Africa's week in pictures: 8-14 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 8-14 June 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The entire continent appears to be gripped by World Cup fever, and these inmates at Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Prison were not going to miss out. Hours before the first game of the […]

Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Barred from School

Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Barred from School

“Evelina,” 17, with her 3-year-old daughter “Hope,” in Migori county, western Kenya. Evelina is in Form 2, the second year of lower secondary school. After her baby was born, a friend encouraged her to go back to school. Although Evelina cannot afford to pay school fees, the school’s head teacher allows her to stay in […]

Morocco: Failure to unite African countries cost 2026 World Cup hopes

Morocco: Failure to unite African countries cost 2026 World Cup hopes

Morocco’s hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup foundered on the failure to secure a united African vote as the country lost in its fifth attempt to stage the global event, the north African country’s bid team said on Wednesday. Eleven African countries voted for the joint North American bid of the U.S., Canada and […]

South Africa's Black Economic Empowerment Law To Earn Black Investors $1.3 Billion

South Africa's Black Economic Empowerment Law To Earn Black Investors $1.3 Billion

Vodacom Group, Africa’s second largest mobile communications company, will pay out approximately $1.3 billion to its black investors as part of the company’s participation in the black economic empowerment (BEE) effort, enforced by South African law. The company said on Monday that it had “entered into an agreement of up to R17.5 billion with its […]

These countries are the top producers of deadly illicit alcohol in Africa

These countries are the top producers of deadly illicit alcohol in Africa

It is not rare to find people huddled in shacks, sipping alcohol from cups and glasses into the wee hours of the morning all across Africa. Most of the time, this alcohol is illicit and some are known as chang’aa or ‘Kill me Quick’ in Kenya, bokha in Libya, and bojalwa in Botswana. According to […]

Invest Atlanta review of $40K spent on Reed South Africa trip stalls

Invest Atlanta review of $40K spent on Reed South Africa trip stalls

Two months ago, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered an outside review of a payment by a city-tied nonprofit to cover luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and staffers who traveled to South Africa last year on a costly jobs mission. Now, people familiar with the matter have told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 […]

US May Reduce Special Operations Forces in Africa

US May Reduce Special Operations Forces in Africa

The United States military is likely reduce the number of special operations commandos deployed in Africa. But military officials tell VOA that a final decision on the move has yet to be made. American military experts have mixed reactions to the planned reduction. The New York Times first reported the plan this past week. It […]

Investors Must Take Advantage Of South Africa's Economic Renewal, Says Ramaphosa

Investors Must Take Advantage Of South Africa's Economic Renewal, Says Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa has told leaders at the G7 outreach summit in Canada that South Africa’s economic renewal creates opportunities for investors around the world, reported Eyewitness News. Ramaphosa, accompanied by a local business delegation told his host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that South Africa sees Canada as a strategic partner in navigating the difficulties […]

The movie theater will be the next target for China to dig deeper roots in Africa

The movie theater will be the next target for China to dig deeper roots in Africa

Some observers of China’s global rise conclude that its influence is limited to military and economic capabilities. For example, it’s set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy before 2030. There is one area in which China lags behind. That’s the use of “soft power”. It’s a phrase coined by the American political […]

1 US Soldier Is Killed and 4 Are Wounded in Somalia Firefight

1 US Soldier Is Killed and 4 Are Wounded in Somalia Firefight

Defense Department officials initially said that Somali government troops had led that operation, and the Shabab militants had attacked American forces that were hanging back. But American military leaders later acknowledged that the Navy SEALs were operating alongside the Somali military when they launched the raid. In October, an ambush in Niger killed four American […]