Tuesday news round up

Tuesday news round up

Algerians reject interim president

In Algeria following protests and the eventual stepping down of Bouteflika, the 82-year old who has been in power since 1999 and a member of the ruling establishment since independence from France in 1962, one of his close associates, Abdelkader Bensalah was appointed interim president. This was met with protests demanding for his removal.

United Nations backed Libyan government calls for national dialogue

Libya’s UN backed government of National Accord has made a call for political dialogue with the eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

Closure for the families of Ethiopian airline crash victims?

The Ethiopian government has sent DNA samples taken from the victims of last month’s Boeing 737 Max crash for identification tests in London.

Sudan uprising

Following months of historic protests which have had women at the centre, and a long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir finally stepped down and was placed under house arrest on April 11 as the country’s military prepared for a transitional government.

Kenya third largest tourism economy in Sub Saharan Africa

Kenya is currently the third largest tourism economy in Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa and Nigeria, according to its Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

Google AI centre in Ghana

Google opened its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab in Ghana. AI can be applied in numerous sectors including agriculture, health, and education.  The teams goal is to provide developers with the necessary research needed to build products that can solve problems that Africa faces today.

Fourth revolution industrial centre launched in South Africa

In recognising that the world is currently undergoing an industrial revolution driven by broadband, artificial intelligence and robotics and to achieve the aspirations South Africa’s constitution and the National Development Plan, the country has opened a centre dedicated to exploring new opportunities created by the fourth industrial revolution.

Malaria vaccination set to begin in African countries

According to the World Health Organisation, after 30 years in development, scientists are finally ready to roll out malaria vaccines.

Ethiopia’s roof of Africa forest burns down

Ethiopia’s Simien Mountain National Park, caught fire. The 220 square kilometre park, in Ethiopia’s highlands is called the “Roof of Africa” as it forms the largest continuous area of elevation on the continent. The park is listed as a World Heritage Site and is home to rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex.

Ebola vaccine effective in DRC

According to a preliminary estimates published by the World Health Organisation, the Ebola virus vaccine being used in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) , has been over 97% effective.

Featured image| Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopian Highlands | Leonard Floyd | flickr

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