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Philips to establish Research & Innovation Hub in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 21, 2014/ – Royal Philips (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) today announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, which underlines the company’s commitment to invest in Africa. The Philips Africa Innovation…

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Facebook plans drones for Africa

Facebook is in negotiations to buy a drone manufacturer with the aim of using high-altitude autonomous aircraft to beam internet connections to isolated communities in Africa. The social networking company…

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John Kerry, Zampolit for gay rights

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday sounded like the Zampolit for Africa when he likened new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality to anti-Semitic laws…

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World Bank to map Africa’s natural resources

The World Bank plans to launch in July a $1 billion plan to map Africa‘s natural resources with the aim of delineating more clearly the continent’s uncovered mineral wealth. The…

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Swedish special forces deployed in Africa

Sweden’s SOF (or Special Operations Forces) are reported to have deployed to Chad, the Central Africa Republic, and the Congo in recent years. Swedish operators may have also conducted other classified covert…

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Two-thirds of rape victims in Liberia are children

The Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Shireaf, has appeared on Liberian television on Monday to denounce the country’s epidemic of child rape, calling it one of Liberia’s “biggest challenges” and “a…

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Ex-Blackwater chief looks East

The former Navy Seal Erik Prince who founded the private security group Blackwater is pitching to run logistics for Chinese mining and energy companies in Africa. Blackwater became controversial for its role…

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African railroads secure raw materials for resource-hungry China

The Chinese, investing heavily in Africa to secure its oil and other raw materials for their expanding economy, are spearheading a new era of railroad building to unlock the continent’s…

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Peacekeeping: SA punching below its weight

President Jacob Zuma, in a 2009 speech honoring the peacekeeping efforts of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF), proclaimed that “[South Africa] cannot survive in isolation, as its economic…

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The real size of US military operations in Africa

The Pentagon’s Africa Command will tell you there’s one military base on the entire continent. Don’t believe them. They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and…