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Africa: What Africa Needs to Boost Trade With the U.S. - [allAfrica]Ahead of the United States-Africa summit which President Barack Obama is convening next week, southern African trade expert Joshua Setipa outlines what he would say if he was to present Africa's case in Washington.
Africa: White Paper on 'Africa Forum' Pre-Summit Dialogue Released - [FEEEDS]Washington, DC -Sponsors of the Africa Forum on July 10, 2014 have released their White Paper Report on the Forum - a Dialogue on Key African Issues prior to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit event August 4-6, 2014.
Liberia: Sirleaf Doubling Down on Ebola - Sending VP to U.S.-Africa Summit - [Liberia Govt]Monrovia -My fellow citizens: Today, in continuation of our efforts to combat the deadly Ebola virus, I am pleased to launch the National Action Plan presented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in partnership with the World Health Organization.
Tanzania: Analysts, MP Raise Questions Over Leaked Gas Contract - [AlertNet]Dar es Salaam/Washington -A leaked contract showing ExxonMobil and Norway's Statoil will pay Tanzania no more than 50 percent of the profits from a natural gas field in the Indian Ocean has stirred a furore in the east African country.
Africa: Last-Minute Unesco Lobbying Brings SDG Science Success - [SciDev.Net]Last-minute lobbying by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is said to have helped reinstate some of science and research commitments into the draft of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released this month (19 July).
Guinea: 24 Killed in Stampede at Concert Marking End of Ramadan - [VOA]At least 24 people were killed in a stampede at a beachside concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital, the French news agency AFP reported.
Africa: Mixed Results for Yellow Cassava's Vitamin A Trial - [SciDev.Net]Wageningen -Eating yellow cassava bred to be richer in beta-carotene increased the level of vitamin A in children's blood by only a small amount, according to new results.
Libya: Libya Says Italy to Help Fight Depot Blaze - [Deutsche Welle]Libya says seven fire-fighting planes are being sent by Italy and the Italian energy giant ENI to douse the inferno at a Tripoli oil depot. Fighting between militias nearby has prompted more residents to flee.
Somalia: Food Shortages Worsened By NGO Policy, Anti-Terror Laws - [African Arguments]As the UN warns of an impending famine in Somalia, it is important to look at the track record of aid organisations in responding to emergencies in the country. This will help explain what should be done to aid local communities in becoming better prepared.
Africa: Secure Land Rights: Food Security Depends On It - [Focus on Land]What do land tenure security and food security have to do with one another? A lot. However, only recently has this relationship begun to receive the attention it deserves.
Liberia: Slight Improvement for Doctor with Ebola - [Samaritan's Purse]Monrovia -The Samaritan's Purse physician and a missionary working with a partner organization remain in serious condition
Africa: Commission Seeks New Ways to Govern the Internet - [SciDev.Net]Innovative approaches to governing the internet are needed, say experts from a new global internet policy commission set up to find and propose such solutions to governments over the next two years.
South Africa: Excessive Force Used at Marikana, Advocate Says - [SAPA]Pretoria -The force used against protesting Marikana miners, leading to 34 deaths, was disproportionate, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Wednesday.
West Africa: No Need for Ebola Panic in South Africa, Health Minister Says - [SAPA]Cape Town -There is no need for South Africans to panic following the outbreak of the ebola virus in West Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday.
South Africa: New Small Business Ministry Gets Off On Wrong Foot - [SACSIS]South Africans of all stripes often lament the general lack of entrepreneurial success and limited support for its development in the country.
Africa: Building a Brighter Future for African Researchers - [SciDev.Net]Nairobi -For many years, Irene Wattanga has been one of only a handful of women working as a university mathematics lecturer in Kenya. She first worked as an assistant lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Nairobi, before becoming a fully-fledged lecturer in the late 1990s.
Liberia: EU Scales up Funding in Response to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - [European Commission]Brussels/Dakar -The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission's aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million.
Ghana: City of Takoradi and Its Uneasy Affair With Oil - [Deutsche Welle]When the oil began to gush, Ghana was determined to avoid the 'resource curse.' But the prosperity many had hoped for in the coastal city of Sekondi-Takoradi has so far trickled down to just a tiny minority.
