Africanews RSShttp://www.africanews.com/feed/Receive free and in real-time all news published by africanews.com, by subscribing to our RSS feeds.Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0000Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0000Zimbabwe's president Mnangagwa survives assassination attempt at rally in Hararehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/zimbabwe-s-president-mnangagwa-survives-assassination-attempt-at-rally-in-harare/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/zimbabwe-s-president-mnangagwa-survives-assassination-attempt-at-rally-in-harare/Our journalists are working on this story and will update it as soon as more information becomes available.Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0000Our journalists are working on this story and will update it as soon as more information becomes available.Rwanda campaigns to head Francophonie grouphttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/rwanda-campaigns-to-head-francophonie-group/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/rwanda-campaigns-to-head-francophonie-group/Rwanda has launched a campaign for the presidency of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), and will try to to rally support on the continent at the next summit of the African Union in Kigali. Rwanda’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs told a press conference in Kigali Friday that foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has begun campaigning. “But for now we are campaigning for this post, and we will start by seeking the support of the African Union”, Olivier Nduhungirehe said. He added, Ms Mushikiwabo, 57, has already traveled to Cameroon to discuss her candidacy with Prime Minister Philemon Yang, and is expected to visit other African member countries of the OIF in the coming days. She will also travel to Nouakchott, Mauritania, for the African Union summit in early July. Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who also chairs the African Union, has written to the heads of state concerned to call on them to support his minister’s candidacy. “Louise Mushikiwabo’s candidacy highlights development of the French-speaking community, and regarding differences with France, especially their role in the genocide against the Tutsi, we will discuss it during the bilateral relations”, Nduhungirehe added. Rwanda replaced French with English as the official language in 2008. The next Secretary General of the OIF will be designated at the Francophonie Summit in October in Armenia. The last summit, in Dakar in 2014, saw the election of Canadian Michaëlle Jean, who is a candidate for her own succession. The Haitian- born former journalist has however been singled out in recent months for her lifestyle deemed glitzy. AFPSat, 23 Jun 2018 12:03:13 +0000Rwanda replaced French with English as the official language in 2008. The next Secretary General of the OIF will be designated at the Francophonie Summit in October in Armenia[Live] Day 10 of 2018 WC: Belgium (5) vs Tunisia (1)Daniel Mumberehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/live-day-10-of-2018-wc-germany-tunisia-playing-the-games-of-their-lives/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/live-day-10-of-2018-wc-germany-tunisia-playing-the-games-of-their-lives/Michy Batshuiayi scores Belgium’s fifth goal. Hazard gets a double, and Belgium have a 4-1 lead. A class finish from hazardeden10</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BEL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BEL</a> now lead 4-1 in Moscow! <br><br>Hazard: ⚽️⚽️<br>Lukaku: ⚽️⚽️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BELTUN?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BELTUN</a> <a href="https://t.co/Fg0HRtmDd2">pic.twitter.com/Fg0HRtmDd2</a></p>&mdash; FIFA World Cup ? (FIFAWorldCup) 23 juin 2018 Lukaku scores his fourth goal at this year’s tournament. It’s Belgium (3), Tunisia (1). Dylan Bronn scores for Tunisia in the 18th minute. It’s Belgium (3), Tunisia (1) #TUN respond immediately! A glancing header from Dylan Bronn brings Tunisia right back into the game!#BELTUN 2-1 pic.twitter.com/cchrczqkEW— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 23 juin 2018 Lukaku doubles Belgium’s lead in the 16th minute. Hazard scores from the penalty spot, giving Belgium an early lead. It’s Belgium (2), Tunisia (0). The Belgium-Tunisia clash kicks off here at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Will Tunisia do enough to avoid premature elimination? Germany, Tunisia playing the games of their lives Defending world champions Germany will be playing the game of their lives when they take on Sweden in the Group F. Germany must win the game, having been defeated 1-0 by Mexico in their opening game, while Sweden will be looking to seal their qualification to the next stage after their opening win against Korea Republic. African side Tunisia, will also be in action in a Group G clash against Belgium. Tunisia will be hoping they can avoid defeat and premature elimination from the tournament. #BEL vs #TUN#KOR vs #MEX #GER vs #SWE Matchday 10, are you ready? pic.twitter.com/JLdIaGIBVl— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 23 juin 2018 Belgium vs Tunisia Belgium won their opening game 3-0 against World Cup debutants Panama, with their star striker, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace. Tunisia, who lost their opening game to England, after Harry Kane scored a late winner in stoppage time to complete his double. “We have to win. We have no choice,” Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul told reporters on Friday ahead of the game at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on Saturday. “Belgium are very strong but we are ready. We want to avoid the mistakes we made in the first match. If Tunisia lose on Saturday, and England beat Panama on Sunday, they will be eliminated while a draw would leave the Tunisians needing to beat Panama and hoping Belgium lose to England in the final group games. Korea Republic vs Mexico South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has described his side’s forward Son Heung-min as the best Asian player around and hopes he will finally be unleashed in Saturday’s crucial World Cup game against Mexico after being stifled in the 1-0 defeat to Sweden. Tottenham Hotspur forward Son, who hit 18 goals last season for his club, has found it hard to replicate that form for his country. But he must turn it on against Mexico if his side are to have a realistic chance of advancing from Group F. Mexico who beat Germany in their opening game, have said they will not be over-confident when they play South Korea. “I hope that we’re not going to rest on our laurels and take our foot off the gas. We know all too well that in football, things can change overnight,” Coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. Germany vs Sweden This is a crunch tie because Germany’s stellar record is at stake. If Germany lose to Sweden and Mexico earn at least one point against South Korea then the reigning world champions will have been eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1938. The Germans won the title in 2014 and proceeded to win all 10 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but have only managed just one victory, a 2-1 over Saudi Arabia in their last seven matches. After the Mexico defeat, Germany captain Manuel Neuer said, every match henceforth will be treated as if it were a final. “The coach knows the situation that we are in now (is dire). (Every match is like a) final (from now on),” goalkeeper Neuer told a news conference, delayed by almost an hour due to ongoing team discussions. “We are frustrated and disappointed. Now it is up to us to react.’