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(AL Jazeera 09/18/14)
Liberia's president has called on the world to do more to end a spiralling Ebola outbreak that has crippled her country. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday described US President Barack Obama's commitment to ramp up efforts against the virus as "significant" but said she hopes it will only be the beginning. "This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis.' "We hope this decision by the United States will spur the rest of the international community into action,'' Sirleaf said in a written statement read out by Information Minister Lewis Brown at a press conference. Obama announced on Tuesday that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
GENEVA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos on Tuesday called for a quick response to avoid the humanitarian crisis in Ebola affected countries. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, She warned Ebola could be a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected. Noting that Liberia and Sierra Leone have emerged from humanitarian crisis less than a decade ago and Guinea has been through a period of political instability, she said the Ebola outbreak poses a serious threat for these countries to recover from conflicts. She said the capacities to deliver the necessities of daily...
(Voice of America 09/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on containing the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa.The Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security, has previously discussed only one other public health crisis - HIV AIDS. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak...
(Ipp media 09/18/14)
Weak meteorological management systems in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries undermine weather disaster predictions leaving the region vulnerable to natural catastrophes. To address the challenge, Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA) has developed mitigation strategies that will lead to improved forecast. Speaking at the opening of the 8th MASA Annual General Meeting (AGM-VIII), Acting Arusha Regional Commissioner Jowika Kasunga said, the low quality management systems currently in use leave the region susceptible to natural disasters. He acknowledged that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Travel bans to Ebola-hit West African countries have undermined the fight against the pandemic that has claimed 2500 lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Wednesday. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Luis Sambo, regretted that countries defied international health regulations to impose a travel ban to the pandemic hotspots. "Travel restrictions to countries affected by Ebola have compromised the deployment of emergency assistance, including personnel and essential commodities," Sambo told a regional ministerial summit...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
WASHINGTON, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Ebola virus that has become rampant in West Africa will enormously hurt fragile economic growth of the three hard-hit nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone if it goes unchecked, the World Bank Group (WBG) warned Wednesday. The World Bank said this year, the economic growth rate in Guinea will fall to 2.4 percent from 4.5 percent; for Sierra Leone, to 8 percent from 11.3 percent; and for Liberia, to 2.5 percent from 5.9 percent...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
KIGALI, Sep. (Xinhua) -- Business and government leaders at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali declared Africa is open for business on Wednesday, at the conclusion of the three-day meeting. Speaking at the closing session, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González said the conference, first time held in Africa, reflected the reality of global trade. "We have seen the dynamism and synergies of South-South partners at this WEDF, including from China, India, Brazil and Turkey who...
(PANA 09/18/14)
Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Despite overall progress in developing countries as a whole, large differences remain across regions, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), says. The region has been afflicted by conflict and natural disasters, and more than one in four people remain undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa – the highest prevalence of all the regions.
(AFP 09/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo still has a long way to go to meet its pledges under a peace deal agreed last year, 10 Congolese NGOs said on Wednesday. The accord, signed in February 2013 along with 10 other African countries, aimed to bring peace to DR Congo's eastern region after a series of wars with foreign-backed insurgents. Under the UN-brokered deal, Kinshasa agreed to reform its security forces, judiciary and democratic system after almost three months of talks with regional leaders. Congolese rebel group M23 agreed to lay down arms in November last year after a 20-month insurgency, raising hopes for peace
(Voice of America 09/17/14)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is "taking the lead" in efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He told reporters Tuesday that he and World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan will outline an international plan on Thursday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The council is due to vote the same day on a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on member states to quickly send aid, field hospitals and health workers to...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/14)
President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Mr Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization said. The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
(Reuters) - The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases, United Nations officials said on Tuesday. The virus has killed 2,461 people, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus, and the toll has doubled in the last month, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said. "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we're facing is unparalleled in modern times," Aylward told a news conference in Geneva. "We don't know where the numbers are going on this."
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff. The draft U.N. resolution on Ebola, circulated to council members and obtained by Reuters, calls on U.N. member states, particularly in the region, "to lift general travel and border restrictions ... that contribute to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. "The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But, right now, the world still...
(Standard Digital 09/17/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the deadly disease would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent's problem. He said the global response to...
