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Zuma enters last days in office as South African President

President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence tabled in parliament by his own party within days if he does not resign his office. Leaders of the ANC are still hoping to avoid his and the party's “humiliation” by having further talks with him. But the party wants its…

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Commonly used drug may be key to stopping thousands of mothers dying

Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating the problem. The trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan…

Commonly used drug may be key to stopping thousands of mothers dying

Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating the problem. The trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan…

Defeating malaria in Nigeria, other African countries: One step at a time

By Tami Hultman and Melissa BritzDespite dramatic progress against it, malaria still kills over 420 thousand people a year – an estimated 92 per cent of them in sub Saharan Africa. Most of those are children. Rapid malaria tests make it easier to diagnose the mosquito-borne disease, and that's a…

Lose Weight or You’re Fired, Egyptian TV Presenters Told

Eight women working for Egyptian TV have been ordered to lose weight or be taken off air, according to BBC. The women have been suspended, and told to lose weight or they may lose their jobs. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given them one month to do,…

Africa: U.S. to Africa’s Leaders – ‘Embrace Life After the Presidency!’

This is a crucial year for democracy in Africa. Six countries have already held presidential elections in 2016, and 11 more are preparing for elections. African leaders have the opportunity to advance democracy and cement their legacies by establishing the conditions for peaceful transitions of power. Their actions will determine…

Lesotho: Time for Visionary Leaders in Lesotho

By Tsoeu Petlane Almost a month after the release of the report of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) inquiry into political instability in Lesotho, many citizens remain in the dark over both its contents and their implications for the future. Led by Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi of the Botswana High…

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Africa: Four in Five Africans Don’t Want Gay Neighbours

Cape Town — Africans are generally tolerant of people of different ethnic groups and religions - but not of gays and lesbians, according to a new report from Afrobarometer. The continent-wide collaborative group released the report in Maputo on Tuesday. It is based on more than 50,000 interviews with members…

Ethiopia: We Want ‘Equitable, Broad-Based Growth’ – Prime Minister Hailemariam

Addis Ababa —Since Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn became head of Ethiopia's government upon the death of Meles Zenawi in 2012, the economy has been one of the fastest growing in Africa, with rates exceeding 10 percent. In September, the fifty-year-old Hailemariam was elected unanimously to another term by the lower house…

Nigeria: Nation Faces Major Challenge to Vaccinating Children

By Utibe Effiong As we look back on the public health issues that caught the world's attention in 2015, immunization stands out. Whether it was the measles outbreak in the US or the Ebola vaccine trials in Guinea, vaccines were top of mind throughout the year. The annual Global Vaccine…

Africa: Nairobi Trade Talks Made History – Kenya Foreign Minister

At the start of 2015, the prospects for a successful outcome for the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi were dim. The pundits were forecasting failure. But WTO member countries proved them wrong and we succeeded. We reversed the fortunes of the WTO and placed the…

Africa: What Obama Still Owes Africa (a Visit to Nigeria for One Thing)

By Johnnie CarsonWashington, DC — After seven years in office, President Barack Obama has already engaged more broadly on Africa than any previous American president, but with one year remaining in the White House, there are still a few things he should do before he leaves, writes Johnnie Carson, the…

Namibia: President Geingob Pledges ‘All-Out War’ – on Poverty

When Hage Geingob became Namibia's third president in March, he declared a 'war on poverty'. Since independence in 1990, the politically stable country has mended the rifts of conflict, held six successful national elections and invested in critical infrastructure. But despite strides in such areas as education and health care,…

Africa: Over 30 Years of HIV in Africa: What We’ve Learned and the Road Ahead

As someone who has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and control for years, I vividly remember a time the epidemic seemed unsolvable, globally and in Africa. When I was working on HIV/AIDS at UNAIDS and the World Health Organization's Africa Regional Office in the late 1990s and early 2000s respectively,…

Central African Republic: Pope Francis Visits Mosque in Bangui to Plead for Unity

Pope Francis visited the central mosque in Bangui on Monday, where he urged Christians and Muslims to conduct themselves as "brothers and sisters". Vatican Radio reports from Bangui that on a visit to the Grand Mosque of Koudoukou, the Pope said acts of violence in the Central African Republic "were…

INTERVIEW: Nigeria: Challenges Abound but People Want Results – Fashola

The International Crisis Group, a global, Brussels-based NGO dedicated to preventing and resolving conflict, selected seven individuals to receive six awards in marking its 20th anniversary. Africa-engaged honorees include Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and co-founder of The Elders, as well as Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi…

INTERVIEW: Nigeria to lead in Lighting the World through Renewable Energy

Clean, cheap, inexhaustible sources of electricity - every country needs it. But existing investments in power grids built on fossil fuels keeps most countries tied to costly, polluting energy sources. So who can lead the way to save-the-people/save-the planet innovations and practices. Renewable energy experts are looking to Nigeria. Viewing…

South African Govt to Face Contempt of Court Charges Over Bashir?

A South African legal NGO is "strongly considering" bringing contempt of court charges against government officials for allowing President Omar al-Bashir to leave the country on Monday. The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC), the group which secured a court order for Bashir's arrest, said in a statement after his flight…

Top 10 Ways to Repair U.S.-Nigeria Ties – Ambassador Carson

As Nigeria prepares for a democratic transition of presidential power on May 29, the United States needs to act fast, wisely and comprehensively to strengthen relations by reaching out to the new government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria's elections were a political triumph for its people and for the future…

Africa: Call to Fight Diabetes in Pregnancy

Diabetes in expectant mothers is a widespread but little-recognised threat which could be fought relatively easily and cheaply, according to a new study just published. The U.S.-based NGO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), says the lack of attention given to diabetes in pregnant women - known as gestational diabetes -…

‘Endemic Corruption’ Plagues Most of Africa – Survey

Most African countries are still perceived to suffer from "endemic corruption," according to an annual survey of perceptions of public sector corruption in nations across the world. The 2014 edition of the survey, published by the campaign group Transparency International, says that five of the 10 countries of the world…

Is Africa Rising? Thoughts From a ‘World View’ Economist

Is Africa really rising? What does the continent's booming economic growth mean for its people, and will it lead to inclusive, sustainable development? How can Africa unlock its development potential and bring prosperity to all? And what lessons do these challenges offer to an understanding of what development really means?…

Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the past several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers' quarterback…

Nigeria: Preventing Urban Epidemics Through Community Buy-In, By Bunmi Oloruntoba

Abuja — Okechukwu Ndaguba sits at a table in a noisy conference room at the Jades Hotel in Nigeria's capital city, summoning strength for the last day of a planning session about a new health insurance scheme. Last week President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed into law a National Health Bill…

Africa: How Polygamy Slows Small Business Growth

By David Njagi Kigali, Rwanda — Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda minister for trade, industry and cooperatives, has some 30 years of civil service in her resume, but even with a mission that keeps her on a round-the-clock schedule, she still finds the time to champion for women’s rights. This is how,…