Feb 21, 2014

ODA serves as an investment in ASEAN: white paper

The nation’s official development assistance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been an effective “investment in the future” for the 10-nation region and Japan, bolstering development and prosperity for both, according to a government paper released Friday. The ODA White Paper for ...

Feb 14, 2014

Japan to hike Africa ODA offerings

Japan is vowing to increase official development assistance to Africa, especially for education and development in the sub-Saharan areas, according to the latest version of the ODA white paper. The aid report for fiscal 2013, to be released by the Foreign Ministry later this ...

Genes shed light on pygmy history

Feb 9, 2014

Genes shed light on pygmy history

Scientists have been able to fill in a blank in the history of Central Africa’s pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world. At a key period in human migration, these hunter-gatherer tribes shunned interbreeding with Bantu-speaking ...

Africa's fight on rhino, elephant poachers aided

Jan 31, 2014

Africa's fight on rhino, elephant poachers aided

Africa is getting tougher in its fight against poaching. New laws with stiff penalties, more military training for rangers and new technology like drones with thermal cameras are all helping to protect rhinos and elephants. A new law in Kenya that increases penalties for ...

U.N. targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

Jan 31, 2014

U.N. targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step that conservationists called unprecedented and a major shift on a problem that has morphed from an environmental issue into a security threat. ...

Cote d'Ivoire launches novel effort to rescue, relocate forest elephants

Jan 27, 2014

Cote d'Ivoire launches novel effort to rescue, relocate forest elephants

Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Cote d’Ivoire forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa’s forests. The International Fund for Animal Welfare this week began tranquilizing elephants outside the western town of Daloa, ...

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

Jan 24, 2014

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire deal Thursday that leaders hope will put a pause to five weeks of warfare that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians. The peace deal represents the first real progress since political friction turned violent Dec. ...

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

Jan 22, 2014

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

France will broaden its military presence in Africa’s turbulent Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the terrorism threat from extremist groups such as al-Qaida, the defense minister said Tuesday. Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview that France is moving toward ...

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

Jan 19, 2014

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

South Sudanese government forces, backed by Ugandan troops, on Saturday recaptured the strategic town of Bor, defeating an army of thousands of rebels, officials said. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said soldiers entered the town, capital of Jonglei state and situated about 200 km north ...

Africans hear China slam Abe as trouble

Jan 16, 2014

Africans hear China slam Abe as trouble

China’s diplomatic assault on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moved to another continent Wednesday, as China’s top official at the African Union labeled him a troublemaker just after his three-country visit to Africa. Abe visited Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia over the last week, pledging ...