Category Archives: Africa

Liberian FIFA hopeful vows to end corruption

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Liberian FIFA presidential hopeful Musa Bility vowed to clean up the scandal-hit governing body of world football, promising a clampdown on corruption by ending secret ballots and decentralising power

Liberian FIFA presidential hopeful Musa Bility on Friday vowed to clean up the scandal-hit governing body of world football, promising a clampdown on corruption by ending secret ballots and decentralising power. The 48-year-old, who has headed his country’s football association since 2010, on Thursday became the second person after Brazilian legend Zico to announce his intention to succeed Sepp Blatter. “The secret ballot belongs to politics.

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Pope Francis to make first African visit in November

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on June 17, 2015 at the Vatican

Pope Francis will go to Uganda and the Central African Republic in November on his first visit to Africa, the Vatican announced Friday. The Argentinian pontiff has said several times in recent months that he intended to travel to Africa this year. “If God permits it I will be in Africa in November, in the Central African Republic and in Uganda,” he said earlier this month.

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US church suspect ordered held on murder charges

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Defendant Dylann Roof is seen on a video feed during a bond hearing at the Charleston County Detention Center June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina

The carnage at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was the worst attack on a US place of worship in decades and comes at a time of revived racial tensions in many parts of the country. Reports that 21-year-old Dylann Roof — charged with nine murders as well as “possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime” — said he “wanted to start a race war” are sure to leave the city on edge. Tearful relatives of the nine people killed expressed grief but also forgiveness at an emotional bond hearing for Roof, at which …read more

Murray survives Muller scare to make Queen’s semis

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Britain's Andy Murray returns to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller during their quarter final match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at the Queen's Club in west London on June 19, 2015

Andy Murray survived a major scare to keep his bid for a record-equalling fourth Queen’s Club title on track with a hard-fought victory over Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in the quarter-finals on Friday. Murray dropped the first set and was taken to a tie-break in the second before finally prevailing 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to reach the last four at the Wimbledon warm-up event for the fourth time. Watched by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for the second time this week, this was Murray’s least convincing display of the tournament.

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Obama to visit Ethiopia, African Union in July

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US President Barack Obama will in late July become the first sitting American leader to visit Ethiopia and the headquarters of the African Union, the White House said

US President Barack Obama will in late July become the first sitting American leader to visit Ethiopia and the headquarters of the African Union, the White House said Friday. Obama’s trip to Addis Ababa will come directly after an already announced trip to Kenya, his first as president to his father’s homeland, press secretary Josh Earnest announced. The election of the United States’ first black president — and the first with an African parent — raised high hopes on the continent, but Obama has been a cautious friend.

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Powerful Brazilian CEO arrested in Petrobras graft probe

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Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Brazilian construction group Odebrecht, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Lima

By Caroline Stauffer and Walter Brandimarte SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian police on Friday arrested Marcelo Odebrecht, the head of Latin America’s largest engineering and construction company Odebrecht SA, and accused his family-run conglomerate of spearheading a $2.1 billion bribery scheme at state-run oil firm Petrobras. In pre-dawn raids that netted 12 arrests in four states, police also apprehended Otavio Marques Azevedo, head of Andrade Gutierrez [AGIS.UL], the second-largest Brazilian construction firm. A lead prosecutor, Carlos Fernando dos Santos Limas, said he had “no doubt” Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez led what he called a “cartel” that overcharged Petrobras for work …read more

France, central European states oppose quotas in EU migrant debate

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French President Hollande poses for a family photo with Prime Ministers Orban Fico Sobotka and Kopacz of Visegrad Group in Bratislava

By Jan Lopatka and Tatiana Jancarikova BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he thought commitments by individual EU member states offered a better way of resettling African and Middle Eastern migrants rather than the imposition of national quotas by Brussels. Debate has grown over how to deal with a growing influx of migrants into the 28-member European Union and a number of countries have stressed any acceptance system should be based on a voluntary approach. Hollande spoke after joining a meeting of prime ministers of the Visegrad group of countries within the EU — Slovakia, the …read more

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