May 11, 2018

DR Congo: Foreign Office probes reports Britons kidnapped

DR Congo: Foreign Office probes reports Britons kidnapped Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The national park is known for its mountain gorillas Reports that two Britons have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being investigated by the Foreign Office. Local media say a female wildlife ranger - who was with the pair - was killed. The incident took place just north of the city of Goma in the Virunga National Park. The area, known for its mountain gorillas, has seen a number of killings and kidnappings in recent years.
May 11, 2018

New $10bn fund for global education launched

Gordon Brown launches global funding plan for schools Image copyright Unicef Image caption Refugees in Chad: Conflicts have disrupted the education of tens of millions Gordon Brown is launching a $10bn (£7.4bn) scheme to widen access to education in some of the world's poorest countries. The UN global education envoy and ex-UK prime minister wants donor countries to act as guarantors on low-cost lending for projects. The fund aims to tackle the problem of 260 million children without schools. Mr Brown warned the UN in New York that such gaps would have "catastrophic consequences". The International Finance Facility for Education, backed by the UN and World Bank, aims to provide $10bn worth of loans and grants to allow poorer countries to build schools and hire teachers. 'Civil rights struggle'The funding would create places for an initial 20 million children currently out of school. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was "critical" to get international suppor..
May 11, 2018

DR Congo’s Kasai crisis: 400,000 children face starvation

DR Congo's Kasai crisis: 400,000 children face starvation Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some children are already starving to death in Kasai Some 400,000 children are at risk of starving to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations says. Thousands of families in the Kasai region fled to the bush, where they stayed for months, short of food and water, many have already died. The Kasai region, once one of the most prosperous and peaceful in DR Congo, descended into violence in 2016. Long-simmering resentment exploded into rebellion against the government. In December 2017, the UN declared the crisis in DR Congo as the highest level of emergency - the same as Yemen, Syria and Iraq. More on this and other stories from Africa 'The army threw people into the river in Kasai' Human crisis in Congo 'worse than Syria' The UN children's agency Unicef has appealed for $88m (£65m) in aid for Kasai. Unicef spokesperson Christophe Boulierac..
May 11, 2018

Inside Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid: Against powerful foes, does the African nation have a chance?

Morocco will go ahead with many of the plans in its 2026 World Cup bid even if they fail to win the right to host the tournament.
May 10, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 4 May – 10 May 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 4 May - 10 May 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption Men dressed in traditional Libyan costumes attend a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi. Image copyright AFP Image caption A model presents a creation by Nigerian designer Yemi Shoyemi during a bridal fashion week in Nigeria's main city, Lagos... Image copyright Reuters Image caption While a groom dances at his wedding in the same city... Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dressed in their finest outfits, these women also join in the wedding celebrations... Image copyright AFP Image caption While back at the bridal fashion week, mannequins are dressed in traditional white gowns. Image copyright AFP Image caption Kenyan actresses Sheila Munyiva (L) and Samantha Mugatsia during a photocall for Rafiki at the Cannes Film Festival. The Kenyan film has been banned in Kenya because of its..
May 10, 2018

Noura Hussein: Sentenced to death in Sudan for killing ‘rapist husband’

Noura Hussein: Sentenced to death in Sudan for killing 'rapist husband' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young women in Sudan grow up in a patriarchal society, human rights campaigners say A court in Sudan has sentenced to death a young woman for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her as his male relatives restrained her. The judge in Omdurman confirmed the death penalty for Noura Hussein after her husband's family refused to accept financial compensation. Human rights groups are calling for her conviction to be overturned. Ms Hussein, who is now 19, was forced into the marriage at the age of 16 and had tried to run away. Is a child bride really married every seven seconds? What is it like to be a child bride? She is said to have wanted to finish her education and train as a teacher. Her case has attracted widespread attention on social media where a campaign called #JusticeforNoura has been trending on Twitter. Skip Twitter post by @yassmin_a I wr..
May 10, 2018

President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou enlists Cooperation of ECOWAS Parliament on adherence to Integration commitments

LR Mr. John Azumah, Speaker Cise Lo, President Brou, and Mr. Rachid El Abdi Abuja, 10th May 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has enlisted the cooperation of the Community Parliament on adherence by Member States to their commitments to the regional integration process. Delivery an address on the 10th of May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, on the occasion of the 1st Ordinary session of the 4th legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament, President Brou told the august body that there is now a high need to make the Community Parliament a key institution for monitoring the adherence to such commitments. It was President Brou’s inaugural speech to the Community Parliamentarians. He assured them: “My team and I and all other ECOWAS Institutions stand ready to work simultaneously and closely with the ECOWAS Parliament for fruitful cooperation in the shared interest of our community”. Group photograph of officials of th..
May 10, 2018

UK apology over Libyan dissident rendition

UK apology over Libyan dissident rendition Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has apologised to Libyan Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, who say an MI6 tip-off led to their capture and his torture by Colonel Gaddafi's forces. Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the settlement with the couple included a £500,000 payment to Ms Boudchar. Mr Belhaj says MI6 helped the US kidnap him in Thailand in 2004 to return him and his wife to Libya. UK actions had contributed to the couple's capture, Mr Wright said. Mr Belhaj had not sought and would not receive financial compensation, Mr Wright added. A leading opponent of the then Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Mr Belhaj says he was abducted in Bangkok - along with his wife, then five-months pregnant - while attempting to fly to London to claim asylum in the UK. Now a politician in Libya, Mr Belhaj spent six years in prison upon his return to the country, while Moroccan-born Ms Boudchar was released sho..
May 10, 2018

Kenya dam burst ’causes huge destruction’

Kenya dam burst 'causes huge destruction' Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of homes were swept away when the Patel Dam burst its banks Officials in Kenya say a dam has burst after heavy rain, causing "huge destruction" and killing at least 10. The breach happened in the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. "The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property. The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained," said Lee Kinyajui, governor of Nakuru county. The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued 39 people so far. Image Copyright @KenyaRedCross @KenyaRedCross Report Image Copyright @KenyaRedCross @KenyaRedCross Report Locals told Kenya's Daily Nation that they heard an "explosion" from the Patel Dam before water started pouring out, sweeping hundreds of homes before it. Rongai police chief Japheth Kioko gave the outlet a higher death toll, saying 20 bodies had been recovered and that rescue work was ong..
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