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  • AfDB to Participate At 5th African Union - European Union Summit

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2017/11/30 The African Development Bank (AfDB) will participate at the 5th African Union Commission (AUC) and European Union (EU) Summit taking place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from November 29-30, 2017. The Summit is organized by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the African Union and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. This year's theme is "Investing in youth for a sustainable next." The AU-EU Summit brings together key decision-makers to deliberate the next relations and deepen connections between the two continents. The Summit, which takes place each three years, allows the AU and the EU to manage aspects of their partnership, monitor evolution in the implementation of commitments, and provide guidance for further work. The 2017 edition includes several key events, inclunding the EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) and a focus on the new work programme for 2018-2020.
  • Rwanda offers to take in Africans abused in Libya

    LIBYA, 2017/11/30 Rwanda's offer follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers. Rwanda is willing to provide refuge to as a lot of as 30,000 African migrants suffering abuse and slave-like conditions in Libya, the foreign minister told AFP Wednesday. "Rwanda is currently under discussions... to see how we can help in welcoming migrants held captive in Libya," said Louise Mushikiwabo. "It has just been decided so numbers and means are still under discussion but Rwanda estimates the number to be welcomed around 30,000," she said, adding that this figure "is not confirmed from presently on but an estimation".
  • EAC Council of Ministers meeting underway in Kampala

    UGANDA, 2017/11/30 The 36th conference of the East African Community Council of Ministers is underway in Kampala. The conference that started yesterday will go on until December 2. It is being held under the theme: “Enhancing Socio - Economic Development for Deeper Integration of the Community”. The conference is considering several matters geared towards deepening and widening the regional integration schedule that include the statement on the implementation of previous decisions of the Council, statement of the office of the secretary general, statement on planning and infrastructure, and the statement on productive and social sectors.
  • In pictures: Kenyatta sworn in for a second term

    KENYA, 2017/11/30 Kenyatta's calls for unity echo those he made throughout an election campaign in which he as well launched searing attacks on the judiciary and opposition. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to be the leader of all Kenyans and work to unite the country next a bruising and drawn out election process that ended with his swearing-in. "I will devote my time and energy to build bridges, to unite and bring prosperity," he said as he started his second term faced with a large portion of the people that rejects his election outright.
  • Slavery scandal overshadows EU-Africa summit

    ABIDJAN, 2017/11/30 Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara demanded action Wednesday to combat migrant slave trading in Libya, as the issue dominated a Europe-Africa summit meant to focus on long-term increase and stability. The summit comes just two weeks after US network CNN aired footage of black Africans sold as slaves in Libya, sparking outrage from political leaders and street protests in African and European capitals.   Summit host Ouattara lashed slavery as a "wretched drama which recalls the worst hours of human history." "I would like to appeal to our sense of responsibility to take all urgent measures to put an end to that practice, which belongs to an extra age," he said, opening the gathering of 55 African Union and 28 European Union nations in Ivory Coast's economic capital.
  • Pope Francis leads special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/29 Pope Francis led a appropriate prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where “war shows its most horrid face”. “This evening, in prayer, we want to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war,” the pope said in a homily at St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Uganda denies minister was bribed by former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho

    HONG KONG, 2017/11/29 US Department of Justice claims Ho considered setting up yuan exchange centre in Uganda with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa. Uganda on Friday rejected US accusations that its foreign minister curried favour with a Chinese energy firm in return for US$500,000 in bribes from Patrick Ho Chi-ping, Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary presently under arrest in the US on corruption charges. According to the Department of Justice in the United States, Ho was contemplating last year setting up Africa’s initial yuan exchange centre in Uganda by collaborating with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa.
  • Chaos in Kenya as President Kenyatta sworn in, with police clashing with supporters and opposition groups

    KENYA, 2017/11/29 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday in what some hoped would be the end of months of election turmoil, which Kenyatta said stretched the country “almost to the breaking point”. But violence continued, with at least one person killed as police fired rifles and tear gas to break up a large opposition gathering. During and next Kenyatta’s inauguration, police elsewhere in the capital, Nairobi, tried to stop the opposition from holding demonstrations to mourn dozens killed by police and militia since the original election in August. A witness said one person was shot dead, and opposition leader Raila Odinga was shoved into his vehicle amid clouds of tear gas any minute at this time next he called Kenyatta’s presidency illegitimate.
  • Ethiopia bags a continental first with $2.2m smart parking facility

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/11/27 A steel facility that can at once hold 90 cars in a space which could originally hold nine cars. Electronic lifts pick cars and embed them within a structure that is believed to have cost $2.2m – or 52 million birr. It is a continental initial, a facility meant to relieve vehicular parking and to keep with world trends in the area of vehicle safety. This is Africa’s initial smart parking facility located in one of the continent’s fastest growing cities. Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. A recent CGTN Africa statement showed the Smart Megenagna Parking where a modern lifting systems safely parks cars in a huge steel storey building.
  • Ethiopia marching towards Africa's first waste-to-energy plant

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/11/27 Ethiopia will begin running Africa’s initial waste-to-energy plant in early 2018 according to the United Nations environment programme website. The facility in question, the Reppie project, is built on the Koshe landfill site located on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa. inRead invented by Teads The dump site which had served Addis Ababa for about 50 years made news headlines in March this year next a landslide at the premises killed about 114 people – residents and scavengers – according to government records.