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  • Trade, security and anti-corruption top AU agenda

    BOTSWANA, 2018/02/15 A single African air transport market, promises to fight corruption and plans to address the continent's crises dominated the African Union summit. But with a full schedule for 2018, how much will the AU manage? "The declaration of 2018 as the anti-corruption year by this summit was set to increase national, regional and continental awareness of the menace and improve our chances to totally eradicate it," the freshly sworn-in President Weah noted. And as a statement by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa suggests, there may indeed be a small luck for the AU's anti-corruption plans. President Zuma is losing his grip on South Africa's ruling ANC party, the statement states, in Angola, the Dos Santos dynasty seems to be crumbling and in Nigeria, a survey by the Afrobarometer research network has shown an development in how Nigerians view their government's fight against corruption since Buhari took power. What the AU, however, lacks, the statement says, is an implementation of its own anti-grant agreements and networks.
  • Africa: Analysts, Activists Explore Dividends from Empowering Women

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 Imagine a next Africa where patriarchy is dead and additional women are economically empowered to provide for their own basic needs; one in which they continue to shatter the proverbial glass ceilings to occupy top leadership positions in all spheres. Imagine an African woman who isn’t limited by the imaginary walls society has set for her and can aim to reach her full potential through hard work like her male counterparts.
  • UN urges DR Congo to 'respect freedom' ahead of protest

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/30 The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo called on Wednesday for officials to "respect" a turmoil planned by opposition groups in Kinshasa, which has been banned by the government. A last attempt at negotiations between an opposition delegation and the Kinshasa governor, Andre Kimbuta, failed to break the impasse over the march which opposition leaders have vowed to hold Thursday.
  • 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.
  • Cameroonians protest against sale of migrants as slave

    CAMEROON, 2017/11/27
  • The Central African Republic could be on the brink of a bloodbath

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2017/10/13 Inside a sprawling tent camp protected by a U.N. tank and a line of barbed wire, Jerry Zoumatchi cradled an ancient rifle. He said he’d at no time touched a weapon until four months ago. But again rebels shot dead his father and his 17-year-old brother, sending him fleeing to this displaced-persons site in search of refuge and revenge. “I took up my gun to kill the [rebels] who killed my father and brother,” the 29-year-old said, fiddling with three bullets in his free hand. “I need to avenge the deaths.”
  • Cameroonians bemoan arrest of pregnant woman, social media still blocked

    CAMEROON, 2017/10/05 Cameroonians in the English-speaking regions are campaigning for the release of a five-month pregnant woman and her husband who were reportedly arrested by the security forces during the government repression on October 1. The arrest of Sola Yundze and her husband Sakwe Frank from their home in Limbe in the South-West Region has generated the #FreeSola campaign on social media despite the internet blockade over the completed three days.
  • Congo's Sassou hails retiring dos Santos for service to Africa

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/10 Outgoing Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has received praise from his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso, the ruling MPLA have said. A message accompanying a photo posted on the MPLA’s Twitter handle read: “President Dennis Sassou Nguesso pays homage to José Eduardo dos Santos, for his deeds for peace in Africa.” Dos Santos, 75, bows out as president next 38 years in charge of the former Portuguese colony. He is set to be restored by his former Defense Minister, Joao Lourenco, who led the ruling MPLA into the last elections.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Congo civil servants call strike over wages as crisis bites

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/22 Civil service leaders called a strike in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, demanding pay rises to help workers cope with a mounting economic crisis. The franc has lost 40 % of its price in the completed year, with a particularly sharp decline over the completed week, amid political turmoil and persistently low prices for Congo's key commodity exports. Inflation is expected to top 30 % this year, but wages remain unchanged.
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