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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...

Zimbabweans Rush for Documents Before S. Africa Deportation Deadline

Thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa are trying to legalize their stay before Friday. The South African government says after this deadline it will begin deporting Zimbabweans without documents but those who can prove they have begun the registration process will not be expelled. Large crowds of Zimbabweans were lined up outside South...

Nigeria’s Niger Delta Called Pacified

As the Nigerian military tries to quell the religious and ethnic violence in Jos in Plateau State, the situation in the Niger Delta is very different.  The oil-rich region known for its violence and kidnappings is now relatively peaceful. VOA reporter Chinedu Offor is on assignment in Nigeria.  From Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, he...

Rwanda Plans Influential Business Reforms in 2011

Rwanda will continue to implement business reforms in order to boost private investment that is needed to sustain the country's rapid economic growth. Currently, the country needs to achieve a sustained GDP growth rate of approximately 8 percent in order to achieve its development targets. Rwanda maintained reforms aimed at easing doing business,...

South Africa Tapped to Join Bric Group

South Africa received a major boost for its international image Friday when it was formally invited to join BRIC, the influential federation of increasingly-powerful global economies that comprises Brazil, Russia, India and China. South Africa will attend the group's next summit in 2011 and the new group will be known as BRICS. The offer was...

France and Germany Call for Their Citizens to Leave Ivory Coast

France and Germany are calling for their citizens to leave Ivory Coast amid a deepening crisis in the West African country.  French government spokesman Francois Baroin made the announcement after a Cabinet meeting to discuss Ivory Coast. Baroin says Paris is now advising French not to travel to Ivory Coast and for French living there to depart,...

WikiLeaks: Namibia Allows Chinese Immigration to Repay Loans

The latest WikiLeaks revelations have Namibia in the spotlight.  Published reports say Namibia has been defaulting on possibly billions of dollars in loans from China.  As a result, Namibia is reportedly allowing thousands of Chinese families to settle in the country. The reports are appearing this week in Namibian newspapers. In Windhoek, Phil ya...

Under Pressure, Ethiopia Plans Crackdown on Baby Business

Ethiopia is planning to shut down dozens of orphanages and withdraw accreditation from several foreign adoption agencies, in an effort to halt what critics say is a thriving baby business. The Bright Hope transition center in Addis Ababa is a showcase child care facility, financed by a faith-based Texas charity. Twenty abandoned children, ranging...

Bicycles Change Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa

When Frederick Day was a little boy his dreams kept him awake at night. He lost sleep talking with his older brother Stanley under the covers. "And Stan would say, 'Hey F.K, are we going to go into business together?' And I'd go, 'Yeah Stan. Stan, are we going to go into business together?' And he'd go, 'Yeah. I'm going to figure that out.'" F.K...

Concern Mounts in France Over Ivory Coast Crisis

The ongoing political crisis in the West African country of Ivory Coast has worried and divided the sizeable Ivorian community living in other countries. Ivory Coast's election commission and the United Nations recognized the victory of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara in the recent presidential election.  However Ivory Coast's Constitutional...

South Africa Approves Draft Carbon Tax

The South African cabinet has approved a draft policy on taxing carbon emissions. The official document will be published next month for public comment. International pressure and national interest obliges South Africa to do something to mitigate carbon emissions, according to Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane. The draft policy proposes a...

WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

The WikiLeaks website is continuing to publish thousands of United States government secrets on the internet. The classified documents reveal secret correspondence between the US State Department in Washington, DC and its 270 embassies across the globe. The revelations are embarrassing and angering Washington and governments and political leaders...

Leaked Cables Detail Kenya's Role in Arming South Sudan

The latest batch of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is shedding new light on Kenya's role in the controversial sale of arms to the government of South Sudan. The tidal wave of controversy surrounding the release of classified US cables has finally hit Kenyan shores. On Thursday, WikiLeaks released several secret communiqués from the...

US Diplomat: China Displays 'No Morals' in Africa

A diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks quotes a senior U.S. official as saying China is acting aggressively and "without morals" in Africa. The cable, which was widely distributed Thursday, was sent earlier this year by the U.S. consulate in Nigeria's business capital, Lagos. It quotes from a meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for...

Criticism, Obstacles Mount as Prosecutor Prepares Kenyan Case For Hague

Kenyans are anxiously waiting for suspects to be named in the International Criminal Court's landmark investigation into the country's post-election chaos. But as prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo prepares to present his case to The Hague, setbacks and criticism in Kenya threaten to derail the trial.  There are less than two weeks left until...