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Pandemic spurs Africa’s mobile telcos to ramp up banking bid

JOHANNESBURG/ABIDJAN — When coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hit Ivory Coast, Bonaventure Kra, who works at an import-export business, began to worry. Handling hard cash all day was a risk. Queuing in crowded bank branches exposed him to infection.

Health tech pins hope on Africa’s pandemic shift to online care

LAGOS — When Loveth Metiboba’s baby had diarrhea, she worried that taking him to a clinic near her home in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, might expose them both to the coronavirus.

Pact to aid poor cocoa farmers in peril as COVID-19 hits...

LONDON/ABIDJAN — The steepest dive in cocoa demand in a decade has thrown into jeopardy a plan by top producers Ivory Coast and Ghana to guarantee some two million farmers a living wage, sources within the countries’ regulators said.

China’s Xi says ‘no strings attached’ to Africa investments

Beijing -- President Xi Jinping told African counterparts and business leaders Monday that China's investments on the continent have "no political strings attached", even...

France weighs how to return Africa’s plundered art

PARIS — Half-man, half-beast, the tall African statues dominate a busy gallery in Paris’s Quai Branly museum. But few of the visitors are aware...

Floods slow Ivory Coast cocoa harvest agriculture flood floods Ivory+Coast cocoa...

HEAVY RAINS in Ivory Coast’s cocoa-growing areas are slowing the harvesting and sales of beans and farmers say they’re worried about black-pod disease rotting...

Pink lake, treehouses and African beats in Senegal

By Makini Brice LAC ROSE, SENEGAL — Approaching Senegal’s sand dune-flanked Lac Rose, overcast skies hid the sun and, at first, obscured the vibrant pink...