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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.

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.
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