Friday 26 May 2017

Panafrican articles

  • (AFP (eng) Wednesday 24 May 2017)

    US President Donald Trump told Pope Francis on Wednesday he was committing more than $300 million (270 million euros) to help prevent or tackle famine in Yemen and several countries in Africa.

    Trump, meeting the pontiff for the first time, said he had "renewed" the US "commitment to fighting global famine", with the United Nations warning that about 20 million people across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk.

    The UN has described the situation as the biggest humanitarian crisis in its history, but donor funding is falling far short.

    It appealed earlier...

(AFP (eng) Wednesday 24 May 2017)

The World Health Organization should expand its donor base to better withstand the "shock" from planned deep budget cuts in Washington, Tedros Adhanom, the newly elected agency head, said Wednesday.

A day after he became the first African to head the WHO, the former Ethiopian health...

(APA Wednesday 24 May 2017)

The Africa Union (AU) has called on the Comptrollers-General of African Customs to provide the required leadership for the ratification of the World Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTFA) by countries in the region.

Mrs. Treasure Naphanga, representative of the AU, made the call at the...

(Reuters (Eng) Wednesday 24 May 2017)

When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants.

A common sight off Sicily in recent years, the...

(Voice of America Tuesday 23 May 2017)

The hum of tiny machines fills a fenced-off obstacle course, as small robots compete to gather mock natural resources such as diamonds and gold.

The robots were built by teams of young people gathered in Dakar for the annual Pan-African Robotics Competition.

They're among the...

(Xinhuanet Tuesday 23 May 2017)

Sound management of the vast forest resources in sub-Saharan Africa is key to enhance climate change response in a continent worst hit by the negative impacts of that phenomenon, scientists said Monday.
Scientists and researchers told a regional forum in Entebbe, Uganda, that forest...

(Reuters (Eng) Tuesday 23 May 2017)

Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.

Scientists said on Monday the creature, known...

(Reuters (Eng) Monday 22 May 2017)

Africa will see a lift-off in economic growth this year and next on the back of a rebound in global commodity prices, an annual report predicted on Monday.

The African Economic Outlook, co-authored by the African Development Bank, the OECD and the United Nations Development Programme,...

(Reuters (Eng) Monday 22 May 2017)

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa need to get their budgets in order, diversify their economies and look after their poorest people.

If they do that, there is no reason why the region cannot have the strong growth needed to meet the aspirations of a young and growing population.

That...

(Reuters (Eng) Saturday 20 May 2017)

France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday.

Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed...

(Xinhuanet Friday 19 May 2017)

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has reiterated that Africa's economic transformation must be anchored on industrialization to achieve sustainable and inclusive development on the continent.

Over the last six years, ECA has focused a lot of efforts in support of Africa's...

(Reuters (Eng) Friday 19 May 2017)

When rich countries wrote off billions of dollars of African debt in 2005, they hoped governments would think twice about borrowing again in costly foreign currencies.

Over a decade later, most sub-Saharan African countries still rely on U.S. dollar-denominated debt to finance their...

(Bloomberg Thursday 18 May 2017)

Steinhoff International Holdings NV plans to list its African assets separately as the acquisitive retailer seeks a new prize for shareholders following this year’s failed merger talks with Shoprite Holdings Ltd.

The company said Wednesday it will seek to list businesses including...

(Reuters (Eng) Wednesday 17 May 2017)

Gay and lesbian Africans who fled abuse in their home countries face a "culture of disbelief" which makes their experience of seeking asylum in Britain traumatic, a Nigerian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) campaigner said.

Aderonke Apata, 50, who fled persecution in...

(Bloomberg Tuesday 16 May 2017)

When the impoverished West African nation of Niger imposed a ban on donkey exports last year, a small community of traders just over the border in Nigeria was devastated.

“Before the ban, you could see thousands of donkeys here,” said Mohammed Sani, a 45-year-old trader in the Nigerian...

(Reuters (Eng) Saturday 13 May 2017)

Tackling climate change in Africa could help resolve multiple problems ravaging the continent, from drought to refugees and violence, the head of the African Union said on Friday.

The mix of global warming with economic woes and political conflicts keeps peace from taking hold, said...

(Fox News Wednesday 10 May 2017)

After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Acts of piracy in those treacherous waters have fallen sharply since 2012, according to statistics released by the United States Navy. The Navy credits aggressive patrolling by...

(Voice of America Friday 05 May 2017)

As Africa grapples with a severe drought, and famine threatens millions of people, experts at the World Economic Forum on Africa this week in the South African city of Durban say food security needs to be a major part of discussions on advancing the continent economically.

The annual...

(Xinhuanet Thursday 04 May 2017)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Competitiveness Report 2017 released in Durban Thursday called for urgent policy reforms if the continent intends to create more jobs for its growing young population.

According to the report issued at the 27th WEF on Africa, fewer than one-quarter of...

(Xinhuanet Wednesday 03 May 2017)

African Union (AU) and German officials discussed their cooperation and current issues on the African continent on Tuesday.

The visiting Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany, met and held talks with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on the...

(Voice of America Wednesday 03 May 2017)

African military expenditures have finally slowed down after more than a decade of steady increases, according to a new report on global defense spending. The main reason, the report found, is a drop in oil prices.

“The sharp decreases in oil prices has affected quite a number of African...

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