WASHINGTON D.C., United States of AmericaA new Silk Road running between China and Africa promises a boost in trade for Beijing. Long focused on commercial activities, the Chinese government is now expanding its remit to bolster military relations and pursue subtler, soft-power strategies across the continent. But, as the U.S. retreats, what tools will Beijing use—and should the West be worried? The Communist party wants to redefine its military engagement with countries across Africa and expand its power-projection capabilities. As part of this initiative, China invited top brass from 50 African nations last month to attend an inaugural “Defense and Security Forum”. From counter-piracy to counter-terrorism, China has vowed to provide these countries with “comprehensive support”,
Washington, DC, United States of America American-Muslims have decried a US Supreme Court ruling that upheld a controversial travel ban on five Muslim-majority countries Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen., expressing anger and fear over what it will mean for them and their families. Following the court ruling, hundreds of citizens have gathered outside the court building, holding banners and shouting slogans such as "No ban, no wall" to protest against the decision on a policy Donald Trump has fought for since his first week in office in January 2017. "I'm very disappointed; I did not expect this," Arwa al-Iryani, an American of Yemeni origin living in Connecticut, told Al Jazeera. She said her in-laws would no longer be able to visit he
GENEVA, Switzerland Last Evening the Intentional Organization for Migration, a UN Migration Agency helped over 101 Ethiopian migrants leave Yemen through Hudaydah Port as clashes grew closer to the area. The migrants will travel via the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti, where they will transit through on their way home to Ethiopia. IOM is providing transport assistance at all stages of the journey in cooperation with its Government partners. The group that left Yemen around noon yesterday, included nearly 51 women and 33 children, who had become stranded in the country. They are the most vulnerable cases from a larger group of about 300 migrants in total, who IOM will help leave Yemen in the coming days provided weather conditions are conducive to sea travel and the s...
CAPE TOWN, South Africa The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, has condemned an attack that appeared to be directed at a mosque in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Mr Beukman said the alleged attack was shocking and the South African Police Service should prioritise the investigation. This kind of attack on three innocent people is totally unjustified “A mosque is a religious institution, and South Africa’s Constitution guarantees and protects the right to religious practices,” Mr Beukman said. “This kind of attack on three innocent people is totally unjustified. We want our communities to live in harmony, practising their religions without fear.” Alleged mosque attacks had been reported in KZN where three people were severely attacked, one has s
CAIRO, Egypt StartEgypt has Partnered with Techne Drifts and Entreprenelle, to kick start the tour in nine Egyptian cities as part of its road shows and its female founders’ workshops. Cities of Alexandria, Port Said, Assuit, Sohag, Suez, Mansoura, Tanta, Luxor, and Aswan will hold the major events of the competitions In November 2017, the British Embassy in Cairo partnered with IFC and Flat6labs, offering a GBP 2 million, around EGP 47 million, grant to inspire and support thousands of Egyptian entrepreneurs through a number of entrepreneurial support services, awareness activities and a unique incubation program. The StartEgypt road shows and workshops focused on building the resilience and know-how of future entrepreneurs to help them start their own bu