"The dense rainforests of Ivory Coast and the animals that living in are disappearing at great speed due to illegal cocoa plantations." This is revealed by a new report entitled "Dark Chocolate's Secret" by the non-governmental organization Mighty Earth, which denounces how a large amount of cocoa used by leading chocolate companies like Mars, Nestlé, Ferrero, Lindt and Cadbury is illegally cultivated in national parks and in other conservation lands of the world's leading cocoa production country.
While North Korea has successfully executed its sixth nuclear test, the fact that al-Shabaab's Islamic extremists would have captured critical surface exposed uranium deposits in the autonomous Galmudug region and are strip mining triuranium octoxide for transport to Iran, takes on an even more disturbing tone.
Electoral promise by Nigerian President Muhammad Bukhari's, severely ill for months, to definitively free the nation from Boko Haram's terror and bring peace back to being abstract, as confirmed by repeated attacks by the Nigerian extremist group.
"From the outbreak of the political crisis in Burundi, 1,200 people were killed, between 400 and 900 victims of forced disappearance, many thousands were tortured, several hundred or even thousands of people tortured, and over 10,000 people arbitrarily detained. More than 400,000 people have fled to neighboring countries."
"More than 200 million migrant workers economically support about 800 million family members worldwide, while in the current year, one-in-seven people in the world will be involved in either sending or receiving more than US$450 billion in remittances."
Radio is enormously important to the African continent. Designed for mass consumption, it is perhaps the most popular and affordable of the media. Music and entertainment programs, as well as educational and insights across a range of topics have all been a major source of inspiration for a large radio audience that has been built up thanks to a strong and predominantly oral tradition of storytelling.
Some of the highest representatives for international politics and nine African leaders on Monday participated in the conference on strategic partnership with Africa, promoted in Berlin by the German G20 presidency in view of the summit scheduled in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July next.
"The June 1st announcement, by which President Trump declared the United States' exit from the World Climate Agreement, signed a year and a half ago at Cop 21 in Paris, could represent an opportunity for Africa to start addressing directly the issue of climate change".
Fifty years have passed since 30 May 1967 (although some sources point to May 29), when Lieutenant Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared Biafra's independence, breaking the unity of Nigeria into the foundations and triggering a bloody conflict between the central state and the Biafran forces.
"Over the last decade, terrorist activity in Africa grew by 1.000%, a worrying figure due to high youth unemployment rates and the lack of a basic level of education." This is what emerges from the annual study by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which this year is titled Africa at a tipping point.
In recent months, the Central African Republic has plunged back into a spiral of inter-religious violence, destabilizing the climate of apparent order that President Faustin-Archange Touadera had succeeded in establishing after his election in February 2016.
"Joseph Kony, currently can count on the support of less than a hundred armed combatants and is now weak and lacking in landmarks. That is why it no longer poses a significant threat to the security of Uganda and in particular for Northern Uganda."
A month ago, off the northern Somalia's coast, a group of pirates seized the oil tanker Aris 13 carrying eight sailors of Sri Lanka. The Comoros-flagged tanker owned by the Armi Shipping (Panama & United Arab Emirates-based international company) was heading at the Bosaso port, when had been boarded by two dozen armed men, who less than forty-eight hours after has abandoned it and unconditionally released the entire crew.
The finding of the lifeless bodies of the two United Nations experts, the American Michael Sharp and the Swedish Zaida Catalan, disappeared last March 12 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), demonstrating the gravity of the crisis that is destabilizing the central area of African country.