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Info net: European Union cut demand on Russian energy by over 20% in August-November 2022, says Von der Leyen

DAVOS, Switzerland (AA) – The EU lowered the energy demand from Russia by more than 20% in the August-November period last year, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday. In her special address at the forum, von der Leyen said Europe’s reaction to the ongoing Moscow-Kyiv war is

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Info net: European Union cut demand on Russian energy by over 20% in August-November 2022, says Von der Leyen

DAVOS, Switzerland (AA) – The EU lowered the energy demand from Russia by more than 20% in the August-November period last year, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday. In her special address at the forum, von der Leyen said Europe's reaction to the ongoing Moscow-Kyiv war is the latest example in how the EU “has pulled together when it matters the most.” Hailing Ukraine's courage since Russia launched a war on the country last February, she said: “There will be no impunity for these Russian crimes. We are in it for as long as it takes, and stand by our Ukrainian friends.” She said that a year ago, Europe had a massive dependency on Russian fossil fuels built over decades, making the bloc vulnerable to supply squeezes and price hikes. “Europe has overcome this dangerous dependency. We have replaced 80% of Russian pipeline gas. In parallel, we have filled our storages. Of course, we have reduced our demand by more than 20% in the period from August to November (2022) ,” she explained. She also said that thanks to the collective effort, the EU brought down gas prices faster than anyone expected. “From its peak in August, when it was €350 (around $380) per megawatt hour, it is now dropped by 80% by this month, below the levels of before the Ukraine war,” she explained. – New 'net zero act' About the EU efforts to develop clean energy, von der Leyen said the “Net Zero Industry Act” will identify clear goals for European clean tech by 2030, that will go hand in hand with the “Critical Raw Materials Act.” “We want to reach net zero in less than three decades. We have to reach net zero, but the road to net zero means developing and using a whole range of new clean technologies across our economy, in transport, in buildings, in manufacturing, in energy,” she said. Stressing that clean tech is now the fastest-growing investment sector in Europe, doubling its value between 2020 and 2021 alone, she said the EU, together with the US, are putting forward almost €1 trillion to accelerate the clean energy economy. “This has the potential to massively boost the path to climate neutrality, but it is no secret that certain elements of the design of the US Inflation Reduction Act raised a number of concerns in terms of some of the targeted incentives for companies,” she said . “This is why we have been working with our US friends to find solutions, so that you companies and EU-made electric cars can also benefit from the act. “Our aim should be to avoid disruptions in Transatlantic Trade and Investment,” she added Aysu Bicer/AA European Commission: “We have reduced Russia's energy demand by more than 20%” According to a speech given by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the Forum meeting world economy in Davos European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed on Tuesday that European Union countries have reduced demand for Russian energy by more than 20% in the period from August to November This is what emerges from a speech delivered by Von der Leyen to the participants of the 53rd edition of the World Economic Forum, held in the Swiss city of Davos. She said that “Europe has once again shown the power of his collective will”. The respon Sable added, in this sense, that Europe a year ago was heavily dependent on Russian fossil fuels that had accumulated over decades. “This left us vulnerable to supply cuts, price spikes and Russian market manipulation. Eventually, Europe was able to break through this dangerous dependency,” she said in a statement. on the website of the European Commission. “Thanks to our collective efforts, we have driven gas prices down faster than anyone could have predicted. After peaking in August, European natural gas prices have now fallen by 80%, falling below their pre-war levels in Ukraine,” the same statement quoted Ursula von der Leyen as saying. The 53rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicked off in Davos on Monday, attended by a number of influential figures who shape global politics and business. The forum is being held from January 16 to 20, under the theme “Cooperation in a fragmented world”. AA / Davos / Mennatallah Ahmed

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Infos: Much of Africa less safe, democratic than in 2012 – Mo Ibrahim Foundation

In this photograph taken Tuesday July 19, 2011 armed soldiers stage a night patrol at an isolated outpost in the Kruger National Park's Sabi River valley.   –   Copyright © africanews Denis Farrell/AP2011 By Rédaction Africanews and AP Last updated: 8 hours ago Sudan A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much

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In this photograph taken Tuesday July 19, 2011 armed soldiers stage a night patrol at an isolated outpost in the Kruger National Park's Sabi River valley.   –  

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A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts.

The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse decades of progress made in Africa, according to an index of governance compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that notes 23 successful and attempted coups since 2012.

“This phenomenon of coup d’etats that was common in the '80s seems to have become fashionable again in certain parts of Africa,” said Ibrahim, a British billionaire born in Sudan who is using his fortune to promote democracy and political accountability in Africa.

