Africa 

Comic Con Africa 2019 kicks off in Johannesburg

Comic Con Africa 2019 kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the second year on the continent. The convention is a multi-genre entertainment event for comic fanatics. The South African version of the popular Comic Con festival was first established in the US in 1970. The festival started out as a comic book convention in San Diego, US showcasing mainly comic books and science fiction/fantasy films and shows. And has since then expanded to include genres like gaming, anime and toys. This year Comic Con Africa will also include a…

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Africa 

Iranian held by Somali pirates since 2015 freed

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian sailor held hostage by Somali pirates for more than four years has been released with the help of the United Nations and a humanitarian group, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi thanked the Hostage Support Partnership group, U.N. officials in Somalia, and authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland and in Ethiopia for their help in winning the release of Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh, the state news agency IRNA said. Three Iranians sailors are still being held, Mousavi said. “We are happy to announce…

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Africa 

Ethiopia receives four times the number of Somali refugees escaping drought and war

“I left because of my children. I want my children to succeed and have a bright future. Living on the farm when there is drought is always difficult. I have raised my children in hardship. I can’t let them be taken away by the fighters.” Ethiopia has received 5000 Somali refugees so far this year – almost four times more than in 2018. They arrive every day. “New arrivals never stopped coming to Ethiopia, so every year we have some more coming and reporting the same challenges when it comes…

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Africa 

Sport24.co.za | We can’t moan, I think the ref was good – Rassie

Yokohama – Defending champions New Zealand burnished their credentials as favourites for the Rugby World Cup with a hard-fought 23-13 win against top contenders South Africa in a blockbuster match in Yokohama on Saturday. As it happened: Springboks v All Blacks The impressive All Blacks cut the Springboks to ribbons during a five-minute period of dominance in the first half that earned them two converted tries, and then saw off a determined second-half fightback to register the vital Pool B win. Before nearly 64 000 fans in Yokohama’s International Stadium,…

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Africa 

Tanzania lawyer suspended while challenging appointment of AG

Tanzania lawyer Fatma Karume was suspended from practising in Tanzania following her case challenging the appointment of the Attorney General. The lawyer was temporarily disbarred for her remarks during her submission of the case challenging the appointment of Prof Adelardus Kilangi as Attorney General of Tanzania reports The Citizen Representing a case by ACT-Wazalendo political party in Tanzania accusing President John Magufuli for unconstitutional appointment of the AG. Fatma took to social media to publish a statement, saying the judiciary is inempt or compromised and maybe through politics can there…

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Africa Egypt North Africa World 

Al-Sisi on shaky grounds as Egyptians protest against him

Egypt’s President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi appears to be standing on shaky grounds after hundreds of Egyptians staged their first major protests against him. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters demanding al-Sisi’s resignation. President al-Sisi is facing corruption allegations against his government. Hundreds of protesters filled…

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Africa 

Thousands of protesters in Algiers despite heavy police deployment

Thousands of people demonstrated in Algiers for the 31st consecutive Friday of mobilization despite a large deployment of police and a few days after the announcement of a presidential election in December, a vote rejected by the protest movement. This movement excludes any election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s successor, pushed to resignation in April under the combined pressure of the street and the army, without a prior departure from the “system” in power for two decades. If at the beginning of the afternoon – when the demonstrations usually begin – the…

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Africa 

Kenyan international football star,Mariga, contests for a political seat

Kenya’s celebrated international football star McDonald Mariga has officially entered the race to win a parliamentary seat in Kibra, an area that is home to the largest slum in the capital city Nairobi. Kibra Kwanza #TukoPamoja pic.twitter.com/RvqRye0McS — Mariga Macdonald (@MarigaOfficial) September 16, 2019 The star is competing in the November by election following the death of the area’s member of parliament last month. Mariga was given a go ahead by the electoral commission after a case brought against him to bar him from contesting was squashed. Jubilee party nominee…

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Africa Featured Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria: Suspected serial killer kills whenever he “had the urge”

A serial killer in Nigeria has given a chilling account of how he kills young women in hotel rooms. This month there have been series of protests over the wave of killings in hotel rooms in some states. Hundreds of women in Nigeria demanded action over the killing of many young women with victims often strangled to death. One of the suspects arrested is 38-year-old Gracious West. He claimed to have committed the crime whenever he had the urge to kill a young woman. West is the prime suspect of…

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Africa 

Nigerians shocked by conspiracy and money laundering charges against activist

Nigerians take to social media to express their shock over the charges brought against a detained activist. Pro-democracy activist Omoyole Sowore detained since august has been charged with seven counts of money laundering and conspiracy. According to Vanguard The activist behind RevolutionNow Protest movement was charged by the Federal High Court on Friday. Among other things, the court said the activist’s #RevolutionNow” campaign was aimed at removing the President and Commander–in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during his term of office otherwise known than by…

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