Democratic Republic of Congo: Latest News
Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm
Though it’s been wracked by civil war for years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) is slowly coming back to a place of stability and peace (as of early 2014), with the help of UN peacekeepers and other efforts. This is great news for travelers, because there is so much to see and do in this vast, mostly undiscovered nation in the heart of Africa. Intrepid travelers can explore the rugged rainforest, see active volcanoes, track endangered gorillas, and marvel at the rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Julia Austin, 5:31 pm AFKI Original
In some of the busiest African cities, a monthly bus pass or taxi fare can be a major expense, eating up nearly 20 percent of personal income. A monthly bus pass in Nigeria costs just shy of $40 and a single five-mile taxi trip costs around $9. Taking the bus into Lagos is noticeably more expensive than taking the bus out of the city. Tickets leaving Lagos can range between $13 to $26, but tickets into Lagos range between $17 and $45.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:47 am AFKI Original
Zambia, a landlocked nation with a population of 13.8 million people, is one of Africa’s most politically stable democracies, since attaining independence from Britain in 1964. The Southern Africa nation is set to hold a presidential and general elections on August 11, 2016. The election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial and has raised questions from the international community about the credibility of the process.
Dana Sanchez, 12:52 pm
The top three investor economies to Africa in 2015 were the U.S., ($66 billion), the U.K. ($64 billion), and France ($52 billion), according to a new U.N. report. China’s investment in Africa more than tripled to $32 billion in 2015, making it the fourth-largest investor on the continent. South Africa was the fifth largest investor in Africa at $26 billion. Investment into Africa overall was down 7 percent and South Africa was one of the biggest losers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:54 am AFKI Original
With 15 players of African heritage having earned the right to play in Euro 2016 final on Sunday, we take a look at each of them and which African country they could be representing if they had not decided on their European national teams, France and Portugal.
Dana Sanchez, 9:48 am
Rwanda’s KivuWatt was developed by U.S. company ContourGlobal on the shores of Lake Kivu, an area of volcanoes that Rwanda wants to promote as a tourist destination. The lakes’s depths are home to a toxic methane gas known to suffocate humans when it escapes lake bottoms. A hi-tech barge is harnessing the poisonous methane gas from the depths and converting it into electricity for energy-poor Rwandans.
Dana Sanchez, 7:19 pm
Diamonds have been fetching record prices at auction lately as the world’s ultra-rich seek shelter from stock market volatility. Lucara wanted to sell its tennis ball-size diamond directly to a wealthy buyer to capitalize on the boom in gem prices. That bet didn’t pay off. Stocks and financial assets have been volatile, especially after the Brexit vote. So how do diamond sales benefit Botswana? In parts of Africa, diamonds are associated with bloodshed. Botswana’s diamond story is different.
Julia Austin, 6:31 pm AFKI Original
Nigerian TV personality Toke Makinwa married Maje Ayida in 2014. They barely knew each other a year before tying the knot, so their wedding came as a surprise to the public. They are in the throes of a divorce but nobody can deny they had a gorgeous wedding. Makinwa wore an April by Kunbi gown to the intimate ceremony. African celebrities, royalty and ultra wealthy women can never keep their wedding gowns entirely under wraps.
Lillian Mutiso, 6:02 am AFKI Original
Africa’s population of elephants and rhinos is increasingly faced with the threat of extinction. This is due to increased illegal poaching for their treasured horns and ivory, which are usually sold in mostly Asian markets such as China and Vietnam. There are about 470,000 elephants left in Africa. In 2015, 1,338 rhinos were killed across the continent. Below are 12 African countries where the two animals are faced with the threat of extinction.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is faced with several humanitarian crises as millions of people on the continent continue to fall victim to disasters, mostly caused by human actions and some by natural phenomenon. The continent has high percentages of people displaced from their homes due to civil strives and conflicts, sectarian and politically -instigated violence, droughts and floods. Below are some of the 12 most neglected humanitarian crises on the continent.
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