June 18, 2018

Former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi denies receiving ‘cash gift’

Former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi denies receiving 'cash gift' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfrican referees filmed taking cash The second-most powerful man in African football has branded video of him apparently taking cash gifts "lies". Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) head Kwesi Nyantakyi was seen taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter. But Mr Nyantakyi says the footage was doctored, dismissing it as "shoddy work with cut and paste". He also says that audio snippets have been "inserted" and rearranged so as to falsely incriminate him. It is against the rules of Fifa, football's world governing body, to accept any gifts of cash. Mr Nyantakyi resigned from his posts with Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) after the footage was made public in June. It is the first time he has commented on the allegations since stepping down. Africa Live: More on this and other other stories African officials filmed ..
June 18, 2018

Diane Rwigara: Rwandan politician’s assets auctioned

Diane Rwigara: Rwandan politician's assets auctioned Image copyright AFP Image caption Diane Rwigara was blocked from challenging President Kagame in the 2017 election Rwandan authorities have auctioned off assets from the family business of a jailed critic of President Paul Kagame. Diane Rwigara was barred from running in last year's election, and was later arrested on accusations of forgery and inciting insurrection. The Rwanda Revenue Authority sold machinery from the family's tobacco business for almost $2m (£1.5m) in a bid to recover $7m in tax arrears. The family says the auction and charges against her are politically motivated. Africa Live: Latest updates from around the continent Rwanda's Paul Kagame - visionary or tyrant? Rwanda genocide: 100 days of slaughter A previous auction of Ms Rwigara's family business assets - of processed tobacco - netted $595m (£449m). Ms Rwigara is a renowned women's activist in Rwanda and her family says their pro..
June 17, 2018

Inside Tunisia’s Shams Rad – the Arab world’s ‘only gay radio station’

Inside Tunisia's Shams Rad - the Arab world's 'only gay radio station' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBouhdid Belhedi says his radio station now has 10,000 weekly listeners across 15 countries Homosexuality is both illegal and widely considered to be unacceptable in Tunisia. But since the 2011 revolution, activists have seen that standing up for their beliefs can result in change. Now LGBT people are gaining confidence and are coming out of the shadows to push for equal rights. "I was the first person to annoy people in the media and speak openly about LGBT issues in Tunisia on air," says Bouhdid Belhedi, director of Shams Rad. In the Tunisian capital, Tunis, the 25-year-old shows us around an office space that has been converted into what he calls "the Arab world's first LGBT radio station". It is low budget but professional, with enough space for seven contributors. The corridors are painted in the colours of the LGBT rainbow flag...
June 17, 2018

Violence hits Eritrean cycle festival

Police condemn 'appalling' violence at cycle festival Image copyright Ashley Stocks Image caption Police attended Tameside Stadium when violence broke out at the cycling festival Police have condemned the "appalling" violence at a cycling festival in Greater Manchester that saw nine people hurt and eight men arrested. Thirty protesters stormed the Eritrean event at Curzon Ashton's Tameside Stadium on Saturday, throwing bottles, food and beer kegs. Organisers said frightened young children were put in danger by the violence. It is thought the men were protesting against the Eritrean government. Image copyright Ashley Stocks Image caption Police escort away two young men after the trouble at Curzon Ashton's ground The Eritrean Cycle Festival was attended by hundreds of people, with singing, dancing and appearances from cyclists who appeared at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and 1960 Games in Rome. Organiser Goitom Seyoum, 48, said: "This had nothing to do with poli..
June 17, 2018

Nigeria attacks: Blasts and rockets ‘kill 31’ in Borno state

Nigeria attacks: Blasts and rockets 'kill 31' in Borno state Image copyright AFP Image caption Nigeria's army chief urged residents in the north-east to return to their homes Two suicide bombers have attacked a town in north-eastern Nigeria only hours after the country's army chief urged displaced residents to return home because it was safe. The blasts hit the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening and reports say at least 31 people died. The explosions were followed up by rockets fired from outside the town. Boko Haram militants are suspected. Army chief Lt Gen Tukur Buratai had said they were no longer a threat. "Let me use this opportunity to call on the good people of northern Borno... to return to their communities which have long been liberated by our gallant troops," he said at an inauguration ceremony for gunboats earlier on Saturday. A four-month military operation started on 1 May to expel Boko Haram insurgents from northern Borno and the Lak..
June 16, 2018

South Africa’s cash-in-transit heists: A national emergency?

South Africa's cash-in-transit heists: A national emergency? Image copyright SAPS Image caption Commercial-grade explosives have been used in several robberies The shaky footage could come from a film: men standing on the grassy verge wielding AK-47s, bombs exploding, and the sound of gunfire. But this is not the latest action blockbuster. This is a small South African town in the middle of the day, and what the shocked driver is recording from the relative safety of his own vehicle is a scene being repeated across the nation on an almost daily basis: a cash-in-transit heist. It is an epidemic which has seen millions of rand disappear into the hands of highly organised criminal gangs - a crime spree which some say can be traced back to the police themselves, and that others suggest is being orchestrated by criminals already serving time behind bars. It is, according to those in the know, seen as high prestige and low risk - at least, for those carrying out the attacks. What is hap..
June 15, 2018

Boris Becker: Central African Republic has bigger problems

Boris Becker: Central African Republic has bigger problems Image copyright AFP Image caption Violence has forced about 27% of the population to flee their homes The Central African Republic (CAR) has been put back in the spotlight after former tennis champion Boris Becker claimed diplomatic immunity. He says that his 2018 appointment as a CAR's sport and culture attache to the EU affords him protection from any legal claims. Mr Becker is attempting to thwart ongoing bankruptcy proceedings against him in the UK. But for the citizens living in the landlocked Central African country - which has been plagued by hunger, coups, rebellions and destitution since it gained independence from France in 1960 - the German tennis ace's financial woes are the last things on their minds. Dictators and diamonds CAR, a country roughly the size of Spain, is one of the poorest in the world in spite of its rich deposits of diamonds, uranium and gold. Its first President David Dacko was overthr..
June 15, 2018

The surprise place where hijab can spell trouble

The surprise place where hijab can spell trouble Image copyright Dalia Anan Image caption Dalia says she was refused entry to two restaurants because of her hijab "It is easier to be wearing hijab in London than Cairo." This is how 47-year-old Dalia Anan describes her experience as a woman wearing the Islamic headscarf - also known as hijab - in London compared to her hometown in Egypt. Dalia, an engineer who works in the IT industry, moved to the UK two years ago to be with her children, who are studying in London. "I feel judged in Egypt more than I do here," she says. But this was not always the case. Egypt, whose population is predominantly Muslim, used to be a welcoming space for women who chose to wear hijab. But for the past few years this has been changing, especially for women from the upper class. "After a certain time in the evening, you are not allowed into some restaurants or what are regarded as 'cool' places, especially in the north coast," Dalia says. &..
June 14, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 8-14 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 8-14 June 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The entire continent appears to be gripped by World Cup fever, and these inmates at Kenya's Kamiti Maximum Prison were not going to miss out. Hours before the first game of the contest on Thursday, they held their own Russia v Saudi Arabia match. Image copyright AFP Image caption Six days earlier, Mali's visually-impaired football team were in Madrid to play against Brazil in the Blind Football World Championships. Image copyright AFP Image caption Then on Tuesday, Nigerian police officers were pictured settling into their Moscow base, where they will be for the duration of the World Cup, by taking a selfie with one of their new colleagues. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On Wednesday, it could have been tears for Morocco after it failed to win its bid to host the World Cup in 2026..
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