King Mohammed VI of Morocco (Image from archive, The Moroccan Times)

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MOROCCO – The 8th edition of the Africities Summit will take place from November 20-24, 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco, under the theme: The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of Local and Sub- national governments of Africa according to a release by UCLG Africa

Kenya – During his visit to the United States of America, the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta signed deals totaling $238 million with two companies for investments in the energy and agroindustry sectors.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard Founder, CEO of APO Group Photo APO

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SWITZERLAND –  The APO Group has launched a new version of their media monitoring service for press releases. The new version goes far beyond what is available in the press release distribution industry today. Reports now offer deeper insights to Africa Wire® and MENA Wire® customers, helping them better understand the media impact of their press releases and offering even greater visibility on the R.O.I. of their campaigns.

 

NIGERIA – Clickatell (www.Clickatell.com/products/transact), an authorized WhatsApp Business Solution provider, is proud to announce that United Bank for Africa (UBA) will be going live with their Chat Banking solution – Leo on WhatsApp.

The new, yet unnamed airline, could launch in mid-2019 if the fundraising is successful.(Keystone)

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A Ryanair pilot and three other industry veterans hope to raise at least $100 million (CHF96.9 million) in Switzerland this week to launch a low-cost, long-haul airline that defies the economic forces which have grounded some small European carriers in recent months.

Like the television streaming service, Swiss start-up Coorpacademy charges a subscription for open access to its 800,000 teaching packages, available in 19 languages.(Keystone)

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Swiss start-up Coorpacademy is just one of the tech companies trying to break into the global corporate education sector with online business training apps, which are increasingly attractive to large firms.

We are devastated to hear of the passing of former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. On behalf of the chairman of our Board of Trustees, the Board, our chief executive and the staff of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Nane, and their children, Ama, Kojo and Nina. 

Swiss tuition fees are relatively low, thanks to high per capita expenditure on education.  (Keystone)

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The US and UK are the top destinations for international students looking to study abroad. Can relatively low tuition fees help Switzerland give them a run for their money?

Ernest Rubondo, Executive Director of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda

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Hon Irene Muloni, Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development will lead a delegation of private and public-sector players from Uganda’s oil and gas sector to the Africa Oil Week 2018 which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 5 – 9 November 2018.

A model on the stage

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Dubbed the African Trends Market, this year’s Afrodysee was a colourful marriage of fashion and culture. An integral part of this one-day event in May was Le Grande Marché which had a rich selection of clothes for children and adults, as well as fashion accessories such as bags, shoes, hand-printed scarves and jewellery for sale.

Omar al-Bashir has been in power since a 1989 military coup [File: Reuters]

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The Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has endorsed President Omar al-Bashir as its candidate for the 2020 election, according to state media.

Balzaretti said nothing is lost yet in talks with the EU over a framework agreement despite a row between the government and the trade unions. (Adrian Moser/ASO)

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Switzerland’s relations with the European Union have been at the centre of the annual Congress of the Swiss Abroad. Two keynote speeches gave some indications of the delicate situation for both sides in crucial talks about the future of the bilateral accords.

Summer fun: enjoying the outdoors (Keystone)

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Children in Switzerland are returning to school after the long summer break. But have they forgotten much of what they learned before the holidays?

US dollar banknotes are seen in this photo illustration taken February 12, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

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The number of countries switching to national currencies to settle bilateral trade deals is growing in the face of the US weaponization of the dollar.

The President and clergies during the service

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President Julius Maada Bio paid respects to the victims and families of Sierra Leone’s 2017 landslide tragedy, promising during the memorial events to create a National Disaster Preparedness and Management Agency to prevent future catastrophes.

Some of the accused persons

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Two men in charge of a new US$3 billion railway in Kenya were arrested Saturday on suspicion of corruption over land allocation, according to a statement posted on the country’s Office of the Public Prosecutor Twitter feed, reported www.occrp.org from Kenya.

Thomas Gass

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The promotion of gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment of women and girls by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in its partner countries is yielding positive result.

Mustapha Guitouni

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Algeria has increased its oil output but urged fellow OPEC countries and other crude producers not to heed calls by US President Donald Trump to place more oil on the market to drive down prices.

President Paul Biya

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Cameroon’s economy is expected to grow 4 percent this year, up from 3.2 percent in 2017 due to the start of natural gas production and construction work for an upcoming soccer tournament, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.

Nasser Bourita Morocco(photo World News)

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Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has refused any action from the European Union to outsource migrant reception centers to Morocco, emphasizing that this suggestion is an “easy solution.”

President Isaias Afwerki (R) welcomed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Eritrea for the landmark meeting on Sunday

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The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaia Afwerki have announced on Sunday 8 July 2018 at a meeting in Asmara, Eritrean, that the two countries would re-establish diplomatic and trade ties. A signal that “war and talk of war must end” has really ended after almost 18 years.

Karikoga Kaseke  (PATA Conversation)

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THE average hotel occupancy rate in the first quarter of 2018 for Bulawayo hotels rose by 44%, up 15 percentage points from the levels recorded in the same period last year, industry officials have said.

President João Lourenço (Answersafrica.com)

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Angola plans a new system for selling rough diamonds as part of President João Lourenço’s efforts to increase investment, production and government revenue, a draft decree shows.

ZAMBIA: The Centre for Trade Policy and Development says the year 2018 promises to be far much better in terms of the Maize price than the K60 that was offered to the farmers in 2017.