Africa Featured Sports World 

Ex-US President Barack Obama Joins NBA Africa as partner

– – The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that former President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner. President Obama will help advance the league’s social responsibility efforts across the continent, including programs and partnerships that support greater gender equality and economic inclusion. In this capacity, President Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa. NBA Africa conducts the league’s business in Africa, including the Basketball…

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Africa World 

Facebook: Will the oldest surviving social media platform remain relevant?

– – Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is today the oldest surviving social media platform. But with more and more platforms entering the market, will it go the way of MySpace and MxIt? Kyle Oosthuizen, Chief Operating Officer at Blue Robot, the leading provider of socially powered messaging solutions, doesn’t believe it will. “ Because of Facebook’s development power, it’ll never fall behind other platforms. It is also catering to a changing audience and has changed with that audience.” He explains that when Facebook first launched, it was catering…

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Africa Featured World 

Deadly flood hits Western Germany; over 81 people dead

– – Western Germany has been hit by deadly flooding resulting in the death of over 80 people and reports of at least 1,300 others still missing. This year’s flooding is considered one of the deadliest in modern history in Germany with majority of those badly affected coming from Ahrweiler district, south of the city of Cologne. The disaster was caused by overnight rain on Wednesday leading to rivers bursting their banks and sweeping away homes. Absolute devastation in Ahrweiler. 42 people have been killed across the region, and dozens…

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Africa Business World 

Commonwealth countries lose $345 bln in trade due to Covid-19

– – Commonwealth countries are estimated to have lost up to US$345 billion worth of trade in 2020, including $60 billion in intra-Commonwealth trade, according to 2021 Commonwealth Trade Review on “Energising Commonwealth Trade in a Digital World: Paths to Recovery Post-COVID”. Released today, the Commonwealth Trade Review provides a timely and comprehensive analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the trade and investment flows of Commonwealth member countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll globally, substantially impacting all Commonwealth members economies and leading to US$1.15 trillion in…

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France to close all military bases in Mali by 2022

– – The French government has announced that by 2022 it will close all of its military bases in Mali. On Friday French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement, indicating that the process to close its bases in northern Mali will start by the end of this year. This is part of a bigger plan by France to finally withdraw troops fighting Islamist extremists in the Sahel region. France operates military bases in Kidal, Tessalit et Tombouctou, helping to fight militants wrecking havoc in those places. “The shutdowns of these…

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Africa World 

President of Haiti killed in attack at private residence

Mr Joseph said in his statement that “all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuance of the state”. He also condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,”. Just received the news the Haitian president of Haiti has been Assassinated 🇭🇹 — Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) July 7, 2021 – – Jovenel Moïse, 53, came to power in February 2017, after his predecessor, Michel Martelly stepped down. Sourced from Africa Feeds

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Africa World 

Bill Cosby freed from prison after court overturns his conviction

US comedian Bill Cosby has left prison hours after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. The judges said there had been a “process violation” by the prosecution, but admitted their ruling was unusual. Mr Cosby, 83, served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia. In 2018 he was found guilty of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand. Mr Cosby is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show and was once known…

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Germany to pay Namibia €1.1bn in reparations for colonial genocide

Germany has accepted to pay Namibia €1.1bn as reparation for genocide committed during its colonial-era occupation of the African country. The reparation will be in a form of financial support for Namibia’s development through a programme. Per the deal of the reparation there will be funding paid over 30 years through spending on infrastructure, healthcare and training programmes benefiting the impacted communities. On Friday Foreign Minister Heiko Maas officially acknowledged that the colonial-era killings constituted genocide. “In light of Germany’s historical and moral responsibility, we will ask Namibia and the…

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Morocco recalls ambassador to Germany over territorial dispute

– – Morocco has recalled its ambassador in Berlin over the disputed Western Sahara territory. The North African country is accusing Germany of being involved in hostile actions that would harm the interests of the country. In a statement, Morocco cited Germany’s “destructive attitude” and “antagonistic activism” regarding its actions that followed the US decision to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Last year, Germany called a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue after former US President Donald Trump said Washington recognised Moroccan control on the disputed territory. Morocco has…

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Africa East Africa World 

Africa’s oldest human burial site uncovered in Kenya

– – A team of researchers on Wednesday announced that they have uncovered Africa’s oldest human burial site in Kenya. The site has a child no older than three laid to rest sideways in an earthen grave 78,000 years ago. The child’s legs were carefully tucked up against its tiny chest, signalling the earliest known human burial on the continent. The scientists say the sunken pit was discovered in a cave complex along the coast of Kenya. Ornaments, offerings or ochre-coloured clay carvings were found in the region’s more recent…

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