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Sunday 26 June 2016

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(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is keen to further strengthen its relation with China for partnership on humanitarian operation in Africa, said an ICRC official. Jacques Pellet, Special Envoy of the ICRC President on China Affairs, told Xinhua in an interview in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Friday that ICRC wants to engage China more on its activities related to humanitarian assistance in Africa, where ICRC spends one-third of its budget. The Special Envoy said his visit to Ethiopia aimed to learn the humanitarian activities in Africa through African Union (AU), and also to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation with China on ICRC humanitarian operation on the continent. "We have already a good...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/16)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested a provincial deputy and 74 others accused of belonging to a militia that carried out killings and mass rapes in the country's restive east, the justice minister said Thursday. South Kivu province lawmaker Frederic Batumike was the leader of the violent group, which goes by the name of "Djeshi ya Yesu" (Jesus' Army), Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said at a press conference in Kinshasa. He said Batumike was suspected of having ordered the murder last March of Congolese human rights activist Evariste Kasali and the 2012 killing of German national and local land owner Walter Mueller. The minister also accused the militia of raping around 30 girls, saying that Batumike had hired...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/16)
The US Treasury on Thursday announced financial sanctions against the head of the Kinshasa police for his role in violence and disappearances in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. General Celestin Kanyama is accused “of being responsible for or complicit in acts of violence and kidnappings targeting civilians, women and children.” “Under these sanctions, his assets are frozen in the United States and all US entities are prohibited from having any transaction with him,” the statement added. “While...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/24/16)
The United Nations Security Council expressed concern on Thursday over the arrest of political opposition members in Democratic Republic of Congo and urged the president to hold elections by the end of the year as required by the constitution. The Congolese government has said it is unlikely it will be able to hold elections on time for logistical reasons as opponents of President Joseph Kabila accuse him of trying to cling to power. Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, is barred by the constitution from standing for a third term in the poll scheduled for November.
(Washington Post 06/24/16)
Every government recognizes that strong national infrastructure is critically important to steady economic development. Transportation infrastructure is one of the lubricants that keeps the gears of an economy operating smoothly. For the Democratic Republic of the Congo, infrastructure has long been underfunded and poorly maintained, but that is beginning to change. Fridolin Kasweshi, Minister for Infrastructure, Public Works, and Reconstruction, said that the country requires $1 billion per year to upgrade and maintain its roads, according to a Radio Okapi...
(Voice of America 06/24/16)
The United States has imposed sanctions on Kinshasa's police chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo for violence and the murder of civilians. All U.S. assets belonging to Celestin Kanyama are frozen and Americans are barred from doing any business with him. The U.S. accuses Kanyama and his police force of creating a "climate of fear" in the DRC ahead of the December presidential election. President Joseph Kabila is believed to be planning to change election laws to allow himself...
(Voice of America 06/24/16)
The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch emergency vaccination campaigns for Yellow Fever along the border between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it announced Thursday. The WHO emphasized that preventing further international spread of the disease is the current priority. “While WHO is working with partners and vaccine manufacturers to increase vaccine production and replenish the emergency stockpile currently being used for this outbreak, it is vital to interrupt transmission, especially in cross-border areas to rapidly bring this...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/16)
Embattled DR Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who last month quit the country, was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday over a real estate dispute. Katumbi was seen as the leading challenger to President Joseph Kabila in elections due to be held this year, but the sentence effectively makes him ineligible to stand. The court in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo's second biggest city, found him guilty of fraud over the purchase of a building. Presidential elections are...
(Voice of America 06/22/16)
The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in prison for the murder, rape and pillaging committed by his troops in Central African Republic more than a decade ago. For victims and rights campaigners, Bemba's sentencing is cause for celebration. Not so at his party headquarters in Kinshasa. Approximately 200 dispirited supporters watched a YouTube broadcast on a projector as the ICC handed down its ruling. Bemba's supporters said the ruling...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/22/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the disease in the packed capital and two other provinces. Some local people have complained they were denied immunization due to the shortage, despite queueing for a shot. More supplies have been promised, but health officials in the impoverished country say they have to choose between the high cost of flying them in, or a...
