[New Times] President Paul Kagame and his Equatorial Guinean counterpart, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, yesterday witnessed the signing of four bilateral pacts at Village Urugwiro in Kigali.
THE CAPPUCCINO patisserie in the centre of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, offers freshly baked croissants and that rare delicacy in west Africa, a decent Italian coffee. Its other features are less charming: a thick security barrier and two twitchy soldiers with assault rifles guard its patrons.
WHEN JENEBA heard that Yahya Jammeh, then president of the Gambia, had found a cure for AIDS, she tossed away her medicines and signed up for his treatment programme. Every morning she and hundreds of others went to his private clinic.
[AfricaFocus] “In Africa as elsewhere in the world, while energy companies might be somewhat undertaxed, mining companies typically are greatly under-taxed. Indeed, it is only a slight exaggeration to say that, with a few significant exceptions, notably Botswana’s diamond mines, mining in Africa is barely taxed at all. One reliable source indicates that contemporary African governments collect about 55% of the total value of energy production in tax revenue, but only 3% of the value of mining production.” – Taxing Afric
[VOA] As migration patterns from Africa into Europe shift westward, European leaders are turning their attention, and their money, toward efforts to stem the fast-growing human traffic between Morocco and Spain.
[Deutsche Welle] Angola’s President Joao Lourenco is in Europe to promote the country as investment-friendly. In Germany, he is not only seeking ordinary investment in agriculture, technology or construction. Lourenco wants war ships.
[Deutsche Welle] The Democratic Republic of Congo has managed to end the latest Ebola outbreak in less than three months. What lessons can be learned by other countries from this successful intervention?
[UN News] The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favour saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process in the world’s youngest country.
[Vanguard] The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to enhance sustainable electricity access through solar in 19 West African countries and the Sahel region to promote development in the region.
[allAfrica] Activists and victims of some of the worst crimes committed in West Africa sat down together in Banjul, Gambia recently to talk about how to bring to justice more people responsible for these crimes.