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    • Thursday 28 March
    • US Supreme Court backs Sudan over USS Cole damages

      News 24 with AFP - 12h31

      The US Supreme Court overturned on Tuesday a ruling ordering Sudan to pay damages to the families of 17 servicemen killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

      The high court ruled on procedural grounds: Under regulations related to the prosecution of foreign states, it said the Sudanese government should have been served the complaint in Khartoum instead of via its embassy in Washington.

      “In cases with sensitive diplomatic implications, the rule of law demands adherence to strict rules,” the justices said in an 8-1 ruling.

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    • Pop to visit three African nations in Septeember

      VOA - 12h26

      The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from Sept. 4-10.

      The Vatican said on Wednesday that Francis will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius.

      The Holy See gave no other details, saying they would be divulged in due time.

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    • Algeria ruling party backs army call for Bouteflika to step down

      Africanews - 12h16

      Algeria’s biggest union and an influential party on Wednesday backed an army call for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit in a managed exit plan that was quickly rejected by protesters demanding the overthrow of the entire political elite.

      The statement from the National Rally for Democracy (RND), a member of the ruling coalition, came a day after the military – Algeria’s traditional kingmakers – said Bouteflika should be declared unfit for office.

      The General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), long a staunch supporter of the president, also said it supported the army call for Bouteflika to step down.

      Read full story here

    • Uganda President to undertake historic train journey in Kenya

      BBC Africa - 12h11

      Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni will become the first foreign head of state to travel by train on a Chinese-funded railway line from Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi.

      He will be accompanied by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, as the two leaders focus on strengthening ties between their nations.

      Mr Museveni began a state visit to Kenya on Wednesday.

    • Man United appoint Solkjaer on three-year contract

      Skysports - 12h02

      Manchestery United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as their permanent manager on a three year contract, the club announced on Thursday.

      The former United strike was first appointed as caretaker boss back in December after the sacking of José Mourinho. He has won 14 of his 19 games in charged putting the Red Devils back in contention for a Top Four finish and a place into the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League.

    • Thursday 21 February
    • Nigeria declares Friday public holiday for Saturday’s elections

      - 12h15

      The Nigerian Government has declared Friday, 22 February as public holiday to enable citizens prepare for Saturday’s presidential and parliamentary elections.Bankers and those offering essential services across the nation are excluded, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

      “The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their polling units for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.

      “Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the general election,” the ministry said.

      The country would hold the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Friday.

    • Africa needs $80bn in energy investment annually – Expert

      - 12h10

      Africa should learn to preserve its energy for the benefit of its development needs, which requires $80 billion annually, Christoph Frei, World Energy Council’s Secretary General, said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba (summit) currently underway at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Frei said: “We need to preserve our energy to attract economic growth into the African continent. We need energy to create more job opportunities.”

      Frei said his priorities have been to mobilise international energy leaders and decision-makers to work together towards building a sustainable future, underpinned by robust policymaking.

      In this regard, he said, his main focus has been to provide world decision-makers with the necessary evidence base and the high-level dialogue platform for energy policies.

    • Monday 18 February
    • Kuwait approves $2bn loans to Africa

      - 12h18

      Kuwait has approved $2 billion as grants and concessionary loans to African countries, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Nigeria, Mr. Abdulaziz Albisher, has said.Albisher said in Abuja that the money was for investment and development and would be spread over five years.

      He said that Kuwait had initiated another Annual Prize of $1 million for researches and research projects on agriculture, health and Ebola eradication.

    • South Africa beat Nigeria 5-3 on penalties in U-20 AFCON tournament

      - 12h17

      South Africa’s U-20 football team, the Amajita on Saturday defeated the Flying Eagles of Nigeria 5-3 on penalties to finish third in the ongoing U-20 African Cup of Nations tournament in Niger Republic.The third place match played at the Stade Seyni Kountche in Niamey, the capital of Niger, which was televised live, saw the Flying Eagles dominate proceedings in the first and second halves of the game, but failed to score a goal.

      The two teams finished the first half goalless with Nigeria recording an impressive possession record of 67 percent with 6 shots and one shot on target, while South Africa finished the half with 33 percent with no shot on target.

