Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo. Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, for his part, said the project was a "win-win" for the peoples of all three countries if it was not politicised. Construction of the massive dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia has poisoned relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa, with Egypt fearing its share of water from the Nile will be hit once the project is completed...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn left here on Tuesday for a three-day official state visit to Ethiopia's neighboring country Sudan. Desalegn, during his visit to Sudan starting from Tuesday, is expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on ways of strengthening ties between the two neighboring countries, according to the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The prime minister is also expected to hold talks with Sudan's First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih. He will then deliver a lecture in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Thursday on topics pertaining the Horn of Africa region state of affairs, it was indicated.
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
US to decide on October 12 whether to permanently lift two-decade sanctions on Sudan Deputy Commander of U.S.-African Command for Civil-Military Engagement (AFRICOM), Alexander M. Laskaris, arrived in Khartoum early Wednesday for talks with Sudanese officials. He engaged in direct talks with Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Ibn Ouf and other senior officials following his arrival, the Sudanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. The U.S. embassy said Laskaris will discuss areas of cooperation between Washington and Khartoum as well as ways of improving security in the region. "The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss a range of key areas of mutual interest including Sudan’s continued progress
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Violence and arson broke out Thursday at the biggest South Sudanese refugee camp in Sudan, which houses tens of thousands of people, a security official said The scale and cause of the violence at the Al Waral camp in Sudan's southern White Nile was not immediately clear, but local police officers and government officials rushed to the camp to investigate the incident. The UN refugee agency and the White Nile police chief confirmed there was unrest at the camp where some 50,000 South Sudanese refugees live. "We have reports that there is disturbance and fire in Khor Al Waral camp of South Sudanese refugees," White Nile police
(Sudan Tribune 08/04/17)
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has called the Egyptian government to cooperate on ways to stop the support provided by some Libyan parties to the rebel groups from Darfur region. Ghandour and his visiting counterpart Sameh Shoukry held Thursday the joint political consultations meeting where they discussed the implementation of outcomes of the joint presidential cooperation committee, held last June, including the strategic cooperation document, the consulate cooperation, border crossing committee, coordination at regional and international forums as well as...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Sudan and Egypt have reinstated their talks after a short-lived diplomatic row in May that resulted in the cancellation of a trip by the Sudanese foreign minister to Cairo. The age-old tension was sparked following accusations by President Omar al-Bashir that Egypt is arming rebel groups to topple his government. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also rejected the claim saying saying “Egypt does not conspire” against anyone. On Wednesday, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry visited Khartoum for the continuation of...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Sudan and Egypt on Thursday reiterated commitment to enhancing cooperation and overcoming any barriers obstructing their historical ties. Meetings of the joint political consultation committee between Sudan and Egypt on Thursday convened in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, chaired by Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Speaking at a joint press conference, the two ministers regarded the meetings as evidence of willingness of the two countries' leadership to enhance bilateral relations.
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north. The Anglican church in Sudan, a majority Muslim country, has been administered from South Sudan since the 2011 split which followed a civil war that left more than two million people dead. Sunday's ceremony in Khartoum added Sudan to the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican communion's 38 member churches -- known as provinces -- and six other branches known as extra provincials. Welby said that creating a 39th Anglican province with its own Khartoum-based archbishop...
(Xinhuanet 07/31/17)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday urged for protection of Christians and peaceful co-existence between the Christians and Muslims in Sudan. The archbishop made the remarks when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received him in Khartoum Sunday. "We talked about the protection of Christians and listened carefully to his excellency as he explained the good relations, the co-habitation, even within families between Christians and Muslims," Welby told reporters following his meeting with President al-Bashir. "We spoke about sanctions, and of...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Authorities in eastern Libya backed by military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Thursday ordered the closure of a Sudanese consulate and the expulsion of 12 diplomats, a pro-Haftar news agency announced. It said the order to shut down the mission in Kufra, an oasis in southern Libya, was taken on the grounds of "damage to Libyan national security". The consul and 11 consular staff were given 72 hours to leave the country, which has been mired in anarchy since the 2011 revolution that toppled its longtime leader Moamer Kadhafi.
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
Sudan upset by Libya ordering closure of Sudanese Consulate in Kofra, southeastern Libya, near where the 2 countries meet. Sudan is protesting Libya ordering the closure of Sudan’s Consulate in the city of Kofra, in southeastern Libya, near where the two countries meet. After accusing the consulate staff of involvement in actions that threaten national security, Libyan authorities gave Sudan’s diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. In a press statement on Thursday, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry blasted the decision, denying...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with...

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