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(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home. Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst epidemic in history, which has already killed more than 4,500 people. Congo's Health Minister Felix Kabange said he hoped to inspire "African solidarity" in the Ebola fight and invited other countries to send volunteers to new training centers in the capital Kinshasa. The World Health Organization has criticized African countries for closing borders to...
(AFP (eng) 10/20/14)
Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear. "I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children. Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances. Terrified by Thursday's rampage by Ugandan rebels who slaughtered 26 people with machetes, many residents have decided that the town in...
(Voice of America 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of the Congo officials said suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 21 people in DRC's North Kivu province. The French news agency, AFP, reported Saturday most of the victims of the overnight attack were women and children who were hacked and clubbed to death. The assault happened 45 kilometers from the village of Beni where 26 people were killed earlier in the week. Authorities suspect the Ugandan rebels are also responsible for the earlier attack. Officials said...
(Angola Press(En) 10/20/14)
The director for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, said on Sunday in Luanda that there has been no progress in the disarmament of the FDLR forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) process. The diplomat made these remarks to reporters when assessing the preparatory work of the Third Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of SADC/ICGLR, at the Angolan capital. "We found that insecurity in the...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been hacked and clubbed to death in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday. The attack on Friday evening in the town of Eringeti, in North Kivu, left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. "Most of the victims were killed with machetes, axes and hoes," the non-governmental group Civil...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
A decision by the Democratic Republic of Congo to expel the top UN human rights official in the country sends "a worrying message for freedom of expression," the group Human Rights Watch said in a statement released in Kinshasa on Friday. "Instead of expelling human rights director Scott Campbell, the government should investigate and prosecute the killings and disappearances documented" in a UN report that denounced rights violations by the DRC police, HRW's senior Africa researcher, Ida Sawyer, said. "The...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a United Nations human-rights official unwelcome in the country after a UN report claimed the nation’s police force executed at least nine people in the capital, Kinshasa. Interior Minister Richard Muyej told reporters in the city yesterday that Scott Campbell, director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, must leave the country immediately. The report on the executions, which took place from November 2013 to February 2014, was conducted in a “partisan...
(Voice of America 10/17/14)
The mayor of a large city in the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said rebels killed dozens of people in nighttime raids on his city Wednesday. Nyonyi Bwana Kawa, mayor of the eastern city of Beni, said members of the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda crept into homes and killed at least 26 people. A spokesman for the DRC army in the North Kivu province, Lieutenant Colonel Olivier Hamuli,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Rebels killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the authorities in Kinshasa demanded the recall Thursday of the top UN human rights official in the country. The massacre in the town of Beni calls into question claims by the authorities that Ugandan rebels of the ADF-NALU, who have been terrorising the east of Congo for the last two decades, were all but defeated. It comes as the Congolese government...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
The United Nations on Wednesday said police in the Democratic Republic of Congo had killed and abducted dozens of people during a heavy-handed crack down on youth gangs in the capital. Operation Likofi (which means "punch" in the local Lingala language) claimed at least 42 victims, including four children, many of whom were shot in their own neighbourhoods or even walking out of their homes, the UN's human rights office in Kinshasa said. The report said at least nine people...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year came from a different source than the epidemic raging across West Africa, scientists said Wednesday. Even though the two deadly Ebola outbreaks have separate animal origins, the report in the New England Journal of Medicine nevertheless raises concern about the emergence of the often fatal hemorrhagic fever across the African continent. Ebola was first identified in 1976, and had returned in waves. The latest outbreak...
(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...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(African arguments 10/13/14)
The recent and unprecedented reshuffle of the leadership of the military (FARDC) in the DRC is the most important reorganisation of the institution's command chains ever made. The FARDC was reconstructed in a form recognisable today following the end of the Second Congo War in July 2003 and the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and Global and Inclusive Agreement on the Transition in December 2002. This agreement envisaged new national armed forces formed from Joseph Kabila's army (backed by Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia),...
(Mining Weekly 10/13/14)
Following a July infill drilling programme, Aim-listed Armadale Capital has increased and upgraded the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate (MRE) at its Mpokoto gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by 34% to 678 100 oz. Some 75% of the overall MRE is now in the indicated category. The programme also increased the oxide portion of the mineral resource by 25% to 159 000 oz of gold and recognised higher-grade zones in excess of 2 g/t, lying...
