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US CAN HELP AFRICA TO MEET ITS POTENTIAL, KOFI ANNAN TELLS WASHINGTON POST AHEAD OF LEADERS’ SUMMIT

There have been few more powerful symbols of the changing African narrative than this week’s staging of the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. The White House sees this event as a chance to strengthen ties with a dynamic part of the world that is an increasing contributor to global prosperity. With seven of the world’s fastest-growing economies…

Africa’s first start-up bus hits the road

Of the 30 entrepreneurs on the bus, 15 were from Africa and 15 were from the rest of the world Imagine a bus, jam-packed with uber-geeks from different countries, taking on a four-day brainstorming marathon across Southern Africa. Well, imagine no more because it has just become a reality. Founded by Elias Bizannes in 2010,…

OPEC freezes oil output ceiling

Vienna (AFP) – OPEC agreed on Wednesday to hold its crude production ceiling at 30 million barrels per day despite oversupply concerns and competition from cheaper shale oil. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps out about one third of the world’s oil, failed again to decide on a new secretary-general amid group tensions,…

AP Interview: African leader hails French troops

Prime Minister of the Central African Republic Nicolas Tiangaye speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, after the French President Francois Hollande announced he would double the number of troops in the former French colony, possibly within hours. The U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent…

Top 100 Universities in Africa in 2013

The rankings of Africa’s top higher education institutions is provided by the 4 International Colleges & Universities (4icu). 4icu  is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. 4icu.org includes 11,160 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries. A quick look shows that South African…

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Somalia in high speed internet ‘culture shock’

Internet cafes are popular in the capital, Mogadishu Some residents of Somalia’s capital have been experiencing a form of “culture shock” since fibre optic services launched over the last week, an internet provider has told the BBC. “Any video or…

Egypt jails four men for gay acts

A court in Egypt has sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison for committing homosexual acts. The men were accused of attending or arranging “deviant” sex parties, and dressing in women’s clothes and wearing make-up. Egyptian law…

Terror grips Ebola-hit west Africa

Conakry (AFP) – Guinea battled Wednesday to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighbouring countries as fear and confusion gripped communities under siege from one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind. Aid organisations have sent dozens of workers to help…

anishing ice warning for ‘Africa’s Alps’

Rwenzori Mountains (Uganda) (AFP) – In swirling snow, John Medenge prods a thin ice bridge…

Return to African (hair) roots in Ivory Coast

Abidjan (AFP) – Remember the afro, the natural hairstyle forever synonymous with the “black is…

Don’t forget Mali’s refugees, aid groups urge

Nouakchott (AFP) – Mali’s conflict and the ensuing flood of refugees must not be forgotten…

Food scarcity in C.Africa as Muslim shopkeepers flee

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Hit by looting and brutal violence, Muslim shopkeepers in…

S.Sudan FM vows accountability for all behind violence

London (AFP) – South Sudan’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that all those behind the recent…

Gays in Kenya protest against Ugandan bill

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dressed in rainbow wigs and masks, gays and lesbians in Kenya…

Lawyer: 2 women alleged to be Mandela’s daughters

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The families of two women who have sought to be recognized as…

US to crack down on ivory to protect elephants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is cracking down on the sale and purchase of…

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Does Nigeria have an image problem?

Some years ago, a British filmmaker discovered an exotic site in Nigeria: An entire community…

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human…

Africa: The Football Madness Begins

The madness is about to begin – in Brazil. Brazil, the nation of carnivals and…

Nuclear export group debates ties with Israel: document

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States and three European allies want a global body controlling…

Head-to-head: Is Africa’s young population a risk or an asset?

Africa has more people aged under 20 than anywhere in the world and the continent’s…

Letter from Africa: Why Ghanaians prefer to pay emergency rates

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene, a former government…

Ancient skeleton is the earliest case of cancer yet detected

Researchers have discovered the earliest confirmed case of cancer in a young man who lived…

Reagan Was Right on South Africa

“Apartheid is an affront to human rights and human dignity. Normal and friendly relations cannot…

‘Crucial’ to protect victims in mass rape trial of DRC officer

Kinshasa – It is “crucial” that hundreds of witnesses and victims are protected in the trial of a senior army officer accused of crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, legal activists said on Thursday. Colonel Bedi Mobuli…

Five Countries You Don’t Want To Live In If You’re A Woman

Western nations like Canada have recently topped lists of best places for women to live.  Unfortunately, some women happen to be born elsewhere and if they were born in the following five nations, they face challenges that many other women…

What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

August in southern Italy is known darkly as ‘boating season’ – the peak period for migrants arriving in Sicily at the end of an often epic journey through Africa. Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe We look at…

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