(The Guardian 06/22/16)
Former DRC vice-president convicted for his part in campaign of rape and murder in Central African Republic from 2002-03. Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for rape and pillage committed by his troops, becoming the highest-level official to be sentenced at the international criminal court. Bemba, 53, wearing a blue suit and tie, watched impassively from the dock during the hearing at The Hague on Tuesday...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/16)
Mobile phones and rising connectivity in Africa will give rise to a new market in mobile financial services, creating explosive opportunities for business on the continent, research has found. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimated that in three years, 250 million Africans without access to traditional banking services "will have mobile phones and a monthly income of at least $500". That could translate to projected revenues of $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from mobile financial services, the group said in...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/16)
Judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail for a series of brutal rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. "The chamber sentences Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to a total of 18 years of imprisonment," said judge Sylvia Steiner, passing the tribunal's toughest term to date. In justifying the stiff ruling, she said the former militia leader had failed to exercise control over his...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/16)
The International Criminal Court will Tuesday hand down its sentence against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba convicted of a slew of rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. The highest-ranking official to date to be sentenced, Bemba will face a three-judge bench at a public hearing at 1:45 pm (1145 GMT) at the court's headquarters in The Hague. Bemba, 53, was found guilty in March of five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/21/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces, including the capital Kinshasa, after confirming 67 cases of the disease, with another 1,000 suspected cases being monitored. Health Minister Felix Kabange said only seven of the proven cases were indigenous to the Central African country, while 58 were imported from Angola, where the outbreak began. A further two cases came from remote forested areas not linked to the current outbreak. Five people in total have...
(The Associated Press 06/21/16)
Experts in Malawi will move 500 elephants 185 miles across the country to a sanctuary that will act as a ‘reservoir’. Wildlife experts in Malawi will next month start moving up to 500 elephants to a sanctuary that they hope could eventually serve as a reservoir to restore some elephant populations in other parts of Africa where the threatened species has been heavily poached. The massive relocation, slated for completion next year, will involve darting the elephants from a helicopter,...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
DR Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever outbreak in the capital Kinshasa, home to more than ten million people, and in two other western provinces. Health Minister Kabange Numbi said 67 cases -- including five fatalities -- had been confirmed in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo central and Kwango after an inquiry into more than 1,000 suspect cases. "The epidemic has hit 67 people. To date, five fatal cases have been registered," Numbi said. He said the overwhelming majority...
(Fox News 06/20/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo declared a yellow fever epidemic in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central and Kwango on Monday, after recording 67 cases of the disease. Health Minister Felix Kabange told journalists that seven of the cases were autochtonous, while five people in total had died.

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(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is keen to further strengthen its relation with China for partnership on humanitarian operation in Africa, said an ICRC official. Jacques Pellet, Special Envoy of the ICRC President on China Affairs, told Xinhua in an interview in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Friday that ICRC wants to engage China more on its activities related to humanitarian assistance in Africa, where ICRC spends one-third of its budget. The Special Envoy said his visit to Ethiopia aimed to learn the humanitarian activities in Africa through African Union (AU), and also to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation with China on ICRC humanitarian operation on the continent. "We have already a good...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/16)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested a provincial deputy and 74 others accused of belonging to a militia that carried out killings and mass rapes in the country's restive east, the justice minister said Thursday. South Kivu province lawmaker Frederic Batumike was the leader of the violent group, which goes by the name of "Djeshi ya Yesu" (Jesus' Army), Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said at a press conference in Kinshasa. He said Batumike was suspected of having ordered the murder last March of Congolese human rights activist Evariste Kasali and the 2012 killing of German national and local land owner Walter Mueller. The minister also accused the militia of raping around 30 girls, saying that Batumike had hired...
(Voice of America 06/24/16)
The United States has imposed sanctions on Kinshasa's police chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo for violence and the murder of civilians. All U.S. assets belonging to Celestin Kanyama are frozen and Americans are barred from doing any business with him. The U.S. accuses Kanyama and his police force of creating a "climate of fear" in the DRC ahead of the December presidential election. President Joseph Kabila is believed to be planning to change election laws to allow himself...
(Voice of America 06/24/16)
The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch emergency vaccination campaigns for Yellow Fever along the border between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it announced Thursday. The WHO emphasized that preventing further international spread of the disease is the current priority. “While WHO is working with partners and vaccine manufacturers to increase vaccine production and replenish the emergency stockpile currently being used for this outbreak, it is vital to interrupt transmission, especially in cross-border areas to rapidly bring this...
(Voice of America 06/22/16)
The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in prison for the murder, rape and pillaging committed by his troops in Central African Republic more than a decade ago. For victims and rights campaigners, Bemba's sentencing is cause for celebration. Not so at his party headquarters in Kinshasa. Approximately 200 dispirited supporters watched a YouTube broadcast on a projector as the ICC handed down its ruling. Bemba's supporters said the ruling...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/22/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the disease in the packed capital and two other provinces. Some local people have complained they were denied immunization due to the shortage, despite queueing for a shot. More supplies have been promised, but health officials in the impoverished country say they have to choose between the high cost of flying them in, or a...
