• Sweden: Ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament

    Monday, June 17, 2019

    We, the participating states – Argentina, Canada, Finland, Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland – to the Stockholm Ministerial Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), met today to discuss how nuclear disarmament can be advanced. We are one year away from […]

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  • Stability and reforms bring progress in Somalia

    Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide visited Mogadishu, the Somali capital on 10 June for talks with Somalia’s president and prime minister. She also met key humanitarian and diplomatic actors. “The Somali Government is more politically stable than it has been for many decades, and it is now in the process of implementing vital reforms. […]

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  • NBA: Fall appointed head of Basketball Africa League

    Friday, June 14, 2019

      The National Basketball Association (NBA) has named NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall as President of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa scheduled to begin play next year. Fall will assume his role as BAL President immediately while assisting in […]

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  • Liberian President Weah calls for national dialogue

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    My Fellow Liberians: For the past several days, our democracy has been tried, tested, and it has proven to be mature, resilient, and strong.  You are aware that some of our citizens exercised their constitutional right to publicly assemble with the objective to petition their government. We commend them for the peaceful and orderly manner […]

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  • Rotary announces $100m to eradicate polio

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Nigerian singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage administers a polio vaccine during Rotary’s public awareness campaign for polio eradication Photo: africa-ontherise.com Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global […]

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News

May
8

Sweden: Buya Turay banging in goals for Djurgarden

Sierra Leonean international Mohammed Buya Turay has started the Swedish football premiership, Allsvenskan with a bang. The Djurgarden forward has scored five times in the last seven matches and is the championship’s second top scorer behind Sundsvall’s Linus Hallenius, who scored a goal more. Buya hit his 5th goal of the season over the weekend when he opened the […]

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May
8

Focus on rights of Africans with mental health problems

The events surrounding the Life Esidimeni tragedy, where 91 mental health patients died in the Gauteng province of South Africa while under government care, is a shocking reminder of the gap between the lawful rights and harsh realities of mental disorder sufferers in South Africa.   According to the WHO, nearly 14% of the global burden […]

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May
4

Liberia signs on to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Liberia is among the latest countries that have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  Over 150 countries ( 37 from Africa) and international organizations have so far joined the Initiative. The BRI, previously the Silk […]

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May
3

Norway supports ebola response in DR Congo

Norway is providing NOK 7.8 million (about $896,000) to the efforts to tackle the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Norway has once again sent a team of specialist health personnel and three isolation units developed in Norway for the transport of patients with highly infectious diseases. Some 970 deaths have been […]

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May
3

Ethiopian PM wins Houphouet-Boigny Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been named as laureate of the 2019 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for his actions and, in particular, for having been the instigator of a peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The jury also recognized Ali’s worthiness for the reforms undertaken to consolidate democracy and social cohesion. Finally, the jury considered […]

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May
2

African players keep scoring in Swedish football leagues

After a rather goal-shy 5th round in which there was just a single African goal (Senegalese Pape Diouf’s 65th minute goal for Kalmar in 1-1 draw against Gothenburg) in the Swedish premiership, Allsvenskan, African strikers improved their marks in the 6th round over the weekend. Nigerian forward John Igbarumah  and Ivorian Abdul Razak scored for […]

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May
2

President Weah commits to dialogue for peace, stability

Liberian President George Manneh Weah has said that he will continue to ensure regular dialogue and consultation with every Liberian, irrespective of political and ethnic affiliations. In a meeting with the country’s former Vice President Joseph Boakai on Wednesday, President Weah noted that this approach would be the hallmark of his administration towards moving the country […]

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Apr
30

Norwegian business delegation visits Benin

The managing director of the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) has hailed the creation of new business relations with Benin. “With a 25-person strong delegation new business relations was created in Benin, says Eivind Fjeldstad. An audience with Benin’s President Patrice Talon kick-started the business mission that took place from April 2-5. NABA-member Jacobsen Elektro Group […]

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Apr
30

Green energy central to sustainable development

For many African governments facing numerous challenges, green energy solutions may not be at the top of their priority list. However, without a focus on clean energy the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be difficult to achieve in African countries, according to Sweden-based Nordic Africa Institute guest researcher Opeyemi Esther Akinyemi.   Many sub-Saharan African countries […]

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Apr
29

Global military spending grows to $1.8 trillion

Total global military spending rose for the second consecutive year in 2018, to the highest level since 1988—the first year for which consistent global data is available. World spending is now 76 per cent higher than the post-cold war low in 1998. World military spending in 2018 represented 2.1 per cent of global gross domestic product […]

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