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Staff, 11:42 pm
They targeted high-end vehicles like luxury SUVs made by Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Honda, Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin. They would load the cars into shipping containers, which were taken to ports for transport by ship to West Africa. In West Africa, luxury vehicles command prices higher than the new market value in the U.S. The gang of car thieves had many methods of stealing the vehicle, prosecutors say.
Staff, 3:59 am
Recent attacks on West Africa’s luxury hotels reveal many things about the landscape of Islamist terrorism – from the global creep of Al Qaeda-branded extremism to its ability to rattle even the most stable countries in the regional neighborhoods of sub-Saharan Africa, where borders are often porous and security unsteady. The repeated decision to strike luxury hotels is, in part, based on the calculation that resorts are expatriate hubs, and expatriate deaths garner international attention.
Lillian Mutiso, 3:37 am AFKI Original
In Africa, several families have immense influence in a country’s political power. These influential families directly or indirectly play huge roles in determining who gets elected to the big political seats, who is nominated to a key post and even who is in or out of the president’s inner circle. Some of these families have also made inroads into the economic sectors in their countries and across the continent, with numerous big investments.
Dana Sanchez, 10:09 am
The order against unofficial U.S. military travel is effective until June 30. Official travel to the five West African countries will continue. Sunday’s Islamist attack is a heavy blow for Ivory Coast, which has become one of the world’s top performing economies. The largest economy in French-speaking West Africa, Ivory Coast is also the world’s top cocoa producer. The country has been working to revive a once lucrative international tourism industry devastated by civil war.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:01 am AFKI Original
Africa is a continent that has embraced telecoms technology and mobile on a wide scale, with numerous telecommunication corporations based in and out of Africa providing millions of African subscribers with a variety of mobile-based services. We take a closer look at 8 of the African continent’s biggest telecoms companies.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm
A Turkish construction company has built a concrete plant near Abidjan that can meet 40 percent of Cote d’Ivoire’s concrete demand. Turkish President Erdoğan plans to launch it himself. The Turkish First Lady is opening a school for blind children. Turkish investors, exporters and other business people are touring West Africa with Erdoğan. He hopes to nail down agreements easing regulatory procedures for investors. Similar agreements are expected to be signed in Accra and Abuja this week.
Dana Sanchez, 5:59 pm
Anti-GMO activists — mainly in Europe — have created barriers to development in the poorest countries on Earth. A U.S. nonprofit that promotes technological innovation has put a price tag on how much it costs Africa not to adopt GMOs. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank calculated the gains African countries would have seen if they’d adopted biotech varieties starting in 2008 at rates comparable to those in adopting countries. Poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, according to the report.
Dana Sanchez, 10:49 am
China is infamous for forced sex work, according to the U.S. State Department, but it’s uncertain whether Chinese sex labor migration to Africa is forced or voluntary. A Princeton University study shows that Chinese sex workers often arrive in African countries expecting to find other work, only to be forced into sex work as reimbursement for plane tickets and visas. Some who are rescued from prostitution stay in the business. Prostitution is legal in eight African countries.
Dana Sanchez, 3:26 pm
Milken speaks highly of immigrants; 50 percent of the scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley are first-generation immigrants, he told a crowd of 600-plus at the Tiger 21 conference. Members of the North American Tiger 21 network are high-net-worth investors who collectively manage $35 billion in investable assets. Miliken has done a lot to restore his image since being banned for life from the securities industry. He has an institute named for him and he’s full of optimism for Africa.
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