Sunday 18 February 2018
(The New York Times 11/01/13)
The decomposing bodies of 87 migrants from the impoverished West African nation of Niger were discovered in the Sahara this week just a few miles from a well, apparently stranded after a desperate search for water, said the head of a local humanitarian organization who helped bury many of the bodies. Two trucks carrying the migrants — men, women and children — broke down in the northern desert while trying to reach neighboring Algeria, said Almoustapha Alhacen, speaking by telephone from Arlit, where they started their journey on Sept. 26. Responders, himself included, found groups of corpses — 15 here, 11 there — scattered in a wide radius around a well that the victims had tried to reach. Five other...
(Xinhuanet 10/31/13)
Tanzanian authorities have opened talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi for possibilities of creating a new economic and trade bloc. This has emerged following the sidelining of Tanzania and Burundi by the other three member states of the East African regional bloc, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Tanzania's minister for East Africa Cooperation Samuel Sitta Wednesday told parliament in Dodoma that Tanzania has been taking "a plan B". "Economically it is sensible to work with DRC now because the country holds immense economic potential in the region," Sitta said. Sitta said such other plans included the construction of a railway line from Uvinza in Kigoma Region to Msongati in order to connect the country with DRC. Tanzania also...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
ABUJA | Thu Oct 31, 2013 (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth is expected to increase to six percent in 2014, from five percent this year, supported by investment in infrastructure and production capacity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday. The IMF had predicted in May that the region would grow 5.7 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014. It said the slight downward revisions were due mainly to weaker global economic conditions, while budget delays in oil producer Angola and oil theft in Africa's top crude exporter Nigeria also hurt growth. Inflation on the continent is expected to be less than six percent next year, its third year of decline due to benign prospects for food...
(Sierra Express media 10/31/13)
LAGOS, Nigeria, October 31, 2013/ – The African Innovation Foundation ( http://www.africaninnovation.org ) today announced it will extend the deadline for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 ( http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org ) applications to 30 November 2013. The IPA is an initiative that mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs who deliver market-oriented solutions that increase efficiency or cost-saving in Africa. Attending an innovation roundtable in Nigeria, the IPA representative highlighted the need to invest in innovation to accelerate economic growth on the continent. “Africa has experienced one of the fastest economic growths in recent history – 6 per cent on average. Innovation has and will continue to play a vital role in this growth, and with this in mind, the IPA is...
(AL Jazeera 10/31/13)
The bodies of 87 migrants were found in Niger's northern desert after they died of thirst just a few kilometres from the border of Algeria, their planned destination, security officials said. The corpses of the seven men, 32 women and 48 children were in addition to five bodies of women and girls found earlier, a security source said. All died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria that began in late September, the source added. Almoustapha Alhacen, a spokesman of local aid organisation Aghir In'man, confirmed the death toll and gave a graphic account of discovering the bodies. "The corpses were decomposed; it was horrible," he said. "We found them in different locations in a 20km radius...
(Daily Nation 10/30/13)
Regional leaders on Monday agreed to fast-track the construction of an oil pipeline between Kenya and Uganda. At the conclusion of a meeting Kigali under the auspices of the Third Integration Project Summit, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan set the November 30 deadline for contribution of monies meant for a study on the practicability of the project. A joint communiqué issued after the meeting indicated that “partner States shall remit their contributions to the cost of the feasibility study by November 30th, 2013.” The money is to be kept in a specific bank account opened with the National Bank of Rwanda. The Summit of the four country’s presidents which has been dubbed a “coalition of the willing” also agreed...
(24 Tanzania 10/30/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has told the “Transform Africa Summit 2013″ taking place in the Rwandan capital of Kigali that in the application and utilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT) must not be unidirectional but multi-directional and integrate it in the whole social economic transformation process’ of our national economies. The Transform Africa Summit 2013 is being held under the theme of “The Future Delivered Now” and is attended by seven Heads of State seeking to spearhead broadband connectivity on the continent in order to overcome connectivity ICT challenges and to offer appropriate platforms for dialogue between governments and the private sector. It is hosted by President Paul Kagame and co-hosted by the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union, (ITU),...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/30/13)
NIAMEY | (Reuters) - Around 10 migrants from Niger have died of thirst and 50 are missing after one of the vehicles they were travelling in broke down in the Sahara, the governor of the Niger's northern region of Agadez said on Tuesday. Although the number of West Africans seeking to reach Europe has dropped in recent years, the route across the Sahara is still used by some migrants from the region and those from farther afield. Hundreds of those who make it to the Mediterranean have drowned trying to cross in recent months. "Two vehicles left for a neighboring country and when one of them broke down, ten people sadly died," Garba Maikido, governor of the desert region of...
(Daily Nation 10/29/13)
Uganda will abolish work permit fees for Kenyans and Rwandan citizens from January 1, 2014. This is one of the several reforms East African leaders launched on Monday to reduce the cost of doing business and speed up the movement of goods and people. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya met in Kigali yesterday to sign off on a Single Customs Territory (SCT) for the three countries. President Salva Kiir of South Sudan also attended the event, which followed earlier infrastructure summits in Kampala in June and Mombasa in August. President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi did not attend yesterday’s meeting. Under the SCT,, tax on goods imported...
