(Ecofin Agency) -Maroc Telecom announced on August 26 it has signed an investment deal with the government for MAD10 billion (about a billion dollars). Funds, disbursed by the incumbent operator, will be pumped into the development and strengthening of telecommunications infrastructure, broadband and very high speed (mobile and fixed) deployment across the country.

President Vladimir Putin

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(Ecofin Agency) - Exchange between Africa and Russia last year reached a total of $20 billion, we learnt. While the black continent imported $17.4 billion worth of goods, it sold only $3 billion to Russia, making a $14.5 billion for Vladimir Putin’s country.

(Ecofin Agency) - Some Chinese companies committed to invest $1.4 billion in energy and mining projects in Africa. They expressed their intention during the visit to Beijing of the African Chamber of Energy (CAE), an organization bringing together government actors and companies involved in the development of the African energy sector.

NIGERIA -- MTN Nigeria has paid the whole $1.6 billion fine it received in 2015 for not deactivating 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards. The operator has indeed paid the NGN55 billion, which is the sixth and last tranche of these payments started in 2016.


The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will introduce new banknotes, Patrick Njoroge (photo), the governor, announced last weekend.

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LIBYA -- The national unity government (GNA) has threatened to suspend the activities of 40 European firms among them Total and Siemens operating in the country.

Government’s political will is to ensure the tough enforcement of the implementation of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Former Congolese President Joseph Kabila wanted his successor, Felix Tshisekedi, to appoint Albert Yuma, a Kabila ally and chairman of state mining company Gecamines, as prime minister, but Tshisekedi refused, sources familiar with the matter said.


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Prenatal blood tests to diagnose Down syndrome will soon be covered by public health insurance in Germany. The issue has sparked an ethical debate, with some critics saying the change could lead to more abortions.

[WHO] Brazzaville, 18 September 2019 - On 14 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) received formal notification from the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania that there are no cases of Ebola virus disease in the country. This followed earlier rumours of the death of one person and illness in a few others. The Tanzanian authorities did not indicate what the cause of the illnesses might have been.

[Radio Dabanga] ED Damazin -The Blue Nile Doctors Committee reported 15 new suspected cholera cases in various localities of Blue Nile state.

[Dalsan Radio] The World Health Organizations' Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari has concluded his first visit to Somalia, where he launched the country's roadmap to universal health coverage (UHC).

[Concord] When Mighty Blackpool Football Club in Sierra Leone former footballer, Tombo Juice heard about young Juma Jalloh's football potentials, he immediately got him for trials at the Craig Bellamy Football Academy. Located at Tombo, a small fishing village that is a two-hour drive from the capital, Freetown, Juma instantly made an impact when on his first week at the Academy, he scored a goal for his team. He became an immediate sensation. The coaches asked for his passport-sized photograph for him to be enrolle

[News24Wire] Three years after the Life Esidimeni tragedy, the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP) in Pretoria, Adv George Bolyi, has referred the docket for a formal inquest.

[Concord] A Sierra Leonean born gospel artist, Joseph Healing Kpagoi, an R&B singer with Spat-B in the early 2000, is set to stage a gospel concert, backed up with charity for children on September 22, 2019.

[Leadership] It seems Fans of Wizkid are not really getting what they want from their Starboy artiste again and they didn't hesitate to express their disappointment over his new single, 'Ghetto Love.'

[allAfrica] Cape Town -British-Nigerian rapper David Omoregie, popularly known as Dave, has won the 2019 Mercury Prize for his album Psychodrama.

[Nairobi News] Ugandan music diva of yesteryear Jackie Chandiru appears to be struggling. Amid reports that she had "passed on", a video has emerged online showing Jackie looking somehow frail.

[Premium Times] Nigerian music legend, Innocent Idibia, aka 2baba, has unveiled Tboiz, a boy band which will perform at his '20 Years A King Concert'.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -It's been a wild ride!

[The Conversation Africa] When people talk about quality education, they're often referring to the kind of education that gives students the knowledge and skills they need for the job market. But there's a view that quality education has wider benefits: it develops individuals in ways that help develop society more broadly.

[The Conversation Africa] Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as "the skeleton in universities' cupboards" because it receives so little attention. Those in higher education are assumed to be an elite whose minimum basic needs are met.

[New Republic] MONROVIA Sept 18(TNR) Liberian president George Weah on Wednesday consoled Muslims at a mosque in Sinkor following a fire disaster which killed 27 children in Paynesville late Tuesday.The kids were learning the Koran when the fire broke out accrding to police spokesman, Moses Carter. He said the fire was caused by electrical shocks.

