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    Africa - Google News / 13.12.2017 00:30
  • Mapping the Dead in #Ethiopia Mapping the Dead in #Ethiopia

    Lessons in Verifying Reports from a Political Conflict By Madeleine Bair

    Emergent Africa / 35 min. ago
  • Key to Socio-Economic Transformation in KenyaKey to Socio-Economic Transformation in Kenya

    Aid & Development Africa Summit Puts Spotlight on Safe Water and Sanitation as Key to Socio-Economic Transformation in Kenya 3.5 million people in Kenya were identified by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in June 2017 as urgently requiring safe drinking water. Universal access to clean and safe drinking water and basic sanitation systems are key to achieving socio-economic transformation in countries, such as Kenya. Access to clean water and sanitation can significantly reduce maternal and infant deaths. Safe drinking water and well-developed sewage services reduce the growing spread of communicable diseases, as well as increasing school enrolments and the productivity of working adults. The Kenyan government has introduced a variety of initiatives to improve the sanitation and cleanliness of water in the country. The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Cleopa Mailu, reinforced the importance of robust and innovative financing models, in conjunction with political initiatives and investment in appropriate technologies. Accordingly, Kenya’s new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policy is forecasted to positively impact the economic and health status of communities across the country. Many other innovative solutions to the issue of water sanitation have been identified around the globe. Zero Mass Water extracts water moisture out of the air through their inventive technology, Source Hydropanels. LifeStraw, another global company, produces innovative filtration and purification products, which were distributed to 629,000 school children in rural parts of Kenya. A solar-powered water pump installed by Griftu Primary School in Kenya provides a constant supply of water to a newly built water tank. With this innovative, long-term solution allowing for the school to build segregated toilets for boys and girls, greater school enrolment and better hygiene education have been facilitated. To discuss innovative solutions for water treatment and the best practice in WASH programmes across Africa, join the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit on 27-28 February 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. Organised by the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF), the Summit agenda will include an evaluation of the success of current hygiene awareness and education initiatives, as well as new approaches to advancing water and sanitation access in the region. Quality guidelines for safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene will be deliberated by a variety of expert speakers, including Alison Stone, Deputy Country Director for Innovation at Poverty Action Kenya, Patrick Paul Onyango, Programme Component Manager at GIZ Water Sector Reform Programme, Rage Adam, Head of M&E at Ministry of Public Works Reconstructions and Housing (Somalia) and Alberto Ibanez Llario, WASH & Solar Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM). For more information about topics and speakers, see http://africa.aidforum.org/agenda To register your participation at the Aid & Development Africa Summit, click here Find out how you can get involved, get in touch with Alina O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing, Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) at marketing@aidforum.org Originally published at Africa.com

    Africa.com / 38 min. ago more
  • Understanding Knowledge Dynamics and Scaling-up in Micro Enterprises in Otigba Market ClusterUnderstanding Knowledge Dynamics and Scaling-up in Micro Enterprises in Otigba Market Cluster

    Oluseye Jegede writing in OpenAir: In part 1, I discussed our preliminary findings from 73 field interviews conducted by my team and I in the Otigba Market Cluster. Since then we have conducted an additional 123 interviews, making a total of 200 interviews in all. In this second post, I will discuss more on the kind of innovations in the cluster, how MSMEs in the cluster scale-up, and the impact of knowledge sharing on MSMEs’ innovativeness.

    Emergent Africa / 45 min. ago more
  • Return of looted art to Africa [Culture TMC] - africanewsReturn of looted art to Africa [Culture TMC] - africanews

    africanewsReturn of looted art to Africa [Culture TMC]africanewsThis statement is important for culture in Africa. Because many countries have seen their royal treasures and art pieces looted and stolen during wars, archaeological searches, but mainly during the colonial era. And today these items are often found ...

    Africa - Google News / 52 min. ago
  • Bite Size Ballet featuring Kitty Phetla performing 'Rain must Fall'Bite Size Ballet featuring Kitty Phetla performing 'Rain must Fall'

    From Joburg Ballet via the South African

    Emergent Africa / 1 h. ago
  • Che Guevara in the Congo by Khalo Matabane on Indiegogo Che Guevara in the Congo by Khalo Matabane on Indiegogo

    On Indiegogo:Che Guevara's attempt to start a revolution in the Congo and the CIA agent trying to catch him.