(News of Rwanda 10/13/14)
A group of eight Rwandans have returned from DR Congo after spending at least a month under captivity in the Congolese prison in the Northern Kivu Region. The Rwandans are suspected to have returned after spending days starving in the T2 prison cells in Northern Kivu The team, which returned on October 9, 2014, says that they crossed the Rwanda-Congo border with full travel documents to do business on the Congolese side, but were unlawfully arrested in the process, but...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...

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(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home. Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst epidemic in history, which has already killed more than 4,500 people. Congo's Health Minister Felix Kabange said he hoped to inspire "African solidarity" in the Ebola fight and invited other countries to send volunteers to new training centers in the capital Kinshasa. The World Health Organization has criticized African countries for closing borders to...
(AFP (eng) 10/20/14)
Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear. "I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children. Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances. Terrified by Thursday's rampage by Ugandan rebels who slaughtered 26 people with machetes, many residents have decided that the town in...
(Voice of America 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of the Congo officials said suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 21 people in DRC's North Kivu province. The French news agency, AFP, reported Saturday most of the victims of the overnight attack were women and children who were hacked and clubbed to death. The assault happened 45 kilometers from the village of Beni where 26 people were killed earlier in the week. Authorities suspect the Ugandan rebels are also responsible for the earlier attack. Officials said...
(Angola Press(En) 10/20/14)
The director for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, said on Sunday in Luanda that there has been no progress in the disarmament of the FDLR forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) process. The diplomat made these remarks to reporters when assessing the preparatory work of the Third Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of SADC/ICGLR, at the Angolan capital. "We found that insecurity in the...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been hacked and clubbed to death in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday. The attack on Friday evening in the town of Eringeti, in North Kivu, left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. "Most of the victims were killed with machetes, axes and hoes," the non-governmental group Civil...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a United Nations human-rights official unwelcome in the country after a UN report claimed the nation’s police force executed at least nine people in the capital, Kinshasa. Interior Minister Richard Muyej told reporters in the city yesterday that Scott Campbell, director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, must leave the country immediately. The report on the executions, which took place from November 2013 to February 2014, was conducted in a “partisan...
(Voice of America 10/17/14)
The mayor of a large city in the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said rebels killed dozens of people in nighttime raids on his city Wednesday. Nyonyi Bwana Kawa, mayor of the eastern city of Beni, said members of the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda crept into homes and killed at least 26 people. A spokesman for the DRC army in the North Kivu province, Lieutenant Colonel Olivier Hamuli,...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Rebels killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the authorities in Kinshasa demanded the recall Thursday of the top UN human rights official in the country. The massacre in the town of Beni calls into question claims by the authorities that Ugandan rebels of the ADF-NALU, who have been terrorising the east of Congo for the last two decades, were all but defeated. It comes as the Congolese government...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
The United Nations on Wednesday said police in the Democratic Republic of Congo had killed and abducted dozens of people during a heavy-handed crack down on youth gangs in the capital. Operation Likofi (which means "punch" in the local Lingala language) claimed at least 42 victims, including four children, many of whom were shot in their own neighbourhoods or even walking out of their homes, the UN's human rights office in Kinshasa said. The report said at least nine people...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year came from a different source than the epidemic raging across West Africa, scientists said Wednesday. Even though the two deadly Ebola outbreaks have separate animal origins, the report in the New England Journal of Medicine nevertheless raises concern about the emergence of the often fatal hemorrhagic fever across the African continent. Ebola was first identified in 1976, and had returned in waves. The latest outbreak...
(News of Rwanda 10/13/14)
A group of eight Rwandans have returned from DR Congo after spending at least a month under captivity in the Congolese prison in the Northern Kivu Region. The Rwandans are suspected to have returned after spending days starving in the T2 prison cells in Northern Kivu The team, which returned on October 9, 2014, says that they crossed the Rwanda-Congo border with full travel documents to do business on the Congolese side, but were unlawfully arrested in the process, but...
