June 12, 2018

National Coordination Centre for Early Warning Mechanism opens in Cote d’Ivoire

Signature of MoU between the Ivorian Prime minister and president Brou Abidjan, 27 May 2018. The National Coordination Centre for the Early Warning and Response mechanism of Cote d’Ivoire was inaugurated in Abidjan on 24 May 2018, by the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, in the company of the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Gen. Francis Awagbe Behanzin. The Centre’s premises were provided by the Ivorian government. In addition to inaugurating the building, Mr Brou, in a symbolic gesture, handed over some equipment and a vehicle to the Centre’s Director. According to the ECOWAS Commission President, the Centre is intended to be a Community instrument for solidarity, essential for the prevention, management and resolution of the conflicts besetting West Africa. Exchange of documents between Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and Amadou Gon Coulibaly The Ivorian government will support the C..
June 11, 2018

The UK health tax hurting foreign nurses

The UK health tax hurting foreign nurses Image copyright PA Image caption One in eight NHS England workers are foreign nationals When a Kenyan nurse took up a job in the UK a few years ago, he felt his family's future had been secured. But now the distraught father-of-three is struggling financially to reunite his family. Ken, not his real name, lives with his wife and daughter. But his twin children, a boy and a girl, remain in Kenya where they live with relatives. That's because Ken is unable to raise enough money to cover a British health tax, known as the immigration health surcharge (IHS). 'Struggling to stay afloat'Migrant workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and their dependents have to a pay an annual fee of £200 ($268) each. Ken is also required to have £2,185 in his account for three months before he can apply to bring his twins into the country - on top of the £400 he will need for their health tax. "It's very diff..
June 11, 2018

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees Image copyright Jocelyn Alexander Image caption Panke, the oldest known African baobab, in 1997. The tree has since died. A tree regarded as the icon of the African savannah is dying in mysterious circumstances. International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobabs have died over the past 12 years. They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no direct evidence of this. The tree can grow to an enormous size, and may live hundreds if not thousands of years. The researchers, from universities in South Africa, Romania and the US, say the loss of the trees is "an event of an unprecedented magnitude". Revealing the findings in the journal, Nature Plants, they say the deaths were not caused by an epidemic. "We suspect that the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part with significant modifications of climate conditions that affect southern Afr..
June 11, 2018

World Cup child trafficking bid foiled in Nigeria

World Cup child trafficking bid foiled in Nigeria Image copyright AFP Image caption The children were intercepted at Lagos' Murtala Mohammed International Airport Nigerian authorities say they have rescued nine young girls and one boy who were being trafficked to Moscow. Five suspects, including a policeman and a quarantine officer, were arrested for allegedly facilitating their travel, the government agency fighting trafficking says. The victims were found while trying to board a plane from Lagos to Russia. They had football supporter ID cards in order to look as though they were fans heading to the World Cup in Russia. Africa Live: Updates on this and other stories How I smuggle people from Nigeria to Europe Five other potential victims were stopped from boarding the same Turkish Airlines flight when suspicious staff noticed they had one-way tickets. Criminals have been pressurising young Nigerians and their parents to take advantage of the World Cup to get Russian visas, the ..
June 9, 2018

UN condemns Central African Republic hospital raids

UN condemns Central African Republic hospital raids Image copyright Reuters Image caption Since January 2017, there has been a 70% increase in the number of internally displaced people in the CAR as a result of the continuing conflict The UN has condemned intimidation of staff and patients by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). Men armed with machetes, knives and other crude weapons entered hospitals in the past few months, the UN said, most recently in the town of Bambari. Terrified relatives had moved patients from Bambari hospital even though they still needed treatment. The UN said it was unclear who was carrying out the attacks, suspected of being ethnically motivated. The conflict has led to a 70% increase in the number of internally displaced people since January 2017, the UN says. The UN's humanitarian co-ordinator in the CAR, Najat Rochdi, said in a statement he would "hold these armed groups directly responsible for any medical complications and life-thr..
June 8, 2018

US soldier killed in Somalia firefight

US soldier killed in Somalia firefight American special forces soldier killed in firefight with jihadist militants in Somalia, US military officials say This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
June 8, 2018

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Changing men and opening doors

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Changing men and opening doors Image caption Adichie is the author of Why We Should All Be Feminists Nigerian novelist and storyteller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's appearance on US TV programme The Daily Show has seen thousands of people commenting on the role of men within feminism, and when to hold open a door for somebody or not. Since talking to the show's host Trevor Noah on Thursday evening about why men are important for the feminist movement, Adichie has been trending on Twitter in Nigeria, with reaction to her remarks tweeted over 41,000 times at time of writing. "Men have to be on board," said Adichie. "Because we share the world." Skip Twitter post by @TheDailyShow “Men have to be on board. You can change women all you want — if you don’t change men, nothing changes. Because we share the world.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains why men are important for the feminist movement: https://t.co/6VPXNGVq7w pic.twitter.com/nRMuQGvDgO — The Daily S..
June 8, 2018

Ghana football head Kwesi Nyantakyi banned by Fifa over ‘cash gift’

Ghana football head Kwesi Nyantakyi banned by Fifa over 'cash gift' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfrican referees filmed taking cash Fifa has banned the president of Ghana's Football Association (GFA) from football activities for 90 days. Ghana has said it will dissolve its national football association after Kwesi Nyantakyi was filmed apparently accepting a "cash gift". He was pictured taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman. Mr Nyantakyi is the second most powerful official in African football and also a member of the Fifa Council. He has not commented on the allegations. African officials filmed taking cash Ghana dissolves football association after cash gifts scandal The provisional suspension comes into force "immediately" and can be extended by 45 days, Fifa said in a statement. BBC African football analyst Nick Cavell says it seems unlikely that Ghana will be able to take part in Wednesday&..
June 8, 2018

Jean-Pierre Bemba: Congo warlord’s conviction overturned

Jean-Pierre Bemba: Congo warlord's conviction overturned Democratic Republic of Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba has successfully overturned his landmark conviction. Bemba, a former vice-president of DR Congo, was found guilty of war crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003 by the International Criminal Court. He was accused of failing to stop his rebels from killing and raping people. The ICC has now upheld his appeal against the 2016 ruling, to cheers from his supporters in the gallery. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
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