    Emergent Africa / 1 h. 3 min. ago
  • Is the EU complicit in refugee abuse in Libya? Is the EU complicit in refugee abuse in Libya?

    Amnesty international says the EU is complicit in the abuse of refugees in Libya.

    AL JAZEERA / 1 h. 19 min. ago
  • Alabama votes in high stakes Senate raceAlabama votes in high stakes Senate race

    Voters in southern state are voting in highly anticipated election that could upset balance of power in the US Senate.

    AL JAZEERA / 1 h. 20 min. ago
  • Macron: World is losing battle against climate change Macron: World is losing battle against climate change

    French president issues rallying cry, urging world and business leaders to do more in the fight against climate change.

    AL JAZEERA / 1 h. 23 min. ago
  • How young women in Delhi are fighting street harassmentHow young women in Delhi are fighting street harassment

    Five years after the brutal gang rape of a woman in India's capital, the threat of sexual harassment remains a problem.

    AL JAZEERA / 1 h. 27 min. ago
  • Liberia elections: Run-off vote set for December 26Liberia elections: Run-off vote set for December 26

    The poll, delayed for weeks, pits former international footballer George Weah against Vice President Joseph Boakai.

    AL JAZEERA / 1 h. 31 min. ago
  • Is Jordan paying the price for Jerusalem criticism?Is Jordan paying the price for Jerusalem criticism?

    Observers say Amman's vehement condemnation of President Trump's Jerusalem announcement has upset the US' Arab allies.

    AL JAZEERA / 1 h. 52 min. ago
  • News24.com | Four dead in blast in NE Nigeria: MSFNews24.com | Four dead in blast in NE Nigeria: MSF

    Four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.

    News24 Africa / 2 h. 1 min. ago
  • News24.com | Police: At least 13 dead in multi-vehicle accident in KenyaNews24.com | Police: At least 13 dead in multi-vehicle accident in Kenya

    Kenyan police say at least 13 people have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident on a highway outside the capital, Nairobi.

    News24 Africa / 2 h. 1 min. ago
  • News24.com | Togo's opposition coalition boycotts government talksNews24.com | Togo's opposition coalition boycotts government talks

    Togo's main opposition coalition, which has led protests against President Faure Gnassingbe for more than three months, boycotted government consultations for talks on ending the political impasse.

    News24 Africa / 2 h. 1 min. ago
  • Lawmakers seek probe into alleged Trump sexual assaultsLawmakers seek probe into alleged Trump sexual assaults

    More than 100 United States lawmakers demand investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Donald Trump.

    AL JAZEERA / 2 h. 6 min. ago
  • Trump's Jerusalem move: All the latest updatesTrump's Jerusalem move: All the latest updates

    Here are the latest developments since Donald Trump's decision to recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    AL JAZEERA / 2 h. 38 min. ago
  • News24.com | Kenya's president urges unity after divisive election seasonNews24.com | Kenya's president urges unity after divisive election season

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging unity after a divisive election that was boycotted by his main opponent.

    News24 Africa / 3 h. 4 min. ago
  • News24.com | Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy videoNews24.com | Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

    An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison

    News24 Africa / 3 h. 4 min. ago
  • News24.com | 2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's northNews24.com | 2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's north

    A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people.

    News24 Africa / 3 h. 4 min. ago
  • What is net neutrality and why it mattersWhat is net neutrality and why it matters

    The FCC looks to end the 2015 Open Internet Order on Thursday. Here's a guide to net neutrality and why it matters.

    AL JAZEERA / 3 h. 7 min. ago
  • US Airstrike Hits Undetonnated Car Bomb Outside MogadishuUS Airstrike Hits Undetonnated Car Bomb Outside Mogadishu

