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Sunday 25 January 2015

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(Reuters (Eng) 01/24/15)
PARIS (Reuters) - A French charity worker abducted earlier this week in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, has been released, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement on Friday. "It is a great relief for all those who worked towards achieving this happy ending," Fabius said. The 67-year-old woman, who had been working for a charity providing health and education support to Central African villages, was in good health, the minister added.
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and infrastructure and provide longer-term loans...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/15)
A French aid worker kidnapped on Monday in the Central African Republic by the anti-balaka militia has been freed, France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. "Our compatriot Claudia Priest, who was kidnapped at the start of the week in the Central African Republic, is finally free. It's an immense relief for all those who have worked towards this happy outcome," Fabius said in a statement.
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Voice of America 01/21/15)
A United Nations employee who was kidnapped in the capital of the Central African Republic has been released. U.N. and C.A.R. officials say the woman was released Tuesday after being kidnapped earlier in the day by gunmen believed linked to the anti-Balaka Christian militia in Bangui. Officials say the woman works with the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSCA. On Monday, a French woman and a local man, working for a Catholic medical organization, were kidnapped in the capital. The abductions come days after U.N. peacekeepers arrested a senior anti-Balaka militia leader, known as General Andjilo, for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting.
(World Bulletin 01/21/15)
A UN worker who was kidnapped Tuesday by unidentified militants in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), has been released, Hamadoun Touré, spokesman for the UN mission in CAR, said Wednesday. "She was released in the late hours of Tuesday following talks between the UN mission and anti-balaka militiamen," Touré told The Anadolu Agency. Gamal Hisho, who works for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)'s communications department, was abducted early Tuesday near...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/15)
Armed men from the mainly Christian anti-balaka militia kidnapped a female UN employee in strife-torn Central African Republic Tuesday, after seizing two aid workers Monday to protest the arrest of a group leader. The gunmen captured the woman from a van driving UN staffers to work in the capital Bangui not far from the airport, a source with the UN's peacekeeping MINUSCA force in the country said on the condition of anonymity. The woman was said to be an expatriate,...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
PARIS/BANGUI— A French charity worker and a churchman were abducted on Monday in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, the French Foreign Ministry and the Caritas charity said. The 67-year-old woman was working for a charity providing health and education support to Central African villages, the ministry said in a statement. The French ambassador in Bangui is in contact with the archbishop's office in the city, which has started negotiations with the captors, it said.
(BBC News Africa 01/20/15)
Two people, including a 67-year-old French woman working for a Catholic medical charity, have been kidnapped in the Central African Republic (CAR). Reports said their vehicle was stopped by armed men in the capital, Bangui, and they were driven off. The other person seized was said to be a local man connected with the charity. The driver of the vehicle, who was not taken, said the kidnappers were from a mainly Christian militia angry at the recent arrest of one...
(World Bulletin 01/20/15)
A cleric and a French woman were reportedly kidnapped by the anti-balaka militia in the troubled Central African Republic. "A French woman working for the Diocesan Health Coordination Office was abducted along with a cleric in the northern part of Bangui," Jesus Martial Demele, the vicar general of the archdiocese of Bangui, told The Anadolu Agency. He gave no further details about the abduction. There has been no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping and authorities have yet to comment...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(The Citizen 01/19/15)
Kampala. The indicted senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Maj Gen Dominic Ongwen, who surrendered early this month, was yesterday handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for trial on war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Central African Republic (CAR) state prosecutor, Mr Ghislain Grezengue, said on Friday that ICC officials were processing Ongwen’s transfer to The Hague, its headquarters, where he is indicted on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
(The Citizen 01/19/15)
Dar es Salaam. Amnesty International yesterday applauded the impending transfer of former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Dominic Ongwen to the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to a press release circulated to the media, the move is a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality in the hands of LRA for more than two decades. “This is a significant development in the pursuit for justice. The LRA abducted, killed and mutilated thousands in Uganda and...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/15)
BANGUI (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a senior leader of the anti-balaka militia, wanted for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country's senior prosecutor said on Sunday. Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as Andilo, was detained in Bouca, around 300 km (195 miles) north of the capital Bangui on Saturday. Central African Republic was plunged into chaos when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in 2013. Abuses under their brief rule spawned a backlash from the Christian and animist anti-balaka.

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(Reuters (Eng) 01/24/15)
PARIS (Reuters) - A French charity worker abducted earlier this week in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, has been released, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement on Friday. "It is a great relief for all those who worked towards achieving this happy ending," Fabius said. The 67-year-old woman, who had been working for a charity providing health and education support to Central African villages, was in good health, the minister added.
(AFP (eng) 01/23/15)
A French aid worker kidnapped on Monday in the Central African Republic by the anti-balaka militia has been freed, France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. "Our compatriot Claudia Priest, who was kidnapped at the start of the week in the Central African Republic, is finally free. It's an immense relief for all those who have worked towards this happy outcome," Fabius said in a statement.
