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Africa's 'bucket list' ski resort dreams of Olympic racers

Nestled high in the mountains of Lesotho, skiers and snowboarders from around the world rub shoulders at Africa's leading ski resort, which is cultivating a loyal clientele despite its diminutive size and remote location.

Factfile on G5 Sahel force

Bamako - Following is a factfile on the G5 Sahel anti-terror force:- What is it?

EU says no 'Guantanamo Bay for migrants' outside bloc

Apo - The EU said Thursday it was discussing plans with UN agencies to set up migrant processing centres outside the bloc, but insisted it would not create a "Guantanamo Bay for migrants".

Africa embraces digital farming

This month saw the inaugural East Africa Digital Conference and Exhibition, focused on realizing the benefits of the digital transformation of farming for the continent. This includes artificial intelligence and automation.

France weighs how to return Africa's plundered art

Paris - Half-man, half-beast, the tall African statues dominate a busy gallery in Paris' Quai Branly museum. But few of the visitors are aware they are looking at what might be considered stolen goods.

Tiny African start-ups draw interest after slow start

Paris - African high-tech startups are minuscule compared with their US and European peers but they are finally gaining momentum and attention in some of the world's most promising economies.

African growth picks up but debt a concern, says IMF

Libreville - Growth across sub-Saharan African will rise to 3.4 percent this year from 2.8 percent in 2017, but in the continent's poorest countries, debt is a major burden, the IMF said on Tuesday.

Crackdown shakes Chinese city's 'Little Africa'

Guangzhou - The Ghanaian university student was roused after midnight by police shouting and pounding on his door in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where a crackdown on illegal immigration has left many residents of its "Little Africa" neighbourhood feeli...

Hungary rejects Euro-African declaration on migration

Marrakesh - Hungary on Wednesday refused to sign a declaration recognising the advantages of migration, despite its adoption by more than 50 European and African countries at a Morocco conference.

Lake Victoria biodiversity being 'decimated': conservationists

Geneva - Three quarters of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake Victoria basin face the threat of extinction, conservationists said Monday, warning the biodiversity there was being "decimated".

44 African nations sign pact establishing free trade area: AU

Kigali - Forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent's economic development, the head of the African Union said Wednesday.

44 African nations sign pact establishing free trade area: AU

Kigali - Forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent's economic development, the head of the African Union said Wednesday.

AU launches ambitious bid for world's largest free trade area

Addis Ababa - Africa's leaders will gather in Rwanda Wednesday to launch what they say will be the world's largest free trade area but Nigeria has already pulled out, highlighting the challenge in getting the continent to sign up.

Making French great again: Macron looks to Africa

Paris - He's France's most anglophone president ever, who reaches for the language of the old foe when telling global audiences that "France is back", or that he wants ecologically to "make our planet great again.

Israel closes migrant facility in mass expulsion plan

Jerusalem - Israel has closed a desert detention centre for migrants as part of a controversial plan for the mass expulsion of thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese who entered the country illegally, officials said Thursday.

EU warns Africa of tougher visa policy over illegal migration

Apo - The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration.

Tillerson shortens African tour over 'schedule demands'

Ndjame - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday was to shorten his maiden tour of Africa because of work, aides said.

Ivorian migrant mourns 'four lost years' on road to Europe

Brian - For many migrants arriving in Europe, it's difficult to talk about the toll taken by the journey. But Ibrahim Soumahoro is unusually frank: the four years spent getting to France have been "lost years".

In the Alps, traffickers prey on migrants and rescuers alike

Montgen - Five African migrants stumble through the snow, exhausted and numb, abandoned hours earlier by a smuggler who left them to make their own way down the mountain from Italy into France.

Shipments of protected African species to Asia soar: study

Fpo - Shipments of protected African species including tortoises, pythons and parrots to Asia have soared since 2006 as demand grows in the Far East for exotic pets, meats and other animal products, a new study warned Tuesday.

African migrants keep football dreams alive in Morocco camp

Casablanca - The rubbish had been cleared away and spectators emerged from makeshift tents: it was time for kick-off in the daily football game at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Morocco's Casablanca.

African migrants start hunger strike over Israel expulsion

Jerusalem - Hundreds of African migrants launched a hunger strike to protest Israel's implementation of its controversial policy to expel or indefinitely imprison them, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

Babies born in poorest countries still face 'alarming' risks: UNICEF

Washington - Babies born in the world's poorest countries, most of them in Africa, still face "alarming" risks of death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday.

Canada voices concern to Israel over mass expulsion

Ottawa - Canada, which takes in more African refugees from Israel than any other nation, has voiced concerns to the Jewish state over its planned mass deportation of African migrants, an official said Monday.

African audiences celebrate 'Black Panther' release

Kisumu - The release this week of Marvel Studios' latest superhero outing, "Black Panther", has triggered the enthusiasm of African movie fans and a sense of pride that Hollywood has finally plugged a gap.

Sirleaf wins prestigious Ibrahim Prize for African leadership

London - Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday won the rarely-awarded Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize.

African migrants in Israel opt for jail over deportation

- At a detention centre in Israel's Negev desert, African migrants facing deportation say they would rather be imprisoned than sent to a country they know nothing about.

Denmark's biggest party wants to cap 'non-Western' asylum seekers

Stockholm - Denmark's Social Democrats, part of the left-wing opposition and the country's largest party, on Monday proposed slashing the number of "non-Western" foreigners allowed into the EU member state.

Trump says US 'deeply respects' Africa in letter to AU

Addis Ababa - President Donald Trump said the United States "deeply respects" Africans and will dispatch its top diplomat to the continent, in a letter to African leaders seen by AFP on Sunday.

Trump sends 'warmest regards' to African leaders after reported slur

Davos - US President Donald Trump on Friday asked the African Union chairman to pass on his "warmest regards" to other regional leaders at a summit this weekend, after sparking outrage with a reported slur against Africans.
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