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Songhaï: A 'zero waste' agricultural system to increase food security in Africa

Fr Godfrey Nzamujo runs a "zero waste" agriculture system aimed at increasing food security and creating jobs.
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Fespaco: Pomp and colour as Africa’s biggest film festival starts

The Fespaco festival draws film fans from across the world to Burkina Faso.
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Pro-military protesters turn out for second day in Sudanese capital

Protesters say post-dictatorship interim government has failed them politically and economicallyHundreds of pro-military Sudanese protesters have rallied for a second day in Khartoum, in an escalation of what the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, called the “worst and most dangerous crisis” of the country’s precarious transition.The protesters are demanding the dissolution of Sudan’s post-dictatorship interim government, saying it has failed them politically and economically. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Sudan, Khartoum, Abdalla Hamdok


Covid news live: Gordon Brown urges rich nations to send vaccines to Africa; UK cases stay high

Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany has reported 4,373,789 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 8,682 and a total of 94,618 deaths, an increase of 17 according to the Robert Koch Institute. This piece from Der Ziet is in German, but the RKI is warning of a new wave of new infections after the autumn holidays. In the autumn and winter that lie ahead of us we must assume that the infection rate will worsen...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Gordon Brown, Coronavirus, Robert Koch Institute This, Der Ziet


Gordon Brown urges emergency Covid vaccine airlift to Africa

Former UK prime minister says operation could be under way within days if world leaders signed offCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100,000 lives can be saved in Africa by undertaking the emergency airlift of 240m unused vaccines in the next fortnight, Gordon Brown has urged.The former prime minister called on a group of rich nations to back “the biggest peacetime public policy decision” by supporting an October airlift that would see unused vaccines handed to...
Tags: Health, UK, Africa, G20, World news, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Coronavirus


Africa Covid recovery role for UK's Hancock withdrawn

His appointment to the UN's economic commission for Africa was announced earlier this week.
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United Nations withdraws Matt Hancock job offer

Former health secretary will no longer become a special envoyMatt Hancock, the former UK health secretary, will no longer become a special envoy for the United Nations after the job offer was withdrawn.Hancock had said he was “honoured” to be working with the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa to help the continent recover from the pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, United Nations, Un, Hancock, Economic Commission, Matt Hancock


Matt Hancock's United Nations role withdrawn

Mr Hancock's appointment to the UN's economic commission for Africa was announced earlier this week.
Tags: News, Africa, United Nations, Un, Hancock, Matt Hancock


Two of Africa's Covid experts are leaving the continent. Is this a brain drain or gain for Africa?

Two of Africa's Covid experts are clearing out their desks and counting the hours as they prepare to take up new roles offered to them overseas.
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UK announces extra £29m of humanitarian aid for Ethiopia

Fears grow over effect of government blockade on worsening food, water and energy situationThe UK has announced an extra £29m of humanitarian aid to people affected by the deepening conflict in northern Ethiopia, as the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, reviews what kind of further pressure can be placed on the new Ethiopian government to open up badly needed humanitarian corridors.The UK has provided more than £75m to alleviate the risk of famine – making it the second largest aid donor to Ethiopia...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, Society, World news, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Liz Truss, Tigray


Here's what it was like to get one Covid shot in Nigeria, where less than 3% are vaccinated, and a second in the UK, where people are already getting access to booster shots

The author, Paul Adepoju (left), got his first Covid vaccine shot in Nigeria. The center was so crowded that there was no room to sit down. Paul Adepoju In Nigeria, less than 3% of the population has gotten the Covid vaccine. In the UK, 68% of people are fully vaccinated. Life is returning to normal in both places - but in Nigeria, most people must make do without the vaccine. There's a growing push to speed up vaccine access in poor countries. I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot in...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, Nigeria, Africa, America, Trends, Cnn, National Health Service, Patents, West Africa, Who, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, World Bank