    A U.S. Airstrike has hit and destroyed a car bomb-in-waiting near the capital of Somalia, according to a Somali official and the U.S. military. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICAN) said the airstrike occurred early Tuesday morning and targeted a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device about 65 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu. A statement said the vehicle belonged to militant group al-Shabby and was an "imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu." The U.S. said no civilians were killed. Ali Enure, the deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region, told VOA Somali the attack happened in the village of Mubarak. "The vehicle was loaded with explosives intended to harm civilians," he said."Our intelligence sources in the area and local residents who saw the vehicle reported to us that the vehicle was destroyed, as a missile from a drone hit the hood." Pro-al-Shabby websters said the targeted vehicle was a minibus transporting fruits and vegetables from a nearby farm. Neither government officials and nor the U.S. military said how many al-Shabby fighters may have been killed. Mubarak is a riverside militant-held village in Lower Shabelle region, where U.S. military drones have carried out more than 10 strikes for the past three years. Since the massive October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed 512 people, the Somali National Army has increased its surprise attacks on Al-Sabra hideouts while the U.S. has stepped up its drone attacks on militant targets.   Meanwhile, the Somali government said it has successfully met all necessary conditions to qualify for an international debt relief program under a World Bank and IMF initiative known as Heavily Indebted Poor Countries. "There has recently been a general willingness from creditors and donor countries to write off Somalia's debt and now it looks the time has come as we have proven our part," said Somali Finance Minister Birdman Dual Beyle in a statement Tuesday. "It's a good prospect," he said. "The IMF and the World bank will soon announce the good news."

    Africa - Voice of America / 3 h. 24 min. ago more
  • 'Mishandled explosives' kill 2 Palestinians in Gaza'Mishandled explosives' kill 2 Palestinians in Gaza

    Islamic Jihad says the deadly explosion near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza was an accident.

    AL JAZEERA / 3 h. 26 min. ago
  • News24.com | Burundi's president launches campaign to extend his ruleNews24.com | Burundi's president launches campaign to extend his rule

    Burundi's president has launched a campaign to support constitutional amendments that could extend his rule despite warnings by his opponents of more violence ahead.

    News24 Africa / 3 h. 59 min. ago
  • News24.com | US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capitalNews24.com | US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

    A US military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in Somalia has removed "an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu" by the al-Shabaab extremist group, the US Africa Command has said.

    News24 Africa / 3 h. 59 min. ago
  • Shaka: Extra TimeShaka: Extra Time

    We are live. In Extra Time Shaka answers your questions about politics in Africa.

    Africa - Voice of America / 4 h. ago
  • IOM: Humanitarian Situation in DRC Deteriorates to Alarming LevelIOM: Humanitarian Situation in DRC Deteriorates to Alarming Level

    The International Organization for Migration reports an alarming deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo, as fighting continues to spread throughout the country, forcing thousands to flee. The International Organization for Migration reports a humanitarian catastrophe is looming in Democratic Republic of Congo. It notes spreading violence in parts of the country has forced more than 4 million people to flee their homes, making DRC the African country with the highest displacement population. The most combustible regions include the eastern and south-central provinces of North and South Kivu, Tanganyika, and Kasai. Jean-Pierre Chauzy is IOM Chief of Mission in DRC. Speaking by telephone from Kinshasa, he says conditions are deteriorating at an alarming rate. For example, he noted there have been six displacements in North Kivu during the past few weeks due to clashes between armed groups and Congolese forces. He said civilians are being attacked and many are caught in the crossfire. He said aid agencies are so strapped for cash that some 20,000 people have received no assistance to date. “Many IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), and I saw them, having no choice but to pitch ... bits of tarpaulin in unsafe areas. With IDP’s that are being drawn into labor in the host communities to try and earn some money. And, also pushing vulnerable IDPs into what we call negative coping mechanisms — multiple exploitations and that would also [include] transactional sex. And, of course, this is where gender-based violence is also widely spread,” said Chauzy. IOM is appealing for $75 million to urgently meet the growing needs of displaced Congolese and the communities in the violent eastern and central provinces hosting them. Chauzy said more than 13 million people will be in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and protection throughout the next year. He said they will need shelter, food, clean water, sanitation, and health care.

    Africa - Voice of America / 4 h. 14 min. ago more
  • Russian diplomatic staff leave Yemen's SanaaRussian diplomatic staff leave Yemen's Sanaa

    Decision attributed to situation in Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital facing bombardment by Saudi-led military coalition.

