Africa 

South Sudan clashes: UN calls for accountability of perpetrators

Silence has engulfed thousands of homes burnt down in different locations across the southern part of South Sudan’s Unity State. A February and April attack saw about 40,000 locals flee for their lives. The UN Mission in the country called for healing and reconciliation as displaced residents fight to survive. “**Many other people were killed in the village, and all our property was looted,**Nyariey Waithie Kutiek a displaced woman says. We ran to this place for protection and to see if we could get something to eat.“ The recent spate…

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa discusses developments in Africa during a visit from Germany’s Scholz

South Africa’s neutral stance on Russia’s war in Ukraine will be a major topic of conversation during a meeting between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking to media in Pretoria, ahead of their private meeting on Tuesday, the two leaders said they would also consider developments on the African continent. Scholz’s visit comes as the war in Ukraine has been raging for three months and is causing oil and food prices to rise around the world, including in Africa. South Africa has taken a neutral…

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Catherine Nanziri: Fighting poverty, prejudice to become Uganda’s boxing champion

Catherine Nanziri is a sensation on the local boxing scene, which she entered in 2018. The 22-year-old who dropped out of school spends most days in the gym, sparring. She faces a Tanzanian boxer in June, but her punches go beyond winning medals, she fights against poverty and prejudice. _“Some people think that girls do drop out of school or do stop in form four or primary school because of pregnancy yet it is not so. What made me drop out isn’t that and I am looking forward to going back…

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Senegalese art sensation Omar Ba reflects on colonialism at Dakar Biennale

Senegalese painter Omar Ba begins to paint a five-metre-long canvas a deep, dark shade of black.  This is how Ba, a rising star in the world of contemporary African art, begins most of his works, which question the state of the world and Africa’s place in it.  After exhibiting at an array of important galleries and museums around the world, Ba’s work is on display in his home country, at the 14th Dakar Biennale, which opened Thursday. “On black backgrounds, I feel that the drawing will be much more readable…

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South Africa: Johannesburg’s growing problem of plastic pollution

Johannesburg’s landfill sites are bulging with plastic waste. The city’s biggest landfill site located in the Turffontein area is a hive of activity as waste trucks arrive to drop off their deposits. Despite a 2018 move by South Africa’s most populous city, making it mandatory for residents to separate waste from the source, few bother. Informal waste pickers comb through the trash in the hope of finding something valuable. They are trying to recover a variety of materials ranging from plastics, cardboards, bottles and wood before they are flattened. Many…

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Exhibition celebrates “100 years of robots” in Rio de Janeiro

Last updated: 11 hours ago The Centro Cultural Oi Futuro of Rio de Janeiro celebrates 101 years of robotics creation with the exhibition “100 years of robots”. Curated by visual artist and researcher Zaven Paré, inventor of the electronic puppet in the 1990s, and with the participation of foreign artists Patrick Tresset, Samuel St-Aubin and Dmitry Morozov, the installation is open to visitors until June 19th. “100 years of robots” presents technology as the greatest ally of the human being in supporting evolution. Whether in the arts, health or even…

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Egypt on track to host next COP27 on climate change

Egypt, host of the next United Nations summit on climate change, will push countries to make good on their pledges to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate “non-adversarial” talks on compensation to developing countries for global warming impacts and allow climate activists to protest, said the incoming president of COP27. In an interview on Monday with The Associated Press, the country’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is also the president-designate of the next annual Conference of the Parties, to be held in November in the Red Sea resort city Sharm…

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Zimbabwe opens conference to promote sales of elephant ivory

Zimbabwe has opened an international conference to try to win international support for its campaign to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory. If the southern African country is not permitted to sell off its 130 tons of ivory, estimated to be worth $600 million, officials warn it may quit the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES. The three-day conference started Monday at Hwange National Park, the country’s largest wildlife park which is in southwestern Zimbabwe. Representatives from 16 African countries, as well as Japan and…

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Sole survivor relives 2009 Yemenia Airways crash at French trial

A woman who aged 12 survived the 2009 Yemenia Airways crash in the Comoros islands that killed all 152 others onboard described Monday the terrifying moments leading up to her plunge into the ocean and subsequent miraculous rescue, in the French trial against the airline. Bahia Bakari, now 25, has sat through several hearings with her father but had not testified or spoken to journalists attending the trial that opened this month. “I didn’t see how I was going to get through this,” Bakari told the court of her hours…

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Ghana increases interest rates again as inflation keep rising

Ghana’s central bank has raised its main interest rate by 200 basis points to 19% to control inflationary pressures and promote macroeconomic stability, Ernest Addison governor of the central bank announced on Monday. Experts had predicted that the BoG was going to increase the policy rate following increases in the past two months. In March, the Bank of Ghana raised its policy rate by 250 basis points to 17% – the largest hike in its history. Subsequently, in April, the consumer inflation rate in the gold, oil and cocoa producer…

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