| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
A Sudanese official on Thursday announced that the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan so far has reached 495,000. "Presently we have 495,000 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, where they are distributed in Khartoum, White Nile, East Darfur, West Kordofan and South Kordofan states, and in less figures in South and North Darfur States," Hamad Al-Jizouli, Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua Thursday. He expected the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan to increase due to the security tension in the south together with the South Sudan government's declaration of famine in some parts of the country. "The influxes of refugees are still continuing as they are related to the current reality of...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Clashes between Sudan's government and rebels in South Kordofan province on Tuesday smashed a months-long lull in fighting, the two sides said. Ethnic minority rebels in the southern state who say they are politically and economically marginalised have been fighting the Arab-dominated government since 2011. Fighting there and in Darfur and Blue Nile states have left thousands dead and millions displaced. Khartoum announced a unilateral ceasefire in June, which it extended by six months in January. Army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Sudan's army announced on Tuesday that it repelled an attack by rebels against the Al-Mashayesh region, which killed a government soldier and injured 10 others. "A force belonging the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector attacked one of our posts in Al-Mashayesh region, and our forces managed to repel them," Sudanese army spokesman Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami told Xinhua. "One of our soldiers was martyred and 10 others were injured," Al-Shami said, adding " there is definitely a substantial loss...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Official Sudanese statistics indicate that the number of homeless children in the capital Khartoum alone tops 6,000, while some organizations set the number at 13,000. The homeless or street children are suffering from miserable conditions and they are living in streets, abandoned buildings, tunnels and sewers, besides that they are exposed to physical and psychological abuse, not to mention that they do not have access to education. Mujaddidon Organization, a Sudanese NGO, established an open street school on the Nile...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(The Guardian 02/21/17)
Dialogue with Sudan to tackle migrant numbers is putting UK and EU’s reputation for championing human rights at risk, says parliamentary committee. UK and European Union attempts to reduce migration from Sudan risk giving legitimacy to its government, which has been accused of human rights abuses, politicians have warned. The focus on cutting migration from Sudan “is likely to push the UK towards institutions and individuals with whom we differ on principle”, said a report by MPs and peers (pdf) on the all-party parliamentary group for Sudan and South Sudan. Mark Durkan, the APPG’s chairman, said official language, which depicts the efforts as humanitarian engagement to tackle
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(AFP (eng) 02/16/17)
Assailants firing machine guns staged a raid Thursday on a market in Sudan's war-scarred Darfur, sending schoolchildren and shoppers into flight, officials and residents said. The day-time raid in North Darfur's capital of El-Fasher came as the government continues to claim that the conflict in Darfur -- a huge region the size of France -- has ended. The attack in an eastern district of the town that also houses several government buildings came weeks after gunmen in military uniforms killed...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF), Sudan office, on Wednesday launched an appeal to raise 110 million U.S. dollars to meet humanitarian needs for children in Sudan. The appeal is part of a UNICEF annual global Humanitarian Action for Children, which aims at mobilizing resources and drawing attention to the plight of children worldwide, Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF representative to Sudan said in a statement Wednesday. UNICEF in Sudan is planning to reach over two million children this year across...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(Sudan Tribune 02/14/17)
President Omer al-Bashir Monday has asserted that Abyei remains a Sudanese territory pointing that the national authorities perform their full administrative duties. Bashir made his remarks over the disputed area in a meeting with a delegation of the Sudanese Women parliamentarians’ Caucus headed by MP Wafa Mekki Ali. "Sudanese President reaffirmed that Abyei is a Sudanese territory and every Sudanese can apply for all the identification documents from Abyei," reported the news agency SUNA. The official news agency didn’t explain...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/14/17)
Standard Chartered will consider whether it can restart correspondent banking relationships with Sudan following the proposed lifting of U.S. sanctions, a senior executive said. Anurag Bajaj, who oversees the British-based lender’s correspondent banking business, where it provides services for other banks, said the bank was reviewing the implications of last month’s move by the outgoing Obama administration to unfreeze assets and remove financial sanctions in return for its help in fighting Islamic State and other groups. The sanctions relief will...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
The Sudanese police on Sunday downplayed an explosion that earlier took place inside an apartment at a neighborhood of the Sudanese capital Khartoum. "A simple explosion took place inside an apartment due to a home-made bomb that a particular defendant started to build before it explodes," said Sudanese police in a statement. "The materials seized are not considered highly explosives as appeared in the light effects left at the scene of the incident," it added. The police further said it...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/13/17)
Standard Chartered will consider whether it can restart correspondent banking relationships with Sudan following the proposed lifting of U.S. sanctions, a senior executive said. Anurag Bajaj, who oversees the British-based lender's correspondent banking business, where it provides services for other banks, said the bank was reviewing the implications of last month's move by the outgoing Obama administration to unfreeze assets and remove financial sanctions in return for its help in fighting Islamic State and other groups. The sanctions relief will...
(AFP (eng) 02/11/17)
Hours after an American court struck down a controversial travel ban, Mohamed al-Khatim's family began finalising plans to leave Sudan, despite concerns over their new life in the US. Going to the United States has been a seven-year dream, but he worries that US President Donald Trump's speeches have created a hostile atmosphere. "This American president's speeches are feeding hatred in American society and on the streets of the US," Khatim said. "If I'm going for a better life than...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
A veteran Swiss archaeologist has unearthed three temples in Sudan built thousands of years ago, a discovery he says promises to throw new light on Africa's buried ancient past. The round and oval shaped structures dating from 1,500 to 2,000 BC were found late last year not far from the famed archaeological site of Kerma in northern Sudan. Charles Bonnet, 83, considered a master student of Sudan's rich archeological heritage, told AFP that the sites unearthed during recent digs were...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...

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