(Ipp media 09/17/14)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser today will discuss the outcomes of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit including commitments and progress on trade and economic growth. A report from US Embassy to Tanzania that was made available to The Guardian yesterday say the discussion will be held via telephonic press conference. It will reflect on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington DC on August 4th to 6th this year to discuss various issues relating to investment in African countries, peace keeping, democracy and governance, health issues, areas to partners with African countries.
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) said on Monday that it is giving pre-deployment briefing to volunteers under its operation support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The first batch of 30 volunteers to be deployed in Liberia are receiving the briefing at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and they are expected to depart the headquarters on Wednesday. AU is sending a team of health workers and other specialists to tackle the Ebola Virus...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
PRETORIA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday kicked off an emergency summit in South Africa's Pretoria to find solutions to political stalemate in Lesotho. The gathering is the second of its kind after Lesotho's military staged an attempted "coup" last month, forcing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee to South Africa and paralyzing the government. In his opening remarks, South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics,...
(KBC 09/16/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the pestilence would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent’s problem. He said the global response to Ebola...
(IRIN 09/16/14)
Addis Ababa — Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change. Farmers are already contending with an increase in average temperatures, with further increases of between 1.5 and...

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(AL Jazeera 09/18/14)
Liberia's president has called on the world to do more to end a spiralling Ebola outbreak that has crippled her country. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday described US President Barack Obama's commitment to ramp up efforts against the virus as "significant" but said she hopes it will only be the beginning. "This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis.' "We hope this decision by the United States will spur the rest of the international community into action,'' Sirleaf said in a written statement read out by Information Minister Lewis Brown at a press conference. Obama announced on Tuesday that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
GENEVA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos on Tuesday called for a quick response to avoid the humanitarian crisis in Ebola affected countries. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, She warned Ebola could be a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected. Noting that Liberia and Sierra Leone have emerged from humanitarian crisis less than a decade ago and Guinea has been through a period of political instability, she said the Ebola outbreak poses a serious threat for these countries to recover from conflicts. She said the capacities to deliver the necessities of daily...
(Voice of America 09/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on containing the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa.The Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security, has previously discussed only one other public health crisis - HIV AIDS. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak...
(Ipp media 09/18/14)
Weak meteorological management systems in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries undermine weather disaster predictions leaving the region vulnerable to natural catastrophes. To address the challenge, Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA) has developed mitigation strategies that will lead to improved forecast. Speaking at the opening of the 8th MASA Annual General Meeting (AGM-VIII), Acting Arusha Regional Commissioner Jowika Kasunga said, the low quality management systems currently in use leave the region susceptible to natural disasters. He acknowledged that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Travel bans to Ebola-hit West African countries have undermined the fight against the pandemic that has claimed 2500 lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Wednesday. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Luis Sambo, regretted that countries defied international health regulations to impose a travel ban to the pandemic hotspots. "Travel restrictions to countries affected by Ebola have compromised the deployment of emergency assistance, including personnel and essential commodities," Sambo told a regional ministerial summit...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
KIGALI, Sep. (Xinhua) -- Business and government leaders at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali declared Africa is open for business on Wednesday, at the conclusion of the three-day meeting. Speaking at the closing session, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González said the conference, first time held in Africa, reflected the reality of global trade. "We have seen the dynamism and synergies of South-South partners at this WEDF, including from China, India, Brazil and Turkey who...
(PANA 09/18/14)
Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Despite overall progress in developing countries as a whole, large differences remain across regions, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), says. The region has been afflicted by conflict and natural disasters, and more than one in four people remain undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa – the highest prevalence of all the regions.
(Voice of America 09/17/14)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is "taking the lead" in efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He told reporters Tuesday that he and World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan will outline an international plan on Thursday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The council is due to vote the same day on a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on member states to quickly send aid, field hospitals and health workers to...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/14)
President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Mr Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization said. The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
(Reuters) - The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases, United Nations officials said on Tuesday. The virus has killed 2,461 people, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus, and the toll has doubled in the last month, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said. "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we're facing is unparalleled in modern times," Aylward told a news conference in Geneva. "We don't know where the numbers are going on this."
