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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s public health agency says it doesn’t know how many of the continent’s reported monkeypox cases this year are in men who have sex with men, and it warned Thursday against “any stigmatization” that might delay case reporting and affect the outbreak response. The monkeypox cases reported in Europe and North America have almost exclusively involved gay and bisexual men, though health officials have said the virus can infect anyone who is in close, physical contact with an infected individual, their clothing or bedsheets. But “that indicator is not relevant in the African context,” the acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ahmed Ogwell, told reporters. Many of Africa’s 54 countries criminalize consensual same-sex relations to some extent. Ogwell was asked how the issue of men having sex with men could be ruled out as a factor in the largely conservative continent’s current outbreak if his agency had no statistics on it. “It’s not an issue here,” he said. “And frankly, we don’t want to make it an issue because we...
    By Wanjohi Kabukuru | Associated Press MOMBASA, Kenya — African officials outlined their priorities for the upcoming U.N. climate summit, including a push to make heavily polluting rich nations compensate poor countries for the environmental damage done to them. The continent will also focus on how countries can adapt to global warming and how the continent can best halt further climate-related disasters. Africa has seen debilitating droughts in the east and Horn of Africa and deadly cyclones in the south. Other key areas for discussion include moving from high-carbon energy sources like oil and gas to renewables, and “carbon credit” schemes, where foreign governments and companies pay for tree planting in exchange for producing greenhouse gases. The U.N. climate conference, known as COP27, will be held in Egypt in November. How much funding Africa gets is the biggest factor for how prepared it will be for a hotter future, said Harsen Nyambe, the director of sustainable environment at the African Union Commission. “We recall the $100 billion that was promised has never been fulfilled and current assessments show that even...
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — African officials outlined their priorities for the upcoming U.N. climate summit, including a push to make heavily polluting rich nations compensate poor countries for the environmental damage done to them. The continent will also focus on how countries can adapt to global warming and how the continent can best halt further climate-related disasters. Africa has seen debilitating droughts in the east and Horn of Africa and deadly cyclones in the south. Other key areas for discussion include moving from high-carbon energy sources like oil and gas to renewables, and “carbon credit” schemes, where foreign governments and companies pay for tree planting in exchange for producing greenhouse gases. The U.N. climate conference, known as COP27, will be held in Egypt in November. How much funding Africa gets is the biggest factor for how prepared it will be for a hotter future, said Harsen Nyambe, the director of sustainable environment at the African Union Commission. “We recall the $100 billion that was promised has never been fulfilled and current assessments show that even that amount is...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa still does not have a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine even though it’s the only continent to have documented deaths from the disease that’s newly declared a global emergency, its public health agency announced Thursday. “Let us get vaccines onto the continent,” the acting head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ahmed Ogwell, said in a weekly media briefing. He described a situation where the African continent of 1.3 billion people is again being left behind in access to doses in an uncomfortable echo of the COVID-19 pandemic. Less than a week ago, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox an “extraordinary” situation that qualifies as a global health emergency. To date, more than 20,000 cases have been reported in 77 countries. More than 2,100 monkeypox cases have been recorded in 11 African countries and 75 people have died, the Africa CDC director said. Although monkeypox has been established in parts of central and west Africa for decades, it was not known to spark large outbreaks beyond the continent or to...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emanuel Macron are each visiting several African countries this week. Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, went to Kenya and Somalia last week. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will go to Ghana and Uganda next week. “It’s like a new Cold War is playing out in Africa, where the rival sides are trying to gain influence,” said William Gumede, director of Democracy Works, a foundation promoting good governance. Lavrov, in his travels across the drought- and hunger-stricken continent, has sought to portray the West as the villain, blaming it for rising food prices, while the Western leaders have accused the Kremlin of cynically using food as a weapon and waging an imperial-style war of conquest — words calculated to appeal to listeners in post-colonial...
    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — African nations opened climate talks in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Wednesday to identify their priorities and come up with a common position ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Egypt in November, known as COP27. The talks come as the continent grapples with devastating cyclones in the south and a debilitating drought across the east and Horn of Africa. The continent of 1.2 billion people, which represents 17% of the world’s population, contributes less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions but suffers mightily from extreme weather events, which scientists have warned will become more frequent due to climate change. “Africa … is a vulnerability hotspot for climate change,” said Anna Tjärvar, a Swedish diplomat speaking at the forum, adding that adapting to climate change should be a priority for the continent. Officials are expected to decide whether to ask developing nations for reparations for environmental damage in Africa, known in climate circles as loss and damage. The U.N. estimates that African nations already spend between 2% and 9% of their national income...
    Abidjan, Ivory Coast (CNN)Food prices have been rising around the world, driven first by the Covid pandemic and poor harvests, and made worse by the conflict in Ukraine, which has hit exports of both wheat and fertilizer. Even with a new deal that would allow grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports, the impact of elevated prices could still be severe in Africa, which imports most of its food, and where the IMF forecasts inflation could reach as high as 12.2% this year.Nigerian billionaire Abdul Samad Rabiu says it's time for African countries to work together to create a food value chain across the continent, and produce more goods for domestic consumption.Rabiu is the CEO of BUA Group, a conglomerate in food processing, infrastructure, manufacturing and mining. His company has made investments across the continent to cut its reliance on imports from Europe and Asia.He spoke with CNN's Eleni Giokos last month at the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.Read MoreHigh inflation, food insecurity, energy prices: What are you going to do to solve some of these issues?Rabiu: Part...