(The Guardian 06/22/16)
Former DRC vice-president convicted for his part in campaign of rape and murder in Central African Republic from 2002-03. Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for rape and pillage committed by his troops, becoming the highest-level official to be sentenced at the international criminal court. Bemba, 53, wearing a blue suit and tie, watched impassively from the dock during the hearing at The Hague on Tuesday...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/16)
Judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail for a series of brutal rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. "The chamber sentences Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to a total of 18 years of imprisonment," said judge Sylvia Steiner, passing the tribunal's toughest term to date. In justifying the stiff ruling, she said the former militia leader had failed to exercise control over his...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/16)
The International Criminal Court will Tuesday hand down its sentence against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba convicted of a slew of rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. The highest-ranking official to date to be sentenced, Bemba will face a three-judge bench at a public hearing at 1:45 pm (1145 GMT) at the court's headquarters in The Hague. Bemba, 53, was found guilty in March of five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/21/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces, including the capital Kinshasa, after confirming 67 cases of the disease, with another 1,000 suspected cases being monitored. Health Minister Felix Kabange said only seven of the proven cases were indigenous to the Central African country, while 58 were imported from Angola, where the outbreak began. A further two cases came from remote forested areas not linked to the current outbreak. Five people in total have...
(The Associated Press 06/21/16)
Experts in Malawi will move 500 elephants 185 miles across the country to a sanctuary that will act as a ‘reservoir’. Wildlife experts in Malawi will next month start moving up to 500 elephants to a sanctuary that they hope could eventually serve as a reservoir to restore some elephant populations in other parts of Africa where the threatened species has been heavily poached. The massive relocation, slated for completion next year, will involve darting the elephants from a helicopter,...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
DR Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever outbreak in the capital Kinshasa, home to more than ten million people, and in two other western provinces. Health Minister Kabange Numbi said 67 cases -- including five fatalities -- had been confirmed in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo central and Kwango after an inquiry into more than 1,000 suspect cases. "The epidemic has hit 67 people. To date, five fatal cases have been registered," Numbi said. He said the overwhelming majority...
(Fox News 06/20/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo declared a yellow fever epidemic in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central and Kwango on Monday, after recording 67 cases of the disease. Health Minister Felix Kabange told journalists that seven of the cases were autochtonous, while five people in total had died.
(Dw-World 06/20/16)
Zambia has promised to step up its campaign against human trafficking in light of the deaths. Congolese border guards said 100 migrants had been crammed in to the back of a single truck. Congolese authorities confirmed on Saturday that they had discovered the bodies of 19 migrants who had asphyxiated in a Zambian-registered truck earlier in the week. Border guards in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said they had been alerted by the sickening smell coming from a truck...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
A "Miss and Mister Albino" contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday. During the four-day meeting people with albinism and advocates for their rights discussed ways to safeguard and improve the lives of those who suffer discrimination, health problems and even murder as a result of the condition that leaves their skin without pigment. It is a particular problem...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/16)
Congolese border guards found the bodies of 19 Ethiopian migrants who had died of asphyxia in a lorry carrying nearly 100 stowaways, after being alerted by a "nauseous" smell, officials said Saturday. Seventy-six other Ethiopians were found still alive when the Zambian-registered truck was stopped Thursday in the southeast of Congo, close to the border with Zambia. "We stopped this vehicle ... because of the nauseous smell which was coming from the trailer," said Jean-Pierre Lubosha, the local head of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border guard (DMG).
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...
(Andalou Agency 06/17/16)
Military says month-long operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has taken rebel positions. An operation between the Congolese army and UN peacekeepers has resulted in the deaths of 29 Ugandan rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the local military said late Tuesday. Backed by helicopters, Congolese and UN troops have taken 10 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) fighters prisoner and captured rebel positions in North Kivu since the operation began in mid-May, Lt. Mak Hazukay Mongba told...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Several people were killed in clashes between the army and former rebels at a military base in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said. Tension had been mounting for days at the military base in Kamina, in the southeast, where more than 2,000 former rebels from various groups are stationed as part of a government disarmament programme. It was unclear how many had died in the bloody clashes, with one rebel source putting the number of dead at around 10...