    AL JAZEERA / 4 h. 32 min. ago
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  • Parties Say Zimbabwe Voters Need More Time to Register After TurmoilParties Say Zimbabwe Voters Need More Time to Register After Turmoil

    Zimbabwe's political parties want to give voters another two months to sign up for next year's election after political turmoil disrupted the registration process, an opposition official said. The ruling party and opposition groups will ask electoral authorities on Wednesday to extend next week's voter registration deadline into February, said Douglas Mwonzora, the secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change. The army forced former president Robert Mugabe out of office last month, ousting the only leader the country has known since independence. "The military coup disturbed a lot of things. During that period, many potential voters did not go out to register because there was serious political uncertainty in the country," said Mwonzora, who also co-chairs an inter-party group monitoring voter registration. "So after taking all this into account we realized that we need to extend the registration exercise. If we don't we will see voter apathy next year," he added. Zimbabwe started registering voters in September. But its Electoral Commision said on Tuesday just over 4 million voters out of a target of 7 million had signed up, eight days before the deadline to end the process. Part of the problem, said Mwonzora, was that thousands of potential voters — who are classified as aliens because their parents are from other countries in southern Africa — have only been able to register since last week, after a court ruling. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from Mugabe, will be running to keep the job in the presidential and parliamentary elections due to take place by July. Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by James Macharia and Andrew Heavens.

    Africa - Voice of America / 4 h. 52 min. ago more
  • Top 10 Daily NewsTop 10 Daily News

    A Grandfather’s Reaction as Lifesaving Treatment Gets to His Granddaughter Onchocerciasis is one of a group of infections that can cause severe and lifelong physical impairment for some of the world’s poorest people such as northern Nigeria. >>> The Guardian EU Called Out for Being Complicit in the Migrant Crisis ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion’ by Amnesty International details how European governments are actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coast Guard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean. >>> Amnesty International Sudanese Women Challenge Their Arrest for Wearing Pants Charges of indecency have been dropped against 24 women who were caught wearing trousers at a party near the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. >>> BBC Countries Spearheading Skills Development in Africa Many African governments have come to understand that skills training is a major pillar of economic development, and have started making efforts to invest in skills development initiatives. >>> Africa.com The Mugabes Jet Off for the Holidays The last public appearance of Mugabe was when the army allowed him to preside over a graduation ceremony in the capital Harare, days after the takeover. His wife has not made a public appearance since. >>> Africa News The People of Burundi Will Pay for Their Own Election Government  plans to raise money for an election in 2020 by deducting part of civil servants’ salaries and taking contributions directly from citizens. >>> VOA Africa A Breakthrough in Ethiopian Televised Entertainment The Masters at Work series for KANA TV, a new free-to-air private satellite channel , signals a shift in Ethiopia’s much-criticised media environment where homegrown content will now be on the lineup. >>> Al Jazeera How These 10 Successful People Keep Cool Under Pressure Whenever these individuals grace the covers of magazines, they smile. They are mentors to the people that know them, and to those that will never meet them. >>> Africa.com This is How Nigeria is Getting People to Pay Taxes When it comes to taxes in Nigeria, the problem is less about raising taxes but more of a focus on improving collection rates. >>> Quartz Africa Art Through Trash-tainted Glasses A self-taught sculptor and painter, Kabiru is crafting visually striking artworks from abandoned refuse he collects from the streets of the Kenyan capital. >>> CNN Africa Originally published at Africa.com

    Africa.com / 4 h. 54 min. ago more
  • 2 Teenage Girl Suicide Bombers Kill 4 in Nigeria's North2 Teenage Girl Suicide Bombers Kill 4 in Nigeria's North

    A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for the Military Command and Control Center in Maiduguri, said Tuesday that the attack was carried out Monday evening. He said local defense forces spotted the girls and shot one, detonating her vest and killing only her. He said the other girl managed to infiltrate the crowded residential area in Borno state and detonated herself, killing four others. He said several people injured have been taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment.   The military command in Maiduguri also said two soldiers were killed Sunday after their vehicle hit a homemade explosive planted by Boko Haram insurgents along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.

    Africa - Voice of America / 4 h. 54 min. ago more
  • News24.com | 20-year terms sought in DRC trial for mass child rapeNews24.com | 20-year terms sought in DRC trial for mass child rape

    Prosecutors are demanding jail terms ranging from 20 years to life against militiamen accused of raping dozens of children, including a baby, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, plaintiffs have said.

