The NBA Makes Its Africa Debut
1. Developing: Possible MH370 Plane Debris Sent to Toulouse
Authorities are are yet to confirm whether the plane debris found in Reunion Island - located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar - belongs to the Malaysian Airline flight MH370 that went missing nearly 17 months ago. The Malaysian prime minister says the debris will be shipped by French authorities to Toulouse for investigation. The remains of a battered suitcase was reportedly also found on the island.
2. Nigeria Appoints General to Lead Fight Against Boko Haram
Major General Iliya Abbah, who previously headed military operations in the oil-rich Niger Delta, will head the new task force to fight Boko Haram Islamists. The 8,700-strong Multi-National Joint Task Force, drawing in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin, is expected to be more effective than the current alliance in the battle to end Boko Haram's six-year insurgency that has claimed some 15,000 lives.
3. American Tourists Kill More Than 380 Lions in Africa Every Year
Following outrage over the killing of Zimbabwe's favorite lion, Cecil, by American dentist Walter Palmer, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) claims that American tourists kill more than 380 lions in Africa every year. Two Zimbabwean men have been charged over the death and local police say Palmer may also face poaching charges.
Source: Daily Mail
4. Malawi Seeks to Liberalize Abortion
The Malawi Law Commission is considering a new bill liberalizing abortion. Abortion is currently illegal in the country, and is punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail except in cases where pregnancy threatens life of a woman. Reports show that 70,000 women in Malawi have mostly illegal abortions each year and up to 17% of them die during the procedure.
5. Egypt Ready to Open ‘New Suez Canal’
Egypt is set to open a new 72km section of the Suez Canal, dubbed Suez Canal Axis, that will nearly double the speed of traffic in the canal. The $8-billion project runs along the existing 146-year-old canal connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.
6. Obama in Africa: 12 Things We Learned from His Historic Trip
A look back at President Barack Obama's two-country visit to Africa that included an address to the African Union at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Source: The Guardian
7. Half of World Population Growth will be in Africa (AUDIO)
The United Nations says Africa will be the source of half the world's population growth in the next 35 years. The report, by the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs, notes that at least 28 African countries are expected to double their populations.
8. New Ebola Cases Decline, but W.H.O. Advises Caution
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), seven new cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone last week. While its the lowest weekly total in more than a year, WHO warns that more than 2,000 people in the region who may have been exposed are still in the 21-day incubation period.
Source: New York Times
9. Date Set for Niger’s Presidential Election
Niger's election commission says that the first round of the country's presidential election will be held in February next year, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term. Under a new voter registration process, at least 7.5 million people are expected to be eligible to vote in the upcoming polls.
10. The NBA Makes Its Africa Debut
The NBA will hold a sold-out game at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, the first ever exhibition game in Africa. Team Africa, led by South Sudan’s Luol Deng of the Miami Heat, will play against Team World, led by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.