‘ ? Every game now is like a final for #GER Do you agree with Timo Werner? #GERSWE pic.twitter.com/dfykJVu4zI— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 23 juin 2018Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:49:31 +0000Tunisia take on Belgium in Group G, while reigning World champions Germany play Sweden, while Mexico play South Korea in the other Group F clash.WC 2018: Nigerians celebrate after 2-0 win against Icelandhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/wc-2018-nigerians-celebrate-after-2-0-win-against-iceland/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/wc-2018-nigerians-celebrate-after-2-0-win-against-iceland/Nigerians celebrated on Friday (June 22) after their team beat Iceland 2-0 and revived their hopes of advancing in the World Cup in Russia. Striker Ahmed Musa celebrated his return to the team with two fine goals and sent fans in Moscow fan one and in Volgograd stadium on an overdrive. ‘‘Fantastic, fantastic, it was a good match, we are very grateful to have won it, it is very good for Nigeria, we are all happy! said a Nigerian fan. Another female fan said “I am so happy, so, so happy… It’s good to be a winner… We are stars! The defeat for Iceland, appearing in their first World Cup tournament, does not kill off their dreams just yet, while struggling Argentina could also pull off a miraculous escape and make it to the knockout rounds. But it was a big disappointment for some Iceland fans. ‘‘Disappointed. We were hoping to get a point. (What happens now?) I hope they send Argentina home. I think Nigeria will beat Argentina, and Croatia and Nigeria will move on to the second stage”, an Iceland fan said. But Friday’s win, in the heat of southern Russia, leaves Nigeria in control of their destiny when they meet Argentina in their final game of Group D on Tuesday June 26. A draw might be enough for the Super Eagles, who now hold the group’s second qualifying spot, even if Iceland beat already-qualified Croatia, depending on goal difference. Argentina, meanwhile, have to beat Nigeria and also hope Iceland do not win against Croatia, as that could send the South Americans home early, again depending on goal difference. Nigeria will be looking to avoid all these calculations by beating Lionel Messi and his compatriots outright, however. In only the second win for an African side in the Russia World Cup so far, Nigeria broke a stale deadlock in the 49th minute when wing-back Victor Moses lofted a pass towards Musa who deftly controlled the ball and smashed in the half volley. Musa was on the bench for Nigeria’s limp defeat to Croatia in their opening World Cup game, and the announcement of the Leicester City striker’s name in the starting team on Friday drew thunderous cheers from Super Eagles fans. Iceland must now turn their sights on Croatia who ended the island’s 2014 World Cup dream in a playoff, and the relationship between the sides on the field has often been tempestuous. ReutersSat, 23 Jun 2018 11:05:44 +0000A draw might be enough for the Super Eagles, who now hold the group's second qualifying spot, even if Iceland beat already-qualified Croatia, depending on goal differenceEthiopia unblocks 264 websites and TV channelsEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/ethiopia-unblocks-264-websites-and-tv-channels/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/ethiopia-unblocks-264-websites-and-tv-channels/A senior Ethiopian official says the country has opened access to 264 blocked websites and TV broadcasters. Fitsum Arega, who is the prime minister’s chief of staff, tweeted that “freedom of expression is a foundational right” and “essential for engaged and responsible” citizens. He added that “only a free market of ideas will lead to the truth”. Freedom of expression is a foundational right that other rights depend on. #Ethiopia has opened access to 264 blocked websites/bloggers/ ESAT and OMN. A free flow of information is essential for engaged & responsible citizenry. Only a free market of ideas will lead to the truth.— Fitsum Arega (@fitsumaregaa) June 22, 2018 Among the broadcasters allowed back on air are the US-based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN). Both TV stations were charged in absentia for inciting violence and promoting terror, but the charges were dropped a few weeks ago. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April with a pledge to open up the airwaves, even calling on foreign-based opposition TV broadcasters to open offices in Ethiopia. One broadcaster – the US-based OMN station – has sent a team to establish an office in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia has been accused of blocking foreign-based TV and radio broadcasts, websites and blogposts from being accessed in the country for many years by different human rights and press freedom groups. AGENCIESSat, 23 Jun 2018 02:07:00 +0000Among the broadcasters allowed back on air are the US-based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN).Ugandan police arrest Venezuelan for drugs traffickingEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/ugandan-police-arrest-venezuelan-for-drugs-trafficking/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/ugandan-police-arrest-venezuelan-for-drugs-trafficking/Ugandan police at Entebbe Airport have arrested a 24-year-old Venezuelan for allegedly possessing and Trafficking narcotic drugs. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Luke Owoyesigire told journalists in Entebbe, Wakiso District that police arrested Rodrigues Fagundez on June 18 as she was traveling aboard Ethiopian Airlines after suspecting her of being in possession of the drugs. “She travelled from São Paulo in Brazil aboard Ethiopian Airline flight No. ET 507 to Addis Ababa. She was expected to arrive at Entebbe International Airport on June 18 aboard Ethiopian Airline flight No.ET 338. On arrival at Entebbe, she was identified by Aviation Police personnel and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) customs officials,” he said. 24-year-old #Venezuelan ‘drops’ 114 pellets of #cocaine; arrested by Entebbe Airport police https://t.co/o2zfujbojW via Newz Post pic.twitter.com/yO8OkT8Bg7— The Newz Post (Newzug) June 23, 2018 Aviation Police has arrested a 24-year-old Venezuelan national for alleged possession of narcotic drugs at Entebbe International Airport. More details of the story on https://t.co/CW72l4TXWP pic.twitter.com/4I4qfxVMU7— Kampala Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceug) June 22, 2018 Owoyesigire said when police searched her luggage, no drugs were found until they decided to do a thorough check on her body. Police discovered she had swallowed 114 pellets of narcotics. “She was able to excrete them after being induced with cooking oil,” he said. Charges Owoyesigire said the suspect will be charged with two counts; unlawful possession of narcotic drugs and trafficking in narcotic drugs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act of 2016. In March 2018, two foreign nationals were arrested with narcotic drugs as they tried to use Entebbe Airport as their transit route. An Italian, Laudato Nassimo, 37, was arrested on March 4 while Antonio Manuel, 64, a Portuguese was arrested on March 9. Their arrest came a week after police had busted a drugs racket and arrested one Idrissa Traore, 52, who had allegedly been using unsuspecting victims as couriers to convey narcotics from one country to another. 