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Africa

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

Yesterday at 20:30 PM, via The Citizen

A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president on Thursday despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country’s electoral commission.

S.Africa’s Sibanye to buyout troubled Lonmin

Yesterday at 19:30 PM, via The Citizen

South Africa’s largest gold producer Sibanye-Stillwater is to buyout Lonmin, the world’s third biggest, but troubled platinum producer, for £285 million ($383 million), the companies announced on Thursday.

US Homeland Security team in Chad after travel ban

Yesterday at 18:30 PM, via News24

A US government delegation is visiting Chad, one of six mainly-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban, in order to assess passport security, a foreign ministry official has said.

Rapes, other new allegations in Kenya’s election unrest

Yesterday at 18:30 PM, via News24

Kenya’s opposition leader was targeted in a virulent online campaign created by a US-based company during the recent election turmoil, a privacy watchdog has said, while another rights group reported multiple gang-rapes by men in uniform in opposition strongholds.

Africa:UN Women Initiative to Advance Role of Women in Energy

Yesterday at 17:26 PM, via allAfrica

[East African] As the need to increase access to sustainable energy in Africa grows, the United Nations Environment Assembly in collaboration with UN Women, the African Union Commission and other partners has launched an initiative to give women a more active role in the development of sustainable and affordable energy on the continent.

Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism

Yesterday at 17:00 PM, via News24

Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government’s decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Africa:Should Foxes Rule the Chicken Coop? Reflections On Security Council Reform

Yesterday at 16:59 PM, via allAfrica

[IPS] New York -Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has dramatically increased its activity and authority. Though the Council has exercised unprecedented global power, it has remained a very insular, secretive and undemocratic body, dominated by its five Permanent Members, armed with their notorious vetoes and benefiting from perpetuity in office.

Africa:Agency Issues Negative Outlook on Continent’s Banks

Yesterday at 16:51 PM, via allAfrica

[Moody’s] Limassol -Moody’s Investors Service says its negative outlook for the African banking system in 2018 reflects high macroeconomic risks that expose banks to asset quality pressures, reduced government support and sovereign credit risk.

Africa:The Journey to Oslo

Yesterday at 16:42 PM, via allAfrica

[IPS] Oslo -On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN started as a grassroots campaign in 2007. Its aim was to shift the paradigm of discussion about nuclear weapons from security and deterrence to the environmental and humanitarian effects of nuclear explosions. As the prize demonstrates, ICAN has succeeded...

Africa:Innovation in Africa’s Best 25 Interviews On Smart Monkey TV in 2017 – Start-Ups, Investment, ICT4D, 3D Printing and Innovation

Yesterday at 16:40 PM, via allAfrica

[Innovation in Africa] In 2017, Smart Monkey TV has talked to and uploaded 88 interview clips with African innovators. In this issue, I’ve chosen what I think are the best 20 interviews and have given you the viewers the verdict on the other 5, which received the most views over the last 12 months. The other top lists are as follows: Start-Ups, Incubators and Tech Investors; ICT4D People Making...

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