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff. The draft U.N. resolution on Ebola, circulated to council members and obtained by Reuters, calls on U.N. member states, particularly in the region, "to lift general travel and border restrictions ... that contribute to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. "The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But, right now, the world still...
(Standard Digital 09/17/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the deadly disease would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent's problem. He said the global response to...
(Ipp media 09/17/14)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser today will discuss the outcomes of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit including commitments and progress on trade and economic growth. A report from US Embassy to Tanzania that was made available to The Guardian yesterday say the discussion will be held via telephonic press conference. It will reflect on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington DC on August 4th to 6th this year to discuss various issues relating to investment in African countries, peace keeping, democracy and governance, health issues, areas to partners with African countries.
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) said on Monday that it is giving pre-deployment briefing to volunteers under its operation support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The first batch of 30 volunteers to be deployed in Liberia are receiving the briefing at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and they are expected to depart the headquarters on Wednesday. AU is sending a team of health workers and other specialists to tackle the Ebola Virus...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
PRETORIA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday kicked off an emergency summit in South Africa's Pretoria to find solutions to political stalemate in Lesotho. The gathering is the second of its kind after Lesotho's military staged an attempted "coup" last month, forcing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee to South Africa and paralyzing the government. In his opening remarks, South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics,...
(IRIN 09/16/14)
Addis Ababa — Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change. Farmers are already contending with an increase in average temperatures, with further increases of between 1.5 and...
(PANA 09/16/14)
Microsoft has spoken out publicly to push African government officials to step up efforts to halt the influx of cheap, counterfeit handsets coming into the region from Asia, according to a report published on Monday by Pyramid Research in its daily update. The counterfeit devices, typically carrying logos of brand-name companies, are taking a significant portion of the phone market away from legitimate manufacturers, according to David Efanga, manager Nokia Care Service Channel West and Central Africa. Microsoft this year...
(Voice of America 09/15/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says he is “unaware” of an alleged attempt by the government to remove term limits in the constitution that would pave the way for President Joseph Kabila to run for a third term. President Kabila’s second term expires in 2016. Lambert Mende also denied opposition accusation the administration has been undermining the constitution by using state institutions, including the police and the judiciary, to clamp down on their protests. He said the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/15/14)
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The plan would involve a greater involvement of the U.S. military in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the proposal. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun.

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(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
WASHINGTON, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Ebola virus that has become rampant in West Africa will enormously hurt fragile economic growth of the three hard-hit nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone if it goes unchecked, the World Bank Group (WBG) warned Wednesday. The World Bank said this year, the economic growth rate in Guinea will fall to 2.4 percent from 4.5 percent; for Sierra Leone, to 8 percent from 11.3 percent; and for Liberia, to 2.5 percent from 5.9 percent. The global institution estimated in an analysis released Wednesday that the outbreak of the deadly virus would cost the three economies 359 million U.S. dollars this year and the losses will rise to 809 million...
(Bloomberg 09/09/14)
FirstRand Ltd. (FSR), Africa’s biggest bank by market value, said it has set aside 10 billion rand ($924 million) to expand in the continent as profit from regions outside of South Africa grows. “We’ve got a provisional license in Ghana and should be up and running there in early 2015,” Sizwe Nxasana, chief executive officer of the Johannesburg-based bank, said in a phone interview today. “In time we will set up operations in Kenya and Angola.” FirstRand has representative offices in Angola and Kenya, full service banking operations in countries including Botswana and Zambia, and offers investment banking in Nigeria...
(Daily Observer 09/06/14)
It is high time Africa look inwards for intra-African trade in a bid to arrest poverty and under-development in the continent. This is the only way the continent can tackle solutions to the numerous impediments that hinder the continent: inefficient transit regimes and border crossings procedures for goods, services and people; and poor implementation of regional integration commitments. As a matter of fact African states have to critically look inward to bring down all barriers that in one way or...
(PANA 09/04/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -The fate of farmers affected by climate change and unable to feed Africans dominated Tuesday’s opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which has attracted 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union Commission Chairperson, said lowering the cost of producing food for the African population and making Africa a leading exporter of food to the rest of the world is one of the key priorities of the AU vision of...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries...
