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    • French troops free Mali aid workers April 17, 2014
      French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.
    • Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls April 17, 2014
      The parents of some of the girls abducted from their school in north-east Nigeria head into the forests in a dangerous search for their daughters.
    • Pistorius forensic tests challenged April 17, 2014
      The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.
    • Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future April 17, 2014
      Algerians are voting in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
    • Senegal's Karim Wade 'to face trial' April 17, 2014
      A Senegalese court rules that Karim Wade, the ex-president's son, should stand trial on corruption charges over his wealth, an official says.
    • Guinea-Bissau run-off to pick leader April 17, 2014
      Officials in Guinea-Bissau say a run-off vote will be held next month after no candidate won an outright victory in Sunday's presidential election.
    • Remittance fees 'hurt Africans' April 16, 2014
      Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.
    • UN mulls medal for peacekeepers April 16, 2014
      The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.
    • Head of oldest African park shot April 16, 2014
      The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.
    • 'Last' Chadian soldier leaves CAR April 16, 2014
      Chad has withdrawn all its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic, an official confirms, after accusations they sided with Muslim rebels.
    • South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub April 15, 2014
      Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.
    • Elite marathon runner misses flight April 15, 2014
      A London Marathon runner from Sierra Leone is missing after she disappeared and failed to catch a flight home.
    • VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria April 16, 2014
      Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg April 17, 2014
      The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.
    • AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya April 15, 2014
      Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.
    • VIDEO: At site of Nigeria bus station blast April 14, 2014
      A powerful bomb blast has ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 71 people.
    • VIDEO: Cleaning up Cairo's waste system April 14, 2014
      The Egyptian government is turning to its traditional rubbish collectors - the Zabaleen - to revolutionise Cario's waste disposal industry.
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs April 16, 2014
      The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.
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      The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
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      Suzanne Vanhooymissen reports on the large and smaller-scale enterprises set up to segregate waste and encourage recycling in Ghana.
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    • House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.
    • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery April 17, 2014
      BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die."
    • Hotel magnate pleads guilty to U.S. campaign contribution scheme April 17, 2014
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to make $188,000 of illegal campaign contributions to three U.S. candidates via straw donors.
    • Obama says health law is working, private insurance enrollment at 8 million April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a vigorous defense of his signature healthcare law on Thursday, saying private insurance enrollment under it has reached 8 million people and faulting Republicans for failing to agree with him that "this thing is working."
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      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the situation in Ukraine, a White House aide said.
    • Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, slashing deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.
    • Beau Biden, son of U.S. VP, to run for governor of Delaware April 17, 2014
      (Reuters) - At least one member of the Biden family will be seeking higher office in 2016.
    • New Hampshire lawmakers fail to pass death penalty repeal April 17, 2014
      BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire's Senate failed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday, in a vote that capped weeks of emotional debate while focusing attention on the state's lone death row inmate.
    • California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution April 17, 2014
      SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term.
    • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system April 17, 2014
      (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
    • U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment, saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500 billion a year.
    • Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation April 16, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced.
    • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state April 16, 2014
      OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
    • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system April 16, 2014
      (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
    • Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children April 16, 2014
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice.
    • Obama, Biden visit Pennsylvania to promote job-training plan April 16, 2014
      OAKDALE, Penn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a trip to a Pennsylvania community college on Wednesday to promote a plan to train workers for skills they need for hard-to-fill jobs.
    • Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million on gun control April 16, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control.
    • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China April 16, 2014
      WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.
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      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who took withering criticism over the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
    • F-35 fighter jet to make first trans-Atlantic flight in July April 16, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, U.S. and British officials said Wednesday.
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    • Luxury shoes made in Ghana April 15, 2014
      Fred Deegbe was standing outside a shop window five years ago, marveling at the shiny pair of wing-tip Oxfords he'd just bought, when he started wondering whether such beautiful designer shoes could ever be produced in his country, Ghana.
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      At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.
    • Why we need more geek girls April 3, 2014
      "It was like taking a big leap of faith."
    • 'Uncle Ebo' revives Ghanaian theater April 15, 2014
      African Voices meets James Ebo Whyte a passionate storyteller with a series of successful plays to his credit.
    • How medics saved lives at Westgate April 9, 2014
      When gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, Abbas Gullet was one of the first emergency responders on the scene. As head of Kenya's Red Cross, he was in charge of coordinating services for people in need.
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      She started her business with just £100, lugging her beauty bag from door to door, but some 25 years later Grace Amey-Obeng has built a multi-million dollar cosmetics empire that's helping change the perception of beauty for many.
    • Africa's most endangered April 16, 2014
      Africa is home to much unique wildlife, but many of its iconic species are threatened. Find out more about its most endangered animals.
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      Zain Verjee visits Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park -- the home of half of the world's endangered mountain gorilla population.
    • Savannah from the sky March 13, 2014
      It's almost impossible for a photographer to find fresh visual perspectives these days. Brooklyn-based Zack Seckler had to travel to a different continent and strap into an ultra-light aircraft to find one. His Botswana series presents the country from between 50 and 500 feet, providing a unique and captivating view of the savannah.
    • Rating Pistorius's defense April 16, 2014
      After five days of intense cross-examination, has Olympian Oscar Pistorius helped or harmed his defense that he did not intentionally kill his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkam?
    • Pop art condoms saving lives April 15, 2014
      The Center for African Family Studies in Nairobi has teamed up with Kenyan artist Michael Soi to create eye-catching condom wrappers to promote safe sex and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among young people.
    • Ebola: A swift and bloody killer April 16, 2014
      It took only moments to feel the impact of what was happening here.
    • 'I lost my fingers, made new ones' April 14, 2014
      A South African carpenter lost his fingers in an accident -- now he's making mechanical fingers and hands for others.
    • Kenya double in London Marathon April 13, 2014
      World record-holder Wilson Kipsang completed a Kenyan double at the London Marathon Sunday as home hope Mo Farah disappointed on his debut over the 42km distance.
    • Pistorius at mercy of 'bull dog?' April 11, 2014
      He's known as the "bull dog" in South Africa's legal circles, and just two days in to Gerrie Nel's merciless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius, it's easy to see why.
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    • Egypt's sex pest epidemic? April 9, 2014
      A university student cowers in a pharmacy as a mob outside threatens her with sexual violence. A law student is groped by her classmates, the dean cites her "inappropriate attire." Frightening allegations but advocates say this is an everyday reality for women in Cairo.
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      When gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, Abbas Gullet was one of the first emergency responders on the scene. As head of Kenya's Red Cross, he was in charge of coordinating services for people in need.
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The Big Q: President Uhuru Kenyatta on the Government’s Scorecard -Part 1 and 2

