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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.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role

Washington - The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

Fintech innovation for African banks

Maastricht - FMO, the Dutch development bank, and Above & Beyond, have come together to launch a fintech platform for African Banks. The aim is to accelerate the financial inclusion of the African banking system.

Bringing the blockchain to the unbanked

Singapoe - The Singapore based company MicroMoney is aiming to ‘bank’ the ‘unbanked’ through the implementation of a $30 million token swap. It is estimated that the potential global market of the ‘unbanked’ is 2 billion people.

Africa's agriculture needs a big dose of digital transformation

Scientists are now calling for a technological transformation in how Africans undertake agricultural production. With almost three quarters of the workforce on the continent focussed on agriculture, such a change could lead to rapid innovation.

Government internet shutdowns cost Africa dear: report

Johanesburg - Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions.

Italy looks to its African entrepreneurs to ease migrant pressure

Rome - Italy has turned to its homegrown African entrepreneurs for help in easing the economic pressures driving hundreds of thousands of migrants onto the country's southern shores.

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

Brussels - The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

Brussels - The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

US boosts aid for war famines by $575 million

New York - The United States said Thursday it will spend another $575 million dollars to help the millions facing starvation and violence amid wars and unrest in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia.

Africa poaching now a war, task force warns

Pretoria - The fight against poaching must be treated as a war, Africa's leading anti-poaching coalition said Thursday, as it called for the illicit wildlife trade to be monitored like global conflicts.

US teen 'unstoppable' in fight for girl power in Africa

Paris - With braces on her teeth and sneakers on her feet, Zuriel Oduwole from Los Angeles may look like a typical American teen.

Unwelcome in Israel, African refugees dream of home

Telavi - Tens of thousands of Africans who fled misery at home for safety in Israel are living in limbo, fearing deportation though some have lived in the country for more than a decade.

Kenya shows pitfalls of digital elections

Nairobi - Allegations of computer hacking in Kenya's August 8 election have reignited a debate around the use of digital technology in national votes, with experts wondering whether sticking to paper may be best.

Africa's opposition leaders take heart in Kenya election ruling

Nairobi - Opposition leaders across Africa, long frustrated in their campaigns to topple firmly entrenched leaders, are hailing the shock overturn of last month's presidential vote in Kenya, calling it an example for their own countries to emulate.

TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare

Arusha - In the developing world, basic healthcare is often a challenge -- let alone expensive medical screening or tests for easily treatable, preventable illnesses.

Popular sites targeted in string of Africa attacks

Paris - The attack on a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital on Sunday was the latest in a series of assaults in Africa targeting spots popular with foreigners and locals alike.

Rapper Akon to buy 50% of African music download service

Dakar - Senegalese-American rapper Akon announced Saturday he would purchase 50 percent of African music download service Musik Bi, as the platform struggles to gain a foothold after its launch 18 months ago.

G20 launches plan to fight poverty in Africa

Hamburg - G20 nations launched an unprecedented initiative Saturday at the group's summit in Germany to fight poverty in Africa, but critics called the plan half-hearted.

Ivorian rural hamlet marks role in slave trade

Katiola - The hamlet of Kanga Gnianze is absent from many maps of Ivory Coast, but the rural community attracted stars and scholars this week to mark its place in the sorry memory of slavery.

WFP chief urges EU to step up funds for Africa famine

Brussels - The UN food agency's director urged the European Union on Monday to help raise the $1 billion needed over the next few months to save hundreds of thousands of children from starving to death in Yemen and three African countries.

EU states slammed for lack of support to Africa fund

Brussels - EU countries have fallen far short of their duty to an African economic development fund designed to help discourage mass migration to Europe, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker charged Friday.

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

New York - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday that paves the way for deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region.

France, US agree UN draft on anti-jihadist Sahel force

New York - France and the United States have reached agreement on a draft UN resolution that would pave the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region, diplomats said Tuesday.

Money from Europe a lifeline for Nigerian families

Benin City - Grace and Sunday Otoide's house is the last one standing on Bata Road in Benin City, southern Nigeria. All the neighbours have left and the retired couple hope to do the same.

Agadez: The migrant crossroads of hope... and broken dreams

Agadez - Wild-eyed with matted hair after four days in the searing Sahara sun, Ibrahim Kande climbs out of the pick-up truck he has ridden from Libya back to dusty Agadez in central Niger.

Ticket to Europe? Nigeria girls lured into sexual slavery

Benin City - In Benin City, Nigeria's capital of illegal migration, no one says the word "prostitution". The word on the street for the young girls who leave for Italy or France is "hustling".

Migrants in limbo power Niger football club

Agadez - As Africa's smuggling capital, a dusty city in central Niger has found its local football team boosted by an unexpected influx of new players: migrants in limbo awaiting passage to Europe.

Migrant influx shifting but no let-up: Frontex

Varsovia - The migrants pouring into Europe have changed routes: the crossing between Turkey and Greece is practically closed, but ever greater numbers are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy.
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