Catholic Church investigating two nuns who returned pregnant from Africa

The Catholic Church launched an investigation into two nuns who took a vow of chastity, yet returned to Italy pregnant after a missionary trip, according to reports. The two women, who belonged to different orders in Sicily, had both traveled to Africa, Italian outlet ANSA reported. One of the women, who is 34 years old, learned that she was expecting when she went to the hospital with stomach pain, ANSA reported. She was transferred to a different order in Palermo and may leave monastic life to raise the child, reports…

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Russia lands nuclear bombers in Africa as Putin hosts continent’s leaders

Russia landed two nuclear-capable bombers in South Africa on a training mission on Wednesday, a flight apparently timed to coincide with President Vladimir Putin’s opening of a flagship Russia-Africa summit designed to increase Russian influence. The two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers touched down at Waterkloof air force base in Tshwane on Wednesday, the South African National Defence Force said. Russia’s Ministry of Defence has said the mission is designed to nurture military ties with South Africa. Speaking before dozens of African heads of state at a two-day summit in the…

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17 African Countries seek cross-border movement of seeds

Representatives from 17 Countries have initiated moves to seek for free movement of seeds across the borders within the region and the Sahel. It was also said there would be assessment and evaluation of progress made by number of countries in implementing harmonised regulations on seed production and trade. Organisers of the fifth Session of the West Africa Regional Seed and Seedling Committee Meeting said CORAF in collaboration with West Africa Regional and Seedling Committee (WARSSC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and others were working out strategies to…

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Don’t expect debt relief, United States warns Africa

African countries running up debt they won’t be able to pay back, including to China, should not expect to be bailed out by western-sponsored debt relief, the United States’ top Africa diplomat warned. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank began the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative in 1996 to help the world’s poorest countries clear billions of dollars worth of unsustainable debt. But Africa is facing another potential debt crisis today, with around 40 percent of low-income countries in the region now in debt distress or at high…

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Chinese funds not for “vanity projects” in Africa – President Xi

China Premier, President Xi Jinping

Chinese funds are not for “vanity projects” in Africa but are to build infrastructure that can remove development bottlenecks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, telling Chinese firms they also had to respect local people and the environment. Mr Jinping said at a business forum before the start of a triennial China Africa summit their friendship was time-honoured and that China’s investment in Africa came with no political strings attached. “China does not interfere in Africa’s internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa. “What we…

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Children African Drum Experience holds in July

From the stable of Declassical Arts & Entertainment, preparations are now in top gear to ensure the program achieves remarkable success and turns out to what children excitedly look forward to every year. It is scheduled to hold from July 17 to 28, at Glover Street, Yaba Lagos. Children African Drum Experience (CADEX) is a platform for engrossing children in varieties of African drumming skills, rich African folktales to be performed stylishly by experts with profound musical accompaniment, poetry, drama and general musical skills. The program becomes invaluable particularly at…

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US Secretary, Tillerson, suspends visit to Nigeria

The U. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has cut short his first trip to Africa to return to Washington about one day ahead of schedule to deal with urgent work there. Tillerson’s travel plans have changed so that he can return to Washington early on Tuesday morning instead of late that night, a spokesman for the top U.S. diplomat told reporters travelling with him. The secretary departed the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Monday morning. He will visit Chad and Nigeria, both oil-producers struggling to contain the Islamist Boko…

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Sanitising N305bn Africa’s online ad market

Internet advertising is growing in Africa and Google, as the global technology company driving the ecosystem, is embarking on measures to ensure the estimated ad said to be worth N305 billion by 2020 is effectively sanitised while pointing to the new direction businesses could take to maximise their online ad investment. KUNLE AZEEZ reports.   Globally, technology has become a key player in driving activities in all the sectors of a nation’s economy and, indeed, in all facets of human life, advertising space is one of such sector that is…

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Liberalisation of air transport market in Africa

Traveling by air from one African country to another, as those familiar with the routes and processes would testify, is often strenuous, expensive and time-wasting due to poor air connections borne out of ill-advised protectionist policies. As Umaru Fofana, a BBC journalist, detailed in his experience in 2017 flying between the West African capitals of Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Banjul (The Gambia), a journey of 700km (400 miles) which should take about an hour could take 24 hours or 72 hours due to the non-availability of direct flights.   Travellers…

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Why Nigeria is Africa’s worst electricity supply nation

The global electricity supply watchdog, Spectator Index, has provided details on reasons it ranked Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude exporter, as the worst in electricity supply in the continent. The agency had earlier released a 2017 index in which it also ranked the country as the second worst nation in power supply in the world last year. Out of the 137 countries examined in the study, Spectator Index said in a report released on its Twitter handle, Yemen ranked as worst electricity supply nation in 2017, followed by Nigeria, Haiti, Lebanon,…

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