    The “Africa-United States” Business Summit kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco, on Wednesday, July 20. It will last until Friday and will be attended by US government representatives, political leaders and representatives of the African business community, as well as decision makers and investors from the US private sector. On the menu: economy and business, in the background, the main issues of the fight against climate change and energy transition, but also food security, health, agriculture, infrastructure, new technologies or the digital divide. Upon taking office in January 2021, the US president made it a diplomatic priority to counter Russia’s growing influence in Africa, and especially in China. However, the latter has greatly advanced its pawns in recent years on the African continent, particularly through massive investments in infrastructure and mining resources. Catalyst billions of dollars Washington wants to play on the same playing field and partner with the private sector to mobilize “billions of dollars” in investments to support the African continent. “The United States seeks to promote billions of dollars in trade and investment relationships to create jobs...
    Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Akintoye Akindele is a man on a mission to build a new Africa and he is not afraid to fail to get there.Changing the continent's narrative will entail solving old problems while also harnessing the power of new technologies, says Akindele, a serial entrepreneur and investor from Nigeria.Speaking ahead of receiving the African Business Leader of the Year Award 2022 at the UK's House of Lords on Monday, Akindele told CNN the next big thing out of the continent will be the tech industry.With more exposure and through encouraging creativity by giving innovators permission to fail, Africa can take its tech sector global, repeating the success of its Afrobeats music industry, Akindele argues.Afrobeats has had a meteoric rise with songs by African artists topping charts and becoming a fixture at parties and nightclubs globally. At the recently held BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards 2022, in Los Angeles, the Nigerian duo of Wizkid and Tems fended off tough competition from more established US stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Doja Cat and Drake to win the Best Collaboration Award.Read MoreAfrica's...
    Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:53 p.m. JOHANNESBURG – Morocco’s ambassador to South Africa in Johannesburg on Tuesday said that Africa’s development inevitably fulfills the human aspirations of its people and the continent through a cohesive partnership. Yusuf Amrani pointed out. Speaking at a conference organized under the theme “Towards TICAD8: Improving Africa’s Economic Integration in the Post-Crisis”. Amrani recalled that African partnership elections lead to an ambition that focuses on human development. International view. According to the ambassador, the continent’s political decision makers maintain a synchronization of African approaches that “promise to advance Africa’s agenda of breaking the flaws of the past.” In this context of renewed political will towards end-of-life international cooperation, Mr. Amrani stressed the great importance of TICAD, which is a central, important and vital means of communicating with partners across the African continent. Its main purpose, in fact, is to pave the way for coherent and integrated initiatives that promote growth, but also to build understanding between Africa and Japan. Abundant in this sense, the Moroccan diplomat argued that TICAD was “formed by gaining relevance,...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — “Africa is actually taken hostage” in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid catastrophically rising food prices, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the African Union continental body during a closed-door address on Monday. It took weeks of requests for Zelenskyy to address African nations, many of whom retain close ties to Russia and failed to support a U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning the invasion earlier this year. Ukraine and the West hope to weaken those ties by emphasizing that Russia’s actions are to blame for dramatic shortages of wheat and edible oils and skyrocketing food and fuel prices across the African continent of 1.3 billion people. Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian exports is a “war crime,” the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said on Monday. “They are trying to use you and the suffering of the people to put pressure on the democracies that have imposed sanctions on Russia,” Zelenskyy told the AU, whose leaders recently met in Russia with President Vladimir Putin and echoed Moscow’s assertion that Western sanctions are in part to blame for the food...
    ARSENE WENGER has been slammed by Conmebol following comments made where he suggested Europe was the only continent capable of bringing through talent. The former Arsenal manager is now FIFA's chief of global development and he claimed Africa lacked the infrastructure required for footballers to reach their potential. 1Arsene Wenger has been criticised after comments made where he implied continents outside Europe lack the infrastructure needed for young talent to maximise their potentialCredit: Rex Features Conmebol, the South American football governing body, have taken offence to the comments. Wenger, 72, at the International Coaching Conference last month said that if PSG striker Kylian Mbappe: "had been born in Cameroon, he wouldn't have become the striker he is today. "There's Europe and there's rest of the world. "The latter needs help, otherwise we're going to miss a great deal of talent." READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Jesus 'wants to join' Gunners, Arsenal and Man Utd in 'heated' Vitinha duel Conmebol have written to FIFA to express their displeasure at the remarks. A statement read: "Wenger's words, show an...
