US Sees a Role for Russia in Trying to Restore Peace in Libya

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa has told VOA the only way to restore peace in Libya is to bring rival factions together, and that will require cooperative efforts by many parties, including Russia. General Thomas Waldhauser, who heads the U.S. Africa Command, discussed the continuing political chaos in Libya while in Germany for the recent Munich Security Conference. Russia invests in Libya's oilWaldhauser noted it is apparent Russia wants to become actively involved in trying to resolve Libya's political unrest — not least for its own economic interests — and said he welcomes that. Russia also committed itself to buying an undisclosed share of Libya's future crude oil output. Turning again to Libya's political situation and rivalries, Waldhauser said many parties are trying to assist.

February 24, 2017 00:19 UTC

Mob of North African Migrants Causes Riot Aboard Italian Ferry

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERSome 63 North African migrants caused a major uproar in the middle of the night on an Italian ferry Monday, fighting, screaming, stealing, vandalizing, beating other passengers and pulling people out of their bunks. Soon they “turned the voyage into a nightmare for the other 170 passengers,” according to Italian media reports. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERThe ship Janas had left Cagliari on Monday night with a large group of North Africans, most of whom were from Algeria. At sea in the middle of the night, the migrants began assaulting other passengers, creating a melee on the ship. “Little good is coming from these daily arrivals from North Africa,” said Luca Agati, head of the local police union (SAP) in Cagliari.

February 23, 2017 16:52 UTC

Frenchman Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Morocco Appeals Conviction

French national, Thomas Gallay, who was indicted on charges of funding a terrorist cell based in the Moroccan Atlantic city of Essaouira appealed his conviction after he was handed a six year prison sentence. The French convert was arrested in a raid in 2016 by the Moroccan security services. He was found to maintain close links with the head of the Essaouira terrorist cell who was in possession of dangerous arsenal found in his place including firearms and ammunitions as well as equipment to make explosives. Gallay signed confessions saying that he hosted indoctrination meetings of the terrorist cell and admitted loyalty to the terrorist organization Daech. Morocco undertook a reform of its penal code in line with international law and human rights as they are universally recognized.

February 23, 2017 16:38 UTC

Decibel S.A. to bring Brio and full line of Calrec Audio solutions to customers in Switzerland and North Africa

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. -- 22 February 2017 -- Calrec Audio has signed Decibel S.A. as its exclusive distributor in Switzerland, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. With an emphasis on Brio, Calrec's all-new, compact digital broadcast audio console, Decibel S.A. will represent the full line of Calrec Audio solutions to broadcast customers throughout these territories. Based in Vevey, Switzerland, Decibel S.A. has provided professional audio solutions and products for more than 20 years and represents more than 30 pro-audio brands. # # #About Calrec Audio Ltd.Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. Photo Link: Caption: Logo for Decibel S.A.Visit Calrec Audio at the 2017 NAB Show, Booth C3118Share it on Twitter: S.A. brings full line of @CalrecAudio solutions to Switzerland and North Africa -

February 23, 2017 16:07 UTC

Libya: Rival Sides Heading to Tunis for Talks

After the failed Egyptian diplomatic initiatives, Libyan rival camps are expected in the Tunisian capital Tunis this Thursday for talks following a tripartite summit between Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt in the Tunisian capital. All Libyan sides have approved the declaration of the mini-summit, Tunisian foreign minister Khemaïes Jhinaoui told reporters on Wednesday. Some Libyan delegations are expected to arrive in Tunis on February 23. Libya has been in disarray following of fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, in a NATO-backed revolution. The Tunis Declaration issued following the mini-summit urged Libyans to pursue inter-Libyan dialogue while calling for the inclusion of all sides.

February 23, 2017 15:46 UTC

This initiative by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka could finally stop lecturers from harassing their students

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka has said the promotion of its lecturers will now be based on the satisfaction of its students. Formal student evaluation of lecturers began in the 15th century when students at the University of Bologna in Italy paid their lecturers according to their teaching abilities. While this is apparently a good move for the educational system in the nation, lecturers who do not pass the students’ evaluation process will not be promoted. Many Nigerian students are excited by this news because it will give them the chance to express themselves. But there are benefits that Nigerian universities can derive from student’s evaluation of their lecturers teaching effectiveness.

February 23, 2017 14:00 UTC

North Africa pressure system colours sky

North Africa pressure system colours skyThe Algarve, parts of Alentejo and Madeira are to be affected by dust from North Africa until Friday the Portuguese weather agency (IPMA) said on Thursday. IPMA told reporters the situation was due to a low pressure system over Morocco that was carrying suspended dust from North Africa in its winds. The system is affecting a huge area from Tunisia to the Canaries as well as the Iberian Peninsula and Madeira. The weather agency said the dust gives the sky a yellowish colour but it should gradually disappear over the coming days.

February 23, 2017 11:51 UTC

Egypt: New capital city project hit by Chinese withdrawal

Egyptian plans to build a new capital city east of Cairo were hit by the withdrawal last week of the Chinese construction firm that held the contract to build new government buildings. The contract would have been the centrepiece of the ambitious scheme to relocate the nation’s capital city to a new location between Cairo and the Suez Canal. The entire project is being developed by the New Administrative Capital Company, which is jointly owned by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities and the military. The Chinese company wanted to depend on local Egyptian construction companies, which would have been more costly for us. The chairperson of the parliamentary housing committee, Alaa Waly, said that such projects were “not new to Egyptian construction companies.

