These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Africa's unemployment crisis
A study conducted by the Tony Blair institute for global change has found that parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040. The research has predicted a shortfall of some 50 million jobs across much of the continent, warning about its dire consequences on the global economy. Former UK cabinet minister who works at the institute says:“This should serve as a serious wake up call for all. This daunting figure will not only have profound consequences for the whole of Africa and its people, but the impact on the global economy could be catastrophic.”
New attempt to unify Cyprus
The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish communities have made a new attempt to resolve one of the world's longest-running conflicts and to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four decades after it was divided by the 1974 war. That was when Turkey seized the island’s northern third in response to a coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece. The talks brought all the main players to the table – including envoys of Cyprus’s guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and Britain. The United Nations has called the negotiations in Switzerland as the "best chance" to bring lasting peace to Cyprus. Despite all such efforts, reunification of Cyprus remains elusive.