      The Flying Eagles continued its impressive performance in the second half, but again failed to convert some of the scoring chances they created.

    • Sunday 17 February
    • Nigeria counts cost of postponed presidential poll

      - 18h52

      Nigerians on Sunday counted the cost of the last-minute postponement of presidential elections, with predictions the delay could lose the country billions of dollars.

      The streets of Lagos, the country’s sprawling commercial hub of more than 20 million people, were empty following disappointment and anger at the last-minute decision.

      Some 84 million people were registered to vote for a new president and parliament on Saturday until the Independent National Electoral Commission announced a one-week delay.

      The two main candidates — President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar — both called for calm, as INEC prepared to address logistical issues that hampered their preparations.

    • NBA, FIBA unite to operate 12-team African pro league

      - 18h51

      Basketball world-governing body FIBA and the NBA will launch a new 12-team African professional league in 2020, announcing Saturday the first NBA collaboration on a league outside North America.

      The Basketball Africa League (BAL) was unveiled at Charlotte, North Carolina, on the eve of the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

      With teams from across Africa, the BAL will assemble based on a foundation of FIBA’s current club competitions in Africa and begin play in Janaury 2020.

      “The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

    • NBA, FIBA unite to operate 12-team African pro league

      - 18h35

      Basketball world-governing body FIBA and the NBA will launch a new 12-team African professional league in 2020, announcing Saturday the first NBA collaboration on a league outside North America.

      The Basketball Africa League (BAL) was unveiled at Charlotte, North Carolina, on the eve of the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

      With teams from across Africa, the BAL will assemble based on a foundation of FIBA’s current club competitions in Africa and begin play in Janaury 2020.

    • Thursday 14 February
    • Over 20 percent of Africans undernourished- Report

      - 15h58

      A report released today revealed that 257 million people in Africa, over 20 percent of the population, are undernourished.

      The 2018 edition of “Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition”, jointly conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, stated that the prevalence of undernourishment is on the rise.

      There are 821 million undernourished people in the world, up from 804 million in 2016, it stated.

      According to the report, 34.5 million more people are undernourished in Africa today than in 2015, bringing the total to 257 million in 2018.

      Climate change is the leading and driving factor responsible for posing threat for food insecurity in Africa, it was noted.

    • Key rebel stronghold left out of Philippines’ Muslim territory

      - 14h26

      Dozens of communities won approval to join a new Muslim-led territory in the Philippines’ south, results showed Thursday, yet the exclusion of a key rebel stronghold raised concerns about the peace process in the restive region.

      The results are from the second and final round of a landmark referendum that was the culmination of a decades-long process seeking to halt Muslim separatist violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives since the 1970s.

      Voters had already overwhelmingly approved last month the so-called Bangsamoro region, which is centred on the island of Mindanao in the majority Catholic nation’s south.

    • Catalan separatist refuses to answer prosecutors at trial

      - 14h19

      The lead defendant in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders, former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras, refused to answer prosecutors’ questions in court on Thursday.

      “I am being persecuted for my ideas and not for my actions… I will not answer questions from the accusers,” he said as he took the stand in Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid for the first time.

      Junqueras faces 25 years behind bars if he is convicted of rebellion and misuse of public funds for pushing an independence referendum in October 2017 in defiance of a court ban.

      The referendum was followed by a declaration of independence by leaders in the northeastern region, which sparked Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.

    • UK teen runaway who joined IS ‘wants to come home’

      - 14h17

      An unrepentant British teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria said in an interview Thursday that she wants to come home, highlighting the challenge for Western governments on how to deal with returning jihadist supporters.

      Shamima Begum, who ran away from London with two school friends in 2015, spoke to The Times from a refugee camp where she had fled the collapse of the IS group’s “caliphate” in eastern Syria.

      Now 19, she expressed no regrets about joining the jihadists but said that two of her children were dead and she was now heavily pregnant.

    • Palestinians say Warsaw meet ‘normalises’ Israeli occupation

      - 14h16

      A Warsaw conference jointly organised by US President Donald Trump’s administration lacks credibility as it aims to “normalise” the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, a Palestinian official said in remarks published Thursday.

      “By fully siding with the Israeli government, (the Americans) have tried to normalise the Israeli occupation and the systematic denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination,” Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, wrote in a column published by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.