(African arguments 10/10/14)
The recent and unprecedented reshuffle of the leadership of the military (FARDC) in the DRC is the most important reorganisation of the institution’s command chains ever made. The FARDC was reconstructed in a form recognisable today following the end of the Second Congo War in July 2003 and the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and Global and Inclusive Agreement on the Transition in December 2002. This agreement envisaged new national armed forces formed from Joseph Kabila’s army (backed by Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia),...
(Washington Post 10/10/14)
Surprisingly, I had a cellphone signal. For one giddy instant, I actually considered calling home: “Hi Mum, you’ll never guess where I am. . .” and then thought better of it. For if there was one thing sure to put Mother’s nose out of joint, one thing guaranteed to catapult her into a torment of parental panic, it would be the revelation that her son was standing on top of a hyperactive volcano in the Congo. Plundered by its Belgian...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/14)
Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", will face trial next year for war crimes including using child soldiers and sex slaves in his rebel army, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. The Rwandan-born Ntaganda faces 13 war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity for his role in a brutal civil conflict in the DR Congo's volatile northeast a decade ago. "The Trial Chamber scheduled the opening of the trial on June 2," the Hague-based ICC...
(Xinhuanet 10/07/14)
PARIS, Oct. (Xinhua) -- Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday hold the 14th session of Africa forum with a major focus on ways to make accelerating growth in African countries more robust and sustainable. Themed "By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth," participants would dig for adequate measures to help "African firms harness regional and global value chains to create new jobs," and implement "innovative territorial policies to promote balanced regional development and...
(PANA 10/06/14)
Chairman of the civil society in DR Congo's province of Equator Fabien Munguza has said the threat posed by the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is real because it is difficult to control the movement of people in this province, including Djera where the disease is rampant. Munguza said the local population took refuge in other towns because they do not want to live without freedom of movement, while their needs are not being satisfied by those who...
(PANA 10/06/14)
Geneva, Switzerland - The number of deaths recorded from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ravaging parts of West Africa has continued to rise, with the latest update by the World Health Organization (WHO) putting the number of deaths at 3431 from 7470 cases. PANA reported Saturday that Liberia remains the single worst-hit country, with the number of deaths put at 2069, which is over half of the total deaths. Next is Guinea, where the latest outbreak started in Dec. 2013,...
(PANA 10/06/14)
The Ebola spread to the US has created fears that US aviation authorities could slap travel restrictions, which would signal a major crisis for African airlines struggling to make profits, analysts warned in a report on Thursday. DaMina Advisors, an African political risk advisory service firm, warned that with the first US confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in Texas and growing public pressure on the Obama administration to restrict US airline travel to West Africa, the financial viability of a number of already struggling domestic African airline carriers may be under threat.
(PANA 10/06/14)
African football governors must seriously address organisation and administration aspects of football management for the continent to move higher up in global football, Cameroon coach Volker Finke has said. 'If we want to move forward we must professionalise everything around the team,' Finke said at the just-concluded two-day conference in Cairo, Egypt, that reviewed Africa's performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The conference, which brought together African coaches and technical directors, was organised by FIFA and CAF,...
(BBC News Africa 10/03/14)
The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. An international team of scientists say a "perfect storm" of population growth, sex and railways allowed HIV to spread. A feat of viral archaeology was used to find the pandemic's origin, the team report in the journal Science. They used archived samples of HIV's genetic code to trace its source, with evidence...

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(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan for 2014 and 2015 still trails more aggressive developers, such as Radisson Blu and Hilton, who plan to build 60 percent-plus more hotels and more than two times as many rooms as Marriot International in...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities to cope with the effects of climate change, land degradation and displacement. This benefits all people,” said Ban Ki-moon, United...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Mining Weekly 10/13/14)
Following a July infill drilling programme, Aim-listed Armadale Capital has increased and upgraded the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate (MRE) at its Mpokoto gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by 34% to 678 100 oz. Some 75% of the overall MRE is now in the indicated category. The programme also increased the oxide portion of the mineral resource by 25% to 159 000 oz of gold and recognised higher-grade zones in excess of 2 g/t, lying...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/14)
(Reuters) - Standard Chartered (STAN.L) plans to hire at least 1,000 more staff in Africa in the next couple of years, an increase of more than 10 percent, even as its expansion elsewhere has slowed. Diana Layfield, Standard Chartered's chief executive for Africa, declined to specify where the extra staff would go, but picked out Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as three of the most attractive markets. "Nigeria has to be close to the top of everybody's list (for expansion) .....
