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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

Obama urges Americans to reject leaders who stoke hatred

Former US President Barack Obama has called on Americans to reject language from any of their leaders that feeds hatred or normalises racism. Mr Obama did not name anyone but his rare comments came after President Donald Trump sought to deflect criticism that his anti-immigrant rhetoric had...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 9:42 AM

Messi banned from international football for three months

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”. Barcelona forward Messi, 32, was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixed for...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tunisia’s president, 92, dies in hospital

Tunisian media are reporting the country’s 92-year-old president has passed away after being hospitalized for the third time in recent weeks. Radio station Mosaique and state broadcaster Wataniya have reported Beji Caid Essebsi was hospitalized Wednesday night for unspecified health trouble...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:35 PM

Boris Johnson makes first Commons statement as prime minister

The new prime minister is making a Commons statement, after holding his first Cabinet meeting. Speaking to MPs, Boris Johnson said his government would throw itself into Brexit negotiations with energy. He said other arrangements for the Northern Ireland backstop were "perfectly compatible...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 9:44 AM

Mueller defends inquiry's integrity, says he did not exonerate Trump

Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday defended the integrity of his Russia investigation during a dramatic congressional hearing and reiterated that he had not cleared President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice or, as the president has said, totally exonerated Trump....

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Boris Johnson becomes UK’s new prime minister

Boris Johnson has said he wants to “change the country for the better” after he became the UK’s new prime minister. Speaking outside Downing Street, he said the UK would leave the EU on October  31”no ifs, no buts”, adding: “The buck stops with me....

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 11:30 PM

WHO says investigators conclude Ebola victim did not enter Rwanda

GENEVA – A Congolese woman who may have spread the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda did not go to Rwanda or the Congolese city of Goma while contagious, the World Health Organization said on Friday. On Thursday, a report written by Uganda’s Health Ministry and published by the WHO’s...

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

South African musician Johnny Clegg dead at 66

South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, died on Tuesday aged 66, his agent said. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. A Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10:00 AM

Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF

Christine Lagarde has said she will step down as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It comes ahead of a decision on her nomination to become head of the European Central Bank (ECB). Ms Lagarde said she would leave the IMF on 12 September. "With greater clarity now...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 7:10 PM

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