(PANA 08/30/14)
Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to complete the process of joining the regional market's Free Trade Area (FTA) by December 2014, hopes to tap the growing regional market to expand the market to the country's growing industries. Ethiopian state media reported the government of Ethiopia had finalized...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(Macauhub 08/26/14)
The production capacity of the Quianganga thermal power plant, in Mbanza Congo, in Angola’s northern Zaire province, will be tripled to 9600 kw, as part a programme by Angolan national electricity company Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE), Angolan news agency Angop reported. ENE engineer and coordinator of the project, António Afonso Dikizeko, said the power plant would four new generators of 1600 kw each, which is twice that of the two current generators. Work is also underway to install six...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(Bloomberg 08/21/14)
South Africa’s Cabinet approved a treaty signed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to begin development of a hydropower project that will eventually cost about $100 billion and generate 40,000 megawatts of electricity. “The treaty provides the framework for the facilitation of power generation from the Grand Inga project and its delivery to the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia,” Jeff Radebe, a minister in South Africa’s Presidency, told reporters in Cape Town today. Ratification of the...
(Macauhub 08/21/14)
The port of Lobito is to prepare to receive mining products from Katanga, DR Congo and Zambia, carried there along the Benguela railway, the president of the company that manages the Commercial Port of Lobito said Wednesday. Anapaz Neto also told Angolan news agency Angop that to receive mining production from Katanga and Zambia, the port had invested in building a terminal for ore with a 310-metre dock, a total area of ​​200,000 square metres and capacity to receive ships...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(Dw-World 08/19/14)
African governments are sealing their ports and airports in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But will fever checks and entry bans really make any difference? With more than 1,100 dead and 2,100 suspected cases of Ebola, authorities in many African countries are holding their breath. Many are nervous, and some have begun to isolate themselves. From Tuesday onwards, Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast is no longer allowing ships from Ebola-hit...
(RFI(EN) 08/19/14)
African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch of the mobile money technology M-Pesa in Romania. M-Pesa, which means mobile money in Swahili, is credited with transforming the lives of millions of Africans who do not have access to conventional banking services. It uses text messages to send and receive money through mobile phones. Since its debut in Kenya seven years ago, the service has registered nearly 17 million users. Vodafone, the company which developed the technology, hopes it...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(AFP (eng) 08/13/14)
A company owned by Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler said it has discovered vast potential reserves of oil in the strife-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Oil of DR Congo, a subsidiary of the Fleurette Group, said in a statement that seismic testing from Lake Albert, which forms part of the northeastern border with Uganda, indicated reserves of around three billion barrels of oil. It said exporting the oil from the lake in could boost the gross domestic...
(AFP (eng) 08/13/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo takes pride in recent steps to prevent illegal logging in its vast equatorial forests, but experts argue these measures are far from enough to stop a thriving business. In the Congo River port of the capital Kinshasa, which serves Atlantic routes, environment ministry agents have since last year delivered hundreds of certificates of traceability, spelling out the origin and transport details of logs. The precious documents have opened the way for legal exports of valuable...

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(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
LUANDA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Angola will host the next Southern Africa Develoment Community (SADC) Games in its central Bengela province in November 2016, the official news agency Angop reported on Wednesday. The protocol to host the games was signed in Luanda on Tuesday by Angolan Secretary of State for Sports Policy Albino da Conceição Jose and the chairman of the Executive Commission of the SCSA for the event Veii Vatumuavi. The ceremony was also attended by Angola's National Director for Sports Policy Antonio Gomes, Chairman of the Angolan Paralympic Committe Leonel da Rocha Pinto, Chairman of the Angolan Athletics Federation Carlos Rosa and other sports officials of the African country.
(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.
(BBC News Africa 08/28/14)
Cameroon are the latest team to express fears over Ebola and have asked for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in DR Congo to be moved. The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) is waiting a response from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) regarding the 6 September match. Its request follows the confirmation of cases of the deadly virus in the Central African country. "We are now waiting for Caf's reaction and I'll also want to add that we're working with...
(L'Economiste du Maroc 08/12/14)
Le match devant opposer, initialement à Freetown, l'équipe nationale de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à son homologue sierra-léonaise, se disputera à Accra (Ghana), dans le cadre de la 2è journée-groupe D des éliminatoires de la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations (CAN), prévue au Maroc. Selon une correspondance reçue par la Fédération congolaise de football (Fecofa) par la Confédération africaine de football (Caf) et rendue publique à Kinshasa, cette décision a été prise, suite à l'épidémie d'Ebola qui sévit, depuis...
