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Malawi court annuls President Mutharika's 2019 election victory

Malawi’s Constitutional Court on Monday annulled the May 2019 presidential vote that declared Peter Mutharika a winner and ordered a re-run after an application from opposition parties citing irregularities. Mutharika, Malawi president since 2014, won the election with a 38.57% share of...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:42 AM

Jack Ma donates $14 million to develop coronavirus vaccine

Jack Ma, Alibaba founder and China's richest man, has donated 100 million yuan ($14.4 million) through his foundation to help find a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus. The billionaire has earmarked 40 million yuan ($5.8 million) for two Chinese government research...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:23 AM

ICYMI: Naomi Campbell writes Grammy organisers over Burna Boy

Naomi Campbell has written an open letter to the organisers of Grammy Awards after Burna Boy's loss to Angelique Kidjo at the 2020 edition of the awards. The American supermodel, who praised Angelique for spreading light and opening minds through her music, stated that Burna Boy has not been...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9:55 AM

Wahu has been too 'stubborn' ever since she hit the 1m followers mark - Nameless

Kenyan musician Nameless claims his wife Wahu Kagwi, also a singer, has been very stubborn ever since she joined 'millionaire's club' on social media. In a playful Instagram post, Nameless - real name David Mathenge, ranted how things have been tough for him in his house after Wahu...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9:45 AM

Kobe Bryant will be honoured at this year's Academy Awards ceremony

The organisation responsible for the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has revealed that it is planning to honour late basketball star Kobe Bryant during the 2020 Oscars telecast on February 9, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While the overwhelming majority of Bryant...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 8:38 AM

ICYMI: Winners of 2020 Grammy Awards

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards were presented on January 26, in Los Angeles. A list of winners in many of the major categories follows below. Record of the Year "Hey, Ma," Bon Iver "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish *WINNER "7 Rings," Ariana Grande "Hard...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:28 AM

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41 in a helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest players and most masterful scorers of all time, was among the passengers who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.  Bryant was 41. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in an afternoon news conference...

Monday, January 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

World leaders gather for Holocaust commemoration, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz

World leaders gathered in Jerusalem Thursday to take part in Israel’s largest-ever diplomatic meeting to commemorate the Holocaust and battle anti-Semitism, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Vice President...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 3:22 PM

Oscar voters pass over big names including Eddie Murphy, JLo

Hollywood’s Oscar voters have passed over big names including Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro, while issuing a surprise first Academy Award nomination to actor Antonio Banderas for Spanish film “Pain and Glory.” Singer and actress Lopez was widely praised for...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 9:25 AM

The truth about carbs

Carbs are a hotly-debated topic, especially in the weight loss world, due in part to diets such as the Atkins, Dukan, South Beach and Ketogenic Diet. The idea that “carbs are bad” has left many people confused about carbohydrates and their importance for our health, including...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mane named African Footballer of the Year

Liverpool star Sadio Mane was crowned on Tuesday as Africa's 2019 Player of the Year for the first time at an awards gala in Egypt. The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 8:41 AM

Pope defends migrants, calls for peace in Christmas message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the “darkness in human hearts” that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants. In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world)...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 2:00 PM

Bank robber throws cash in air, shouting 'Merry Christmas'

A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, “Merry Christmas” to passersby, police and local media reported on Tuesday. David Wayne Oliver, 65, was arrested at a nearby...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 10:03 AM

Saudi court sentences five to death over Khashoggi murder

Five people have been sentenced to death over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was murdered in October last year in what...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 1:54 PM

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom's public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was critical of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. He...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 1:12 PM

West Africa takes a step away from colonial-era currency

A bloc of West African states took a step away from a French-backed regional currency that dates back to the colonial era, making a significant symbolic break from the past. The president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting president...

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 12:25 PM

Rwanda’s electric motorcycle company marks 250,000km

Africa’s first electric vehicle company, Ampersand, celebrated 250,000 kilometers traveled by its 20 motorcycle taxis in Rwanda. The distance—equal to circling the Earth more than 6 times!—is proof that electric motorcycles work in Africa and are ready to be scaled. In...

Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Top British model backs climate change hunger strikers

British model and actress Lily Cole recently visited two elderly climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion group, who have been on hunger strike outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party headquarters for 22 days. Peter Cole, 76, and Marko Stepanov, 67, began...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:25 AM

Key film nominees for the 2020 Golden Globe awards

Nominations were announced on Monday for the 2020 Golden Globe awards for movies and television. The 77th Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented at a gala dinner hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:12 AM

Tanzanian Industrialist Ali Mufuruki dies in South Africa

One of Tanzania’s dollar millionaires and chairman for Infotech Investment Group, Ali Mufuruki, has died in South Africa. Mr Mufuruki, who founded CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) and Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa died on Saturday night at Montnigside Hospital in...

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 11:45 PM

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