South Sudan: Famine Looming - [Deutsche Welle]The UN is warning of a famine in war-torn South Sudan where more than a million people have been displaced. Many can no longer work in the fields in a country where 95 percent of the population depends on farming.
Algeria: Algeria Rules Out Terrorism in Mali Plane Crash - [Magharebia]Algiers -Algeria ruled out terrorism as the cause of the plane crash that killed 118 people last Thursday in northern Mali.
South Africa: Evicted Residents Still Without Services Two Years Later - [Health-e]In 2012, Jouberton residents were evicted from what was allegedly municipal land. Two years, more than 500 households share just three water taps.
Gambia: President Jammeh Condemns Israel's 'Extraordinary Brutality' - [The Point]President Yahya Jammeh has strongly condemned the "extraordinary brutality" being shown by the Israelis in Gaza, and pointed out that even though "nobody is condemning them, Allah would condemn them".
Africa: USA/Africa - a Dubious Summit - [AfricaFocus]"Starting August 4, the Obama Administration will host a mini replica of an African Union (AU) summit. As many as 40 heads of state from the continent will be on hand for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, a conference that will look at ways to boost trade and investment in the continent, tap into Africa's burgeoning youth population, and promote good governance. ... Unfortunately, unless a major change is made, the summit risks simply becoming an AU heads of state road trip with a photo-op at the end to
Zambia: Guy Scott Volunteers Some Details On Sata's Health in Mangango - [Zambia Reports]Vice President Guy Scott has arrived in Mangango Constituency for campaigns and was after a long time without persuasion able to volunteer to talk about the health of President Michael Sata.
Kenya: Kamba Women Not for Free, Says Busia Women Rep Mutua - [The Star]Busia Women Representative Florence Mutua has rubbished claims that Kamba women are too cheap and can be given out for free.
South Africa: SA to Attend Inauguration of Mauritania's Abdel Aziz - [SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday travel to Mauritania for the inauguration of that country's president-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
South Africa: Rebels With a Cause? Why Mantashe Is Seeing Red Over the EFF - [Daily Maverick]Throw in the words "fascist", "anarchy", "destruction", "paramilitary", and "rebel movement", group them all in one paragraph to describe a political organisation in South Africa, and you have to wonder if a coup is in progress or imminent. When these words are uttered by the secretary general of the ruling party, not a deranged doomsayer, it could be time to start building bunkers and stocking up on candles and tinned food. Gwede Mantashe says it is time for South Africa to "wake up and smell the coff
Kenya: Kenya's Tourism Crisis - Al Shabaab Hits Where It Hurts the Most - [Daily Maverick]If the Kenyan government is to be believed, tourist arrivals are down a little bit on last year. Hotel operators tell a different story, speaking of a crisis rather than a decline. It's a potentially devastating blow for Kenya's economy. For this, Kenyan has got Al Shabaab and an increasingly misguided invasion of Somalia to thank.
South Africa: Platinum Future - Provide Dignity, Prevent Strikes - [Daily Maverick]The platinum strikes may seem a distant memory to those not working in the industry. While the companies figure out how they're going to cover the losses and the high increases, work is underway to address some of the underlying causes of the unrest, such as housing. Little has been done, but this could be the year that changes it all.
Zambia: Sata Makes Surprise Public Appearance - [Zambia Reports]After having scheduled and then cancelled three different swearing in ceremonies to appoint Zambia's Attorney General and Solicitor General, today President Michael Sata finally appeared to officiate the event.
BBC News - Africa

The latest stories from the Africa section of the BBC News web site.

Ebola: Liberia shuts all schools - Liberia's government announced it is closing down all schools across the country and deploying troops to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Six dead in Nigeria college blast - At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, witnesses say.
Guinea concert stampede 'kills 34' - At least 34 people have reportedly died in a stampede in Guinea, during a concert marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Cameroon army officers sacked - Cameroon's President Paul Biya sacks two senior army officers at the forefront of the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state radio reports.
Somali 'killed for not wearing veil' - Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say.
