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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
The Republic of Angola
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Congo Republic president reappoints PM after resignation
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Mouamba, who resigned last week, is now charged with forming a new government, the statement said.

 

Last week's resignations came after Sassou Nguesso said he wanted a new government to help alleviate economic woes caused by a steep drop in oil prices since 2014.

 

Public debt has shot higher, raising questions over Congo's ability to meet coupon payments for its $363 million Eurobond.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:36:17 GMT


Egypt cancels Kushner meeting with minister after denial of aid
CAIRO - Egypt called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday after the United States decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. ,

But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet the U.S. delegation led by Kushner later in the day as scheduled, Sisi's office said.

 

Two U.S. sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms.

 

"Egypt sees this measure as reflecting poor judgment of the strategic relationship that ties the two countries over long decades and as adopting a view that lacks an accurate understanding of the importance of supporting Egypt's stability," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

 

The decision could have "negative implications" on achieving common goals and interests between the two countries, it added.

 

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had been scheduled to meet the U.S. delegation led by Kushner, a son-in-law to U.S. President Donald Trump and a close adviser, on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss the Middle East.

 

But the meeting was canceled immediately after the ministry released its statement, a copy of Shoukry's schedule sent out to journalists showed.

 

A foreign ministry official told Reuters the meeting had been canceled but did not give a reason. A U.S. embassy official in Cairo said Kushner's meeting with Shoukry had never been set in stone because "the schedule was never fixed."

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:36:17 GMT


Egypt criticises US decision to cut aid
Cairo - Egypt on Wednesday criticised a US decision to reduce financial aid and withhold some military assistance as a "misjudgment" of strategic ties between the two allies. ,

The foreign ministry said it "regrets the decision" to reduce some funds allocated under a US assistance programme and withhold the disbursement of other military aid.

 

It provided no details of the cuts, but US media reports said Washington on Tuesday denied Egypt $96 million in aid and delayed $195 million in military funding because of concerns over its human rights record.

 

"Egypt considers this step as a misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that binds the two countries over decades," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

 

The move "reflects the lack of understanding of the importance of supporting the stability and success of Egypt" and "implies a mixing of cards that may have negative repercussions," it said.

 

The New York Times quoted the State Department as saying the move followed a lack progress on human rights and a new law restricting activities of nongovernmental organisations.

 

US President Donald Trump's arrival in office earlier this year initially saw an improvement in relations with Egypt, after his predecessor Barack Obama had given President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the cold shoulder over rights issues.

 

Obama temporarily suspended military aid to Egypt after the July 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and a bloody crackdown on Morsi's supporters that followed.

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Egypt's Sisi to meet Trump advisor Jared Kushner on Wednesday
CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet on Wednesday with a United States delegation led by President Donald Trump's close advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Sisi's spokesman said.,

A scheduled meeting between Kushner and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was canceled immediately following a ministry statement criticizing a U.S. decision to withhold millions of dollars in aid to Egypt.

 

It was not clear if meeting with Sisi was previously scheduled or arranged after Kushner's his meeting with Shoukry was canceled.

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Kenyan opposition to tell court that technology enabled election fraud
NAIROBI - Kenya's opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.,

Opposition leader Raila Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were "fatally flawed", in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms.

 

The documents suggest the opposition will link alleged irregularities to the murder of Chris Msando, the election official overseeing information technology, days before the Aug. 8 election.

 

Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes, election authorities said. A parallel tally by independent monitors based on a sample of around 2,000 polling stations produced a similar result.

 

At least 28 people died in election-related violence after the vote, mainly in areas where Odinga has strong support, according to the Kenya Commission on Human Rights.

 

"The series of gaps, whether deliberate or product of negligence, frustrated the use of technology to deliver an accountable results transmission process," reads one of the documents. "Manipulation and distortion of results renders it impossible to tell who actually won."

 

The commission and Kenyatta must respond to the petition by the end of Friday and proceedings are to begin on Saturday.

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Nigeria cancels first cabinet meeting after Buhari's return
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Buhari returned to Nigeria on Saturday after traveling to Britain on May 7 for an unspecified illness, and had written lawmakers on Monday to confirm he had returned and was resuming his duties.

 

"The meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not be held today," the president's spokesman, Femi Adesina, said in an emailed statement.

 

The refusal by officials to disclose details of his illness has caused widespread speculation about the ailment and whether the 74-year-old is well enough to run Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.

 

In a televised address on Monday, Buhari looking thin but sounded stronger than his last broadcast in June. He walked unaided off his plane when he arrived on Saturday, though at a slow pace, holding rails on either side of him.

 

Buhari handed over power to his deputy Yemi Osinbajo in his absence. He informed legislators on Monday he was resuming his duties. The next day Adesina said the president would work from home due to renovations to be carried out at his office.

 

The medical leave was Buhari's second in Britain this year after one that began in January and lasted nearly two months.

 

He reduced his working day to a few hours after returning to Nigeria from his first stint of medical leave on March 10, diplomats and government sources said.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:36:17 GMT


Wild times as Madagascar rides vanilla price bubble
Sava Region (Madagascar) - Hit by rampant speculation and a collapse in production following cyclone Enawo, the price of vanilla -- Madagascar's largest export -- has surged in recent months.,

Ice cream, aromatherapy, perfume and haute cuisine: all use the spice sourced from the Indian Ocean island which accounts for about 80 percent of global production.

