Liberia to stop cremating Ebola victims

The Liberian government is currently searching for a suitable site to be used for the burial of dead Ebola victims. James Dorbor Jallah, the head for logistics of the Incidence Management System at the county’s health ministry disclosed on Wednesday at a press conference that many families of Ebola victims are still not pleased with the cremation […]

IFC to spur private sector in Ebola-affected countries

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on Wednesday announced a package of at least $450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The private sector initiative will include $250 million in rapid response projects, and at least $200 million in […]

Norway to invest millions in African energy

The Norwegian government has pledged NOK 300 million ( about $44m ) to stimulate private investment in clean energy in Africa. ‘More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy. Norway will therefore contribute NOK 300 million to Green Africa Power, which is intended to […]

Lawal: General Buhari is the right man for Nigeria

The Coordinator of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Scandinavia says there are many established facts about APC presidential aspirant General Muhammed Buhari that are not known by the ordinary Nigerian. Ayoola Lawal told Nordic Africa News recently that recent allegations of religious fundamentalism and ethnicism against the general were work of  “the corrupt elites benefiting from the jungle […]

Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Nearly five million more people have joined the ranks of the food insecure […]

Flydubai expands operations in East Africa

Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar touched down on Wednesday, October 22 in Tanzania. The new routes further underline flydubai’s rapid expansion in Africa, which has seen the carrier’s network double to 12 destinations this year. The airline entered the market in 2009 with flights to Djibouti, and in 2011 Addis Ababa became […]

Governments must prevent attacks on journalists

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, calls upon all governments to take steps to prevent attacks on journalists and to hold accountable those who commit them. On the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the human rights expert […]

Searching for justice in Central African Republic

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) steps up its work in the Central African Republic (CAR), pledging to bring the worst perpetrators of violence to justice, concerted efforts are being made to counter endemic impunity in CAR. But the prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country rules out any quick fix solutions. ICC Prosecutor […]

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state

The Swedish government has formally recognized Palestine as a state Thursday morning, following through with its earlier promise by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to acknowledge their sovereignty claim. Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the territory has fulfilled the “criteria of international law” adding that Palestine had both “a territory, a people and […]

Africa dominates list of most improved economies

Five of the top 10 countries with the most improved economies since the previous year are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2015 rankings.   The five African countries are Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other nations making the list are Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Ireland, […]