Economy Tillerson returns to US before schedulePresident Uhuru Kenyatta (right) greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State House in Nairobi, on March 9, 2018. AFP PHOTO | JONATHAN ERNSTAmerican Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will return to Washington a day ahead of schedule, Reuters news agency reports. However, he had met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and had talks on regional security, Al-Shabaab and conflict in South Sudan. Update: Tillerson's spokesperson says the Secretary of State cut his Africa trip short to deal with urgent work in Washington. Tillerson travelled to Chad on Monday morning to meet President Idriss Deby, an important American ally whose military is battling al Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated groups in the Sahel region.
March 12, 2018 10:18 UTC
At Washington Satellite 2018, the Spanish operator will present the newest satellite in its fleet, which will help decrease the digital divide in North Africa, Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Spanish satellite-based communications operator HISPASAT will showcase its fleet’s newest satellite, Hispasat 30W-6 (H30W-6), at Washington Satellite 2018. This new satellite has beams directed to the Mediterranean, Europe, Spain and North-East Africa as well as the American continent. With this configuration, Hispasat 30W-6 will contribute to reducing the digital divide in North Africa, Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. This new capacity in the Ka band completes the capacity already available for Latin America in the Amazonas satellites, located in the 61º West orbital position.
March 12, 2018 09:56 UTC
Newly elected president of Chile Sebastián Piñera reaffirmed his country’s position in support of Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the SaharaSpeaking on the sidelines of his investiture ceremony to Speaker of Morocco’s Lower House Habib El Malki, Piñera stressed that supporting Morocco’s territorial integrity is an unwavering commitment in Chile’s foreign policy. Regarding trade and economic cooperation, the Chilean president-elect said there are important areas for fruitful and effective partnership between the two countries, notably in the agricultural and tourism sectors. Piñera, who commended the leadership of Morocco in renewable energy, also expressed his country’s willingness to take advantage of the kingdom’s experience in this area. Last January, the Chilean parliament adopted with a sweeping majority a resolution supporting Morocco’s initiative to grant the Sahara a substantive autonomy. This outspoken support for the autonomy initiative, which Morocco presented to the UN in 2007 as a lasting solution to the Sahara dispute, is reflective of a steady Chilean position in favor of Morocco’s territorial integrity.
March 12, 2018 09:11 UTC
GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship will graduate 11 social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship aimed at accelerating maternal and child health outcomes in Africa. This is the second cohort of the GE programme, with 11 startups having completed a course of training and mentorship designed to scale impact. It culminates in a showcase event where the finalists will present their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors. Startups from Pakistan and India also took part in the programme. “GE is committed to continue partnering with Social Entrepreneurs to support sustainable healthcare development especially through capacity building and skills transfer.”
March 12, 2018 07:52 UTC
More than 1000 women marched in the streets in Tunis Saturday to demand equal inheritance rights for both sexes following a debate that left the Tunisian society divided. The current Tunisian inheritance law is based on Islamic jurisprudence, which grants women half of what it gives men in inheritance, while making men financially responsible for women. Such an announcement was met by opposition in conservative circles of the Tunisian society. Some Muslim clerics described gender equality in inheritance as “a flagrant violation” of Islamic precepts. In his address on the occasion of Women’s National Day, President Beji Caid Essebsi also called for the repeal of the law, which prohibits Tunisian Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men and for amendments granting women equal rights as men, including those governing women’s inheritance.
March 12, 2018 07:41 UTC
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cutting short his trip to Africa by about a day to deal with pressing matters including North Korea. While Tillerson was in Africa, President Donald Trump announced he accepted North Korea’s invitation for direct talks with its leader Kim Jong-un by May. On Monday, Tillerson visited N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, for talks with Chadian President Idriss Deby. Tillerson underscored at the meeting with Kenyatta "strong U.S. support for democratic institutions" — including the media — and voiced concern over "restrictions to political space." Tillerson's five-nation African trip began with a stop in Ethiopia on Wednesday, following by a visit to Djibouti.
March 12, 2018 05:51 UTC
As I predicted in this column over a week ago, Tunisia’s Esperance is very beatable in the Caf Champions League. All we need in that north African city is to have our ducks in a row then fight for a draw. While at it, I was saddened going through comments by some unfaithful Gor Mahia fans who believe that we cannot go past Esperance. Reading the posts from these men and women, you would think that Esperance just did us a favour by drawing in Machakos. I am also alive to the fact that it is the very Esperance we walloped when we won the Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987.
