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Nikki Haley voices regret to African UN envoys after Trump slur

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret on Thursday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump's alleged description of African countries as "shithole" nations, the head of the African Group said.

'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

Abidjan - Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday.Growth in Africa rose from 2.

Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

Abidjan - There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent.

Sahel defence ministers in Paris in push for 'G5' force

Paris - Defence ministers from five countries in the Sahel were meeting Monday with French counterpart Florence Parly in the latest push for a pooled force fighting jihadism in the fragile region.

Trump language on Africa unacceptable, racist: Ghana

Accra - Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday said Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the US head of state a racist.

Trump's 'shithole countries' remark cause uproar around the world

President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Africans outraged over 'racist' Trump remarks

Nairobi - Africans reacted angrily Friday after Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries", with many lashing the US president for racism and ignorance.

Surgery death rates in Africa are twice global average: study

Paris - The risk of dying from scheduled surgery in Africa is more than double the global average, researchers said on Wednesday, in a study shedding light on one of the continent's biggest but poorly investigated healthcare problems.

Qatar emir, seeking new markets, starts West Africa tour

Dakar - Qatar's emir landed in Senegal on Wednesday at the start of a six-nation tour of West Africa as Doha seeks out new markets after Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries cut ties with the wealthy emirate.

Sahel force funding shows Saudi serious on terrorism fight

Paris - Saudi Arabia's hefty donation to a new anti-terror force in west Africa's Sahel region is a conspicuous attempt by Riyadh to show it is serious about fighting extremism, analysts say.

EU says 15,000 migrants to exit Libya in two months

Brussels - Around 15,000 African migrants will be repatriated from Libya in the next two months under an emergency plan to stop abuses there, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

Saudi Arabia, UAE pledge $130 mn for Sahel anti-terror force

Paris - Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30 million, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

Gulf pours 130mn euros into Sahel anti-jihadist force

Paris - Oil-rich Gulf countries pledged 130 million euros Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa's Sahel region, as French President Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders in a bid to boost a fledgling five-nation military force.

Africa, Europe hope to rally support for Sahel anti-terror force

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents Wednesday, hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.

6,000 IS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns

Alger - Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

N.Korea's African friends face test of loyalty

Johanesburg - Old alliances between North Korea and several African nations forged at the height of the Cold War will not be swept away easily.

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans: study

Miami - No longer can the tale of one single human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago be considered an accurate history of humankind, said a review of scientific literature Thursday.

In Africa, 15,000 per day internally displaced: monitors

Geneva - Conflicts, violence and disaster across Africa forced some 15,000 people to flee their homes every day in the first half of the year, international monitors said Wednesday. A total of 2.

World AIDS chief warns of risk for Africa's child brides

Abidjan - The head of the UN's AIDS agency on Monday urged African countries to protect young women and children who are bearing the brunt of the continent's AIDS epidemic.

Africa given new hope against famine with 'super beans'

Drought conditions continue to contribute to famine in Africa, prompting a search for crops that are not only drought-resistant but provide a high yield. A so-called "super bean" has been developed that may give hope to hunger-prone areas of Africa.

UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

New York - The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their countries, the head of the IOM said Tuesday.

Macron, on African tour, vows to release files on Burkina hero

Ouagadougou - President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday kicked off his maiden African tour by vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero in many parts of the continent.

Macron kicks off Africa tour in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Burkina Faso on Monday evening for the opening leg of a three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting France's regional influence and stemming the continent's migrant exodus.

Libya slave auctions: 'Everybody knew'

Paris - World leaders may have been quick to voice outrage over video footage of Libyan slave auctions, but activists raised the alarm months ago -- and their warnings fell on deaf ears.

In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from US

Sochi - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States.

Why push is increasingly shove in African regime change

Dakar - Regime change in Africa may not guarantee greater democracy but, as Robert Mugabe's downfall shows, patience for autocrats who overstay their welcome is wearing ever thinner, experts say.

France says 'go ahead' to African security initiatives

Dakar - France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to "go for it", following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel.

Modern tech, rising middle class drive cinema revival in Africa

Abidjan - Like the plot in an old-fashioned movie, cinemas in Africa are making a third-reel comeback after years of worrying decline.

Hope for noma disease victims left without faces in I.Coast

Abidjan - For 17 of her 20 years, Flora Doume has hidden from the world. Now she nervously waits for the operation to repair her ravaged face, restoring her hope for a normal life.

Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter IS

Washington - The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.
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