‘I wanted this film to be 100% Somali’: the fight to make The Gravedigger’s Wife

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, who directed the acclaimed drama, reveals the struggle to portray his community ‘with dignity and compassion’“I am Somali and I made this film for Somali people to watch a film in their mother tongue without needing subtitles,” says film director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed. Ahmed made his feature debut with The Gravedigger’s Wife, and after premiering in May at the Cannes film festival’s Critics’ Week, it made headlines as the first film from Somalia to be put forward for the Osc...
Tags: Film, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Awards and prizes, Festivals, Finland, Oscars, Somalia, London film festival, Cannes, Ahmed, Djibouti, Drama films, Khadar Ayderus Ahmed


Cambridge college to be first in UK to return looted Benin bronze

Jesus College will give sculpture of a cockerel back to Nigeria, which could spark a wave of repatriationsA Cambridge college is to become the first British institution to return one of the Benin bronzes to Nigeria later this month in what has been described as “a historic moment”.Jesus College, University of Cambridge, will return the bronze cockerel to Nigerian delegates on 27 October, in a handover ceremony that Nigerian officials say offers “hope for amicable resolutions” to the ongoing disp...
Tags: Art, UK, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Cambridge, Colonialism, University of Cambridge, Benin, Jesus College, Jesus College University of Cambridge


Africa's week in pictures: 8-14 October 2021

A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond.
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Can African tech giant Jumia deliver on its promise?

Can Africa-focussed tech giant Jumia deliver on its promises to a new generation of consumers?
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Court suspends Giulio Regeni murder and kidnapping trial

Decision follows hours of deliberation over whether it is fair for four Egyptian security officials to be tried in absentiaA court in Rome has suspended trial proceedings against four Egyptian security officials accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering the Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, following hours of deliberation over whether it is fair for the men to be tried in absentia.The trial was returned to a preliminary court, after judges debated for seven hours about whether hearing...
Tags: Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, World news, Rome, Surveillance, Egypt, Italy, Cairo, Giulio Regeni


Egypt accused of disruption as Giulio Regeni murder trial begins

Four Egyptian security officials go on trial in absentia in Italy accused after death of studentA court in Rome has begun trial proceedings against four Egyptian security officials accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering the Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, including hours of deliberation over whether it is fair for the men to be tried in absentia.The 28-year-old doctoral student went missing in Cairo on 25 January 2016 while researching Egypt’s unions. His body was discovered on a...
Tags: Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, World news, Rome, Surveillance, Egypt, Italy, Cairo, Giulio Regeni


Court suspends Giulio Regeni murder trial

Decision follows hours of deliberation over whether it is fair for four Egyptian security officials to be tried in absentiaA court in Rome has suspended trial proceedings against four Egyptian security officials accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering the Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, following hours of deliberation over whether it is fair for the men to be tried in absentia.The trial was returned to a preliminary court, after judges debated for seven hours about whether hearing...
Tags: Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, World news, Rome, Surveillance, Egypt, Italy, Cairo, Giulio Regeni


Egypt accused of disruption as Giuliano Regeni murder trial begins

Four Egyptian security officials go on trial in absentia in Italy accused after death of studentA court in Rome has begun trial proceedings against four Egyptian security officials accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering the Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, including hours of deliberation over whether it is fair for the men to be tried in absentia.The 28-year-old doctoral student went missing in Cairo on 25 January 2016 while researching Egypt’s unions. His body was discovered on a...
Tags: Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, World news, Rome, Surveillance, Egypt, Italy, Cairo, Giulio Regeni, Giuliano Regeni


Cameroon urges calm after policeman kills schoolgirl in anglophone region

Anger erupts and gendarme lynched after schoolgirl is shot at checkpoint in the south-west city of BueaAuthorities in English-speaking western Cameroon have appealed for calm after a police officer killed a schoolgirl in the troubled region and was lynched by an angry mob.The incident took place in Buea, a hotspot city in a region where anglophone separatists and government forces in the French-majority nation have been locked in bitter four-year-old conflict. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Cameroon, South West, Buea


