Coopération: Deux routes pour relier le Cameroun et le Nigeria

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A l’issue de la visite du président nigérian, Muhammadu Buhari à Yaoundé, les 29 et 30 juillet 2015, les deux pays ont décidé, entre autres, à l’achèvement dans les brefs délais des travaux de construction du corridor routier Bamenda-Enugu.

Ce sera peut-être un nouveau tournant dans les relations bilatérales entre le Cameroun et le Nigeria. Car, la visite du président du Nigeria au Cameroun a eu le don de ressusciter un vieux projet. Celui relatif à la construction de la route Mamfé (Cameroun)-Enugu (Nigeria), ainsi que du corridor Bamenda-Enugu (Nigeria).

Ces infrastructures lancées le 21 juin 2010, ne sont toujours pas achevées, cinq ans plus tard. « Les deux chefs d’Etat, ont appelé à l’achèvement dans les brefs délais des travaux de construction du corridor routier Bamenda-Enugu », peut-on lire dans le communiqué conjoint signé par les deux parties, le 30 juillet 2015.

Muhammadu Buhari et Paul Biya ont également décidé d’accélérer les études de faisabilité en vue de la construction d’un pont sur le Mayo-Tiel, d’une part, et de la route Gamburu-Ngala-Kousseri, d’autre part.

Les deux chefs d’Etat ont convenu de la tenue à Abuja, au Nigeria, d’ici octobre 2015, de la première session du Comité consulaire et d’immigration Cameroun-Nigeria, en vue de procéder à la revue du protocole d’accord en matière de libre-circulation des personnes et des biens, signé en 1963.

Egalement, ils ont décidé de renforcer les excellentes relations économiques et commerciales entre le Cameroun et le Nigeria, par la promotion des investissements de part et d’autres pays, en convoquant un forum d’affaires entre le Cameroun et le Nigeria, à Abuja à une date qui sera convenue de commun accord.

Les présidents camerounais et nigérian ont salué l’accord sur la coopération transfrontalière en matière d’hydrocarbures déjà paraphé, et ont convenu d’accélérer le processus de signature en vue de son opérationnalisation.
Concernant la presqu’île de Bakassi, les deux présidents ont pris acte de la satisfaction exprimée du Secrétaire général de l’Onu, dans son dernier rapport sur les activités du bureau de l’ONU pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest de janvier à juin 2015, relatif à l’état d’avancement des travaux de la démarcation de la frontière terrestre entre le Cameroun et le Nigeria.

Ils ont convenu d’accorder une suite favorable à la recommandation du Secrétaire général de l’ONU relative à la finalisation, avant la fin de l’année 2015, des travaux de la démarcation terrestre, afin de consacrer à l’amélioration de la coopération transfrontalière.

Muhammadu Buhari a invité son homologue Paul Biya, a effectué une visite d’amitié et de travail au Nigeria. Cette invitation a été acceptée et la date sera fixée ultérieurement par voie diplomatique.

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New Global Population Estimates from the UN

The report from the number crunchers at the UN also show that life expectancy in the least developed countries has increased sharply over the last 6 years. “The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today. Moreover, the report reveals that during the 2015-2050 period, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the United States, Indonesia and Uganda.” (UN http://bit.ly/1KApafa)

The Largest Refugee Camp in the Middle East Turns 3 Years Old…The Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, which opened July 29 2012, has some 81,000 Syrian residents and can’t take any more. “With Za’atari at capacity, the number of urban refugees seeking shelter in Jordan’s second camp, Azraq, increased fourfold in the first six months of this year,” UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery told a press briefing in Geneva. In the first half of 2015, 3,658 people returned to Azraq from urban areas, compared to just 738 in the second half of 2014. This trend is driven by increasing vulnerability of urban refugees in Jordan whose savings are depleted after years in exile, and who are unable to find secure legal livelihoods. Those living in Amman, in particular, are trying to survive in one of the most expensive cities in the Middle East.” (UNHCR http://bit.ly/1KAj4LX)

