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The largest music streaming service in Africa raised $20 million

Boomplay,the music streaming company that has expanded rapidly since it was first launched in 2015, has received a major shot in the arm as it doubles down on dominating on the continent. The streaming service has raised $20 million in a Series A round led by Maison Capital with participation from...

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:03 AM

AfDB pledges to support $985m EAC 5th development strategy

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has pledged to support the East African Community (EAC)’s 5th Development Strategy, which requires US $985 million over a period of five years. This was reached at two days ago as the EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko met AfDB’s President...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Queen to rock Oscars with live performance

British rock band Queen will perform live at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, organisers said on Monday, following the blockbuster success of best picture nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @Queenwillrock and @adamlambert to this...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:19 AM

Women in Hollywood see some gains after Oscars equality plea

A year after best actress winner Frances McDormand used the Oscars stage to advocate for more women in front of and behind the camera, Hollywood is celebrating some progress - but remains far from reaching parity with men. McDormand urged powerful celebrities to insist on inclusion riders:...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:12 AM

Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organisers stumble to restore glory

First it was the furor over a proposed new “popular” film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organisers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows. Last week, another storm erupted when, as...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

U.S.-China trade talks to resume in Washington next week

Talks between China and the United States to resolve their bruising trade war will resume next week in Washington, with both sides saying this week’s negotiations in Beijing made progress. The White House stood by its March 1 deadline for reaching a deal or raising tariffs on certain Chinese...

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Singer Koffi Olomide faces rape charges in France

The controversial rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide is likely to face seven years in jail over sex assault allegation in France. According to AfricaNews.com, “the 62-year-old musician is standing trial for allegedly sexually assaulting four former dancers who say they were held against their will...

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Thanks to the world’s love of avocados, Africa’s coffee producers are pivoting

Avocado goes on toast, in a smoothie, and yes, on pizza. Avocado imports have soared around the world, mostly to the European Union and the United States, but China and Japan are now importing thousands of tons of the multifaceted green fruit too. Even as US imports of avocados slowed...

Friday, February 15, 2019, 12:28 AM

Trump says he could let China trade deal deadline slip

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he could let the March 1 deadline for a trade agreement with China “slide for a little while,” but that he would prefer not to and expects to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to close the deal at some point. U.S. tariffs on $200 billion...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Radisson Group to add 16 hotels to African portfolio

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of 16 new hotel deals across Africa during the last 12 months, doubling their original 2018 target. The Group currently has 96 hotels and 20,000 rooms in operation and under development across 31 countries in Africa and is firmly on track to reach 130...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Valentine’s Day events to check out

Its Valentine’s Day and, lovebirds are getting ready to celebrate their love and planning the perfect date for their loved ones. Whether you are looking for a romantic night or something to do, a table for one or for two, Kigali’s nightlife has something for you on Valentine’s Day...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Russian parliament approves bill to isolate country's internet

Russian legislators have given tentative approval to a draft legislation that could cut off Russia from the global internet. The bill, co-authored by Andrei Lugovoi - one of the main suspects in the 2006 murder of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in the UK - passed its first reading in the...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:39 AM

Thai body seeks to dissolve party that nominated princess for PM

Thailand's Election Commission says it will ask the constitutional court to dissolve a party that in an unprecedented but ill-fated move put forward a princess to run for prime minister in the country's upcoming general elections. In a statement on Wednesday, the election body said the...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:36 AM

Apple iPhone sales in China drop by 20%

Apple Inc iPhone sales in China fell 20 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2018, while sales for smartphones made by home-grown rival Huawei soared by 23 per cent, data from industry research firm IDC showed on Monday. The report is the first to put a firm number on the scale of a...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Oil prices up by over 2 per cent following Saudi and OPEC cuts

Oil prices gained more than 2 per cent on Tuesday, supported by OPEC-led production cuts, which Saudi Arabia said it would surpass by more than half a million barrels per day (bpd), and by U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela. Brent crude futures were up $1.40, or 2.28 per cent, at $62.91 a...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Hungarian scientists protest against government plans to streamline Academy

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a conservative leader who came to power in 2010, has tightened his control of Hungarian public life, such as the courts, the media, the economy, as well as education and now scientific research. “The current situation, which keeps 5,000 MTA researchers and staff...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why we need another Bob Marley

Bob Marley died more than three decades ago, yet he is still a strong cultural and musical influence. We explore why the singer affects millions of people across the world to this day. Robert Nesta Marley, famously known as Bob Marley, was born on 6 February 1945 and died on 11 May 1981. From the...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:45 PM

Fire at New Delhi hotel kills at least 17: officials

A fire at a hotel in New Delhi has killed at least 17 people, including a child, according to officials. The blaze erupted in the early hours of Tuesday at Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central New Delhi. Fire brigade and police officials said the death toll had risen from nine to at...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9:31 AM

Japan demands apology from South Korea over remarks on emperor

Japan has lodged a complaint with Seoul and demanded an apology after a South Korean lawmaker said the Japanese emperor should apologise over the military’s use of so-called “comfort women” during World War II. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said South Korea...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9:21 AM

Nigerian scientists patented a sickle cell drug using a traditional herbal remedy – then it all fell apart

The successful development of a drug for the treatment of a sickle cell anaemia using a traditional herbal remedy by Nigerian scientists was widely regarded as a very significant breakthrough in medicine in 1998. Before Niprisan there was only one approved sickle cell drug (Hydroxyurea) but it was...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:05 AM