      The two-day conference, which convened for its main session in the Polish capital on Thursday, is officially devoted to security in the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on Iran.

    • Monday 11 February
    • Kim-Trump summit a ‘remarkable breakthrough’ for peace: Moon

      - 15h13

      The agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a “remarkable breakthrough” for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, President Moon Jae-in said Monday, but he acknowledged doubts remained over denuclearisation.

      The US President and North Korean leader are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 following their landmark first summit in Singapore last June.

      That meeting — the first-ever between the leaders of the US and North Korea — produced a vaguely-worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards “the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

    • Ghana: Mixed reactions greet Satellites exit from AFCON

      - 15h08

      The exit of the national Under-20 team, the Black Satellites from the African U-20 Youth Championship, following a 0-1 loss to Mali has been received with mixed reactions and statements in Ghana.First to break the ice was the coach of the team, Jim Cobblah, who blamed the failure of his team to qualify to the next stage of the competition on poor preparations towards the tournament.

      However, the coach’s assertion has been received with a pinch of salt from some football fans as he promised to guide the boys to a world cup bid, especially when he won the opening game 2-0 against Burkina Faso.

      Mr. Kojo Owuba, a public relations practitioner, said the coach had no excuse to fail Ghanaians and that he was bereft of ideas after starting on a bright note.

    • DR Congo election loser calls for rematch

      - 15h07

      The runner-up in DR Congo’s controversial presidential election has proposed staging the poll again within six months.

      In a letter to the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Martin Fayulu restated his allegation that the vote result had been rigged, and suggested “holding the elections again within six months”.

      Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner of the December 30 ballot with 38.5 percent of the vote, against Fayulu’s 34.8 percent.

      Fayulu, whose letter was made public on Monday, said the DRC’s Independent National Election Commission (CENI) had “quite simply fabricated the results it published”.

    • Botswana becomes 51st country to sign AfCFTA Agreement

      - 15h06

      President Mokgweetsi Masisi has signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, making Botswana the 51st country to sign the pact that seeks to create an enlarged African market.In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Masisi said he signed the agreement in the presence of African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki and outgoing AU chairperson Paul Kagame.

      Masisi said the agreement would give Batswana the opportunity to “benefit from inter-regional trade within the African continent, and greatly contribute to the growth and diversification of our country’s economy.”

    • Saturday 09 February
    • C/d’Ivoire: Guillaume Soro resigns as NA Speaker

      - 09h46

      Guillaume Soro has announced his resignation as the Speaker of the Ivorian National Assembly.RFI reported that Soro resigned on Friday, announcing it during an extraordinary session with MPs.

    • Senegal: Jailed ex-mayor backs incumbent’s poll rival

      - 09h45

      The former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall is endorsing Idrissa Seck, the flag-bearer of the coalition Idy 2019 for the Senegalese presidential election scheduled for 24 February, 2019.”I have decided, in agreement with the parties and organizations of the coalition Taxawu Senegaal Ak Khalifa Ababacar Sall, to accept the offer of alliance of the candidate Idrissa Seck. Together, we decided to seal a partnership based on a shared commitment to break up with the current trend and reform institutional, democratic, economic and social governance. With Idrissa Seck and with all the forces of the Nation, we will give impetus to the momentum needed to achieve our common ambition for a Senegal of peace, progress, freedom, social justice and solidarity,” Khalifa Sall was quoted as saying in a statement dated Friday, 8 February, 2019.

      Mr. Sall was stripped of his role as the mayor of Dakar and his parliamentary immunity following the ruling of the case of the so-called “Caisse d’Avance” in which he was prosecuted for embezzlement.

    • Nigerian rivals rally supporters as election campaign peaks

      - 09h32

      Nigeria’s main presidential hopefuls court voters in two key cities on Saturday, as election campaigning reaches its climax with one week to go before the ballot.

      The commercial hub of Lagos in the southwest is expected to grind to a halt as President Muhammadu Buhari visits for a rally in front of tens of thousands of supporters.

      His main opposition rival, Atiku Abubakar, is also holding a “mega-rally” in the capital, Abuja.