    Flying over Antarctica, it’s hard to see what all the fuss is about. Like a gigantic wedding cake, the frosting of snow on top of the world’s largest ice sheet looks smooth and unblemished, beautiful and perfectly white. Little swirls of snow dunes cover the surface. But as you approach the edge of the ice sheet, a sense of tremendous underlying power emerges. Cracks appear in the surface, sometimes organized like a washboard, and sometimes a complete chaos of spires and ridges, revealing the pale blue crystalline heart of the ice below. As the plane flies lower, the scale of these breaks steadily grows. These are not just cracks, but canyons large enough to swallow a jetliner, or spires the size of monuments. Cliffs and tears, rips in the white blanket emerge, indicating a force that can toss city blocks of ice around like so many wrecked cars in a pileup. It’s a twisted, torn, wrenched landscape. A sense of movement also emerges, in a way that no ice-free part of the Earth can convey – the entire landscape is...
    By Wanjohi Kabukuru | Associated Press MOMBASA, Kenya — Better climate-related research and early warning systems are needed as extreme weather — from cyclones to drought — continues to inflict the African continent, said Sudanese billionaire and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, who heads up his own foundation. “We don’t have a voice on global climate discussions as we lack strong research capabilities,” Ibrahim told The Associated Press. Ibrahim said that Africa must help “shape the agenda” at the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Egypt in November, known as COP27. He added that weather stations across the country were sparse and unevenly distributed, leading to “critical” gaps in climate data. Experts say having a greater frequency of reliable data can help predict and plan for future extreme weather events, mitigating their impact on human life. Earlier this year a U.N. report by leading climate scientists said that determining climate change risks on the continent currently “relies on evidence from global studies that use data largely from outside of Africa.” The panel said global data, while good at estimating averages across the...
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Better climate-related research and early warning systems are needed as extreme weather — from cyclones to drought — continues to inflict the African continent, said Sudanese billionaire and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, who heads up his own foundation. “We don’t have a voice on global climate discussions as we lack strong research capabilities,” Ibrahim told The Associated Press. Ibrahim said that Africa must help “shape the agenda” at the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Egypt in November, known as COP27. He added that weather stations across the country were sparse and unevenly distributed, leading to “critical” gaps in climate data. Experts say having a greater frequency of reliable data can help predict and plan for future extreme weather events, mitigating their impact on human life. Earlier this year a U.N. report by leading climate scientists said that determining climate change risks on the continent currently “relies on evidence from global studies that use data largely from outside of Africa.” The panel said global data, while good at estimating averages across the world, lacks...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are feeling the bite of fuel price increases as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the rise in the Brent crude oil price. Neighboring Zimbabwe and other African countries are also grappling with increasing fuel prices. South Africa, the continent’s most developed economy, saw gas prices go above 24 rand ($1.50) per liter, more than $5.80 per gallon. Diesel prices also went up. The latest increases make fuel in South Africa about 40% more expensive than a year ago. To try to hold down the spike in price, the government has reduced its tax on fuel sales. The government said the increases were a result of the rise in the price of Brent crude oil. The fuel price increase is the latest addition to South Africa’s economic woes, which include a 34.5% unemployment rate and an economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in the loss of an estimated 2 million jobs. Economists are warning of further increases throughout the year, which will hit consumers already dealing...
    The 2022 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM, the largest annual meeting of the private sector in Africa, will take place on June 13 and 14, 2022 in Abidjan, C டிte d’Ivoire. As the world recovers from the impact of COVID-19, 10 years after its first edition, the event will focus on proposing new avenues for African development. Vaccine production, disruption of supply chains, digitalisation of economies, energy transformation … The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has accelerated the transition of economies towards new models. Whether it is support for sustainable growth, job creation or the growth of national and regional champions, the AFRICA CEO FORUM wants to work in public-private dialogue, which is essential to shape sovereign and autonomous Africa. For the first time since 2019, the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2022 will be held face to face and will welcome more than 1,500 business and government leaders. Maggie Sol, President of the Republic of Senegal; Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Mohamed Pasoom, President of the Republic of Niger; Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of...
    Russia's new Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile can demolish 'half the coast of a continent', schoolchildren and students have been told by a close ally of Vladimir Putin. The latest threat to unleash atomic weapons on the West was made by Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. He showed videos of multiple Russian strategic rockets at a 'federal educational marathon' called 'New Horizons', culminating in outlining the capability of the big beast Sarmat, also known as Satan-2, an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking targets at 15,880mph. 'Here you see the test launches of our missiles,' he boasted. 'The smallest are shown on Red Square parades… The largest will not fit on Red Square, as they are too big.' He told his young audience: 'Now you can see [on video] Topol, Yars, submarine missile Bulava ... and finally Sarmat… 'Such a missile [Sarmat] can demolish half of the coast of some large continent, which we may not like due to its aggressive policy.'
    LIVERPOOL are reportedly leading the race to sign Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni this summer. Julien Maynard claims Jurgen Klopp’s side are in pole position to land the France international in a mega-money coup. 1Liverpool are leading the race to sign Monaco midfielder Aurelien TchouameniCredit: Rex That’s despite interest from European heavyweights Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal. Tchouameni, 22, has been in terrific form this season, scoring five goals in 48 games for Monaco. The tenacious midfielder has also become a regular in Didier Deschamps’ international XI. And Tchouameni is seen by many as a future global superstar. READ MORE SUN STORIESTransfer news live Rice future EXCLUSIVE, Haaland CONFIRMED by City, Rudiger to Real DONE He has attracted interest from across the continent as a result. But it’s Liverpool who are frontrunners for Tchouameni’s signature. Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are both entering their golden years. And the Reds are keen on landing a quality player to ease straight into the side, just like Luis Diaz in attack. Most read in...
