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Champions Barcelona suffer defeat in La Liga opener

Champions Barcelona suffered a defeat on the opening day of the La Liga season after a sublime winner by Aritz Aduriz handed Athletic Bilbao victory. Barca produced a lacklustre performance and were punished when substitute Aduriz, 38, found the net with a stunning 89th minute scissor-kick. Luis Suarez and Rafinha both hit the woodwork for Barca but the visitors struggled to impress despite fielding new £107m signing Antoine Griezmann. Suarez was forced off with an injury. With Lionel Messi missing with a calf injury and Philippe Coutinho not involved amid…

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Africa China East Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Uganda and Zambia reject Huawei spying claims

Uganda has denied allegations it hacked into the encrypted communications of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”. It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria. Zambia has also rejected the report. Information…

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Africa Business Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana revokes licenses of 23 financial institutions

Ghana’s central bank has revoked the licenses of twenty-three (23) financial institutions mostly savings and loans companies. The Bank of Ghana in a statement on Friday said the financial institutions were insolvent and unable to operate properly. The revocation of the licences of the 23 institutions, according to the central bank had to be executed after the institutions failed to recapitalize on time. The statement from the bank said “It is the Bank of Ghana’s assessment that these institutions have no reasonable prospects of recovery, and that their continued existence…

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Mr Eazi’s emPawa project gives hope to African artistes

This year Nigerian-born artist and music executive Mr Eazi launched his emPawa Africa incubator program to support African artistes. The initiative is aimed at investing in the next generation of African talents, largely emerging music stars who lack the needed support. On August 15 entries were opened for submissions from rising African artistes. 30 artists will receive funds to film their music video, get to be mentored and given guidance from musicians like Diamond Platinumz, Sarkodie, Kwesta, Guilty Beatz, Juls, E. Kelly, DJ Neptune, Diplo and Mr Eazi himself. The…

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FIFA gives former Nigerian player Samson Siasia life ban

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’ Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he committed his infractions is unclear. He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides. In a statement, Siasia was found ‘guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.’ The sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale…

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[Video] – Ali Bongo’s first public appearance after stroke

President of Gabon Ali Bongo has made his first live appearance in public nearly 10 months after suffering a stroke. He was seen walking with a stick while attending ceremonies in the capital Libreville. President Bongo suffered stroke last year during a trip to Saudi Arabia. That plunged the country into governance crisis. It resulted in a failed coup forcing him to return home quickly to re-assure citizens. President Ali Bongo returned home in January this year to swear in his new government. He reshuffled his government after some soldiers…

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Nigeria: Teenager stages own kidnap to raise money for party

A 15-year-old boy in Nigeria’s city of Jos staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his father for his release. The teenager and four of his older friends have all been arrested by police in Jos and are all now in custody. They had demanded a $1,365 (500,000 naira) ransom from the teenager’s father to spend on a school-leaving graduation party. Police spokesman Terna Tyopev told the BBC that the entire kidnapping scene was “was expertly done.” Tyopev said the boy’s friends pretended to be the kidnappers and…

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Zimbabwe: Police fire tear gas and beat protesters in Harare

Zimbabwe police on Friday fired tear gas and beat many opposition supporters who gathered in central Harare for a protest march. The government had banned an anti-government protest although the country’s high court upheld it. Protesters largely members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) defied the ban. In an attempt to prevent the protest from taking place, police officers clashed with protesters. Police had to fire tear gas and water cannon and in some instances chased protesters from one of the city’s main squares with batons. There were reinforcements…

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Africa Gambia Sports West Africa World 

Gambian football player with ‘double identity’ in Germany ?

The Gambian footballer Bakery Jatta is currently facing a probe from Germany’s football federation the DFB after reports of him having a double identity. Jatta plays for Hamburg and first arrived in Germany at the age of 16 in 2015. Now 21 there are doubts over his true identity. Germany daily Sport Bild reports that Jatta is rather older than his current age of 21. The news outlet reports that Jatta is in fact two and a half years older. Bild reports that Jatta played for Gambia’s U20 side under…

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Pacific 

Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF

In a report marking two years since the arrival of around 745,000 Rohingya civilians in Bangladesh – after fleeing State-led persecution and violence in Myanmar – Executive Director Fore appealed for urgent investment in education and skills training. “I would love to go to school because I could learn many things.” 12-year-old Mohsina lives in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where she takes care of her father after he was shot and lost his leg. She’s missing out on an education. #AChildIsAChild pic.twitter.com/cBy1BEuWBc — UNICEF (@UNICEF) August 16,…

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