His foundation's report cited eight successful coups just since 2019. Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have seen two each during that time, further destabilizing a part of the world already under siege by Islamic militants.

Pervasive security problems

The report's authors also found overall security problems pervasive: Over the past decade, nearly 70% of Africans saw security and rule of law decrease in their countries, they said. More than 30 countries declined in this category, according to the index.

South Sudan ranked at the bottom, followed by Somalia, Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

Government violence against civilians and political unrest increased across Africa since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the report says, with governments using restrictions to clamp down on dissent.

“Although this trend predates the pandemic, existing antidemocratic tendencies have been accelerated by the introduction of restrictive measures and emergency provisions that have been left in place for an extended time period,” it said.

The index did chart improvements in some economic, education and gender equity categories, Ibrahim said. However, the report only analyzed data through the end of 2021 so did not take into account the full impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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              Infos: Cameroon denies asking foreign mediation with separatists amid Canada’s claim

              In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 5. 2018, people sit under campaign election posters of President Paul Biya, in Yaounde, Cameroon.   –   Copyright © africanews Sunday Alamba/Copyright 2018 The AP. All rights reserved. By Rédaction Africanews Last updated: 25/01 – 14:24 Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis The Cameroonian government has denied that it asked any country to

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              The Cameroonian government has denied that it asked any country to mediate in its conflict with separatists trying to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia in its minority English-speaking regions. The latest comes after Canada last week said it had received a request to work on a peace process.

              In a statement issued on Monday, Cameroon said it had “not entrusted any foreign country or external entity with any role of mediator or facilitator to settle the crisis”. 

              In response, a spokesperson for the Anglophone separatists, said they had taken note of the government's latest statement while Ottawa on Tuesday said it was in touch with both sides in the conflict, maintaining that it’s statement still stands.

              Since 2017, factions of secessionist militias have been battling government troops in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. 

              The conflict with government troops has left at least 6000 people dead and nearly 800,000 people displaced according to the Canadian government.

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                          Infos: CHAN: Cameroon and Mali make shock exits in Algeria

                          Nigerien players celebrate win over Cameroon to reach CHAN 2022 quarters on Jan. 24, 2023.   –   Copyright © africanews @CAF By Rédaction Africanews and AFP Last updated: 2 hours ago Algeria Cameroon and Mali crashed out of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Tuesday (Jan. 24) as the group phase in Algeria came to a

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                          Cameroon and Mali crashed out of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Tuesday (Jan. 24) as the group phase in Algeria came to a shock-riddled climax.

                          Two-time runners-up Mali needed only a score draw against Mauritania to top Group D, but lost 1-0 with Mamadou Sy scoring the 53rd-minute goal that took his country to the quarter-finals.

                          Cameroon, who hosted the previous edition and came fourth, also needed only one point to finish first in Group E, but fell 1-0 to Niger, who snatched top spot.

                          The competition for footballers playing with clubs in their country of birth now takes a two-day break before the quarter-finals.

                          On Friday (Jan.27), title favourites Algeria face the Ivory Coast in Algiers and Senegal meet west African neighbours Mauritania in Annaba.

                          Madagascar play Mozambique in Constantine and Niger tackle two-time runners-up Ghana in Oran on Saturday (Jan. 28).

                          None of the eight teams that made it to the quarterfinals in 2018, made it to the knockout stage this time.

                          Bets are on

                          None of the surviving teams have won the CHAN with Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo twice each and Tunisia and Libya lifting the trophy in the six previous tournaments.

                          After Algeria and Senegal predictably topped Groups A and B last weekend, minnows have captured the headlines with Madagascar winning Group C on Monday.

                          Before facing Mali, Mauritania had lost all six matches in two other appearances, and fought a goalless draw with Angola in Algeria last week.

                          That automatically made them underdogs against Mali, whose proud CHAN record included reaching the 2016 and 2020 finals.

                          But the Mauritanians never allowed the Malians to settle in the first match of a double-header in the western city of Oran and Sy outjumped Souleymane Coulibaly to nod the match-winner.

                          Following a dour draw with Congo Brazzaville, Niger were given little chance of stopping Cameroon, who were watched by football federation president and former superstar Samuel Eto'o.

                          Cameroon had looked likelier to score until the match was turned on its head in the 69th minute as an Ousseini Badamassi free-kick deflected off Thomas Bawak into the net.

                          Needing an equaliser to survive, Cameroon lay siege to the Nigerien goalmouth, but several poorly-taken free-kicks summed up a night to forget for the central Africans.

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