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Terror inquiry opened after man shoots cops on French Indian island of Réunion

Two police officers were slightly wounded by a man suspected of Islamist sympathies on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion early this morning.

African press review 27 April 2017

Five and a half million Ugandans are suffering from the current famine. A group of MPs calls for the declaration of a state of emergency. Some big names in Kenyan politics fail to make the grade as elections approach. And the UN condemns both sides in South Sudan's civil war.

African press review 26 April 2017

Why do African countries that criticise the ICC continue to refer cases to the international tribunal? Why has Tanzania expelled the local director of the United Nations Development Programme? And why are Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni's buttocks back in the news?

Congolese young man trying to deal with life and school in JJ Bola's new novel; Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, we take a look at the new Nommo Prize for African Speculative Fiction, which includes fantasy, sci-fi, the supernatural and even horror. We also talk to JJ Bola, whose debut novel, "No Place...Show More Summary

African press review 25 April 2017

Why has South Africa welcomed Emmanuel Macron's showing in the French presidential first round? An Egyptian court confirms 20 death sentences for some of those accused of the Kerdasa killings in 2013. And South Sudan and Uganda start talking about their common border.

RFI Cameroon correspondent jailed for 10 years

Ahmed Abba, an RFI correspondent in Cameroon, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. Abba, who works for RFI's Nigeria-based Hausa service, initially faced a possible death sentence.

The Mashambas Skyscraper - A Modular Farm Tower

Over at Dezeen: Polish designers Pawel Lipi?ski and Mateusz Frankowski have envisioned a conceptual high-rise building that would provide a place to grow, sell and learn about crops in unspecified locations across sub-Saharan Africa....Show More Summary

How Zenvus Is Using 3D Printing To Build Soil Fertility Sensors

Zenvus is an intelligent solution for farms that uses proprietary electronics sensors to collect soil data like moisture, nutrients, pH etc and send them to a cloud server via GSM, satellite or Wifi. Algorithms in the server analyze the data and advice farmers on farming. Show More Summary

Where's the sweet spot in Cadbury's 'Cocoa Life' deal?

RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto finds out what it means when Cadbury's decides to change their 'fair trade' label to their own 'cocoa Life' label. And what it means, or not, for Ghanaian and Ivorian cocoa farmers.

Diagnose Medical Images with Dr CADx

From Zimbabwe: Dr CADx is a computer aided diagnostic system to help doctors diagnose medical images more accurately in order to provide better patient outcomes and save lives, and to provide pervasive radiology diagnostics in underserved regions.

Africa press review 22 April 2017

Kenya's ruling jubilee coalition cancels results of primaries after chaotic process to select candidates for the August 8 elections.

Ghana's "Biotech Nerds" and "Robotic Nerds"

NPR reports: image via It was a meeting of nerds and sharks. The self-described "biotech nerds" and "robotic nerds" were seven high school students from Washington, D.C. The eight teens who call themselves "sharks" and flew in from Ghana. Show More Summary

Africa press review 21 April 2017

Kenya's ruling Jubille coalition deploys thousands of security operatives as chaos and rigging claims mar hotly-contested primaries. And a lucky South African man pockets over one million euros after winning the lotto.

The Africa 4 Tech Bootcamp

Africa 4 Tech is an international platform and a network of innovators, connectors and brainers to source, design and code innovative solutions for & from Africa.

Africa press review 20th April 2017

A story in the Nigerian Vanguard reports that defence minister Mansur Dan Ali has warned it could take years to find all the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram three years ago.

US government overlooking human rights concerns with Nigeria warplane sale

The US government is pushing forward with plans to sell light aircraft to the Nigerian military to help in their battle against the hardline Islamist group Boko Haram. Twelve Super Tucano attack aircraft worth 600 million dollars will be sold to Nigeria, according to US officials cited by several reports last week. Show More Summary

The Prototype to Product Bottleneck in #Kenya (and elsewhere in #Africa)

Daily Nation's Delfhin Mugo reports: image via If Daniel Njuguna were to convert every one of his innovative ideas into businesses, he would certainly be a rich man. The 25-year-old’s inventions include a home security system, a radio...Show More Summary

African press review 19 April 2017

Praying Nigerians tell all about the miracle of prayers as their airliner with blades on fire lands safely. Kenya's ODM party suffers another set back as process to pick its candidates for the August 8 elections ends in chaos.

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