June 14, 2018

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Becker was awarded the international tennis hall of fame ring in April Former tennis champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity against an attempt to sue him. The three-time Wimbledon winner claims his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic affords him protection from any legal claims. Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to private bank Arbuthnot Latham. He is now being pursued for "further assets". His defence has been lodged in the High Court. The Central African Republic made Mr Becker a sport and culture attache to the EU in April 2018. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBecker wins first Wimbledon aged 17 His legal team said: "This means he cannot be subject to legal process in the courts of any country for so long as he remains a recognised diplomatic agent." Mr Becker said the proceedings were "unjustifie..
June 14, 2018

Ceuta and Melilla: Spain wants rid of anti-migrant razor wire

Ceuta and Melilla: Spain wants rid of anti-migrant razor wire Image copyright Reuters Image caption A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants attempt to cross into the Spanish territory of Melilla Spain's new interior minister has vowed to do "everything possible" to remove the "anti-migrant" razor wire fences, which separate Morocco from the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla. The tiny enclaves on Morocco's Mediterranean coast have become magnets for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Injuries are common when "jumpers" try to scale the six-metre (20 ft) fences. They are often topped with barbed wire or even coils of razor blades. Fernando Grande-Marlaska, a judge who became Spain's interior minister earlier this month, has commissioned a report into finding the "least bloody possible means" of preserving border security. "I'm going to do everything possible to see that these razor wire fences at Ceuta and Melilla are removed," he told Span..
June 14, 2018

Rachel Saunders: Second missing botanist’s body identified

Rachel Saunders: Second missing botanist's body identified Image copyright Nick Bailey Image caption Rodney Saunders body was found by fishermen in February South African police have identified the body of a British botanist kidnapped with her husband in a case with suspected links to the Islamic State group (IS). Rachel Saunders, 63, and her husband Rodney Saunders, 74, were last seen alive on 10 February. Police found Rodney's body on 17 February in a river. Authorities identified Rachel's body on Wednesday but they did not say where they had found her remains. The pair, who owned a seed business in Cape Town, were on a trip looking for rare seeds in KwaZulu-Natal province when they were taken. Read more: The rise and fall of 'Islamic State' The mystery of the horticulturalists missing in South Africa ‘Islamic State’ around the world Suspects Fatima Patel, 27, and Saffydeen Aslam del Vecchio, 38, were arrested on 16 February, one day before Rodney's bo..
June 14, 2018

Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test

Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test Image copyright Africa Proof Image caption Matibabu shines a red beam through a patient's finger and detects tell-tale signs of malaria A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Computer scientist Brian Gitta, 24, is the first Ugandan, and the youngest person, to win the Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize. The device, called Maitibabu, can diagnose malaria in a minute and shares its results on a linked mobile phone. Mr Gitta was inspired to develop the device with his team after blood tests failed to diagnose his malaria. 'Malaria killed my daughter, I'm protecting others now' Malaria experts fear disease's resurgence GM plant tech boosts malaria drug yield Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Maitibabu team, told the B..
June 14, 2018

Why landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy

Why landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy Image copyright Imperial War Museum Image caption H H Commodore Prince Alexander Desta was Deputy Commander of the Imperial Ethiopian Navy in 1971 When Eritrea gained independence in 1993, Ethiopia suddenly found itself without a coastline and so it took the logical step of disbanding its navy. Now, it is reconsidering its decision and its latest manoeuvres in the region suggests it could be shopping around its neighbourhood to find a naval base it can use. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently said on state TV: "We built one of the strongest ground and air force in Africa... we should build our naval force capacity in the future." His comments revealed the country's naval ambitions but his plans for how to achieve this goal have not been made public. However, Ethiopia's latest push to enter into deals with its coastal neighbours signal something is afoot. What is behind the move? State-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate quoted Mr ..
June 13, 2018

Grenfell Tower: Global roots of fire victims

Grenfell Tower: Global roots of fire victims "Uncle's house is on fire, pray for him!" On the other end of the phone, in a small village in North Eastern Bangladesh, Kamru Miah's eldest son Suzon can do little else. Powerless to help and 5,000 miles away, he gets to his knees. A short time later, he would be praying for his father's soul.­­­ The tower block fire in west London on 14 June, 2017, left 72 people dead and destroyed the lives of hundreds of others. As the flames from a small fridge fire on the fourth floor grew into the UK's worst fire since the wartime Blitz, the effects began to be felt around the world. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary fire; not least because the tower's diverse community meant that Grenfell was, and still is, an international disaster. Many of the building's residents had loved ones around the globe. There were families who perished with links to Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, Dominica, Egypt..
June 13, 2018

Hidden writing in ancient desert monastery manuscripts

Hidden writing in ancient desert monastery manuscripts Image caption Fr Justin is helping to share online the historic manuscripts in an ancient Sinai monastery For a monk who lives in the Sinai desert in Egypt, in the world's oldest working monastery, Father Justin replies to emails very speedily. It should come as no surprise: the Greek Orthodox monk is in charge of hauling the library at St Catherine's into the 21st Century. This ancient collection of liturgical texts, including some of the earliest Christian writing and second in size only to the Vatican, is going to be made available online for scholars all over the world. The manuscripts, kept in a newly-renovated building which was opened to the public in December 2017, are now the subject of hi-tech academic detective work. East meeting WestA team of scientists and photographers working alongside Fr Justin has been using multi-spectral imaging to reveal passages hidden beneath the manuscripts' visible text. T..
June 13, 2018

Egypt safer than US and UK – Gallup poll

Egypt safer than US and UK - Gallup poll Image copyright AFP Image caption Egypt was considered to be as safe as Denmark, Slovenia and China Egypt has been ranked the safest country in Africa and higher than both the UK and US, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Egypt 16th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Singapore was ranked the safest, with Venezuela was seen as the least. Egypt got 88 out of 100, placing it on the same level as countries like Denmark, Slovenia and China. This was an improvement on 2016, when it got 82. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has led the country since the military removed Mohammed Morsi in 2013. His government has been battling Islamist militants who last year killed more than 70 people in suicide attacks against churches in the capital Cairo and in the cities of Tanta and Alexand..
June 12, 2018

Letter from Africa: Why has Nigeria rejected paternity leave?

Letter from Africa: Why has Nigeria rejected paternity leave? Image copyright Wayne Djokoto/Nappy.co Image caption Nigerian lawmakers have rejected legislation for paternity leave In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes about the strong opposition to paternity leave in Nigeria. For a change, it's Nigerian men at the receiving end of outlandish deliberations by our nation's lawmakers. We, women, are usually the victims. In 2016 for example, Nigeria attracted global head-shaking when its parliament refused to pass a gender equality bill. Among other rights, that legislation sought to protect Nigerian women from violence, and allow widows to inherit their husband's property. Then a few months ago as International Women's Day was marked in parliament, Muhammed Kazaure - a lawmaker from northern Nigeria - cautioned his colleagues against handing over "too much power" to women. "They will overthrow the men. They..
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