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Tsvangirai yesterday proceeded to wed his lover, Elizabeth Macheka, but under customary law, as his marriage licence was revoked at the 11th hour.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 […]

S.Africa’s Cell C aims to boost mobile market share

S.Africa’s Cell C aims to boost mobile market share

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s third-largest mobile phone operator, Cell C, is adding about 700,000 new subscribers a month after sharp price cuts to take market share from bigger rivals MTN and Vodacom, its newly appointed head said on Monday. The unlisted company, in which Saudi Telecom has an indirect stake, plans to have up […]

Guinness Nigeria full-year pre-tax profit down 19.5 pct

Guinness Nigeria full-year pre-tax profit down 19.5 pct

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Guinness, a unit of Diageo, said on Monday its full-year pre-tax profit to June dropped by 19.48 percent to 21.07 billion naira, from 26.17 billion naira the previous year. Sweetening the bad news, it also said shareholders will get a dividend of 8.0 naira per share or one bonus share for […]

Libya sacks Benghazi security chiefs after US attacks

Libya sacks Benghazi security chiefs after US attacks

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya has sacked its security chiefs for Benghazi after a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city last week, Interior Minister Fawzi Abdel A’al told Reuters. Colonel Salahadeen Doghman will replace the deputy interior minister for the east, Wanis Sharif, as well as the head of national security for […]