Posted by African Press International on April 9, 2014

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SECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON LIBERIA DELISTS ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM ITS TRAVEL BAN LIST

Posted by African Press International on April 9, 2014

NEW YORK, April 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1521 (2003) concerning Liberia decided on 3 April 2014 to de-list the following individual from the list of individuals subject to the travel restrictions imposed by paragraph 4 (a) of resolution 1521 (2003) (the travel ban list). The measures no longer apply to this individual.

 

Mr. Orhan DRAGAŠ.

 

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The ICC saga continues even during Nyama Choma field day in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on April 8, 2014

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By Korir

The ICC Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is determined not to give up easily. She is willing to leave the ICC, Hague and prosecute even during Nyama Choma field day in the Masaai heartland.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto stand trial at the ICC in the Hague. Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda who has visited Kenya during the ongoing case has insisted that the cases must continue.

Mr Ruto’s case is going on while that of Mr Kenyatta is expected to start in October.

On this Photo you see the President and his deputy feasting on well cooked Nyama Choma and Fatou Bensouda (standing) will not give them peace. She is ready to wait until the feasting is over even if it takes centuries, it now seems.

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NUSOJ welcomes the formation of the Independent Media Law Task force in Mogadishu

Posted by African Press International on April 8, 2014

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the formation of the Independent Task Force mandated to review and finalize the media law once and for all.