Where’s the money? Only one percent of Kenyan government spending can be properly accounted for, according to a report by the country’s auditor-general released just days after US President Barack Obama warned corruption was holding the country back. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1JvuvpB)

Deadly Flooding in India…Flash floods triggered by torrential monsoon rain have killed at least 26 people in a west Indian state in the past 48 hours, authorities said Wednesday. (AFP http://bit.ly/1D97jMX)

Africa

The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying out suicide bombings across the region. (AP http://yhoo.it/1H2OANP)

Nairobi announced it was going to relocate street children to rehabilitation centers in the country. The move coincided with a project to clean up the streets before the president’s arrival. Many say there must be a better way to address the plight of the Kenyan city’s street families. (VOA http://bit.ly/1MtVoes)

Fears are growing that endemic graft in Tanzania will deny the majority of its people a fair share of the wealth generated by the country’s natural gas riches. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1JRP4Z6)

Sudan’s foreign ministry summoned the European Union’s representative in Khartoum to complain about “false information” it said the EU had disseminated about the number of refugees and displaced people in the country. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1MtVrqB)

Threatened by the advance of a desert that already covers two-thirds of Niger, the poor Sahel nation hopes to halt rapid deforestation by promoting natural gas. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Jvu9PM)

Nigeria has appointed a new boss for the amnesty scheme for ex-Niger Delta oil rebels, in a move seen by observers as an attempt to put back on track the programme which doused militancy in the oil-rich region. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1JvupOH)

More than 5 million text messages have been sent to subscribers, who get health information and reminders for doctor’s appointments direct to their mobile phones – many of them in distant parts of Tanzania. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1DbeqnG)

US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, which saw him speak out against democratic restrictions, was positive but Washington must maintain pressure on the government, an Ethiopian opposition figure said Wednesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1I1XFKv)

MENA

A car bomb exploded outside an Ismaili mosque in Yemen’s war-damaged capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing four people and wounding six, health authorities and a security source said. (Reuters http://reut.rs/1KAklm0)

Saudi-led warplanes bombed targets in Yemen’s northerly Saada province, a stronghold of Iranian-allied Houthi forces, local officials said Wednesday, and a U.N. official accused both sides in the conflict of failing to respect international law. (VOA http://bit.ly/1KAktlu)

Turkey’s renewed conflict with Kurdish militants intensified on Wednesday as the government launched a new wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq and a blast temporarily crippled a key oil pipeline in southeastern Turkey. (WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1KAkzd0)

Asia

China’s widespread crackdown on rights lawyers and activists over the past three weeks has fueled growing concerns that President Xi Jinping is using the law as a tool to mute dissidents and those who defend them in court. (VOA http://bit.ly/1MtVpiz)

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP http://yhoo.it/1OOL2Fb)

Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered for November elections to keep her seat in parliament and challenge the ruling military-backed party. (AP http://yhoo.it/1H2OR3g)

The Americas

The jaguar is being defeated by a ruthless, modern-day warrior: Powerful drug cartels are carving up its Central American natural habitat. In some areas, particularly in Honduras and Guatemala, the big cats are at risk of disappearing entirely. (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1Db5EGe)

Organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics are facing a serious challenge to clean polluted waters for sailing and windsurfing events. (BBC http://bbc.in/1Db5ONZ)

Concerns of a humanitarian emergency in Haiti are mounting as a growing number of Haitians returning to their country from neighboring Dominican Republic are living in rapidly growing tent cities with little resources. (CNN http://cnn.it/1D96S58)

The Brazilian government plans to use drones to strengthen its fight against slave labor in rural areas, the Labour Ministry has said. (TRF http://yhoo.it/1MtVrqE)

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1gmGfzq)

…and the rest

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and “faces some downside risks.” (AP http://yhoo.it/1H2OF46)

Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1Dbeyn6)

Western Union Co plans to invest more in its compliance and monitoring systems in a renewed effort to combat fraud and money laundering, a senior executive said on Tuesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1DbePXf)

Opinion/Blogs

Unpacking Obama’s Message to the African Union (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1OOQTKK)

