United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia’s worst-ever bomb attack. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General urged all Somalis “to unite in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and work together in building a functional and inclusive federal state.” Strongly condemning the … Continue reading Secretary-General condemns Saturday’s attacks in Mogadishu
Gabon is Africa’s fourth-largest oil producer. It has suffered from the 50% drop in crude prices since 2014 and its struggle to diversify the economy away from oil. The government said in a statement late on Thursday that 2018 spending would total $4.85bn. It was forced to cut its budget for 2017 to 2.48 trillion CFA franc because of low oil prices. Buffeted by political … Continue reading Gabon proposes 2018 budget increase despite ongoing oil slump
The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Last year, Lagos-based startup Andela received $24m (£18.5m) in funding from Mark Zuckerberg. In 2015, financial technology startup Paystack – one of the first Nigerian tech companies to be accepted into renowned California-based startup accelerator Y Combinator – secured approximately $1.3m in seed investment from international investors. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the … Continue reading Female developers are emerging as influential forces in the country’s booming technology sector.
In Cameroon, the authorities are illegally detaining and torturing people, and some are not surviving. Why are they doing this? Because the Cameroon government is fighting a war against the armed group Boko Haram. They will stop at nothing to win, including arresting people and torturing suspects until they confess. This means that if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time … Continue reading Torturing in the name of security.
The French ambassador however, expressed concern that some other French companies were having challenges with Nigeria’s unclear fiscal policies in the Oil and Gas sector. The French Government has said that it has set aside one billion euros, which translates to about 410 billion Naira to be invested in the Nigeria Oil and Gas industry. France Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Denys Gauer, declared this … Continue reading There is a ray of hope for Nigeria’s foreign direct investment.
The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway. The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical … Continue reading U.S. Threatens Syria, Says Assad Is Planning Chemical Weapons Attack
French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president’s policy on climate change – this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a video on social media, Mr Macron is joined by the Terminator star as he vows to “make the planet great again”. “Make America great again” was Mr Trump’s presidential campaign slogan. Mr Macron … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: Macron, Schwarzenegger Throw Shade At Trump
President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. He was accompanied by the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who said on Israel Radio that he recited two psalms with the U.S. leader. One of … Continue reading In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem’s Western Wall
For nearly four centuries, since the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years’ War, the concept of sovereignty—the right of nations to an independent existence and autonomy—has occupied the core of what international order there has been. This made sense, for as every century including the current one has witnessed, a world in which borders are forcibly violated is a world of instability and … Continue reading World Order 2.0
Trump will arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport, whence he will fly by helicopter to Jerusalem to visit the Old City and Yad Vashem, and sleep in the King David Hotel’s presidential suite. Officers from the full range of regular and special patrol units including undercover units, border police and counterterrorism units will secure the visit, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. The … Continue reading Israel deploys 10,000 police officers for Trump’s visit