Africa

Morocco bans production and sale of burqas: reports

Morocco bans production and sale of burqas: reports

Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday. While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week. “We have taken the step of completely banning the import, […]

Hijacked Afriqiyah Airways plane lands in Malta

Hijacked Afriqiyah Airways plane lands in Malta

A hijacked plane from Libya landed on the Mediterranean island of Malta on Friday with 118 people including seven crew members on board, Malta’s prime minister and government sources said. The Airbus A320 had been on a domestic Libyan route operated by Afriqiyah Airways from Sabha in the south to the capital Tripoli but was […]

11 children killed as bus runs into Muslim procession in Nigeria

11 children killed as bus runs into Muslim procession in Nigeria

Eleven children were killed when a bus driver lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a Muslim procession marking the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in northern Nigeria, police said Wednesday. The accident Tuesday in Malam Sidi village in Gombe state was due to a brake failure, Ahmed Usman, the spokesperson for police, said. […]

Plessis loses appeal against ball-tampering conviction

Plessis loses appeal against ball-tampering conviction

KARACHI: The independent judicial commission has rejected an appeal by the South African captain Faf du Plessis against the ICC’s decision which found du Plessis guilty of tampering with ball and, subsequently, fined him 100% of his match fees. The decision was announced by the ICC on Wednesday, which confirmed that Faf du Plessis was […]

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe wins party support for 2018 election

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe wins party support for 2018 election

MASVINGO: Supporters of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe chanting “tongai, tongai baba” (rule, rule father) endorsed on Saturday the 92-year-old leader for a 2018 election run. The endorsement, which is likely to result in his 36-year rule being extended, was greeted with thunderous applause by thousands of party faithful attending the ruling ZANU-PF’s annual conference. Mugabe […]

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

For three years South Sudan has tumbled deeper into self-inflicted chaos, and it now finds itself on the brink of something even more terrifying. United Nations officials rarely use the words “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing,” but they now say potentially both could envelop the world’s youngest country. Since violence flared in Juba in July and […]

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aeroplanes mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s are shortly due to finish a 13,000km (8,000 miles) rally flying from the Greek island of Crete to Cape Town in South Africa. The rally began in November and pilots have had adventure-filled journeys. The planes have mostly open cockpits and are equipped with only rudimentary […]

Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses

Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses

Nigeria’s victorious women’s football team have protested outside parliament in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses. Their protest coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival at the National Assembly to present next year’s budget. The African champions then marched to President Buhari’s villa, where an aide said they would be paid in two days. They have refused […]

Sudan denies plans to free woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudan denies plans to free woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudan on Sunday retracted claims by a foreign ministry spokesman that a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for allegedly abandoning the Muslim faith would shortly be released, saying the official’s remarks had been taken “out of context”. Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised solely by her Christian mother, was convicted […]

Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon

Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in April by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon were released on Sunday, officials said. The Cameroonian presidency said the captives had been “handed over last night to Cameroonian authorities”, and thanked those who had worked for their release. Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, missionaries from […]

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