24-year-old Venezuelan drug trafficker arrested at Entebbe Airport https://t.co/RlQA5RXIvp pic.twitter.com/AoqVnOU9g7— Pulse Live Uganda (@pulseliveuganda) June 22, 2018 AGENCIESSat, 23 Jun 2018 04:32:35 +0000In March 2018, two foreign nationals were arrested with narcotic drugs as they tried to use Entebbe Airport as their transit route.Ethiopia, Italy sign €30 million loan agreementEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/ethiopia-italy-sign-30-million-loan-agreement/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/ethiopia-italy-sign-30-million-loan-agreement/Ethiopia and Italy have signed a €30 million loan agreement aimed at supporting the implementation of Inclusive and Sustainable Development of Agricultural Value Chain project in Oromia and Southern Nation, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR). The agreement is part of the 2017-2019 Ethio-Italy Framework signed in September 15, 2017 that contributes to agro-industrial development and the creation of enabling environment to establish integrated agro industrial parks in the two regions. It also used to develop inclusive and sustainable agricultural value chains of wheat and industrial tomato in Oromia, and avocado and pineapple in SNNPR. The agreement was signed by State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC), Admasu Nebebe and Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Arturo Luzzi. During the signing ceremony, Admasu Nebebe said since 1999 the two countries have signed three framework agreements and Italy allocated around €400 million in the form of framework agreements. According to the State Minister, the loan is interest free and highly concessional with the grant element of 80 percent. The scientific and technical cooperation signed on 5 April 1973 laid the basis for the recent development cooperation which is becoming critical part of their partnership, Admasu said. Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Arturo Luzzi on his part said that Ethiopia has always been Italy’s priority and strategic partner in Africa. In addition to the €30 million loan agreement, Italy will provide €22 million loan next year for industrial parks development. Since 2013, Italian Development Cooperation supported initiatives amounting to €225 million, excluding humanitarian assistance and civil society projects.Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:23:22 +0000In addition to the €30 million loan agreement, Italy will provide €22 million loan next year for industrial parks development.Several people killed in blast at rally supporting new Ethiopian leaderEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/several-people-killed-in-blast-at-rally-supporting-new-ethiopian-leader/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/several-people-killed-in-blast-at-rally-supporting-new-ethiopian-leader/Several people were killed and injured in an explosion at a rally attended by thousands in Addis Ababa on Saturday, Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. The rally was being held in Ethiopia’s capital in support of the 41-year-old ex-soldier who has outlined a series of radical reforms since taking office in April. BREAKING: Several killed in #AddisAbaba rally explosion, PM Abiy Ahmed says the attack was “well-orchestrated” #Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/qWm3jcjdQW— Ahmed Kosar (@AhmedKosar1) June 23, 2018 Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed says ‘a few’ killed in Addis Ababa blast Explosion kills だそうです、たいへんですね。 https://t.co/RSsEGT6PSx— مقطوع آن (@Arabian_com) June 23, 2018 “A few Ethiopians were injured. There are a few people who lost their lives,” Abiy said in a televised addressed after the explosion, which occurred minutes after he finished his speech at the capital’s Meskel Square. Abiy described the incident as “an unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united.” “It was a grenade. Someone tried to hurl it to the stage where the prime minister was in,” Seyoum Teshome, a member of the organizing committee, said. “I saw some five people injured following the blast,” Seyoum told Reuters. BREAKING: Several killed in explosion at #AddisAbaba during a rally in support as Ethiopia’s new reformist prime minister speaks.— Abdiqani Egeh (@AbdiqaniEgeh) June 23, 2018 Abiy stunned Ethiopians this month by saying he was prepared to fully implement a peace deal with Eritrea signed in 2000 and meant to end a two-year war between the country and its neighbor that devolved into a stalemate resulting in huge military build up by both countries. It is one of many policy shifts announced since Abiy took office, moves that could reshape Ethiopia’s relations with its neighbors and have equally dramatic impacts inside the country of 100 million people. REUTERSSat, 23 Jun 2018 08:49:55 +0000Abiy described the incident as “an unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united.”OPEC agrees to increase oil production by 1- mln barrels per day from July 1http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/opec-agrees-to-increase-oil-production-by-1-mln-barrels-per-day-from-july-1/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/opec-agrees-to-increase-oil-production-by-1-mln-barrels-per-day-from-july-1/The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member states Friday agreed at a meeting in Vienna to increase the oil production by one million barrels per day from July 1. As some of them are not able to increase their production while others are not allowed to make up in their sated, the actual output could be less than the one million barrel target, experts said. “The group is considering on the overall rather than individually, and I think this is quite an achievement. You don’t see this usually in an organization that everyone is looking at his own interests. I think the fact that collectively this group have reached this conclusion is a testimony that OPEC is caring about the market stability,” said Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, President of OPEC Conference, Energy and Industry Minister of United Arab Emirates. OPEC member states and other world oil pumpers have jointly cut their production by 1.2 million barrels per day since 2016 to balance the oil market for 18 months. However, due to the limited productivity of some countries, like Libya and Venezuela, the actual production reduction has overpassed the agreed amount, lifting the oil prices to the maximum of 80 U.S. dollars per barrel from 27 at the end of 2016. ReutersSat, 23 Jun 2018 08:45:25 +0000OPEC member states and other world oil pumpers have jointly cut their production by 1.2 million barrels per day since 2016 to balance the oil market for 18 monthsExplosion rocks rally in support of new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy AhmedEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/explosion-rocks-rally-in-support-of-new-ethiopian-prime-minister-abiy-ahmed/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/explosion-rocks-rally-in-support-of-new-ethiopian-prime-minister-abiy-ahmed/An explosion disrupted a huge rally for Ethiopia’s new, reformist prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the crowd that had turned out in numbers unseen in recent years in the East African nation. The state broadcaster reported that a few people had been injured, and police said they were investigating. Footage showed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed being rushed from the scene by security guards. The grenade attack at #Ethiopia’s new PM Abiy Ahmed in capital Addis Ababa rally is a sign that the elite who enjoyed power for decades aren't happy with his unity program.