Africa

South Sudan’s peace monitors slam killing of hundreds

JUBA– South Sudan’s peace monitors on Monday condemned the killing of 232 civilians and sexual violence against women, children and elderly people as revealed in a recent report from the United Nations. Augustino Njoroge, the deputy chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:51pm

Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders celebrate end to mutual hostilities

ADDIS ABABA– The leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia embraced each other on Sunday at a concert held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to celebrate an end to two decades of mutual hostilities. An emotional Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the two countries’ mutual animosity...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:47pm

Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders celebrate end to mutual hostilities

ADDIS ABABA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia embraced each other on Sunday at a concert held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to celebrate an end to two decades of mutual hostilities. An emotional Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the two countries' mutual...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:25am

55 injured as train derails near Giza, Egypt

CAIRO – At least 55 people were injured as an Egyptian train derailed on Friday near Egypt's Giza, south of the capital Cairo, official MENA news agency reported. The train was traveling from Cairo to the southern province of Qena. Three cabins of the train derailed and overturned, the...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:27am

Kenyans watch World Cup on phone as internet costs hit all-time low

MOGADISHU – Internet costs have hit an all-time low in Kenya as telecoms fight for the fast-growing market, enabling Kenyans to stream live the World Cup and other TV programs on their phones. The rates have been falling for the last months as data become the new battle ground among service...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:24am

COMESA countries call for full adoption of digital technologies

The 38th meeting of the of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers opened in Lusaka, Zambia Saturday with officials putting emphasis on the theme of next week’s Summit “COMESA: Towards Digital Economic Integration.” Michel Sebera, the...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:18am

Africa’s biggest TV player is lobbying to have Netflix regulated

Spooked by Netflix’s growing popularity among African viewers, the continent’s largest television operator wants the disruptor to be regulated. This call for regulation is a common call from established monopolies who find their grip on a local market challenged by a tech disruptor,...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 12:07am

Health coverage must not ignore Africa’s elderly

DAR ES SALAAM – My grandmother is 76, and my grandfather is 83. They have lived fruitful lives together, cultivating crops and grazing cattle in a remote village in the hills of southwest Uganda. But whenever I think of them, I am more in awe of their good health than their hard work....

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:30pm

President Ramaphosa rallies support for CFTA implementation

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on countries to speedily ratify and implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) saying it would provide the integrated and diversified markets that will unlock Africa’s full productive capacity. In a keynote address on the...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:00pm

12 injured in fuel tank explosion near Egypt's Cairo airport

Twelve people were injured in a fuel tank explosion near Egypt's Cairo International Airport on Thursday night, but the air traffic was not affected. Security sources told the state-run MENA news agency that the blast occurred in Cairo's heliopolis district. Two tanks that belong to a...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:53am

Libya issues permission of rebuilding Tripoli airport to Italian firms

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Thursday granted permission to Italian companies to start rebuilding the Tripoli International Airport. Serraj launched the project during a ceremony attended by Libyan officials, Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone, and representatives...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:49am

Sudan extends ceasefire in all conflict zones till year end

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday issued a decree to extend the ceasefire in all conflict zones till the end of 2018. The decision comes following the state's approach to uphold the values of peace and implementation of the outcomes of national dialogues, said Sudan's...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:43am

Morocco, Angola discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and his Angolan counterpart Manuel Domingos Augusto discussed on Thursday means to strengthen bilateral relations. At a joint press briefing, Bourita highlighted "the great potential for Moroccan-Angolan cooperation." He also stressed the need...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:40am

Zambia hails China's funds for digital TV migration

The Zambian government on Thursday hailed China's financial support for being vital to the country's migration of its television from analogue to digital. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya said the government was grateful that China, through the company...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:36am

South Sudan's parliament extends president’s term for another three years

JUBA – South Sudan’s parliament on Thursday voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s term and that of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) for another three years. Anthony Lino Makana, the Speaker of the South Sudan Parliament, declared the Constitutional Amendment...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:00am

Nigeria to sign up to Africa Free Trade Pact

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has revealed his country will soon sign up to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA). So far, 49 countries in Africa have put pen to paper on the agreement. Buhari made the announcement during a press conference alongside South African President...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:23pm

East Africa tops continent in economic growth, says AU commission

East Africa has enjoyed stronger and more resilient economic growth than the other regions in Africa, at over 4 per cent per year since 1990, a new report shows. A new joint report by the African Union Commission (AUC) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:20pm

Sudan summons EU envoy over criticism of African countries hosting Bashir

Sudan on Wednesday summoned the European Union (EU) envoy in Khartoum in protest against a EU statement criticizing African countries for failing to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The EU on Monday expressed regret that Djibouti and...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:21am

Kenyan police hunt for al-Shabab militants after camp raid

Kenya security officers have launched a manhunt for al-Shabab militants who attacked a police camp in northeast Garissa county near the Somalia border on Tuesday, injuring three police officers. Northeastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh said on Wednesday that the attackers believed to have...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:15am

Algeria deports 355 illegal migrants to Niger

Algeria has deported 355 Nigerien illegal migrants to their country of origin, the Algerian Council for Human Rights said Wednesday in a statement. "We express our full satisfaction with the progress of this operation which departed from the capital city Algiers to the southernmost province...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:09am