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Monday 27 February 2017

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AFP (eng) 2/27/17
Nightmarish conditions in Libya are helping to drive a surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy in the depths of winter, humanitarian officials and asylum seekers say.
European efforts to close the route are also thought to lie behind a 30 to 40 percent increase in the number of mainly African migrants who have landed at Italian ports in the first two months of this year, compared to the same period in 2015 and 2016.
More than 2,700 people have been rescued in recent days,...
AFP (eng) 2/27/17
Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is "doing well" despite a health scare last week which forced him to postpone a meeting with the German Chancellor, the general secretary of his party said.
The president's office said he could not meet Angela Merkel in Algeria last Monday because he was suffering from bronchitis, but the 79-year-old has had persistent health woes leading to several periods in hospital over the past decade.
"The president is doing well and is carrying out his engagements...
(The New York Times 02/27/17)
The top commander of American military operations in the Middle East said during a visit here on Sunday that the United States wanted to resume a major military exercise with Egypt that President Barack Obama had canceled in 2013 to protest the killings of hundreds of civilian protesters. “It is my...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Morocco said Sunday it will pull back from a zone of the contested Western Sahara that has raised tensions with Algeria-backed Polisario Front separatists. "The Kingdom of Morocco will proceed from today with a unilateral withdrawal from the (Guerguerat) zone," the foreign ministry said in a...
(Financial Times 02/27/17)
The countries have a common interest in putting a lid firmly on xenophobia. Sub-Saharan Africa’s voice on the global stage has been at its strongest over the past two decades when its two most powerful players have worked in concert. However, nearly ten years of deteriorating relations have seen...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/17)
Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile. The refuge has a steep price: families cannot farm crops or earn money to buy food. They eat water lily roots and the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/17)
A U.N. operation with an attack helicopter dispersed heavily armed militiamen in the remote Central African Republic town of Bambari town on Sunday, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement. About 40 fighters from the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) armed...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
The Kenyan government said Sunday security had been beefed up in clash-hit Baringo County where cattle rustling and killings have left about ten people dead and several others injured this month. State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said police records indicated that there had been no incidents in...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
The Gambia's new president has fired the head of the national prison system, officials said Sunday, taking aim at a service denounced for alleged abuses under the former regime. President Adama Barrow on Friday "sacked David Colley, the director-general of the Gambia Prison Service", a government...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Morocco's key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years. While political turmoil and jihadist attacks have battered the sector in Egypt and Tunisia, Morocco registered 10 million...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Kenya's Wilson Kipsang stormed to victory in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in the fastest race ever run in Japan. The former world record holder clocked 2hr 3min 58sec over a flatter course than in previous years as he added the Tokyo title to victories in London, New York and Berlin. Sarah...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/17)
The government of the Republic of The Gambia fully endorses the one China policy and recognizes that there is only one China in the world, the Gambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday in a press statement. The Gambian government reaffirms "its respect for the sovereignty and territorial...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Egypt is pursuing a raft of reforms to try to revive an economy weakened by years of turmoil, but analysts say that wooing foreign investors will take time. Since the 2011 uprising, the Arab world's most populous nation has suffered a slump in key tourism revenues, slowing economic growth and...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/17)
Seven Chinese peacekeeping police officers departed Beijing for South Sudan on a one-year mission early Sunday, according the Ministry of Public Security. The sixth team of Chinese peacekeeping police to South Sudan were selected by police authority in east China's Zhejiang province. They have all...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
France is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defence ministry said. The decision, announced late Saturday, was taken following a request from President Mahamadou Issoufou after Wednesday's attack near the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/17)
Armed groups in northern Mali have agreed on the return of interim authorities to towns there next week, a government statement said, overcoming a stumbling block in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal. Most government posts in northern Mali have been empty since desert jihadists usurped them...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/17)
South Africa's Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas is being investigated by the Hawks elite police unit as part of a probe into allegations of corruption at state-owned South African Airways (SAA), the City Press newspaper reported on Sunday. As part of the probe into SAA, the unit is...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/17)
UNESCO Representative to Namibia Jean Pierre Ilboudo on Friday called for robust investment towards the education sector in Namibia. Ilboudo called on the Namibian government to foster investment towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially through goal 4,...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/17)