— K H A D A R 254 (@khedira254) June 23, 2018 “It was a grenade. Someone tried to hurl it to the stage where the prime minister was in,” Seyoum Teshome, a member of the organizing committee, said. A massive rally to support #Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda in Addis Ababa,pic.twitter.com/BnW6SC3jyf : awolallo</a></p>&mdash; qlstnfp (qlstnfp) June 23, 2018 Millions have gathered at Hulluuqo kormaa (Meskel square), in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) to take part in a peaceful solidarity rally in support of PM Abiy Ahmed's reform agenda. #March4Abiy #AbiyAhmed #Ethiopia #OromoProtests pic.twitter.com/DRXSKrgTbm— Oromticha Oromo (@OromtichOromo) June 23, 2018 #Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed addresses a massive rally in Addis Ababa, demo to show support for his reform agenda. He showed up at the march wearing a t-shirt with a map of Africa and Mandela's famous “power” salute. pic.twitter.com/5GFS058NjE— Mus'ab (@Muscab_cadee) June 23, 2018 In a cowboy hat and T-shirt, Abiy had addressed the crowd in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square as supporters wore clothes displaying his image and carried signs saying “One Love, One Ethiopia.” Abiy told the crowd of tens of thousands that change was coming and there was no turning back. “For the past 100 years hate has done a great deal of damage to us,” he said, stressing the need for even more reforms. BREAKING: At the rally in Addis Ababa, right after PM Abiy's speech there was a bomb explosion according to the state owned ETV. Sources say the PM is fine.— ECADF Ethiopian News (@ECADF) June 23, 2018 Explosion at rally attended by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa – 23 June 2018 #Ethiopia #AbiyAhmed pic.twitter.com/TJfBKJgPLN— Povo News (@povonewsafrica) June 23, 2018 #Ethiopia: Livestream of the political rally in Addis Ababa just ended abruptly after what sounded like an explosion. A loud bang can be heard at 1:44:30 here: https://t.co/qHcr8Ezoq7 pic.twitter.com/HiE98CxHCe— Will Swanson (@willswanson) June 23, 2018 The 41-year-old Abiy took office in April and quickly surprised Africa’s second most populous country by announcing the release of tens of thousands of prisoners, the opening of state-owned companies to private investment and the unconditional embrace of a peace deal with rival Eritrea. The United States is among those expressing support for the changes in a key security ally. “I’ve never thought this day will come in Ethiopia. I’m very emotional right now,” said Mulugeta Sema, a supporter of Abiy who wore a T-shirt with the new leader’s image. “We should never get back to dictatorship. This is time for change.” #BREAKING: An explosion has shaken a rally for #Ethiopia's new PM #Abiy Ahmed which was being attended by thousands of people in #Addis Ababa.— ibrahim Haji (@IbraObrahim) June 23, 2018 AGENCIESSat, 23 Jun 2018 08:28:14 +0000The state broadcaster reported that a few people had been injured, and police said they were investigating. Footage showed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed being rushed from the scene by security guards.Seychelles parliament blocks planned Indian naval base on remote islandEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/seychelles-parliament-blocks-planned-indian-naval-base-on-remote-island/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/seychelles-parliament-blocks-planned-indian-naval-base-on-remote-island/Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of the archipelago’s islands, a top foreign affairs ministry official said on Friday. The two countries signed an agreement in January to build military facilities on the remote island of Assumption, but the project quickly attracted criticism from opposition members of the tiny Indian Ocean nation’s parliament and lead to public protests. Surrendering sovereignty Opposition lawmakers had argued that allowing India access to Assumption, which is near a busy shipping route, would be surrendering territory to another country and joint management of the facility with India undermined the 115-island nation’s sovereignty. “The government will not present the agreement to the National Assembly (parliament) for approval because opposition members (who are the majority) have already said they will not ratify it,” Seychelles Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Barry Faure told Reuters by phone. “Hence the question of whether the agreement has been cancelled or not does arise — we will simply not take it to the assembly,” he said, noting that the Indian side had already ratified the pact. He was speaking days before Seychelles President Danny Faure meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi during a state visit due to start on Sunday. President Faure had earlier told the local media the issue of a military base on Assumption island will not be discussed with Modi and that “the project will not move forward”. “In next year’s budget, we will put funds for us to build a coastguard facility on Assumption ourselves. It is important for us to ensure that we have a military post in this area,” he said. The scrapped 20-year pact entailed building an airstrip and a jetty as India steps up a contest with China for influence in the Indian Ocean. Last year China inaugurated its first overseas military base in Djibouti, near one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, heightening Indian insecurities and pushing it to gain a foothold in the region. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 19:42:37 +0000The scrapped 20-year pact entailed building an airstrip and a jetty as India steps up a contest with China for influence in the Indian Ocean.Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa agenda - Nhlanhla NeneEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/restructuring-eskom-top-of-south-africa-agenda-nhlanhla-nene/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/restructuring-eskom-top-of-south-africa-agenda-nhlanhla-nene/Restructuring state-run power firm Eskom is “on top of the agenda” for South Africa, the country’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. Africa’s most industrialised economy suffered power outages earlier in June because of what Eskom said was an “illegal protest action” by South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and two other unions. The last time there were controlled power outages in 2015, economic output suffered. “It should be very minimal this time round, because… it also was related to the impasse in the industrial space,” Nene told reporters on the sidelines of an Africa conference hosted by Standard Bank. “Beyond the discussions and the negotiations on the salaries, what is important is actually beginning to restructure Eskom,” he added. “It is on top of our agenda to get Eskom on a sustainable