Why Local Content in Extractive Sector Won’t Work Without Home Grown Human Capital (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1Db4E4N)

Obama probably won’t be invited to speak at the African Union again any time soon (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1OOGEWD)

Did Malaysia merit its human trafficking upgrade? (IRIN http://bit.ly/1Db5mzh)

Secret aid worker: sexual harassment and discrimination in the industry (Guardian http://bit.ly/1Db5L4J)

Analysts: Obama’s Africa Trip Underscores Drive for Foreign Policy Legacy (VOA http://bit.ly/1DP50Jo)

Will Kenya’s Heightened Security Leave With Obama? (RFI http://bit.ly/1DP6inK)

Africa Will Grow Faster When Private Sector Finally Steps Up (East African http://bit.ly/1DP6rHX)

South Africa: Rebranding Condom Campaign – Will It Work This Time? (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1DP6HH1)

5 things needed to turn the SDGs into reality (Devex http://bit.ly/1h5mIDO)

The Politics Behind Mobile Money in Ethiopia (CFI Blog http://bit.ly/1h5mInb)

Humans of Lagos offers a glimpse at daily life in the West African mega city (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/1h5mHzz)

Zimbabwe’s Opportunity to Join the African Economic Success Story (CSIS Prosper http://bit.ly/1OOQTu0

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FACT SHEET: The Global Health Security Agenda

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues to galvanize global attention and resources as the international community strives to eliminate active cases and help the affected countries recover.  African leaders and African Union officials have shown extraordinary leadership in addressing the outbreak. The epidemic highlighted the urgent need to establish global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats – to prevent future outbreaks from becoming epidemics.  Beginning with the release of the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats in 2009, and outlined in his 2011 speech at the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama has called upon all countries to come together to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental or deliberately spread.  Today, the President underscored the unwavering U.S. commitment to partnering with Africans, their governments, and all who will join the effort to improve health security across the continent and for all people.

Strong U.S. Commitment

The United States has made a commitment to assist at least 30 countries over five years to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).  The U.S. Government is now announcing its intent to invest more than $1 billion in resources to expand the Global Health Security Agenda to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks in 17 countries, and will continue to work in others around the world to extend this effort.  More than half of this significant investment will be focused on Africa to:

  • Prevent or mitigate the impact of naturally-occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens;
  • Rapidly detect and transparently report outbreaks when they occur; and
  • Employ an interconnected global network that can respond rapidly and effectively.

The 17 partner countries include Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

In each of these countries, the host governments are partnering with the United States to establish a five-year country roadmap to achieve and sustain each of the targets of the GHSA.  These roadmaps are intended to enable a better understanding across sectors and assistance providers of the specific milestones, next steps, and gaps toward achieving capacity needed to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats.

During the 2015 G-7 Summit in Germany, G-7 leaders matched this approach with an historic commitment to collectively assist at least 60 countries, including the countries of West Africa, over the next five years.

As announced during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and to further advance the GHSA, the United States is partnering with the African Union Commission to support the establishment of an African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will build on our longstanding commitment for a growing and diversifying health and science sector in Africa.  The United States is also supporting the development of National Public Health Institutes in several African countries including Ethiopia and Kenya. For example, the Ethiopian National Public Health Training Center, in the final stages of construction, will serve as the training and support hub for Ethiopia’s national public health surveillance, research, and laboratory networks.

During the President’s visit, the United States and Kenya also signed a Cooperative Threat Reduction agreement to further advance the GHSA through joint efforts to enhance biological safety and security, real-time biosurveillance, rapid disease reporting, research, and training related to potential biological threats, whether posed by naturally occurring diseases, deliberate biological attacks, or unintentional release of biological pathogens and toxins.  

Preventing Future Outbreaks from Becoming Epidemics

In 2014, together with partners from around the world, we launched the GHSA, a multilateral and multi-sectoral initiative of over 40 countries to enhance global capacities to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to infectious disease threats to achieve measurable targets.  The GHSA Steering Group includes 10 countries, including Kenya, and is chaired in 2015 by Finland.  From September 7-9, 2015 the Republic of Korea will host a Ministerial to review implementation of actions taken and commitments made to advance measurable capacity in support of the GHSA.  In addition to Kenya, the GHSA Steering Group includes Canada, Chile, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Korea, and the United States. 