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(Voice of America 01/21/15)
A United Nations employee who was kidnapped in the capital of the Central African Republic has been released. U.N. and C.A.R. officials say the woman was released Tuesday after being kidnapped earlier in the day by gunmen believed linked to the anti-Balaka Christian militia in Bangui. Officials say the woman works with the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSCA. On Monday, a French woman and a local man, working for a Catholic medical organization, were kidnapped in the capital. The abductions come days after U.N. peacekeepers arrested a senior anti-Balaka militia leader, known as General Andjilo, for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting.
(World Bulletin 01/21/15)
A UN worker who was kidnapped Tuesday by unidentified militants in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), has been released, Hamadoun Touré, spokesman for the UN mission in CAR, said Wednesday. "She was released in the late hours of Tuesday following talks between the UN mission and anti-balaka militiamen," Touré told The Anadolu Agency. Gamal Hisho, who works for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)'s communications department, was abducted early Tuesday near...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/15)
Armed men from the mainly Christian anti-balaka militia kidnapped a female UN employee in strife-torn Central African Republic Tuesday, after seizing two aid workers Monday to protest the arrest of a group leader. The gunmen captured the woman from a van driving UN staffers to work in the capital Bangui not far from the airport, a source with the UN's peacekeeping MINUSCA force in the country said on the condition of anonymity. The woman was said to be an expatriate,...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
PARIS/BANGUI— A French charity worker and a churchman were abducted on Monday in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, the French Foreign Ministry and the Caritas charity said. The 67-year-old woman was working for a charity providing health and education support to Central African villages, the ministry said in a statement. The French ambassador in Bangui is in contact with the archbishop's office in the city, which has started negotiations with the captors, it said.
(BBC News Africa 01/20/15)
Two people, including a 67-year-old French woman working for a Catholic medical charity, have been kidnapped in the Central African Republic (CAR). Reports said their vehicle was stopped by armed men in the capital, Bangui, and they were driven off. The other person seized was said to be a local man connected with the charity. The driver of the vehicle, who was not taken, said the kidnappers were from a mainly Christian militia angry at the recent arrest of one...
(World Bulletin 01/20/15)
A cleric and a French woman were reportedly kidnapped by the anti-balaka militia in the troubled Central African Republic. "A French woman working for the Diocesan Health Coordination Office was abducted along with a cleric in the northern part of Bangui," Jesus Martial Demele, the vicar general of the archdiocese of Bangui, told The Anadolu Agency. He gave no further details about the abduction. There has been no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping and authorities have yet to comment...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
00:00
JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/15)
BANGUI (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a senior leader of the anti-balaka militia, wanted for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country's senior prosecutor said on Sunday. Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as Andilo, was detained in Bouca, around 300 km (195 miles) north of the capital Bangui on Saturday. Central African Republic was plunged into chaos when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in 2013. Abuses under their brief rule spawned a backlash from the Christian and animist anti-balaka.
(World Bulletin 01/19/15)
U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a senior leader of the Christian anti-balaka militia, wanted for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country's senior prosecutor said on Sunday. Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as Andilo, was detained in Bouca, around 300 km (195 miles) north of the capital Bangui on Saturday. A U.N. commission of inquiry, in a report published this month, found that the anti-balaka had committed ethnic cleansing in their attacks on the Muslim minority. Nearly...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/17/15)
Captured Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen was flown to the capital of Central African Republic on Friday and handed over to representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the country's state prosecutor said. Ongwen, a former child soldier who faces charges of crimes against humanity, will be flown to the ICC headquarters in The Hague on Saturday, prosecutor Ghislain Grezengue said. "Dominic Ongwen has been transferred to Bangui," Grezengue told Reuters. "I came back from Obo (in the...
(Voice of America 01/17/15)
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC— Captured Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen was flown to the capital of Central African Republic on Friday and handed over to representatives of the International Criminal Court, the country's state prosecutor said. Ongwen, a former child soldier who faces charges of crimes against humanity, will be flown to the ICC headquarters in The Hague on Saturday, prosecutor Ghislain Grezengue said. "Dominic Ongwen has been transferred to Bangui,'' Grezengue said.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/17/15)
KAMPALA Sat Jan 17, 2015 (Reuters) - Ugandan forces have handed a commander from the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) into the custody of the Central African Republic's government, the Ugandan army said on Saturday, moving his transfer to the International Criminal Court a step closer. The U.S. army said last week Dominic Ongwen had surrendered, marking a major success in the campaign to crush the LRA, a group that first rose up against Uganda in the late 1980s and which gained a reputation for massacres and mutilating victims.
