Malawi: Joyce Banda to Auction Presidential Jet

Malawi: Joyce Banda to Auction Presidential Jet

Malawi’s Capital FM has reported that the Malawian government is offering its 14-seat presidential jet, worth more than U.S.$13m five years ago, to the highest bidder. The proceeds of the sale will be used to provide basic services for the country’s poor, according to President Joyce Banda. This move by Banda is the latest in […]

Mali conflict: French and Malian troops move on Timbuktu

Mali conflict: French and Malian troops move on Timbuktu

French-led forces in Mali are advancing on the key northern city of Timbuktu, as they press on with their offensive against Islamist rebels. On Saturday Malian and French forces seized Gao, another key northern city. The advance comes as African Union leaders are meeting to discuss sending more troops to Mali. Islamists seized the north […]

HIV ‘may have an ancient origin

HIV ‘may have an ancient origin

The origins of HIV can be traced back millions rather than tens of thousands of years, research suggests. HIV, which causes Aids, emerged in humans in the 20th Century, but scientists have long known that similar viruses in monkeys and apes have existed for much longer. A genetic study shows HIV-like viruses arose in African […]

At African Union Summit, Ban Calls On Leaders to End Cycle of Poverty and Violence

At African Union Summit, Ban Calls On Leaders to End Cycle of Poverty and Violence

Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the continent’s leaders to boost efforts to lift millions out of poverty and end recurrent cycles of violence to accelerate development in the region. “Africa has the experience to forge solutions to its own challenges and contribute to our […]

Four Arrested Over Attack On Emir’s Convoy

Four Arrested Over Attack On Emir’s Convoy

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, it emerged yesterday. The deputy governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, also confirmed the arrest to AFP yesterday but declined to give numbers. This comes as the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of […]

Remarks at the U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Signing Ceremony

Remarks at the U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Signing Ceremony

Photo courtesy of State Department Treaty Room Washington, DC January 15, 2013 SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, welcome to the Treaty Room. I am delighted to have this occasion, once again, to host President Sirleaf, a very good partner over many years, and especially, I would say, over the last four years it has been a great […]

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Visits Washington, DC

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Visits Washington, DC

Photo courtesy of (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Office of the Spokesperson Department of State Washington, DC January 17, 2013 On January 17, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received the president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, at the U.S. Department of State. During the visit, Secretary Clinton announced that, for the first time since 1991, the […]

New York Times Lists Accra, Ghana As One of the Must-See Destinations in 2013

New York Times Lists Accra, Ghana As One of the Must-See Destinations in 2013

The 46 Places to Go in 2013 – NYTimes.com By Karen Leigh The New York Times Accra, the capital of Ghana, has welcomed business travelers for years. Now tourists are streaming in, a byproduct of the fact that the country has Africa’s fastest-growing economy and is also one of its safest destinations. The Mövenpick Ambassador […]

Charles Ble Goude: Ghana extradites Ivory Coast Gbagbo ally

Charles Ble Goude: Ghana extradites Ivory Coast Gbagbo ally

Ivory Coast’s former youth minister and ally of former President Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, has been extradited from Ghana, officials say. They said Mr Ble Goude was handed over to authorities in Ivory Coast, where he was taken into custody. Mr Ble Goude denies leading pro-Gbagbo militias who attacked foreigners and northerners during the […]

Is Nigerian Party Politics Dividing Members?

Is Nigerian Party Politics Dividing Members?

Benin — BARELY 72 hours after Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, released the time-table for the conduct of elections into the 18 local government areas in the state, Director of Publicity and Strategy of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Mr. Okharedia Ihimekpen, has called for the boycott of the elections. Ihimekpen, who […]

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