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Pandemic may push 50 million Africans into extreme poverty – AfDB

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The African Development Bank says Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, would see the greatest rise in poverty

People queue to collect food parcels distributed to cushion the effect of lockdown in the Ikorodu district of Lagos, on April 30, 2020. - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered a "phased and gradual easing" from next week of a lockdown covering Africa's biggest city, neighbouring Ogun state and the national capital Abuja (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Africa airline industry lost $55 billion from virus shutdowns

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The African Union says 'there are airlines that may not survive COVID-19'

CRUCIAL CARGO. A consignment of masks, testing kits, and protective gear, a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, are unloaded from an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane on March 24, 2020, after it arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Mary Robinson to lead probe into African Development Bank chief

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Former Irish president Mary Robinson will lead a panel that will look into corruption allegations against African Development Bank chief Akinwumi Adesina

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

Africa free-trade vision clouded by virus and pace of talks

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is supposed to take operational effect on Wednesday, July 1, but the coronavirus pandemic and slow negotiations hamper the deal

A peanut trader empties a bag filled with peaunuts at a collection point for local traders in the village of Guint Kaye near Kaolack on January 21, 2020. - Senegal is among the world's top exporters of peanuts, which are grown mostly around the central city of Kaolack in the country's so-called "groundnut basin". Huge orders from wealthy Chinese peanut traders have cut Senegal's traditional selling season short this year, rewarding farmers with fat profits but ruining local processors. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP)

Virus booze ban causes headache for South African winemakers

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Wine producers in the valleys of South Africa's Western Cape province are concerned the industry will struggle to bounce back from a liquor ban

This aerial view shows workers pruning a vineyard at the Nabygelegen Winery in Wellington near Cape Town on June 17, 2020. - South Africa shuttered liquor stores at the start of a strict anti-coronavirus lockdown on March 27, 2020 meant to stem the spread of COVID-19. The controversial booze ban was partially lifted on June 1, 2020 as part of a gradual easing of confinement measures to limit the economic setbacks of the pandemic. But wine producers in the valleys of South Africa's Western Cape province are concerned the industry will struggle to bounce back. The alcohol sales ban was coupled with a six-week export freeze -- raising concern buyers could turn to suppliers in other countries is demands are not rapidly met. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Black-owned eateries buoyed by grassroots support since virus hit

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Numerous studies show that black business owners, and in particular those in the food industry, are among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States

Oji Abbott "Chef O" sits in front of his restaurant Oohh's and Aahh's, one of the many on U Street, June 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. - Media, activist and business initiatives to support African-American restaurant owners have been stepping up in recent weeks in the wake of the historic anti-racism movement in the US since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in his forties who was killed by a white policeman on 25 May. Numerous studies have shown that African-American entrepreneurs, particularly in the service sector such as restaurants, have suffered most severely from the economic and health crisis caused by Covid-19. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Black Americans suffer from generations of economic marginalization

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:30 AM

From lower wages to longer commute times, the structure of the world's largest economy deeply marginalizes black people

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: People gather in the rain outside of the White House for a peaceful protest against police brutality on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests in cities throughout the country have been largely peaceful following the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

Under-fire African Development Bank boss facing new graft probe

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Akinwumi Adesina, who is seeking reelection as president of the African Development Bank, now faces an independent inquiry

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Hundreds of troops deployed as angry U.S. anti-racism protests spread

May 29, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Overnight demonstrators break through law enforcement barriers to overtake the Minneapolis police station where the 4 officers blamed for George Floyd's death are based

PROTESTS. Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

African Development Bank says 'no decision' yet on demands for probe

May 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Niale Kaba, the chair of the African Development Bank board, counters what she says was 'false' information

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

African Development Bank chief hits back over graft accusations

May 27, 2020 - 11:15 PM

'I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped-up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honor and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank,' says Akinwumi Adesina

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

U.S. urges probe into alleged ethics breach by African Development Bank

May 25, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A letter shows United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed 'deep reservations' about the outcome of an internal inquiry clearing African Development Bank chief Akinwumi Adesina

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

African Development Bank whistleblowers demand independent probe

May 12, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Whistleblowers claim the internal probe into allegations against African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina 'was tainted by irregularities'

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

African Development Bank chief cleared of ethics abuses

May 12, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The African Development Bank's ethics committee finds that the complaint against Akinwumi Adesina 'rested on no objective, solid facts'