(Business Week 10/06/14)
Africa is ripe for investment, a fact that is being acted upon by Abu Dhabi companies with increasing regularity. Etihad Airways just announced that it would expand its African presence with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Earlier this month, Trojan General Contracting, part of the Royal Group owned by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is participating in a $16 billion programme to build roads and railways across West Africa. These companies are not...
(Kenya Star 10/02/14)
ATHENS- Marine researchers hope that fish farming - the process of raising fish in ponds for food - can help African countries overcome chronic food shortages. Scientists from the Athens-based Hellenic Centre for Marine Research are working on ways to improve fish farming in Europe, and now have been asked to do the same to alleviate food shortages in Africa. The governments of Kenya and Sierra Leone approached the European Union for assistance with fisheries. Hellenic Centre director Evangelos Papathanassiou explains this is a joint European-African project.
(Bloomberg 10/01/14)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said further deals with the Investment Corp. of Dubai may run into billions of dollars after the Emirati holding company invested $300 million in his cement business last month. “We have also agreed to invest in other other ventures in oil and agriculture,” Dangote said today in an interview at a conference in Dubai. “They already have a seat on our board. This could run into billions of dollars.” ICD is exploring opportunities to work...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
DUBAI, UAE - The Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also United Arab Emirates Vice-President, is hosting the Second African Global Business Forum which is by invitation only and organized by The Economist publication. The event (AGBF) takes place this week starting Wednesday and several African Heads of State have confirmed attendence. The theme is ‘New Realities – New Connections’.
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Africa could become a single air transport market that will remove the need for bilateral air services agreements by early 2016, the industry lobby said on Wednesday. African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Secretary General Elijah Chingosho told Xinhua that the regulatory texts and legal institutional framework are scheduled to be finalized in October. "Guidelines will soon be formulated that will enable the African Union to carry out negotiations among the various trading blocs with a view to...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Mobile money - Customers of Orange Money and Bank of Africa, in a number of African countries, will be able to transfer money directly between their two accounts within the next few months, telecoms industry global monitor Pyramid Research reported Thursday on its daily update. The France-headquartered company, Orange, said its Money customers would be able to buy goods and pay utility bills, as well as purchase air-time credit, without going to the bank or shop.
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best third-placed team, will pick the tickets to the 16-team 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach Stephen Constantine and technical director Lee Johnson. Reflecting on the technical aspects of Brazil 2014, there was a general feeling...
(Algérie Presse service 09/29/14)
Algerian club ES Sétif clinched Sunday a historical qualification for the African Champions League final, in spite of the 3-2 loss to TP Mazembe in the semi-final second leg played in Lubumbashi. The two winning scored of Setif were scored by Abdelmalek Ziaya 9' and Younés Sofiane 75', while TPM scored via Nii Adjei 22', Salif Coulibaly 38', and Jonathan Bolingi 55'. In the first leg, contested last Saturday, ESS won in 8 mai 1945 Stadium on the score of...
(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...

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(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 galleries from around the world are represented at "1:54" -- named after the number of countries in Africa -- and the event has doubled in size since it debuted last year. "What is exciting about...
(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, introduced audiences to this year’s edition with a stunning cabaret performance of the official Big Brother theme song. It was...
(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...
(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...
(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 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of the Congo officials said suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 21 people in DRC's North Kivu province. The French news agency, AFP, reported Saturday most of the victims of the overnight attack were women and children who were hacked and clubbed to death. The assault happened 45 kilometers from the village of Beni where 26 people were killed earlier in the week. Authorities suspect the Ugandan rebels are also responsible for the earlier attack. Officials said the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operate in the DRC's eastern border zone despite the presence of U.N. peacekeeping troops and government forces. There was no immediate comment from the U.N. peacekeeping mission on the...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan for 2014 and 2015 still trails more aggressive developers, such as Radisson Blu and Hilton, who plan to build 60...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a United Nations human-rights official unwelcome in the country after a UN report claimed the nation’s police force executed at least nine people in the capital, Kinshasa. Interior Minister Richard Muyej told reporters in the city yesterday that Scott Campbell, director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, must leave the country immediately. The report on the executions, which took place from November 2013 to February 2014, was conducted in a “partisan...