      Both events are among the final stops on the campaign trail around Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory before voting begins next Saturday.

      Buhari, 76, wants a second, four-year term while Abubakar, 72, is hoping to finally secure the presidency after four previous attempts.

      A record 84,004,084 voters are registered this year — up 18 percent from 2015, when Buhari became the first opposition candidate in Nigerian history to defeat a sitting president.

    • Revealed: DR Congo’s ‘invisible’ massacre

      - 09h30

      It was a bloodbath that happened out of sight of the rest of the world and was largely unnoticed even at home, occurring in the runup to fiercely-disputed elections.

      Days passed before details began to trickle out about what had happened on December 16 and 17 in Yumbi, a remote territory in southwest DR Congo.

      It was a whole month before a preliminary UN investigation said “credible sources” had found nearly 900 people were killed — a figure later scaled back to 535 after bodies had been identified.

      Some 16,000 refugees fled across the Congo river into the neighbouring Republic of Congo.

    • Rappers, women aiming big at Grammys after past snubs

      - 09h26

      Music’s biggest stars will gather in Los Angeles on Sunday for the Grammy Awards, and this year observers are hoping the hip-hop and women artists leading the pack will get their due.

      The industry’s annual gala draws eye rolls every year from critics who say the winners are too white and too male, but for the second consecutive year black hip-hop artists dominated the nominations across the board.

      Rapper Kendrick Lamar — who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album “DAMN.” but not a Grammy for Album of the Year — earned eight nominations, while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven.

      Women artists scored nods in all of the top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago, with rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga, pop futurist Janelle Monae and folk rocker Brandi Carlile among the frontrunners.

      In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women.

      But skepticism lingers that nods will actually translate into wins, after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed last year despite eight nominations.


    • Thursday 07 February
    • Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui

      - 21h49

      The government of Central African Republic and armed groups in control of most of the country signed a deal in Bangui Wednesday aimed at ending a bloody, years-long conflict.

      “The first effect of this agreement is the cessation of all violence against civilians,” President Faustin-Archange Touadera said at the signing ceremony, without disclosing the contents of the pact.

      “For us, this day is a historic moment which enshrines the culmination of nearly three years of efforts,” Touadera said, adding he was “holding out a hand to our brothers and sisters in the armed groups.”

      The deal had been initialled in Khartoum on Tuesday after lengthy talks brokered by the African Union and supported by the United Nations.

    • Uganda shuts main independent news website

      - 21h49

      Uganda’s communications regulator on Wednesday ordered the country’s main independent newspaper the Daily Monitor to shut down its website.

      In a letter to the newspaper’s managing director, the head of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Godfrey Mutabazi, said the Daily Monitor had failed to register under data communications regulations introduced in 2018.

      It accused the newspaper’s parent company, Monitor Publications Limited, of providing an online news service illegally.

    • Washington scales back military aid to Cameroon

      - 21h48

      Washington has announced it is scaling back its military aid to Cameroon, over allegations of human rights abuses by government troops, diplomatic sources in Yaoundé told APA on Thursday.The announcement, already made by leading American media, was confirmed, under condition of anonymity to APA, by a US diplomatic representative in Cameroon, estimating the compromised military support stood at some CFA97 billion.

      This suspension, which will be further slashed if the situation so requires, concerns in particular security assistance, observation through radars, patrol boats and aircraft, armoured vehicles, peacekeeping, counter-terrorism and training programmes.

      At the same time, the State Department continues to urge the Cameroonian government to take seriously all allegations of gross human rights violations by the army, particularly in the English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-West, where a secessionist conflict has been raging since October 2016, but also in the Far North, where the defence and security forces are engaged in the fight against Boko Haram militants.

    • Wednesday 06 February
    • Botswana reserves car dealership for citizens

      - 19h37

      The government of Botswana is reportedly taking steps to reserve businesses for pre-owned motor dealership and mobile phone shops for citizens, APA learned here Wednesday.Dealership of vehicles in Botswana is a business currently dominated by Asians, West Africans and Somalis.

      According to a report by Yarona FM radio station, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Peggy Serame said this is intended to economically empower citizens.

      Serame told the radio station that guidelines have been drafted and plans to implement the policy is at an advanced stage.

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