African & Middle East News Feed


Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

published on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:04:58 +0000
Iraq depends on oil revenues, which have plummeted. The country is so desperate it is asking for donations to help it weather the pandemic.

Egypt’s Female Lion Tamers Show the Men How to Do It

published on Sun, 29 Mar 2020 07:00:13 +0000
The broader struggle for women’s equality may be lagging in Egypt, but six women dominate the field of lion taming in the country.

U.S. Cuts Health Care Aid to Yemen Despite Worries About Coronavirus

published on Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:51:32 +0000
The Trump administration cited interference by Houthi rebels. But humanitarian groups and some Democrats asked for a delay because of the pandemic.

Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander

published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:57:46 +0000
A secret Pentagon directive orders planning to try to destroy a militia group backed by Iran, but America’s top general in Iraq cautions of the risks.

As Turkey Ends Inquiry, Prospects Dim for Justice in Khashoggi Killing

published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:09:46 +0000
Efforts to hold Saudi officials accountable for the killing of the dissident journalist continue, but any punishment appears unlikely.

Benny Gantz, Breaking Vows, Says He Would Serve Under Netanyahu

published on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 19:33:41 +0000
Citing the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Gantz, who nearly defeated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three straight elections, said he would explore forming a “national emergency government.”


Kenya: COVID-19 Risks U.S.$60 Billion Debt Repayment Plan

published on Sun, 29 Mar 2020 08:49:51 GMT
[Nation] An ambitious debt repayment plan unveiled by the Treasury to reduce Kenya's Sh6.3 trillion debt has run into a major setback in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Africa: Food Safety - an Important Deliverable for AUDA-NEPAD

published on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 05:20:57 GMT
[Africa Renewal] Africa's development priorities are spelled out in Agenda 2063-- the blueprint for the African Union's economic development in the coming decades. Specifically, Agenda 2063 identifies agricultural development as a high priority, as detailed in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). This is further elaborated in the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods.

Nigeria: Covid - 19 - Yobe Governor Closes Boundaries, Urges Traders Not to Hike Food Prices

published on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 05:20:30 GMT
[Premium Times] Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has ordered the closure of the state's boundaries from Tuesday.

Africa: Coronavirus & Early Lessons From China

published on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 05:05:31 GMT
[IPS] Washington DC -The impact of the coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China's experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease and mitigating its impact--but some of these policies come with difficult economic tradeoffs.

Kenya: KRA Busts Multibillion-Shilling Tax Evasion Syndicate

published on Sun, 29 Mar 2020 08:52:35 GMT
[Nation] A tax evasion cartel involving vehicle-tracking service providers, clearing agents and transporters has been denying the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) billions of shillings through dumping of cargo meant for export.

South Africa: Second SABC Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

published on Sun, 29 Mar 2020 08:40:21 GMT
[News24Wire] A second employee of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the broadcaster has announced.