    Scientists investigating the underside of the world's largest ice sheet in Antarctica have discovered a city-size lake.  The lake, called Lake Snow Eagle, lies in a mile-deep canyon in the highlands of Antarctica's Princess Elizabeth Land, a few hundred miles from the coast. The lake's area is about 370 square km, or 142 square miles (30 miles long, 9 miles wide and 650 feet deep) – around the same as the city of Philadelphia.  It's under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is one of two large ice sheets in Antarctica and the largest ice sheet on the entire planet.  According to the scientists, sediments in Lake Snow Eagle might contain a history of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet since its earliest beginnings.  The coast of Antarctica’s Princess Elizabeth, near where the ice sheet meets the sea. Newly discovered Lake Snow Eagle lies a few hundred miles inland, under the same ice sheet Lake Snow Eagle lies in a mile-deep canyon in the highlands of Antarctica's Princess Elizabeth Land, a few hundred miles from the coast WHAT IS AN ICE SHEET? An ice...
    (CNN)Two years ago, "Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho called out American audiences. His charge? Americans don't know enough about movies outside their own borders."Once you overcome the 1-inch tall barrier of subtitles," he said, while accepting a Golden Globe award for his film, "you will be introduced to so many more amazing films."Now, Americans are seemingly consuming more international art than ever before. After winning at the Golden Globes, "Parasite" went on to win the biggest award in Hollywood: best picture at the Academy Awards. Some of Netflix's most-watched shows, like "Lupin" or "Squid Game" are from outside the US, dubbed or subtitled in English. And some of this year's most lauded films were international offerings -- Norway's "The Worst Person in the World" and Japan's "Drive My Car."Yet one continent has seemingly found itself outside the buzz: Africa. The continent has been producing more movies than ever, with 12 countries submitting films to the Oscars in 2021 -- a record. Meanwhile, Nigeria's commercial film industry, "Nollywood," only just began to emerge in the 1990s -- and is now considered...
    Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — The World Health Organization said that up to 65% of people in Africa have been infected with the coronavirus and estimates the number of actual cases may have been nearly 100 times more than those reported. In a new analysis released Thursday, the U.N. health agency reviewed 151 studies of COVID-19 in Africa based on blood samples taken from people on the continent between January 2020 and December 2021. WHO said that by last September, about 65% of people tested had some exposure to COVID-19, translating into about 800 million infections. In contrast, only about 8 million cases had been officially reported to WHO during that time period. “This undercounting is occurring worldwide and it’s no surprise that the numbers are particularly large in Africa where there are so many cases with no symptoms,” WHO’s Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said in a statement. WHO’s analysis found that a large proportion of people with COVID-19 — 67% — showed no symptoms when infected with the disease, a higher percentage than other world regions. Despite repeated warnings from...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization said that up to 65% of people in Africa have been infected with the coronavirus and estimates the number of actual cases may have been nearly 100 times more cases than those reported. In a new analysis released Thursday, the U.N. health agency reviewed 151 studies of COVID-19 in Africa based on blood samples taken from people on the continent between January 2020 and December 2021. WHO said that by last September, about 65% of people tested had some exposure to COVID-19, translating into about 800 million infections. In contrast, only about 8 million cases had been officially reported to WHO during that time period. “This undercounting is occurring worldwide and it’s no surprise that the numbers are particularly large in Africa where there are so many cases with no symptoms,” WHO’s Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said in a statement. WHO’s analysis found that a large proportion of people with COVID-19 — 67% — showed no symptoms when infected with the disease, a higher percentage than other world regions. Despite repeated...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Zoos across North America, including Chicago's very own Lincoln Park Zoo, are moving their birds indoors and away from people and wildlife as they try to protect them from the highly contagious and potentially deadly avian influenza, also known as the bird flu.The closest cases of the viral infection have been detected in Will County and the zoos are taking no chances.Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo and Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, are among the zoos taking extra precautions.Penguins may be the only birds visitors to many zoos can see right now, because they already are kept inside and usually protected behind glass in their exhibits."It is a deadly virus. Not only can it take the lives of birds, but it can spread very quickly," said Dave Bernier, with the Lincoln Park Zoo.It's a similar situation at Brookfield Zoo, where the majestic peacocks, geese and other fowl are being kept in holding areas where the zoo's veterinary staff can closely monitor them.Nearly 23 million chickens and turkeys have already been killed across the United...
