Obama to propose 200 million dollars to battle Islamic State in Africa

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Feb 9 : President Barack Obama is proposing about 200 million dollars in new military spending to confront Islamic State in north and west Africa, US defense officials said ahead of Tuesday’s budget rollouts for the next fiscal year. US officials declined to specify to which nations the funding would be […]

US military seeks to prepare Africa for shifting terror threat

By Emma Farge THIES, Senegal, Feb 9 : African forces began a US-led counter-terrorism training programme in Senegal amid what a US commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual “Flintlock” exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou left […]

African confederation backs Sheik Salman for FIFA presidency

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Feb 5 : Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa received a major boost in his bid to become the next FIFA president when he received an endorsement from the Confederation of African Football today. The governing body of football in Africa, which has 54 full voting members, said the Asian […]

Africa vote could hold key to FIFA presidential election

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Feb 4 : African soccer officials will decide tomorrow which of FIFA’s presidential candidates they will back as the campaign to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of the sport’s troubled ruling body reaches the home straight. With 54 voting nations, Africa’s choice at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda will be […]

Africa’s big oil producers seek World Bank support

By Alexis Akwagyiram and Herculano Coroado LAGOS/LUANDA, Feb 1 : Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s two biggest oil producers, are both in talks with the World Bank about support to help cope with low crude prices, weakening currencies and strained public finances. Nigeria has held exploratory talks with the World Bank on borrowing to help fund […]

Save the Children faces funding gap for Ethiopian drought crisis

By Edmund Blair NAIROBI, Jan 22 : Save the Children charity said today it had raised less than a third of what it needed for its campaign to help Ethiopia cope with drought which has left 10.2 million people critically short of food. Experts say the drought is worse than the one in 1984, when […]