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Benin:Benin and Belgium Give Birth to Award-Winning Children's Scheme

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:50:58 GMT

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -A city in Benin, partnered with another in Belgium, has won a European prize for ensuring that all babies born in the region get their births registered, a globally recognised right.

Mauritania:Anti-Slavery Groups Say Face Growing Threat in Mauritania

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:48:27 GMT

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Anti-slavery activists in Mauritania are increasingly being arrested and protests banned as the state tightens restrictions on human rights groups, activists and organisations said on Thursday.

Africa:Millions Making Plans to Leave Africa for Europe and U.S., Says Report

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:46:23 GMT

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Nearly 1.5 million people have left sub-Saharan Africa for Europe and the United States since 2010, while millions more are making plans to follow in their footsteps, researchers said on Thursday.

Africa:Uganda Joins Africa's Big-Debt Club, Central Bank Warns On Default

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:42:30 GMT

[East African] Uganda's national debt has nearly trebled in the last three years to more than 50 per cent of gross domestic product, creating a risk of default risk, since nearly two-thirds of that borrowing is external, the central bank said.

Africa:Nations Bank On Trade Deal to Create Employment

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:29:57 GMT

[East African] African leaders are banking on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to help address the rising unemployment rate among its youth population.

Africa:Island of Plastic Debris in Pacific Far Bigger Than Estimates - Study

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:28:34 GMT

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -A giant island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean holds as much as 16 times more debris than was previously thought, posing a significant threat to the food chain, scientists said on Thursday.

Cameroon:Nation Goes to the Polls in Parliamentary Elections

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:21:50 GMT

[Deutsche Welle] Eight opposition political parties in Cameroon will be competing with the ruling CPDM of President Paul Biya for the 70 elective senate seats in the country's March 25 parliamentary elections.

Cameroon:Nation Goes to the Polls in Senatorial Elections

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:24:54 GMT

[Deutsche Welle] Eight opposition political parties in Cameroon will be competing with the ruling CPDM of president Paul Biya for the 70 elective senate seats in the country's March 25 senatorial elections.

Africa:Anti-Homosexuality Laws Prevent Us from Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:16:45 GMT

[The Aspen Institute] Imagine being denied life-saving health services when you need them just because of who you are, and instead, imagine facing the threat of up to 14 years in prison. For far too long, this has been the reality in Kenya. But over the last few weeks, Kenya's high court has heard arguments challenging laws that target lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities as being unconstitutional. In a landmark decision this week, the Court of Appeal overturned a court ruling making forc

Africa:Homegrown Approaches to Achieving Quality Education for Girls

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:03:39 GMT

[allAfrica] Education is so much more than an opportunity to go to school; it is an opportunity to determine one's future, to establish a voice within and outside of one's community, and to dream beyond the limits of one's circumstances.

Kenya:Why People Failing to Take Their TB Treatment Should Not Be Jailed

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:39:44 GMT

[Bhekisisa] It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand.

South Africa:Ramaphosa Makes Noises About Backing Small Business. About Time.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:19:14 GMT

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa's new president, Cyril Rampahosa, is promising to free up and propel the country's small business sector and its natural partner entrepreneurship, a long overdue move that could help the country realise strong economic growth.

South Sudan:Economy is Among the Victims of the Conflict

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:17:48 GMT

[Deutsche Welle] Juba -As the armed conflict rages on, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir is looking for ways to revive the economy. The solution he came up with was to replace the finance minister. But will that help?

Zimbabwe:Mugabe Fights Farm Eviction

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:17:21 GMT

[The Herald] Former president Robert Mugabe, who was kicked-out of a mineral rich farm in Mazowe early this year, is not letting go and is fighting to regain the farm after the High Court granted him an order for his case to be heard on an urgent basis.

Zimbabwe:Give Mnangagwa Enough Time to Deliver, Says Outgoing U.S. Envoy

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:17:01 GMT

[New Zimbabwe] The out-going US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry K. Thomas Jr says President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government needs enough time to deal with political and socio-economic challenges affecting the country.

