Feb 252014
 
Canada Strongly Condemns Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act

OTTAWA, Canada, February 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement following Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s approval of the anti-homosexuality act: “Canada is extremely disappointed that President Museveni has signed this piece of legislation, which will make homosexuality punishable with life imprisonment. We strongly urge the President [...]

Feb 252014
 
Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2014 This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law. The United States is deeply disappointed in the [...]

Feb 242014
 
African-led Exercise Flintlock Kicks off in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Flintlock, the annual African-led military exercise for interoperability in security, counterterrorism and humanitarian aid, officially kicked off Feb. 19, 2014, with an opening ceremony celebrating the spirit of cooperation. The exercise, which beyond U.S. participation includes Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, France, Germany, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Nigeria, [...]

Feb 242014
 
Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda violates human rights and endangers LGBT people - Pillay

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday denounced the anti-homosexuality law signed into force in Uganda, which she said would institutionalise discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and could encourage harassment and violence against them. The law, which was [...]

Feb 242014
 
Two African companies amongst the 2nd Round recipients Mobile Enabled Community Services (MECS) Innovation Grant Fund

BARCELONA, Spain, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today, the GSM Association has made public the 2nd Round recipients Mobile Enabled Community Services (MECS) Innovation Grant Fund. In this 2nd Round, Schneider Electric is proud to announce that two companies of its Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA) Fund portfolio (http://www.schneider-electric.com) were awarded: Fenix International [...]

Feb 242014
 
Côte d'Ivoire: UN expert calls for key reforms before the 2015 presidential elections

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Independent Expert Doudou Diène called on the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to adopt urgent reforms before presidential elections scheduled for October 2015. Mr. Diène’s appeal came at the end of his latest visit to the country, from 11-23 February, during which he organised an [...]

Feb 242014
 
FCO Press Release: Minister for Africa to join Nigerian centenary celebrations

LONDON, United-Kingdom, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister for Africa arrives in Nigeria today for visit to Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, where he’ll join the centenary celebrations Mark Simmonds will visit Nigeria this week, his second visit as Minister for Africa. He will join President Goodluck Jonathan and other dignitaries to celebrate [...]

Feb 242014
 
Tigo pioneers world's first mobile money transfer with currency conversion with service between Rwanda and Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tigo (http://www.tigo.co.tz), a subsidiary of the international telecommunications and media company Millicom (Stockholmsbörsen: MIC), a leader in thirteen markets across Africa and Latin America, today announced the launch of a pioneering cross-border Mobile Money remittance service between Tanzania and Rwanda. Logo Tigo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/tigo-1.jpg The [...]

Feb 242014
 
Complex causes underpin undernourishment and malnutrition in the Near East and North Africa / FAO highlights need for strategic regional cooperation on food security

ROME, Italy, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Conflict, rapid population growth and urbanization, and a heavy reliance on food imports are posing serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa, although progress has been made in some countries, FAO said today. Three countries in the region (Algeria, Jordan and [...]

Feb 242014
 
The African-Led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic deplores inaccurate information on the security situation in Bossangoua

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) deplores the manner in which the security situation in the city of Bossangoua has been depicted in the media. In an article dated 21 February 2014, AFP claimed that the Muslim community living in [...]

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Feb 242014
 
The African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic foils an attempt by inmates to escape from the Bangui prison

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) today foiled an attempt by inmates to escape from the Bangui prison. With the help of the head of the prison, leaders of the anti-Balaka group, who were arrested by MISCA during an operation [...]

Feb 242014
 
Borderless 2014 Conference in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The third Annual Conference of the Borderless Alliance, dubbed Borderless 2014 (http://www.borderlesswa.com), will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria on February 26 – 28, 2014. Under the theme “Enabling Growth,” Borderless 2014 is being co-hosted by the Nigerian Export – Import Bank [...]