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Letter from Africa: Did Mugabe’s support backfire?

Posted: August 13, 2018 at 3:28 am   /   Editor's Choice, Politics, World News

In our series of letters from Africa, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe looks at Zimbabwe’s election fallout. The maxim that there are no permanent friends in politics has never been truer than in Zimbabwe, where historic elections took place last week. The polls were the first without Robert Mugabe – the man who has dominated politics since […]

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A FRENCH VILLAGE COMMITTED TO DECEPTION

Posted: August 13, 2018 at 3:23 am   /   Editor's Choice, Travel & Tour, World News

On a wind-scoured plateau in France’s Haute-Loire department stands a village teeming with secrets. Through an extraordinary campaign of nonviolent resistance during World War II, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews from deportation and almost certain death. Today, a museum-memorial stands monument to their wartime courage, though many of their stories may […]

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South Africa risks ‘Zimbabwe-style land chaos’

Posted: August 13, 2018 at 3:12 am   /   Editor's Choice, Politics, World News

Shockwaves are still being felt in South Africa after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s controversial announcement that the country’s constitution is to be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. Markets reacted negatively and the currency, the rand, has continued to plummet over the last week. This is because the plan has invited […]

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Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to ‘touch the Sun’

Posted: August 13, 2018 at 3:07 am   /   Editor's Choice, Science & Environment, World News

US space agency Nasa has launched its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The Parker Solar Probe rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The probe is set to become the fastest-moving manmade object in history. Its data promises to crack longstanding mysteries about the Sun’s behaviour. It is […]

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Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

Posted: August 13, 2018 at 3:02 am   /   Editor's Choice, Travel & Tour, World News

A Chinese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the attack. Six people […]

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Is it time to rethink democracy?

Posted: August 5, 2018 at 12:06 am   /   Editor's Choice, Politics, World News

In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges the renowned economist and thinker Dambisa Moyo on why she believes liberal democracy is under siege and requires a radical overhaul. The best-selling author first made waves with her book Dead Aid where she argued that foreign aid was preserving poverty in Africa instead of relieving it. Now, the former Goldman Sachs banker and World […]

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Ghana MPs giggle over ‘Wise Vagina’ village name

Posted: July 27, 2018 at 11:36 pm   /   Editor's Choice, Politics, World News

Nobody could keep a straight face in Ghana’s parliament when MP John Frimpong Osei began listing the names of some villages in his constituency that included references to genitals. Names in the Twi language like “Vagina is Wise” and “Penis is a Fool” left lawmakers in fits of giggles. The MP was asking when these […]

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Trevor Noah defends ‘Africa won the World Cup’ joke

Posted: July 19, 2018 at 7:03 pm   /   Editor's Choice, Sports, World News

US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah has defended himself after being criticised by a French diplomat for saying “Africa won the World Cup”. The Daily Show host made the comments on his satirical show a day after France beat Croatia to win football’s most coveted prize on Sunday. More than half of the French squad […]

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How Rwanda Tidied Up Its Streets (And The Rest Of The Country, Too)

Posted: July 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm   /   Editor's Choice, Science & Environment, World News

At 8 a.m. on a sunny morning in April, people are sweeping the hilly streets of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, with straw brooms and picking up stray bits of litter. The roads are empty of cars, and all vehicles and shops are shuttered here — and across the country. This is “Umuganda,” a community […]

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Hanna Tetteh appointed UN Director-General in Nairobi

Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:06 am   /   Editor's Choice, Politics, World News

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hanna Serwah Tetteh, has been appointed as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Ms. Tetteh succeeds Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, who has been appointed as Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU). Ms. Tetteh most recently served in […]

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