(CNN 10/29/13)
(CNN) -- A U.N. peacekeeper was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent fighting, according to a statement release Sunday from the spokesperson for the Secretary-General. The Tanzanian peacekeeper was part the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the unstable eastern part of the vast nation in Central Africa. The mission was joining the Congolese military in an effort to protect civilians about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in the region, the statement said. The mission said Friday it was on "high alert" and monitoring the clashes between Congolese forces and M23 rebels. The U.N .mission stated that about 5,000 civilians from the town of Kibumba crossed the border into Rwanda on Friday...
(Standard Digital 10/29/13)
Regional leaders have commended Kenya for accelerating movement of cargo across the region. Speaking Monday during the third Integration Infrastructure Projects Summit in Kigali, Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Salva Kiir and Paul Kagame noted that cargo from the port of Mombasa was now taking less time to reach their countries. The leaders said the move by Kenya has reduced the cost of doing business, boosted economic growth and scaled up development in the region. “The overall effect is the wellbeing of the people of our region,” the leaders said. President Uhuru Kenyatta said his administration prioritised removal of delays in cargo clearance at the port of Mombasa and the challenges of transporting it along the northern corridor as part of its...
(Voice of America 10/29/13)
A spokesman for the African Union (AU) says high ranking officials from the group will meet in the Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan Tuesday to promote security and stability on the continent. “The whole idea is to bridge the divide between the policy makers and the practitioners,” said AU spokesman El-Ghassim Wane. “It is also to facilitate coordination [and] harmonization among special envoys among officials working on the same issues on the African continent, and it provides the platform for outreach for AU’s efforts on peace and security on the continent.” Also attending the meeting will be the leadership of regional economic communities, the United Nations, Arab League, European Union and member of bilateral partners, academic researchers and representatives of...
(Irish Examiner 10/29/13)
Scores of children were among the members of immigrant families who have been DNA-tested in the past two years. Around 220 DNA tests were carried out, mainly as part of family reunification proceedings where a relative of an individual who has been granted permission to reside in the State applies to the immigration authorities for permission to join them here. Most of the tests, 82%, were sought to establish the parentage of a child central to the application, but people needing to prove that they were siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents were also tested. Some of the most frequently tested nationalities were those from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda and Afghanistan. The Department of...
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/29/13)
Surprise of the week: the club of African presidents (aka the African Union) has held a special meeting and declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes while they are in office. They are taking this step, they say, because the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unfairly targeting Africans: all eight cases currently under investigation are about crimes committed in African countries. “We would love nothing more than to have an international forum for justice and accountability, but what choice do we have when we get only bias and race-hunting at the ICC?” said President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (who by a strange coincidence is currently under indictment by the ICC)...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/13)
GOMA, October 28, 2013 (AFP) - The area of North and South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, coveted for its rich mining resources, is the main centre of conflict in the country and of tensions in Africa's wider Great Lakes region. Having borders with Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania, Kivu has found itself at the heart of the region's tragedies, marked by inter-community rivalries and deadly clashes over land. The provinces of North and South Kivu are rich in natural resources, especially gold, coltan and tin, which are sought by telecommunications and agricultural sectors. Since the 18th century Kivu has progressively seen large influxes of Tutsis and Hutus from Rwanda, and in the early 1980s, the regime of...
(Daily Nation 10/28/13)
Regional leaders have commended Kenya for accelerating movement of cargo across the region. Speaking on Monday during the 3rd Integration Infrastructure Projects Summit in Kigali, Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Salva Kiir and Paul Kagame noted that cargo from the port of Mombasa was now taking less time to reach their countries. The leaders said the move by Kenya has reduced the cost of doing business, boosted economic growth and scaled up development in the region. President Kenyatta said his administration prioritised overcoming the challenges of cargo clearance at the port of Mombasa and transporting it along the northern corridor as part of its contribution to promoting regional trade. “The initiative has facilitated the movement of goods, people and services and provided...
(The Independent 10/27/13)
East London - The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “Through the AU (African Union), the peoples of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which seeks to foster an agenda of regime change,” Zuma said at the University of Fort Hare's East London campus. In a speech prepared for delivery at the university's Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 50th anniversary lecture, the president said the replacement of democratically elected governments on the continent must be rejected. “We must do everything we can to prevent Africa from being cheaply auctioned as a result of the ineptitude and...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again with comments in Friday's release of the FIFA Weekly magazine, in which he said the African and Asian regions deserved more representation at World Cup finals. Blatter, who has stayed in power since 1998 by vowing to take FIFA's showpiece...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
BRUSSELS | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters. EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed "deep sadness" at the drownings, which have killed up to 550 migrants this month alone, but postponed any new action until December. A more thorough overhaul of the bloc's immigration policies will wait until after next year's European elections when rising anti-immigration sentiment is set to boost far-right parties. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, among southern European leaders who had called for urgent action from the EU summit, put a brave face...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
SAN FRANCISCO | (Reuters) - Seeking to avoid a repeat of Facebook Inc's much-maligned public debut, Twitter Inc revealed more modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. The valuation was more conservative than the $15 billion some analysts had expected for the social media phenomenon, potentially attracting investors who might consider the money-losing company's listing price a better deal, with room to rise. Twitter had signaled for weeks it would price its IPO modestly to avoid the sort of stock plummet that spoiled Facebook's coming-out party. It said on Thursday it intends to sell 70 million shares between $17 and $20 apiece, raking in up...

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