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Cebu City, Southern Leyte lift ban on Mindanao pork products

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Mindanao was previously hit by the African swine fever, prompting local governments in the Visayas to ban hogs and pork products from the neighboring island

South Africa halts funding to cash-strapped national carrier

Apr 15, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The South African government is now 'unable to provide additional funding' to South African Airways, which has failed to make a profit since 2011

Africa 'elbowed out' in quest for tools to fight coronavirus – AU

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:44 PM

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, laments the continent's limited testing capacity and says other essential tools are similarly lacking

PROTECTION. In this file photo, a hygienist working with the Senegalese Ministry of health with help from The Alliance for International Medical Action, waits for his turn to take off his Personal Protective Equipment ahead of disinfecting the area housing patients infected with the COVID-19 at the Fann Hospital in Dakar on April 1, 2020. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

African Development Bank creates $10-billion fund for virus aid

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The African Development Bank vows that 'no country will be left behind'

PANDEMIC. A medical staff member measures a man's temperature as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus on his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, on border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

African Development Bank chief accused of multiple violations

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:55 AM

Akinwumi Adesina, who faces accusations of unethical conduct and preferential treatment, says the allegations against him are 'blatantly false'

African Development (AFDB) president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference after a G5 sahel energy summit on September 13, 2019 in Ouagadougou. - Producing 1,100 megawatts of solar electricity for 60 million G5 Sahel people by 2030 is the goal of the "Desert to Power" initiative presented by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Ouagadougou. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Coronavirus threatens nearly 20 million African jobs – study

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

An African Union study notes that countries relying heavily on tourism and oil production stand to be hit especially hard

An elderly man at a SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth on March 30, 2020 while queuing. - South Africa came under a nationwide lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Virus restrictions ground most of Africa's airlines

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'If the African carriers do not receive support, they will find themselves insolvent come the end of June,' warns the African Airlines Association

Photo from Ethiopian Airlines' Philippines Facebook page

U.N. report calls for political mission in Darfur

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The United Nations Security Council will meet on March 26 to decide whether or not to gradually withdraw by the end of October some 7,800 troops from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur

PEACEKEEPERS. A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) shows a UNAMID peacekeeper marking with branches the location of a mortar projectile recently abandoned in the Alabassi camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), in Mellit, North Darfur, on March 25, 2014. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AFP

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Batangas confirms first case of African swine fever

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Batangas is the second largest hog producer in the Philippines

CULLING. File photo of small pigs. Shutterstock.com

Albay bans pigs, pork products from Camarines provinces

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Albay seals its border after pigs in neighboring CamSur are tested postive for African swine flu

SAFE. The city government of Legazpi conducts boodle fight with DA officials held at SM City Legazpi to show off that pork is safe to eat in Albay following the spread of ASF virus in the country. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DA confirms African swine fever in 2 Davao del Sur villages

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:04 PM

The Department of Agriculture in Region 11 says blood samples taken from pigs in the villages of Palili and Laperas in Sulop, Davao del Sur, tested positive for ASF

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Cebu bans pigs, pork products from Mindanao

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order imposing a 90-day ban on live hogs and pork products from all regions in Mindanao beginning February 13

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

DA Northern Mindanao closes borders to Davao, Caraga amid ASF spread

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:07 PM

Following an outbreak of the African Swine Fever in Davao region, the agriculture department closes its borders for swine and pork, and activates 9 control points leading to Bukidnon

ASF IN MINDANAO. Northern Mindanao has the 3rd largest swine industry in the country, with nearly a million swine population valued at P25 billion. Photo of pigs from Shutterstock

2 Davao City barangays declare state of calamity over spread of African swine fever

Feb 08, 2020 - 11:26 AM

The villages of Lamanan and Dominga in Calinan, Davao City are also on lockdown to limit the spread of the disease

DA shuts popular hog auction site in Davao del Sur due to African swine fever

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:57 PM

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region says it will assist vendors affected by the closure of the lucrative pig auction in Sulop town

AUCTION. File photo of pigs. Shutterstock.com

African swine fever reaches Davao City

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:53 PM

The Bureau of Animal Industry confirms that samples from livestocks in two barangays in the Calinan District of Davao City are positive for ASF

POSITIVE. File photos of pigs in a market. Shutterstock.com

Davao City bans pigs, pork products from Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:23 AM