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(Washington Post 06/24/16)
Every government recognizes that strong national infrastructure is critically important to steady economic development. Transportation infrastructure is one of the lubricants that keeps the gears of an economy operating smoothly. For the Democratic Republic of the Congo, infrastructure has long been underfunded and poorly maintained, but that is beginning to change. Fridolin Kasweshi, Minister for Infrastructure, Public Works, and Reconstruction, said that the country requires $1 billion per year to upgrade and maintain its roads, according to a Radio Okapi interview conducted in March 2016. As the government does not have those funds, a three-tier plan has been developed, he said. A key constraint to infrastructure development in the DRC is simply size. The DRC...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to Kenya rose. Gold miners gained the most in four months as the precious metal, seen as a haven in times of turmoil, soared. “We’re going into a very difficult, very volatile time with prices moving in all sorts of directions;...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/16)
Mobile phones and rising connectivity in Africa will give rise to a new market in mobile financial services, creating explosive opportunities for business on the continent, research has found. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimated that in three years, 250 million Africans without access to traditional banking services "will have mobile phones and a monthly income of at least $500". That could translate to projected revenues of $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from mobile financial services, the group said in...
(Vanguard 06/14/16)
Stakeholders at the World Economy Forum on Africa, recently held in Kigali, Rwanda, have identified inadequate financing, policy inconsitency and bureaucratic bottlenecks as some of the major problems confronting power supply in Africa. . Speaking on the sidelines of Africa’s power sector, which was a major discuss, Vice Chairman, General Electric, GE, John Rice, said that there were some well-intentioned initiatives geared towards meeting the energy gaps, but challenges related to financing, bureaucracy, traditional risk analysis, and decision-making based on...
(Cnbc Africa 06/13/16)
Social entrepreneurs are starting businesses in all the major regions of the world, with the most social entrepreneurship activity being undertaken in the US, Australia, Western Europe, and Africa reports the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’s Special Report on Social Entrepreneurship. The report, released last week, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world, based on interviews with 167,793 adults in 58 economies in 2015. “Social entrepreneurship – which GEM defines broadly as any kind of activity, organisation...
(Xinhuanet 06/08/16)
Concerns over a multinational initiative to boost African agriculture were expressed in the European Parliament (EP) on Tuesday. Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs said projects under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN), an initiative started by the G8 countries and backed by the European Union, must include environmental protection measures and safeguards against land grabs. Launched in 2012, the NAFSN aims to boost financial support from donor countries and help big companies to invest in African farming. In...
(The Guardian 06/07/16)
With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need to turn urban areas into engines of development, African Economic Outlook says. More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for development and growth, and does not result in millions of people eking out precarious existences in slums, according to the latest African Economic Outlook. The study (pdf), produced...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/06/16)
Copper production in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s top miner of the metal, dropped 20 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the country’s central bank has said. There was also gloomy news for cobalt and gold output which also slumped amid low prices and production cutbacks. The declines are hammering Congo’s economy, which derives 98 percent of its export earnings from extractive industries. Last month, the government proposed a 22 percent cut to the current year’s budget due to...
(APA 06/03/16)
African financial experts, on Tuesday in Dakar, proposed, within the framework of the 8th edition of Africa Banking Forum, possible solutions for financing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on the African continent. Speaking at the Executive Roundtable of the Forum themed “Access to Funding and Banking Services for SMEs,” Jean Luc Konan, the CEO of the Cofina Senegal Group felt that the development of African private institutions tasked with developing SMEs, should be promoted. “Once this ecosystem is set up,...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/16)
KINSHASA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) government has temporarily taken over management of the third largest commercial bank in the country, BIAC, to guarantee its recovery and safeguard customers' savings, a statement released on Wednesday by the Central Bank said. "The administration council and the general management of the International Bank for Africa in Congo (BIAC) have lost their managerial powers. They will be replaced with an interim management team appointed by the Central Bank,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/16)
Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year. Africa is unlikely to fall into the type of unsustainable debt trap seen in the 1990s despite a spike in borrowing and widening budget deficits, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Monday. Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year, prompting many governments to sharply increase borrowing, drawing comparisons with the crippling debt trap many countries faced...
(AfricaNews 05/27/16)
A lot need to be done to ensure access to reliable electricity for African’s citizens. However a number of complications are hindering the achievement of UN sustainable goal. Access rates are expanding in many nations, and technology and design improvement are on the way in offering opportunities for a rapid growth. According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people on earth are without access to electricity, from the figure, about half live in Africa. The Bank’s Global Tracking Framework...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
UN Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has said renewable energy could transform Africa, where almost half of the people worldwide lacking access to electricity live. The UNEP boss was speaking on Sunday during a World Environment Day event in the Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a football final between two local under-15 boys teams was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit. Steiner said solar power is...
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/16)
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably common for classes to be interrupted by both pupils’ and teachers’ phones. Access to pornography as well as...
(The Independent 05/21/16)
The country’s ambassador to Zambia was forced to respond after several news websites helped fuel the rumour. The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores. The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times. South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post...
