starting in...
(PANA 11/17/14)
As the two-day G20 summit rounded off in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, an African economic expert has canvassed a stronger representation for the continent in the group, which comprises the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies, representing about two-thirds of the world’s population. 'Africa can no longer remain on the margins where global leaders are making decisions on the world economy,' Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), wrote in an Op-Ed article designed to coincide with the just-ended summit.
(Dw-World 11/17/14)
Africa is not immune to diabetes, a disease long considered to be restricted to the affluent west. It is spreading globally and this can also be seen in Africa where new lifestyles are being adopted. November 14 is World Diabetes Day. In 2014, the disease is a growing problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), close to 350 million people are suffering from diabetes across the globe. If left untreated it can kill - and figures from the WHO say that in 2012 it was responsible for the deaths of one and a half million people.
(AFP (eng) 11/14/14)
Former Muslim rebels who held sway for 10 months in the Central African Republic returned Friday to two camps in the capital after a rowdy protest against plans to return them to distant homes. The protesters were members of the Seleka rebel alliance that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and placed in power Michel Djotodia, who was forced to step down in January under international pressure. Dozens of the ex-combatants on Thursday burst out of the military camps,...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/14)
The UN's special representative for central Africa on Thursday called on increased international support in the struggle against Boko Haram, with thousands of Nigerians having fled and cross-border attacks on the rise. "Deadly attacks by Boko Haram have gone beyond Nigeria's borders and now constitute a threat for neighbouring countries," Abdoulaye Bathily told reporters in the Gabon capital Libreville. "Cameroon is one of the main victims," he added, referring to Nigeria's neighbour to the east. Bathily said he was launching...
(Voice of America 11/14/14)
BANGUI— Seleka rebels in Central African Republic blocked two main roads through Bangui on Thursday and exchanged gunfire with U.N. peacekeepers brought in to calm inter-religious violence, witnesses said. The fighters, based at a military camp in the capital since their leader ceded power to a transitional government in January, were protesting against a plan to relocate some of their ranks out of Bangui to improve security. The rebel movement has rejected the plan, to be carried out by the...
(International Business Times 11/14/14)
A Christian priest is helping hundreds of Central African Republic's Muslims escape death as the country's violent civil war keeps claiming thousands of lives. Father Bernard Kinvi, who has won an award by rights group Human Rights Watch for his humanitarian work in the war-torn nation, has opened his mission in Bossemptele, western CAR, to the refugees who are fleeing their homes due to increasing violence by militants. His actions have earned the attention of Christian militiamen anti-Balaka, or anti-machete,...
(PANA 11/14/14)
The African Union (AU) has hailed Germany for providing assistance to universities in African countries to enhance research on effective land use and management. The enhanced research on land management policies is crucial for countries to avoid giving out free land to investors seeking to cash in on huge tracks of under-utilised land across Africa, known as land grabs. AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rhoda Tumusiime, said the German aid to the universities and research institutions was critical to efforts by AU to advance effective land management to grow local economies. “Improved access to land is critical in dealing with agricultural problems
(AFP (eng) 11/13/14)
Jean-Pierre Bemba had "no command" over his troops in the Central African Republic a decade ago, the former Congolese vice president's lawyers said as his war crimes trial closed on Thursday. Bemba, 52, faces three war crimes counts and two of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court committed by some 1,500 members of his private army in the neighbouring Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. His troops allegedly murdered, raped and pillaged after Bemba sent them into the country in late 2002 to help put down a coup against then-CAR president Ange-Felix Patasse.
(AFP (eng) 11/13/14)
Former Muslim rebels who held sway for 10 months in the Central African Republic demonstrated on Thursday in the capital Bangui against plans to send them back to their rural homes. Several dozen former fighters, mostly unarmed but some carrying grenades, took up positions on streets near two military camps where they have been quartered since last January. The protesters were members of the Seleka rebel alliance that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 to place Michel Djotodia in...

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(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they excluded trade and industrialization. Acyl said the AU’s Common African position on the SDGs addresses the unfinished business of the MDGs by focusing on trade diversification, industrialization and value addition through the strengthening of productive...