(Voice of America 10/17/14)
The mayor of a large city in the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said rebels killed dozens of people in nighttime raids on his city Wednesday. Nyonyi Bwana Kawa, mayor of the eastern city of Beni, said members of the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda crept into homes and killed at least 26 people. A spokesman for the DRC army in the North Kivu province, Lieutenant Colonel Olivier Hamuli,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Mining Weekly 10/13/14)
Following a July infill drilling programme, Aim-listed Armadale Capital has increased and upgraded the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate (MRE) at its Mpokoto gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by 34% to 678 100 oz. Some 75% of the overall MRE is now in the indicated category. The programme also increased the oxide portion of the mineral resource by 25% to 159 000 oz of gold and recognised higher-grade zones in excess of 2 g/t, lying...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Washington Post 10/10/14)
Surprisingly, I had a cellphone signal. For one giddy instant, I actually considered calling home: “Hi Mum, you’ll never guess where I am. . .” and then thought better of it. For if there was one thing sure to put Mother’s nose out of joint, one thing guaranteed to catapult her into a torment of parental panic, it would be the revelation that her son was standing on top of a hyperactive volcano in the Congo. Plundered by its Belgian...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(PANA 10/06/14)
Geneva, Switzerland - The number of deaths recorded from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ravaging parts of West Africa has continued to rise, with the latest update by the World Health Organization (WHO) putting the number of deaths at 3431 from 7470 cases. PANA reported Saturday that Liberia remains the single worst-hit country, with the number of deaths put at 2069, which is over half of the total deaths. Next is Guinea, where the latest outbreak started in Dec. 2013,...
(BBC News Africa 10/03/14)
The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. An international team of scientists say a "perfect storm" of population growth, sex and railways allowed HIV to spread. A feat of viral archaeology was used to find the pandemic's origin, the team report in the journal Science. They used archived samples of HIV's genetic code to trace its source, with evidence...
(BBC News Africa 10/01/14)
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives have died from starvation and disease in an army camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a right groups says. They were moved to the isolated camp in north-western DR Congo last year after surrendering in the volatile east, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. They received minimal food and health supplies, some apparently surviving on crops stolen from farmers' fields. Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo told HRW there had been significant...
(CNN 09/29/14)
(CNN) -- When it comes to purchasing products on the Internet that claim to treat or cure Ebola, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has one word for consumers: Beware! This week the FDA sent warning letters to three companies the government agency says are selling products over the Internet that claim to treat, prevent or even cure the deadly disease. The letters were issued after an alert warning consumers about fraudulent Ebola products being hawked online went out last...
(Voice of America 09/24/14)
Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The top range of the estimate, 1.4 million, assumes that the number of cases officially cited so far, 5,864 according to the count kept by the World Health Organization, is significantly underreported, and that it is likely that 2.5 times as many cases,...
(Voice of America 09/23/14)
GENEVA— A new study warns of tens of thousands of Ebola cases in West Africa in the coming months if swift action is not taken to curb this deadly disease. An article appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine provides new data on the scale and spread of this deadly disease. The report notes the world was late in reacting to the Ebola epidemic and has a lot of catching up to do to control and reverse the trend...
(CNN 09/23/14)
(CNN) -- A young boy wanders through the high grass, looking lost after attending church services in Kakata, Liberia. The child, Moses Kallie, wears a black T-shirt that's too big for him. It reads "Trouble is my middle name." Trouble has certainly come into his life. He's lost 13 of his relatives recently -- his parents among them. They were all killed by Ebola. His village is a hotspot for the virus. So far 1,578 people are believed to have...
(Voice of America 09/23/14)
GENEVA— Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday. Some airlines have stopped flights to affected areas and WHO and other agencies have said this has hampered aid efforts and the ability of experts to reach victims of the world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. In a statement...
(CNN 09/22/14)
(CNN) -- As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned. The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries most affected by the virus. Blood from survivors, referred to as convalescent serum, is said to have antibodies that can fight the deadly virus...

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