(Cnbc Africa 05/20/16)
The BMW Group South Africa announced the construction of its 26 000 square metre bodyshop in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on Thursday. The bodyshop is part of the $377 million the German manufacturer has invested into the country and it will produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3. “This bodyshop will be a state of the art facility, not only just in South Africa but across the world. It means job creation and it will mean upscaling for our...
(Cnbc Africa 05/19/16)
African business leaders are more hopeful about the business operating environment outlook than their peers globally, according to Taiwo Oyedele, Partner at PwC Nigeria. Oyedele said his organisation’s recent survey demonstrated this trend. “This is a survey we carry every year globally, and now for the 5th year we have a survey where we consulted with African business leaders,” he said. “We ask business leaders across industries in the region about the business operating environment. Even though we see challenges...
(Bloomberg 05/13/16)
Cape Town - The year after President Barack Obama extended African nations’ preferential access to US markets by a decade, his administration is re-evaluating its trade relations with the world’s poorest continent. “It’s time to start looking at what comes next,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, where the World Economic Forum is holding its annual Africa summit. “Part of what motivates us is that we are hearing from Africans that they want...
(Cnbc Africa 05/10/16)
The fast-growing economies of Africa face headwinds from the pull-back of international banks from the continent, Barclays' erstwhile-chief executive told CNBC, as the bank moves to sell down its business in Africa. Countries like Nigeria, the continent's biggest economy, received a flurry of international trade finance in the build-up to the global financial crisis of 2007-08. Since then, inflows have slowed, increasing the economic challenge for the continent where many people still struggle to access energy supplies or basic education...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/16)
US company Freeport-McMoRan said Monday it was selling control in the Tenke Fungurume copper mine in DR Congo to China Molybdenum, giving the Chinese company a strong foothold in the country's rich copper and cobalt reserves. Freeport-McMoRan will offload its 70 percent stake in TF Holdings, which in turn has 80 percent of Tenke Fungurume Mining SA, for $2.6 billion, giving China Molybdenum an effective 56 percent stake in the Congolese mine. In addition to the cash payment, the US...

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(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo beat Mozambique 1-0 on Sunday in Namibia in the only Cosafa Cup quarter-final not decided by a penalty shootout. Nelson Munganga scored the lone goal of the southern Africa championship tie after 37 minutes at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek with a looping far-post header off a corner. Mozambique came closest to levelling nine minutes from time when a close-range header rebounded off the post. "We were unlucky not to win," said Mozambique coach and former Everton and Liverpool defender Abel Xavier, famed for his eye-catching hair styles. "I selected 10 uncapped players for this tournament and am proud of the team. They were positive, worked hard and the future is...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe impressed at home in an African competition for the first time this year to beat Medeama of Ghana 3-1 Sunday in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Congolese 'Ravens' failed to click at their Lubumbashi stadium in two CAF Champions League qualifiers and, after being demoted, a Confederation Cup play-off. Cash-strapped Medeama, who battled to fund the trip from west to central Africa, rattled the five-time African champions by taking a second-minute lead through Malik Akowuah. But Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba, one of many stars in a multi-national Mazembe squad, levelled their opening group-stage clash three minutes later. Malian Salif Coulibaly put the hosts ahead in first-half stoppage-time and another Kalaba goal midway through...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(AFP (eng) 05/18/16)
African club football giants TP Mazembe of DR Congo scraped into the CAF Confederation Cup group stage Tuesday after losing 2-1 at international rookies Stade Gabesien of Tunisia. But another club that have won multiple CAF titles, Esperance of Tunisia, were shock casualties after being held 1-1 at home by Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria. Mazembe and Bejaia won the two-legged play-offs on away goals and will join six other clubs to be decided Wednesday in the May 24 Cairo groups...
(Angola Press(En) 03/29/16)
Luanda - With the victory on Monday of Central African Republic over Madagascar by 2-1 for the fourth round, rising o the top of Group B with seven points, Angola is obliged to beat DR Congo this Tuesday to continue to depend on itself in the qualification for the final phase of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2017) in Gabon. With four points, now lying third, in the match against DRC, who come second with six points, the national team must...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/16)
African champions TP Mazembe will be lifted by the recent triumph of DR Congo at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda when they gun for a third CAF Super Cup against Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel on Saturday. Earlier this month, DR Congo won the competition reserved for home-based players for a second time when they thumped Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda. Several Mazembe stars, including skipper Joel Kimwaki and striker Jonathan Bolingi, were part of a side that...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila presented the country's African Nations Championship (CHAN) winners with a fleet of high-end 4x4s on Tuesday. Kabila symbolically handed over keys to the top of the range cars to DR Congo captain Joel Kimwaki and coach Florent Ibenge at a ceremony in Kinshasa witnessed by an AFP journalist. Kimwaki led his team to a one-sided 3-0 defeat of Mali in Sunday's final in Kigali, Rwanda. The players and officials were decorated with "Sporting...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo made a blazing start to the 2016 African Nations championships when they shocked Ethiopia 3-0 in their Group B opener at Butare's Huye stadium on Sunday. Midfielder Heritier Luvumbu was the hero, scoring one and creating two goals to give the 2009 champions an impressive start. Luvumbu tormented Ethiopia and could have opened the scoring on the hour mark when he forced goalkeeper Abel Mamo to save a left-footed effort with his legs. Guy Lusadisu broke...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and...