    By Laurent Aventin. Until the end of 2021, no one will have survived the outbreak of Govt epidemic in Africa, however, the WHO is trying to vaccinate the African continent by methods that have already been proven in the West: then the fear of implementing a number of mandatory measures. People eventually agree. With the exception of South Africa, the incidence of goiter is very low in Africa. The country has conducted several vaccine trials since 2020 (Pfizer, Moderna, etc.). South Africa, where dominant variants such as Brazil, the UK, India and Brazil emerged, also had its variants, from which the last Omigron was formed. In this country and now a The vaccination rate is about 34% (At least one dose) and several Govt cases daily Does not exceed 390 Cases per day in 2 years (and only 50 to 60 cases per day from February 2022 and more than 5,000 daily cases at the peak of the epidemic on the 1st in FranceEr Quarter 2022). We addressed the question of the possible link between vaccination and infection File number....
    By Wanjohi Kabukuru | Associated Press MOMBASA, Kenya — From wind farms across the African coastline to geothermal projects in the east African rift valley, a new United Nations climate report on Monday brought the continent’s vast clean energy potential into the spotlight. If realized, these renewable energy projects could blunt the harshest global warming effects, power the continent’s projected economic development and lift millions out of poverty, the report said. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change report comes at a time when Africa’s renewable energy business is already booming. Many African nations are intensifying efforts to embrace alternative renewable energy pathways and shift away from fossil fuel dependency, with countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa taking the lead on large-scale clean energy adoption. Yet Africa has attracted just 2% — $60 billion — of the $2.8 trillion invested in renewables worldwide in the last two decades and accounts for only 3% of the world’s current renewable energy capacity. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) or 2C (3.6F), in line with...
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — From wind farms across the African coastline to geothermal projects in the east African rift valley, a new United Nations climate report on Monday brought the continent’s vast clean energy potential into the spotlight. If realized, these renewable energy projects could blunt the harshest global warming effects, power the continent’s projected economic development and lift millions out of poverty, the report said. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change report comes at a time when Africa’s renewable energy business is already booming. Many African nations are intensifying efforts to embrace alternative renewable energy pathways and shift away from fossil fuel dependency, with countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa taking the lead on large-scale clean energy adoption. Yet Africa has attracted just 2% — $60 billion — of the $2.8 trillion invested in renewables worldwide in the last two decades and accounts for only 3% of the world’s current renewable energy capacity. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) or 2C (3.6F), in line with the 2016 Paris climate...
    DANA WHITE admits bringing the UFC to Africa is "very big" on his bucket list - and he reckons he'll do so within 'the next five years'. The sport of mixed martial arts has experienced a seismic boom in the continent over the last five years and the region has become a huge emerging market for the UFC. 3The sport of MMA has exploded in Africa due to the UFC's African-born starsCredit: GETTY 3The UFC - MMA's top promotion - currently boasts three African championsCredit: UFC 3And UFC president Dana White is desperate to bring the promotion to AfricaCredit: AP MMA's rapid growth in the region has been in boom has in no small part been down to Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou capturing the UFC's welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight titles. White is all too aware of the growing demand for the promotion touch down on the continent and is hellbent on making the dreams of fans - and that of several fighters on the roster - a reality. When asked for a timeline for the UFC's first...
    President Joe Biden and European Union President Ursula von der Leyen announced a deal on Friday to secure additional liquefied natural gas supplies for Europe in order to help wean the continent off it its dangerous addiction to Russian energy. As part of the plan, the U.S. and other nations will boost the supply of liquefied natural gas to European countries by the end of 2022 with at least 15 billion cubic meters, the White House announced. Even larger shipments would be delivered in the future. The duo also announced the creation of a joint task force to 'reduce Europe's dependence on Russian fossil fuels and strengthen European energy,' according to a White House fact sheet.  The deal is also aimed at helping Biden's climate goals with a push to get European nations to reduce their dependency on gas.  President Joe Biden and European Union President Ursula von der Leyen announced a deal to secure additional liquefied natural gas supplies for Europe Earlier this week, Von der Leyen said 'we are aiming at having a commitment for additional supplies for the next...
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Council of Europe has excluded Russia from the continent’s foremost human rights body. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The head of Africa Command warned members of Congress about the multitude of threats to the United States emanating from the continent in testimony on Tuesday. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of AFRICOM, testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he laid out the terrorism landscape and provided insight into Russia's and China’s investments in Africa. “Due to a lack of effective governance and counter-terrorism pressure,” the terror group al-Shabaab “has only grown stronger and bolder over the past year,” while “Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslmin, or JNIM, has metastasized into a powerful, sprawling terrorist network now threatening Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and littoral West Africa,” he said in his written testimony. 'BOMBING OUR SUPPLY LINES WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING,' UKRAINIAN VOLUNTEER PROCLAIMS Townsend also expressed concern about the Islamic State, which he said exploits “ungoverned spaces, including recognition and creation of new branches elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa," which "has increased the groups’ ability to destabilize local governments, exploit fragility and instability factors, and drive radicalism.” The Army general warned lawmakers that violent extremist organizations have “shifted their weight...