The United Nations has called on political parties in Burundi to commit fully to peace talks to resolve a two-year old political crisis in the east African nation. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's government said earlier this month it would not attend the talks led by the East African...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Homeless and hungry, Fadi is a young widow from Cameroon who was forced by Boko Haram's brutal insurgency to flee her village near the Nigerian border. But despite all she has suffered, and even in the relative safety of a camp for displaced people, she doesn't have enough food. "We just want to...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Angola's parliament has approved changes to a colonial-era law and decriminalised abortion in some cases, including for victims of rape. Under the changes, abortions may be carried out before the sixth month of pregnancy in cases where the mother's life is in danger or if the pregnancy is a result...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Armed groups traded fire with heavy weapons in the centre of Tripoli, injuring at least nine people and paralysing the Libyan capital, residents and the Red Crescent said on Friday. "Our team... rescued nine people injured in the indiscriminate firing," said the Libyan Red Crescent, which has set...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
A solar-powered cinema was unveiled in Burkina Faso Friday ahead of the city's hosting of Africa's top film festival, even as movie theatres on the continent continue to disappear. The theatre, with its 300-seat capacity, will run on solar energy. Named Canal Olympia Yennenga, it is now the third-...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Friday asked the United Nations to take urgent measures to end "provocation" by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front threatening the ceasefire in the disputed Western Sahara. Morocco insists that the former Spanish colony is an integral part of its kingdom, but the...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
The Pygmy and Bantu people of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a peace deal Friday to put an end to decades of deadly violence that has killed hundreds. Pygmies from the ethnic Twa group have been seeking recognition of equal rights with other citizens in the vast, unstable DR Congo, but...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo seems to have been everywhere while his boss is away. He even conducted a spot check on the public toilets at Lagos international airport. The clear aim, it seems, is to give the impression of business as usual while President Muhammadu Buhari is nearly 5,000...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/17)
Angola said on Friday that Portugal's decision to charge its Vice President Manuel Vicente with corruption and money laundering was a "serious attack" that threatened relations between the two states. A foreign affairs ministry statement said Angola "considers unfriendly and nonsensical the way the...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has called on the country's army to provide security guarantee and protect territorial integrity for building well-off society. He made the remarks on Thursday while presiding over the pass-out ceremony 478 Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) officer cadets who successfully...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
A Coptic Christian was shot dead Thursday and his house set on fire in Egypt's North Sinai, a stronghold of the Islamic State group, security officials and medics said. It was the third death this week linked to jihadists in violence against the minority community. The 40-year-old man was shot in...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
The bodies of 13 migrants, including two teenagers, who died of suffocation in a shipping container bound for Europe have been found in Libya and 56 survivors rescued, aid officials said Thursday. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), citing the Libyan Red Crescent...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
Uganda is holding dozens of fighters from the M23 rebel group who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo after clashing with troops there this week, the Ugandan military said on Thursday. Richard Karemire, Uganda's military spokesman, told Reuters that 44 M23 fighters were being held at a camp in...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
Senegalese police have arrested two Malians suspected of involvement in a jihadist attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort last year that killed 19 people. More than 10 suspects have already been detained in relation to the March 13 assault, when assailants armed with grenades and assault rifles...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
Senegalese authorities have arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse said an operation in Dakar on Thursday had led to the arrest of Ould Sidy Mohamed...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
Senegalese authorities have arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse said an operation in Dakar on Thursday had led to the arrest of Ould Sidy Mohamed...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday that his government will present its budget proposals earlier than usual as the country prepares for the general elections in August. Kenyatta said his government would officially notify the East Africa Community (EAC) member states on the change of...
(The Associated Press 02/24/17)
Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food items, transportation, housing, and even some essential medicines. Inflation reached almost 30 percent in January, up 5 percent over the previous month, driven by...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Ethiopia and South Sudan on Friday signed eight agreements aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries. The agreements are part of South Sudan president Salva Kiir's official visit to Ethiopia from February 23 to 25. The agreements include Memorandums of...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals, his office said on Friday. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from...
