Category Archives: Africa

Stirring CHAN comebacks by Swaziland, Namibia

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Morocco maximised home advantage with a 3-0 triumph over African Nations Championship title-holders Libya

Stirring Swazi and Namibian comebacks and Moroccan muscle flexing were 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying highlights at the weekend. Hosts Swaziland wiped out a two-goal deficit in the first leg of a preliminary tie to draw 2-2 against Angola with Sabelo Ndzinisa levelling seven minutes from time. Namibia came from behind under new coach Ronnie Kanalelo to edge visiting Zambia 2-1 in another southern Africa showdown.

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Nigeria to probe Keshi link to Ivory Coast job

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Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi, 53, signed a two-year deal as Nigeria coach in April, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future after the team failed to qualify for this year's Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria football chiefs have said they will look into reports that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi could be in the running for the vacant Ivory Coast manager’s job. Let’s wait and see,” said Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick. Keshi, 53, signed a two-year deal as Nigeria coach in April, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future after the team failed to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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S.Africa denies it hatched plan to protect Sudan’s Bashir

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, flew out of Pretoria despite a court order that barred his departure

South Africa’s government on Monday denied secretly plotting a safe exit from the country for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, despite an international arrest warrant on war crimes charges. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, flew out of Pretoria last Monday despite a court order that barred his departure. South Africa’s Sunday Times reported a secret meeting of top ministers that mapped a deal to protect Bashir.

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Ethiopian ruling party set to take near total election victory

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The ruling party of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has secured all parliamentary seats so far declared

Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies are expected to celebrate a near total victory in parliament Monday with the announcement of last month’s election results. Preliminary results of some 80 percent of seats released last month said the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn secured all parliamentary seats so far declared, 442 out of the 547 seats up for grabs. The EPRDF, in power in Africa’s second-most populous nation for over two decades, is widely expected to secure a near clean sweep of parliament, and the outgoing chamber had just one opposition MP.

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Benin smartphone app brings museums into homes

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A man holds a new smartphone application that allows people to view pictures and works of art at the Zinsou Foundation for modern art in Ouidah, on June 11, 2015

Admiring paintings or photographs by Africa’s greatest contemporary artists is a luxury in Benin, where museums are scarce and most people lack money to travel farther afield. “For 10 years, the Zinsou Foundation has been striving to bring contemporary art to people who don’t have access to it because we think culture is a right, not a luxury,” said Marie-Cecile Zinsou, the Franco-Beninese head of the foundation that created the “Wakpon” app.

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