France evacuates expats from Libya - The French government says it has evacuated French and British nationals from Libya, as battles rage between government forces and militias.
Airline sued over pilot abuse claims - British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.
Child malaria vaccine 'milestone' - Scientists say the world's first malaria vaccine provides children with continuing protection against the disease and may be in use by 2015.
Libya militias seize Benghazi base - A special forces base in Libya has been seized by militias, the fighters and officials say, as a blaze continues at a fuel depot in the capital Tripoli.
Gold medallist fails drugs test - Weightlifting gold medallist Chika Amalaha of Nigeria is provisionally suspended from Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test.
Burundi's opposition 'targeted' - Burundi's opposition is facing a "relentless campaign of intimidation" from the ruling party ahead of elections next year, Amnesty International says.
Strike ends in South Africa - A four-week strike in South Africa's steel and engineering industries has come to an end after the country's biggest trade union sealed a deal with employers.
VIDEO: The challenge of tackling Ebola - Scientists have been aware of Ebola since the mid-1970s, but so far no vaccine or cure has been developed.
VIDEO: Inside a laboratory battling Ebola - Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar takes a look around a makeshift laboratory trying to battle the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
VIDEO: 'I survived Ebola outbreak' - Saa Sabas, 41, caught Ebola from a relative but recovered.
AUDIO: Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola - The doctor who spearheaded the fight against Ebola has died after becoming infected from treating patients. Shortly before his death Dr Khan spoke to the BBC's Umaru Fofana.
VIDEO: Ebola victim, four months, laid to rest - The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar reports from south-east Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak first started in March 2014.
VIDEO: No Eid respite for CAR muslims - Andrew Harding reports on the ongoing violence in the Central Africa Republic.
VIDEO: Fire rages at Libya fuel depot - Italy has offered to help extinguish a huge blaze that has engulfed the biggest fuel depot in the Libyan capital
VIDEO: Algeria flight 'asked to turn back' - The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, has confirmed that the pilots of a plane that crashed in Mali last Thursday had asked for a change of course.
Letter from Africa: Will Chibok parents switch sides? - Why has it taken Nigeria's leader so long to meet Chibok parents?
Letter from Africa: Ghana's own goals? - How one Ghana fan coped with World Cup
VIDEO: Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling? - Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling?
African countries adopt hi-tech tourism - Africa's tourism is booming thanks to effective use of technology
Joining up Ghana's healthcare to save lives - Using tech to save mothers and babies in Ghana
Does Nigeria have an image problem? - Are Nigerians too touchy about how they are viewed?
Is Nigeria ready to lead Africa? - Is Nigeria ready to become the continent's leader?
South Sudan in pictures: Threat of famine - Images reveal impact of war, including boy born in Nile marshes
In pictures: Battling Ebola in West Africa - Life and death as West Africa battles Ebola outbreak
In pictures: Yoga in Sierra Leone - Seeking inner peace to overcome Sierra Leone's war
Your pictures: South Africa - Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa
In pictures: Mixing graffiti and calligraphy in Tunisia - The Tunisian who painted the prison which once held his father
In pictures: Uganda's 'Pimp My Ride' garage - Photos of vehicles remodelled to look like crocodiles
In pictures: Excavating past crimes in Somaliland - Images of excavating past crimes in Somaliland graves
Algeria profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
Angola profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this south-west African country which has been a major oil producer
Benin country profile - Provides an overview, facts and figures and history of this West African nation seen as one of the continent's most stable countries
Botswana profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of Botswana, a major diamond producer in Southern Africa
Burkina Faso profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this West African nation
Burundi country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for Burundi, this small country in Africa
Cameroon country profile - Provides an overview of Cameroon, including key events and facts about this former French and British colony in Africa
Cape Verde profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Central African Republic profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this land-locked African country
Chad profile - Provides an overview of Chad, including key events and facts about this African country
Comoros country profile - Provides an overview of the Comoros, including key events and facts about this island nation off the coast of Africa
Republic of Congo profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Democratic Republic of Congo profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Djibouti profile - Provides an overview of Djibouti, including key events and facts.