(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...
(AL Jazeera 06/25/14)
World Cup fever has forced the Democratic Republic of Congo's national power firm to tell customers to switch off everything but the TV, so that there is enough electricity for everyone to watch the games. Even though The Leopards - Congo's national side - did not qualify for the tournament, football fans across the nation crowd around TV sets for each match, putting the country's creaking power grid under strain. The national electricity company, SNEL, asked customers on Tuesday to...
(Xinhuanet 06/23/14)
KIGALI, June (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has pledged to ensure that the Congolese refugees living in the country remain safe and secure on Friday while marking the World Refugee Day. Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Seraphine Mukantabana said that Rwanda, home to over 73,000 refugees, majority of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees, who are distributed in five camps in the country. She noted that the World...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/14)
TP Mazembe got back on track in the CAF Champions League title race by defeating Vita Club 1-0 at the weekend in a Democratic Republic of Congo derby. A tight, tense showdown at Stade Mazembe in the southern mining city of Lubumbashi was settled by a second-half Mbwana Samata goal. It was his third of the CAF campaign, and the most important after Mazembe made a losing Group A debut last weekend. Mazembe remain bottom of the table, but only...
( 05/15/14)
TP Mazembe renew rivalries with tricky foe Al Hilal of Sudan on Friday in a 2014 CAF Champions League Group A opener in Khartoum. The DR Congo side has nothing but unpleasant memories against Al Hilal whom they have beaten just once in four meetings since over the last six years. Mazembe got out of jail in the 2009 Champions League semifinals despite suffering a rare home defeat when Al Hilal beat them 2-0 in Lubumbashi but still advanced thanks...
(Radio Okapi 04/30/14)
« Le derby face à Vita, c’est quelque part une confrontation que moi je ne souhaitais pas», a affirmé mardi 29 avril le coach de Mazembe, Patrice Carteron. Il réagissait au tirage au sort des quarts de finale de la Ligue des champions de la Caf, effectué le même jour au Caire, en Egypte. VClub et Mazembe se retrouvent dans le groupe A, aux côtés de Zamalek d’Egypte et Al Hilal du Soudan. Selon lui, cette confrontation sort de plus...
(Radio Okapi 04/14/14)
L’As VClub de Kinshasa a été accrochée, dimanche 13 avril, par Lubumbashi sport, en match de la 13è journée de la Ligue nationale de football (Linafoot) sur le score d’un but partout au stade Kibasa Maliba. Le club lushois était le premier à trouver le chemin du but à la 33è minute grâce à Babasele. Les deux équipes ont été renvoyées aux vestiaires sur ce score d’un but à zéro en faveur de Lubumbashi sport. Au retour de la pause,...
(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...
(7sur7.cd 02/19/14)
Pour la première fois de son histoire, le club de la capitale MK prend part à la coupe de la confédération Africaine -Caf Orange C2. Sacré vainqueur de la 49ème édition de la Coupe du Congo de football, après avoir battu en finale l’équipe de Vutuka de Kikwit (1-0), le 30 juillet 2013 au stade Socol à Boma, cette victoire l’a hissé le Football Club MK à la 11ème Coupe de la CAF. Du loisir à la compétition, en passant...
(AFP (eng) 02/17/14)
Paris (AFP) - Dominick Kumbela stole the show from African stars across Europe at the weekend with a hat-trick for German strugglers Eintracht Braunschweig. The Democratic Republic of Congo-born striker needed just over 30 minutes to net three times in a 4-2 triumph against fellow battlers Hamburg. Ivorian Lacina Traore, in his first match on loan to Everton, Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah for Juventus and Kenyan Dennis Oliech for Ajaccio were other scorers. ENGLAND LACINA TRAORE (Everton) The 6ft 8in (2.1...
(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...

