Buhari plans 2019 election run, heads for official London visit

Buhari plans 2019 election run, heads for official London visit

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced plans Monday to run for a second presidential term in the 2019 elections, a much-anticipated decision amid concerns over the 75-year-old Buhari’s health and fitness for office. Buhari made the decision public ahead of his departure for the UK on Monday, where he plans to meet…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

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Malawi launches new sustainable development strategy plan

Malawi launches new sustainable development strategy plan

Malawi launched its new five-year development plan on Tuesday during a ceremony at Kamuzu Palace, the State House in Lilongwe. The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III emphasizes climate priorities, alongside agriculture and water resources, in a vision that runs through 2022 and builds on the previous version. It…

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

The Gambia: Police, environmental activists clash over trash

In The Gambia, police and protesters have clashed over trash this weekend, as the government reopened a waste dump activists had shut down because residents don’t want it in the community. The protests occurred at Bakoteh, where riot police were sent in after residents barricaded a dump site closed down…

Modi to open AfDB annual meeting in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will participate Tuesday alongside Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), at the bank’s annual meeting in Ahmedabad in India’s western Gujarat state. The meeting, which runs through Friday, will focus on India’s partnership with African nations in key development areas, with…

Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter force

The European Union and seven member states whose governments ratified on Thursday the Minamata Convention on Mercury have lifted to 51 the total number of ratifications – and in doing so, reached the threshold that will now put the Minamata provisions into force. The new ratifications by Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary,…

Algeria: Ailing President Bouteflika marks 80th birthday

With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in London and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in Singapore – both reportedly seeking health care in the high-profile spotlight – it’s little wonder that less attention has been focused on Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president of Algeria. Bouteflika celebrates his 80th birthday on Thursday, amid…