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  • Technology Reveals Huge Market In Africa For Stolen Cars

    stolen cars By Dana Sanchez, 7:52 am

    The U.K. has a growing problem with stolen cars showing up in African countries. Some cars stolen in the U.S. also are destined for Africa. South Africa has an extraordinarily high rate of car theft — 10% of the 11 million cars driven there are stolen. A high-tech tracking device recently led U.K. authorities to a cache of stolen luxury cars in Uganda. The cars are on their way back home.

  • 10 Reasons Africa’s Food And Agriculture Industries Are Failing

    By Julia Austin, 6:25 am AFKI Original

    Scientific and technological advancements in Africa are growing, especially in the mobile arena, but many farmers are still behind those of the Western world. Many schools don’t even have science labs or computers. This puts farming communities at a great disadvantage since much of caring for and growing crops is scientific. Farmers sometimes lack basic knowledge on how to better their crops.

  • Togo Coach Saintfiet Gives Up On Adebayor

    Emmanuel Adebayor Cote D'Ivoire And Togo By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:53 am

    Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor is once again at the centre of controversy following a statement from Togo national team coach Tom Saintfiet revealing that he will no longer make an effort to call up the veteran attacker for matches. This decision comes in the wake of the player not arriving in camp to take part in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Djibouti last weekend.

  • AFCON Qualifying: Bafana Embarrassed, Cote D’Ivoire Stumble

    Bafana captain Dean Furman By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:43 am AFKI Original

    This past weekend saw another round of AFCON qualifying taking place across the continent to decide the teams that will emerge on Gabon for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and there were many surprise results amongst the list of fixtures. Here we look back at a few of the matches that took place […]

  • WHO Declares Liberia Ebola-Free Once Again

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:13 am

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has for the second time this year declared Liberia free of Ebola, a deadly disease that killed thousands in three west African countries since it broke out more than a year ago. West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were ravaged by an outbreak of the Ebola virus that killed nearly 11,000 people since march 2014.

  • Africa-China Trade Balance Has Deteriorated Since Late 2014

    By Dana Sanchez, 10:25 am

    As China’s economy slows down, demand for African resources is dwindling. Zambia and South Africa rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively as being most exposed to China’s economic slowdown, according to London research firm Fathom Consulting. Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia, are particularly vulnerable to China’s decreasing demand for commodities. Zambia is exposed to withdrawals of Chinese foreign direct investment.

  • Ebola Vaccine Trial Successful In Guinea, Could be A Game changer

    A woman receives VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine March 10, 2015, in Conakry clinical trials. Photo: Cellou Binani/Getty By Dana Sanchez, 7:49 pm

    An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work. Developed by the Canadian government, the vaccine has since been licensed to New Jersey-based Merck & Co. but has not yet been approved by regulators. “If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, cirector-general of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the study.

  • African Diaspora: More Women Own Businesses Than Men In Minnesota

    118787553 Somali Muslims in Minneapolis, U.S. Getty By Dana Sanchez, 2:44 pm

    More women own businesses than men in the U.S.-African immigrant communities of Minneapolis–Saint Paul — and women also vote more than men — according to a new study. Immigrants from 25 African countries call the Twin Cities home, making the area the ninth-largest African migrant community in the U.S. Their economic buying power and growing entrepreneurship are attracting research funding.

  • Good Problem: Ebola Vaccine Trials Hampered By Drop In Cases

    Ebola vaccine trials in Liberia, February, 2015. Photo: John Moore/Getty By Dana Sanchez, 11:43 am

    Clinical trials for Ebola vaccines have recently been thwarted by a drop in case numbers. Drug companies have been struggling to recruit volunteers with enough exposure to Ebola to prove whether their vaccines are preventing infection. Development of these and other vaccines was accelerated in response to outbreaks in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people died. Liberia, declared Ebola-free in May, had a sixth new case confirmed Tuesday.

  • Paying Taxes: 10 African Countries With Highest Tax-To-GDP Ratios

    Traditional healers, or sangoma, students, South Africa. Photo: Getty By Dana Sanchez, 12:16 pm

    In the trade-not-aid environment, developed countries like the U.S. often question the ability of African countries to spend aid efficiently. How well are African countries doing when it comes to collecting taxes? It all depends on the data. Economists use tax-to-GDP ratios to measure how much a country’s tax revenue stimulates its economy. The higher the ratio, the more a country is increasing growth and decreasing aid dependence. These are 10 African countries with the highest tax-to-GDP ratios.

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