Mattis to Make Stops in Middle East, Africa

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will embark April 17 on his fourth trip since becoming secretary. He will reaffirm key U.S. military alliances, engage with strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations, according to a Defense Department…

Africa has 170m Facebook users

Johannesburg – Facebook has increased its number of African users to 170 million and plans to expand further by adding wi-fi hotspots and fibre optic cables, in a bid to spread its reach outside of developed markets. The figure is 42 percent higher than when the US social network first opened an Africa office in…

African press review 7 March 2017

Ghana’s new President Akufo-Addo impresses nation at giant parade marking the country’s 60th National Day, while FaceBook launches low-cost Wi-Fi service in Kenya. We start with extensive coverage of Ghana’s 60th National Day on Monday and a giant military parade at the Black Star Square in the capital Accra, attended by several African leaders including…

Trump calls presidents of Nigeria, South Africa

President Donald Trump has been increasingly chatting with other world leaders during his first weeks in office. On Monday he turned his attention to Africa. Trump spent Monday morning calling two of the continent’s most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating terrorism, trade relations and other…

Barack Obama: How will Africa remember him?

As Barack Obama steps down as US president, the BBC’s Nancy Kacungira looks back at his legacy in Africa. The election of the first African-American US president led many Africans to believe that the continent might gain more prominence in US foreign policy. While some high expectations remain unfulfilled, Mr Obama’s eight years in office…

27th Africa-France Summit concludes in Mali

President Paul Kagame yesterday joined heads of states and government from the African continent for the 27th France-Africa Summit in Bamako, Mali. The summit was co-chaired by President of the Republic of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and President of the French Republic François Hollande. The president and other leaders’ presence in the Mali also served…

Five African countries ban ‘dirty fuels’ from Europe

Five countries in West Africa have decided to stop importing “dirty fuels” from Europe, the UN Environment Programme says. A recent report revealed that European companies were exploiting weak regulations in West Africa to export fuels with high levels of sulphur. Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire agreed on the import ban. The UN…