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Akon’s $6bln futuristic city in Senegal under scrutiny after delays

– – US hip hop star Akon has come under scrutiny after his promised futuristic city worth $6 billion to be built in his native Senegal is yet to start. A year ago he laid the first stone, with hopes of the project materializing in the coming years but people are beginning to have doubts how soon the megaproject will take shape. In 2018, Akon said he’s planning to build a “crypto city” in Senegal which he calls “a real-life Wakanda”. Just like the fictional land of Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther,…

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Ex-Chadian leader Hissène Habré dies serving jail term

Senegalese media reported that the former Chadian leader was being treated for a coronavirus infection. Senegalese Justice Minister Malick Sall said Tuesday that “Habré has been handed over to his Lord.” The former Chad leader has been serving his life prison term in Senegal prison for crimes against humanity after his conviction in 2016. He was convicted of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990. – – Habre’s conviction was the first time an African Union-backed court tried a former ruler for human rights abuses.…

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Guinea and Senegal sign deal to reopen land border

– – Leaders of Guinea and Senegal have signed a deal to have their land border closed for months re-opened. A signing ceremony was held at the 59th ordinary session of the Ecowas authority of heads of state in Ghana’s capital, Accra on Saturday. The land border between Guinea and Senegal was closed last year ahead of elections in September 2020 in Guinea. Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde had said the border was closed for security reasons. Several discussions to end the crisis and have the border reopened have been fruitless…

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Hundreds stage street protest in Senegal against LGBTQ rights

– – Hundreds of people have staged a street protest in Senegal in opposition to activities of LGBTQ persons. The protest on Sunday in the capital Dakar was intended to push for same-sex or homosexuality to be made a crime in Senegal. Senegal’s laws do not allow for same-sex activities, with offenders punishable by up to five years in prison. But there is no law that punishes anyone who identifies as a gay and that is what the protesters want changed. Sunday’s protest was led by religious leaders and civil…

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Akon to build Akon city in Uganda by 2036

– – US hip hop star Akon has said during his recent trip to Uganda that he will be building a city in that country called the Akon City. The government of Uganda has already agreed to allocate him land of the size of 1 square mile. A statement from State House said the president had a fruitful meeting with the Senegalese singer as they discussed a number of investment opportunities in Uganda. “During the meeting at the president’s countryside home Rwakitura in Kiruhura district, attended by the First Lady…

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Senegal’s opposition urges more protests against President Sall

– – Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko has called for more protests against President Macky Sall after he was released from detention. He was charged with rape in court on Monday and then released on bail amid clashes between his supporters and security officials. Sonko who was addressing his supporters lashed out at President Sall whom he accuses of being behind the rape charges he is now facing. The opposition leader is accused of assaulting a woman who worked in a beauty salon, but he has denied the claim.…

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The protests in Senegal are not just about a rape charge

– – The protests taking place across Senegal were initially reported to have been sparked by the arrest of an opposition leader but there seems to be more to it. At least four people have been killed amid the protests that started last week when opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested. Sonko appeared in court on Friday on rape charges and was remanded into custody, but the opposition leader’s arrest is not the major motivation for many protesters. On Saturday the country’s opposition called for fresh protests from Monday. Officials…

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Senegal: 4 killed amid protests over arrest of opposition leader

– – Four people have been killed amid protests sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. There has been heightened tension in Senegal following Sonko’s arrest. He appeared in court on Friday on rape charges and was remanded into custody. Clashes erupted in Dakar on Thursday between his supporters and law enforcement officials over the arrest. The protesters set barricades and threw projectiles at riot police who also responded by shooting tear gas and other types of non-lethal ammunition into the protesters. Senegal’s government has vowed to use…

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Senegal: Tension heightens over arrest of opposition leader

– – There is heightened tension in Senegal following the arrest of opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko who is due to appear in court on Friday on rape charges. Clashes erupted in Dakar on Thursday between Students at the Cheick Anta Diop University and law enforcement officials over the arrest. At least one person has been reported dead as a result of the clashes sparked by students setting barricades and throwing projectiles at riot police. The police also responded by shooting tear gas and other types of non-lethal ammunition into the…

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Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies aged 42

– – Former Senegal, Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died aged 42. Diop made 129 appearances in the Premier League and also had spells in England with West Ham United and Birmingham City. He played for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup, scoring the winner in the tournament’s opening game as his country beat France 1-0. “Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero,” Fifa posted on social media. A post on Fulham’s Twitter account said the club was “devastated” and, using Diop’s nickname, added: “Rest…

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