March 12, 2018 03:56 UTC
The government intends to unseal historical Jewish Agency documents regarding immigration from North Africa, said Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday. Shaked, who chairs the Knesset Committee for Archival Materials, made the announcement following an appeal by Sport and Culture Minister Miri Regev and Interior Minister Arye Deri about the issue. “There is no reason that material that deals with the history of the state should not be revealed. “Every other decision is a mark of disgrace that will continue to affect society and the state.”“The documents reveal mechanisms of deceit and coercion that were applied to the immigrants from Morocco and North Africa,” she wrote. “Mechanisms that included the use of collaborators, misrepresentation, intimidation, cheating and shocking manifestations of racism by officials of the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.”
March 12, 2018 02:48 UTC
The hearing was about the decision to include Niger in the list of combat zones where troops receive extra pay. The Washington Post said that US troops deployed in Algeria, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia and Uganda already qualified to receive the danger pay. Relatedly, the Algerian news portal TSA affirmed, referring to a Pentagon document, that US soldiers on Algerian territory receive the extra pay “since March 7, 1995”. The revelations of the two US and Algerian media came to deflate the decades-long Algerian claims that no foreign military presence is tolerated in Algeria. Officially, the base was said to be Algerian, but according to reports, the base was housing a sophisticated CIA antenna.
March 11, 2018 16:18 UTC
We want our Muslim soldiers in the barracks to be on their guard and never allow these infidels to intmidate us again. When a northern Muslim Fulani terrorist slaughters innocent and defenceless men, women and children he is supported by the state, given free reign, forgiven and prayed for. The Fulani soldiers are mostly here in the peaceful south and the southeast to be more precise. The soldiers on all our peaceful roads are 90% Fulani soldiers. And that includes our dimunitive Vice President who believes that the constant repetition of the most despicable and filthy lies somehow turns those lies into truth.
March 11, 2018 13:41 UTC
Israel May Declassify Jewish Agency Archives Dealing With Racist Absorption of North African JewsJustice minister announces intended move after airing of new documentary 'The Ancestral Sin', which delves into sore spot in Israeli history: The treatment of immigrants who came to Israel in the 1950's
March 11, 2018 12:33 UTC
Aziz Akhannouch, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and head of the RNI party, was ranked Morocco’s wealthiest man in Forbes 2018 ranking of World’s Billionaires. Akhannouch, the owner of Akwa group, with a total wealth of $2.2 billion came ahead of his countryman Othman Benjelloun, President of BMCE Bank with $1.7 billion. While Akhannouch serves as Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, he has handed off day-to-day management of the group to Ahmed Wakrim’s son Ali Wakrim. In 1990, he returned to Morocco to take care of his family’s business where he earned a reputation of being a hard-working boss. Akhannouch was elected president of the council of the Souss-Massa Draa region from 2003 to 2009.
March 11, 2018 01:52 UTC
Australian diplomacy welcomed Morocco’s autonomy initiative for the Sahara as a “good initiative” reiterating support for the UN process to resolve the artificial dispute over the Kingdom’s territorial integrity. “The autonomy proposal is a good initiative,” said director of the department for North Africa and the Middle East at the Australian Foreign Ministry, Matthew Neuhaus, following talks with Secretary of State to Foreign Affairs, Mounia Boucetta, as part of bilateral political consultations. The Australian official also reiterated his country’s support for UN efforts to resolve the artificial conflict over the Sahara. During the political consultations Morocco and Australia voiced willingness to add momentum to their bilateral ties and diversify their partnership“The political consultations between the two countries are a road map for the development of our excellent bilateral relations,” said Neuhaus,The two parties discussed prospects for deepening cooperation in the fight against terrorism and in the field of immigration.
March 11, 2018 01:30 UTC
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is feeling much better after a sickness kept him away from scheduled events in Kenya on Saturday. Tillerson fell ill in Kenya on Saturday and canceled scheduled events there. Mr. Tillerson is on his first official trip to Africa since President Donald Trump appointed him last year. The news of Mr. Tillerson falling sick in Kenya came after President Trump surprised everyone, announcing that he had accepted an invitation to meet with Kim Jong-un. Mr. Tillerson was in Ethiopia when news broke out that President Trump would meet with the North Korean leader.
March 10, 2018 20:26 UTC
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fell ill in Kenya on Saturday and canceled scheduled events there. Mr. Tillerson is on his first official trip to Africa since President Donald Trump appointed him last year. Reports had repeatedly said Mr. Tillerson, who is not often consulted by President Trump on issues that should normally involve diplomacy, was on the brink of resigning. The news of Mr. Tillerson falling sick in Kenya came after President Trump surprised everyone, announcing that he had accepted an invitation to meet with Kim Jong-un. Mr. Tillerson was in Ethiopia when news broke out that President Trump would meet with the North Korean leader.
March 10, 2018 18:11 UTC