Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Apr 7, 2014

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Mali’s new prime minister was in talks on Sunday to appoint a government to lead the West African nation’s postwar recovery after the surprise resignation of his predecessor and the entire Cabinet. Former Planning Minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on ...

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

Apr 6, 2014

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are “overwhelmed” by the “state of anarchy” in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due ...

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

Apr 2, 2014

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

by Mizuho Aoki

While some African countries have made huge strides in terms of peace and security, others are still struggling to find their footing, a U.N. official who monitors development in the region said. Ayaka Suzuki, 42, deputy director of the Africa I Division of the ...

Senegal shuts border as Ebola spreads in Guinea

Mar 30, 2014

Senegal shuts border as Ebola spreads in Guinea

Guinea on Saturday raced to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic spreading from its southern forests to the capital, Conakry, as neighboring Senegal closed its border. The European Union pledged €500,000 ($690,000) to fight the contagion, while Senegal’s Interior Ministry said border crossings to Guinea ...

Costs, uncertainty hamper Ebola vaccine

Mar 28, 2014

Costs, uncertainty hamper Ebola vaccine

Almost 40 years after the Ebola virus was identified in humans by scientists in a microbiology laboratory in Belgium, pharmaceutical researchers have yet to develop an effective drug or vaccine to fight it. Part of the problem is that the deadly virus is rare ...

Anti-Kony U.S. military deployment a 'game changer,' expert says

Mar 25, 2014

Anti-Kony U.S. military deployment a 'game changer,' expert says

The U.S. government’s decision to deploy military aircraft and additional troops could be “the decisive game changer” in the hunt for fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony, whose notorious group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), appears weaker than ever before amid growing defections and the ...

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

Mar 4, 2014

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended Monday deploying nearly 12,000 peacekeepers in Central African Republic to re-establish order in a country that has erupted in chaos and sectarian killing. The former French colony was thrown into turmoil after rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka group ...

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 ...