(Reuters)Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman just consolidated his position and power. Shortly after dawn on Wednesday, King Salman announced that his 31-year-old son, widely known as MBS, was now heir to the throne. His older cousin, former Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, had been pushed aside to make way. The initiatives the new crown prince has taken over those two years have, however, been unusually ambitious on almost every front. His Vision 2030 plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil was well received by economists, at least in terms of its goals; some questioned the government’s ability to implement it.
June 22, 2017 12:36 UTC
By Mark BaberJune 22 – A newly formed partnership between Malawi and Morocco will see the Moroccan government inject $5 million into Football Association of Malawi (FAM) infrastructure projects via the Federation of Royal Moroccan Football (FRMF). The partnership is a ground-breaking one for African football where federations more generally rely on outside money – usually from FIFA grants – for infrastructure support. The Moroccan FA has also offered to host all the national football teams, including women and beach soccer, as part of the agreement. This is a landmark and the beginning of vibrant relationship with the Moroccan FA. Football in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, appears to be an early beneficiary of their relationship.
June 22, 2017 11:37 UTC
Diaspora remittances into the country dropped nearly seven percent in the first quarter of 2017, despite a three percent central bank incentive, official figures show. But the Treasury bulletin for the first three months of 2017 shows Diaspora remittances dropped 6,7 percent, to $180 million,compared to $193 million in the corresponding period last year. "The decline in Diaspora remittances is partly attributed to the sluggish performance of the global economy as well as errors and omission arising from conduct of remittances through informal channels," reads the bulletin. Zimbabwe has seen a 17 percent decline in official remittances, from $935 million recorded in 2015 to $780 million last year. Despite the decline, Zimbabwe hopes to receive at least $1,2 billion from its estimated three million non-resident citizens this year.
June 22, 2017 11:26 UTC
In a press release, Visa said as of Wednesday eligible participants in the MENA regions can submit their business solutions that apply to three challenges in the Everywhere Initiative. The second challenge, called Airport Transit Challenge, is focused on how can startups leverage Visa’s APIs, mobile technologies and connected devices to transform their transit experience at airports. Visa said each challenge has been structured while keeping in mind the niche dynamics of the local landscape. Winners of the prize will be invited to a working meeting with Visa and may be presented with the opportunity to create a prototype. Visa will then select one overall winner to receive an additional $25,000.
June 22, 2017 11:15 UTC
By sharing information the club made touring more accessible and it wasn’t long before members were venturing to the Arctic Circle, the Sahara Desert, Eastern Europe and North America. In 1938 the first organised tour, or ‘Partitour’ took place, paving the way for the IMTC as it is today. True to the club’s origins individual members still organise their own adventures, such as a recent trip to South America where a party of ten crossed the Andes. The five regional groups also hold monthly meetings and get togethers, so there’s always something going on. Visit MCN Bikes For Sale website or use MCN's Bikes For Sale App.
June 22, 2017 10:30 UTC
© 2017 Reuters(Tunis) – Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco’s Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Nouaydi told Human Rights Watch that he conducted a separate interview on June 12 with Ghattas, whose account of the arrest corroborated Zefzafi’s. The Code of Penal Procedure allows pretrial detention to be extended to a maximum of eight days in cases involving state security offenses. The government did not respond to requests from Human Rights Watch for information on the case. Nouaydi, the defense lawyer, is a member of the advisory committee of the Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa division.
June 22, 2017 10:07 UTC
SOUTH AFRICA–Yesterday, South Africans were supposed to boycott social media as a way of lobbying for network providers to decrease data prices. In an ironic turnout of events, the hashtag #SocialMediaBlackOut trended. If I said I’m offline for today and you see me online please note that we are both offline #SocialMediaBlackOut — Wet Wipe 💦 (@_melanin_mami) 21 June 2017SOUTH SUDAN–The country is no longer classified as being in famine after an increase in United Nations aid. ANGOLA–Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente will face trial in Portugal after he allegedly bribed a magistrate to drop two investigations against him. CAMEROON–Six people were killed in a double suicide attack on Wednesday in Cameroon’s Far North, which is regularly hit by Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists.
