| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 12/13/16)
Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the deadly bomb attack at St Mark's Cathedral in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. "The ministry expressed its strong condemnation of the bombings which took place on Sunday at St Mark's Cathedral in Abbasiya in the Egyptian capital of Cairo that left many innocent civilians dead," the ministry said in a statement. It described the incident as a violation of all moral, humanitarian and religious values and principles. The ministry also expressed sincere condolences to the Egyptian people and the families of the victims. It reiterated full solidarity and support for Egypt's efforts to preserve security and safety of its citizens in the face of terrorist and criminal acts.
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/16)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed Monday to brutally crush anti-regime protests, warning the authorities will crack down on demonstrators as they did in 2013 when dozens were killed during clashes. Bashir's warning came as opposition activists issued a new call to hold a two-day nationwide strike next week against a government decision to cut fuel subsidies that has led to rising prices for goods including medicines. "In the past few days we have heard some people, who are hiding behind their keyboards, calling for the overthrow of the regime," Bashir told supporters gathered in the eastern town of Kasala.
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
The International Criminal Court will hold a public hearing next April to probe whether South Africa failed its duty in refusing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the court said Thursday. The announcement follows a dispute last year when Bashir attended an African Union summit in Johannesburg despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes and genocide. The Hague-based court's Pre-Trial Chamber is "convening a public hearing on April 7, 2017, for the purposes of a determination... on the compliance by South Africa with the Court's request" to arrest and surrender Bashir, it said in a statement.
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Sudanese security agents have arrested a prominent rights activist, Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, as part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The 58-year-old was taken into custody on Wednesday at the University of Khartoum where he works as a professor of engineering, the rights watchdog said. "He was arrested by National Intelligence and Security Service agents... and taken to an undisclosed location where he is at a grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment," Amnesty said in a statement. Ibrahim's family members also confirmed to AFP that he had been arrested and that they had no information on his whereabouts. "Mudawi's arbitrary arrest underscores the government's desperate attempts to extinguish the last embers of dissent in...
(Xinhuanet 12/09/16)
South Sudan on Thursday denied reports that it had asked the Sudanese government to close offices of the opposition party SPLM-IO led by ousted First Vice President Riek Machar. Mawien Makol Arik, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Xinhua that the government asked Khartoum to cease helping South Sudanese opposition groups from using Sudanese territory to wage war against Juba, but not to close the party's offices. "We haven't asked Khartoum to close any rebel offices in their territory but we asked Sudan to refrain from supporting opposing members of the government of South Sudan to create an environment that will help us implement the cooperation agreement," Arik said. Arik said South Sudan was committed to implementing...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/09/16)
International Criminal Court judges asked South Africa on Thursday to send representatives to a hearing next year to determine whether it had breached its obligation to arrest Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir in June. The public hearing will further strain already frayed relations between the war crimes court and African leaders, many of whom accuse the mainly European-backed institution of singling out Africa for prosecution. The decision of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to let Bashir depart after an African Union summit unleashed a storm of protest in June, prompting legal challenges against the government and leading indirectly to South Africa's and later Gambia's decision to withdraw from the court. In a ruling issued on Thursday, pre-trial judges at the...
(Radio Dabanga 12/09/16)
An academic hospital in northern Sudan has dismissed eighteen lab technicians who participated in a strike staged against the deteriorating working environment. Ten others were stopped from entering the hospital. Doctors of the Meck Nimir hospital in Shendi, River Nile, have denounced the dismissal of their colleagues. The stated that their demands are legit and they have the right to demand improved working environment and services in the hospital. The strikers have received repeated threats by the administration of the hospital, they said in their press statement on Thursday. Medics in dozens of state hospitals and clinics across the country went on strike several times in November. They demand protection while working, a pay rise, and better working conditions. Agents...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(Xinhuanet 12/07/16)
Sudan on Tuesday announced that it has received a deposit worth half a billion U.S. dollars from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sudan's Ashorooq Net reported. "The UAE has offered Sudan a deposit worth half a billion U.S. dollars," Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir told a closed-meeting for the leadership council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), the report said. "The UAE has also committed to providing Sudan's need of gasoline for six months and establishing a solar energy station that produces 1,000 megawatts of electricity daily," he said. The Sudanese economy has been suffering from difficulties as a result of the U.S economic sanctions and the separation with South Sudan in July 2011. The Sudanese government declared on Nov...