    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — People stand when Dr. Matshidiso Moeti enters a room at the World Health Organization’s Africa headquarters in the Republic of Congo and they listen intently to what she says. Small in stature and big in presence, Moeti is the first woman to lead WHO’s regional Africa office, the capstone of her trailblazing career in which she has overcome discrimination in apartheid South Africa to become one of the world’s top health administrators. As WHO Africa chief, Moeti initiates emergency responses to health crises in 47 of the continent’s 54 countries and recommends policies to strengthen their health care systems. Since her appointment in 2015, Moeti has grappled with the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, in West Africa. She has also has had to handle lingering criticism of WHO’s spending and hiring in Africa as it also deals with allegations of sexual assault by contractors during Congo’s Ebola crisis. From 2020, the start of her second term, Moeti has faced her toughest professional and personal challenge: helping Africa respond to the coronavirus pandemic as...
    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — People stand when Dr. Matshidiso Moeti enters a room at the World Health Organization’s Africa headquarters in Republic of Congo. Small in stature, big in presence, Moeti is the first woman to lead WHO’s regional Africa office, the capstone of her trailblazing career in which she has overcome discrimination in apartheid South Africa to become one of the world’s top health administrators. As WHO Africa chief, Moeti initiates emergency responses to health crises in 47 of the continent’s countries and recommends policies to strengthen their health care systems. Since her appointment in 2015, Moeti has grappled with the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, in West Africa. Now Moeti is facing her toughest challenge: helping Africa respond to the coronavirus pandemic as the continent trails the rest of the world in testing and vaccination efforts. She has become one of the world’s most compelling voices urging better consideration of Africa’s people — especially women, who’ve in many ways been hit hardest by COVID. Her identity as an African woman has been both a strength...
    Disappearance – 34 million years ago, the Balkanadolia was home to unique species that disappeared when it merged with Europe and Asia. A Forgotten Continent, Unusual Animals Nowhere Else on This Planet … You might think the story came from a fairy tale, however it is actually a very serious science fiction, published Earth Science Reviews (March 2022). This continent is called Balkanadolia. It disappeared 34 million years ago and was absorbed by the European tectonic plate. But before it disappeared, it was inhabited by a unique fauna whose traces can be traced back to the soils of southern Europe, the borders of the Balkans and Turkey. Read more“We see a new type of dinosaur every week” “Excavation teams first discovered some of the most unusual animal fossils in the area,” Says Alexis Liszt, paleo and bio-geologist at CNRS, the first author of the publication. Marsupials close to South American animals and the oldest cats that disappeared from Europe 55 million years ago. We also found mammals, whose morphology is similar to that of hippos, but they are not. ...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Moderna signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenya’s government on Monday for the drugmaker’s first mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Africa, the company said. The goal is to produce up to 500 million doses of vaccines a year for the African continent, Moderna said in a statement. The focus is on drug substance manufacturing, it said, though the facility could be expanded to include fill-and-finish work. “In parallel, Moderna is also working on plans to allow it to fill doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Africa as early as 2023, subject to demand,” the company said. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the huge need for vaccine manufacturing on the African continent, which remains the least-vaccinated region in the world against the coronavirus. The continent relies on imports for about 99% of its vaccine needs, the World Health Organization has said. Frustrated by richer nations’ vaccine hoarding, African leaders joined together to pursue the goal of bringing more vaccine manufacturing to the continent of 1.3 billion people. In October, Senegal and Rwanda signed an agreement with BioNTech for...
    (CNN)"It's very emotional for me because I see European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed." These were the words of Ukraine's Deputy Chief Prosecutor, David Sakvarelidze, during a recent BBC interview about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.It wasn't so much what he said, it was more what was implied; that not all lives have equal value. And that idea -- the belief that some races are superior to others -- is a fundamental principle of racism. It's alarming to me that Sakvarelidze was left unchallenged during his interview. As a Black, African woman without the benefit of blue eyes or blonde hair, it's been equally emotional to see the number of racist and ignorant comments in the coverage on Ukraine that have passed unchallenged by the interviewers and media platforms that have aired them. CBS, Aljazeera, France's BFM TV and ITV have all reported the invasion in ways that illustrate deep bias, informed by a belief system that screams of an old-world, White-led, order. ITV News correspondent Lucy Watson on ITV reporting back to the studio summed...
    Nikole Hannah-Jones, the primary author of the widely-discredited “1619 Project,” drew more criticism and ridicule from fellow Twitter users over the weekend when she declared Europe is “not a continent by definition,” and referred to the alarm over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its people, who “appear white,” as a racial “dog whistle.” “What if I told you Europe is not a continent by definition, but a geopolitical fiction to separate it from Asia and so the alarm about a European, or civilized, or First World nation being invaded is a dog whistle to tell us we should care because they are like us,” Hannah-Jones tweeted, as Fox News noted. What if I told you Europe is not a continent by defintion, but a geopolitical fiction to separate it from Asia and so the alarm about a European, or civilized, or First World nation being invaded is a dog whistle to tell us we should care because they are like us. — Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) February 27, 2022 “To be clear: We should care about Ukraine,” Hannah-Jones said...
