- The US government has backed the West African arms embargo against Guinea, following the death of opposition supporters in September.
According to a Statement issued from the White House, the United States strongly supports the Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) decision to impose an arms embargo on Guinea and to work with the African Union to develop a regime of targeted sanctions against individuals.
The United Nations estimates that about 150 people were killed at the Conakry stadium on 28 September when troops opened fire on a rally urging junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara not to stand in elections planned for January.
The junta however says that 56 people were killed, while rights groups say that at least 157 people were massacred and more than 1,200 were injured, including women who were brutally raped by soldiers.
The African Union has given Captain Camara until mid-October to confirm he will not stand in the presidential elections scheduled for 31 January next year, warning of sanctions if he misses that deadline.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has meanwhile announced a plan to conduct a preliminary inquiry to determine if war crimes were committed in the September crackdown.
The ICC said preliminary examination of the situation has been immediately initiated in order to determine whether crimes falling under the Court’s jurisdiction have been perpetrated.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.