 

The sudden cash bonanza has threatened to fuel crime and slash quality.

 

On the single paved road in Ampanefena, a rural community in the northeast of Madagascar, youths pass the time doing wheelies on their high-powered Japanese motorbikes.

 

"It cost 200 million Malagasy ariary (12,00 euros, $14,000)," claimed Akman Mat-hon, 17, atop a Kawasaki too large for his frame. His father is "in vanilla" and bought the bike as a gift.

 

Business is booming: since 2015 the price of the spice has soared relentlessly to "a never-before seen peak of between $600 and $750 a kilo,"(510 and 640 euros) according to Georges Geeraerts, president of Madagascar's Group of Vanilla Exporters.

 

Since the market was liberalised in 1989, the price has fluctuated wildly -- from $400 a kilo in 2003 to $30 in 2005, where it stayed for roughly a decade.

 

But demand eventually outstripped the supply of around 1,800 tonnes-a-year, spurred on by resurgent calls for organic products, speculation by financiers -- and by tropical cyclone Enawo which ravaged part of the production zone.

 

Markets in the vanilla-producing Sava region were saturated almost overnight with motorbikes, smartphones, solar panels, generators, flat-screen televisions and gaudy home furnishings.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:36:17 GMT


Sudan eyes enhanced strategic ties with China: FM
KHARTOUM - Sudan aims to enhance its strategic ties with China during the upcoming visit by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Monday.,

Zhang is to arrive in Khartoum on Friday for a two-day visit at the invitation by Sudan's First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh.

"This important visit by the senior Chinese official comes in enhancement of the strategic ties between Sudan and China and in affirmation of the strength of those ties which are witnessing progressive development within the economic partnership between the two countries," Ghandour said in a statement.

He said that the visit "aims to intensify consultations to enhance coordination at the regional and international forums."

Ghandour said that the Chinese vice premier would hold talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, in addition to meeting with Saleh.

The talks would review the bilateral ties in political, economic and cultural fields, and ways to develop them to the level of the strategic partnership between the two countries, according to the foreign minister.

Ghandour added that several Sudanese ministers would meet with their Chinese counterparts in separate sessions for further consultation on increasing bilateral cooperation on programs and projects within the strategic partnership.

Zhang arrived in Kuwait on Monday to start his current four-nation trip, which will also take him to Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Namibia. Xinhua

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:51:02 GMT


Ethiopia: AU laments unemployment, underemployment of young people in Africa
ADDIS ABABA - The African Union (AU) reiterates call for concerted efforts to address young people unemployment and underemployment in Africa, which is one of the top challenges facing young men and women on the continent.,

A three-day Pan-African Youth Empowerment Conference kicked off on Tuesday at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, which aims to promote African youth participation and deepen their engagement in the process of shaping the continent's employment, entrepreneurship and innovation trajectory.

Including African youth from 47 African countries, policy makers, employers and development partners are participating in the Conference, which is expected to share learning, perspectives and possible solutions to overcome youth unemployment and underemployment challenges on the continent.

Presenting the speech of the AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry during the opening of the Conference, Prudence Ngwenya, Head of Human Resources and Youth Development at the pan-African bloc, noted that young people across Africa are facing challenges of finding decent employment and climbing out of poverty.

Unemployment is the key challenge facing African young people, which is heightened by mismatch between skills and labor market needs, said the official.

Recent figure by the African Development Bank (AfDB) reveals that there are 480 million youth on the continent, and the number is expected to grow to 850 million by 2050.

"With more than 65 percent of the population being under the age of 35, securing employability and self-employment for young people, achieved through innovative approaches, could be the best weapon to fight against poverty and the numerous associated challenges," said Ngwenya.

Focusing on employment and entrepreneurship, the conference has been organized by the AU Commission and the SOS Children's Village International, providing a platform for engagement between high-level officials and young people.

About 10 million African young people are entering the job markets every year, and only 3 million are getting wage employment, which shows the challenge is significant, said Dereje Wordofa, International Director for the Region, SOS Children's Villages International.

The conference allows young people to share their perspectives with key stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges they face but also, they will explore opportunities for job creation, entrepreneurship and self-reliance, according to Dereje.

Deliberations at the conference is expected to lead to the development of an Action Plan for African Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship. Xinhua

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:43:08 GMT


Nigeria's Buhari cautions separatists
Separatists calling for the breakup of Nigeria have crossed a red line and the country’s unity is not negotiable, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday (August 21) in his first speech since returning home after three months of medical leave in Britain.,

Ethnic tensions have surfaced in the last few months amid calls for a separate southeastern state, known as Biafra, while some in the restive southern Niger Delta oil hub have called for independence and Boko Haram militants seek an Islamic state in the northeast.

In a televised speech, broadcast two days after his return on Saturday (August 19), Buhari said he followed events in Nigeria on a daily basis during his absence and was concerned by discussions over the possible dissolution of the country.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation with 180 million people, split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims and about 250 different ethnic groups who mostly live peacefully side-by-side.

Reuters/Africanews

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:41:30 GMT