Friday 17 November 2017
(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 word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(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 of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(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 at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(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 regional developments. Speaking at a joint press conference after the end of the meeting, the two minister pointed to the progress achieved in different areas stressing that the hostile media campaign has been stopped. But they didn’t mention the dispute...
(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 the bilateral talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour which started four months ago. The talks between the two countries aim to boost bilateral ties in the areas of politics and trade, among others. The talks were agreed upon by...
(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, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(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 his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(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 in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(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 the British policy which encourages the end of sanctions, and about the burden of debts and the need for development," he noted, adding that "at the center of everything that we said was our deep concern, our mighty concern for...
(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 that it had interfered in Libyan domestic issues. "The Foreign Ministry has summoned Libyan Charge d'Affaires in Khartoum Ali Miftah Almahrogi to protest the false claims against our consulate in Kofra,’’ the statement said. The diplomatic row began on Wednesday...
(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 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(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 Jean David Mihamle.
(Sudan News Agency 07/26/17)
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, on Tuesday received the Chinese ambassador to the Sudan, Li Lianhe and reviewed with him issues related to the strategic relations between the Sudan and China and the need to further promote relations to further horizons in all the political, economic and cultural domains. The two sides also discussed the upcoming visit of the Deputy President of the Chinese Presidential Council Li Yuanchao response to an invitation extended to him by the first vice president of the Republic, and the Federal Prime Minister, Lt Gen Barki Hassan Salih, set to take place next august 25-26th. The two sides are hoping to achieve much during this visit, with regards to cementing further relations...
(Sudan News Agency 07/25/17)
The Minister of Interior, Gen Hamid Abdul Manan, has received the ambassador of Japan to the Sudan Hideki Ito, and reviewed with him cooperation in the various domains of interests to the two people and in the field of police and security in particular. During the meeting which attended by the Director of International Cooperation, Gen Imad Khalafalla, the Japanese ambassador briefed the minister on the assistance his country provided for the Sudan with regard to the cementing of peace, training, water, health and environment. The ambassador promised to do his level best for strengthening the bilateral relations and particular with regards to the actions relevant to the ministry of interior. He also said he was assured by the Minister...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan's war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people this weekend, tribal leaders told AFP on Sunday. The fighting that began on Saturday comes as the United Nations and African Union prepare to downsize their peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying that overall violence there has diminished. The clashes between the Arab Maaliya and Rizeigat tribes came months after a similar clash left at least nine dead. The two tribes have a history of violence over land ownership rights and allegations of cattle theft. "A group of tribesmen from Maaliya were ambushed by members of Rizeigat when they tried to chase thieves who had stolen livestock belonging to Maaliya tribesmen," said Ahmed...

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