NUSOJ applauds the commitment shown by the Minister of information, Mustaf Dhuhulow in providing the Media and journalists’ representatives 10 out of 16 representatives of the appointed Task Force, an indication of a broader representation, inclusiveness with respect to gender equality.

The National Union of Somali Journalist, which is a national journalists trade union that represent and speaks on behalf of the Somali journalists looks forward to working with the appointed Task force with the aim of ensuring the final draft of the bill safeguards the media freedoms and the freedom of expression in line with the Federal constitution of Somalia and respects the existing regional and international conventions on freedom of expression.

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Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Malawi

Posted by African Press International on April 8, 2014

LILONGWE, Malawi, April 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Mr. Tsidi Tsikata, visited Lilongwe and Blantyre from March 18 to April 3, 2014 to conduct discussions for the fifth review under Malawi’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.1 The mission held discussions with Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Charles Chuka, Deputy Finance Minister Cornelius Mwalwanda, Secretary to the Treasury Newby Kumwembe, Attorney General Anthony Kamanga, other senior government and RBM officials, a broad range of national stakeholders outside government, as well as representatives of Malawi’s development partners. The mission expresses its gratitude for the constructive spirit in which all its discussions were held.

At the end of the mission, Mr. Tsikata issued the following statement:

“Since our last visit in November 2013, policy implementation has taken place in a difficult environment with mixed results. Against the backdrop of the suspension of substantial external assistance due to the “cashgate” scandal, fiscal policy has been appropriately restrained and has contributed to stabilizing the exchange rate. However, the resulting expenditure compression has taken a heavy toll on the delivery of public services.

“Overall fiscal conditions will remain tight for the remainder of the fiscal year 2013/14, but strong revenue performance and the release of some external financing will allow some relaxation of the stringent constraints observed over the past two quarters.

“In discussing the fiscal outlook, the mission urged the authorities to be mindful of fiscal risks associated with potential contingent liabilities arising from the operations of state owned enterprises, including the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), the National Food Reserve Agency NFRA, the Malawi Rural Development Fund (MARDEF) and the National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA).

“The authorities have made progress in addressing governance and public financial management (PFM) weaknesses, including through implementing the government’s Action Plan. Going forward, it will be important to adapt the Action Plan into a strategic and comprehensive PFM reform program, including by reflecting the findings and recommendations of the preliminary forensic audit report government received in February 2014.

“The mission welcomes the accumulation of international reserves by the RBM and its plans to further boost the level of reserves during this year’s tobacco season in order to provide the economy with a buffer against exogenous shocks. This will also allow the RBM to effectively intervene in the foreign exchange market to manage excessive volatility in the exchange rate arising from the highly season pattern of private foreign exchange inflows.

“Inflation remains high at nearly 25 percent, with the disinflation process complicated by the expansion of liquidity associated with RBM purchases of foreign exchange. The mission therefore recommends that the RBM tighten monetary policy more aggressively.

“Performance in relation to the targets and benchmarks for the fifth review was mixed. Most of the quantitative targets for end-December 2013 were met, including the target on net international reserves and net domestic borrowing by the government. However, the targets on the net domestic assets of RBM and on reserve money were missed by significant margins. The pace of implementation of structural benchmarks was slower than programmed, but almost all are now near completion.

“The mission and the authorities reached understandings on the broad parameters of the budget for the fiscal year 2014/15. Discussions will continue in the coming weeks to firm up the framework that will be presented to cabinet. Since the budget will be submitted to parliament by the government that will be formed after the May 20 elections, the mission proposes to return to Lilongwe in June to confirm the understanding reached during this mission, before it submits its report to IMF management and the Executive Board. Completion of the review would enable Malawi to receive a disbursement of SDR 13 million (about US$20 million) from the IMF.”

1 The Extended Credit Facility (ECF) has replaced the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) as the Fund’s main tool for medium-term financial support to low-income countries by providing a higher level of access to financing, more concessional terms, enhanced flexibility in program design features, and more focused streamlined conditionality. Financing under the ECF currently carries a zero interest rate, with a grace period of 5½ years, and a final maturity of 10 years. The Fund reviews the level of interest rates for all concessional facilities every two years.

