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Senegalese capital Dakar to host 2018 CAF awards gala night

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Wednesday Senegal will host this year’s ceremony for the 2018 CAF Awards. Nigeria and Ghana had been hosting the prestigious banquet between them in recent years. The continental football body has broken tradition, awarding Senegalese capital, Dakar the hosting rights of the 2018 African Footballer of the […]

Morocco & India to boost cooperation in tourism

India and Morocco have agreed to give a new momentum to their cooperation ties in the field of tourism industry with a view to increasing tourist arrivals between the two countries. The agreement was sealed during a visit Moroccan tourism minister Mohamed Sajid paid Monday to New Delhi where he met with his Indian peer […]

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Violence against women: Moroccan new law bans forced marriage, other abuses

A new law criminalizing violence against women came into effect in Morocco on Wednesday. Named after Bassima Hakkaoui who heads the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and has been a driving force behind the legislation, the law aims to fight violence against women. The law adopted in parliament in March includes a […]

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Uganda: Pop star & MP Bobi Wine in US for treatment

Prominent Ugandan opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi arrived in the United States over the weekend for medical treatment following accusations he was tortured while in military custody in the East African nation. Kyagulanyi, a popular musician known by his stage name Bobi Wine, was initially prevented from leaving the country. He was cleared to fly out […]

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Egypt increases gas prices by 75%, part of austerity measures

The Egyptian government on Saturday raised gas prices for households and businesses by between 33.3 and 75 percent, the latest move in an IMF-backed austerity program signed in 2016 to revamp the North African nation’s ailing economy. The tough austerity measures have won praise from economists and business leaders but have come as a heavy […]

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Sudan: appeals court overturns death sentence of Noura Hussein

A Sudanese court on Tuesday overturned a death sentence on a teenager who killed her husband who, she alleged, had tried to rape her. Noura Hussein, 19, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said. Sudanese teenager Noura was sentenced to death by hanging by an Islamic religious court for killing […]

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Nine lions poisoned in Tanzania, 17 since 2015

Tanzania’s National Parks spokesman Pascal Shelutete on Tuesday said about nine lions at the world famous Serengeti National Park have been poisoned. Officials of the park discovered the carcasses of the lions over the weekend, but the motive for the poisoning is unclear. This is the third poisoning incident since 2015. A total of 19 […]

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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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Ghana: A dancehall musician wins Artist of the Year

Ghana’s late dancehall musician Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng with stage name Ebony Reigns made history on Saturday by being the first female and the first artist to win the Artist of the Year award posthumously in Ghana. Her album Bonyfield also won “Album of the Year”, and her song Sponsor won “Afro Pop song of the […]

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Kenya: World’s last male northern white rhino dies

Sudan, The world’s last male northern white rhino, died on Monday after “age-related complications,” Kenyan authorities said on Tuesday. According to Old Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly” and he was no longer able to stand. The 45-year-old muscles and bones had degenerated and his […]

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