Entertainment Lifestyle 

The sound of Toronto right now: this music is setting the tone in 2020

As Toronto grows and gets more expensive, there’s angst about displacement of DIY communities and spaces for creativity to flourish. But we’re still thriving. Globe-trotting sounds are meeting on the dance floor, toxicity is being worked out through rockstar swagger, disco is returning to its radical roots. Here are eight snapshots of artists pushing the scene forward and more to watch in 2020. The music they’re making is strong, vibrant and diverse – the whole world in one city’s music scene. Bambii The sound: Dance music for rule-breakers Bambii is part of…

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Africa 

Inside Burundi’s retirement package for ‘Supreme Leader’ Nkurunziza

Burundi lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation that will effectively hand outgoing president Pierre Nkurunziza a handsome retirement package that includes a one-time payment of one billion Burundian francs” ($530,000, 480,000 euros). Nkurunziza is set to leave the presidency after the May 2020 elections, and his ruling CNDD–FDD party will select its candidate for the elections on Sunday. The former rebel leader who has led Burundi since 2005, threw the East African country into chaos in 2015 when he ran for a disputed third term that some called unconstitutional. He however…

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Africa 

Defiant Morocco integrates Western Sahara waters into its maritime territory

Lawmakers in Morocco on Wednesday integrated waters off the coast of Western Sahara into the country’s maritime territory, adopting two laws that extend its legal jurisdiction over the disputed former Spanish colony. “These laws aim to update the national legal arsenal” in line with “the full sovereignty of the kingdom over its land and maritime borders,” Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said before parliament in Rabat passed the laws. The laws, intended to establish Morocco’s jurisdiction over territorial waters stretching from Tangiers on the northern coast as far as Lagouira, on…

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Development Health Advice 

UN health emergency committee to re-convene on global threat posed by China coronavirus

Members of the WHO Emergency Committee deliberated until late on Wednesday evening, as they continue to study an outbreak of the new respiratory virus first identified in China, as cases continue to rise.   “There was an excellent discussion during the committee today, but it was also clear that to proceed, we need more information”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in statement.  “The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence.”  Novel coronavirus was first identified in the Chinese…

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Middle East OP-ED 

The Real Deal on the War in Yemen

The latest war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, started when the Houthi tribes in the north made a deal with former President Saleh (whose son remained head of the army under the agreement made with the Saudis to get him to vacate the Yemen Presidency) to work together to conquer all of Yemen militarily. The Houthis and the Yemen Army under Pres. Saleh’s government had over the years fought 4 wars against each other, each ended more by exhaustion on both sides rather that on the battlefield. Having most of…

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Human Rights 

Independent UN rights experts call for ‘immediate investigation’ into alleged Bezos phone hack by Saudi Arabia

The two Special Rapporteurs – who do not speak on behalf of the UN and operate in an independent investigative capacity – said in a statement that they had recently received information suggesting that a WhatsApp account belonging to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was used to deploy digital spyware on the phone of Jeff Bezos, who is also CEO of Amazon, “in an effort to influence, if not silence” the newspaper’s reporting on the Kingdom. “The allegations reinforce other reporting pointing to a pattern of targeted surveillance of perceived opponents and…

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Investments 

Bank Group to host first 2020 Business Opportunity Seminar in March

What: Business Opportunity Seminar When: 11-12 March 2020, 8:00 am-5:00 pm each day Where: African Development Bank – CCIA Building, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire The African Development Bank will host its first 2020 Business Opportunity Seminar (BOS) in March for consultants, producers and suppliers from member countries looking to provide goods and services to the Bank Group projects in Africa. The BOS, to be held at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, offers a one-stop platform to deepen participants’ understanding of the Bank’s strategy and procurement processes. It will also allow closer links between the…

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Rodrigo: Nobody will ever get close to Falcao

Rodrigo captains Brazil and world club kings Magnus Sorocaba The dynamite-footed defender discusses the Lithuania 2020 favourites Falcao, Eder Lima and Ricardinho are also on the menu “It was like a scene from a movie.” A bearded man, in the middle of a dusty highway, flagged down a truck and sardined 20 of his soldiers into its trunk. Tom Hardy, who headlined Lawless, The Drop, Mad Max: Fury Road and Legend, would have fit the role of headliner. This time, however, another Hardy assumed the lead role. Rodrgo Hardy, captain…

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Africa 

Uganda president reiterates how Africa ‘betrayed’ Libya, Gaddafi in 2011

Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni says Africa should have taken steps to stop a North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, military intervention in Libya in 2011. According to the long-serving president, Africa’s diplomatic attempts in the intervention were not enough and that a military intervention should have been pursued to save the north African country currently embroiled in armed conflict. Speaking to the BBC in London where he attended the first United Kingdom – Africa summit, Museveni said; “The African countries should not have allowed Western countries to attack Libya. We…

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Africa 

Media Watch: Benin’s opposition radio fires all staff over govt suspension

As part of our news analysis slot on Africanews, we will be updating a media watch page that deals with major issues of media ongoings across the continent. It will cut across happenings in mainstream and across social media with also a special eye for fake news. Burundi arrest journalist over corruption report Ghana remembers slain anti-corruption investigator Cameraman assaulted in Nigeria Ethiopian journalists associational dreams Journalists detained in Uganda and Malawi Western Ethiopia internet cut, Sudan bans pro-Bashir press Radio station fires all employees after suspension Beninese private radio…

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