Feb 252014
 
Norway holds back NOK 50 million of aid to Uganda

OSLO, Norway, February 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “Norway deeply regrets the signing of a new and more stringent anti-gay bill by Uganda’s President today. The new law violates fundamental human rights and the Ugandan constitution. It will exacerbate the situation for an already vulnerable group, and criminalises individuals and organisations working to promote [...]

Feb 252014
 
IOM, UNHCR Begin Return Intention Survey in Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, in partnership with UNHCR, has begun a comprehensive four-month return intention survey of Somali refugees living in the Dadaab refugee complex. In the framework of the tripartite agreement signed in November 2013 between the Kenya and Somali governments and UNHCR, IOM and UNHCR agreed to [...]

Feb 252014
 
Tackling food losses and waste in the Near East and North Africa / Region loses up to a third of the food produced and imported - FAO Regional Conference proposes solutions

ROME, Italy, February 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Reducing high food losses and waste will be critical to improving food availability, achieving food security, and reducing stress on natural resources in the fast-growing Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, FAO said. The region relies on imports to meet over 50 percent of its [...]

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 [...]