GHSA is intended to accelerate action and spur progress toward implementation of the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations and other global health security frameworks, such as the World Organization for Animal Health’s Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway.  The GHSA also engages the non-governmental sector to include academic and research institutes, think tanks, industry, philanthropy and the private sector.

The GHSA serves to stimulate investment in the needed capacity – infrastructure, equipment, and above all skilled personnel – and empowers countries, international organizations and civil society to work together to achieve focused goals and the following specific targets: Countering antimicrobial resistance; preventing the emergence and spread of zoonotic disease; advancing a whole-of-government national biosafety and biosecurity system in every country; improving immunization; establishing a national laboratory system; strengthening real-time biosurveillance; advancing timely and accurate disease reporting; establishing a trained global health security workforce; establishing emergency operations centers; linking public health, law and multi-sectoral rapid response; and enhancing medical countermeasures and personnel deployment.

For decades, the United States has invested in the health of Africa’s people, helped train its health and science professionals, and partnered with countries in Africa to meet shared challenges.  Our commitment to working with global partners through the GHSA is the next step.  We will not lose sight of the goal: accelerating progress towards a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats through building our collective capacity to prevent and control outbreaks whenever and wherever they occur.

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa reached epidemic levels in September 2014, the White House hosted a high level meeting with 44 countries to announce over 100 commitments to strengthen capabilities under the GHSA.  For its part, the U.S. government has committed to assist at least 30 countries to achieve the Agenda’s targets and to partner with the global community to advance implementation of the International Health Regulations and the Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway. 

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Africa: Department of State and USAID Officials to Deliver Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Department of State and USAID Officials to Deliver Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
July 29, 2015


Several Department of State and USAID officials will provide remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, August 3-5, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The three-day Summit will bring together 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with President Obama and leading U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will call the Summit to order onMonday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, will give remarks during the Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo on Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will offer closing remarks on Wednesday, August 5 at 3:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a town hall with President Obama, a plenary session with Members of Congress, and breakout discussions with leaders in business, government, international development and non-governmental organizations.

The Presidential Summit follows six weeks of academic study and leadership training for the 500 Fellows at 20 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

For more information and to request credentials for open-press events, please submit the online form.

Media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

For further information from the Department of State, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov. Participants and those watching the livestream are encouraged to use the hashtag #YALI2015 when discussing the events.

Monday, August 3, 2015

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Call to Order by Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Congressional Forum on Investing in the Next Generation of Africa, with remarks by U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (GA) and other invited speakers.

Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Young African Leaders Town Hall with President Obama

Media determined by White House. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

The town hall will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo with remarks by Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development. Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

Preset for video cameras: 2:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

This session will be streamed live at www.state.gov.

Final access time: 3:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.


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WHO Warns of a Coming Meningitis Outbreak in West Africa

UNICEF, MSF, WHO and the IFRC are urging vaccine manufacturers to ramp up production of the meningitis vaccine. “‘In just the first six months of 2015, there have been 12,000 cases of meningitis C in Niger and Nigeria, and 800 deaths. At the same time, there has been a critical shortage of vaccine,’” said Dr Myriam Henkens, International Medical Coordinator, MSF. ‘The campaigns consequently were limited to the critically affected age groups and areas, and even so, had to be delayed until vaccine supply became available and we believe next year will be worse. We need vaccine manufacturers to plan production of multivalent vaccine now to allow sufficient lead time and capacity to meet this demand.’” (WHO http://bit.ly/1Ipqgqp )

Here’s How Many Yemeni’s The UN Can Reach With Humanitarian Aid If Only There Were A Pause in Fighting…The latest attempt at a humanitarian pause in Yemen “has not been respected by any party to the conflict,” the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday, adding that a plan to reach 3 million Yemenis with aid is ready to go if only the fighting would stop. Stephen O’Brien briefed the Security Council and repeated the call for an “unconditional freeze” in the months-long fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite Houthi rebels in the Arab world’s poorest country. A five-day humanitarian pause announced by the Saudi-led coalition quickly fell apart early Monday. An earlier pause announced this month by the U.N. also failed.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/1fFcPf4)

Quote of the Day: Obama, at the AU… “I have to say Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk from leaders who refuse to step aside when their terms end,” Obama told delegates from across the continent.