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(Radio Okapi 09/18/14)
La Compagnie théâtrale les Inattendus (CTI) organise, du 16 au 21 février 2015, la deuxième édition du Festival de théâtre écologique dans la ville de Bandundu (Bandundu). La deuxième phase de cette activité aura lieu du 2 au 9 mai 2015 à Kinshasa. Le responsable de la CTI, Lele Michoux Bossay, affirme avoir déjà pris des contacts avec les écoles qui constituent les principaux acteurs de ce festival qui sensibilise les élèves sur la protection de l’environnement. «Nous organisons ce festival à Bandundu pour pouvoir appuyer le projet Redd+», a expliqué Lele Michoux Bossay. La première édition du Festival de théâtre écologique avait été organisée, en février dernier, à Kinshasa.
(Zambia Reports 07/25/14)
The Zambia Police seems to be gnawed by their suspicious closure of the assault case involving Democratic Republic of Congo rumba king Koffi Olomide by saying they are ready to re-open the case if the complainant approaches them again. Earlier in the week police Public Relations Officer Munganga Chanda announced that the case had been closed as there was no collaboration between the complainant photojournalist Jean Mandela and the police. Olomide kicked photojournalist in the face last time he was in the country with the journalist reporting the matter to the police amidst much publicity with Chanda then announcing that...
(7sur7.cd 03/28/14)
Le Président de l’Association Nationale de Théâtre Populaire et Cinéma –ANTPC, l’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a lancé un appel pathétique aux autorités à différent niveau pour subventionner les artistes en général et les comédiens en particulier. Masumu Debrindet a déploré le manque d’une politique culturelle dans le pays. Il a soutenu que les séries occidentales et films nigérians ont pris le dessus sur le théâtre populaire rd-congolais parce qu’ils sont produits dans des meilleures conditions. L’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a renseigné que...
(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...
(La Prospérité 10/25/13)
Tout le monde en parle. JB Mpiana jouera ou pas le 21 décembre en la salle Zénith de Paris ? Cette question circule sur toutes les lèvres dans la communauté congolaise de France, Belgique jusqu’en Allemagne. Après la conférence de presse tenue à l’hôtel Méridien en pleine capitale française par l’artiste pour confirmer sa soirée dans cette salle mythique, les états-majors de Combattants ou résistants «Bana Congo» sont mobilisés pour faire la contre publicité sur l’événement. Tout Schengen est en...
(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...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/20/13)
De son enfance africaine, Helmie Bellini a gardé une voix noble et fière. De sa vie européenne, elle a tiré le meilleur des mots, tour à tour légers ou profonds. Enrichie de toutes les rencontres, Helmie Bellini a développé un voyage musical sans frontière. A en croire Journaldebrazza.com qui la présente, le projet « Il était une voix » est construit depuis 2005. Et ceci est la référence de toutes les voix qui l’ont marquée. La source indique que cette...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/01/13)
De son nom, Passy Tombo Bouba Diop est un peintre qui sort de la mêlée. La manière et les couleurs dont il se sert font de lui un artiste rarissime dans ce domaine à Kinshasa. Fils de Passy Tombo Jean Oscar et de Muanda Mvumbi Suzanne, cet artiste trouve son inspiration dans ses riches racines anthropologiques africaines. Et ceci pour faire remonter à la surface les couleurs originelles de la tradition africaine : le noir et le blanc. Par lesquelles...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
The headlines out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which tend to evoke images of bloodshed, rape, ethnic hatred and government corruption, are usually no laughing matter, but political cartoonist Kashoun Thembo is an expert at wringing humour out of his country's tragedies. Capturing the newsmakers and travails of life in DR Congo with a fierce pen he hits home and spares no one. At the end of each afternoon, Kash -- the pen name he took in 1992 to...
(Voice of America 09/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on containing the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa.The Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security, has previously discussed only one other public health crisis - HIV AIDS. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak. Nigeria also has reported 21 cases with eight fatalities. Confirmed cases of Ebola in Western AfricaConfirmed cases of Ebola in Western Africa Several airlines and shipping companies have stopped servicing these countries out of fear...
(Voice of America 09/17/14)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is "taking the lead" in efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He told reporters Tuesday that he and World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan will outline an international plan on Thursday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The council is due to vote the same day on a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on member states to quickly send aid, field hospitals and health workers to affected countries and lift travel restrictions to those areas. Ban said the U.N. General Assembly will also hold a "high-level...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/14)
President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Mr Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization said. The announcement...