June 22, 2017 09:11 UTC
LE BOURGET, France, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Tassili Airlines today announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at over $294 million at list prices, at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website. "The 737 has played a critical role in the development of Tassili Airlines. We have grown from an oil charter operation to become a scheduled passenger airline, connecting North Africa with mainland Europe," said Mr. Belkacem Harchaoui, Chief Executive of Tassili Airlines. "This order signifies an important next step in the development of the airline as we look to the future, adding additional capacity on to existing and new routes across the Maghreb, into France and beyond."
June 22, 2017 07:47 UTC
Boeing and Tassili Airlines today announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at over $294 million at list prices, at the 2017 Paris Air Show. “The 737 has played a critical role in the development of Tassili Airlines. We have grown from an oil charter operation to become a scheduled passenger airline, connecting North Africa with mainland Europe,” said Mr. Belkacem Harchaoui, Chief Executive of Tassili Airlines. Tassili Airlines’ new 737s will feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin. “The 737’s unmatched performance and dispatch reliability are crucial for Tassili’s scheduled and charter operations, flying to and from a very challenging environment across North Africa.”
June 22, 2017 07:41 UTC
Nigeria has been projected by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to be the world’s third most populous country by the year 2050. According to the report entitled “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision,” the agency said with such development, Nigeria would overtake the United States in terms of population, just as world population would reach 9.8 billion people. The report said, “By 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which currently ranks seventh, and which is poised to replace the United States. “Among the 10 largest countries of the world, one is in Africa (Nigeria). The countries are China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and United States of America (in alphabetical order).
June 22, 2017 06:56 UTC
Facebook has selected three winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) of its Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge, with the winners taking home US$20,000 in prize money and three months of mentorship. Disrupt Africa reported in February on the call for applications for the Bots for Messenger Challenge, which invited teams to develop innovative bots for Messenger in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good. In Productivity and Utility category, Egypt’s Mr Ink from Egypt was named winner. “It’s been nearly five months since we first invited submissions for the 2017 Bots for Messenger Challenge and we’re excited to share the winners. “We congratulate all the winners, wish them luck and thank all of the participants for making the Bots for Messenger Challenge a success.
June 22, 2017 06:45 UTC
French-born defender Reda Bellahcene scored one and set up the other for Abderrahmane Meziane Bentahar as USM Alger beat last year's runners-up Zamalek 2-0 to go top of Group B. Etoile du Sahel's 1-1 draw at Al Hilal in Sudan means they are one of only four unbeaten sides left of the 16 competing the group phase. Defeat for the Cameroon club means they are the first side mathematically eliminated, having lost all four games. Esperance are also still unbeaten and kept up their three-point lead over Sundowns in Group C after an intriguing encounter at the Rades Stadium. There was just one CAF Confederation Cup tie which saw CS Sfaxien come back to draw 1-1 at Platinum Stars of South Africa and retain the leadership of their group.
June 22, 2017 06:33 UTC
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June 22, 2017 05:48 UTC
London: Saudi Arabia’s prince Mohammed bin Salman just consolidated his position and power. His older cousin, former crown prince Muhammad bin Nayef, had been pushed aside to make way. The initiatives the new crown prince has taken over those two years have, however, been unusually ambitious on almost every front. In 2015, MBS launched Saudi Arabia’s expensively equipped military into a war in Yemen. ‘Backfiring’None of these steps represent a fundamental change of policy for Saudi Arabia, according to James Dorsey, senior fellow for the Middle East and North Africa at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
June 22, 2017 05:26 UTC
The unexpected production in Libya has added to the downward pressure on prices. Libya, along with Iran and Nigeria, was excluded from the OPEC agreement to slash production last year by more than 1 million barrels a day. Now all three have increased production, but Libya has been by far the biggest surprise. Potentially caught in the crossfire is Glencore, the Swiss-based commodities trading giant, which is the marketer of a large percentage of Libyan oil production and is partly owned by the Qatari Investment Authority. The head of the eastern branch of the Libyan national oil company has accused Qatar of using its 8.5 percent stake in Glencore to divert the trading company’s sales of Libyan oil to finance terrorists, a charge denied by Mustafa Sanalla, the chairman of the national oil company based in Tripoli.
June 22, 2017 03:56 UTC