Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Major General Zia Ur Rehman of Pakistan as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

Major General Ur Rehman succeeds Major General Xiaojun Wang of China, whose tour of duty ended on 17 February 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Zia Ur Rehman of Pakistan as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Major General Ur Rehman succeeds Major General Xiaojun Wang of China, whose tour of duty ended on 17…

Source: Marriott International, Inc. |

Marriott Bonvoy kicks off Global Marketing Campaign to introduce New Travel Program

Expands Member Experiences through new Marketing Partnership with the World’s Most Recognizable Sports Team, Manchester United

Marriott International (www.Marriott.com) is launching a global marketing campaign introducing Marriott Bonvoy (MarriottBonvoy.com), the new name that replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The campaign celebrates Marriott Bonvoy as a travel program with the tag line “Rewards Reimagined” through its 30 hotel brands, extraordinary experiences…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

WHO Consultation and Information meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for use in the 2019-2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season - Beijing

Twice annually, WHO organizes consultations with an advisory group of experts to analyse influenza virus surveillance data generated by the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS)

On 18-20 February 2019, the WHO Consultation and Information meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for use in the 2019-2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season will be held in Beijing, China. This is a closed meeting, only the opening session on Monday 18 February can be attended. The periodic replacement of…

Source: CAJ News Africa |

Angola’s ruling party imploding as Lourenco wields axe (by Pedro Agosto)

The prospects of the country’s ruling party look doomed as President Joao Lourenco tightens his grip on the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA)

by Pedro Agosto Coinciding with a promise of an economic miracle in Angola turning into a nightmare, the prospects of the country’s ruling party look doomed as President Joao Lourenco tightens his grip on the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) with a string of dismissals and probes of comrades critical of his autocratic…

Source: Monthly Review Foundation |

A Critical Look at China’s One Belt One Road Initiative

There are reasons to believe that this strategy is seriously flawed, with working people, including in China, destined to pay a high price for its shortcomings

By Martin Hart-Landsberg China’s growth rate remains impressive, even if on the decline. The country’s continuing economic gains owe much to the Chinese state’s (1) still considerable ability to direct the activity of critical economic enterprises and sectors such as finance, (2) commitment to policies of economic expansion, and (3)…

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Source: FACTWIRE NEWS AGENCY |

Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports comes to Hong Kong

China Merchants Port Holdings controls the controversial 1,150-hectare Port of Hambantota, which Sri Lanka handed over to China on a 99-year lease

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative. FactWire (www.FactWire.org) has obtained a legal filing by United…

Source: Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, London, UK |

Ethiopia participates in a Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) dialogue on Peace and Security

Ministers and senior representatives of more than 20 African countries exchanged views on the implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Summit

A Ministerial-level Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative was held on Wednesday (February 6) in Addis Ababa. The dialogue, hosted by Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) co-chairs, China and Senegal, as well as by the African Union, was organized to facilitate implementation of the outcomes…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China |

Chinese president sends congratulatory message to 32nd AU summit

Xi stressed that in September last year, the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was a huge success

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a congratulatory message on the holding of the 32nd African Union (AU) summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Calling the AU a banner of unity and strength, Xi said that since last year, under the leadership of AU, African integration process…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

MEDIA ADVISORY |  Telephonic Press Briefing with U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Andrew Young and U.S. Air Force Major General Mark Hicks, Commander, Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) to discuss the upcoming SOCAFRICA-Sponsored Flintlock 2019 Joint Military Exercise in Burkina Faso

During the briefing, Ambassador Young and Major General Hicks will discuss the U.S.-Burkinabe bilateral relationship, including development and diplomatic efforts

EVENT: Please join us on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 14:30 GMT|15:30 WAT|16:30 SAST for a telephonic press briefing with Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso, and U.S. Air Force Major General Mark Hicks, Commander, Special Operations Command Africa.  They will discuss our multiform efforts to reinforce development, security, and diplomatic…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Telephonic Press Briefing with U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Andrew Young and U.S. Air Force Major General Mark Hicks, Commander, Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) to discuss the upcoming SOCAFRICA-Sponsored Flintlock 2019 Joint Military Exercise in Burkina Faso

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 14:30 GMT |15:30 WAT |16:30 SAST

EVENT: Please join us on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 14:30 GMT|15:30 WAT|16:30 SAST for a telephonic press briefing with Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso, and U.S. Air Force Major General Mark Hicks, Commander, Special Operations Command Africa.  They will discuss our multiform efforts to reinforce development, security, and diplomatic…