Kenya:Govt Lifts Uganda Poultry Ban After 15 Months

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:03:58 GMT

[East African] The Kenyan government will lift the ban on poultry products from Uganda in totality after a 15-month embargo that saw chicken and eggs prohibited from accessing Kenya's Ksh500 million ($5 million) market after outbreak of a viral disease.

South Africa:Gupta-Linked Firm Wanted U.S.$423 Million Local Content Exemption

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:47:37 GMT

[News24Wire] China South Rail (CSR), the company that allegedly paid R5bn in bribes to the Guptas, has asked the South African government for exemptions on its local content commitments worth R5bn.

Nigeria:Govt's Economic Blueprint Does Not Address Nigerians' Needs - Bill Gates

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:56:26 GMT

[This Day] Abuja -Chairman, Bill and Melinda Foundation, Bill Gates, Thursday in Abuja criticised the federal government Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), describing it as a document which identifies investment in the people but fails to reflect it in its implementation.

Zimbabwe:112 Political Parties to Contest in Election - Report

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:33:18 GMT

[News24Wire] President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly questioned the authenticity of the number of new political parties that have been formed in the past few months to contest this year's elections.

South Africa:SABC to Probe Claims Historic Archive Was Given to Guptas for 'Peanuts'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:54:11 GMT

[News24Wire] The SABC board has instituted a forensic investigation into claims made by a former ANN7 editor that the embattled news channel acquired access to the public broadcaster's archives.

Kenya:Pharmacy Board Denies Recalling Anti-Malaria Drug

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:52:53 GMT

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has refuted claims that it re called an anti-malaria drug from the Kenyan market.

Kenya:Appeals Court Rules Forced Anal Tests Illegal

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:44:42 GMT

[Nation] The Court of Appeal has ruled that forced anal examinations used to determine whether gay men engaged in sex is illegal.

Uganda:Museveni Asks British Delegation to Invest in Health Sector

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:57:37 GMT

[Monitor] Kampala -President Museveni has asked a delegation of investors from the United Kingdom to invest in the health sector to enable Uganda achieve universal health coverage.

Uganda:We Got Bad Deal With Govt - Rift Valley Railways

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:55:15 GMT

[Monitor] Kampala -The controversy surrounding the termination of the 25- year contract between Rift Valley Railways (RVR) and government continues, with the former claiming the concession was a bad deal.

South Africa:Opposition DA Wants Review of Zuma's Legal Fee Payments

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:29:16 GMT

[News24Wire] The DA will now approach the courts to seek a declaratory order that payment of all the legal fees for former president Jacob Zuma's court woes be declared unlawful, said the party's federal council chairperson, James Selfe.

South Africa:Presidency Will Continue to Pay Zuma's Legal Fees As Agreed - Ramaphosa

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:25:39 GMT

[News24Wire] The Presidency will continue to pay the legal fees of former president Jacob Zuma based on a 2006 agreement, unless a court reviews the arrangement and sets it aside.

Zimbabwe:Govt, Turkey Seek to Boost Cooperation

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:07:09 GMT

[The Herald] Zimbabwe and Turkey are exploring ways of enhancing cooperation in the health sector with initial discussions on training of medical professionals.

Zimbabwe:Buhera Man Fights Crocodile With Bare Hands

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:03:45 GMT

[The Herald] February 2, 2018, will forever be ingrained in the mind of Takawira Marume (55) from Mudetsa Village under headman Murwira in Buhera.

Zimbabwe:U.S.$70 Million for Harare Power Plant

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:59:05 GMT

[The Herald] The Zimbabwe Power Company is set to meet senior officials from Jaguar Overseas Limited (JOL) in a preparatory meeting ahead of imminent release of $70 million by Afreximbank for rehabilitation of Harare Power Station.

Ghana:Refurbish Madina Magistrate Court - CJ Urges Assembly

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:54:38 GMT

[Ghanaian Times] The Chief Justice (CJ), Ms Sophia Akuffo has urged the La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly to urgently repair broken down facilities at the Madina Magistrate Court in the Greater Accra Region.