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S. Africa Struggles to Provide Housing to Black Middle Class – Voice of America

— South Africa’s black middle class is growing by leaps and bounds – with a new survey showing it now outspends the white middle class. This is having a profound impact on the historical black township of Soweto where prices of land and houses have soared in recent years due to growing demand for better […]

Famous Brands to Expand Africa Network by 55 Restaurants – Bloomberg

Famous Brands Ltd. (FBR), a South African fast-food chain owner, plans to open 55 outlets abroad this year in African countries where it already operates as sales growth elsewhere on the continent beats the local market. “Our brands are gaining traction in Africa,” Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hedderwick said in a telephone interview today. “There […]

Shell Backs Away From East Africa Gas – Wall Street Journal

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Celebrating Africa Union rise amid cynicism – Aljazeera.com

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The pomp and ceremony of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the African Union has been marked in Addis Ababa by the noisy cavalcades of delegates, police escorts, barricaded roads and journalists in hot pursuit. The heads of state that make up the African Union have long been ridiculed […]

‘Zulu,’ Violent Portrait Of S. Africa, Ends Cannes – NPR

CANNES, France (AP) — Academy award-winner Forest Whitaker turns in a solid performance as a cop searching for the murderer of a white teenager in the movie “Zulu,” a violent and often shocking portrayal of South African gang culture where traces of apartheid still linger. The film premiered at the close of the Cannes Film […]

Kerry, in Africa, presses Nigeria on human rights – Boston Globe

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Making his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as secretary of state, John Kerry urged Nigeria on Saturday to uphold human rights as it steps up its fight against Islamic extremists. “One’s person’s atrocity does not excuse another’s,” Kerry said, when asked about reports of serious human rights violations by Nigerian forces. […]

Kerry, in Africa, keeps focus on Middle East – Washington Post

“How’s it going with Syria?” Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi asked Kerry before the two sat down to discuss Egypt’s slow-moving efforts to comply with economic reforms crucial to securing international loans and investment. Progress that Morsi promised Kerry two months ago has not materialized. “I’ll let you know in a few days,” Kerry replied during […]

Kerry makes sub-Saharan Africa visit – USA TODAY

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington last month.(Photo: Molly Riley, AP) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Nigeria must respect human rights as it cracks down on the Islamist extremists. He’s also pledging to work hard in the coming months to ease tensions between […]

Travel Writer Paul Theroux’s Last Trip to Africa – National Geographic

For half a century, the novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux has been traversing continents—often crammed into an overcrowded bus or wedged into a packed train car. His international wanderings began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi in 1963, and in 1975 he published his first travel book. The Great Railway Bazaar, which took […]

Leaders open landmark AU summit in Ethiopia – Aljazeera.com

Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organisation that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit on Saturday that was attended by US Secretary of State […]