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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".
  • Sudan armed groups still deploy child soldiers: UN

    SUDAN, 2017/11/30 The United Nations said Wednesday that some armed groups fighting in Sudan still deploy child soldiers, but acknowledged Khartoum's efforts to prevent child recruitment into its forces. Olof Skoog, chairman of the UN Security Council's working group on children and armed conflict, said armed groups inclunding rebel factions were not implementing international regulations on children in conflict.
  • 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.
  • Sudan seeks to revive economy after US sanctions end

    SUDAN, 2017/11/29 Khartoum businessmen say they have begun closing deals with US companies next Washington lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions. Sudan's government and its businesses have begun introducing financial reforms and lobbying for new investment to revive the economy next Washington lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions before this month. Sudan has suffered both from the sanctions and from the secession of the south in 2011, at the same time as it lost three-quarters of its oil output, its major source of foreign currency.
  • Egypt state firm entering thriving mobile sector

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 Telecom Egypt looks to cash in on mobile sector but some fear its exemption from price hike in mobile services may be part of broader pattern of unfair privileges. As Egypt's mobile operators thrive, national-owned Telecom Egypt is entering the market in an effort to boost national revenues. In a country with additional mobile phone subscriptions than residents, Egypt's only fixed-line operator is hoping to get in on the action with its new mobile service, WE.
  • Morocco bans bitcoin transactions

    CASABLANCA, 2017/11/29 Currency regulator announces ban on transactions in bitcoin, other virtual currencies one week next Moroccan digital services company said it would accept payment in bitcoin. Morocco's currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled. "Transactions via virtual currencies constitute a breach of regulations, punishable by penalties and fines," the Offices des Changes said in a statement on its website.
  • Egypt economy likely to remain unshaken by Sinai attack

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 The mosque attack in Egypt's Sinai may only strengthen the view that the country needs continued IMF support as agreed a year ago and the economy is likely to quickly shake off any negative repercussions, economists say. Gunmen carrying the flag of Islamic National killed additional than 300 worshippers in the attack on the mosque, the worst such attack by militants in Egypt's modern history.
  • UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to acknowledge to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their nations, the chief of the IOM said Tuesday. The detention of the migrants, most of whom are fleeing poverty, has become a pressing issue next video footage showing African men sold in Libyan slave auctions sparked world outrage. UN wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants that will be deported back to their countries.
  • Macron visits Africa amid anger over human trafficking and slavery

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will start a four-day visit to Africa on Monday amid growing anger across the continent about politicians’ collective failure to do additional to clamp down on human trafficking, and even slave auctions, in Libya. The revelations by CNN of apparent slave auctions in Libya a fortnight ago led to widespread condemnation, but as well claims that European politicians had been repeatedly warned about the dire national of Libyan migrant detention centres, inclunding systematic abuse, amounting to slavery. Macron has called for an emergency conference of the United Nations security council this week, saying such auction houses are a crime against humanity. The fierceness of his intervention may have been prompted by his high-profile visit to sub-Saharan Africa built around a carefully crafted theme of empowering Africa’s youth.