Africa 

Libya to sign gas deals with Italy’s Eni – National Oil corporation chief

Libya’s National Oil Corporation said Wednesday (Jan. 25) it had reached an $8-billion deal with Italian energy giant ENI to develop offshore hydrocarbon sites. “We have reached a deal with ENI to develop the oil and gas sector, by developing two offshore sites which together will be able to produce 850 million cubic feet of gas” per day, NOC head… Read More
Africa 

France recalls envoy to Burkina Faso after expulsion of its forces

France said on Thursday that it was recalling its ambassador from Burkina Faso, a day after agreeing to demands from the ruling junta to pull out troops from the former French colony in Africa’s Sahel region. “In the context of the latest developments in Burkina Faso, we have decided to recall our ambassador to Paris for consultations on the state… Read More
Africa 

Davos: Spurring growth in developing countries [Business Africa]

The African continent fueled many debates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The forum’s discussions centred around sustainable solutions, ranging from energy transition, reimagining globalisation, inclusion and diversity to prepare the world to collaborate and share equally in all future opportunities. How can the African continent position itself to thrive in an equitable global village? Executive Director… Read More
Africa 

South African farmer warns of ‘lots of food shortages’ amidst ongoing power cuts

From dairy farms unable to keep milk refrigerated, to chickens suffocating en masse as ventilators fall idle, an energy crisis is taking a heavy toll on South Africa’s food sector, industry groups said. Record power cuts have caused shortages of some staples, threatening price rises that could make some popular items too expensive for poor families, agricultural industry body AgriSA… Read More
Africa 

Up to 6 million birds are on the verge of dying in Western Kenya

Farmers in Kisumu County claim that the red-billed quelea bird population has exploded there, ravaging 300 acres (120 hectares) of rice. To the satisfaction of the farmers, the ministry of agriculture authorised spraying of avicide “West Kano alone is producing 5,000 metric tonnes (of rice) but three-quarters of that is consumed by the birds and I know that our farmers… Read More
Africa 

Liberia: Investigation faults national agency protecting rainforest

An independent investigation into logging in the Liberian rainforest found illegal operations “on a significant scale,” with multiple missteps or breaches of law by the Forestry Development Authority, the government agency charged with protecting those forests, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press. The report was completed in 2020 but has never been made public despite activists’… Read More
Africa 

Opposition activists march in Johannesburg denouncing SA’s energy crisis

Hundreds of opposition activists took to the the streets of Johannesburg in South Africa on Wednesday (Jan. 25) to demonstrate against the energy crisis causing record power cuts in the country. The activists, from the opposition’s Democratic Alliance, marched towards the headquarters of the ruling ANC party. “Enough is enough we want our power back”, demanded web developer Justin van Leeuwen.… Read More
Africa 

Mauritania: ex-president Mohamed Abdel Aziz appears in court as corruption trial opens

The trial of former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz opened Wednesday in Nouakchott, offering the exceptional image of a former head of state placed in a cage-like box to answer for illicit enrichment. Tried for abusing his power to amass a huge fortune, the man who led from 2008 to 2019 this largely desert country of 4.5 million people… Read More
Africa 

Egypt seek World Men’s Handball Championship semifinal qualification

Africa’s last team in the 28th World Men’s Handball Championship seeks to reach the semifinal on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at 20:30 CET. Since the start of the tournament which kicked off on January 11, Egypt delivered almost a clean sheet. The Pharaohs won 4 of the 5 fixtures of the group stage. They only lost to defending champions Denmark. This… Read More