German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed an analogy between the annexation of Crimea and Nazi Germany’s prewar seizure of Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia after her finance minister drew a parallel with Russian tactics.
Senegalese President Macky Sall has shut 59 state institutions and begun audits of government projects after ending the 12-year rule of Abdoulaye Wade, improving investors’ outlook for the West African nation.
Senegal’s economy is forecast to expand 4.6 percent in 2014 from 4 percent this year as the government take steps to improve the business climate and shore up state revenue, Finance Minister Amadou Ba said.
Using a visit to a slavery museum and reminiscences about Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid to punctuate his point, President Barack Obama said African nations have made significant gains that should be recognized as the continent seeks more investment and trade.
French President Francois Hollande is using his first official trip to Africa to bolster his drive for military action against Islamist groups in northern Mali that are threatening to expand throughout the region.
African leaders are likely to back a Kenyan proposal that the International Criminal Court refer its cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto back to the East African nation, African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said.