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.
The European Union and African Union say at least 3 100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks.
At the frontier between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, a long queue stretches between two checkpoints as travellers wrestle with officialdom and the inevitable demand for a sweetener in order to cross.
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.
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.
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.
Witnesses said the officers were gathered in a square in Mogadishu ahead of an early-morning parade when the bomber attacked.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -One in five people in Britain have never heard of modern-day slavery
[East African] The president of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák spoke to The EastAfrican editor Pamella Sittoni about the global body and its work.
[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.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Thanks to Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, ‘feminism’ has been named word of the year by a top U.S. dictionary.
[IPS] United Nations -The space for civil society organizations is shrinking around the world, with particular impacts on women activists and human rights defenders who face additional barriers due to their gender or sexual orientation.
Africa:Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion & Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations?
[IPS] United Nations -The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world’s most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change.
[IPS] United Nations -International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting.
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.
Zimbabwe’s new government is taking steps to differentiate himself from his ousted mentor, Robert Mugabe, as he tries to win over the country before next year’s elections.
[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.
[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.
Hosts Kenya need extra-time to beat Burundi 1-0 in the semi-finals of the east and central African regional championship the Cecafa Senior Challenge.
[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
[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...