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will...
(APA 12/15/15)
TP Mazembe, the champions of DR Congo’s Football League bowed out of the World Club Championship by the back door, after their bitter defeat against Sanfrecce Hiroshima (0-3) in the quarter-final match played Sunday in Osaka, Japan. After a good start, the African champions had lost their energy after 15 minutes into the game, allowing the Japanese player, Tsukasa Shiotani to score from a corner kick with a splendid volley at the 44th minute. Things got even worse for TP...
(BBC News Africa 11/26/15)
Former NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo has been honoured by the Atlanta Hawks by retiring his shirt number 55. Retiring a number is a mark of respect and means no player from that team will wear 55 in the future. The 7ft 2in (2.18m) tall Democratic Republic of Congo player was discovered when he was studying at Georgetown University. He was named an NBA All Star eight times before retiring in 2001. He was also named defensive player of the...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(AFP (eng) 11/09/15)
Second-half goals from Mbwana Samatta and Roger Assale gave TP Mazembe a 2-0 home win over USM Alger on Sunday and a fifth CAF Champions League title. Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Algeria last weekend, the Democratic Republic of Congo club triumphed 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where the likes of Barcelona and River Plate are potential opponents. Tanzanian Samatta converted a 75th-minute penalty awarded for a clumsy foul at a packed 18,000-capacity Stade TP Mazembe in southern city Lubumbashi.
(BBC News Africa 11/09/15)
TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo were crowned club champions of Africa for a fifth time after a 2-0 victory over Algeria's USM Alger in the second leg of the Champions League final. The goals came from the Tanzanian Mbwana Samatta and Ivory Coast's Roger Assale in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi.
(Zambia Reports 11/06/15)
The Zambia national team will strut to the pitch this afternoon to test their armoury when they face the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Angola four nation invitational tournament. Coach George Lwandamina is using the match as a test for his charges ahead of the November 11 Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sudan. The Chipolopolo boys will lead the way while the other fixture pitting hosts Angola against Namibia will be played at 18:30 hours.
(Star Africa 10/05/15)
TP Mazembe booked the qualification ticket for the Orange CAF Champions League final after defeating El Merreikh 3-0 in their semi final second leg in Lubumbashi on Sunday afternoon. Two goals by Mbwana Aly Samata in the second half and a solitary strike by Roger Assale in the 79th minute was enough to hand the Lubumbashi-based club a massive victory, winning the the Sudanese club on an aggregate of 4-2 after they lost the first leg match 1-2 in Sudan...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/15)
A second successive CAF Champions League final involving clubs from Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo seems likely with USM Alger and TP Mazembe favoured to qualify this weekend. USM triumphed 2-1 away to Al Hilal of Sudan last weekend in the first leg of their semi-final, leaving the North Africans needing just a draw at the Stade Omar Hamadi in Algiers on Saturday to progress. And history suggests an overall Algerian success as no club has reached the...
(This Day Live 09/14/15)
After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the 'African Games,' an official revealed at the weekend. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. The Games are expected to be held every four years. However, for one reason or the other, the four yearly cycle has not been maintained. According to the Executive Secretary of...

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(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement he led will fill its halls, on the National Mall just a stone's throw from the White House and the Washington Monument. So will a trumpet played by Louis...
