All Africa (sort by date) AllAfrica News: Africa (10)sourceAfrica: What's On to-Do List for Statistical Ecologists 47 min 19 sec ago [The Conversation Africa] Statistical ecology is a new scientific discipline that has grown rapidly in response to changes in the global environment. The Conversation Africa's energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel asked Sanet Hugo, from the Centre for Statistics in Ecology, the Environment and Conservation, how this has affected African scientists. Africa: How U.S. Can Help Fight Terrorism By Supporting Local Activists 2 hours 50 min ago [The Conversation Africa] The urgency of promoting social justice in Africa as the best firewall against the spread of extremism grows daily, as we witness increasing terrorist attacks on soft targets in African cities - Bamako, Ouagadougou and Grand-Bassam. Africa: Ban Announces Intention to Appoint Erik Solheim of Norway As UN Environment Chief 8 hours 17 min ago [UN News] Following consultations with the chairpersons of the regional groups of Member States, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Erik Solheim of Norway as the new Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Africa: Security Council Demands Protection for Hospitals and Health Workers in Conflict Zones 8 hours 20 min ago [UN News] With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones. Africa: UN Expert Warns Combat Against Violent Extremism Could Be Used As 'Excuse' to Curb Free Speech 8 hours 33 min ago [UN News] A United Nations human rights expert today signalled concern that efforts to counter "violent extremism" may be construed as the "perfect excuse" for democratic and authoritarian governments to restrict free expression and control access to information. Africa: At High-Level Forum, UN Spotlights Power of Information Technology in Advancing Development 8 hours 34 min ago [UN News] Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the power to help people around the world bridge the digital divide and accelerate innovation as world leaders continue to work towards implementing the United Nations development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today at the opening of a high-level forum of the ICT for development community. West Africa: Pirates Paid 'U.S.$400,000' Ransoms in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea 10 hours 16 min ago [Daily Trust] Ransoms of up to $400,000 (£273,000) have been paid to gangs which hijacked ships in the Gulf of Guinea in 2015, a maritime report says. The region was the most dangerous in the world for seafarers, with pirates becoming more violent, it added. A total of 32 seafarers had been kidnapped so far this year compared with 15 in 2015, the report said. Africa: It's High Time Africa Seriously Addressed the Extremist Threat 10 hours 30 min ago [Citizen] The list of places in Europe and Africa that have suffered from jihadist terrorism is rapidly growing: the seaside town of Grand-Bassam in Côte d'Ivoire, nightspots in Paris, and transport hubs in Brussels, to name just a few. Africa: Why Elections in Africa Are Gradually Becoming Obsolete 10 hours 42 min ago [Citizen] I have in the past two decades observed elections in Africa from Egypt in the north all the way down to South Africa. Although I appreciate some improvements in democratic processes, I am still a little bit concerned about how elections are being, or not being, conducted. Africa: As Internet Access Expands in Africa, so does Cyber Harassment 11 hours 8 min ago [allAfrica] As internet access increases across Africa, it is giving our citizens new development opportunities and freedom of expression. But there's a dark side to this transformation. Trolling, hacking, spamming and online harassment are wreaking havoc on the psyches of our women and girls, effectively silencing us.