| Africatime
Saturday 30 August 2014
(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.
(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
The Supreme Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo prepared Friday for a new hearing in the 2010 murder by police of the country's most prominent human rights activist, Floribert Chebeya. The highest judicial body was set to consider a request from civil parties close to Chebeya and the association he founded, La Voix des sans Voix (VSV -- Voice of the Voiceless), aiming to ensure that any final verdict in the ongoing murder trial cannot be overruled, in the wake of prior legal problems. A military court in Kinshasa in 2011 convicted the deputy chief of police special services,...
(PANA 08/29/14)
An outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 13 lives from 24 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. WHO said it was notified of the outbreak on 26 Aug. by the DRC's Ministry of Health, who said it broke out in in Equateur Province. 'The index case was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal that had been killed and given to her by her husband...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
KINSHASA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi told Xinhua on Wednesday that six cases of the Ebola virus that has plagued the province of Ecuador were confirmed by laboratory tests. "Statistics updated the field: the total number of cases reported since the beginning is 42, and six cases confirmed by laboratory, 13 probable and 23 suspect cases," said Kabange. "The number of deaths is still 13 which five health workers. Eleven people...
(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for “swift neutralization” of the FDLR rebel militia operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The call is made in order to bring stability to the country and the Great Lakes region at large. In a press statement issued, the 15-member Council ” regretted that no significant progress was made” toward the neutralization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which announced earlier this year that they would...
(Bloomberg 08/28/14)
Botswana barred entry to anyone traveling from the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent an Ebola outbreak in that country from spreading, blocking shipments of copper from Africa’s biggest producer of the metal. Botswana’s Department of Immigration & Citizenship instructed its personnel to prohibit travelers from entering the country in an Aug. 25 directive obtained today. Hakuna Matata Sarl, Congo’s biggest hauler of copper and cobalt produced by companies including Freeport McMoRan Inc. (FCX) and Jinchuan Group (2362), said at least 20 of its trucks had been halted at Kazungula on Botswana’s border with Zambia.
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Voice of America 08/28/14)
The World Health Organization says 80 people are now being monitored for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where officials reported an outbreak of the disease this week. The United Nations agency said Wednesday it was awaiting lab results to confirm that the disease was definitely Ebola. The WHO said the outbreak began with a pregnant woman in Equateur province who fell sick with Ebola-like symptoms after butchering an animal killed by her husband. The WHO said she died...
(The Citizen 08/28/14)
Dar es Salaam. An oil comopany, Enoc Africa, is planning a major expansion programme in Tanzania. “We are planning to invest heavily in Tanzania and other East African countries and beyond between now and next year,” Enoc Africa managing director, Arshid Esmail said. Enoc Africa is a joint venture between Petro (T) Limited and Dubai’s Enoc Supply and Trading LLC, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company owned by the government of Dubai. Currently, the company is actively participating in...
(Ipp media 08/28/14)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has endorsed the decision by the last SADC and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) ministerial meeting that the voluntary surrender and disarmament by FDLR be done within six months. The summit held recently in Victoria Falls, also called upon the United Nations in cooperation with the African Union to play its role in repatriating the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) elements that voluntary surrendered and disarmed or provide...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(AFP (eng) 08/27/14)
The United Nations on Wednesday allocated $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola, just days after the country confirmed its first cases this year. The UN mission in the central African country said that sum could double in the near future, with the money being released from a fund set aside to meet "humanitarian needs" around the world. Last week the DR Congo said 13 people had died with symptoms of haemorrhagic fever...
(The Associated Press 08/26/14)
Despite progress in five East African countries and Congo in ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent as governments are reluctant to draft and implement local laws, human rights experts said Tuesday. Successful prosecutions of perpetrators of torture, who are mostly state agents, are still unlikely and in cases where the courts have awarded compensation to the victims of torture, governments appear loath to pay, said the experts who gathered for a conference in...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has created a taskforce in response to a fresh Ebola outbreak in the African country, a UN spokesman told reporters here on Monday. "The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that the government of the DRC has confirmed that Ebola has resurfaced in the country," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at the daily briefing. Dujarric quoted Congolese Health Minister...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
CHANGCHUN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(The Associated Press 08/25/14)
Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people. Eight samples were taken from Djera, located in the Boende region of Congo's northwest Equateur province, and two of them came back positive, Felix Kabange Numbi said on state television Sunday. Congolese officials believe Ebola has killed 13 people in the region, including five health...

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