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/15)
Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the strife-torn country this week, officials said Thursday. The sinking happened on Monday after the boat's motor exploded, starting a fire that quickly engulfed the vessel, with terrified passengers jumping overboard, officials told AFP. It had been carrying an estimated 100 people down the Oubangui River from the capital Bangui when the fire broke out near the village of Modale. A naval official said at least 80 people were on board the New Jerusalem when it left Bangui, 125 kilometres (77 miles) upstream from where it came to grief.
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
YAOUNDE, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Around 100 people went missing in a boat capsizing accident in Central African Republic (CAR) Wednesday. Police said on Thursday a passenger boat coming from Democratic Republic of Congo capsized in Prefecture Kouango, south of CAR, after its engine caught fire. Around 100 passengers on board jumped into the water, but there is no report of casualties. A source in CAR's capital Bungui told Xinhua on phone the fire started from the goods on board,...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The world seems to have double standard in dealing with many things, and there is no exception even when it comes to the issue of terrorism. Attacks in a Western metropolis always draw worldwide attention while those in Africa appear to have only limited repercussions. Following the terrorist attacks in France last week which claimed 17 lives, there was an unprecedented outpouring of grief and empathy from all corners of the world. Roughly at the same time, Nigeria lost an estimated 150 lives in Boko Haram's terrorist attack, but the news merely got a passing mention in major networks.
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...

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(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17 noted that a mere handful of countries in the continent are tapping into renewable energy resource. Some of the bottlenecks identified included lack of finance, lack of interest from investors and the desire by some to take on mega...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Mobile penetration in the sub- Saharan Africa region is expected to increase from 52 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2020, a new study by a global research firm revealed on Wednesday. The study by Frost & Sullivan shows that mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016. "The introduction of affordable smartphones, specifically designed for the African market, has improved the market scenario, "...
(This Day Live 01/05/15)
Fresh from hosting Miss Commonwealth UK, the CEO and host of Princess Halliday Show (PHS), Princess Halliday, has commenced the recording of a new season of the internationally acclaimed TV programme, Princess Halliday Show. Princess as she's fondly called, produces, finances, and hosts Empower Africa. The Princess Halliday Show is an Empower Africa Initiative that showcases people who have demonstrated positivity against all the odds. These are individuals who, through tenacity and determination, have accomplished something great or have been...
(Ventures-Africa 01/03/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), a global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, partnered with new banks through expansion of its operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project was awarded to ICSFS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), which is one of the largest banks in Africa. Guaranty Trust Bank recently acquired Fina Bank, an East African Bank, which was subsequently rebranded and became a subsidiary of GTBank Plc. ICS BANKS was successfully...
(Spy Ghana 12/30/14)
During the course of 2014 there was much discussion about the phenomenal economic growth of various African nation-states. The Federal Republic of Nigeria was proclaimed by western financial publications to have attained the status of the largest economy on the continent. Inside the Republic of South Africa, where two decades earlier the masses of workers, farmers and youth had overthrown the dreaded apartheid system instituting a parliamentary structure with the African National Congress (ANC) being the dominant political force, the...
(Ips News 12/24/14)
The sharp decline in world petroleum prices - hailed as a bonanza to millions of motorists in the United States - is threatening to undermine the fragile economies of several African countries dependent on oil for their sustained growth. The most vulnerable in the world's poorest continent include Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sudan - as well as developing nations such as Algeria, Libya and Egypt in North Africa. "In the long run, governments in these oil-exporting countries should...
(Daily Independent Nig 12/24/14)
Africa's first independent search engine a fact-finding website Africa Check, launched two years ago to promote accuracy in public debate and the media, has announced that it had hit a million visitors. Crossing the million mark "is symbolic for us. It is reaching a milestone moment in the number of readers," said Africa Check Editor Julian Rademeyer. The main point of the website is to promote transparency and push for "accuracy in public debate, and encourage honesty of politicians", he...
(Caj News Africa 12/20/14)
Lagos — The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)has restated its commitment to addressing the continent's infrastructure challenges. This follows the leading investment grade rated multilateral development finance institution, announced the close of a US$ 300 million dual tranche club facility arranged by a number of initial mandated lead arrangers. Among these are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Deutsche Bank AG, FirstRand Bank Limited, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Chartered Bank. The completion of the fund raising was simultaneously announced in Lagos and the United Kingdom.
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/08/14)
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focussing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home. Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major...
(PANA 12/06/14)
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday decried lack of funding as the main crisis facing the implementation of Africa's development plans. Dlamini Zuma said Africa's grand visions like the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the upcoming Vision 2063, have failed to make substantial headway due to the lack of local financing sources. Speaking during a grand lecture in honour of Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the AU, Zuma said finding a way out of the financing crisis was critical for Africa.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/28/14)
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not...
