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Green Economy Key to African Growth, Says UN

Developing countries like Kenya will achieve higher growth by moving into what is known as Green Economy, a new UN report says. The model challenges a long-held view that developing countries may not industrialise without large-scale environmental pollution. Green Economy refers to sustainable development that takes care of the environment while...

Obama Sends Top Officials to African Union Summit

The US Government has sent a team of high level officials to the African Union summit to hold consultations with Sudanese authorities. According to US Embassy in Addis Ababa, the officials including deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and National Security Council Senior...

Gbagbo Supporters Attack UN Troops In Cote d'Ivoire

Gbagbo Supporters Attack UN Troops In Cote d'Ivoire A group of youths supporting Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday attacked UN peacekeepers providing security for Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is the African Union (AU) mediator to the West African state. Witnesses said the pro-Gbagbo supporters calling themselves "The Youth Patriots" lined up the road leading to Pullman Hotel...

Africa Faces Year of "Messy" Elections

Africa Faces Year of "Messy" Elections At the start of one of Africa’s busiest political seasons – more than 17 elections are due this year – the deepening crisis in Côte d’Ivoire sends a brutal reminder of the limits of electoral politics. The idea that free-ish multiparty elections supervised by the United Nations were going to resolve the fissures between the north and south of...

East African Countries Likely Al Qaeda Targets, Says Report

East Africa remains a fertile ground for terrorism, says a new report. The report by a Maplecroft, a UK-based risk advisory consultancy, finds that Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are all at risk of being targeted by terrorist groups. The group puts Uganda among countries that are top targets of Al Qaeda or other regional extremist groups like Al...

Airlines Scramble for East Africa Market

East Africa's growing economies have led to increased activity in the aviation sector in the region with airlines positioning themselves to tap into the growth. The regional market has been the preserve of a few airlines which have kept air fares high, but the scene has changed in the past five years giving travellers more options. Rwandair, Fly...

Obama Joins Africa's Push for Peace in Cote d'Ivoire

President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire rebuffed an offer by the United States to save face and become a respected elder statesman of Africa, choosing instead a "path to isolation" by clinging to power, according to senior U.S. officials who spoke by telephone to AllAfrica. President Barack Obama wrote to Gbagbo on Friday night after attempts to...

African Union to Discuss Election Dispute

African Union to Discuss Election Dispute An extraordinary session of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) in Addis Ababa is expected to deliberate on Cote d'Ivoire's election dispute. On Saturday, two men laid claim to Cote d'Ivoire's highest post. Incumbent Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in as the new president in a formal ceremony inside the presidential palace. Less than an...

Super Falcons Win Women's African Cup of Nations

Nigeria defended their Womens' African Championship title as they defeated Equatorial Guinea in the final 4-2 thanks to two late own-goals from Guinea played in Daveyton on Sunday. In a bizarre climax to the game with the scores level at 1-1 going into the last 25 minutes, it was Nigeria who ran away with the match in unusual fashion. Nigeria...

Egypt Cracks Down as U.S. Stands By

Egypt Cracks Down as U.S. Stands By In the face of police brutality, crackdowns on political parties and media, and a host of other violations ahead of Egypt's Nov. 28 parliamentary election, human rights advocates are calling on President Barack Obama to use U.S. leverage to persuade Egypt to reform its electoral process, allow international monitors to assess the election, and...

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Wins Election With 60 Per Cent

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been declared the winner of the country's election on Friday. He took over 61 per cent of the votes. His closest rival Wilbrod Slaa of the Chadema party won close to 26 per cent and Ibrahim Lipumba of the Civic United Front came third with close to 8 per cent. The election on Sunday passed off peacefully. On...

CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Accepts Bunge Results in Tanzania

CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Accepts Bunge Results in Tanzania CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) said on Tuesday it had retained 78.24 per cent of the constituent seats in parliament after losing 51 to the opposition and declared that it accepted the results. The party's campaign Manager, Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, said in Dar es Salaam that their computations showed they had retained 188 of the 239 constituent seats,...

Millions Vote in Peaceful Elections in Tanzania

MILLIONS of Tanzanians voted smoothly and peacefully in the general elections throughout the country on Sunday. A diversity in weather conditions characterized the day as in some places, like Zanzibar municipality, voters had to brave a heavy morning downpour while in some other areas across the country, voters ensured a scorching sun. Reports...

21 Dead in Togo As Floods Ravage West Africa

A total of 21 people have been killed and more than 82,000 have been affected by flooding in Togo in recent months, the government said on Friday. The figures were released as neighbouring Benin continues to battle floods that have hit 680,000 people. In total, the rainy season has seen more than 300 people killed in west and central Africa, with...

Voters Are Ready for 2010 General Elections in Tanzania

Voters Are Ready for 2010 General Elections in Tanzania THE 72 days of the 2010 general election campaigns come to an end on Sunday when Tanzanians go to the polls to elect the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, President of Zanzibar, MPs, Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and councillors who will lead this country in the next five years. The process that pitted all the 18...