A new round of locust swarms has hit Ethiopia and is again threatening crops and food security, say agricultural officials. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has said it believes heavy rainfall in East Africa has contributed to the growth of locust swarms in the area. When a locust swarm approaches, residents try to scare them away by blowing whistles, drumming empty buckets, setting fires, and shooting into the air. The swarm follows the wind direction and is also guided by hairy antenna on their heads that detect smells and other signals of food, Hirpha says. USAID says the swarms will likely spread next to southwest Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya, and may enter Uganda and South Sudan.
January 21, 2020 19:41 UTC
Preparations for NATO Regional Exercise (REGEX 20), to be hosted by Morocco in November 2020, were reviewed Monday in Rabat by Lt. General, Inspector General of Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and Lt.General Hans-Werner Wiermann, chief of NATO International Military Staff. Talks between the two Generals also covered military cooperation between FAR and NATO, said a statement issued by General Staff of Royal Armed Forces. Military cooperation between the two sides includes regular high-level meetings, exchange of visits & information, training, stopovers by NATO sea units and participation in various training courses. The two Generals also hailed the strong and excellent cooperation ties existing between NATO and the North African Kingdom, reaffirming their common will to strengthen and deepen partnership through the exchange of experience and expertise. The following year, the two sides signed an agreement to strengthen cyber security.
January 21, 2020 18:45 UTC
Equatorial Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs Simeón Oyono Esono Angue is currently visiting Morocco, carrying a message from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to King Mohammed VI. “I am carrying a message from H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to H.M. King Mohammed VI,” the Foreign Minister told the media after talks with his Moroccan peer Nasser Bourita in Rabat Tuesday. The message is related to strengthening the friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries, he said. He announced that the joint cooperation commission will hold a meeting in Malabo, next April, to foster bilateral relations.
January 21, 2020 18:45 UTC
The Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei is ready to cooperate with its Moroccan partners to launch the 5G network, Huawei vice-president for North-Africa, Philippe Wang, said Monday in Beijing. This partnership seeks to provide solutions and develop telecommunications services, he said. Huawei is ready to work with these partners to launch the 5G network in Morocco, he added, underlining the group’s willingness to work along with Morocco to accompany its efforts to become a leading center in the high-tech sector. Morocco also needs to further promote trade and partnerships with regional economies, develop the ICT industry and green technologies, Wang pointed out. The Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and services company is headquartered in Guangdong, China.
January 21, 2020 18:22 UTC
Advisory firm MEA Risk LLC released a brief to its client suggesting that the instability in Burkina Faso and neighboring countries will likely escalate going forward. The MEA Risk note says Burkina Faso is a complex place and likely the weakest country in the Sahel. Since April 2019, armed Islamist groups have killed more than 250 civilians in targeted attacks and summary executions. Borders are tough to control and terror groups appear to have a clearer strategy of broadening and regionalizing the crisis, that is working to spread it around. This means with the crisis engulfing Mali, the terror groups have been working to export the mayhem to Niger, Burkina, Chad and northern Nigeria.
January 21, 2020 17:48 UTC
Niamey, Jan 21, 2020 – Niger’s election commission said Tuesday it had suspended a voter registration drive in a western border region buffeted by jihadist insurgents. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said because of security circumstances in the Tillaberi region, registration operations have been suspended in the districts of Abala, Tondikiwindi, Makalondi, Torodi, Gouroual, Diagourou, Inates and Banibangou. Voter registration was also suspended in Tillia, a district in the neighbouring region of Tahoua, it said on its website. Western Niger is bearing the brunt of a jihadist revolt that has swept infrom neighbouring Mali and spread to Burkina Faso. According to UN figures, jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger left around 4,000 dead last year.
United Nations, United States, Jan 20, 2020 – A United Nations panel said Monday it had no “credible evidence” of Sudanese paramilitaries fighting in conflict-wracked Libya for military strongman Khalifa Haftar as alleged bysome media outlets. Several Libyan and regional media outlets had claimed in recent months that hundreds of Sudanese paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) were deployed in Libya to fight alongside Haftar’s Libyan Arab Armed Forces. But a UN panel of experts on Sudan dismissed these claims in a report released on Monday. “The panel has no credible evidence of the presence of Rapid Support Forces in Libya,” the report said. The group fought Sudanese government forces for years during the regime of Omar al-Bashir, who was deposed during street protests in April last year.
The sixth edition of the Crans Montana Forum will be held, like previous editions, in the Moroccan Saharan city of Dakhla next March 18 through 21. The venue as well as the program of this annual meeting on Africa and South-South Cooperation were announced by Founding President of the Crans Montana Forum, Jean-Paul Carteron, at a news conference in Rabat Monday. The 6th edition, themed “Growth and development in Africa foreshadows a new and proactive social contract”, places people at the heart of the Forum. “When you look at what is happening in the world, in Europe, you realize that the social contract is badly carried out, that social relations are falling apart, and that violence is more and more present,” said the Founding President of the Switzerland-based Crans Montana Forum. Jean-Paul Carteron, who is Honorary Citizen of the city of Dakhla, also announced the creation of the Crans Montana Institute, which will conduct parallel activities.
President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and National Judicial Council over the passing of Justice Abubakar Bashir Wali, one of the pioneer legal practitioners from Northern Nigeria. The President joins Kano Emirate Council, family members, close associates and professional colleagues in mourning Justice Wali, who was the first Judge of Shari’ah Court of Appeal from the North, after rising through the ranks, and later reaching the peak as Justice of the Supreme Court. President Buhari affirms the worthy contributions of Justice Wali to the development of the country, starting out early in 1945 after his primary school education, and ensuring delivery of sound judgement on landmark cases that had since become references in Nigeria’s judiciary. The President prays that the almighty God will accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
January 21, 2020 16:52 UTC
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January 21, 2020 15:22 UTC
Relations between Turkey and Algeria have entered a new phase of public diplomacy, and cooperation in maintaining the connection between the two countries is crucial to the optimal functioning of regional politics, wrote North Africa expert at the Centre for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) Abennour Toumi. Bouteflika resigned in April of last year following mass protests demanding an end to his two decades of rule. Algeria is one of Turkey’s leading trade partners in Africa with energy and construction forming the bulk of economic relations, according to Turkey’s foreign ministry. Turkey has $ 3.5 billion worth of investments in Algeria, and the trade volume between the two countries reached $ 2.2 billion in the first 10 months of 2019. Trade volume between the two countries reached $4.5 billion, Çavuşoğlu said during his visit to Algeria last fall.
January 21, 2020 15:11 UTC
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January 21, 2020 15:11 UTC