(Xinhuanet 12/07/16)
Chicago marathon champion Florence Kiplagat of Kenya has ruled out competing in the World Cross Country Championships next year. Kiplagat, 29, competed the Iten cross country meet last week and hopes to reclaim the title she last won in Amman, Jordan in 2009 World Cross Country. She said she was not keen to compete in Kampala, in March where the biannual competition will be held. "I just wanted to feel my body and see how good I am in training and competition. I focus on doing a half marathon in January and then focus on the London Marathon in April," Kiplagat said in Nairobi on Tuesday. In the 10km senior women, Immaculate Jebet fought hard to overcome stiff challenge in...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(Sudan Tribune 12/05/16)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has reached 263,000, with October 2016 marking the highest monthly arrival rate. In Sudan’s White Nile State, it said, 3,962 individuals (1,552 households) registered at the three main border reception centres of Jouda, El Keweik and El Mquiens. The majority of new arrivals (73 per cent), it stressed, arrived through Jouda, bringing the total number of South Sudanese refugees arriving in the state in 2016 to 22,000. As of 15 November, about 263,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since December 2013. "With continuing insecurity in South Sudan, a steady influx of new refugees is expected throughout December and into next year. About 263,000...
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
A Sudanese court has released 26 people who faced trial for allegedly protesting against a government decision to raise fuel prices last month, their lawyers said Monday. The group, including 12 women, were detained after riot policemen swiftly dispersed small rallies that were held against fuel subsidy cuts. All 26 had been charged with disturbing the peace. "The court did not find any evidence against the 26 demonstrators," lawyer Manal Khojli who defended some of the detainees told AFP. "The demonstrators had protested peacefully. They did not disturb the peace and so the court released them." Another defence lawyer, Enaam Atiej, confirmed the ruling.
(Sudan Tribune 12/05/16)
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Sunday has seized copies of the independent daily Al-Jareeda and mouthpiece of the Sudanese communist Party (SCP) Al-Midan from the printing house without giving reasons. Mass confiscation has emerged as a new technique of punishment by the NISS which tend to accuse affected newspapers of crossing the red lines through publishing reports that adversely impact on national security. NISS has recently intensified crackdown on newspapers for publishing news reports and articles on the nationwide civil disobedience act which took place between 27 and 29 November. Since last Monday, it seized copies of various dailies 19 times. Al-Jareeda has been one of the most newspapers in Sudan subject to suspension and confiscation. Last...
(Xinhuanet 12/05/16)
The UN refugee agency said Sunday that the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has reached 263,000, with October 2016 marking the highest monthly arrival rate. "About 263,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since Dec. 2013," said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) in a statement. "With continuing insecurity in South Sudan, a steady influx of new refugees is expected throughout December and into next year." The majority of the South Sudanese refugees live in the camps distributed in the states of White Nile, East Darfur, West Kordofan and Khartoum. On March 17, the Sudanese government decided to treat the South Sudanese nationals inside the country as foreigners, saying it would adopt legal procedures against...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(AFP (eng) 12/02/16)
UN human rights experts on Thursday said "ethnic cleansing" was under way in South Sudan after visiting the country where violence has soared since a peace deal collapsed in July. "There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages; everywhere we went across this country we heard villagers saying they are ready to shed blood to get their land back," said Yasmin Sooka of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. "Many told us it's already reached a point of no return." Sooka was part of a three-member team which travelled to battleground towns including Bentiu, Malakal and Wau to gather facts...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...

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