 

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APO Enhances Press Release Distribution Service Offerings via NASDAQ OMX’s GlobeNewswire

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2014

NASDAQ OMX’s GlobeNewswire is the world’s largest financial newswire distribution network

DAKAR, Sénégal, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa, and the global leader in media relations related to Africa, announces today that it has become an authorized agency client in Africa for NASDAQ OMX’s (http://www.nasdaqomx.com) GlobeNewswire (http://www.globenewswire.com), one of the world’s largest financial newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases, financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.

APO's logo and abstract of the press release announcing the agreement has been showcased on the NASDAQ tower at the Times Square in New York City

 

Photo of APO logo on the NASDAQ tower in Times Square (New York):http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=963
(APO’s logo and abstract of the press release announcing the agreement has been showcased on the NASDAQ tower at the Times Square in New York City)

“We are excited about offering GlobeNewswire’s services to APO clients,” said APO Founder and CEO, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.  “This is indeed timely due to our revamped brand image. It is a fact that more and more African companies are getting international recognition, and we are proud to support their expansive growth by providing new, industry-leading distribution services via GlobeNewswire.”

Through GlobeNewswire, APO will offer its clients comprehensive press release distribution options which include:

•          Press Release Distribution via the Associated Press:  A wide variety of national, regional, state, and city distribution circuits are available through GlobeNewswire. All U.S. distribution circuits reach the editorial newsrooms of mainstream media such as national and regional newspapers, broadcast and online media.

•          Thousands of Online Reach: Through direct relationships with online media and hundreds of RSS feeds, press releases reach and can be posted on thousands of websites such as Yahoo!, Wall Street Journal Online, Morningstar.com, MSN Money, Reuters.com, New York Times, CNBC.com, etc.

•          Complimentary Distribution to Industry Trades:  Over 300+ industry trades distribution are available with the purchase of press release distribution service.

•          Timely Disclosure of Regulatory Press Release: Simultaneous distribution to media outlets, financial desktops/data terminals and professional databases such as Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, and Dow Jones.

•          Global Press Release Distribution: With strong affiliation with reputable international distribution partners, GlobeNewswire operates a global distribution network which offers a wide variety of distribution circuits to reach global financial and trade media outlets and investment communities efficiently.

•          Logo Placement via Times Square Tower: Client’s company logo and abstract of press release can be showcased on the NASDAQ tower at the Times Square in New York City.

•          Photo Distribution via Associated Press: Through AP satellite technology, photos are delivered directly to photo editors in over 1,500 newsrooms in the U.S. with advanced searching capabilities that allow editors to find photos that closely match their needs.

APO manages Africa Wire®, the service for press release wire distribution and monitoring in Africa, reaching over 50,000 media contacts, bloggers, social networks, and redistributing content to over 50 African websites, Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis, Dow Jones Factiva, and more.

Utilized by some of the world’s largest companies, communications agencies, institutions and organizations, Africa Wire® guarantees the most extensive reach to Africa, acting as the conduit for APO’s clients’ targeted audience in all parts of the continent and the world.

More information about Africa Wire®, the service for press release wire distribution in

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release wire in Africa, and the global leader in media relations related to Africa.  With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, India, and Seychelles, APO owns a media database of over 50,000 contacts and the main online community for Africa-related news.  It offers a complete range of services including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations, and events promotion. To find out more please visit,http://www.apo-opa.com

 

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NUSOJ welcomes the formation of the Independent Media Law Task force in Mogadishu

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the formation of the Independent Task Force mandated to review and finalize the media law once and for all.

NUSOJ applauds the commitment shown by the Minister of information, Mustaf Dhuhulow in providing the Media and journalists’ representatives 10 out of 16 representatives of the appointed Task Force, an indication of a broader representation, inclusiveness with respect to gender equality.

The National Union of Somali Journalist, which is a national journalists trade union that represent and speaks on behalf of the Somali journalists looks forward to working with the appointed Task force with the aim of ensuring the final draft of the bill safeguards the media freedoms and the freedom of expression in line with the Federal constitution of Somalia and respects the existing regional and international conventions on freedom of expression.

