| Africatime
Thursday 24 July 2014
(Reuters (Eng) 07/23/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a major military base in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday but the government said the situation had been quickly brought under control. Witnesses said shooting died down after about half an hour. Security forces deployed tanks to a busy junction in the city centre but they were withdrawn shortly afterwards. The base, known as Camp Tshatshi, was the scene of fighting in December last year when gunmen also attacked state television and an airport in the capital.
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Gunmen attacked a military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Tuesday, but the government says the situation was quickly brought under control. In an interview with VOA's French to Africa Service, government spokesman Lambert Mende said a "small band" of attackers tried to enter Camp Tshatshi in Kinshasa but were stopped. He said authorities have not yet determined whether the attackers were "terrorists or thieves." A written message on DRC state television told viewers there was "no need to panic." Mende said troops were patrolling the city to reassure citizens.
(BBC News Africa 07/23/14)
An attack on the military barracks of the presidential guards in Kinshasa has been repulsed, the Democratic Republic of Congo government has said. The situation is now under control and a small group of "infiltrators" defeated, the government said. Heavy gunfire earlier rang out from Camp Tshatshi for about 30 minutes. DR Congo has a history of instability, with President Joseph Kabila taking power following the assassination of his father, Laurent, in 2001. The authorities have not said who was...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Xinhuanet 07/22/14)
CAPE TOWN, July (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will sign a new and improved economic partnership agreement with the European Union (EU), it was announced on Monday. Under the agreement, SADC countries will be given greater access to the EU market on certain products, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in Cape Town. The EU will eliminate export subsidies on agricultural goods destined for the region, said the minister. As for South Africa, the...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/14)
Italian oil and gas group Eni said it signed a deal to explore for hydrocarbons in the Republic of Congo’s coastal basin, expanding its foothold in sub-Saharan Africa’s No. 4 oil producer. At a signing ceremony in capital Brazzaville, new Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi signed the deal for onshore and deep-water exploration acreage with Energy Minister Andre Raphael Loemba, the company said in a statement on Sunday. Eni could not immediately be reached to provide any further details. The...
(New Vision 07/21/14)
Ugandan health experts are monitoring neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo where suspected cases of Ebola have been reported. Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health said: “The suspected cases were in Aruu and other parts of northeastern Congo. We learnt Kinshasa was testing the samples.” Although he could not provide how many suspected cases have been reported in DR Congo, Dr. Lukwago said Uganda has been on alert since the outbreak in West Africa. “If Ebola...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nigeria, other ACP countries to benefit from euro facility for development. The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of 512 million euros for Nigeria to develop and promote good governance, health nutrition and sustainable energy under the EU National Indicative Programme (NIP), according to local media reports. The private Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the programme is the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The newspaper noted that the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe has dismissed fears over possible drying up of HIV/AIDS funds, saying steps have been taken to reduce the global cost of treatment to free more resources for investments. Sidibe said plans have been implemented across Africa to increase the number of people on HIV/AIDS treatment while also negotiating lower treatment costs. 'It is not really true that HIV/AIDS funding is drying up. We are mobilising more resources and...
(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Friday decried the prevailing high bank interest rates in the continent which has discouraged many investors to take credits from banks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer Andrew Mold told Xinhua that the situation is partly caused by the big spread in interests maintained by the banks.
(African arguments 07/19/14)
Despite their legal attributes, in functional terms many African states (constructs of the continent's encounter with colonial rule) came into being without possessing the requisite qualities of statehood. Apart from their alienation from the lived political and socio-cultural experiences of the masses of the people, they became states without the capacity to provide for the security and other basic needs of their people. To date, and despite the passage of half a century since the end of colonial rule, a...
(Voice of America 07/19/14)
A report on agriculture in Africa calls for increased investment for entrepreneurship in the rural food sector, and cites agriculture as the key sector for creating jobs for African youth. The "Small and Growing - Entrepreneurship in African Agriculture" report was released in London last month by the Montpellier Panel. The panel is a group of agriculture and trade experts from Europe and Africa who work together to improve food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. "Africa produces over $280 billion worth...
(Dw-World 07/19/14)
Life is dangerous for Africa's gays and lesbians, despite a resolution from the African Commission for Human Rights. The UN warns that the persecution of homosexuals is hindering the fight against AIDS. Yaounde, Cameroon, 15 July 2013 - journalist and gay activist Eric Lembembe is found dead at his home. His body showed signs of having been severely tortured, his friends told police who launched an investigation - but without any results. Drissa Traore, deputy head of the International Human...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS, July (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials on Thursday called for increased and effective investment in Africa to help achieve the continent's development objectives. "In recent years, Africa's economic growth has been higher than in many other regions," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the promotion of investment in Africa. UN economists estimate that Africa's overall growth will exceed 5 percent in 2015, driven especially by domestic demand and solid commodity prices. "But, this positive performance must not let us become complacent," Ban said, adding that serious obstacles still exist to more inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.
(PANA 07/18/14)
African leaders attending the 23rd Assembly of African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, are unanimous on the need to step up agricultural transformation for the continent’s development. Mauritania's President and AU chairperson, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said agriculture occupied priority place in Africa's economy and had no other equivalent in combating poverty. Mr Aziz challenged AU member States to think 'more strategically' to do more, given that 10 years after the adoption of the...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Against the background of persistent insecurity, insurgencies and terrorist threats, the European Union (EU) has granted new funding of 750 million Euros to support peace and security in some African countries, including Nigeria. The fund is aimed at sustaining an EU adopted action programme during the period 2014 to 2016 in support of harmony and safety in the continent. The initiative as described by the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa and EU summit,...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is providing support to the GSMA(1) pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI), a mobile ecosystem that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Acting as one of the first leading partners in this ambitious undertaking, Gemalto is contributing its digital security expertise to two key mHealth programmes: the United Nations Every Women Every Child Global Strategy and the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact. According to a press...

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