(BBC News Africa 04/25/16)
The influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died aged 66 after collapsing during a concert. Video from the show in Ivory Coast showed him slumped on stage behind a group of dancers, before they rushed to his aid. His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles. Wemba also toured around the world, and recorded with British artist Peter Gabriel. "I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when it comes to influence on African music," said DJ Edu, BBC 1xtra's African Music Ambassador. The musician fell ill in the early hours of Saturday morning. The cause of his death has not been established. He died before he could...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest musicians and known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, died early Sunday after collapsing on stage at a music festival in the Ivory Coast, officials said. He was 66. Papa Wemba had performed three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan before collapsing in front of thousands of fans, organizers said. Fellow performers rushed to his aid, but he died before reaching the hospital, officials said. The cause...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest music stars, has died after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast, the concert organisers said Sunday. Papa Wemba, who was known as the "king of Congolese rumba" for helping to bring the highly popular sound to an international audience, was 66. The flamboyant singer died after performing three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan, the organisers said on their website. Papa Wemba, who was born in...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(AFP (eng) 12/07/15)
As the images fade on the crumpled sheet doubling as a movie screen, 400 exuberant teenagers clap hands to the beat of the closing number of "Kinshasa Kids", the award-winning movie finally come home. The one-and-a-half hour film about music becoming a source of hope for street kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo was released more than two years ago in Europe, where it was acclaimed by critics but never became a box-office hit. The screening in the DRCongo...
(L'Observateur (RDC) 09/02/15)
Le gouvernement brésilien finance depuis 2014, le projet baptisé « Capoeira » exécuté par le groupe Emmaüs CAJED au profit essentiellement des ex-enfants en provenance de différents groupes armés qui opèrent au Nord-Kivu. Arrivé le samedi dernier à Kinshasa, première étape de sa visite officielle en République démocratique du Congo, le ministre d’Etat brésilien en charge des Relations extérieures, Mauro Vieira s’est rendu ensuite le dimanche 30 août dernier à Goma, chef-lieu de la province du Nord-Kivu, où il a...
(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(Vanguard 05/22/15)
D’banj’s profile is steadily on the rise at the international scene.President of World Bank, Mr Jim Kim earlier in the week commended the music star for dedicating his latest song, “Extraordinary” to Women empowerment and raising awareness about poverty and other related issues. The song was dropped a week ago. Jim Kim wrote about D’banj on his Linkedin page: ‘I recently met one of Nigeria’s most dynamic performers, the singer-songwriter, D’Banj. Last year, D’Banj spearheaded a campaign urging African governments...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 01/09/15)
Celui que l’on surnomme « Trinita Bush, le Chouchou de tout le monde, Tata mobitch » promet de surprises à ses fans de Kin qui l’ont manqué durant les festivités de la Saint Sylvestre 2015. En effet, Adolphe Dominguez et tout son orchestre reviennent d’une tournée à l’Est de la RDC, précisément à Kindu dans la province du Maniema. Sur place, toutes les dispositions logistiques sont réunies pour la réussite de cette première production de Wenge Tonya Tonya de l’an...
(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...
(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...
(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,...
(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...

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(Washington Post 06/24/16)
Every government recognizes that strong national infrastructure is critically important to steady economic development. Transportation infrastructure is one of the lubricants that keeps the gears of an economy operating smoothly. For the Democratic Republic of the Congo, infrastructure has long been underfunded and poorly maintained, but that is beginning to change. Fridolin Kasweshi, Minister for Infrastructure, Public Works, and Reconstruction, said that the country requires $1 billion per year to upgrade and maintain its roads, according to a Radio Okapi interview conducted in March 2016. As the government does not have those funds, a three-tier plan has been developed, he said. A key constraint to infrastructure development in the DRC is simply size. The DRC...
(Voice of America 06/24/16)
The United States has imposed sanctions on Kinshasa's police chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo for violence and the murder of civilians. All U.S. assets belonging to Celestin Kanyama are frozen and Americans are barred from doing any business with him. The U.S. accuses Kanyama and his police force of creating a "climate of fear" in the DRC ahead of the December presidential election. President Joseph Kabila is believed to be planning to change election laws to allow himself to run for a third term, which would violate the constitution. The Obama administration says the Kanyama-led police have used violence to put down anti-Kabila protests, including attacks on women and children, leaving at least 40 people dead. Police raided...
(Voice of America 06/24/16)
The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch emergency vaccination campaigns for Yellow Fever along the border between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it announced Thursday. The WHO emphasized that preventing further international spread of the disease is the current priority. “While WHO is working with partners and vaccine manufacturers to increase vaccine production and replenish the emergency stockpile currently being used for this outbreak, it is vital to interrupt transmission, especially in cross-border areas to rapidly bring this...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to...
(Voice of America 06/22/16)
The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in prison for the murder, rape and pillaging committed by his troops in Central African Republic more than a decade ago. For victims and rights campaigners, Bemba's sentencing is cause for celebration. Not so at his party headquarters in Kinshasa. Approximately 200 dispirited supporters watched a YouTube broadcast on a projector as the ICC handed down its ruling. Bemba's supporters said the ruling...