(Voice of America 02/24/17)
The commander of U.S. forces in Africa has told VOA the only way to restore peace in Libya is to bring rival factions together, and that will require cooperative efforts by many parties, including Russia. General Thomas Waldhauser, who heads the U.S. Africa Command, discussed the continuing...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by U.S. authorities for direct flights to the United States, Kenya's minister of transport said on Thursday, having improved infrastructure at Nairobi's main airport. Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Internet has been cut for over a month in Cameroon's English-speaking regions, believed to be a record in Africa, following anti-government protests by the country's linguistic minority, a watchdog said. "Internet is completely unavailable, unless one invests in satellite material, which is...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
The South African government on Thursday called for calm after a wave of xenophobic violence in which dozens of shops and houses owned by immigrants have been torched and looted. Attacks against foreigners and foreign-run businesses have erupted regularly in recent years in South Africa, fuelled by...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Hassan Ali Kheyre, a former aid worker and oil executive, was named prime minister of Somalia on Thursday by the country's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, made the announcement on Twitter. After his nomination Kheyre -- also spelt Khaire -- promised to...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Two Germans have been kidnapped while working at an archaeological site in northern Nigeria, police said on Thursday. "I can confirm to you the abduction of two Germans at Jenjela village in southern Kaduna on Wednesday," state police spokesman Usman Aliyu told AFP. Aliyu said the men had been...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Madagascar's football boss Ahmad who is challenging the long-serving Issa Hayatou for the CAF presidency in March, wants less political interference in the African game. First elected in 1988, Cameroonian Hayatou, 70, is seeking an eighth consecutive term as head of the body that governs African...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Zambia's year-on year inflation slowed down by 0.2 percentage points in February, its statistics agency said on Thursday. The annual inflation declined from 7.0 percent in January to 6.8 percent in February, according to the Central Statistical Office (CSO) monthly release. John Kalumbi, the...
(Bloomberg 02/23/17)
Ethiopia may finance a road linking it with South Sudan’s largest oilfields, allowing the war-torn country to sell its neighbor fuel produced at a planned new refinery, a South Sudanese official said. The plan for a road linking the Paloch oilfields in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region with Malakal...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
A 30-million-euro program was launched in Ethiopia on Wednesday to address protection and development challenges facing refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa nation. Ethiopia is a major refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering many who fled conflicts in neighboring South Sudan...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Kenya's main opposition leaders agreed on Wednesday to field a single presidential candidate for the August general elections, amid calls for all parties forming the opposition coalition to remain vigilant against pre-election machinations to rig the polls. However, the opposition under the newly-...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Four east African leaders are calling for joint efforts to tackle food insecurity in the region which is affecting millions of people due to multiple seasons of failed rains. In a joint declaration on regional cooperation on the current drought released in Mogadishu on Wednesday night, leaders from...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, saying it would take decades to fix the nation's many problems. "Our government is facing so many challenges and even though I will be doing my best, I...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Schools began to reopen across Guinea on Wednesday after a three-week strike and violent protests that left seven people dead in the capital this week, an AFP journalist and school staff said. The violence in Conakry on Monday and Tuesday capped weeks of protests mainly by young people and students...
(Agence Ecofin 02/22/17)
Mali’s and Algeria’s ministers of energy, Malick Alhousseini and Noureddine Bouterfa respectively, are working on ways to implement the energy cooperation agreement established between the two nations in November 2016. The cooperation is to help Mali benefit from Algeria’s experience in terms of...
