• Kenya’s former world champ athlete dies in car accident

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Kenyan athlete Nicholas Bett, the 2015 world 400 metre hurdles champion, was killed Wednesday in a car crash near his home in western Kenya, police said. “The accident occurred when his vehicle hit a bump and rolled and he died on the spot,” Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani said from the scene of the […]

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  • Liberia: Why the trials of perpetrators matter to me

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    Sometime in early 1989, I was visiting three of my childhood friends. I was working as a reporter with the Ministry of Information as the only female in the newsroom in Monrovia, Liberia. Together we decided to form an organization that would meet once a month and work with the less fortunate in the Liberian […]

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  • East African sea-based drug trade undermines democracy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    The East African coast plays an increasingly significant role in the global heroin trade. Heroin is shipped from Afghanistan via a network of maritime routes stretching along East and Southern Africa. Known as the ‘southern route’, this trade corridor is increasingly used by drug traffickers as a route for illicit shipment to Western Europe. Sea […]

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  • Top African female footballers in Sweden

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    Nigerians dominate the small contigent of African female footballers who ply their trade in Sweden’s top women league, Damallsvenskan. Damallsvenskan’s best defender in 2015 Faith Ikidi Michael is in her eighth season at league leaders Pitea while her Nigerian compatriots Rita Chikwelu, who has scored twice in the 12-week-old league, and Ogonna Chukwudi don the […]

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  • Laying out a sustainable future for urban tourism

    Monday, August 6, 2018

    Urban tourism and its potential for more sustainable and inclusive cities will be the major focus of the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September 2018) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The summit aims to set out a vision looking to 2030 for this rapidly-growing tourism segment. The summit, the first of its […]

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Feb
10

Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization

Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts. The implementation of these development plans […]

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Feb
9

Sweden-based Liberians give to hospital back home

    The Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) in December donated some materials to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Liberia for the use of the hospital’s maternal ward. Giving the items to the medical director of the hospital on behalf of the LSA, Francis Mensah, the association’s president, said the association learned from press reports that mothers who […]

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Feb
6

BUILD Africa Forum Opens In Congo

BUILD Africa , the continent’s premier international business and investment infrastructure forum opened today in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. For two days, the first edition of the forum will seek to provide a comprehensive response to the continent’s infrastructure deficit. BUILD Africa was inaugurated by Denis Sassou N’Guesso, President of the Republic of Congo. The […]

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Feb
5

Bloomberg Sets Up African Media Initiative

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P., philanthropist and former Mayor of New York City, Monday announced the launch of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a three-year pan-African program to build media capacity, convene international leaders and improve access to information in order to advance transparency, accountability and governance on the continent. The initial focus […]

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Feb
5

EU says Danish voting rules too strict

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding criticised Denmark and a handful of other European countries that take away a person’s right to vote in their country of origin if they move to another country inside the EU. Danes living outside of Denmark lose their voting rights after two years. “The right to vote is a basic […]

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Feb
4

Tough Choices Face President Sirleaf In 2014

  According to a recent World Bank report, Liberia is nation of over 3 million people without electricity with 0.58% of those living in the country having access to it, far below the regional average of 28.5% and possibly the lowest rate of access to public electricity in the world. In Monrovia, the country’s capital, electricity […]

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Feb
3

Kenya To Host African Institute for Remittances

The African Union (AU) Executive Council has selected the Republic of Kenya to host the African Institute for Remittances (AIR). The Council asked the African Union Commission to conclude the Host Agreement with the Republic of Kenya so as to ensure the formal take-off of the Institute this year. It also asked the World Bank […]

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Feb
2

Finland, Tanzania agree on form of future cooperation

Finland and Tanzania agreed on the form of their future cooperation on 30 January, in connection with the visit of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. According to Minister Haavisto, Tanzania has progressed a considerable way. “Due to its extensive natural resources, excellent geographic position and favourable climate, the country […]

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Feb
1

Sustainable peace requires democratic setting

Dr. Aisha L. Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs on 28 January 2014 briefed the press at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the different achievements by her department. She started by acknowledging the importance of the media as useful partners of the AU Commission in raising awareness on the activities of the Union. […]

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Feb
1

Malmö Somalis suffer integration ‘black hole’

Somali immigrants in Malmö are “stuck in a trap” due to a dire local job market, creating overcrowding and low self-confidence, a new report said on Friday. Researchers urged city hall, and pensioners, to address the problem. The Open Society Foundation published the report as part of a broader look at the Somali diaspora in […]

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