    Left-wing New York Times reporter and controversial 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones was slammed online after accusing journalists covering the Russian invasion into Ukraine of “racialized analysis and language” in their reporting, indicating their “sympathy” for white victims of conflict and refugees in particular while claiming Europe is a fictional continent intended to separate it from non-“civilized” nations. On Sunday, Hannah-Jones, author of the debunked New York Times 1619 Project, called on fellow journalists to “look internally” regarding acknowledging their racial biases in their coverage of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Every journalist covering Ukraine should really, really look internally. This is why I say we should stop pretending we have objectivity and in instead acknowledge our biases so that we can report against them,” she wrote. “Many of us see the racialized analysis and language.” Every journalist covering Ukraine should really, really look internally. This is why I say we should stop pretending we have objectivity and in instead acknowledge our biases so that we can report against them. Many of us see the racialized analysis and language....
    Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times writer behind the controversial 1619 Project, has moved on from history to geography with the puzzling pronouncement that Europe is not a continent, and it is apparently racist to believe otherwise. Jones, who tweets under the handle "Ida Bae Wells," was met with a torrent of Twitter mockery Sunday after making the claim while discussing the war in Ukraine. As with her prize-winning, but fact-challenged, historical position that the United States began not with the Revolutionary War, but with the much earlier importation of slaves to North America, Jones was met by online bemusement. FULL COVERAGE OF THE WAR IN UKRAINE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER "What if I told you Europe is not a continent by defintion (sic), but a geopolitical fiction to separate it from Asia and so the alarm about a European, or civilized, or First World nation being invaded is a dog whistle to tell us we should care because they are like us," Jones asked. What if I told you Europe is not a continent by defintion, but a geopolitical...
    NATO has ordered its commanders to prepare to defend allied territory after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine, putting hundreds of warplanes and ships on alert. The order to intensify military preparations to defend NATO territory comes after the alliance agreed to increase troop numbers on its eastern flank.   NATO's order came as world leaders decried the start of the invasion that could cause massive casualties, topple Ukraine's democratically elected government and threaten the post-Cold War balance.  The alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he had convened a virtual emergency summit of the NATO's 30 nations for Friday. The summit is set to include U.S. President Joe Biden, and they would be joined by the leaders of Sweden, Finland and European Union institutions. NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (pictured on Thursday) said he had convened a virtual emergency summit of the NATO's 30 nations for Friday Russian forces invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on Thursday, confirming the worst fears of the West with the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War Two. 'Peace on our continent...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO secretary-general says Russia has launched war on Ukraine and shattered peace on the European continent. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Prime minister Scott Morrison, on Tuesday, February 22, unveiled a plan of more than half a billion euros to accelerate the study of the White Continent. Many see it as his intention to ward off Chinese appetites above all else and risk creating an arms race. Drones, autonomous vehicles, helicopters … Australia plans to use enormous means to continue its exploration of Antarctica. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday, February 22, that 804 million Australian dollars or 512 million euros would be spent over the next ten years on the project, according to reports Brisbane Times. This investment “Will allow us to explore areas within East Antarctica that no country has been able to reach to date”, Scott Morrison insisted in a statement. The whole thing is officially triggered by scientific considerations. Still others make mistakes. Canberra’s announcement comes “At a time of growing concern about the actions of China and Russia on the continent”, Fall Brisbane Times. More precisely, the Australian channel is rich ABC News On its website, “China has expanded its presence and operations within...
    An ancient forgotten continent that was wedged between Europe, Africa and Asia has been rediscovered. It covers the present-day Balkans and Anatolia and has been dubbed Balkanatolia by researchers.  They say the continent may have allowed Asian mammals to colonise Europe some 34 million years ago, having previously been separated from neighbouring continents.  However, a major glaciation 34 million years ago likely lead to the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet, lowering sea levels in the process and connecting Balkanatolia to western Europe, according to the team.  A lost continent that was wedged between Europe, Africa and Asia has been rediscovered. It covers the present-day Balkans and Anatolia and has been dubbed Balkanatolia (pictured) WHAT WAS THE GRANDE COUPURE?  The Grande Coupure was an extinction event which happened around 34 million years ago. It saw more than two-thirds of mammals in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula disappear during the Eocene-Oligocene transition, a period marked by global cooling and drops in sea level. In Eurasia, these global environmental impacts led to a mass extinction of marine organisms, plants, and land animals.  It...
    Europe : Eastern Europe was affected by this in the week of September 20 to 26 Very marked and early cold air flow. Temperature anomalies in Europe and around the world on September 22, 2021 – Climatereanalyzer For example, on the morning of September 20, frosts were abundant over western Russia -6.3°C In Magnitogorsk, the decadent log is cold in this resort. Minimum temperature in eastern Europe on September 20, 2021 – Ogimet This cold then spread south to the east of the continent again with the lowest minimums and highs sometimes not exceeding 10 ° C. -1°C Found in Florina, in northern Greece, i.e. in northern Greece. New monthly cold record At low altitude stations (less than 1000 meters), the old record of 0.0 ° C at the same station on September 30, 1977 so a degree was broken! Minimum temperature in southeastern Europe on 24/09/2021 – Ogimet In addition to these cool minimum temperatures in large areas, Snow Northern made its mid-return to Turkish reliefs First time of the season, Fall in large quantities at...