(Agence Ecofin 02/22/17)
Cote d’Ivoire recently signed with the African Development Bank (AfDB) three funding agreements valued at FCFA70 billion (€107 million) to support three agricultural projects which aim to modernize the nation’s agriculture. In details, the first project focuses on the development of agricultural...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown Wednesday, with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled ahead of the inauguration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Widely known by his nickname Farmajo, the president will be sworn-in at a ceremony held in the highly-secured...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Angola’s candidate for the next presidential election Joao Lourenço has promised to end corruption. Lourenço made the promise during campaigns for the general elections. The defense minister has been chosen by Angola’s ruling party candidate to take over from outgoing head of state Eduardo Dos...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Russia's Rosneft oil giant has paved the way for investment in Libya's oil sector by signing a Cooperation Framework Agreement with the National Oil Corporation of Libya, it was announced Tuesday. The agreement was signed Monday on the sidelines of London's International Petroleum Week by NOC...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all the telephone lines have been blown up. But it is here that humanitarian groups are trying to bring aid to some 57,000 people forced out of their homes by Boko Haram...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
A South African court on Wednesday ruled the government's plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was "unconstitutional and invalid", dealing a blow to President Jacob Zuma. The ICC has been rocked by threats of withdrawal in recent months, with complaints focusing on its...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
China remained the leading growth market for South Africa's tourism industry, with year-on-year growth recorded at 38 percent last year, figures released on Monday showed. The growth in tourist arrivals from China has been consistent over the year, following improvements in the visa application...
(Agence Ecofin 02/22/17)
The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (photo, left), has said that Nigeria does not need to apply for an International Monetary Fund programme to fund its budget deficit as the government is currently pursuing its own economic reform plan. “For us the IMF is really a lender of last resort...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Speculation mounted Tuesday over Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health and political future after acute bronchitis forced the 79-year-old to postpone a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel had been due to meet him Monday as part of efforts to push North African countries...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
The trial opened Tuesday in Ivory Coast of 10 men, mainly soldiers, accused of kidnapping and killing four men from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan in April 2011. "All the defendants are present," the presiding judge Mourlaye Cissoko announced. "They all have a lawyer." The case is expected to shed...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said Tuesday that he inherited an economy reeling from huge fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an IMF programme designed to stimulate growth. Ghana, once hailed as a regional growth model, was forced to turn to the International...
(Washington Post 02/21/17)
Since World War II, U.N. peacekeepers have been dispatched to 69 conflicts — civil wars, border disputes and failed states. But now they are confronting an unsettling new threat: al-Qaeda. Here in the vast, lawless desert of northwest Africa, their convoys are being torn apart by improvised...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
An official investigation into a stampede that killed at least 17 fans at a football match in Angola has blamed security measures and crowd control, the national football federation said Tuesday. Several witnesses accused the police of provoking panic by attempting to disperse crowds outside the...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services after...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has given government ministers specific responsibility for security and defence in a reshuffle officially announced on state television. National security will be separated from other home affairs in the new government of the west African country...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
The new Ghanaian government’s pledge to provide free secondary education at public schools, less than a month after it said it found a budget hole of 7 billion cedis ($1.5 billion), could compound the nation’s financial trouble. After initial reports, citing Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, that an...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
The four women lay dazed on the beds of the clinic. The face of one of them was burnt. Another broke her leg during the Nigerian army offensive against Boko Haram Islamists in their village. Civilians have often been collateral damage in the conflict that has raged in remote northeast Nigeria for...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
A trial of dozens of aides to ousted Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi is failing to uphold international rights norms in its treatment of defendants, a United Nations report said Tuesday. Libya has been riven by violence and lawlessness since Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt in...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma’s year-long feud with his finance minister over the nation’s purse strings appears to be coming to a head. When Pravin Gordhan presents his annual budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Gordhan will seek to keep state spending in check and fend off a junk credit...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
At least six people died during violent protests in the Guinean capital Monday, as people demonstrated over teachers' strikes that have closed schools for the past three weeks, government sources said. At least 30 people were also wounded, including members of the police force in Conakry, the...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday flatly rejected international calls to investigate a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed men and women by DR Congo soldiers. The government's refusal came as two other videos showing alleged abuses by DR Congo soldiers began circulating on...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Ugandan authorities have seized more than a tonne of ivory, chopped into small pieces and treated with a chemical intended to prevent it being detected, the national wildlife protection service said Monday. The haul was made in a Kampala suburb on Saturday, before it could be loaded at Entebbe...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Nollywood film "The Wedding Party" has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world. The country may well be in recession but Nollywood, which churns out some 2,000 films a year and is the world's second-...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest national ruler, turns 93 on Tuesday, defiantly vowing to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty and failing health. He will celebrate with his staff in a private ceremony in Harare while supporters use state media to send their annual...