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Queen appoints Nigerian-born engineer as new serjeant at arms

The House of Commons Speaker announces Ugbana Oyet will be the new Serjeant at Arms, he will take over the role later this month. A chartered engineer on a mission to make Parliament carbon-neutral by 2050 has been named as the new Serjeant at Arms. Nigerian-born Ugbana Oyet, 43, takes over...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 1:23 PM

Kipchoge busts two-hour marathon barrier

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made athletics history on Saturday when he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours although his remarkable effort will not be recognised by the sport's governing body. The Olympic marathon champion and world record holder completed a course around...

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11:58 AM

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Abiy was cited for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea. Berit Reiss-...

Friday, October 11, 2019, 11:52 AM

Dilemma in Gabon's forest conservation and economic interests

The lush green canopy stretches over the Akanda National Park -- one of the many forest jewels that Gabon is fighting to conserve. But those living in poverty in the shadow of the park are ambiguous. They see the forests less as a global treasure to be cosseted and more as a resource that...

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Messi, Rapinoe win best player of the year awards

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize. It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins in 2009,...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday accused the World Health Organization of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo where more than 2,100 people have died of the deadly virus. A lack of transparency by the @WHO on #Ebola vaccine use in #DRCongo is...

Monday, September 23, 2019, 10:31 AM

Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel firm collapses

Thomas Cook (TCG.L), the world’s oldest travel firm, collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. We are sorry to announce that Thomas Cook has ceased trading with...

Monday, September 23, 2019, 10:18 AM

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts

Twitter announced it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, in countries like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain. Accounts coming from China seeking to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong were closed down...

Friday, September 20, 2019, 3:49 PM

Africa’s employment challenges require innovative approaches, AfDB

Innovative thinking about Africa’s conventional employment issues is a key issue in the recently released African Development Bank new policy research document “Creating Decent Jobs: Strategies, Policies, and Instruments. The report elicited strong presentations and a lively debate...

Monday, September 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Robert Mugabe to be buried next week in his village: Family

Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe will be buried in his village early next week and not at a national monument for liberation heroes in the capital, Harare, his family said. Mugabe’s family and Zimbabwe’s government have been at odds over whether he should be buried in...

Friday, September 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Alibaba extends trade deal with Rwanda

Alibaba Group has extended its partnership with Rwanda and pledged to increase imports from the East African nation. The company has also launched a four-year training program for Rwandan students to learn cross-border e-commerce. Rwanda Development Board agreed to continue its membership in...

Monday, September 9, 2019, 12:06 AM

African CEOs wary of global economy, says PWC report

African business leaders are less optimistic about the strength of the global economy and their organizations’ ability to grow revenues in both the short and medium-term than they were a year ago, a study by PWC has shown. The 7th edition of PwC’s Africa Business Agenda 2019 report...

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 9:09 AM

G7 Summit commit $251M for African women entrepreneurs

French President Emmanuel Macron and G7 leaders on Sunday approved a package totalling $251 million in support of the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative to support women entrepreneurs in Africa. “I am particularly proud, as the current G7 president, that the programme we are...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

DR Congo announces new government

Dr Congo’s Prime Minister, Illunga Illunkamba on Monday announced a new governmen, eight months after President Felix Tshisekedi won an election, with around two thirds of posts going to allies of former president Joseph Kabila. 7 months after being sworn in, President Tshisekedi of DR...

Monday, August 26, 2019, 1:39 PM

Paris waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich'

A customer fatally shot a waiter at a pizzeria on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, according to witnesses. The waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb, 15km east of...

Monday, August 19, 2019, 11:21 AM

Huawei launches its own operating system called HarmonyOS

Huawei has launched its own operating system — the HongmengOS, known in English as the HarmonyOS, the CEO of the Chinese tech giant’s consumer division, Richard Yu, said Friday. He said the operating system can be used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and...

Friday, August 9, 2019, 9:32 AM

Who are the 15 cover stars in Meghan’s issue of British Vogue?

The September Issue of British Vogue has been guest edited by the Duchess of Sussex and called Forces for Change. Meghan brought together 15 women she admires for the cover, including actress Jane Fonda and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, for what is considered to be the fashion bible...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 12:33 PM

India's former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj dies at 67

Sushma Swaraj, India's former external affairs minister and a senior member of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has died at the age of 67. Swaraj died of a heart attack on Tuesday after being rushed to the emergency ward of All India Institute of Medical Science...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:36 AM

1.7 million pilgrims arrive in Mecca for Hajj

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday the arrival of more than 1.7 million pilgrims to perform the religious rituals of Hajj. The number of the arrivals through Monday was 1,664,974 by air, 92,844 by land and 17,249 pilgrims via a sea route, amounting to 1,775,067 pilgrims, according to a statement by...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:26 AM

Toni Morrison, first black woman to win Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at 88

The celebrated American novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to her publisher, Knopf. She was 88 years old. According to Knopf, the author died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, following a “short illness.” Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was best known for her...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 5:05 PM

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