Saturday 16 December 2017
(Times of Zambia 09/26/13)
President Michael Sata has said Africa needs a permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Delivering his keynote address to the 68th session of UN Heads of State annual general debate on Tuesday night, Mr Sata said it was Zambia’s and Africa’s desire for the continent to have a permanent seat on the Security Council. He said negotiations for Africa to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council organ were long overdue and reiterated the need to conclude them as defined by the Ezulwini Consesus. Mr Sata said the efficacy of the Security Council should be manifested in its adaptation to the prevailing global realities of international peace and security and the legitimacy realised through an all-inclusive...
(Voice of America 09/26/13)
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the attacks being carried out by rebels in Eastern Congo against civilians "appalling". African heads of state met at the United Nations to discuss the conflict, which the United States says Rwanda is fueling by backing those rebels. Fighters from Congo's M23 rebellion are the biggest challenge to government troops and U.N. peacekeepers in the eastern Kivu provinces of the Congo. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said earlier this week that the rebel attacks include violence against women and children. "The extent of violence and human suffering in eastern DRC is overwhelming. I deplore the recent military activities of the M23 and the other armed groups in eastern DRC," said Ban...
(Voice of America 09/26/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Experts say Africa's economy is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2013, and exceed five percent growth in 2014. Statistics compiled by the African Development Bank, the U.N. Development Population and the OECD Development Center indicate Libya will be the fastest growing African country, followed by Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. The African Economic Outlook report of the African Development Bank and its partners projects that Africa’s gross domestic product -- the measure of goods and services produced -- will grow by 5.3 percent in 2014. Central and West Africa are the fastest growing regions, mainly because of their commodities. GDP Growth in AfricaGDP Growth in Africa Anthony Simpasa of the African Development Bank said the...
(BBC News Africa 09/26/13)
Nelson Mandela is continuing to respond to treatment at his home in Houghton, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. The former South African president, 95, returned home at the start of September after almost three months in hospital. In his statement, President Zuma thanked the global community for their support but did not go into detail about Mr Mandela's condition. Previous statements have often said he is "critical but stable". Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital in Pretoria in June with a recurring lung condition. Family members have spoken of their happiness at having Mr Mandela home again. "Our revered former president continues to respond to treatment at his home," said President Zuma on Wednesday. "His family and our...
(AFP (eng) 09/25/13)
UNITED NATIONS, September 25, 2013 (AFP) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday condemned the "never-ending aggression" by neighboring Rwanda in a speech at the UN General Assembly. Rwanda's President Paul Kagame was also due to appear before world leaders at the assembly amid international concern over new fighting in eastern DR Congo. "It is through an act of solidarity by welcoming refugees from Rwanda on their territory, that the Congolese population in the east of my country are now deprived of peace," Kabila said. "There is room to ask what will be left of international humanitarian law if welcoming refugees in distress is considered enough to justify never ending aggression by the country where the said...
(Voice of America 09/25/13)
The U.S. military has moved its fleet of drones from a key Horn of Africa air base to a more remote location. A Pentagon official tells VOA that the unmanned aircraft have been moved from Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. base in Djibouti, to another location in the country. The official says the new location alleviates traffic issues that resulted from having drones share the same runway with regular base traffic and commercial air traffic. Camp Lemonnier is located at the Djibouti international airport. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the relocation took place after a string of crashes raised fears in Djibouti about the risk of collisions between drones and passenger planes. The newspaper says local officials had expressed concern...
(Times of Zambia 09/25/13)
Zambia is closely monitoring the conflict in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fuelled by the M23 rebels, Foreign Affairs minister Wylbur Simuusa has said. Meanwhile, the second meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Congo DR and the region has called for an immediate end to the conflict in the mineral-rich country. Mr Simuusa said Zambia was more concerned with the fighting in Congo because of the spill-over effects that saw an influx of refugees crossing into the country and sometimes the actual fighting spiralling across the two countries’ common border. “If there’s one conflict Zambia hopes should end immediately, it is the one in the DRC because that’s a...
( 09/24/13)
Over the course of three weeks, clashes between government forces and an armed group in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) displaced so many civilians that the population of one village, Gety, increased nine-fold, from 5,000 to 45,000. In all, there are around 100,000 people displaced in the south of Ituri District, part of Orientale Province. “Cases of rape, kidnappings and other abuses by armed men have been reported,” Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), told a recent press briefing, warning that the population was living in precarious conditions. “Entire villages have been emptied of their populations. Many of those displaced, fearing violence from the belligerents, are believed to still be in the forests in...
(CNN 09/23/13)
(CNN) -- Africa is in the middle of an amazing demographic shift. Our continent is the only one where the size of the younger generation is rising significantly. Our population is already 16 years younger than in China, and this is only the beginning. Within less than three generations, four out of ten of the world's youth will live on our continent. This demographic dividend -- and the energy and enthusiasm it brings -- offers us a unique advantage which other continents facing the prospect of a rapidly aging population and dwindling workforce can only envy. In a world changing with breakneck speed, it is young people who are best equipped to identify and deliver fresh solutions to our problems...
