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US, China at odds over UN push to fund African peacekeeping

New York - A push at the United Nations to secure financing for peace operations led by the African Union won strong backing from China on Tuesday but the United States poured cold water on the proposal.

Global fight against malaria has stalled, WHO warns

Maputo - The World Health Organisation on Monday said global efforts to fight malaria have hit a plateau as it reported there were more cases of the killer disease in 2017 than the previous year.

Pentagon to trim Africa forces as focus shifts to Russia, China

Washington - The Pentagon will trim the number of US troops deployed across Africa as it concentrates more on countering threats from "Great Power" competitors Russia and China, officials said Thursday.

Fighting for France in WWI, Senegal's last rifleman

Dakar - Born in 1894 and enlisted after showing his prowess as a wrestler, Abdoulaye Ndiaye was a Senegalese villager who fought for France as a sharpshooter in World War I.

France addresses painful history of African WWI troops

Paris - Is France guilty of "amnesia" when it comes to the role of African troops who fought in World War I? The organisers of an exhibition on colonial fighters near Paris think so.

Two migrant children die at sea between Morocco and Spain: NGO

Madrid - Two seven-year-old children have died in the Mediterranean as hundreds of migrants sought to reach Spain from Morocco, a Spanish NGO said Saturday.

African growth key to stemming migrant flows: Merkel

Prague - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech premier Andrej Babis agreed Friday to focus on economic development in Africa to try to slow migration into the European Union.

'Europe or bust' migrants undeterred in Morocco

Tanger - For scores of African migrants, it's a case of "Europe or bust", no matter what Moroccan authorities throw at them in the way of detentions and being bussed hundreds of kilometres away."I'll come back here even if they send me back 10 times!

Choice of francophone chief makes waves in Africa

Dakar - In normal times, African countries would have loudly saluted the choice of Rwanda's Louise Mushikiwabo as head of the world community of French-speaking countries.

Stigma, blame means African women wary to say #MeToo

Nairobi - The #MeToo campaign has given mostly Western women confidence to speak up about violence at the hands of men, but in Africa women say stigma and victim-blaming still keep many silent.

Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

Accra - The US First Lady on Tuesday pulled faces at babies and handed out teddy bears as she kicked off her maiden solo trip to Africa, offering a softer side to the Trump administration after another turbulent week in Washington.

Melania Trump carves solo path in Africa visit

Washington - Melania Trump left Washington -- and her husband's shadow -- Monday for a four-country tour of Africa that will give the glamorous and at times enigmatic first lady a chance to carve her own diplomatic path.

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Paris - Girls are the primary victims of humanitarian crises, suffering abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are "14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict," the Plan International NGO said Sunday.

War on extreme poverty faces challenges in Africa: World Bank

Washington - The share of the people living in extreme poverty around the globe has declined but is falling a slower pace as the challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa become more acute, the World Bank said Wednesday.

Hotspots, not trouble spots: Africa seeks tourism boom

Cape Town - Africa draws just five percent of the world's tourists despite boasting attractions ranging from the Pyramids and Victoria Falls to wildlife safaris and endless strips of pristine beach.

Dealers bristle as calls grow for restitution of colonial-era art

Paris - Among the specialists in indigenous art gathering for their annual trade show in Paris this week, resistance is growing to demands that works taken from native peoples be returned decades or even centuries after the fact.

In Canada, 28-year-old immigrant wins lottery — twice

Montr - A young west African immigrant who moved to Canada two years ago has hit the lottery jackpot -- twice.Melhig Melhig, 28, won two scratch-off games in the space of five months. Total winnings? CAN $3.5 million (US $2.7 million).

Airbnb hits back at Paris ban threat

Cape Town - Rent-a-room giant Airbnb on Wednesday accused the Paris official seeking to ban the service in the city of electioneering and insisted it enjoys widespread support in the French capital.

EU's Juncker wants 'new alliance' with Africa

Strasbourg - European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker on Wednesday called for a "new alliance" with Africa that would create millions of jobs and include a free trade deal.

France, Benelux to propose EU aid for Africa in return for migrant help

- France and the three Benelux countries on Thursday launched a plan to offer EU funds to African countries in return for help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

China's Xi offers $60 bn Africa aid, says 'no strings attached'

Bejing - President Xi Jinping told African leaders Monday that China's investments on the continent have "no political strings attached", pledging $60 billion in new development financing, even as Beijing is increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy projects ...

China hosts African leaders amid aid criticism

Bejing - China hosts African leaders Monday for a summit aimed at promoting Beijing's vision for development on the continent, even as it finds itself increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy approach to foreign aid.

Conflicts may have killed 5 mn children in Africa: study

Paris - Injury, disease, and hunger caused by armed conflict in Africa may have killed as many as five million children under five from 1995 to 2015, said a study Friday.Of these, about three million were infants aged 12 months or younger.

Lost at sea: 'Thousands' of dead migrants never identified

Fass - In 2006, Khady Dieye's husband left the family home on Senegal's northern coast and boarded a dugout canoe in the hope of reaching Spain.

Britain's May takes post-Brexit trade tour to Nigeria

Abuja - Britain's Theresa May held talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday on the second leg of her maiden Africa tour aimed at drumming up post-Brexit trade deals outside the European Union.

May kicks off first Africa tour as British PM

Cape Town - British Prime Minister Theresa May touched down in Cape Town Tuesday as she kicked off a tour of the African continent where she hopes to lay the foundations for post-Brexit trade deals.

Tanker missing in Gulf of Guinea found

Tbili - A tanker with 19 Georgian and Russian sailors that went missing for over a week in the Gulf of Guinea has been found off the coast of Congo, Tbilisi said on Friday, although the reason for its disappearance remained unclear.

Melania Trump to make solo Africa trip

Washington - The US first lady Melania Trump will travel to Africa later this year, her office announced Monday, with further details expected in the coming weeks.

Migrants unseen in Israeli photographer's exhibition

Jerusalem - Photographer Ron Amir spent years visiting African migrants in the Israeli desert to understand the new world they had created. He came back with a provocative set of pictures -- without people in them.

Kofi Annan and Africa: from the scars of genocide to diplomatic success

Nairobi - Ghana-born Kofi Annan, who died Saturday aged 80, was the first UN chief from sub-Saharan Africa, and it was on this continent that he experienced both the most difficult moment of his career, as well as some of his biggest diplomatic successes.
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