“Let me be honest with you – I just don’t understand this. I am in my second term … I love my work but under our constitution, I cannot run again. I actually think I’m a pretty good president: I think if I ran I could win, but I can’t.” (Guardian http://bit.ly/1fFcXet)

Obama in Africa

During his visit to Ethiopia, U.S. President Barack Obama took the time Tuesday to meet with Ethiopians who have benefited from U.S. development initiatives. (VOA http://bit.ly/1D9lC3N)

On Burundi: “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we’ve seen in Burundi,” said Obama during his remarks to the African Union. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Mt6OPC)

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Ethiopia “cannot unleash the full potential of its people” if it jails journalists and restricts legitimate opposition groups. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1ON4iD9)

Africa

Cameroon will send around 2,000 extra troops to the north of the country to fight Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist movement behind bloody cross-border raids and suicide bombings, state television said Tuesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1h3o81F)

A high court in the Ghanaian capital Accra sentenced a man to a 10-year prison term Tuesday after he confessed to having planned to kill President John Dramani Mahama. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1ON68nm)

War-torn Somalia will not be able to hold full elections due next year, lawmakers said Tuesday, although it remained unclear whether some kind of voting process would still be held. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1ON60Ek)

In between the run-down buildings in a seemingly inauspicious part of Lagos, a city of around 21 million, tech start-ups are taking root and creating a buzz that is drawing international venture capitalists and more established digital firms. (VOA http://bit.ly/1D9lvVI)

Mozambique’s president travelled to the country’s northwest where fighting between government troops and opposition fighters has forced hundreds to flee to neighboring Malawi, state-run radio reported on Tuesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Mt8yZ2)

Kenya will be getting new support to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among adolescent girls. President Obama announced Sunday that Kenya would be included in the DREAMS project. It’s funded by the U.S., the Nike Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (VOA http://bit.ly/1ON452z)

Corruption is pervasive throughout the asylum process in South Africa, according to a report published this month. (VOA http://bit.ly/1D9lAZC)

Thousands of small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe fear they will be going hungry this winter after abandoning traditional staples like maize, sorghum and groundnuts for tobacco, a cash crop known locally in this southern African nation as “green gold.” (VOA http://bit.ly/1D9lxNm)

Proposed laws to allow the seizure of land and property to redress the imbalance of ownership between black and white South Africans, could be unconstitutional and subject to the whims of ministers, rights groups told parliament on Tuesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1ON4oKK)

Former Tanzanian prime minister Edward Lowassa on Tuesday defected from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, accusing it of “oppressive leadership”, less than three months ahead of a general election scheduled for October 25. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1JsNml2)

MENA

The United Nations human rights office is “deeply disturbed” by death sentences handed down in a trial of former officials who served under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it said on Tuesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1h3oa9K)

Since March, nearly 25,000 people a day have slipped into hunger in Yemen, and every second person – or nearly 13 million people – is now struggling to find enough to eat, according to Oxfam. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1ScMerq)

Human Rights Watch condemned as an “apparent war crime” on Tuesday a Saudi-led air raid in Yemen last week that it said killed at least 65 civilians in residential compounds. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1SLmGwC)

Insurgents have launched a major offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad’s control of the west, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Mt6TTc)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the formation of a safe zone inside war-torn Syria, free from the Islamic State group, would help the return of 1.7 million refugees. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Mt6U9G)

A dissident Moroccan journalist on Tuesday ended a monthlong hunger strike protesting his treatment by the government after an official said he could get a new passport in three days, a member of his support committee said. (AP http://yhoo.it/1ON63Qw)

