Following U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial reported comments referring to Haiti and African countries as "shitholes", Namibia has hit back with a video that hilariously disses his crude remarks

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Photo: Tami Hultman / AllAfrica

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The UP is revoking the membership of its Standard Bearer Emeritus, President Sirleaf, on claims that she supported the opposition candidate, George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change. She has consistently denied the claim and still considers herself a member of the Unity Party.

Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister (2nd left) and Germany’s Deputy Minister for Economy Cooperstionand DevelopmentFriedrich Kitschelt signing the agreement

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Germany and Ghana on Tuesday signed a 100 million Euros bilateral Investment and Reform Partnership agreement to promote private investment in renewable energy and vocational training.

Fellow Cameroonians, My Dear Compatriots,
During the year just ending, Cameroon confirmed to the world, within a difficult context, the soundness of its institutions, the resilience of its economy and its attachment to national unity.

The leader of the dreaded Boko  Haram Abubakar Shekau, has refuted all claims by Nigerian military that he has been wounded or  killed saying, "I am alive and well."

Three outstanding winners of 2017 edition posing with the prize award (IPA)

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The submission of applications for the 7th edition of Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) will close on 10 January 2018. Already, before the end of December 2017, over 7,500 applications were received. Last year 2,500 were received.

Prof Calestous Juma (Innov8tiv)

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No discussion about the history of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa is complete without mentioning Calestous Juma. Juma, Professor of International Development at Harvard University, passed away late last year after a long battle with cancer.

The Egypt’s Startup Reactor is calling for applications for its 5th cycle. The call is made following the successful conclusion of its 4th cycle with its last phase “Startup Nova – Entrepreneurship Explosion”.

Fenix International, a next generation energy company operating across Africa, adds a former Wall Street Director turned social entrepreneur to its core leadership team.

 

At 45, Alain Berset is the youngest politician to become Swiss president since 1934. He holds the rotating post for 2018. In an interview with swissinfo.ch, Berset remains cautious about a change in Swiss-EU relations and talks about whether Switzerland is experiencing its own ballot box protests.

Returnees on arrival at the Airport Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

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The Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama receiving 491 stranded Nigerians from Libya at Port Harcourt International Airport, expressed Nigerian Government's commitment to see all stranded Nigerians in Libya returned.

Fake watches being crushed by a steamroller in Bern (Keystone)

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The number of counterfeit watches confiscated by Swiss customs officials has plummeted by around 80% since the beginning of the year, according to the Swiss watch industry. However, this is not because fewer dodgy watches are being imported, but because of government customs cutbacks.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura arrives for another round of peace talks in Geneva, December 13, 2017. (Keystone)

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“One year ago I said I thought this year had to get better, and I thought it would. But I was wrong. In many respects 2017 got even worse.”

British business magnate and founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, has offered a rare business review on the huge opportunities that global investors could take advantage of in Nigeria’s renewed efforts to connect over 80 million of her citizens currently without any form of electricity.

President Buhari (Weekly Post NG)

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To recap, 2017 was the year in which:
1. Nigeria exited its worst recession in decades. After five quarters of negative growth, the economy bounced back into positive territory. Agriculture was one of the stars of 2017, posting consistent growth levels even throughout the recession. Also, Inflation fell for ten consecutive months during 2017 (February to November).

George Weah (Globe Afrique)

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The Liberia's President-elect, George Manneh Weah, has called on Liberian diaspora to join hands with his government to rebuild the country, saying their skills, experience and expertise are needed to achieving this.

Sani Abacha

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 The Federal Government of Nigeria will has paid a sum of about $50million as the cost of recovery of the country’s funds stolen and stashed abroad by a former military dictator, late General Sani Abacha, his family and associates.

Federal President Doris Leuthard meets Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma for a working meeting in Berne. © Keystone

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Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma paid a working visit to the Swiss President Doris Leuthard on 14 December 2017 during which they discussed issues around infrastructure, economic and trade relations, the rule of law and the SDC’s country programme on Bolivia.

H.E. Dr. Mubarak Ben Khleifikh Al-Hari, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Switzerland welcoming guests to a national day ceremony reminded them that his country “is under an unfair siege for months imposed by some of its neighbours” but through the help of the Almighty the people were able to overcome the shock.

The committee of the Africa Link Solidarity Awards has called for nomination of candidates for the 6th Edition of the Award to be held in 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.
The five categories of the Awards and the criteria are:

Rush Hour, 2017,Watercolor

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Milos Petkovic is not a new comer to the art of painting. It is his hobby engaged in, on and off. He has a number of paintings some dated as far back as three decades.  Some of them could be seen on the walls of his residence others were presented as gifts to people.

Dr. Vincent da Silva, and the two facilitators Ms. Chris Mohr, and Ms. Eliane Hinderling, Photos by Latitude Space Africa

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Over the years, the role of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in most African communities has often been regarded as one operated outside of the formal healthcare delivery structure.

After having started assembling Hyundai cars in 2016, the Tahkout group is now getting ready to start assembling Suzuki cars, starting from May 2018, in Saïda, Algeria.
The development of the related assembly unit and its equipping will be completed before the end of the year, a statement indicates.

 The government of Zimbabwe has turned its words into actions, and quite rapidly at that.

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