(Bloomberg 11/27/14)
SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) will combine bottling operations for non-alcoholic beverages in southern and eastern Africa, forming the continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and allowing the world’s second-biggest brewer to expand in soft drinks. SABMiller will hold 57 percent of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, with Coca-Cola holding 11.3 percent and Gutsche Family Investments owning the rest, the London-based maker of Grolsch and Peroni said in a statement today.

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(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its matches will be friendlies and won't have points on offer. The qualifiers will begin in June, and the 52 competing countries and regions will go straight into 13 groups of four teams each. The top...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101 year history that a team from Africa will participate. 'Historic moment' "To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(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...
(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...

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(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru; pan African group, Cirque...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17 noted that a mere handful of countries in the continent are tapping into renewable energy resource. Some of the bottlenecks identified included lack of finance, lack of interest from investors and the desire by some to take on mega...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Voice of America 01/21/15)
A United Nations employee who was kidnapped in the capital of the Central African Republic has been released. U.N. and C.A.R. officials say the woman was released Tuesday after being kidnapped earlier in the day by gunmen believed linked to the anti-Balaka Christian militia in Bangui. Officials say the woman works with the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSCA. On Monday, a French woman and a local man, working for a Catholic medical organization, were kidnapped in the capital. The abductions come days after U.N. peacekeepers arrested a senior anti-Balaka militia leader, known as General Andjilo, for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting.
(World Bulletin 01/21/15)
A UN worker who was kidnapped Tuesday by unidentified militants in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), has been released, Hamadoun Touré, spokesman for the UN mission in CAR, said Wednesday. "She was released in the late hours of Tuesday following talks between the UN mission and anti-balaka militiamen," Touré told The Anadolu Agency. Gamal Hisho, who works for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)'s communications department, was abducted early Tuesday near...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
PARIS/BANGUI— A French charity worker and a churchman were abducted on Monday in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, the French Foreign Ministry and the Caritas charity said. The 67-year-old woman was working for a charity providing health and education support to Central African villages, the ministry said in a statement. The French ambassador in Bangui is in contact with the archbishop's office in the city, which has started negotiations with the captors, it said.
(BBC News Africa 01/20/15)
Two people, including a 67-year-old French woman working for a Catholic medical charity, have been kidnapped in the Central African Republic (CAR). Reports said their vehicle was stopped by armed men in the capital, Bangui, and they were driven off. The other person seized was said to be a local man connected with the charity. The driver of the vehicle, who was not taken, said the kidnappers were from a mainly Christian militia angry at the recent arrest of one...
(World Bulletin 01/20/15)
A cleric and a French woman were reportedly kidnapped by the anti-balaka militia in the troubled Central African Republic. "A French woman working for the Diocesan Health Coordination Office was abducted along with a cleric in the northern part of Bangui," Jesus Martial Demele, the vicar general of the archdiocese of Bangui, told The Anadolu Agency. He gave no further details about the abduction. There has been no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping and authorities have yet to comment...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(World Bulletin 01/19/15)
U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a senior leader of the Christian anti-balaka militia, wanted for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country's senior prosecutor said on Sunday. Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as Andilo, was detained in Bouca, around 300 km (195 miles) north of the capital Bangui on Saturday. A U.N. commission of inquiry, in a report published this month, found that the anti-balaka had committed ethnic cleansing in their attacks on the Muslim minority. Nearly...
(Voice of America 01/17/15)
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC— Captured Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen was flown to the capital of Central African Republic on Friday and handed over to representatives of the International Criminal Court, the country's state prosecutor said. Ongwen, a former child soldier who faces charges of crimes against humanity, will be flown to the ICC headquarters in The Hague on Saturday, prosecutor Ghislain Grezengue said. "Dominic Ongwen has been transferred to Bangui,'' Grezengue said.
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(Voice of America 01/13/15)
A top Lord's Resistance Army commander who surrendered to U.S. forces last week will be handed over to the International Criminal Court. Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said in a Twitter message Tuesday that "Dominic Ongwen will be tried at the ICC in the Hague." He said Ongwen will be transferred to the Hague by authorities in the Central African Republic, where Ongwen turned himself in on January 6. Ongwen surrendered to U.S. military advisors who are helping a Ugandan-led force tasked with hunting down LRA fighters in central Africa.
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(BBC News Africa 01/10/15)
Seleka rebels in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) say they should get a reward for capturing a Ugandan militia leader wanted for war crimes. Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander in the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), was taken into US custody this week. The US had offered up to $5m (£3.3m) as a reward for information leading to his arrest, transfer or conviction. A Seleka commander said he was captured after a 25-minute battle, after which they informed US forces...
(World Bulletin 01/09/15)
Christian militia in Central African Republic have carried out ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population during the country's ongoing civil war, but there is no proof there was genocidal intent, a United Nations commission of inquiry has determined. The final report of the inquiry, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council on Dec. 19, said up to 6,000 people had been killed though it "considers that such estimates fail to capture the full magnitude of the killings that occurred."...

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