(Voice of America 09/15/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says he is “unaware” of an alleged attempt by the government to remove term limits in the constitution that would pave the way for President Joseph Kabila to run for a third term. President Kabila’s second term expires in 2016. Lambert Mende also denied opposition accusation the administration has been undermining the constitution by using state institutions, including the police and the judiciary, to clamp down on their protests. He said the...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Voice of America 09/08/14)
President Barack Obama said the international community needs to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where he said a lack of public health infrastructure has led to the spread of a "containable problem." Obama told NBC News that U.S. military assets are needed to set up isolation units and equipment and to provide security for international health workers. "If we don't make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa but other parts of the world,...
(BBC News Africa 09/08/14)
Vaccinated monkeys have developed "long-term" immunity to the Ebola virus, raising a prospect of successful human trials, say scientists. The experiments by the US National Institutes of Health showed immunity could last at least 10 months. Human trials of the vaccine started this week in the US and will extend to the UK and Africa. The World Health Organization says more than 2,000 people have now died in the outbreak in West Africa. Several experimental treatments are now being considered...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Southern African countries say they will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho following an apparent coup attempt over the weekend. Officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) made the announcement during an emergency meeting in Pretoria Monday with Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and several other officials. During the talks, led by South African President Jacob Zuma, the participants agreed on a timeline to end the suspension of parliament, a key demand of rival parties.
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Voice of America 09/01/14)
The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, who fled what he called an attempted coup, is in South Africa to discuss recent unrest in his country. Thomas Thabane accused Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minster Mothetjoa Metsing, who is now in charge of the country, of orchestrating the unrest. Regional ministers of the Southern African Development Community were to meet Sunday with Thabane and Metsing to resolve the political stalemate that led to the alleged coup over the weekend, SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax said.
(PANA 08/30/14)
Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to complete the process of joining the regional market's Free Trade Area (FTA) by December 2014, hopes to tap the growing regional market to expand the market to the country's growing industries. Ethiopian state media reported the government of Ethiopia had finalized...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(Voice of America 08/28/14)
The World Health Organization says 80 people are now being monitored for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where officials reported an outbreak of the disease this week. The United Nations agency said Wednesday it was awaiting lab results to confirm that the disease was definitely Ebola. The WHO said the outbreak began with a pregnant woman in Equateur province who fell sick with Ebola-like symptoms after butchering an animal killed by her husband. The WHO said she died...
(BBC News Africa 08/28/14)
Cameroon are the latest team to express fears over Ebola and have asked for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in DR Congo to be moved. The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) is waiting a response from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) regarding the 6 September match. Its request follows the confirmation of cases of the deadly virus in the Central African country. "We are now waiting for Caf's reaction and I'll also want to add that we're working with...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(Voice of America 08/25/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister said two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in his country. Felix Kabange Numbi said Sunday that samples from two of eight people in the country tested positive for the virus. The D.R.C. has had numerous encounters with Ebola since it was first discovered in 1976. Information Minister Lambert Mende said the new cases were discovered in a small town in the country’s northern Equateur province. He said authorities have isolated the area and set up a laboratory to determine the origin of the virus as well as treat those infected.
(BBC News Africa 08/23/14)
A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house has told a military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo she saw an army colonel give the orders. She is one of some 1,000 people who have named Lt Col Bedi Mobuli Engangela, who is on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has denied all the charges. The UN says the trial is a test case for the Congolese military, which has often failed to convict...
(Voice of America 08/22/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sent its Ebola virus expert to Liberia to help combat the disease following an official request by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, according to DRC information minister Lambert Mende. Mende said President Joseph Kabila has made available Prof J.J. Muyembe, Director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research-INRB, and professor of Microbiology, Kinshasa University medical school, available to Liberia following an official request by the government in Monrovia. “We sent our big specialist...
(Bloomberg 08/21/14)
South Africa’s Cabinet approved a treaty signed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to begin development of a hydropower project that will eventually cost about $100 billion and generate 40,000 megawatts of electricity. “The treaty provides the framework for the facilitation of power generation from the Grand Inga project and its delivery to the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia,” Jeff Radebe, a minister in South Africa’s Presidency, told reporters in Cape Town today. Ratification of the...

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