Egypt profile - Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
Equatorial Guinea profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea profile - Provides an overview of Eritrea, including key events and facts for this country on the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia profile - Provides an overview of Ethiopia, including key events and facts about this ancient former Christian empire in northeast Africa.
Gabon country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
The Gambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about The Gambia.
Ghana country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
Guinea country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this west African country.
Guinea-Bissau profile - Provides an overview as well as key facts, figures and dates for this west African country
Ivory Coast profile - Provides an overview of Ivory Coast, including key events and facts about this west African country recently plagued by civil war.
Kenya country profile - Provides an overview of Kenya, including key events and facts of this East African country.
Lesotho country profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of his small country completely surrounded by South Africa
Liberia profile - Provides an overview of Liberia, including key events and facts about this West African country
Libya country profile - Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.
Madagascar country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this island nation which lies off Africa
Malawi country profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Malawi
Mali country profile - Concise information about Mali and its people, including figures for area, population, main languages, religions, exports, and more.
Mauritania country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
Mauritius country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Mauritius, including key events and facts about this ethnically diverse Indian Ocean island nation
Morocco country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
Mozambique country profile - Provides an overview of Mozambique, including key events and facts about this former Portuguese colony and its recovery from a long civil war in the 1980s.
Namibia country profile - Provides an overview of Namibia, including key events and facts about this sparsely populated but stable country on Africa's south-west coast.
Niger country profile - Provides an overview of Niger, including key events and facts about this arid state on the southern rim of the Sahara.
Nigeria profile - Provides an overview of Nigeria, including key events and facts about this oil-rich country with multiple ethnic and religious divides.
Rwanda country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Rwanda, including key events and facts about this East African country that is still recovering from the genocide of 1994.
Sao Tome and Principe profile - Provides an overview of Sao Tome and Principe, including key events and facts about this oil-rich island nation - one of Africa's smallest states.
Senegal profile - Provides an overview of Senegal, including key events and facts about this west African country
Seychelles profile - Provides an overview as well as facts and figures on this island state situated off the coast of Africa
Sierra Leone country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this west African country
Somalia profile - Provides an overview of Somalia, including key events and facts about this civil war-wracked country on the Horn of Africa.
South Africa profile - Provides an overview of South Africa, including key events and facts about this diverse country on Africa's southern tip.
South Sudan profile - Provides an overview of South Sudan, including key events and facts about Africa's newest nation
Sudan country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Swaziland profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this small southern African kingdom
Tanzania country profile - Provides an overview of Tanzania, including key facts and events as well as news
Togo profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Togo
Tunisia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
Uganda profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Uganda.
Zambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zambia.
Zimbabwe profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zimbabwe.
Ceuta, Melilla profile - An overview
Puntland profile - An overview
Reunion profile - Provides an overview, key facts and dates for this Indian Ocean island
Somaliland profile - An overview
St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha profiles - An overview
Western Sahara profile - An overview
Zanzibar profile - Provides an overview and key facts for the semi-autonomous, island territory that lies off Africa
Toure confirms future is at Man City - Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he wants to stay at the Premier League club for "as long as possible".
Zamalek end the reign of coach Mido - Former Egypt international striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam is "relieved of his duties" as coach of Egyptian side Zamalek.
Saving lives on the Ebola front line - How Guinea is coping with the worst outbreak in history
Your questions to Tulip Mazumdar - Ask BBC health reporter Tulip Mazumdar about Ebola outbreak
Ebola voices: Fighting the deadly virus in Guinea - 'I am proud to have helped cure Ebola patients'
CAR crisis: Meeting the rebel army chief - Why CAR's rebels are turning their backs on the nation state
Letter from Africa: Ebola invasion - Why the deadly Ebola virus is terrorising West Africa
Nollywood finds its global audience online - Nigeria's film industry finds new audiences online
CAR crisis: Silent majority held hostage - How CAR's armed youths hold a silent majority hostage
Ethiopian mother angry over murdered son - An Ethiopian mother's disbelief at violent student crackdown
Africa in pictures: 18-24 July 2014 - High fashion, eating caterpillars and cunning camouflage