Africa 

US Monastir beat Petro de Luanda 83-72 to win first BAL title

US Monastir were crowned champions of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) on Saturday after a 83-72 victory of Petro de Luanda. Fresh from knocking out last year’s champions Zamalek of Egypt, the Tunisian side won their first-ever African title with a victory over the Angolans in the Kigali final. After the game, BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall presented US Monastir with the BAL Finals trophy and Michael Dixon with the Hakeem Olajuwon award for best player of the tournament. Dixon finished the competition with per-game averages of 16.5 points and…

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DRC citizens in Goma welcome government sanctions against Rwanda

The decision by the Congo to cut ties with Rwanda has elicited mixed reactions. Kinshasa on Friday halted all RwandAir flights from the country alleging Kigali’s involvement in supporting the M23 rebel group in the eastern parts of the vast nation. Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) later said two soldiers had been kidnapped on patrol and were being held by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), another rebel group active in eastern DRC. “As our country has taken the decision to suspend RwandAir flights, I think if other…

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The telemedicine innovation impacting health care in Uganda {INSPIRE AFRICA}

On this episode of Inspire Africa, host Jerry Fisayo-Bambi returns with new stories of people making change, innovation and social impact on the continent.  First in Uganda where a team of health practitioners rose to the demand for early diagnosis and treatment of patients by starting Telephone consultations. The initiative has now grown from providing phone consultations to offering personalised, affordable and quality health care through 24/7 doctor teleconsultations, pharmacy deliveries, lab sample pick-ups and tests. And, their AI-powered application has been reported to pin 90 per cent of conditions patients…

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More than 30 people die in stampede at Nigeria church food event

More than 30 people were killed in southern Nigeria Saturday after a stampede erupted during a crowded church charity event where food was being distributed. Shoes and slippers lay scattered on the ground after the disaster in Port Harcourt city in southern Rivers State when people tried to force their way into the event, police and witnesses said. A local Kings Assembly church organisation was offering food and gifts for the impoverished at the Port Harcourt Polo Club when a “mammoth” crowd got out of control, Rivers State police said.…

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WFP raises concerns about soaring food prices in Malawi

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is seriously concerned about the soaring food prices that are pushing the poor to the brink of hunger in the landlocked Southern African country.  With nearly 400,000 Malawians already food insecure due to floods and droughts and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Malawi’s challenges are now further exacerbated by the effects of the Ukraine crisis” said WFP Spokesperson Tomson Phiri (27 May), in a press briefing in Geneva.  Fifty percent of the Malawian population is already living in poverty, on less than…

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Hundreds of students attend protest march in Chile

Last updated: 12 hours ago Hundreds of students protested in Santiago, Chile on Friday, demanding that food subsidies and funds for structural improvements to public schools be allocated in the country’s budget. At one particularly violent intersection police were forced to use their water cannon trucks to put out a bus set on fire by a group of protesters. No arrests had been made and no one was reported as injured. Recently inaugurated President Gabriel Boric’s approval ratings have dropped with some pollsters registering his popularity now at 24% after…

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Sahel should be seen as region of ‘opportunity’ despite ‘multiple crises’

The Sahel is a vast under-populated region stretching across Africa from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east, an area which is being destabilized by terrorism-related conflict, the effects of climate change and a lack of development. UN News spoke to Mr. Annadif about the solutions to the problems the region faces.   What is the historical context of the Sahel region? The people who live in the Sahel are far from the centres of decision-making of the countries that make up the region and so they live…

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African Union leaders seek joint forces to combat terrorism

African leaders met Saturday to discuss efforts to fight a growing extremist threat and push back against a recent run of military coups on the continent. The summit on ‘Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change’ is organized by the African Union and is being hosted in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, by its dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Delegates listened to addresses at Saturday’s opening ceremony was addressed by President Obiang, Angola’s president and by the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat. After progress in promoting democracy, Africa…

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Thousands attend NRA Convention

Last updated: 3 hours ago Thousands of NRA members attended the annual NRA Convention in Houston on Friday and Saturday, despite the mass shooting massacre at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, just three days before. The convention was last held in 2019. While some speakers, like Governor Greg Abbott, pulled out of the convention, others, such as Senator Ted Cruz, attended. Speakers like Cruz denounced the mass shooting in Uvalde, but insisted that restricting firearms is not the answer.  Many members agree. More about Sourced from Africanews

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Africa 

DRC halts RwandAir flights over alleged M23 rebel support

The Democratic Republic of Congo said it will suspend RwandAir flights and summoned Kigali’s ambassador after authorities accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebel group. Kinshasa this week said Kigali was backing the March 23 Movement, which Rwanda denies, amid renewed clashes between the Congolese army and the militia in the east of the country. DR Congo authorities said late Friday it would take “conservative measures” against Rwanda, which included blocking flights from the national carrier, an official said. The decision was taken after an extraordinary meeting of the Superior…

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