platform.” Wage discussions ongoing Discussions on the issue of wages with unions were continuing, Nene said, but asked if the government had the funds satisfy unions’ wage demands, he replied that the money “does not exist”. “What exists is the goodwill and political will also to have an honest, open, frank discussion how to best take this forward in the interest of South Africa.” Nene also said South Africa was continuously trying to remind major central banks around the world of the effects their monetary policy had on other economies. Emerging markets have been roiled by a sell-off in recent weeks, which accelerated after a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that raised the prospect of the central bank increasing interest rates faster than previously expected. Due to its high external financing needs, South Africa is more vulnerable than other emerging economies to a global rise in borrowing costs. “We are just trying to appeal to the developed economies, to the U.S. in particular, to be much more cautious,” he said. “We should all be alive to the spillovers… be it monetary or fiscal, to other parties,” he said. “But the recent (rise in the) level of protectionism has led to a complete undermining of multilateralism.” Nene added that South Africa needed to build up its fiscal buffers to be able to withstand any external shocks and that he expected the economy to expand at 1.5 percent in 2018 despite the surprise contraction in the first quarter. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 20:32:03 +0000The last time there were controlled power outages in 2015, economic output suffered.East African Court of Justice rules Tanzania newspaper ban illegalEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/east-african-court-of-justice-rules-tanzania-newspaper-ban-illegal/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/east-african-court-of-justice-rules-tanzania-newspaper-ban-illegal/The East African Court of Justice has ruled that Tanzania must annul the publication ban placed on a local weekly newspaper two years ago. Mseto was suspended for three years in August 2016 after publishing allegations that President John Magufuli’s successful election campaign the previous year had been partly financed through corrupt means. Tanzania’s Information Ministry banned Mseto for “publishing incitements and false news”. However, the court said the suspension must be lifted as the newspaper had not “violated the public interest, or the interest of peace and good order” and that the ban is “in violation of the right of freedom of expression”. There was no immediate response from Tanzanian authorities. Since his election, Magufuli has closed several critical newspapers while rights groups have protested against the imposition of new restrictive laws on freedom of expression. Pressure group Reporters Without Borders ranked Tanzania 93rd out of 180 countries worldwide in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, down 10 places on the previous year. AGENCIESSat, 23 Jun 2018 03:42:28 +0000Tanzania's Information Ministry banned Mseto for "publishing incitements and false news".Comoros: 3 opposition leaders arrested during anti-referendum protesthttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/comoros-3-opposition-leaders-arrested-during-anti-referendum-protest/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/comoros-3-opposition-leaders-arrested-during-anti-referendum-protest/Leaders of three opposition parties were arrested by police on Friday in Moroni, Comoros during a protest denouncing the constitutional referendum scheduled for next month. The three leaders, Moustoipha Said Cheihk, Mohamed Wadaane and Ibrahim Abdourazak dit Razida, were detained by the army outside the Grand Mosque of the Comorian capital.  For several weeks, Friday prayers has been the scene of weekly clashes between the police and opposition supporters who denounce the “authoritarian rule” of the head of state . This week, the army was forced to fire tear gas canisters to disperse protesters.  The leader of a party hostile to the regime has already been sentenced this month to serve six months in prison and suspended for participating in a previous demonstration in front of the same mosque.  Similar clashes also took place on Friday in Mutsamudu, capital of the island of Anjouan. A protester was wounded in the leg by a tear gas grenade, witnesses told AFP on the phone.  President Azali has scheduled a referendum on July 29 that would allow him to run for a second consecutive term as head of Comoros. This decision has been criticised many of his opponents, including those of Vice President Ahmed Said Jaffar, who deem it “dangerous” and “contrary” to the Constitution.  In recent weeks, the head of state has suspended the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country. He has placed his predecessor and rival Ahmed Abdallah Sambi under house arrest and banned demonstrations.  President Azali was elected in 2016 for a non-renewable five-year term, according to the constitution. An African Union (AU) mission is expected in Moroni on Saturday to try to ease political tensions. AFPSat, 23 Jun 2018 07:22:52 +0000In recent weeks, the head of state has suspended the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country. He has placed his predecessor and rival Ahmed Abdallah Sambi under house arrest and bannedTunisia arrests people smuggler after 87 migrants drownedEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/tunisia-arrests-people-smuggler-after-87-migrants-drowned/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/tunisia-arrests-people-smuggler-after-87-migrants-drowned/Tunisia on Friday arrested the main organiser of a migrant smuggling operation after at least 87 people drowned when their boat sank off the southern coast this month, the government said. The boat sank off Kerkenna island from where it had set out. Dozens of people were rescued by the coastguard. The Defence Ministry said the man was arrested on Friday along with another man described as his business partner, a military man, who was trying to take them out of Kerkenna in his car. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed this month sacked Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem and 10 security officials for failing to stop the boat. Security forces have since cracked down on migrant smugglers in several parts of Tunisia. “The security forces arrested the main organiser of the illegal immigration operation in Kerkenna,” the Interior Ministry said. His partner was a military man, according to the Defence Ministry. The men were not identified. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading to Europe as Libya’s coastguard, aided by armed groups, has tightened control. Tunisia stopped about 6,000 migrants leaving its coast for Europe in the first five months of the year, a sharp increase from the few hundred prevented in the same period last year, an Interior Ministry official told Reuters. The North African country is suffering a deep economic crisis since the toppling of autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 threw Tunisia into turmoil with unemployment and inflation shooting up. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 19:15:07 +0000The boat sank off Kerkenna island from where it had set out. Dozens of people were rescued by the coastguard.Gambian president pays tribute to 3 civilians killed by police at anti-pollution protesthttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/gambian-president-pays-tribute-to-3-civilians-killed-by-police-at-anti/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/gambian-president-pays-tribute-to-3-civilians-killed-by-police-at-anti/Gambian President Adama Barrow has paid tribute to the three protesters who were killed Monday by police during a protest at Faraba Banta, 50 kilometers south of the capital, Banjul. Adama Barrow also called on residents to testify before the inquiry committee charged with shedding light on the incident. “I was very sad the day the incident happened, I’ve never been so sad since I became president I was so sad that I could not go to pray at the mosque of the presidency “, Barrow said. Brother of one of the victims, Ebrima Bah is seeking for justice. “I expect only one thing from the authorities, justice, I want justice to be done in this case, I want the guilty, those who caused the death of my brother be judged, and that the law applies to them’‘, Bah said. Faraba Banta Development Committee Advisor, Pa Baboucarr Jobe was emotional about the incident. ‘‘So when I came back, what I found was disheartening.” This is a very unprofessional. What I saw was so bad, it was like a war zone I’ve never witnessed such kind of … such kind of incident before “, Jobe added. AFP reports that the Gambia’s police chief Landing Kinteh resigned Thursday over deaths of the three young men after police fired on marchers at an anti-pollution protest. Locals have been protesting at Faraba Banta, over mining of sand which they say is badly polluting rice farms.Sat, 23 Jun 2018 06:45:50 +0000AFP reports that the Gambia's police chief Landing Kinteh resigned Thursday over deaths of the three young men after police fired on marchers at an anti-pollution protestEgyptian referee Ghead Grisha to officiate England’s Group G clash against Panama.Eric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/egyptian-referee-ghead-grisha-to-officiate-englands-group-g-clash-against-panama/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/egyptian-referee-ghead-grisha-to-officiate-englands-group-g-clash-against-panama/Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha will take charge of England’s Group G clash against Panama. FIFA announced that the 42-year-old will referee his first World Cup finals match on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod. Referee designations FWC 2018 Match 30:#ENG⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠?#PAN⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠(24 June): Referee: Ghead GRISHA (EGY) ASR 1: Redouane ACHIK (MAR) ASR 2: Waleed AHMED (SDN) 4th Off. Norbert HAUATA (TAH) Res.Ass Bertrand BRIAL (NCL)FIFAWorldCup</a> <a href="https://t.co/RjzRbC7Z9a">pic.twitter.com/RjzRbC7Z9a</a></p>&mdash; FIFA Media (fifamedia) June 22, 2018 Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha will take charge of his first match of the tournament when #ENG face #PAN at the #WorldCup in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/jgxmMOE7Lp— Adam Higgins (@HigginsAdam95) June 22, 2018 Grisha will be assisted by Moroccan Redouane Achik and Sudanese Walid Ahmed as assistant referees. Tahitian referee Norbert Hauata will be fourth official. England will be hoping for better officiating after Monday’s narrow 2-1 win against Tunisia. Aggrieved by the penalty awarded by referee Wilmar Roldan against Kyle Walker, the lack of intervention by the video assistant referee when Harry Kane was manhandled at corners also went unpunished. Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha is in charge of England's next game vs Panama. #ThreeLions https://t.co/dSccCXW1Lg— Sports Today Live (@SportsLIVEToday) June 22, 2018 AGENCIESFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:57:27 +0000FIFA announced that the 42-year-old will referee his first World Cup finals match on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod.U.S. welcomes Ethiopia-Eritrea peace effortsEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/us-welcomes-ethiopia-eritrea-peace-efforts/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/23/us-welcomes-ethiopia-eritrea-peace-efforts/The United States is encouraged by recent progress Ethiopia and Eritrea have made toward resolving their longstanding differences, the White House has said. The two African countries waged a border war from 1998-2000 that killed tens of thousands of people. Disputes over the still-militarized frontier, in particular the town of Badme, have kept the two sides at loggerheads. On Wednesday, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in the conflict by describing recent peace overtures from Ethiopia as “positive signals.” He was responding to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s pledge earlier this month to honor all the terms of a 2000 peace deal, which would include ceding Badme to Eritrea. Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand Abiy’s position and “chart out a plan.” Isaias and Abiy “have demonstrated courageous leadership by taking these steps toward peace,” the White House said in a statement. “The United States looks forward to a full normalization of relations and the realization of our shared aspirations for both countries to enjoy enduring peace and development,” it said. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 19:58:54 +0000The two African countries waged a border war from 1998-2000 that killed tens of thousands of people. Disputes over the still-militarized frontier, in particular the town of Badme, have kept the two siEthiopia: Rebel group, Patriot Ginbot 7 suspends armed operationshttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/ethiopia-rebel-group-patriot-ginbot-7-suspends-armed-operations/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/ethiopia-rebel-group-patriot-ginbot-7-suspends-armed-operations/Armed opposition group, Patriotic Ginbot7 (PG7) announced that it has unilaterally suspended all operations using firearms to show its support for the ongoing political changes undertaken by a reformist group within the ruling party, spearheaded by the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. For the past many years, the Ethiopian people have engaged in a painstaking struggle to extricate themselves from brutal repression and to transition to a democratic order. In a recent Press Release, the rebel group,  unequivocally stated its strong support for this bold move and pledged to stand with the Ethiopian people and the reformist group leading the change. “As of June 22, 2018, Patriotic Ginbot 7 has suspended all self-defense operations using firearms in all regions of Ethiopia. Our forces have received strict orders to refrain from any form of armed resistance,” the groups said in a statement. The group has based itself in neighboring Eritrea in the last few years and insisted its armed operations inside Ethiopia were to defended the people from violence perpetrated by the TPLF regime. “It has to be noted that the only reason armed resistance became necessary in our country is to defend our people and country from the repression of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime that terrorizes its citizens,” the statement said. Earlier this week, the group, declared that it wants to return to Ethiopia to pursue a peaceful struggle. In a statement confirmed by PG7 leader, Dr. Bernahu Nega, the party