Asia

Thailand has hit back after being blacklisted in a US report for the second consecutive year for not combatting modern-day slavery, arguing it has made serious steps to tackle human trafficking. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1GZ1tZb)

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday his government would make available loans of up to 1 billion pounds to Indonesia to help finance infrastructure projects. (VOA http://bit.ly/1ON4278)

South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1ON4n9O)

The nationwide death toll from this month’s flash floods in various parts of Pakistan rose to 81 on Tuesday as floodwater inundated hundreds of villages, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless, authorities said. (AP http://yhoo.it/1ON4mTe)

The Americas

Forensic experts in Colombia have begun a search for dozens of bodies at a landfill site believed to be one of the largest urban mass graves in the world. (BBC http://bbc.in/1D9l51M)

UN experts have called on the government of the Dominican Republic to stop the “arbitrary deportations” of Dominicans of Haitian descent, warning that its actions risk violating international laws as well as the country’s own constitution. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1ON46n8)

Brazil’s penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates. But advocates say few prisoners are as vulnerable as transvestites and transgender people, who are often singled out for taunting and physical and sexual abuse. (AP http://yhoo.it/1ON4mCI)

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday called for citizens to break the pacts of silence that have covered up human rights violations during the 1973-1990 military dictatorship, praising a former soldier who helped the investigation into the burning death of a U.S. resident. (VOA http://bit.ly/1D9lwsP)

…and the rest

Rescuers found 13 dead migrants on a boat off the coast of Libya with more than 500 others aboard, an Italian coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday, giving no details about how they had died. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1Mt6RLk)

A prominent Russian human rights group said on Tuesday it is closing down its operations this week because of a repressive law, but has come up with a plan to continue its work. (AP http://yhoo.it/1h3o9T9)

Opinion/Blogs

Did Obama Avoid the Difficult Questions in Kenya? (OZY http://bit.ly/1gjtaqP)

Obama just pulled off two important firsts for a sitting US president (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1D95wH8)

Justin Forsyth: ‘If NGOs stay politically correct, we won’t have an impact’ (Guardian http://bit.ly/1DMktdb)

On corruption and mass atrocities (Reinventing Peace http://bit.ly/1MtbHYI)

Did You Hear About the Great Ebola Land Grab? Expect a Wave of Mystery Plagues (East African http://bit.ly/1Mt4A2I)

This Nicaraguan native community endured Spanish conquest. Will it survive modern times? (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1SLcnZi)

Drones: a force for good when flying in the face of disaster (Guardian http://bit.ly/1gjFI1d)

4 Ways Your Phone May Be Fueling Instability Around the World (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1MtbTr8)

The things we do: The connection between sleep and poverty (People, Spaces, Deliberation http://bit.ly/1MtbTYd)

Where should money go to manage global health’s ‘silent epidemic’? (Devex http://bit.ly/1DMS72G)

Look Out Pelley, Muir And Holt. Rapping Reporters Could Give You A Jolt (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/1ON957v)

Learning by un-doing: the magic of immersion (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1DMRYfr)
Feeding West Africa: An Agenda for Regional Trade (Africa Can End Poverty http://bit.ly/1gk94fO)

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Condemning Boko Haram violence, Security Council urges enhanced regional efforts to counter ongoing attacks

28 July 2015 – While acknowledging progress made against Boko Haram following joint regional military efforts in recent months, the United Nations Security Council today encouraged increased regional cooperation to stamp out the terrorist group, which the Council strongly condemned for its ongoing deadly violence, human rights abuses and mass abductions in the Lake Chad Basin.

Adopting a Presidential Statement during a formal meeting, the Security Council expressed its concern at the continued threat posed to international peace and security by Boko Haram “and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with A1-Qaida,” and reaffirmed Member States’ determination to continue doing all “they can to resolve conflict and to deny terrorist groups the ability to put down roots and establish safe havens.”

