Africa 

Nigerian court orders firm that won $9 bln case against government to forfeit assets

ABUJA (Reuters) – A company awarded more than $9 billion in an arbitration case against Nigeria has been ordered by a court in the capital Abuja to forfeit its local assets to the government. The order comes after two men linked to the company, Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID), pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion on the company’s behalf, the court said on Thursday. The impact on the British Virgin Islands-based firm and its international arbitration award, now worth some 20% of Nigeria’s foreign reserves, was not…

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Africa 

Tunisia’s ex-president Ben Ali dies in Saudi Arabia: local media

Tunisia’s former president, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, his family lawyer said. “Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia,” the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters by phone. Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 as his compatriots rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired other Arab Spring uprisings abroad and led to a democratic transition at home. Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia. On Sunday, Tunisians voted in…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Food donations for ‘hungry Zimbabweans left to rot’

Thousands of dollars worth of food donations have been left to rot in warehouses in Zimbabwe. According to reports, the food items were meant for victims of recent deadly Cyclone that ripped the country and others in Southern Africa. Herald newspaper reports that some of the items left to rot include flour, sugar beans and corn. They were donated when Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southern Africa earlier this year. Despite the country appealing for help to feed the thousands of hungry citizens, much of the donated food was never…

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Africa 

Sport24.co.za | Abbott shows Proteas have shed a costly ‘generation’

Cape Town – The landscapes were very different … geographically a long way apart, too. Yet a certain symbolism would have been latched onto by many South African cricket observers on Wednesday as Kyle Abbott shattered a variety of long-standing first-class records for Hampshire at Southampton while on the same date the Proteas – in the throes of a really harrowing few months across the formats — were being pretty close to schooled by India in a Twenty20 match at Mohali. Any direct comparison would be odious, of course: a…

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Africa 

Senegalese university wins prestigious architecture award

Alioune Diop University in Bambey, Senegal, was given the highest honors at the “Aga KHAN” architecture award ceremony in Kazan, Russia. Its teaching and research department is one of the 5 Laureates of 2019, for setting new standards of excellence in architecture. “This victory can have a great impact in Senegal and Africa because the building was created by the environment – by taking the temperature of certain local realities, etc. – it is a great one that can have a great impact on Senegal and Africa and can be…

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Africa Sports World 

Footballer shot and killed in Amsterdam

Former Burton Albion defender Kelvin Maynard has been shot and killed in Amsterdam, Dutch police have confirmed. The 32-year-old was shot in his car and police are appealing for witnesses as they search for two suspects who they say escaped on a black scooter. Officers from a nearby fire station tried to help Maynard but he later died of his injuries. The Dutch-Surinamese player, who also had a spell at Royal Antwerp, was at non-league Dutch club Alphense Boys. “Everyone at Burton Albion is saddened to learn of the tragic death…

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Africa Ghana Sports World 

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan to play in India

Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is heading to the India Super League after joining NorthEast United on a free transfer. Gyan will travel to Guwahati this weekend to begin the latest leg of a career that has spanned ten clubs and three continents already and he says he is looking forward to it. “I am extremely excited to start this new chapter in my career,” the 33-year-old said. “I have heard great things about NorthEast United FC and the Indian Super League and I am thrilled to be a part…

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Africa Business East Africa Egypt North Africa World 

Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s plan for operating dam on the Nile

Talks between Ethiopia and Egypt over how a $4 billion hydropower dam will be operated on the Nile have not ended well. Ethiopia on Wednesday said it rejected a plan proposed by Egypt for operating the dam. The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was announced in 2011. It is could make Ethiopia Africa’s biggest power exporter, generating more than 6,000 megawatts. Egypt and Ethiopia disagree over the annual flow of water that should be guaranteed to Egypt and how to manage flows during droughts. Egypt relies on…

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Africa 

South Sudan peace process progressing- UN

The UN Mission chief in South Sudan says the peace process in the country is still ‘‘precarious’‘, adding progress is being made. Briefing the UN Security Council on the situation in South Sudan, David Shearer said ‘‘maintaining momentum will depend on the continuing goodwill of all parties’‘. “The formation of the Transitional Government provides an opportunity to lift our gaze from immediate challenges and look over the horizon towards elections, expected at the end of three years of Transition. Elections give the opportunity to resolve differences through democratic rather than…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The inspiring story of Ghana’s first female Aircraft Marshaller

Success they say will not come on a silver platter but it will always take a dent of hard work for one to achieve. That is the story of a Ghanaian single mother who defied all odds in-spite of all the challenges she had to go through to achieve her dream job. The success journey of Felicia Edem Attipoe whose dream was to reach greatness was duly noticed in her home country. She has been honoured with Ghana Most Inspiring Women’s Award in Accra. Ms Attipoe at age 23, became…

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