(Capitalfm Business 11/19/14)
Nairobi — Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs). The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people. "It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa's corporate landscape and discover so many exceptional men and women who are making their indelible contribution toward the progress of...
(Mining Weekly 11/18/14)
The dysfunctional Central African Republic (CAR) has taken over as the country where “blood diamond” activity is again rife. Diamonds worth $24-million have been smuggled out of CAR since the suspension of the Kimberley Process last year and Seleka rebels and "anti-balaka" militia are providing security to local diamond traders, who initially pay the warring groups for safe access to diamond fields and then for ongoing protection during mining. “It’s a classical case of blood diamonds,” International Crisis Group project director Thierry Vircoulon told Mining Weekly Online in the attached video. Belgian authorities earlier this year confiscated diamonds ostensibly smuggled through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday. The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates. The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/14)
BANGUI (Reuters) - Seleka rebels in Central African Republic blocked two main roads through the capital Bangui on Thursday and exchanged gunfire with U.N. peacekeepers brought in to calm inter-religious violence, witnesses said. The fighters, based at a military camp in Bangui since their leader ceded power to a transitional government in January, were protesting against a plan to relocate some of their ranks out of the capital to improve security. Seleka has rejected the plan, to be carried out by the International Organization for Migration, citing safety concerns.
(Voice of America 11/11/14)
YAOUNDE— The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the economy of central African states is vulnerable to a sharp decline due to decreasing oil prices, terrorism and armed conflicts. It also said the region's progress on reducing poverty will be slow and hindered by high inequality. Mario de Zamaroczy, head of the African Division at the IMF, said the rate of economic growth in Central African countries has stagnated at barely five percent due to the crisis in the Central African...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Populations of African countries should see to it that their respective governments are strengthened and always do the right thing to rid the continent of the scourges of poverty, ignorance and disease, the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Acting Chief Economist and Vice President, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa said here Sunday. “Fighting poverty, disease and ignorance is equivalent to transforming the economy. If the people are well-fed, have access to health services and education, then we’ll have transformed our countries,” the AfDB official told journalists on the sidelines of the Ninth African Economic Conference (AEC), being held in Addis Ababa under the theme ‘Knowledge and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation’.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/14)
The United States is considering partnering with China on improving electricity in Africa and the proposal could be part of bilateral discussions when President Barack Obama visits Beijing next week, two sources involved told Reuters. The proposal could include $5-$7 billion of commitments to improve electricity generation and transmission in several African countries, one source involved in the initiative said. "Plans have been discussed and outline ideas drawn up but there are understandably nerves given the delicate relationship with China,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/14)
Ebola, terrorism and political upheaval - headlines from Africa over the past year seem a far cry from the inspiring 'Africa Rising' story. But many newly found investors are sticking with the plot. Even against the additional headwinds of falling commodity prices and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates, funds active in sub-Saharan Africa insist they still see a compelling growth story, driven by an uptick in regional trade, growing investment and a bulging middle class - the basis...
(Business Week 11/06/14)
On the top two floors of a five-story building on Strathmore University’s campus in Nairobi, students with tablets and laptops are gradually changing the face of the East African economy. As part of the university’s master’s program in mobile telecommunications, they spend their days developing computer apps tailor-made for African markets. Their creations include Valuraha, an app that simulates trading on the Nairobi stock exchange as a teaching tool, and Henga Systems, which tracks activity on a mobile phone owner’s...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
Zimbabwe telecommunications giant Econet Wireless Global has bought the businesses of Russian phone operator VimpelCom in Burundi and the Central African Republic, the company announced Monday. "Our Mauritius-registered telecoms holding company... has acquired VimpelCom's two operations in Burundi and Central African Republic," said Craig Fitzgerald, Econet Wireless Global chief executive officer, in a statement. Confirming the deal, VimpelCom said in a statement that its subsidiary Global Telecom Holding had sold its entire stake in the Burundi and CAR operations to Econet for $65 million (50 million euros).
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...

