Archive | November, 2016


Africa’s e-commerce boosted by Société Générale-American Express partnership

The e-commerce sector in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Senegal has been boosted by a new partnership signed this week between France’s Société Générale and American Express. Reports from Paris said that the deal would involve both online sales and point of sales (POS) payments through electronic payment terminals. This […]

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Gabon teachers’ strike enters second week

There is no end in sight for the teachers’ strike currently dragging on in the Central African nation of Gabon. The strike, which was called by Conasysed, the teachers’ union, to protest against unpaid salaries and bonuses and poor working conditions, has now entered its second week. The union firmly believes that the government of […]

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Fidel Castro’s death: mixed reactions from world leaders

World leaders have reacted differently to the death of longtime Cuban president and revolutionary Fidel Castro. For many, the iconic figure represented pride in his country’s independence, for others he was a dictator. Shortly after the announcement that Castro had died, messages of condolences poured in from heads of governments around the world on Saturday, […]

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Fidel Castro: death of a hero, dictator?

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. For some, he was the revolutionary hero, while others viewed him as a hardened dictator. Overall, he leaves a questionable legacy. Castro could talk for hours. The charismatic revolutionary was known for delivering speeches lasting five to seven hours. His column “Reflections by […]

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Calls to protect women journalists gaining momentum

Women journalists worldwide seem to have become soft targets of security forces, hitmen and other gangsters keen to protect their masters’ political, military and business interests. Attacks on women in media are believed to be on the rise, and the situation is said to be worse particularly in conflict-stricken countries. A DRC female TV reporter, […]

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DRC national parks, protected areas face destruction and extinction

Unsustainable logging and fishing, hunting, agriculture, oil and mining activities, among others, are threatening the existence of national parks and other protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an expert said last week. DRC natural treasures include the national parks of Salonga, Upemba, Garamba, Virunga and the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve. Approximately 17% of […]

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