    News24 Africa / 4 h. 58 min. ago
  • News24.com | Burundi orders 'voluntary' tax to fund fresh electionsNews24.com | Burundi orders 'voluntary' tax to fund fresh elections

    Burundi's government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as "voluntary" but condemned by rights groups as "organised robbery".

    News24 Africa / 4 h. 58 min. ago
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    Africa - Voice of America / 5 h. ago
  • Women in low-wage US farm jobs say #MeTooWomen in low-wage US farm jobs say #MeToo

    Women of colour in low-wage jobs face uphill battle to report and get justice for sexual abuse and harassment at work.

    AL JAZEERA / 5 h. 4 min. ago
  • Mohamed Salah: Liverpool & Egypt striker 'becoming a boss' - Didier DrogbaMohamed Salah: Liverpool & Egypt striker 'becoming a boss' - Didier Drogba

    Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says newly crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah is growing into a leader.

    BBC News - Africa / 5 h. 19 min. ago
  • Burundi's President Launches Campaign to Extend His RuleBurundi's President Launches Campaign to Extend His Rule

    Burundi's president launched a campaign Tuesday to support constitutional amendments that could extend his rule despite warnings by his opponents of more violence ahead. President Pierre Nkurunziza told supporters in Gitega province to vote in favor of the changes in an upcoming national referendum. The proposed changes include extending a presidential term from five years to seven. A date for the referendum has not been set but it is expected next year. The opposition has warned that attempts to change the constitution could lead to more bloodshed in the East African country still reeling from deadly violence following Nkurunziza's contentious decision to seek a third term in 2015. Hundreds of people have been killed, and the International Criminal Court has begun looking into alleged crimes. The constitutional changes were proposed by a government-appointed commission and have been ratified by Nkurunziza's cabinet. Many Burundians believe that after the amendments become law Nkurunziza will attempt to serve two more terms totaling 14 years.  Burundi's most prominent opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, told The Associated Press that “it's clear that Nkurunziza is aiming at remaining in office for life.” Nkurunziza “wants to tailor the constitution to his desire” to rule for several more years, said iBurundi, a group of online activists. “The regime is using this campaign to deflect the pressure following its refusal to engage in inclusive peace talks.” Nkurunziza rose to power in 2005 following the signing of the Arusha accords to end Burundi's 13-year civil war that killed about 300,000 people. He was re-elected unopposed in 2010 after the opposition boycotted the vote. Nkurunziza said he was eligible for a third term in 2015 because lawmakers, not the people, had chosen him for his first term, but critics called the move unconstitutional. His current term expires in 2020.

    Africa - Voice of America / 5 h. 20 min. ago more
  • How Will US Push to Cut UN Peacekeeping Budget Affect Soldiers?How Will US Push to Cut UN Peacekeeping Budget Affect Soldiers?