[New Zimbabwe] Cyrene Mission in Matabeleland South, was on Wednesday hit by strong winds which destroyed property worth thousands of dollars while leaving hundreds of students without accommodation.

[New Dawn] Raging fire dreadfully consumed at least 28 persons most of them students at an Islamic dormitory in Bassa Town Community, Paynesville where kids go to recite the Quran. Redlight, Paynesville was a scene of sorrow and tears on account of the tragedy that has hit the Quran Memory Institute, as community dwellers struggled unsuccessfully to rescue at least 28 dying kids who could not stop screaming for help through hot iron bar windows until they were finally consumed painfully by fire.

[Nairobi News] Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) has been closed indefinitely following students unrest.

[Dalsan Radio] Jubaland now says the Federal Government of Somalia has devised a plot to frustrate the leadership of the state.

[Dalsan Radio] Traffic in Mogadishu has come to a standstill following the early morning strike by public transport drivers protesting the exorbitant taxes by the Federal Government.

[Monitor] The organising committee for the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) has approved 20 hotels to provide accommodation for more than 1,200 delegates.

[New Dawn] The 26 member Schengen Countries under the European Union have disclosed plan to officially commence the issuance of Schengen Visa in Monrovia, beginning September 16, 2019 at the French Embassy near the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

[New Republic] The Liberian government has been told that its citizens would be given Schengen visa in Monrovia commencing from September 16, 2019. The issuance will take place at the French Embassy in Monrovia.

[Nation] All is set for this year's World Tourism Day celebrations in Nakuru County, with organisers putting the hiking of Menengai caldera in Bahati Constituency one of the adventures this year.

Celebrities, teachers and even priests have called for Russian actor Pavel Ustinov to be freed. Many of them have sided with the recent anti-government protests in Moscow and are calling for an independent judiciary.

Tel Aviv celebrates 100 years of homegrown Bauhaus-inspired architecture with the opening of the White City Center. Designed for White City residents and visitors, it will help preserve the area's storied architecture.

South Africa was in focus at this year's Campus Project of DW and the Beethovenfest. You can hear the hear the strongly applauded program right here.

With her retrospective show "The Cleaner" having its symbolic climax in the city where her career began, the celebrated performance artist is exhibiting in her hometown for the first time in nearly 50 years.

[New Dawn] A prominent Liberian writer has published several books on Liberian elections, education, and religious system.

[Ghanaian Times] A 136-page book entitled "Envision Ghana from Third World to Best" has been launched in Accra.

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -The Women's Union called for abolishing laws restricting freedoms and the participation of women in commissions and institutions of the transitional government.

[Daily Maverick] President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'emergency action plan' to end gender-based violence had little new or imaginative to rid South Africa of this blight. Wednesday's joint sitting was a PR play by the president to regain control of the optics in a difficult moment for the whole nation -- and Parliament provided the platform.

[CAJ News] HUMANITARIAN organisations are battling to raise funds to fight impending malnutrition and the rising rate of child marriages in Mozambique.

[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on men to play an active role in the movement against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an emergency plan to deal with the violence against women and children in the country.

[Daily Maverick] In the 2000s when stories of babies being raped shocked the nation, Monique Strydom wanted to find out what led to men raping babies. Seventeen years after starting her NGO, Matla a bana, Strydom helps make the reporting of sexual offences easier for children.

South Africa was in focus at this year's Campus Project of DW and the Beethovenfest. You can hear the hear the strongly applauded program right here.

Post-communist countries in Eastern Europe are part of global supply chains and the gig economy may offer a way to keep the best from leaving. But regulations are slowing efforts to slow the brain-drain. 

Nearly all decisions to grant migrants asylum in Germany were justified, officials found after reviewing some 62,000 claims, according to a newspaper report. Hundreds of officials work on reviewing old cases.

Airbus acquired classified documents from Germany's armed forces concerning two military procurement programs. The aerospace giant said it is "fully cooperating" with an investigation into how employees got the files.

The opening matchday of the 2019-20 Champions League saw a mixed bag of performances and results for the German clubs. Bayern Munich's new signings caught the eye while an old hand impressed for Borussia Dortmund.

While Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz both supported calls for a unity government, they disagreed on who should take charge. The second Israeli election of the year has left the country in a political deadlock.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -As the country is in the midst of election preparations, Botswana's mainstay commodities became central topics at the BBC's flagship World Service monthly debate programme, World Questions in Gaborone on Tuesday.

[News24Wire] President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced a five-point emergency plan to put a halt to gender-based violence during an extraordinary joint sitting of Parliament.

[The Herald] Zanu-PF has hailed the African National Congress for holding a memorial service in honour of former President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday in Durban, South Africa.