'We do not have a case here in Davao City and we'd like to keep it that way,' says Mayor Sara Duterte

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Davao Occidental put under state of calamity due to ASF outbreak

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:29 PM

The governor of Davao Occidental says all 13,000 pigs in San Marcelino town, ground zero of the African swine fever disease here, will be culled

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Private companies aid gov't vs spread of African swine fever in Davao Occidental

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The Mindanao Hog Raisers Association and PILMICO Feeds Corp have sent disinfectants, backpack sprayers, and power sprayers to decontaminate affected areas

African swine fever spreads to Malita in Davao Occidental

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:37 PM

A composite team of veterinarians reports incidences of African swine fever in the barangays of Malita – Bito, Kidalapong, Tubalan, Felis, Mana, Talogoy, and New Argao

Davao Occidental imposes lockdown on pigs, pork products after first ASF case

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Office of Civil Defense Director Liza Mazo activates the Regional Animal Disease Task Force after the presence of African swine fever is confirmed in Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental

Customs seizes African swine fever-infected pork from China

Jan 25, 2020 - 6:10 PM

All of the container’s contents are to be destroyed and buried at the importer’s warehouse compound after disposal plans are finalized, the Bureau of Customs says

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

African swine fever hits 2 Bataan towns

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Random blood samples from pigs in Dinalupihan and Hermosa towns tested positive for African swine fever

OUTBREAK. African swine fever spreads to more cities in the Philippine capital region. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belmonte: No sanctions for supermarkets with ASF-tainted meats

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is set to issue an executive order to prevent ASF-tainted meats from entering supermarkets

NO SANCTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte defended two supermarkets who were found to have ASF-tainted meats, saying they were cooperative with the local government. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Djokovic sees off Anderson to give Serbia opening ATP Cup win

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:51 PM

'What a way to start the year,' says world No. 2 Novak Djokovic after surviving a spirited challenge from South African Kevin Anderson

HOT START. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory against Kevin Anderson during their men's singles match in the ATP Cup. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Agriculture Secretary Dar urges Aklan to intensify biosecurity vs ASF

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says authorities must raise biosecurity measures in Kalibo and Caticlan airports to contain and prevent the entry of African swine fever in the province

WILLIAM DAR. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dollente Dar holds a press briefing at the DA Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The results are not expected until next week

ELECTIONS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. File photo by John Wessels/AFPJOHN WESSELS / AFP

60 years on, Africa still seeks right model for growth

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The continent is still struggling to build an economic model that encourages enduring growth, addresses poverty and provides a future for its youth

NEED FOR GROWTH. In this file photo, an aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019 after the area was by battered by one of southern Africa's most powerful storms, cyclone Idai. Photo by WIKUS DE WET/AFP

China to lower import tariffs from January

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The move does not appear to be linked with the bruising US-China trade war, which has seen Washington and Beijing exchanging blows for more than a year

CHINA. A Chinese flag flies near apartment buildings in Beijing on September 11, 2015. Photo by Greg Baker / AFP

ASF kills nearly 30,000 pigs in Indonesia

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The virus, which cannot be transmitted to humans, is 100% fatal in pigs

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Pork from Eastern Visayas not allowed in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia warns those caught violating the anti-African Swine Flu ordinance that she will have them jailed for 6 months

Meat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASF contained in Quezon City? Belmonte says no new cases in past 30 days

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte says that the disinfection process will continue despite the containment of the dread disease in her city

CONTAINMENT. Around 50 pigs from illegal backyard raisers in Barangay Bagong Silangan have been culled on Sunday, September 15. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Second-round presidential campaign begins in Guinea-Bissau

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

It's a race between Domingos Simoes Pereira from the traditional ruling party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo

CAMPAIGN. In this file photo, a campaign poster of one of the main opposition candidate, Domingos Simoes Pereira is seen along the road on the eve of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election on November 23, 2019, in Bissau. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Germany on alert as African swine fever nears border

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:50 PM

It is feared that even a single case of African swine fever could wreak havoc in Germany, which is Europe's biggest exporter of pork

Workers of the veterinary department recover a dead boar during an animal desease's drill aimed at preparing Saxony's officials to a possible outbreak of the African swine fever, in Grimma, eastern Germany, on December 3, 2019. (Photo by Sebastian Willnow / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT