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Growing risk of 'mass' starvation deaths in Africa, Yemen: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Tuesday of a growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.An "avoidable humanitarian crisis...

African migrants seeking Europe sold as 'slaves' for $200

Geneva - African migrants trying to reach Europe are being sold into slavery in Libya, including for sex, for as little as $200, international monitors said Tuesday, citing testimony from victims.

Plan to nurture African economies unites fractious G20

Baden-baden - Ministers from the world's top economies heralded plans to boost development in Africa on Saturday, at an otherwise fractious G20 gathering in Germany.

Bill Gates 'optimistic' about the future — but Trump worries him

Bill Gates hasn't kept quiet about his thoughts on President Donald Trump and the future of the United States. In December, Gates told CNBC that "there can be a very upbeat message" about a Trump administration.

Bishops ask Radio Vatican to restore services to Africa

Vatican City - African bishops have asked Radio Vatican, the official radio of the pope, to restore shortwave transmissions to the continent, the Catholic agency Fides reported on Friday.

.africa joins the internet

Addis Ababa - In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent.

Communities using technology to improve education in Africa

Many parts of the Africa are evolving and developing and there’s an air of optimism in many regions about the improving economic outlook. One driver for an improved economy is education, and here technology is being utilized for positive results.

No Ibrahim Prize awarded for African leadership

London - The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday.

'Solar revolution' is coming to Africa says Energy Chief

A "solar revolution" is coming to Africa, comparable in scale to the rapid increase in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, according to the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Armyworms threaten southern Africa food supply: UN agency

Harare - An outbreak of armyworm caterpillars present in several southern African countries threatens to strip the entire region of key food supplies, warned the UN food agency Thursday.

On a South African farm, despair over armyworm attack

Onderstepoort - Peeling back the maize plant's leaves reveals a small brown caterpillar -- an armyworm that writhes as it burrows into the heart of the crop, producing a sticky dark paste.

Emergency Harare meeting warns of 'huge' armyworm threat

Harare - International experts at emergency UN talks in Harare warned Tuesday that crop-eating armyworm caterpillars posed a serious threat to food supplies across several African countries.

Forced evictions dragging down African investment: report

Dakar - Forced evictions are at the heart of most African land disputes, and local anger over those displacements threatens investment across the continent, a report said Thursday.

Crop destroying armyworm marches across mainland Africa

Scientists are calling for urgent action to stop the fall armyworm, a crop-destroying pest that is spreading rapidly across mainland Africa, threatening food security and agricultural trade.

Medical technologists find cheaper way to make essential medicine

Durham - Medical technologists have found a means to create an anti-fungal medication, designed to combat Cryptococcal meningitis, less expensively. The drug is intended for use in parts of Africa.

Tough options as EU tackles Med migrant route

Brussels - EU leaders meeting in Malta on Friday will face the challenge of how to work with a chaotic Libya and reluctant sub-Saharan African countries to prevent a feared upsurge of migrant smuggling to Europe.

Italy to fund African states to curb migrant flow

Rome - Italy on Wednesday pledged 200 million euros ($215 million) in funds to several African countries as it seeks to slash the number of migrants risking their lives in the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

Gambian crisis takes centre stage at Mali summit

Bamako - The Gambia's political crisis dominated a Mali summit on Saturday as Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow appealed to west African leaders for help ending the impasse.

Africa, France battling same threat, Hollande says in Mali

Bamako - French President Francois Hollande said Friday that those battling jihad in Africa and the Middle East were like France part of "the same fight" against extremism.

France sees 'long war' against jihadists in Africa

Ndjame - French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Thursday warned troops stationed in Africa's Sahel region that they should "prepare for a long war" against jihadists.

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective': WHO

Paris - A prototype vaccine for Ebola may be "up to 100 percent effective" in protecting against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

UN member-states reject African bid to block UN LGBT expert

New York - The UN General Assembly on Monday rejected a bid by African countries to block the appointment of the first-ever UN expert tasked with investigating violence and discrimination against LGBT minorities.

Burning ivory, waging war: world battles poaching in 2016

Nairobi - It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on.

Fidel Castro's military forays into Africa

Havana - Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away on the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead.

A step towards eliminating river blindness parasite

River blindness remains a major concern for parts of the world, especially in Africa and Latin America where up to 37 million people are infected. The disease causes eye and skin diseases. A new study offers a clue for eradication of the disease.

Vintage biplane crashes in Kenya, Irish pilots unhurt

Nairobi - An Irish father and daughter team taking part in a cross-Africa rally escaped unhurt after crashlanding their 1930s biplane on the way to Kenya's capital, where participants staged an airshow Sunday, organisers said.

Russian rejection of ICC mirrors US stance

Washington - The United States expressed regret Wednesday that Russia had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court -- 14 years after Washington made exactly the same decision.

African leaders in Morocco to unify stance on global warming

Marrakech - African leaders met in Morocco Wednesday on the sidelines of UN climate talks to agree a joint stance to fight global warming on the continent.

Russia in new blow to ICC as court urges nations 'Don't go'

Den Haag - Russia dealt the International Criminal Court a fresh blow Wednesday as the court's top officials urged nations to support the tribunal hit by a wave of unprecedented defections.

Africa waits and wonders on Trump's foreign policy

Johanesburg - Across Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change.
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