[HRW] The recent arrest of Eritrea's former finance minister is a troubling sign that repressive tactics continue despite changes in Eritrea's diplomatic engagements. Human Rights Watch released a video about Eritrean political prisoners including 21 senior government officials and journalists detained in 2001 after they criticized President Isaias Afewerki.

[Premium Times] The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, has condemned the controversy surrounding the Senate's budget of N5,550 billion for the purchase of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

[Nyasa Times] Anti-Jane Ansah protests in Lilongwe have ended after organisers, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) made fresh demands, asking parliament to reject the appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as the top cop in the country among others.

The US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates twice in the last decade, both coming in the last seven weeks. Yet for Donald Trump and some dissenting voices, it's nowhere near enough.

Post-communist countries in Eastern Europe are part of global supply chains and the gig economy may offer a way to keep the best from leaving. But regulations are slowing efforts to slow the brain-drain. 

Wall, fences and checkpoints have become a way of life in the West Bank. But now innovative startups are overcoming borders and connecting people throughout the area with the help of digitization.

[VOA] Kenya has exported its first shipment of oil, worth about $12 million, under a deal with the Chinese petrochemical company, ChemChina. Members of a civil society group are demanding transparency, calling on the Kenyan government to show how the Chinese firm won the bid to buy the oil and how much revenue the country is getting from the sale.

[New Zimbabwe] Local Government Minister, July Moyo is denying owing the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) US$314 000 in unpaid bills.

[New Zimbabwe] High Court Judge, Felistus Chatukuta will this Thursday hear a case in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa's allies, Kudakwashe Tagwirei and Justice Mayor Wadyajena are fighting over a fuel tankers rental debt.

The opening matchday of the 2019-20 Champions League saw a mixed bag of performances and results for the German clubs. Bayern Munich's new signings caught the eye while an old hand impressed for Borussia Dortmund.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s first Europa League game of the season ended in a harsh defeat by Arsenal. While the hosts showed plenty of ambition, they also missed the attacking threat of their opponents.

Frankfurt returned to the competition they set alight last season, but were taught a lesson in efficiency. Their Premier League opponents took their chances, leaving Frankfurt with nothing to show for their efforts.

Gladbach weren't the only Bundesliga side to lose in Europe this week, but they were the only ones hammered by a team few fans across the continent will have heard of. The honeymoon period is over for Marco Rose.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Government has budgeted P12 million to aid Team Botswana's preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Botswana Cycling Association (BCA) newly reinstated president, Mmetla Masire says his ambition is to professionalise cycling in his next three year tenure.

[Seychelles News Agency] Locals in Seychelles will have the chance to play an equal role in decision-making and the management of marine protected areas in a first-of-its-kind participatory project.

[Ghana Presidency] "Mr. President, we are here to inform you that we are seeing transformation in our communities. We are seeing transformation in the lives of our people, and that we are sensing a brighter future for our children and the generations yet unborn."

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Lamu, Kenya -Like many African countries, Kenya has courted foreign companies to invest in transport and energy projects but residents are increasingly demanding more of a say on development projects

[Shabait] Massawa -The Sudanese Ophthalmologists team 'Albeser" in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders has conducted commendable eye surgery from 10 to 16 September for 424 patients in Massawa.

[East African] The African Risk Capacity Insurance Limited (ARC) has confirmed that it will pay out $738,835 to Côte d'Ivoire following the severe rainfall deficits experienced in its central region for the 2019 agricultural season.

[Botswana Daily News] Ramokgonami -Ramokgonami residents have been assured that the ongoing P280 million Mahalapye water treatment plant expansion project would improve water situation in the Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency. commenced June this year. to

[News24Wire] There is nothing more "sucky" than when a paper straw collapses while you're trying to sip your drink. So a Stellenbosch University student decided to create an edible straw that would allow people to enjoy their drinks and still be environmentally-conscious.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania will in November, 2019 host a water management conference in Arusha which will task innovators to come up with ideas to address water solutions in the country.

[Stellenbosch University] Her passion for environmental sustainability has recently bagged a second-year Chemical Engineering student at Stellenbosch University (SU) a massive cash prize.

[New Times] The Government has pledged to improve the aviation infrastructure to facilitate innovation in the sector, especially from young Rwandans.

[This is Africa] An African counterpart for Apple Inc's virtual assistant, Siri, that focuses on banking and financial management, and speaks four of South Africa's official languages, is breaking ground on the continent. A group of University of Cape Town (UCT) students are behind the novel idea.

[News24Wire] A Grade 11 Hoërskool Schweizer-Reneke pupil is hoping to find a way to help amputees to not spend hundreds of thousands of rand on prosthetics.

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