    The attack that killed 14 Tanzanian and five Congolese soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week highlighted the risks faced by U.N. peacekeeping missions, and the need to provide enough funding to ensure soldiers who operate in some of the world's most volatile countries remain safe. Reform of U.N. peacekeeping missions has been a foreign policy goal for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which believes the United States, the largest funder of the missions, should pay less, and the U.N. should cut costs. There are currently 15 U.N. peacekeeping missions around the world, including eight in Africa. The United States contributes 28 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. The second-biggest contributor, China, pays about 10 percent.  Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, cheered the announcement earlier this year that the United Nations would trim its budget by $600 million, saying, “We’re just getting started.” Vice President Mike Pence has also been critical, telling the U.N. Security Council in September that peacekeeping missions should be more efficient, credible and accountable. Unintended consequences Paul Williams, an associate professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, said while it’s always a good idea to find ways to reduce costs, blanket cuts can make it more difficult to keep soldiers safe. “It is going to put pressure on peacekeepers in a number of ways. It means you’re probably going to have to reconfigure your forces in some way, and that might be useful or might lead to unintended consequences,” Williams told VOA. “I think, ultimately, it becomes a little bit unfair and unrealistic to continually expect peacekeepers to do more with less money.” The United States has a legal obligation to pay 28 percent of the peacekeeping budget, according to Williams. So, to decrease its contribution, it has pushed to reduce the overall budget, which now stands at about $7.3 billion. To adjust to budget cuts, the United Nations must either close missions or scale back operations. Running missions with tighter budgets would mean cutting personnel or trimming logistic support. Both options concern Williams, who said U.N. peacekeepers already operate with minimal resources in remote locations that often lack sufficient infrastructure. Shutting a mission down altogether could also reduce the budget. Since 1960, the United Nations has completed more than 20 missions across Africa. Last year, it began withdrawing troops from Liberia, a mission it plans to conclude next year. Active missions in Africa account for about $5 billion of the total U.N. peacekeeping budget and involve nearly 91,000 personnel. The missions range in size from the $52 million, 500-person U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara to the mission in the DRC. About $1.1 billion and some 21,000 personnel support that effort. Strategy comes later Aditi Gorur is director of the Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program at The Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research group in Washington. Like Williams, she worries that budget scale backs will adversely affect U.N. missions around the continent. “U.N. peacekeepers play a really vital role in protecting civilians from violence, whether that’s violence perpetrated by armed groups or perpetrated by communal groups or sometimes even violence by the government itself against its own population,” Gorur said. Some missions have already faced sizable reductions. “A big part of the motivation for those cuts was pressure from the U.S. government,” Gorur said. What’s especially worrying, according to Gorur, is when “the cuts come first and then the strategy comes later.” Mounting pressure Last week’s attack in the DRC was the deadliest on U.N. peacekeeping forces in almost 25 years. More than 100 peacekeepers have died this year, according to the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Since 1948, more than 3,700 troops have been killed. The mission in the DRC has faced additional challenges with the country’s president, Joseph Kabila, refusing to step down, despite reaching the end of his two-term limit. Gorur said peacekeepers now have a much larger area that they need to respond to, but with fewer resources. “There is more unrest, more violence breaking out in parts of the country that previously were relatively peaceful,” she said. “Political oppression coming from the top has manifested in growing violence, including growing local intercommunal violence, around the country.”  These conditions will likely persist amid the ongoing calls for less funding and more efficiency. “There’s some things they can do a bit better with the same budget,” Williams said. “But, if you cut budgets, it does put pressure on them in other ways.”

    Africa - Voice of America / 5 h. 25 min. ago more
  • Ashok Leyland opens Africa headquarters - The HinduAshok Leyland opens Africa headquarters - The Hindu

    The HinduAshok Leyland opens Africa headquartersThe HinduAshok Leyland, the flagship company of the Hinduja Group, rolled out four models of vehicles from its West African headquarters inaugurated at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Tuesday. Captain (range of tippers), Boss (an intermediate commercial vehicle), Hawk ...Ashok Leyland makes Ivory Coast a hub for West AfricaHindu Business Lineall 13 news articles »

    Africa - Google News / 5 h. 36 min. ago more
  • Coup in Africa: Zimbabwe Dumped Mugabe, But Will Other African Countries Do the Same to Their Dictators? - NewsweekCoup in Africa: Zimbabwe Dumped Mugabe, But Will Other African Countries Do the Same to Their Dictators? - Newsweek

    NewsweekCoup in Africa: Zimbabwe Dumped Mugabe, But Will Other African Countries Do the Same to Their Dictators?NewsweekIn January 2016, Zimbabwe's then-President Robert Mugabe gave a speech at the African Union in Ethiopia. As he railed against Westerners' meddling in African affairs, the delegates repeatedly burst into delighted applause for the 91-year-old leader and ...Top Africa Stories: Mugabe, Putin, KenyaNews24Rethinking politics in AfricaIndependentall 103 news articles »

    Africa - Google News / 5 h. 50 min. ago more
  • EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says AmnestyEU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

    The EU says its work to help migrants has actually made the situation better, not worse.

    BBC News - Africa / 5 h. 54 min. ago
  • News24.com | Somalia intelligence officials report suspected US airstrikeNews24.com | Somalia intelligence officials report suspected US airstrike

    A senior Somali intelligence official says a suspected US airstrike has largely destroyed a minibus travelling near a rebel-held village in southern Somalia.

    News24 Africa / 6 h. ago
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    Answers Africa / 6 h. 13 min. ago more
  • Africa:Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki named as Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Global ChampionAfrica:Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki named as Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Global Champion

    [Wellbeing Foundation] Abuja -As the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum convenes in Tokyo, this week, bringing together over 300 high-level policymakers, including heads of state and ministers of health and finance, Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), has been named as a UHC Global Champion.

