Kenya: Schools and University Shut As Strike Rages On

Kenya: Schools and University Shut As Strike Rages On

By Mathews Ndanyi and Sonu Tanu, Secondary schools in some parts of the North Rift have been closed down as the teachers’ strike continues. The Chepkoilel University College in Eldoret has also been closed as lecturers continue with their strike. Kapsabet girls’ and boys’ schools are among the schools that have sent their students home […]

Central Africa: Ten Countries Unite to Protect Rainforests

Central Africa: Ten Countries Unite to Protect Rainforests

Bujumbura — Ten central African countries have come together to protect the Congo Basin rainforest – the world’s second largest rainforest – from severe deforestation, through implementing improved national forest monitoring systems and boosting regional cooperation. The 18-month project, launched on 26 July, is managed by the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the UN’s […]

50 Arrests Made Over Libya Consulate Attack

50 Arrests Made Over Libya Consulate Attack

Fifty people have been arrested in connection with the U.S. consulate attack that left several people dead, including ambassador Christopher Stevens, president of the Libyan national assembly, Mohammed Magarief, said. Tripoli — President of the Libyan national assembly Mohammed Magarief said on Sunday that about 50 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly […]

Africa: SA Home to Africa’s Top Two Universities

Africa: SA Home to Africa’s Top Two Universities

South Africa is home to Africa’s two top-ranked universities, including the only African university to be ranked in the top 200 in the world, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The QS World University Rankings for 2012/13, which rate approximately 23500 universities worldwide, were released last week. The University of Cape […]

West Africa: Ecowas, AU Must Stop Jammeh’s Human Rights Abuses

West Africa: Ecowas, AU Must Stop Jammeh’s Human Rights Abuses

opinion On 22 July, Gambia celebrated its so-called “Freedom Day” – a day introduced by Gambia’s President of 18 years, Yahya Jammeh. “Freedom Day” marks the anniversary of Jammeh’s rise to power through a military coup in 1994. What it neglects to reflect, however, is the subsequent deterioration of the human rights of Gambia’s people […]

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Weds ‘Woman of His Dreams

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Weds ‘Woman of His Dreams

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday proceeded to wed his lover, Elizabeth Macheka, but under customary law, as his marriage licence was revoked at the 11th hour. There were two ceremonies – one at Raintree, for invited guests, while another for MDC-T party members was held at Glamis Arena. The mood was somewhat subdued at the […]

Africa: Few African Farmers Benefit From Carbon Credit Projects

Africa: Few African Farmers Benefit From Carbon Credit Projects

Nairobi — African smallholder farmers lack adequate and reliable information about how to participate in agricultural carbon credit projects, says one of the authors of a recent report on innovations in such projects. A report published in July by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security […]

Burundi Leaps Ahead in Educational Progress

Burundi Leaps Ahead in Educational Progress

Offering free education, making it compulsory and supporting it politically has been the winning strategy behind Burundi’s successful bid to ensure that virtually all children get a primary school education. In a recent report by the UN Secretary-General, Burundi topped the list of countries having made the greatest strides in education, although it remains among […]

Some U.S. Diplomats Leave Middle East, Embassies on High Alert

Some U.S. Diplomats Leave Middle East, Embassies on High Alert

Some U.S. diplomats were leaving the Middle East, while U.S. embassies in the region remained on alert amid continued anti-U.S. protests triggered by a U.S.-made film that “insults Prophet Mohamed.” Tunisian radio reported Sunday that 128 diplomats and members of the U.S. embassy in Tunis had left for Washington, one day after the U.S. State […]

Libyan president says 50 arrested in US consulate attack

Libyan president says 50 arrested in US consulate attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Libyan President Mohammed Magarief said on Sunday that about 50 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week, which he said was planned by foreigners linked to al Qaeda. The attack on Tuesday in Benghazi came amid protests over a video made […]