Saturday, 2nd December 2023


25 Oct
A company backed by oil major Shell says it has raised $103 million to build solar mini grids in rural Africa and Asia including a focus on Nigeria and plans to expand into Democratic Republic of Congo.
24 Oct
Nigeria no longer has to pay a multibillion-dollar fine over a failed gas deal. A London court has backed Abuja's appeal over damages. Also, we speak to the president of Rugby Africa about the prospects for rugby on the continent as South Africa powers through the Rugby World Cup. And France teams up with Nigeria in a crackdown on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
23 Oct
In a roadside welding shop in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, Shola Ojo gives his power-generating set a second pull before the engine revved up, now he is ready to start his business for the day.
21 Oct
China's National Bureau of Statistics has released a new raft of data on the health of the Chinese economy, the world's second largest. Annual GDP growth in the third quarter reached 4.9%, beating analysts' expectations. The authorities' efforts to support growth are bearing fruit, although retail sales remain low and the property sector continues to struggle.
18 Oct
Pakistan has recently begun a partnership with Russia whereby Islamabad receives energy supplies from Moscow. How the West responds may dictate whether the deal works or not.
16 Oct
A crackdown on cryptocurrency accounts linked to Hamas has reignited scrutiny of digital assets after the terrorist group attacked Israel. Criminal and terrorist organizations use crypto to bypass laws and sanctions.
13 Oct
The attacks in Israel have so far not prompted energy price spikes. But the risk of escalation in a region defined by oil production means the market is nervous.
12 Oct
Cash-strapped Pakistan has asked China to step up funding of projects via the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). But experts say Beijing is wary of Pakistan's worsening economic crisis.
11 Oct
Sri Lanka's economic crisis is the biggest test yet of China's massive Belt and Road Initiative. Many blame the country's economic collapse on a close relationship with Beijing. Between 2000 and 2020, China extended $12 billion in loans to the Sri Lankan government.
7 Oct
Tiny chips, big impact: The challenge of diversifying semiconductor supply chains france24
7 Oct
Saudi-owned Newcastle beat Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League match that said much about modern football. There is some opposition, but Newcastle as a club and city have welcomed the investment.
7 Oct
Key planks of Nigerian President Bola Tinubu's economic overhaul appear to be coming unstuck - prompting fears that the promises of an end to costly policies will not be realized.


1 day ago
For more than six months, Russia has been waging war against Ukraine not only with soldiers and bullets, but also in the media - with fakes, disinformation and a broad-based propaganda strategy. We show what's behind it.
1 day ago
As the UN's annual climate summit gets underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, one underlying question is set to top the agenda: can the world finally agree to ditch fossil fuels? Down to Earth takes a closer look.
1 day ago
A spate of attacks on drivers using GPS navigation systems prompted South Africa to ask Google Maps to exclude a notorious crime hotspot. The intervention comes as the authorities battle to remedy widespread crime.
1 day ago
For the first time, a South African court has sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for inciting unrest. More than 350 people died during days of unrest in 2021 sparked by the incarceration of ex-president Jacob Zuma. Also, with COP28 is set to begin, we see how Kenya is leading the way in the fight against climate change.
1 day ago
Two weeks ago, powerful waters washed away two dams and left much of the coastal city of Derna in ruins. Nearly 4,000 people are known to have been killed in the region, but with many others still missing, the death toll could be much higher.
1 day ago
While Palestinians in the Middle East have different legal statuses and integration levels, for the majority, the common pursuit remains a two-state solution and the ability to exercise a right to return.