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One of Africa's best kept secrets - its history

<b>Africa has a rich and complex history but there is widespread ignorance of this heritage. A celebrated British historian once said there was only the history of Europeans in Africa. Zeinab Badawi has been asking what is behind this lack of knowledge and looking at the historical record for an</b> …

Ancient History

Ghana to Produce Biggest Cocoa Crop in Three Years

Ghana has recorded its biggest cocoa harvest in three years, according to two people familiar with the matter, after better weather conditions …

Africa

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire begins two-day meeting on Cocoa

Accra, June 1, GNA - The technical committees of the Ghana-Cote D’Ivoire Joint Co-operation on Cocoa has begun a two-day meeting in Accra to discuss …

Letter from Africa: Why has Kenya's staple food gone into hiding?

<b>In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu explains why maize, Kenya's staple food has gone missing from dinner tables amid escalating food prices.</b><p>Welcome to my office kitchen and help yourself to some chapatis.<p>I'll write this as I cook and you can read it as you eat.<p>You see …

Africa

Nairobi to Mombasa high-speed railway opens

<b>Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) —</b> East Africa is now more accessible than ever. After two years of construction, Kenya's largest infrastructure project since independence, a $3.8 billion Chinese-built high speed railway, is up and running.<p>It's around 300 miles long, connecting the port city of Mombasa to the …

Africa

Kenya: Need to Travel Between Mombasa/Nairobi in a Hurry? Try The Train...

A passenger train scheduled to operate on the standard gauge railway has the capacity to ferry 1,200 passengers per trip, the Kenya Railways has said.<p>…

Africa

'In turmoil again': Central African Republic unrest spreads

ZEMIO, Central African Republic (AP) — No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months. A company of U.N. peacekeepers here ventures no more than three miles (4 kilometers) from …

Africa

Ethiopia: Regional powerhouse

<b>Ethiopia is looking to sell electricity to fund its own ambitious infrastructure projects. Fortunately, its neighbours are queuing up to buy its</b> …

Africa

Startling maps show every terrorist attack worldwide over the last 20 years

With fears of attacks around the world at a high, Carnegie Mellon researchers teamed up with Robert Muggah, a global security expert and director of the think tank Igarapé Institute, to visualize terror risks from a bird's-eye view.<p>Together, they created Earth TimeLapse, an interactive platform …

Extremism

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom is first African to lead World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) appointed the first African to lead the institution on Tuesday.<p>Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, from Ethiopia where he has been health and finance minister, won in a three-ballot contest.<p>Tedros as he is widely known has vowed to make universal health care his priority.<p>…

Ghana Seeks Improved Terms for IMF Bailout Program

Ghana is seeking better terms for its debt-support program with the International Monetary Fund as the parties discuss an extension of the agreement …

Economics

Up to 6.6m migrants waiting to cross to Europe from Africa: report

Europe could face a new wave of migrant arrivals this summer, a leaked German government report has warned. Up to 6.6m people are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to details of the classified report leaked to Bild newspaper.<p>They include more than 2.5m in …

Is this 5-Star Africa Tour the World’s Most Luxurious Train Ride?

The smell of fine scotch and a hand-rolled cigar in the club car. The slow, rhythmic <i>chug-chug-chug</i> of the locomotive. Impossibly courteous conductors …

Trains

Cocoa glut leaves bitter taste for African farmers

A week ago, in the Ivorian city of Abidjan, the sound of gunshots reverberated through the streets. Offices, schools and banks in the city’s financial district shut their doors, and most of the population remained safely behind them.<p>Outside, a mutiny was taking place. Over four days, former rebels …

One of Macau’s biggest casinos is expanding into West Africa

Macau, the world’s largest casino hub, is expanding into Africa<i>.</i> Macau Legend, led by billionaire and former Macau legislator David Chow, is building a $275 million casino complex in Cape Verde, a set of islands off Africa’s west coast.<p>The 152,700 square-meter (1.6 million square feet) complex, …

China

Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet

The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the country’s Ambassador to the U.S.<p>The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom, halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup, and …

Africa

The forgotten war in the Central African Republic

Violent conflict between rebel groups has been raging in the Central African Republic for years. Aid agencies are warning that the humanitarian …

Africa

BBC World Service - The Documentary, South Sudan: A Failure to Act

**Some viewers may find parts of this report difficult to listen to**<p>“Hiding in the bathroom. They’re trying to break down our door. We maybe have about five minutes.” Juba, capital of South Sudan, 11 July 2016. The female aid worker sending this message was among a number of international and …

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

JOAL, Senegal — Once upon a time, the seas teemed with mackerel, squid and sardines, and life was good. But now, on opposite sides of the globe, sun-creased fishermen lament as they reel in their nearly empty nets.<p>“Your net would be so full of fish, you could barely heave it onto the boat,” said …

China

Donkeys in Africa under threat as demand for hides grows

The use of donkey hides in Chinese traditional medicine has seen Africa's donkey population halve in the past 20 years.<p>It is having a profound effect on the rural economies that rely on the animals for transport and for agriculture.

Extinction

Gambia: NAWEC Signs U.S.$165 Million Electricity Project With China

The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) and Sinohydro Corporation, a Chinese company, on Friday signed a US$165 million project at a hotel …

Africa

Is Ghana's economy on the mend?

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo's government is claiming significant economic progress, including a halt in the fall of the local currency, the cedi. But some critics are not so sure and are concerned that any successes on the economic front will prove difficult to maintain.<p>From the Ghanaian …

Africa

Illegal miners turn in 75 excavators

The campaign against illegal mining (galamsey) has begun bearing fruits, as some miners in the Western Region have voluntarily turned in their …

5 Myths About Chinese Investment in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Santa Claus arrived early in South Africa — on a Chinese jet. This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed multiple …

China

How a Chinese investment boom is changing the face of Djibouti

A growing influx of Chinese visitors in the small East African nation of Djibouti convinced former fruit and vegetable trader Zhou Yi last year that …

Violence in Darfur today is much reduced

The only positive thing Phil Cox writes about Sudan (Kidnapped, chained and tortured in Sudan, 5 April) is that “unlike their western counterparts, the Sudanese authorities tend to avoid searching body cavities”. Like the sensational title, the Long read article is short of in-depth analysis. What …

Africa

American detained in Egypt for 1,079 days on child sex trafficking charges acquitted

Aya Hijazi and her six co-defendants had faced life in prison for their work at the Belady Foundation, a charity aiding Cairo street children<p>Almost three years of pre-trial detention and uncertainty came to an abrupt end for Aya Hijazi and her co-defendants on Sunday morning, with one word: …

Human Rights

How factions in South Sudan’s war took shape on British campuses

The UK has historical links with both sides of a vicious civil war<p>Among the South African, Palestinian and other young exiles debating revolutionary politics on campuses across early 1980s Britain, there was little at first to mark out Riek Machar, a twentysomething student from what is now the …

Africa

Chief Justice designates 14 special courts for anti-galamsey fight

The Chief Justice has given the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) a boost as he sets up special courts to deal with cases about the menace.<p>The …

Chinese mission's 'galamsey letter' disrespectful to Ghana - PPP

The progressive People’s Party (PPP), has described as undiplomatic the tone of a letter addressed to the government by the Chinese Mission in Ghana …