 

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National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

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Symantec: “Simple njRAT Fuels Nascent Middle East Cybercrime Scene”

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2014

Majority of njRAT C&C servers are found in the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI, UAE, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Symantec (http://www.symantec.com)  has observed the growth of indigenous groups of attackers in the Middle East, centered around a simple piece of malware known as njRAT (http://bit.ly/1i1Ps9m). While njRAT is similar in capability to many other remote access tools (RATs), what is interesting about this malware is that it is developed and supported by Arabic speakers, resulting in its popularity among attackers in the region.

The malware can be used to control networks of computers, known as botnets. While most attackers using njRAT appear to be engaged in ordinary cybercriminal activity, there is also evidence that several groups have used the malware to target governments in the region.

Symantec analyzed 721 samples of njRAT and uncovered a fairly large number of infections, with 542 control-and-command (C&C) server domain names found and 24,000 infected computers worldwide. Nearly 80 percent of the C&C servers were located in regions in the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories and Libya.

njRAT is not new on the cybercrime scene. It has been publicly available since June 2013 and three versions have already been released, all of which can be propagated through infected USB keys or networked drives.

The main reason for njRAT’s popularity in the Middle East and North Africa is a large online community providing support in the form of instructions and tutorials for the malware’s development. The malware’s author also appears to hail from the region.

Most njRAT users seem to be home users who are interested in online pranks such as spying on webcams or taking screenshots of victims’ computers. However, infections have also been recorded on the networks of a number of governments and political activists.

Symantec has identified 487 groups of attackers mounting attacks using njRAT. These attacks appear to have different motivations, which can be broadly classed as hacktivism, information theft, and botnet building.

As large numbers of Middle Eastern attackers continue to use njRAT due to its accessibility, Symantec expects that they will try to find new ways of obfuscating the malware to evade detection by antivirus software. They are likely to continue to use njRAT since an Arabic speaking community and its Arabic author continue to provide support for the malware.

Symantec anticipates that such groups will eventually depart from using publicly available tools like njRAT and begin to develop their own tools and more advanced RATs for cyberattacks.

Symantec detects this threat as Backdoor.Ratenjay (http://bit.ly/1i1Ps9m)..

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About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) (http://www.symantec.com) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings – anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company’s more than 21,500 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2013, it recorded revenues of $6.9 billion. To learn more go to http://www.symantec.com or connect with Symantec at: go.symantec.com/socialmedia.

 

 

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The ICC saga continues even during Nyama Choma field day in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on April 6, 2014

By Korir

The ICC Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is determined not to give up easily. She is willing to leave the ICC, Hague and prosecute even during Nyama Choma field day in the Masaai heartland.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto stand trial at the ICC in the Hague. Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda who has visited Kenya during the ongoing case has insisted that the cases must continue.

Mr Ruto’s case is going on while that of Mr Kenyatta is expected to start in October.

On this Photo you see the President and his deputy feasting on well cooked Nyama Choma and Fatou Bensouda (standing) will not give them peace. She is ready to wait until the feasting is over even if it takes centuries, it now seems.

www.africanpress.me/ The ICC saga continues with President Kenyatta, Deputy President Ruto and Prosecutor Bensouda (standing)

http://www.africanpress.me/ The ICC saga continues with President Kenyatta, Deputy President Ruto and Prosecutor Bensouda (standing – waiting for the party to end)

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UNAMID Head briefs UN Security Council on “alarming escalation of violence” in Darfur

Posted by African Press International on April 6, 2014

NEW YORK, April 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative (JSR) for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, briefed the members of the United Nations Security Council yesterday on what he described as “alarming escalation of violence” in Darfur over the past three months, which has resulted in over 215,000 civilians being displaced.

The JSR explained that there are several factors at play. Of particular concern are the activities in the region of a Government counter-insurgency force known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). They have perpetrated attacks on communities, particularly in South Darfur. A number of villages have been looted, destroyed, and their populations displaced with yet unknown scale of casualties.