February 23, 2017 09:39 UTC

AFRICOM Commander: US to Share Intelligence with Nigeria

The Commander of the United States African Command (AFRICOM), General Thomas Waldhauser, said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, at Defence Headquarters, Abuja. General Waldhauser said he was happy with the level of warm cordial relationship between the US and Nigeria. The Commander, AFRICOM stated that his country was committed to maintaining productive and fruitful relationship with Nigeria by stepping up her assistance in the areas of training, intelligence sharing, capacity building and hardware. In related development, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has appealed to the United States to give more help to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism. He said the time has come for both Nigeria and the US to deepen the long-standing relationship between the countries based on mutual trust.

February 23, 2017 00:43 UTC

Russia Deepens Foothold in Libya, Pro-Putin Firm Signs Oil exploration & production deal

Russia’s oil firm Rosneft has signed cooperation framework agreement with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) opening the door wide to Russian investments as Moscow deepens its foray into the chaotic North African country. The agreement signed between Rosneft’s Igor Sechin and NOC’s Mustafa Sanalla in London on Monday allows the Russian company to explore Libya’s oil capacities and participate in the production. “This agreement with Russia’s largest oil company lays the foundations for us to identify jointly areas of cooperation. Working with the NOC, Rosneft and Russia can play an important and constructive role in Libya,” the Libya Herald quoted him as saying. “Putin is testing the west, he is testing the [NATO] alliance and at any point he sees weakness he pushes home.

February 22, 2017 17:24 UTC

Amnesty International Slams Restrictions of Freedoms in Algeria

Amnesty International had denounced the continued restrictions imposed by Algerian authorities on the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and religion. In its annual report 2016-17 on the state of human rights in the world, AI decried the prosecution in Algeria of peaceful critics, including human rights defenders, in unfair trials, and the forced closure of media outlets. As to the situation of human rights defenders in Algeria, it is no better as these advocates are harassed and prosecuted. Noureddine Ahmine had defended many protesters and journalists facing charges arising from their peaceful exercise of their human rights. In March the UN Human Rights Committee found that Algeria had violated Articles 2, 7 and 9 of the ICCPR.

February 22, 2017 17:16 UTC

Protecting EU Borders Costs Morocco €250 mln Annually

When the EU saw over 1 million sea arrivals in 2015, only a few thousands were registered in Spain, thanks to close cooperation with Morocco where authorities have took measures that drastically curbed illegal migration attempts. An official source told the Moroccan news portal that monitoring the borders with Spain to avert illegal immigration attempts cost Morocco an estimated annual amount of €250 million. Frontex itself recognized the key role Morocco plays in preventing the surge of migration to the EU. In this regards, Morocco adopted a large-scale legalization campaign in a humanitarian move targeting mainly sub-Saharan migrants. In 2014, more than 28,000 illegal migrants received their residency card, which gives them access to basic services in Morocco and enables them to work legally.

February 22, 2017 17:11 UTC

Hotel real estate assets are catching the eye of African pension funds

African pension funds are beginning to show more interest in investing in hotel real estate, according to Andrew McLachlan, senior vice president of business development for Africa and the Indian Ocean at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. McLachlan says the hotel operator – which owns the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn and has a presence in 29 countries on the continent – has been talking with pension funds in a handful of African markets that are looking at acquiring hotel properties. “If you track [hotel real estate as an asset class] over a 10-year period, it actually outperforms commercial, residential, or light industrial real estate,” he told How we made it in Africa. “In many of these countries we see a lot of funds have been accumulating in these [pension] funds, and they need to look at good real estate to invest in – and in many of these markets there isn’t a lot of choice of real estate to invest in. In North America and Europe, these hotel properties are typically owned by real estate investment trusts (REITs) and pension funds.

February 22, 2017 15:11 UTC

Nigerian Ditches Lucrative Banking Career To Develop Afro-Caribbean Food App

Since her childhood, Vivian Ngwodo, a Nigerian-born U.K. banker, has always been a problem solver and a food enthusiast, and it is this desire to enjoy good food that pushed her to ditch a lucrative career in banking to develop Chopstreets, the first-ever Afro-Caribbean food app. FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramChopstreets is a one-of-a-kind social app and the first of its kind in the U.K., because it is dedicated to helping diners find the best Afro-Caribbean food in the U.K. Why An Afro-Caribbean Food App? The idea to develop Chopstreets was born out of Ngwondo’s desire to enjoy authentic African foods in the U.K. Ngwondo says food restaurants can also now list their businesses through the company’s website,, for free.

February 22, 2017 13:07 UTC

Algeria cancels Merkel’s state visit due to President’s ill health

The Algerian government has cancelled a scheduled state visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel due to the failing health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. A two-day state visit had earlier been scheduled for February 21st to 22nd between the two governments, which will see Angela Merkel meet the president. However, the Prime Minister had been scheduled to be the main government interlocutor for the North African state. The war-torn North African state has been unstable since long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in the Arab spring of 2011. While there have been reports of improvement of late, the cancellation of the proposed state visit of Merkel has further shown the president health might have deteriorated in recent times.

February 22, 2017 09:58 UTC

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