(The Guardian 06/22/16)
Former DRC vice-president convicted for his part in campaign of rape and murder in Central African Republic from 2002-03. Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for rape and pillage committed by his troops, becoming the highest-level official to be sentenced at the international criminal court. Bemba, 53, wearing a blue suit and tie, watched impassively from the dock during the hearing at The Hague on Tuesday...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(Dw-World 06/20/16)
Zambia has promised to step up its campaign against human trafficking in light of the deaths. Congolese border guards said 100 migrants had been crammed in to the back of a single truck. Congolese authorities confirmed on Saturday that they had discovered the bodies of 19 migrants who had asphyxiated in a Zambian-registered truck earlier in the week. Border guards in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said they had been alerted by the sickening smell coming from a truck...
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...
(Voice of America 06/13/16)
Leading opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they have organized themselves under one umbrella called “Rassemblement” or “Rally” to force President Joseph Kabila to leave power. Kabila’s second term concludes at the end of this year. New coalition united in opposition to 3rd term The new coalition was formed last week in Belgium and includes the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) led by veteran opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi; the Dynamic Opposition, and the G7,...
(Cnbc Africa 06/13/16)
Social entrepreneurs are starting businesses in all the major regions of the world, with the most social entrepreneurship activity being undertaken in the US, Australia, Western Europe, and Africa reports the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’s Special Report on Social Entrepreneurship. The report, released last week, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world, based on interviews with 167,793 adults in 58 economies in 2015. “Social entrepreneurship – which GEM defines broadly as any kind of activity, organisation...
(Voice of America 06/10/16)
Admirers of Muhammad Ali in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — where one of his most famous fights, the Rumble in the Jungle, took place — are mourning the death last Friday of the former world heavyweight boxing champion and influential social activist. Franklin Katunda, a Congolese now living in the United States, was just 5 when his father took him to Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa, the venue where challenger Ali faced off against undefeated world champion George...
(Voice of America 06/10/16)
Countries across Africa are actively pushing to integrate more technology into classrooms across the continent. To further this effort, the African Development Bank and the U.N. educational organization UNESCO are hosting a conference in Ivory Coast. Three years after its first edition, the pan-African forum opened this session by highlighting the progress made by countries such as Kenya, and the benefits that have followed. "Five years ago, the government announced that they were going to give laptops to kids,” said...
(BBC News Africa 06/09/16)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens. The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the birds can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty. He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project's page has already been shared thousands of times. The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more...
(The Guardian 06/07/16)
With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need to turn urban areas into engines of development, African Economic Outlook says. More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for development and growth, and does not result in millions of people eking out precarious existences in slums, according to the latest African Economic Outlook. The study (pdf), produced...
(African arguments 06/06/16)
Beyond the often astronomical figures thrown around when China’s engagement in Africa is described, actual data detailing the financial flows can be quite elusive. This is the problem a new database attempts to address. Launched a couple of months ago by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the project tracks Chinese loans to African governments and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Started in 2007 and compiled by a team of 27, the database details a...
(BBC News Africa 06/04/16)
The superstitions about albinos in Africa are plentiful and dangerous. In Tanzania last year, a 6-year-old boy had this arm chopped off by witch doctors who believe potions and charms made from the body parts of albinos are guaranteed to bring success. "There is also a belief that having sex with a person living with Albinism can cure HIV; a superstition that has increased cases of rape and infection among Albinos," says Kenyan student Peter Kiprop Koima. He is responsible...
(AfricaNews 06/02/16)
In a bid to strengthen its bilateral ties with other countries, Turkey has signed several development agreements with Uganda on Wednesday. President Tayyip Erdogan and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni signed agreements in tourism, defense, trade and education with Erdogan assuring that Turkey was willing to share its experience. Speaking at the State House in Kampala, Erdogan said: “Uganda has heavily invested in several projects not only the east African region but also the entire African continent.” He stressed his government’s links...
(AL Jazeera 06/01/16)
Turkey looks forward to working more closely with our African friends and allies in a range of areas. Over the next days, Turkey's political and business leaders will embark on a historic visit to Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. We will seek to promote closer cooperation with our regional allies, develop solutions to shared challenges and explore mutually beneficial opportunities. Many people in the world associate the African continent with extreme poverty, violent conflict and a general state of hopelessness. The...
(AfricaNews 05/31/16)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are continuing with their operations to neutralize Beni Territory in North Kivu province, after recent rebel attacks left 30 people dead. According to a provisional report of the operation dubbed SOKOLA1, deployed in the area two weeks ago, 15 Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU) rebels have been killed, 5 captured, and three strongholds recaptured. But these developments are far from reassuring to the people of Eringeti, 60km from Beni town. We live in...

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