Category: International news

May pledges 4bn pounds to Africa

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to boost Britain’s investment in Africa after Brexit, during her first trip to the continent as prime minister. In a speech in Cape Town, South Africa, she pledged 4 billion pounds in support for African economies, to create jobs for young people. She also pledged a fundamental shift in aid spending to focus on long-term economic and security challenges rather than short-term poverty reduction. The UK prime minister will also visit Nigeria and Kenya during the three-day trade mission....

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JUST IN: UK supports SA land reform: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK supports South Africa’s land reform programme provided it is carried out legally. Prime Minister May was speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, today, adding that she would discuss the issue with President Cyril Ramaphosa. “The UK has for some time now supported land reform. Land reform that is legal, that is transparent, that is generated through a democratic process. “It’s an issue that I raised and discussed with President Ramaphosa when he was in London earlier this year. I’ll be talking about it with him later today,” May told reporters. May...

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Ex-president of Ethiopia’s Somali region arrested

Police in Ethiopia have arrested the former president of the country’s Somali region, Abdi Mohammed Omar. He is expected to be charged with human rights violations, including instigating ethnic and religious violence. He was forced to step down earlier this month after the federal government deployed troops to the Somali region. The standoff left dozens of people...

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Ebola death toll rises to 75 in eastern DRC        

The eastern Democratic Republic of Congo health ministry on Monday said the death toll from an outbreak of Ebola has risen to 75.  It said in total, 111 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the area. The DRC ministry of health said it recorded 47 deaths among 83 confirmed cases, plus another 28 likely due to Ebola, most of them occurring before the authorities declared an epidemic on August 1. No new cases have been reported since Sunday when the death toll was given as 67. The latest outbreak of Ebola is in North Kivu province where...

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Liberian President Weah honours Wenger

Liberia’s President George Weah has lavishly praised former Arsenal former manager Arsène Wenger, as he gave him with the West African state’s highest honour – the Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption. “You proved yourself as a teacher when you revolutionised forever the approach of scouting young talents all over the planet, particularly throughout Africa,” Mr Weah said of his former coach during the ceremony in Monrovia, Reuters news agency reports. Thousands of spectators cheered as Wenger received his medal in a hall at the national stadium. Another coach, Claude Le Roy, who first told...

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