Friday, August 28: Top 10 Weekly News Must Reads
1. China Signs Deal With Africa's Richest Man
A Chinese state-owned engineering company has signed a deal worth $4.3 billion to build factories for a Nigerian cement company run by Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote. The new factories will add around 25 million tonnes to the firm's existing cement capacity of 45 million tonnes.
2. South Sudan's Rebel Leader Talks About The Peace Deal
South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar says that the peace agreement includes several reforms, including the reconsitution of the army, security forces and the police. Machar says that there were reasons for the war and with the agreement now signed by both parties he hopes there will never again be war in South Sudan.
3. Joy As Sierra Leone's Last Ebola Patient Ends Treatment
Adama Sankoh danced her way down the red carpet, past jubilant onlookers and out of the Ebola treatment centre in Makeni. It was a personal triumph for the 35-year-old Sierra Leonean but also, hopefully, the beginning of the end of her country’s Ebola nightmare.
Source: The Guardian
4. Zimbabwe Economy: Mugabe Asks The West For Help
For first time in over 15 years, President Robert Mugabe openly asked for Western re-engagement in the ailing Zimbabwe economy in his State of the Nation address.
Source: Mail & Guardian
5. Tripoli Negotiator Quits Day Before New Libya Peace Talks
A senior negotiator from one of Libya's two parliaments has quit United Nations-sponsored talks on forming a unity government, a day before a new round of negotiations.
Source: Times Live
6. Jailing Of Gay Men In Senegal Is A Setback To The HIV Fight In Africa
It took less than a minute for a panel of judges in Senegal to sentence seven men to six months in prison for homosexuality, but campaigners say the harm to the African nation's anti-HIV efforts could last much longer.
7. Hunters Have Bagged 10 000 Lions In Africa Since 2003
Africa's wild lions are in catastrophic decline. The latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature figures suggest that fewer than 20,000 remain. It may therefore come as a shock to discover that as many as 10,000 of the continent’s iconic big cats were legally hunted and exported as trophies in the ten years ending in 2013.
8. Africa's Third Revolution
Renewable energy, the sharing economy and transportation innovation are reshaping economies across the world. Will Africa be able to leapfrog in its development to build revolutionary electricity, manufacturing and transportation networks?
Source: The Africa Report
9. DRC Gorillas Have Been Missed
Tourism Authorities in the Democtratic Republic of Congo say that there has been a shift in focus from guerillas to gorillas as rebels have been pushed back in the east of the country.
10. Lion Kills Safari Guide In Zimbabwe Park Where Cecil Lived
A safari guide has been mauled to death by a lion in the same Zimbabwean national park where Cecil the lion lived.