May 1, 2018

Referee attacked by Ethiopian footballers for goal decision

Referee attacked by Ethiopian footballers for goal decision Image copyright ETV/Facebook Image caption The referee was punched by a team coach, who has since been fired A referee has been attacked by players after making a controversial decision in Ethiopia's football premier league. The military team Defence and Welwalo Adigrat University were drawing 1-1 when the referee ruled the ball crossed the line and gave a goal to Defence. Welwalo Adigrat players then chased him down, and he was punched to the ground by one of their coaches. The coach has been fired, and the Ethiopian Football Federation has suspended all games in the league. A video posted online by state broadcaster ETV shows the referee attempting to defend himself with a corner flag. Skip Facebook post by EBC በኢትዮጵያ ፕሪሚየር ሊግ 22ኛ ሳምንት መከላከያ ከወልዋሎ አዲግራት ዩኒቨርስቲ ጋር ያደረጉት ጨዋታ በስፖርታዊ ጨዋነት ጉድለት ሳቢያ ተቋረጠ፡፡ Posted by EBC on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 Report End of Facebook post by EBC There have been several instances of violence..
May 1, 2018

Nigeria attacks: Mosque bomb blasts kill 24 in Mubi

Nigeria attacks: Mosque bomb blasts kill 24 in Mubi At least 24 people are reported to have been killed in suicide bomb blasts in the north-east Nigerian town of Mubi. The explosions happened in and around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for afternoon prayers. Police in Adamawa state said they suspect the Islamist group Boko Haram of being behind the attacks. Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence to try to create an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria since 2009. The violence has killed about 20,000 people and displaced more than two million. State police commissioner Abdullahi Yerima said the first blast took place at the mosque at about 13:00 (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber detonated a device nearby as worshippers fled. He said more than a dozen people were injured. Mubi has suffered regular attacks by Boko Haram. Last November more than 50 people were killed when suspected militants detonated a suicide bomb inside a mosque in the same town.
May 1, 2018

Ethiopia hit by power cut as dam’s circuit breaks

Ethiopia hit by power cut as dam's circuit breaks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A technical fault at a controversial hydroelectric dam caused the blackout A nationwide power cut hit Ethiopia overnight after a technical fault at a massive hydroelectric dam. Power cuts are common in Ethiopia, but rarely on such a big scale. The dam has caused controversy in Ethiopia and has been blamed for cutting the water supply to northern Kenya, causing Lake Turkana to shrink. Ethiopia is currently building an even bigger dam on the River Nile, which has led to a diplomatic spat with Egypt and Sudan. Africa Live: More updates Do massive dams ever make sense? Can Africa lead the way on renewable energy? State media says the power went out when a circuit breaker tripped at Gibe III dam in southern Ethiopia and engineers have now rectified the problem. But BBC Ethiopia correspondent Emmanuel Igunza says that many areas across the country still do not have electricity. Gibe III is E..
May 1, 2018

Nigeria’s cough syrup problem: Emzor suspends distribution

Nigeria's cough syrup problem: Emzor suspends distribution Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic A Nigerian company says it has suspended distribution of its cough syrup after a BBC investigation into its role in an addiction epidemic. Emzor Pharmaceuticals has also dismissed a company executive who was caught selling 60 bottles of cough syrup to an undercover reporter. The syrup, containing the highly addictive opioid, codeine, is used by young Nigerians to get high. The company has promised a "full and thorough" internal investigation. Secret filming caught the Emzor executive boasting he could sell "one million cartons" in a week on the black market. The Nigerian Senate estimates that as many as three million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every single day in just two states, Kano and Jigawa. The cough syrup creating a generation of addicts What are opioids and what are the risks?..
April 30, 2018