    (CNN)African countries are on course to control the coronavirus and its emerging variants this year, the World Health Organization's regional head for the continent has said.African countries have faced a number of challenges since the first outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in February 2020, including the impact of lockdowns on economies and livelihoods, and inequities in accessing vaccines.However, the continent also saw relatively modest infection and fatality rates, with a higher number of recoveries when compared to cases reported globally, according to data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)."Over the past two years, the African continent has gotten smarter, faster, and better at responding to each new surge in cases of Covid-19," said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti."We are finally able to say that if current trends hold, there is light at the end of the tunnel. As long as we remain vigilant, and we act intensely particularly on vaccination, the continent is on track for controlling the pandemic," Moeti told a press briefing Thursday.Read MoreAfrica CDC says severe lockdowns no longer...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa is moving to the “control phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased vaccination rates will be crucial in helping the continent live with the disease, the World Health Organization’s Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said Thursday. “Although COVID-19 will be with us for the long term, there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Moeti said. “This year we can end the disruption and destruction the virus has left in its path, and gain back control over our lives.” Africa is heading toward “what might become a kind of endemic, living with the virus … I believe that we are transitioning from the pandemic phase and we will now need to manage the presence of this virus,” she said, addressing reporters at a virtual media briefing. “Over the past two years, the African continent has gotten smarter, faster and better at responding to each new surge in cases of COVID-19,” said Moeti. “Against the odds, including huge inequities in access to vaccinations, we’ve weathered the COVID-19 storm with resilience and determination … But COVID-19 has cost...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA is hellbent on bringing the UFC to Africa before he walks away from the sport of mixed martial arts. Africa has experienced an explosion of interest in MMA over the last three years, with demand for the sport growing with each passing pay-per-view event. 5There has been an explosion of interest in MMA and the UFC in Africa over the last three yearsCredit: GETTY 5The UFC's three African-born champs have been responsible for the MMA boon on the continentCredit: UFC 5And middleweight king Israel Adesanya is determined to bring a UFC card to AfricaCredit: GETTY The boom has in large part been down to Kamaru Usman, Adesanya and Francis Ngannou's respective capturing of the welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight titles. The historic significance of the trio's title reigns is something Nigeria's Adesanya is very much aware of and hopes will culminate with the UFC eventually touching down on 'the great continent.' Adesanya, an ambassador for leading cryptocurrency betting and gaming operator Stake.com, told SunSport: "100 per cent [it's something I have to tick off]. "Because what me, Kamaru and...
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa’s top health official is launching a campaign to enlist young people to encourage vaccinations, as just 11.3% of the continent’s 1.3 billion people are vaccinated against COVID-19. Youths will be encouraged “to play an active role” in ramping up inoculations across the continent where the vaccination rate is far below other regions in the world, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director John Nkengasong said Thursday. Africa so far has 10.8 million confirmed infections and 240,000 deaths and vaccination efforts have been accelerating as vaccines doses are “becoming readily available” on the continent, Nkengasong said. In the last four weeks, Africa has seen an average 10% decrease in new cases, he said. Of the 597 million doses of vaccines that Africa has so far received, 64% have been administered, he said. The campaign tagged “African Youths for COVID-19 vaccination: Initiative for Saving Lives, Saving Livelihoods” “will be an important initiative” as the median age of Africa’s population at 19.5 years, Nkengasong said. “At least 70% of the population are less than 30,...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African continent is on course to reach its target of vaccinating at least 70% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on Thursday. The continental public health agency said it has been encouraged by a surge in vaccinations in countries like Nigeria, where vaccine hesitancy appears to be waning with the destruction of expired doses and increased availability of vaccines. About 11% of the continent’s 1.3 billion population is fully vaccinated. Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said the continent’s vaccination target is achievable if current trends are maintained and vaccinations ramped up across countries. “If those trends we have seen across several countries are maintained, then we remain hopeful that we should be going to that target,” he said. Nkengasong said studies including those conducted by the Africa CDC “point to the fact that on average, about 80% of the population of countries that have been studied are ready to receive the vaccines.” However, “each time there is noise about...
    (CNN)Away from questions about whether the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) would take place amid the pandemic, the tiny archipelago nation of Comoros has been preparing for its debut on the continent's biggest stage.The achievement of qualifying for Africa's biennial football tournament is difficult to overstate given the size and footballing history of Comoros.Located just off the east coast of Africa, it is the continent's fourth-smallest country with a population of less than 900,000. Nicknamed Les Coelacanthes (the Coelacanths) -- that moniker coming from a rare species of tropical fish which inhabits the native waters of the Indian Ocean -- the team was only admitted as a member of FIFA, football's global governing body, in 2005.The dream of reaching the AFCON finals became a reality in March 2021 after a typically hard-fought 0-0 draw against Togo, but the story of Comoros' unlikely success can be traced back to 2014 when head coach Amir Abdou took over with a new vision for the team.In light of Comoros' limited footballing infrastructure, Abdou chose to lean on the nation's diaspora, particularly in...