(Voice of America 09/21/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — Can the United States take a trade law that’s helping to increase African exports, and make it better? That’s what African and American politicians, economists and policy makers are discussing as they consider the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. The legislation, which expires in two years, drops duties and tariffs on thousands of products from the continent. Supporters say it’s generated hundreds of billions of dollars in trade and investment opportunities. Most African development specialists and policy makers would like to see AGOA extended, at least for another ten years. Some would like to add other low income countries outside Africa or include a wider range of products. A new study by...
(BBC News Africa 09/20/13)
The African Union has called a special summit to discuss a mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in protest at the trial of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto. A letter sent to the ICC signed by African leaders says Mr Ruto's presence in The Hague will disadvantage Kenya. The AU has previously accused the ICC of "hunting" African leaders and ignoring atrocities elsewhere. The ICC says it is standing up for victims of crimes wherever they are. The extraordinary summit will be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 October. Days before the start of Mr Ruto's trial this month, Kenya's parliament voted to leave the ICC. This decision will not affect the trial of Mr...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/13)
DAKAR | Fri Sep 20, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions. The push coincides with Hezbollah's deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar al-Assad. It also comes in the wake of attacks outside Lebanon linked to Hezbollah that Western experts say are part of global campaign that could soon include Africa. Critics, however, argue that Washington and its allies may be exaggerating the threat and failing to distinguish between different forms of support for various elements of...
(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 Week. The lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, according to supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman, who this month launched a campaign to raise awareness of racism in the industry...
(UN.org 09/19/13)
Some 80,000 people have been driven from their homes in a new outbreak of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past month following repeated clashes between the national army and rebels, the United Nations reported today. “Cases of rape, kidnappings and other abuses by armed men have been reported,” the spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), Madnodje Mounoubai, told a briefing, warning that the population was living in precarious conditions. “Entire villages have been emptied of their populations. Many of those displaced, fearing violence from the belligerents, are believed to still be in the forests in inaccessible areas,” he said, stressing that humanitarian organizations were very concerned with the situation...
(Voice of America 09/19/13)
KAMPALA, UGANDA — Negotiators at peace talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo's government and the M23 rebel movement have three days left before a deadline set by regional leaders for wrapping up the talks. On Monday, the government delegation will be flying to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, and there's hope they may be able to report some kind of progress - although a complete peace deal in the next few days appears to be unlikely. Since the opening session of these talks last December, all the negotiating has been behind closed doors. The media have caught hardly a glimpse of the two sides actually speaking to each other. Before a session on Tuesday, though, the lead...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/13)
KINSHASA, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo has ruled out granting amnesty to some 100 senior M23 rebels, it said on Thursday, leaving open the possibility that these commanders could be pursued even after peace talks are concluded. Talks began in Uganda last week, after the army, backed by U.N. troops, scored rare military successes in August, forcing M23 into negotiations which could lead to the majority of rebels being reintegrated into the army which they deserted in 2012. "We have a list of around 100 M23 commanders who will not be eligible for amnesty or for reintegration into the national army," government spokesman Lambert Mende told a news conference in the capital Kinshasa. Rebels ineligible for any...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/13)
ADDIS ABABA | Thu Sep 19, 2013 (Reuters) - African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya's planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday. So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal. Last week's start of the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for crimes against humanity - with President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial due in November - has fuelled a...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/13)
NADOR, September 19, 2013 (AFP) - In a forest overlooking the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Diamani nurses fresh wounds from his latest desperate bid, along with hundreds of other African migrants, to scale the heavily guarded border fence. He describes being attacked by Moroccan security forces, who he says fired rubber bullets and hurled rocks. "I managed to get past them, but then cut my leg as I was climbing over the fence," adds the 27-year-old from Gao in northern Mali, showing a bloody gash on his bandaged left leg. Sheltering in the Gourougou forest in northern Morocco, hundreds of fortune seekers like him get ready for the night, the lights of Melilla tantalisingly visible below, less than two kilometres...
(AL Jazeera 09/18/13)
UNHCR awards Sister Angelique prestigious refugee prize for work with thousands of displaced victims of horrific crimes. A nun working with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in a remote corner of the DR Congo has been awarded the world’s most prestigious refugee prize, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said. The UNHCR awarded Sister Angelique Namaika the Nansen Refugee prize on Tuesday for working to improve the lives of more than 2,000 displaced women and children who face horrific crimes, including rape, forced labour and abduction at the hands of the LRA, over the past 10 years. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, described Sister Angelique's efforts to rehabilitate...
( 09/18/13)
Uganda's Minister for Defence and facilitator of the DR Congo-M23 dialogue has commended both parties for quickly concluding the review of the 23rd March 2009 peace agreement signed between Kinshasa and the then CNDP rebels. "This was a very important stage and the two delegations have agreed on what has been done and what is yet to be done," Kiyonga told a session convened by both sides. The last extraordinary summit of regional Heads of State organised under the auspices of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) gave two weeks to conclude the talks. Kiyonga said ever since the summit closed, consultations have been ongoing behind closed doors. "Time is nearly running out. Let's take our commitment...

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