Daily news and weekly updates from Africa
- Monday 25 August 2014Africa has been urged by the international business community to invest in university students, as they have the potential to improve the nature and how business is conducted in the continent, by partnering with global companies in equipping them with hands on skills and funds for innovations.
- Friday 22 August 2014As Ebola death toll hits 1,350 according to the World Health Organization (WHO) latest statistics, there are growing fears that the outbreak will spread across Africa and beyond, DRC Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi has reported a hemorrhagic like fever of unknown origin that has already killed 13 people in the country's northwest in the past two weeks.
- Thursday 21 August 2014Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia in April 2002 followed by Belgium in September in the same year, while Switzerland allows suicide assisted by doctors but it is not legal.
- Thursday 21 August 2014Liberia, with 466 deaths from 834 diagnosed cases, has seen the biggest toll among the four West African countries that have been hit by Ebola, with death toll standing at 1,229, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Thursday 21 August 2014Somalia fell into a state of anarchy, after the ouster of the then dictator, president Said Barre in 1991 pitting clans against each other, leading to emergence of warlords and militia groups such as Al-Shabaab who have committed atrocities against human rights against the people of Somalia in the name of instituting Sharia Law and carrying out terrorism acts in the neighboring countries of Kenya and Uganda.
- Wednesday 20 August 2014According to UNHCR, Ethiopia hosts 247,000 South Sudanese refugees, making them the largest refugee population, followed by 245,000 Somalis and 99,000 Eritreans with over 15,000 Eritreans and more than 3,000 Somalis arriving in the country in the last seven months alone.
- Wednesday 20 August 2014Fighting erupted in CAR after an alliance of Muslim rebel groups known as the Seleka overthrew the long-time president in March 2013, looting, raping and killing civilians at random which lead to an armed Christian movement known as the anti-Balaka, supported by the ex-president's loyalists to retaliate, sparking sectarian bloodshed.
- Wednesday 20 August 2014Only five counties accounted for the new HIV infection cases, with Homa Bay having the highest rate of infections with 12,940 people, followed by Kisumu 10,350, Siaya, Migori and Kisii each have 9,870, 6,790 and 4,890 respectively, says report.
- Wednesday 20 August 2014World Health Organization (WHO) had earlier last week classified Kenya as among high risk countries in the world of Ebola outbreak, with major Asian airlines threatening to stop their flights to the East African powerhouse.
- Tuesday 19 August 2014
West Africa: Liberia Soldiers Ordered to shoot Border Crossers as Cameroon Closes Borders with Nigeria over EbolaSo far the virus has killed 1 145 of the more than 2 000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
- Tuesday 19 August 2014Madagascar, joined other African countries that have experienced pre and post election violence such as Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and Zimbabwe which claimed thousands of lives, homes, businesses and displaced of millions of people thus setting back the economic and social recovery process as they seem to reoccur with each election cycle in the various countries.
- Tuesday 19 August 2014President Mugabe took over SADC chairmanship on Sunday August 17 following his election as chairman at the 2013 Summit in Lilongwe, Malawi and will over the next year lead the bloc under the theme: SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation, Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition.
- Monday 18 August 2014Somalia has been under the spotlight for being one of the countries where impunity rates for the perpetrators of crimes against journalists is high, with 12 Somali journalists having been killed in 2007 alone and over 70 journalists have fled the country since.
- Monday 18 August 2014The number of Ugandan HIV-positive mothers who pass on the virus to their unborn babies has reportedly dropped from 40% to 2% within a very short time, with 10% of the patients admitted to Baylor being diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), of which 60% of TB patients are HIV positive, with TB being the number one killer among the patients.
- Friday 15 August 2014The number of Blacks saying they would never trust whites increased from 68% in 2009 to 73% in 2013, at which over the same period, the perception by whites had also increased from 40% in 2009 to 44% in 2013. 55% Colored’s and 61% Indians also agreed.