Africa Business World 

How artificial intelligence helps banks, fintech startups, and users

Fintech startups and banks have always been at the forefront of tech adoption, and they’ve been curiously following the growth and development of AI for many years. And there’s a good reason for it — we, the consumers of their services, want to have access to cutting-edge technology while dealing with our finances, as well as making sure that the companies dealing with our savings be equipped with the best of what tech can offer. AI and ML have recently moved from the realm of futurism to the very crux…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

SA man who raped a girl in restaurant toilet jailed for life

A 21 year old young man who raped a seven year old girl in a toilet in South Africa last year has been jailed for life. Nicholas Ninow was convicted of rape in September this year but his sentencing is now being delivered. According to police he followed the girl into the female toilet of a popular Pretoria restaurant, then pulled her into the men’s washroom and raped her. During his trial Ninow pleaded guilty and explained that he had gone into the toilet to take drugs when he saw the…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Summit on social media and fake news opens in Accra

The 2019 West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards opened in Ghana’s capital Accra on Thursday. Organized by the Media Foundation for West Africa, it is creating the platform for discussions around social media, fake news and elections in Africa. Discussions at the conference will lead to making key recommendations for good governance and media development. Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director of the MFWA told the opening session of the conference that “Security forces play a key role in ensuring integrity during elections.” He stressed their important role in creating enabling…

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Africa Featured World 

Vatican launches ‘eRosary’ bracelets for Catholics

The Vatican has announced the launch of what it calls  “Click To Pray eRosary” which is aimed at attracting young Catholics. The eRosary is an interactive, smart and app-driven wearable device that serves as a tool for learning how to pray the rosary for peace in the world. The Vatican said the eRosary can be worn as a bracelet and activated by making the sign of the cross. Synchronized with a free app of the same name, the gadget allows access to an audio guide, exclusive images and personalized content…

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Africa World 

Opinion: The world must not sleep-walk into another debt crisis

Trade wars, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to weave the possibility of a nightmare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the highest levels since the 1950s – and history suggests we should take this as a warning that a debt crisis could be looming. Were one to materialise, it could inflict greater dislocation on international financial systems and national economic stability than ever previously witnessed, especially in this highly uncertain environment characterised by the trade war and regional disintegration. This…

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Africa World 

Veteran US Democrat politician Elijah Cummings dies

Veteran US Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, who was heavily involved with the Trump impeachment inquiry, has died at the age of 68. His office said he died due to “longstanding health challenges”. As chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, he had instigated several investigations into the Trump administration. He also clashed with administration officials over healthcare and immigration. During a hearing earlier this year, Mr Cummings accused the Department of Homeland Security of having an “empathy deficit” over its treatment of children at migrant detention centres. President Donald…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of foreign trips his ministers will embark on as well as their duration. The President is reported to have taken the action which covers other categories of government officials as part of ‘cost-saving measure’. Nigeria is struggling to reduce its fiscal deficit and the move is intended to help address the crisis. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said President also removed travel allowances, cut down on the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and…

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Africa Featured World 

Family spent 9 years in secret room ‘waiting for end of time’

A father and six adult children in the Netherlands have been found in a secret room after nine years waiting for the end of time. Police discovered the family on Tuesday, saying they had hidden in the basement of a remote farmhouse. The father of the family, and his children aged between 18 and 25 were retrieved near the village of Ruinerwold in the northern province of Drenthe. According to local media reporting the family were discovered after one of the sons went to a nearby pub. At the said…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

African summit to tackle climate change opens in Ghana

The 2019 Climate Chance Summit has opened in Ghana’s capital, Accra, hosting hundreds of delegates from around the world. Under the theme, “Towards the institutionalization of Local Climate Action and Access to Finance,” efforts are being made to engage local governments in new initiatives to tackle climate change. Already African countries are reportedly at risk of losing about 1.5 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the negative impact of climate change. The opening of the summit on Wednesday brought together mayors from across the sub-Saharan Africa to discuss…

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Africa Business China East Africa World 

Kenya: $1bn Chinese-built railway line opens to public

The second phase of Kenya’s newly built railway line connecting the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley region has opened to the public. Built by China Communications and Construction Company the second phase of the project cost over $1 billion. The launch was done without the usual fanfare witnessed at the opening of the first phase opened in May 2017. On Wednesday Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta opened the second phase of the railway line. That first phase of the project cost $3bn and connects the coastal city of Mombasa to…

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