The Council went on to reiterate its strong condemnation of all the terrorist attacks, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region, and recognized that women and girls are particularly targeted by Boko Haram. Council members expressed deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the peoples and Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

Acknowledging a series of steps taken by the African Union (AU), the Security Council in its statement took note of the letter sent to the UN Secretary-General on 6 March 2015, forwarding the Communiques adopted by the AU Peace and Security Council on 29 January and 3 March 2015, as well as the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Strategic Concept of Operations (CONOPS) to fight against Boko Haram.

In this regard, the Council commended the Lake Chad Basin Member States and Benin for their continued efforts to fully operationalize the MNJTF in order to collectively enhance regional military cooperation and coordination to more effectively combat the threat posed by the Boko Haram.

The Council also encouraged the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in coordination with the AU Commission, to accelerate joint efforts to adopt a comprehensive strategy to more effectively and urgently combat the threat posed by Boko Haram, and, in this regard welcomes plans to convene a summit in August and urges the two subregional organizations to adopt a common strategy and develop active cooperation and coordination.

Acknowledging the economic burden borne by the Boko Haram-affected countries and welcoming the continuing commitment of Member States and international partners participating in support of the MNJTF, the Council called upon the international community and donors to support the Force, particularly its operational capability and welcomes in this regard, the AUC plans to organize a donors’ conference in support of the efforts of the Lake Chad Basin Member States and Benin.

The Council statement also spotlights the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the Lake Chad Basin countries, with close to 1.9 million people forcibly displaced in the region. It reaffirmed the need for all parties to armed conflict to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in order to ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance, and encouraged all actors involved in the response to support recovery programmes and, among others, to pay particular attention to the release and reintegration of children abducted by Boko Haram or formerly associated with this terrorist group.

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XCMG entre dans le top 10 de KHL des plus grands fabricants d’engins de chantier

XUZHOU, Chine, 23 juillet 2015 / PRNewswire — XCMG, le plus grand fabricant chinois d’engins de chantier, est entré dans le top 10 du dernier Yellow Table, un classement des 50 plus grands fabricants d’engins de chantier du monde établi par le groupe KHL, le plus grand fournisseur au monde d’informations internationales sur la construction. Le Yellow Table de l’édition 2015 d’International Construction a estimé le chiffre d’affaires 2014 de XCMG généré par la vente d’engins de chantier à 6,15 milliards USD, soit 3,9 % des ventes mondiales. The first successful operation of…

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the repeated suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria and…

In the last two months, about 800 people are reported to have been killed and many more wounded in multiple terror attacks in the countries around Lake Chad.
 
Those responsible for the recent suicide attacks in Cameroon on 25 July and in Nigeria on 26 July have a complete disregard for human life and dignity.
 
We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured. We express our solidarity with the authorities of the concerned countries and our confidence that those responsible for these acts of terror will be brought to justice.
 
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are sparing no effort in fighting terrorism in the region. Strong coordination both on the ground and at regional level, and for continued socio-economic development of the affected areas is needed. The EU reiterates its support to those regional organizations, national authorities, civil society organizations and citizens that are involved.
 
The pursuit by national authorities of long-term development, the protection and strengthening of basic services and the respect for humanitarian law and for human rights is essential for ensuring enhanced state presence and providing a sustainable solution to this crisis.
 
The European Union supports the efforts for comprehensive bilateral and regional cooperation to tackle these challenges. The recent visits of President Buhari to Niger and Chad and his upcoming visit to Cameroon are timely opportunities in this regard. 
 
 

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Minister Nicholson Strongly Condemns Repeated Terrorist Attacks in Cameroon

July 27, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms the latest terrorist attack in Cameroon. The bomb blast, which took place at a popular night spot on Saturday evening, claimed the lives of 21 people and wounded more than 85 others. The suicide attack took place in the town of Maroua, a strategic town in the fight against Boko Haram. This is the fifth suicide attack in less than two weeks in Cameroon where such attacks are unprecedented.

“Although Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for this attack, the terrorist organization is the likely perpetrator.

“These attacks serve only to strengthen our resolve to fight terrorism.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Canada listed Boko Haram as a terrorist entity in December 2013.

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