Mr. Chambas noted that there has also been an increase in attacks by non-signatory movements on villages and against Government forces as well. He highlighted that inter-communal fighting, mainly over access to resources, had increased along with criminal activities; all of which causing an increase in suffering for the civilian populations in Darfur.

The Head of UNAMID expressed his concern about access restrictions enforced by all the parties to the conflict and insecurity continuing to hamper the provision of humanitarian assistance to the affected population.

Mr. Chambas mentioned that the current security situation in Darfur is serious and has the real potential to undermine the ongoing efforts to seek a political settlement of the conflict. “A cessation of hostilities is a first and vital step towards constructive dialogue and I sincerely hope that the modalities of the initiative for an all-inclusive national dialogue by the Government of Sudan will materialize soon and complement our efforts to bring about durable peace, security and development in Darfur,” he said.

 

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United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

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Sierra Leone Ministerial Delegation Meets Mubadala in Abu-Dhabi

Posted by African Press International on April 6, 2014

As a follow up to the visit of His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, the Government of Sierra Leone sent a delegation to the UA

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma paid an official visit to Abu-Dhabi on 20th January 2014. During the visit of His Excellency the President held fruitful discussions with high level officials of the government of the United Arab Emirates bordering on Economic cooperation.

As a follow up to the visit of His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, the Government of Sierra Leone sent a delegation to the UAE, headed by the Honorable Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Hon Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, accompanied by H.E. Mr Siray Alpha Timbo, Ambassador designate to the UAE, and coordinated by  Mr. Bahige Annan – Consul General of Sierra Leone in Dubai, UAE and Mr. Filip Matwin of Royal Group had meetings with Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment and development company, to explore new investments and partnerships in strategic sectors such as Bauxite, Alumina and Iron Ore in the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Commenting on the meeting, The Honorable Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, noted: “Mubadala is a potential strategic Mining partner for the Republic of Sierra Leone and we are very pleased to initiate talks in this direction. We look forward to working towards a successful partnership with Mubadala in the Mining sector, which is highly strategic for Sierra Leone and our bilateral economic cooperation particularly for the development of our economy. This initiative is in line with the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Prosperity as it addressees new opportunities for our people. The avowed commitment of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is to ensure that partnership in our natural resources benefits the people of Sierra Leone. Therefore the need for a broader and growing cooperation between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the United Arab Emirates cannot be underestimated.

Mubadala is an investment and development company supporting the diversification of the UAE by investing in key infrastructure and creating globally integrated industry sectors in Abu Dhabi. The company is mandated to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s growth potential, and to help the Government meet its socioeconomic targets. While Mubadala’s investments are designed to generate sustainable profits over the long-term, they also deliver strong social returns to Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

Focused on investment and development across multiple sectors, Mubadala’s portfolio is valued at more than US$55 billion. The company brings together and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments and partners with leading global organizations to operate businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. These include semiconductor technology, aerospace, energy, healthcare, information communications and technology, infrastructure, real estate and hospitality, and services ventures.

 

 

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EU-Africa Business Forum: Working together towards sustainable growth and employment

Posted by African Press International on April 5, 2014

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, March 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – To promote sustainable and inclusive growth in both Africa and the EU, European Commission Vice-President, Antonio Tajani, and Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will today take part in the 5th EU-Africa Business Forum in Brussels. The event brings together more than 500 high-level representatives from European and African business, politics and public institutions for two days (31 March/1 April) of discussions.

Debates will focus on common challenges such as the stake of young people in today’s economies, the role of banks for inclusive growth and financing issues for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and on specific issues such as raw material, risk capital, sustainable energy or space cooperation. Prior to the forum, Commissioner Piebalgs also announced two new EU programmes to support the private sector in West Africa and Madagascar.

Vice-President Tajani, Commissioner responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said ahead of the event: “Africa is on the move. The accelerating industrial development of Africa is a reality. The developing regions and countries that are sharing the benefits of globalisation are the rapidly industrialising ones. The European Union and Africa have genuine interest in increasing bilateral trade, investment and market integration in mutually beneficial relations to boost strong sustainable and inclusive growth and create jobs”.

