Africa 

Mauritius deploys coastguard to rescue stranded Chinese ship

The inspection of the trawler that ran aground near the Mauritian capital Port-Louis, with 130 tonnes of fuel oil on board, will start “shortly” to detect possible leaks, Fisheries Minister Sudheer Maudhoo said on Monday. Seven months ago, Mauritius experienced one of the worst maritime pollution in its history with the grounding of the MV Wakashio, which spilled 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil in its turquoise waters and provoked the anger of the inhabitants. On Sunday around 5.30 pm, the Lurong Yuan Yu, a trawler flying the Chinese flag, ran…

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Africa 

Benin opposition candidate jailed and accused of terrorism

The leader of Benin’s largest opposition party and first female presidential candidate has been arrested and is accused of “planning to assassinate several political figures”, a government spokesman said on Monday. Reckya Madougou’s candidacy for the presidential election on April 11 was rejected by the electoral commission on Thursday for failing to garner signatures of support from 16 mayors or MPs. Many opposition figures are already in exile or barred from office in Benin, a West African state which critics say has veered into authoritarianism under President Patrice Talon. “Compatriots…

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Africa 

Libya’s Prime minister-designate Abdel Hamid Dbeibah cavasses support in parliament

Libya’s Prime Minister-designate Abdel Hamid Dbeibah urged MPs on Monday to be responsible by placing confidence in his government, -born of a UN-sponsored process and which must help bring Libya out of chaos- by leading it to elections at the end of the day. December. Abdel Hamid Dbeibah addressed the 132 deputies (out of 188) of the House of Representatives gathered for a crucial session devoted to the vote of confidence. His government has until March 19 to be approved by the elected parliament, which has met very rarely in…

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Africa 

Ivory Coast’s Plateau bats are key to the environment but under threat

Every day at dusk, the sky of the Plateau district is covered by a cloud of bats that fly squawking in their tens of thousands between the buildings of the business district of Abidjan. An emblematic scene of the Ivorian economic capital could disappear because the small mammals are threatened. “After having slept all day long clinging to the branches of the majestic trees which border the avenues of the Plateau, the bats soar, sometimes with their young under their wings, towards the Banco park, a primary forest classified as…

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Africa 

‘Change, slut shamed, equality’: African leaders speak out on IWD

As the world marks International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March, African leaders have sent their messages of support. Africanews takes a look at how both male and female leaders, former leaders and key players in Africa have reflected on the day. The United Nations says the world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality. This year’s theme is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 World.” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala While there may not be gender equality in any country, the World Trade Organization…

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Africa 

Motsepe to become CAF president after Ahmad appeal fails

Patrice Motsepe will become the president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) later this week after Ahmad Ahmad’s five-year ban was reduced to two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Monday. The ruling means Ahmad cannot stand for e-election this week. The sports court found the Malagasy leader guilty of a cascade of ethical violations, including the distribution of gifts, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds. Ahmad was originally banned from football for five years by FIFA in Novemberand fined 200,000 Swiss francs. His fine has…

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Africa 

Senegal: More protests feared, Sonko released under judicial supervision

Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, whose arrest has sparked violent protests, appeared in court on Monday but was released under judicial supervision, his lawyers said. Five people have been killed in days of clashes that have threatened to erode Senegal’s reputation as a beacon of stability in West Africa. Sonko appeared in court in the capital Dakar on Monday, where he faced questions about a rape charge, which he denies and claims is politically motivated. “He is going home. He is free,” said one of his lawyers, Me Etienne Ddione.…

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Niger’s Issoufou wins $5 million African leadership prize

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufo has won this year’s $5m Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership for his work in promoting economic progress and joining regional efforts to quell the threat of Islamist militants. Issoufou was first elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2016. He stepped down after serving two terms, unlike other African leaders such as Guinea’s Alpha Conde and Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara, who pushed through changes to the constitution to run for third terms. “In the face of the most severe political and economic issues, including violent…

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Africa 

Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 170-150

Even in the strangest NBA All-Star Game of them all, LeBron James was still the perfect captain. Team LeBron showed off its high-flying and long-range skills during a dominating run to close out the first half, setting up a 170-150 romp over Team Durant in the league’s 70th midseason showcase Sunday night. This one sure was different than the previous 69. Determined to pull off an exhibition that is huge for TV revenue and the league’s worldwide brand, the NBA staged the game in a mostly empty downtown arena, a…

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Africa 

Football wrap: Osimhen scores, AL Sadd win Qatar Stars league

Victor Osimhen marked his return to Napoli’s side with a goal in their 3-1 home win against Bologna, in Sunday’s Serie A fixture. This is his first goal since 8th November. In the Netherlands, Ajax is still top of the league thanks to its win against FC Groningue 3-1 with Ivorian international netting his 6th goal in 10 games this season. PSV remains 2nd with an away win and this nice goal from the 18 years old British Nigerian striker Noni Madueke who has scored 7 goals so far this…

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