    AllAfrica News / 6 h. 33 min. ago more
  • Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in SahelTrafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel

    The UN's drugs agency warns smuggling of the opioid tramadol, used by Boko Haram, must be stopped.

    BBC News - Africa / 6 h. 40 min. ago
  • WATCH: Protest against sale of slaves in Africa - Independent OnlineWATCH: Protest against sale of slaves in Africa - Independent Online

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    Africa - Google News / 6 h. 40 min. ago
  • Zimbabwe:Harare Businessman Sir Wicknell Arrested?Zimbabwe:Harare Businessman Sir Wicknell Arrested?

    [New Zimbabwe] Harare -Wicknell Chivhayo, the flamboyant businessman known for touting his riches and close ties with former first lady Grace Mugabe, has reportedly been questioned by the authorities over his shady deals with power utility ZESA.

    AllAfrica News / 6 h. 54 min. ago
  • Oscar Pistorius Is Bruised in Prison BrawlOscar Pistorius Is Bruised in Prison Brawl

    The South African prisons authorities said the altercation at Atteridgeville Correctional Center would be investigated and that “appropriate action” would be taken.

    NYT / Africa / 6 h. 57 min. ago
  • West Africa:'Integrity Idol' Celebrates Honest Civil Servants in West AfricaWest Africa:'Integrity Idol' Celebrates Honest Civil Servants in West Africa

    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"Sometimes my colleagues push me away because I have integrity. They say I am hard to deal with, that I won't change"

    AllAfrica News / 7 h. 9 min. ago
  • News24.com | S Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmakerNews24.com | S Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmaker

    More than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week, a lawmaker has said.

    News24 Africa / 7 h. 22 min. ago
  • News24.com | Unicef: 400 000 DRC children suffering severe malnutritionNews24.com | Unicef: 400 000 DRC children suffering severe malnutrition

    The United Nations Children's Fund says at least 400 000 children under 5 in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Kasai region are severely malnourished.

    News24 Africa / 7 h. 22 min. ago
  • Zimbabwe:Ordinary Citizens Can and Will Now Transform ZimbabweZimbabwe:Ordinary Citizens Can and Will Now Transform Zimbabwe

