Africa 

Counting the cost: Guinea economy paralysed by protests

Guinea’s economy has been badly hit by anti-government protests that have lasted months, and experts are worried that the mining sector which sustains livelihoods of many will soon be affected. The protesters’ bone of contention? Proposed changes to the constitution that would allow president Alpha Conde seek a third term in office. The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), an alliance of opposition groups behind the protests has called for unlimited, nonviolent, protests to stop Conde. The economy is paralysed, people can’t market their goods. Reduced supply,…

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Sextet clear first hurdle in Africa’s India 2020 qualifiers

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying begins in Africa Big wins for the likes of Morocco, Liberia and Botswana Continent’s powerhouses await in next round Botswana, Guinea, Liberia, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda have all emerged triumphant from the preliminary round of CAF qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020. There were some convincing performances from the sextet, with Morocco putting 14 unanswered goals past Djibouti over two legs and Botswana, Guinea and Liberia scoring seven, eight and nine respectively. Along with São Tomé and Príncipe and Zambia,…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Grammy Award: Burna Boy loses Best World Music Album to Beninese Angélique Kidjo

Nigerian Afro-fusion singer, Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, has lost the Best World Music Album trophy to Beninese ace singer, Angélique Kidjo, at the 62nd Grammy Award. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, acclaimed to be world’s most prestigious music honours, held on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, U.S. The highly coveted Best World Music Album is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the world music genre at the grammy. Burna Boy was…

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Trio secure passage to Tokyo amid heightened competition in Asia

Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and Australia secure tickets to Tokyo 2020 Taeguk Warriors won AFC U-23 Championship marked by tight matches Men’s Olympic Football Tournament to take place between 23 July and 8 August A highly competitive 16-team AFC U-23 Championship concluded with Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and Australia earning the right to join hosts Japan at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020. Forty-four nations entered the race last March in the preliminary stage, with Korea Republic ultimately triumphing to earn their maiden AFC U-23 Championship crown in Thailand.…

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Africa 

Tributes pour in for NBA star Kobe Bryant

NBA star basketball player Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, southern California, according to the American celebrity news site TMZ. Kobe Bryant, 41, had notably played for 20 years in the NBA franchise of the Los Angeles Lakers. A five-time NBA champion, he is one of seven players to have scored more than 30,000 career points. The helicopter crash was confirmed by the Los Angeles Times, without mentioning the identity of the victims. Tributes #RIPMamba #MambaForever ??? pic.twitter.com/kb1MFyLGiV — Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) January 26, 2020…

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African sides enter race for Lithuania places

Futsal Africa Cup of Nations 2020 to take place in Laayoune, Morocco, from 28 January to 7 February Three FIFA Futsal World Cup places up for grabs Between them, Egypt, Libya and Morocco won the five previous editions For only the third time since it was first staged in 1989, the FIFA Futsal World Cup™ will feature three African teams at its 2020 edition. Prior to the 2012 edition, CAF had been allocated just one (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004) or two (1989, 2008) berths. The three teams who will fly…

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Africa 

Nineteen soldiers killed in attack on Mali army camp

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, army spokesman Dirran Kone said. The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate in the arid area and carry out frequent attacks on the army and civilians. Reporting By Tiemoko Diallo,; Writing by Edward McAllister

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Africa 

Meet Guinea’s cardinal ‘dividing’ Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

Guinean cardinal Robert Sarah who heads the Vatican’s liturgical office has reiterated his argument that the Catholic priesthood is incompatible with marriage. Sarah, who has documented this argument in his book, ‘‘From the Depths of Our Hearts’‘, says he and his co-author Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI have received ‘brutal’ criticism over the book. In an interview with Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio published Saturday, Cardinal Robert Sarah doubled down on his argument. “If you weaken the law of celibacy, you open a breach, a wound in the mystery of the…

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Africa 

Arrest Jammeh, ban his party: Gambians demand

Hundreds of Gambians on Saturday called for the arrest and prosecution of the country’s former president Yahya Jammeh, arguing that the victims of his 22-year rule deserve justice. Jammeh ruled Gambia with an iron fist but fled in January 2017 after losing a presidential election to relative unknown Adama Barrow which he refused to acknowledge before being forced out of power by a popular uprising. Wearing T-shirts that read #justicemustprevail, protesters marched in the outskirts of the capital Banjul, holding photographs of people killed or who have gone missing, including…

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Africa 

Burundi ruling party chooses Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye to replace Nkurunziza

Burundi’s Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye was on Sunday confirmed as the ruling party’s candidate in the May presidential elections. The national conference for the ruling CNDD–FDD party in the rural province of Gitega is the latest proof that the country’s president Pierre Nkurunziza will now retire after serving three terms. Nkurunziza will retire after presiding over a disputed third term that sparked violence and forced hundreds of thousands to flee the tiny central African country. Nkurunziza is just stepping back, not going away. He will still be working in the background,…

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