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(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is enough time for anyone to do it." Caf said earlier this week that several countries had applied to stage the relocated event, and that a decision would be made in a matter of days ...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(Africa Top sports 09/17/14)
L’attaquant franco-centrafricain Quentin Ngakoutou opte pour la Centrafrique. Selon Centrafriquefootball.cf, le joueur de l’AS Monaco prêté à Arles-Avignon (Ligue 2 France) a donné son accord de principe pour mener une carrière internationale sous les couleurs des Fauves, a annoncé le manager de la sélection centrafricaine, Willy Kongo. Ancien international français U17, Quentin Ngakoutou pourrait donc disputer son premier match avec la Centrafrique le 9 octobre. Les Fauves du Bas Obangui affronteront à cette date le Maroc, pays hôte de la...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(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...
(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...
(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,...

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(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event were Genevieve Nnaji, and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and they dazzled the red carpet with everything they had to showcase. Others include Kate Henshaw, Rita Dominic, Segun Arinze, Ramsey Nouah, Kalu Ikeagwu, Fred Amata, and Uru Eke,...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/14)
An AFPTV video journalist from Central African Republic on Wednesday won the Rory Peck Award for News from a British media group that highlights the work of freelancers and campaigns for their safety. Pacome Pabandji, 23, was picked for his extensive coverage of the brutal civil conflict that has ravaged his country over the past year, illustrating both the horrific sectarian violence and individual stories of suffering. "He achieved one of the most difficult things in journalism -- to be an objective observer inside a civil war," the Rory Peck Trust judges said when he was shortlisted for the prize...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(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...
( 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...
(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 11/19/14)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Cameroon says it has pushed backed a group of suspected anti-Balaka rebels from the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) who attacked its territory Tuesday, apparently in an attempt to free one of their leaders. Cameroon Defense Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said confrontations between the Cameroon military and suspected anti-Balaka rebels have been common during the past month. He said during Tuesday's attack in eastern Cameroon, his soldiers succeeded in forcing the rebels to retreat. He added that Cameroon’s military is determined to defend Cameroon's territorial integrity and crush the rebels. The rebels are pressing for the release of one of their leaders, Abdoulaye Meskine, and 10 of their fellow anti-Balaka soldiers, who were...
(Voice of America 11/19/14)
BANGUI— Ex-rebels in the Central African Republic have been threatening to blow themselves up to protest a government attempt to relocate them from camps in the capital, Bangui. The rebels are under pressure to move - an international aid agency says their food supply has been put on hold while talks about their relocation continue. Tensions are running high in the streets of Bangui around two camps containing ex-rebels, as negotiations over their future drag on. Peacekeepers from the United Nations mission MINUSCA have deployed to the area to prevent clashes between the ex-Seleka rebels inside the camps and anti-Balaka...
(Mining Weekly 11/18/14)
The dysfunctional Central African Republic (CAR) has taken over as the country where “blood diamond” activity is again rife. Diamonds worth $24-million have been smuggled out of CAR since the suspension of the Kimberley Process last year and Seleka rebels and "anti-balaka" militia are providing security to local diamond traders, who initially pay the warring groups for safe access to diamond fields and then for ongoing protection during mining. “It’s a classical case of blood diamonds,” International Crisis Group project director Thierry Vircoulon told Mining Weekly Online in the attached video. Belgian authorities earlier this year confiscated diamonds ostensibly smuggled through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
(Voice of America 11/18/14)
BANGUI— In the last 18 months of yet another armed conflict, as many as 10,000 children in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have been recruited by armed groups. To date, UNICEF has negotiated for the release of 1,400 of these young boys and girls who now face the struggle of reintegrating into society. In Jerome’s village, the attack was swift and violent. During the Seleka rebel raid, some people were burned in their homes while others were shot as they...
(International Business Times 11/14/14)
A Christian priest is helping hundreds of Central African Republic's Muslims escape death as the country's violent civil war keeps claiming thousands of lives. Father Bernard Kinvi, who has won an award by rights group Human Rights Watch for his humanitarian work in the war-torn nation, has opened his mission in Bossemptele, western CAR, to the refugees who are fleeing their homes due to increasing violence by militants. His actions have earned the attention of Christian militiamen anti-Balaka, or anti-machete,...