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    AllAfrica News / 7 h. 27 min. ago
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They have the same aspirations, emotions, and sentiments that are present in all other people; however, they are also intense under pressure either to maintain the status quo, or the up the notch and push the boundaries of success. While constantly redefining what success means with their achievements, they are still able to relax. Let’s peer into the lives of these 10 shining stars and see how they keep cool under pressure. Desmond Tutu Fighting to correct perceived anomalies in a system that has existed and been reinforced with laws for decades can be quite stressful. That is exactly what South African Statesman, Most Reverend Desmond Tutu did between 1975 and 1990. Tutu advocated for non-violent protests against the then operational apartheid system in South Africa. Rising against all odds to eventually become the first black Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town, 86-year-old Desmond Tutu is no stranger to pressure. The clergyman was not only part of South Africa’s liberation struggle, but he even shared in the healing of the wounded, traumatised nation. As a result he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. How does he manage to keep cool?  Music and sleep seem to work magic for him. “I sleep and listen to Beethoven real loud”, Tutu told Rosanna Greenstreet in The Guardian’s Q&A in 2008. Angelique Kidjo With 15 albums, 3 Grammy awards from more than 10 nominations, and several other international recognitions, Angelique Kidjo is one of the most successful performers the world has ever seen. In 2011, she was listed among BBC’s most iconic figures on the African continent. She was also listed by The Guardian as one of the 100 most inspiring women in the world during the same year. In addition, Forbes named Kidjo among 40 of the most powerful celebrities in Africa in 2012. The success of the 57-year-old Beninois, however, isn’t limited to the music field. In July of 2017, Angelique received the award for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ from the African Movie Academy Awards for her role in Kunle Afolayan’s movie, The CEO. Even though she has performed in front of millions of people in almost every continent in the world, she is still human and that means she needs to keep the nerves in control. The singer/songwriter cum human rights activist practices Transcendental Meditation. The Transcendental Meditation technique is a specific form of silent mantra meditation developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. “Transcendental meditation allows you to readjust to yourself”, the singer once said in a video interview. Gina Din-Kariuki The Kenyan strategic communications and public relations expert, Gina Din-Kariuki, lives a very busy life. With over 30 years of experience in the field, and one of the most reputable PR companies in East Africa, Gina Din-Kariuki is definitely a high flyer. The founder and CEO of Gina Din Corporate Communications and mother of two practices yoga to ease tension that comes with her very busy life. “I do yoga. I read a lot. I have a very large network, but a very tight circle; I spend time with my tight circle”, she revealed in an interview with Daily Nation. “I travel a lot. Yoga makes you very balanced. If I weren’t doing yoga I would probably be drinking a lot (laughs), so yoga has become my drug”. Alan Knott-Craig Jr. For South African entrepreneur and author Alan Knott-Craig Jr, relaxing would have meant playing video games; unfortunately, that was too addictive and he gave it up. Alan is the founder of Project Isizwe, as well as the executive chairman of Hero Telecoms, Ever Africa, and a Happimo NPC. With many responsibilities to juggle, he enjoys the escapism of books such as A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. In one of his interviews with Financial Times, the author of Don’t Panic said that he also purchased box sets of his favourite childhood book series such as Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven and Franklin W Dixon’s The Hardy Boys to read and enjoy. Mohammed Dweji Being the richest man in Tanzania, Mohammed Dewji has his schedule fully booked. Mo, as he is sometimes called, divides his time between being a businessman, politician, philanthropist, and family man. The 42-year-old businessman extraordinaire grew his family business, MeTL, from a $26m trading and distribution company into a manufacturer of multiple products; it is one of Africa’s few companies with revenues of over $1bn. Mohammed’s ideal way to relax is by finding time to hit the gym where he can sweat away the stress. He also spends quality time with his family. Mustapha Fasinro Expensive suits, shoes, fast cars, and private jets may be what typically comes to mind when the title CEO is heard. 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From the south, you can raid the rails of Mozambican designer, Taibo Bacar, who will have you stepping out in rich fabrics and loud prints and colors, Gert-Johan Coetzee – who will make you red-carpet-ready with his couture gowns and make you look exquisite on your special day with his bridal gown collection, and David Tlale, whose avant garde take on fashion will make you look like a superstar. Heading west, riding the rails of Ivorian fashion designer, Loza Maléombho, will leave you with an authentic yet contemporary West African sense of style. Nigerian designer, Ituen Basi’s, collection will make your jaw drop with cutting edge designers that take a contemporary and avant garde take on traditional Ankara designs. To the East, you can enjoy the colorful and eccentric designs of Tanzania’s Pooja Jeshang, with ready-to-wear range and evening wear range will leave all eyes on you. 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Make a stop at one of Kenya’s most popular restaurants, Talisman, to enjoy great European, Pan-Asian, and African cuisine. Heading to the West in Lagos, you will enjoy a great food experience, which will include the signature dish, jollof rice, consisting of chicken, tomato, pepper, onion, and spices including chili if a hot flavour is preferred. If you’re on Victoria Island, you can visit Terra Kulture to get a great taste of authentic Nigerian cuisine such as ofada rice, catfish, and boiled yam or plantain. Africa is blessed with beautiful beaches and warm weather, so spending $10,000 on a beach holiday by the African coast will be money well spent. A visit to the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique isn’t complete without a diving experience. You’ll enjoy pristine beaches, a wide range of sea life, including dugongs, humpback whales, giant lobsters, and protected reefs. Dive sites are at a depth of 12 to 30 metres and visibility is up to 40 metres. There are lots of great activities to do on the beautiful island of the Seychelles, including shopping at the Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market, also known as Victoria Market, and visiting the the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens in Mont Fleuri on the outskirts of Victoria. But, if you’re an avid beach lover, lazing on the island’s beaches is something you’ll definitely love. Enjoy the warm turquoise waters of Mahé’s most popular resort beach, Beau Vallon, where you can experience extremely calm seas and a variety of water sports. After experiencing Seychellois culture, head down to the romantic island nation of Mauritius for more of the great East African weather, great beaches, and an experience of Mauritian culture. One of the best beaches to visit is Trou aux Biches, which offers great swimming and snorkeling. Here, you’ll enjoy clear, shallow, and calm waters with gently shelving sands, which are great for both romantic and family vacations. 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