How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts

How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts Image caption The cough syrup epidemic affects Nigerians from all social groups When the younger brother of the BBC's Ruona Meyer became addicted to cough syrup, she began to investigate the men who make and sell opioid-based medicine on the streets of Lagos. Her investigation took her deep into Nigeria's criminal underworld, uncovering an epidemic that is destroying young lives across West Africa. "Where there are lots of school kids, as soon as they get a taste for it, they'll keep pestering you for more," says Junaid Hassan. When I heard him say these words I felt sick to my stomach. I had already witnessed what he described - young Nigerians hooked on cough syrup made with codeine, an opioid which can be addictive. A 14-year-old girl from my home city of Lagos, her parents distressed and unsure how to help her. A young man in Kano, chained to the floor of a rehab centre, swarming with flies, driven mad by..
April 30, 2018

Beauty standards: Egypt’s curly hair comeback

Beauty standards: Egypt's curly hair comeback Image copyright Eman El-Deeb Image caption Eman El-Deeb was asked to straighten her hair nearly every day Eman El-Deeb, a young Egyptian woman, decided to leave her country in 2016. But it wasn't for education, work or a partner. It was because of her hair. The 26-year-old has big curly hair that is admired in Spain, where she currently lives. But in Egypt, where many women seek to emulate European ideals of beauty, she felt like her hair was a curse. "The decision to leave was a very sad one for me. I never imagined I'd migrate," says Eman. "But I was tired… I reached the point where I felt I wanted to live in a place where my looks do not bother anyone." Image copyright Mona Ghander Image caption Most Egyptian women have naturally curly hair Eman says that in Egypt she was ridiculed by acquaintances and strangers alike. "In the first couple of months of my work at an Egyptian bank, someone from human resources would c..
April 29, 2018

Nigeria President Buhari to meet Trump in Washington

Nigeria President Buhari to meet Trump in Washington Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Image caption Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Donald Trump Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will become the first African leader to be received by US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Washington for talks later. They are expected to discuss shared economic and security interests. But many will also be watching the talks closely after a row over Mr Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations. Mr Trump denied being a racist after the reported crude remark. What's the agenda for Trump-Buhari talks?The two leaders may be keen to put the scandal behind them to focus on more pressing issues, writes the BBC's Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones. Image copyright Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram militants launched their insurgency in 2009 At home, President Buhari faces multiple security challenges, including the nine-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram jih..
April 28, 2018

‘Guns, germs and trees’ determine gorilla’s fate

'Guns, germs and trees' determine gorilla's fate Image copyright Terence Fuh Neba, WWF Central African Republic The survival of gorillas in the forests of Africa depends on guns, germs and trees. So say the scientists behind the largest ever survey of western lowland gorillas across their range. The study, based on a decade's worth of field research, found more gorillas than in previous estimates. However, the vast majority are in unprotected areas, where they are at risk from illegal poaching, Ebola and habitat destruction. A similar picture was found for central chimpanzees. Both great apes live in the remote forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Image copyright Emma Stokes/WCS Image caption Chimpanzees, like all great apes, are protected by law "Guns refers to hunting; germs refers to Ebola; and trees refer to the fact that these are forest animals which need a dense and intact forest to survive," said Dr Fiona Maise..
April 28, 2018

‘I run for the family I’m not allowed to see’

'I run for the family I'm not allowed to see' There is one event that long-distance runner Salah Ameidan takes part in every year - the gruelling Sahara Marathon in south-west Algeria. It's not only the thrill of the competition that attracts him, though - this is also the closest he can get to his family, who live behind a wall in the desert, in territory governed by Morocco. We're deep in the desert in south-west Algeria looking out at parched, cracked flatlands. With minutes to go before the horn blows, I join Salah Ameidan on his gentle warm-up as he prepares his mind and his lithe limbs for the tough terrain ahead. Around us, hundreds of athletes are gathering at the starting line dressed in neon yellow and orange Lycra, using the pointy edges of their neck scarves to rub sand out of their eyes. The conditions for today's run are likely to be treacherous: burning breeze, wandering camels and shifting sand dunes. But Ameidan's not concerned about..
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