Africa Egypt North Africa Technology World 

Egypt launches ICT project for persons with disability in Africa

Egypt has launched a project in Information and Communication Technologies ICT aimed at empowering Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Africa. Over 120 African youth have so far benefited from a fully funded ICT project which entailed a comprehensive training program coordinated by the National Academy of Information Technology for persons with disabilities (NAID) in Cairo. Under the fully funded grant beneficiaries have so far taken courses in two batches of 60. The trainees were drawn from countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Zanzibar. The…

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American museum returns stolen ancient Egyptian coffin

Authorities in the United States of America on Wednesday returned a stolen ancient coffin to Egypt. This is happening two years after the coffin was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 2,100-year-old coffin of a priest called Nedjemankh got featured in an exhibit housing artefacts from Egypt. The Museum bought the stolen antique from a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. Officials said the gold coffin was looted and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011. The stolen coffin dates back to the…

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Egypt: Over 1,000 people arrested after anti-Sisi protests

Right groups in Egypt say more than 1,000 people have been arrested over ongoing anti-government protests. Last Friday marked the start of street protests organized by Egyptians, signaling a major shift in how people feel about the al-Sisi government. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters…

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Al-Sisi on shaky grounds as Egyptians protest against him

Egypt’s President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi appears to be standing on shaky grounds after hundreds of Egyptians staged their first major protests against him. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters demanding al-Sisi’s resignation. President al-Sisi is facing corruption allegations against his government. Hundreds of protesters filled…

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Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s plan for operating dam on the Nile

Talks between Ethiopia and Egypt over how a $4 billion hydropower dam will be operated on the Nile have not ended well. Ethiopia on Wednesday said it rejected a plan proposed by Egypt for operating the dam. The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was announced in 2011. It is could make Ethiopia Africa’s biggest power exporter, generating more than 6,000 megawatts. Egypt and Ethiopia disagree over the annual flow of water that should be guaranteed to Egypt and how to manage flows during droughts. Egypt relies on…

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Mane fumes at Salah for failing to pass him a ball

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was at the centre of an angry outburst from team-mate Sadio Mane on Saturday night. Mane was taken off with five minutes to go and was seen to be furious as he took his place on the bench. But it emerged that it was not his substitution that enraged him – but a pass that Salah failed to make to him late in the 3-0 win over Burnley that left Liverpool with the only 100 per cent record in the Premier League. ‘Was it about a…

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Egypt’s Military is the most powerful in Africa

Egypt’s Military has been ranked the most powerful in Africa, placing 12th most powerful military in the world. The new list of military rankings was released by Globalfirepower. The Egyptian Armed Forces had a Power Index score of 0.2283. Algeria’s military came second (27th in the world) while that of South Africa placed third (32nd in the world). The Nigerian Armed Forces however ranked as the fourth most powerful military on the African continent and placed 44th in the global ranking. The fifth most powerful military in Africa was that…

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Salah visits fan who ran into lamp-post chasing his car

Footballers often inspire unswerving devotion, but one boy has felt the full force when he hit a lamp-post while running after Mohamed Salah. Louis Fowler, 11, was trying to get the Liverpool striker’s attention, who was driving out of the club’s training base on Saturday, when he ran into the post. The Reds fan fell and “busted his nose”, his stepfather Joe Cooper said. He added that they were “gobsmacked” when Salah soon turned up at their home nearby to check on Louis’ condition. Mr Cooper told the Liverpool Echo that Louis…

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List of African countries by population

nigeria With 186 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has the third-largest youth population in the world, after India and China, with more than 90 million of its population under age 18. Country (or dependent territory) Official figure (where available) Date of last figure Source  Nigeria 173,000,000 2013 Official estimate  Ethiopia 99,391,000 2015 Official estimate  Egypt 94,408,000 February 12, 2019 Official population clock  Democratic Republic of the Congo 86,026,000 July 1, 2015 Official estimate  South Africa 54,956,900 July…

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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…

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