E Make Brain! Emojis for Africa – BBC News

Image copyright iManagement Consulting Emoticons have become a staple for African mobile phone users, just as they have in the rest of the world. But anybody who has tried to say “please, don’t make me laugh” with an an emoji will know a bright yellow smiley is not always up to the job. A new […]

Let Africans fly – The Economist

FEW places still capture the romance (and frustration) of the early days of flight quite as Africa does. Although air travel in the continent is safer and more common than ever before (see page 53), it still has some charming anachronisms. In Nigeria everyone applauds when the plane touches down. On tiny propeller-driven planes in […]

Back to Its Roots: How Zika May Threaten Africa – Scientific American

By Julio Rodrigues and Ben Hirschler PRAIA/LONDON (Reuters) – Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child. But Amado isn’t Brazilian. She lives on the volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde, 570 […]

As China boosts influence, Japan eyes aid for 60 Africa infrastructure projects – The Japan Times

The Japanese government plans to allocate development assistance for some 60 projects in African countries, centering on infrastructure development but also covering fields as diverse as agriculture and health care, a government source said Thursday. The plan has been formulated in preparation for the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which Japan co-sponsors with […]

South Africa’s EFF opposition walks out of Zuma’s state address – The Guardian

South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters party have walked out of Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address in the latest attack on the embattled president. In chaotic scenes in parliament, EFF lawmakers shouted down the speaker for more than an hour before obeying her order to either allow the president to deliver his address or […]

South Africa v England: third ODI – as it happened – The Guardian

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla made majestic centuries as South Africa romped to a target of 319 to keep the series alive South Africa v England: third ODI – as it happened – The Guardian

US President Obama signs Africa electricity plan into law – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Obama promoted the scheme during his tour of Africa last year US President Barack Obama has signed into law an initiative aimed at bringing electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 will give legal backing to Mr Obama’s flagship Power […]

New Delhi’s courtship of Africa tested by violence – Financial Times

Amy Kazmin in New Delhi Print Clip Gift Article New Delhi’s courtship of Africa tested by violence – Financial Times

Why Africa can’t afford to have an outbreak of the Zika virus – Times LIVE

Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Zika virus which is suspected of leading to the birth of deformed babies. The virus is transmitted to humans when an infected Aedes mosquito stings a person. Direct human to human transmission through sexhas also been reported. The virus has spread to 23 countries in the South American region. Brazil […]

Ebola Still Takes Mental Toll on West Africa’s ‘Burial Boys’ – Wall Street Journal

“They didn’t tell us at the end of this job, you people will get crazy,” said Matthew Kruah, a companion in his daily drinking and drug abuse who buried his father during his own time on the graveyard crews. Ebola killed some 11,000 West Africans, but it also left survivors to grieve in an area […]

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