Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global uproar

NAIROBI, Oct 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as “Kill the Gays”. Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo last

Tanzania seizes ivory tusks equivalent to 117 elephants killed

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Tanzania has seized ivory tusks equivalent to killing at least 117 elephants, its tourism minister said, part of its drive to stamp out organised criminal networks involved in years of industrial-scale poaching. The elephant population in Tanzania, famed for its wildlife reserves, shrank from 110,000 in 2009 to

Ethiopia to install 4G network ahead of telecoms liberalisation

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s state-run Ethio Telecom plans to install a 4G network in the capital and other regions and to upgrade other network services, it said on Friday, as the government prepares to open up the sector to private foreign investment. In July, Ethiopia announced it would award two telecoms licences

Coffee growers, future crops at risk amid low global prices -producers

BOGOTA, March 27 (Reuters) – Global coffee growers are being forced into poverty by low international prices for the crop, farmers’ representatives said at an international conference, warning the future of the industry is at risk. Coffee futures are near a 13-year bottom, trading as low as 93.45 cents per pound on Wednesday – far

UPDATE 3-Ophir agrees to be bought by Indonesia’s Medco in a sweetened bid

(Adds Ophir statement on earlier offer from Coro) By Shubham Kalia March 20 (Reuters) – London-listed Ophir Energy Plc said on Wednesday it agreed to be bought by Indonesian oil and gas group Medco for a sweetened cash bid of 408.4 million pounds ($539 million) after previously agreeing to a lower offer. Under the terms,