Calls for calm in Cameroon after police officer lynched for killing five-year-old

Anger erupts after schoolgirl is shot by gendarme at a checkpoint in anglophone city of BueaAuthorities in English-speaking western Cameroon have appealed for calm after a police officer killed a five-year-old girl and was lynched by a mob.The incident took place in Buea, a hotspot city in a region where anglophone separatists and government forces in the French-majority nation have been locked in bitter four-year-old conflict. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Cameroon, Buea




Kenya rejects UN court judgment giving Somalia control of resource-rich waters

ICJ ruling aggravates fractious relations between two countries and threatens to destabilise restive regionKenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has rejected a decision by the UN’s highest court to grant Somalia control of disputed waters in the Indian Ocean, saying it would “strain relations” between the neighbouring countries.The president accused the international court of justice of imposing its authority on a dispute “it had neither jurisdiction nor competence” to oversee after it delineated a...
Tags: Law, Africa, Environment, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Oceans, United Nations, Global development, International court of justice, Kenya, Un, Somalia, Indian Ocean, African Union, Uhuru Kenyatta, ICJ


Netflix, UNESCO Launch Competition to Find Next Generation of African Filmmakers

Netflix and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have launched a short film competition on the theme “African Folktales, Reimagined” across Sub-Saharan Africa. Six competition winners will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a $75,000 production budget through a local production company to create short films that will […]
Tags: News, Africa, Global, Netflix, Unesco, Ted Sarandos, Netflix UNESCO


Netflix and Unesco search for African film-makers to ‘reimagine’ folktales

Competition opens to find six young creators in sub-Saharan Africa who will be funded to produce movies for 2022For Nelson Mandela they were “morsels rich with the gritty essence of Africa but in many instances universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts and the mystical.”Passed down through the generations, whispered at bedtimes and raucously retold by elders, folktales have long been a mainstay of African cultural heritage. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Africa, World news, Netflix, Culture, Unesco, Nelson Mandela, Global development, Saharan Africa


Giulio Regeni: trial of Egyptian security agents charged over death begins in Rome

The accused, all members of the National Security Agency, will be tried in absentia after the researcher’s kidnap and killing in CairoA court in Rome is due to begin the trial of four Egyptian security service officers accused of killing an Italian researcher, Giulio Regeni, five and a half years after his mutilated body was found in a ditch by a road in Cairo.Italian prosecutors accuse Gen Tariq Saber, Col Aser Ibrahim, Capt Hesham Helmi, and Maj Magdi Abd al-Sharif of the “aggravated kidnappin...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Unions, Africa, World news, Rome, Surveillance, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Global development, National Security Agency, Cairo, Sharif, Giulio Regeni


Eritreans of Italian descent demand Rome finally grant them citizenship

Group of more than 300 descendants of people born under Italian rule accuse state of ‘crime of colonial racism’Hundreds of Eritreans of Italian descent who trace their ancestry to the period of Italy’s colonial rule are demanding Italian citizenship, a right denied to them by Benito Mussolini’s racial laws.A group of more than 300 grandchildren or great-grandchildren of people born to Italian fathers and Eritrean mothers have written to the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, and other governm...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Rome, Migration, Italy, Eritrea, Colonialism, Benito Mussolini, Sergio Mattarella


Merck is set to make billions off a COVID-19 pill that could change the pandemic. Here's why some countries will pay more than others.

Molnupiravir is an experimental oral antiviral developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics that could treat COVID-19. Merck Merck's COVID-19 pill holds tremendous promise in fighting the pandemic. Industry analysts expect Merck to make billions off the not-yet-authorized drug. Some countries will be paying $12 per pill, while the US agreed to pay $712 per treatment course. Merck is walking a tightrope with its COVID-19 pill, expecting to reap billions in revenue while still makin...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Africa, US, Trends, Merck, Joe Biden, Gotham, Harvard University, Healthcare, Middle East, Biotech, Bernstein, Gilead Sciences, Harvard Medical School


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
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Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news



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