Commissioner Piebalgs commented: “Africa has become one of the fastest growing regions in the world over the last decade, but we must accelerate the creation of decent and productive jobs to ensure that the benefits of this growth are being shared more evenly. The private sector has a key role to play in this and the Commission will soon present a policy paper on how to modernise EU support for developing the private sector in developing countries and how to strengthen its role in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth there where it’s most needed.”

A new EU-funded project recently launched in Madagascar will enable the private sector to better support inclusive growth and be more competitive on the national, regional and international markets. With €8 million of EU funding, activities will include support and training for business associations (e.g. chambers of commerce) so they have the knowledge to increase competitiveness among their members and to help them represent economic interests in public-private dialogues and negotiations. Specific support will be given to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the form of training in marketing/management techniques, help with accessing finance and preparing business plans. They will also receive help in improving product quality and finding market opportunities.

A second EU programme aims to make businesses in West Africa more competitive and help to improve the business and investment climate in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Among other things, it will help the region and its countries to adopt policies that can attract investments (EU funding: 20 million).

In the centre of discussions Vice-President Tajani will have during the summit will be sustainable access to raw materials as well as access to high quality and affordable medicines. He will discuss with his counterparts cooperation projects in the fields of space technologies which can play a positive role in the developing world to favour sustainable development, such as food security, health and education. Furthermore, Vice-President Tajani will encourage enterprises in African countries to seize new business opportunities under the COPERNICUS programme allowing the access to its satellite data.

Tajani will highlight the benefits of use of satellite navigation in Africa under the Commission’s EGNOS programme which will help to optimise transport with the use of satellite guidance as well as bring an enormous increase in the safety of the African skies, guiding planes safely to airports along regional and international routes. Benefits associated to this safety increase in Africa are estimated at more than €1,100 million!

Background

The 5th EU-Africa Business Forum takes place on the eve of the EU-Africa Summit. It will be jointly opened by European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, and African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. On 1 April, Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will participate and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will give concluding remarks.

The 4th EU-Africa Summit will take place in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014. It will bring together African and EU leaders, as well as the leaders of EU and African Union institutions. Under the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”, participants will discuss topics including peace, security, investment, climate change and migration. Previous summits took place in Cairo (2000), Lisbon (2007) and Tripoli (2010).

EU-Africa relations are largely based on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, adopted in 2007. Alongside this strategy, a 2011-2013 action plan, agreed at the last EU-Africa summit in 2010, sets out concrete targets within specific areas of cooperation, such as peace and security, democratic governance and human rights.

The 2014 summit will be an opportunity to take a fresh look at the EU-Africa partnership, to highlight some of the results that have been achieved, and to explore areas for future cooperation.

 

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European Commission

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Minister Costello attends EU-Africa Summit in Brussels

Posted by African Press International on April 5, 2014

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, is representing the Government at the EU-Africa Summit, which takes place in Brussels today and tomorrow, 2-3 April 2014.

The Summit, which will be attended by leaders of EU and African countries and by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will focus on progress and opportunities in Africa, on the theme Investing in People, Prosperity, and Peace.

Speaking ahead of the Summit, Minister Costello said:

“I will address the Summit on the opportunities offered by high economic growth rates in many African countries to transform the relationship between the EU and the continent, in particular on the critical role of agriculture in generating sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and on Ireland’s cooperation with Africa in fighting hunger and malnutrition.

“The Summit was preceded by the EU-Africa Foreign Ministers’ meeting yesterday. During the meeting I raised the importance of strengthening cooperation on peace and security issues. In particular I focussed on the urgent need for further progress on disarmament, the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly a year ago today, and on the continuing need to tackle the issue of 300,000 child soldiers forced to serve in conflicts in fifty countries in Africa and other regions.”

The Summit will discuss the continuing humanitarian challenges in Africa, peace and security in crisis areas such as the Central African Republic, trade and development, and on building a new partnership between Europe and Africa to tackle global challenges, including climate change. This is in line with the Government’s Africa Strategy, and the expansion of Ireland’s trade, investment, development and political ties with African countries.

 

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Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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