(Voice of America 11/13/14)
PARIS— The four-year-long trial of former Congolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is finally wrapping up in The Hague. But the story is not over. ICC judges want another trial, this time targeting both Bemba and his legal team for allegedly tampering with justice. Closing statements continue through Thursday in the trial of 52-year-old Jean-Pierre Bemba. A former vice-president and warlord from the Democratic Republic of Congo, he faces five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for atrocities committed by...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(Voice of America 11/11/14)
YAOUNDE— The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the economy of central African states is vulnerable to a sharp decline due to decreasing oil prices, terrorism and armed conflicts. It also said the region's progress on reducing poverty will be slow and hindered by high inequality. Mario de Zamaroczy, head of the African Division at the IMF, said the rate of economic growth in Central African countries has stagnated at barely five percent due to the crisis in the Central African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Voice of America 11/07/14)
The human rights group Amnesty International says U.N. peacekeepers must take bold action to protect civilians in Central African Republic. It says there’s an escalating wave of sectarian violence throughout the country. Amnesty’s Steve Cockburn says despite U.N. peacekeepers being deployed in September, the killings and displacement of civilians are on the rise. “Over the last month we’ve seen the situation deteriorate somewhat in Central African Republic. [In] early October there was an upsurge in violence in Bangui where over...
(Voice of America 11/07/14)
Close to 100,000 Central African Republicans who fled violence at home are taking refuge in Cameroon. But many are finding life in the refugee camps also difficult. Some are trying to start a new life by opening little businesses in Cameroonian villages - but face resistance. Refugees here at the Timangolo camp are welcoming the newest arrival: Ahmadou Bachirou. He looks sick and tired after traveling 300 kilometers from the Central African Republic town of Bambari. He says he is...
(Business Week 11/06/14)
On the top two floors of a five-story building on Strathmore University’s campus in Nairobi, students with tablets and laptops are gradually changing the face of the East African economy. As part of the university’s master’s program in mobile telecommunications, they spend their days developing computer apps tailor-made for African markets. Their creations include Valuraha, an app that simulates trading on the Nairobi stock exchange as a teaching tool, and Henga Systems, which tracks activity on a mobile phone owner’s...
(Voice of America 11/05/14)
When it comes to fighting viral outbreaks - or even stopping water shortages - healthcare applications which integrate real-time analytics, data centers and messaging platforms are poised to improve the critical initial response to epidemics and natural disasters. mHero, new app The first line of defense against deadly viral outbreaks, water shortages and food scarcity might just end up on your phone. A new application called mHero, created in Uganda, combines health worker registries, patient data, real-time monitoring and open messaging systems to ensure a fast and integrated response. mHero stands for Mobile Health Worker Electronic Response and Outreach.
(Voice of America 11/04/14)
The African Union Commission’s Peace and Security Department is meeting in Zimbabwe as part of efforts to create an African Standby Force. The envisioned force would play a peacekeeping role of sorts, responding to political emergencies around the continent to maintain stability. General Samaila Iliya is leading the process of ensuring that there is African Standby Force, or ASF, by the target date of April of next year. The Nigerian general noted the idea of a standby force was raised...
(Los Angeles Times 11/03/14)
First they spat angry words at Remy Bazie. Then they struck him in the face with an iron bar, knocking him unconscious. The men who jumped the Ivory Coast migrant at a crowded Moscow train station last November did not rob him. But they damaged his jaw to the degree that doctors had to install a metal plate to hold it in place. It took Bazie four months to raise the $3,600 to undergo surgery. "Most of the time I'm...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(Voice of America 10/28/14)
Despite U.N. and French peacekeeping troops deployed in the Central African Republic, sectarian violence remains high. Since early last year, thousands of people have been killed and nearly one-million displaced. Donor nations and aid agencies met in Brussels Monday to ensure the ongoing humanitarian crisis continues to be addressed. In March of 2013, Muslim Seleka rebels toppled CAR’s government, seizing power in the mostly Christian country. But in the following months, many rebels began attacking Christian communities. The new government...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.

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