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'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.

Ebola virus adapted during West African epidemic

Salem - In a review of the 2013-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, scientists have found that the Ebola virus increased its ability of the virus to infect human cells. The virus went through a process of adaptation.

African states demand UN suspend LGBT expert

New York - African countries on Friday demanded that the appointment of a new UN expert on LGBT rights be suspended, saying his mission to report on anti-gay violence had nothing to do with human rights.

A discarded chicken bone tells the story of early domestication

A discarded chicken bone, human teeth marks clearly etched into it from a meal thousands of years ago, is physical proof of the introduction of domesticated chickens on the African continent, researchers have confirmed.

ICC prosecutor vows to press on despite Africa withdrawals

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has described decisions by three African countries to withdraw as a "setback", as she vowed that the tribunal will continue its work on the continent.

Africa in the dock at the International Criminal Court

The Hague - The International Criminal Court -- dealt a blow Friday with South Africa's decision to withdraw from the tribunal -- has launched nine investigations in eight African countries since its establishment in 2002.

EU steps up calls for deals with Africa to curb migrants

Brussels - EU leaders meeting at a summit Thursday are stepping up calls to boost Africa's economic development in exchange for sharp curbs on migrant flows following a similar arrangement with Turkey.

African nations hail maritime deal

Lom - African leaders on Saturday signed a deal to boost security off the continent's economically crucial coasts, hoping to shore up development by tackling maritime crimes like piracy and smuggling.

Merkel turns to Africa to curb mass migrant flow

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday wrapped up a week of Africa diplomacy aimed at slowing the flow of migrants to Europe from a continent battered by conflict and poverty.
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