said they have been encouraged by reforms undertaken by the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed. Exiled Ginbot 7 seeks to return and pursue ‘a peaceful struggle’ in Ethiopia “This decision to suspend self-defense activities using arms is a self-initiated positive step that takes into full consideration our preparedness and determination to foil any attempt to derail the current change process by anti-change elements within EPRDF. The unilateral step also considers our role in helping, guiding and encouraging the peaceful struggle underway in Ethiopia,” the statement further said. The group says the steps being taken by the Prime Minister gives “a ray of hope that peaceful transition to democracy is a real possibility” in Ethiopia. In an address to his supporters in North America, the chairman of PG7, Prof. Berhanu Nega said recently that the new position of reformists within the ruling party, spearheaded by the Prime Minister, was a welcome development. The Secretary General of the group, Andargachew Tsege was released last month after four years in jail. Tsege gave credited to the Prime Minister for securing his release. PG7 is one of the political parties that have been banned in Ethiopia by the country’s Parliament. But Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has recently made calls to opposition groups abroad to give up their arms and come back home to peacefully take part in the country’s politics. In a speech at the Parliament, Abiy Ahmed said the country can only benefit from peace but not war; and called on Patriotic Ginbot 7 (PG7), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) to give up arms.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:59:07 +0000As of June 22, 2018, Patriotic Ginbot 7 has suspended all self-defense operations using firearms in all regions of Ethiopia.Ivory Coast aims to grind 1 million tonnes of cocoa beans by 2022http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/ivory-coast-aims-to-grind-1-million-tonnes-of-cocoa-beans-by-2022/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/ivory-coast-aims-to-grind-1-million-tonnes-of-cocoa-beans-by-2022/Top cocoa producer Ivory Coast could grind 50 percent of its current output locally by 2022, boosted by fiscal measures and incentives given to companies in the sector, the deputy head of the Coffee Cocoa Council (CCC) marketing board said on Friday. Ivory Coast has an installed grinding capacity of 712,000 tonnes. Increasing that capacity and new grinding units will enable it to reach the target within the next four years, CCC deputy head Yao N’goran said. The government agreed a convention with multinational companies in the sector including Cargill, Olam and Barry Callebaut in 2017, in which the companies agreed to increase their bean grinding by 7.5 percent each, so as to benefit from the government incentives. A new target Mariam Kone, executive secretary of the GEPEX, a lobby representing multinational cocoa exporters and grinders, said nearly all companies had signed the convention. Kone added that for the target to be reached, it was necessary for the government to give additional incentives. “The Cocoa Coffee Council had promised to pay back our excess electricity costs after power prices were increased inconsiderately a few years ago, so far, we are still waiting for it,” Kone said. According Ivorian cocoa grinders, energy costs, the cost of importing machinery, and getting qualified plant maintenance specialists, are factors that make local grinding less attractive compared with options outside Ivory Coast. “I think it can be done by 2022, but we will need more tax and other incentives,” Loic Biardeau, Barry Callebaut managing director in Ivory Coast, told Reuters. “The cost of energy remains a negative factor compared with western countries, so there are efforts to be made on that side,” he said. Ivory Coast sets cocoa farmers’ pay at 700 CFA francs per kiloFri, 22 Jun 2018 20:02:12 +0000Ivory Coast has an installed grinding capacity of 712,000 tonnes. Increasing that capacity and new grinding units will enable it to reach the target within the next four years, CCC deputy head Yao N'gMusa's super eagles soars Nigeria and gave Argentina a gifthttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/musa-s-super-eagles-soars-nigeria-and-gave-argentina-a-gift/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/musa-s-super-eagles-soars-nigeria-and-gave-argentina-a-gift/Nigeria revived its World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory over Iceland in Volgograd and gave a boost to Argentina. Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup as he had both goals. This means Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina are all still in contention to advance from Group D. Croatia has a spot in the round of 16 therefore taking the lead after two wins. The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat. Musa showed superb technique to fire Nigeria ahead on the half-volley before the Leicester player rounded keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to make it 2-0. Nigeria looked sluggish in its opening loss to Croatia, and started slowly in this game too. Nigeria was the first team in Russia not to have a shot in the first 45 minutes. Nigeria eludes defeat A defeat today would have meant the country joining African teams: Egypt and Morocco in exiting the tournament early. He showed exceptional quality to open the scoring, controlling a cross by Victor Moses before lashing home from 10-yards. Nigeria will fight for its life in the World Cup’s Group of Death Tougher days are ahead as Nigeria have to win Argentina to ensure their stay in Russia but this performance, particularly in the second half, will give them a huge lift for Tuesday’s group finale. Road to Russia: Nigeria’s unbeaten qualification run to the World CupFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:14:01 +0000This means Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina are all still in contention to advance from Group D. Croatia has a spot in the round of 16 therefore taking the lead after two wins.Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 as Neymar weeps after frustrating gamehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/brazil-beat-costa-rica-2-0-as-neymar-weeps-after-frustrating-game/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/brazil-beat-costa-rica-2-0-as-neymar-weeps-after-frustrating-game/Brazil got two goals in stoppage time to give them a deserved 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a tense World Cup Group E encounter on Friday. Philippe Coutinho stabbed home from six metres out in the 91st minute and then Neymar volleyed a second six minutes later to get the five-times world champions up and running in their pursuit of a sixth title. “We deserved the win,” Coutinho said. “The ball came free and Gabriel shielded it well and I managed to score. The most important thing was winning.” Brazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas was in fine form. How the game unfolded The clock had ticked past 90 minutes, and the five-times champions looked to be edging to a second disappointing draw, when Marcelo floated the ball in from the left and substitute Roberto Firmino headed across to Gabriel Jesus. Jesus’s first touch took the ball away from the defender and into the path of Coutinho who raced in to poke past goalkeeper Keylor Navas from six metres out for his second goal of the tournament. Neymar added the second with practically the last kick of the match, volleying home following a quick counter-attack as Costa Rica pushed for an equaliser. A frustrating night for Neymar With the game still scoreless 13 minutes from time, Neymar collapsed under a soft challenge in the box and thought he had won a penalty for his misfiring side. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot before heeding the protests of the Costa Rican players and consulting the video assistant referee (VAR). Replays showed there was minimal contact and Kuipers reversed his decision as Brazil’s frustration reached fever pitch. Time and again they hurled themselves at the Costa Rican goal only to be repelled until their opponent’s resistance finally broke. Neymar, overcome by emotion on the whistle, covered his face with his hands as tears streamed down his cheeks. That was an apt reflection of how tense the match had been, with Costa Rica’s flat-back five keeping Neymar on the periphery, as Johan Venegas and Cristian Gamboa man-marked him out of the game. “We had a plan, strategy, idea to control the opponent with and without ball,” Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said. What next? The result leaves Brazil with four points from two games after they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening match, and they provisionally rise above Serbia to top Group E. Costa Rica are out of the tournament with defeats in both games so far. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 17:56:11 +0000The result leaves Brazil with four points from two games after they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening match, and they provisionally rise above Serbia to top Group E.South Africa govt eyes staff cuts, hiring caps after wage dealhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/south-africa-govt-eyes-staff-cuts-hiring-caps-after-wage-deal/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/south-africa-govt-eyes-staff-cuts-hiring-caps-after-wage-deal/South Africa’s government is considering layoffs and early retirement packages for staff in the public sector to avoid breaking its pledge to cut spending after unions clinched above-inflation wage increases, the Treasury said on Friday. The wage agreement Under a deal reached in May, the government will raise salaries of public sector employees, including teachers, police, and nurses, by up to 7 percent this year and by 1 percent above inflation in the two years after that. While the increase is less than the 12 percent unions wanted, it was above the 4 percent the Treasury planned for in its February budget when it outlined plans to reduce the country’s large debt pile to stave off ratings downgrades. The Treasury said that the “government has indicated on several occasions that a wage agreement that departs significantly from inflation would need to be accommodated within announced expenditure limits, failing which such an outcome could have adverse consequences.” Economic setbacks Specific details on the measures would be given at a later stage, the Treasury said. South Africa’s budget deficit and public debt ballooned while economic growth slowed to a near standstill in nine years under former president Jacob Zuma. New President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to implement wide ranging reforms after being elected in February to try to kickstart economic recovery. The country narrowly escaped ratings downgrade to full-blown junk status with S&P Global Ratings Moody’s and Fitch Ratings, which kept the credit scores unchanged in reviews released in March and June this year. S&P Global rating affirms South Africa’s economic outlookFri, 22 Jun 2018 15:43:02 +0000Under a deal reached in May, the government will raise salaries of public sector employees, including teachers, police, and nurses, by up to 7 percent this year and by 1 percent above inflation in theThe art of self-expression: Dance, fashion & literaturehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/inspire-middle-east-the-art-of-self-expression-dance-fashion-and-literature/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/inspire-middle-east-the-art-of-self-expression-dance-fashion-and-literature/What do words on a page, expressive movement, and fashion all have in common? In the Middle East, they’re being used to connect people in society in differing ways. THE UNCONVENTIONAL TRADITIONALIST: Few Saudi Arabian designers of robes, known as thobes and kanduras, can claim to have dressed American rapper Snoop Dogg and shoe maestro Christian Louboutin when they’ve come to the region. Hatem Alakeel, however, can do just that. Since he launched his label Toby eight years ago, Hatem’s unconventional silhouettes and striking colour palettes have drawn a discerning client list of celebrities and Saudi nationals. Perfect people aren’t real , real people aren’t perfect so you can either like me for my flaws or hate me for being real . #keepitreal #eidreflections #eidmubarak #whattowearwiththethobe Uma publicação compartilhada por Hatem Alakeel (@hatemalakeel) em 16 de Jun, 2018 às 6:58 PDT Quick to gain traction too has been his womenswear line, which he rolled out in 2013. Instead of designing conservative black abayas, Hatem created kimono-inspired long jackets with geometric collars and intricate embroidery. The line’s success lay in the fact that the pieces fitted comfortably within the region’s unspoken style parameters of modern-yet-modest. Conservative fashion, and even famous ambassadors for the genre are very much on trend, according to the designer. “VALENTINES CHIC❤️” #happyvalentinesday #tobyfemme Uma publicação compartilhada por Toby HatemAlakeel © توبي (@tobyhatemalakeel) em 13 de Fev, 2018 às 11:02 PST “I do think it’s fantastic when you have models like Halima [Aden] on international platforms – Milan, New York Fashion Week…” says Hatem of the Somali-American model, best known for being the first woman to wear a hijab in a Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Given the rapid social and economic changes witnessed in Saudi in recent times, Hatem is hopeful that opportunities for entrepreneurs, like him, will become more abundant. “I think certain doors that were closed then, are open now – in different industries,” he says, “[That’s] because of the lack of corruption and no tolerance for corruption as well.” BUDGET BOOKS FOR CAIRO’S BARGAIN-HUNTERS: Al-Attaba Square is one of Cairo’s busiest and most famous markets, known for low-grade products and affordable goods. Behind the façade, however, there lies a cultural gem – a book market that young Egyptians come to from all over the country. As the North African country faced economic hardship, in particular during the past seven years, young book lovers have resorted to buying second-hand volumes at the market to satisfy their passion for literature. “You can just send me to a place where I can read stories and I’ll ask for nothing more,” says Cairo-based student Ali Ahmed. “We don’t have much money, [but] here we can buy five or six books for the price of two elsewhere.” At fancy bookstores like Diwan, in the upscale neighbourhood of Zamalek, international best-sellers, like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, are selling for more than USD$15. Yet in the Azbakeya book market, they go for less than a single dollar. Heba is the only female second-hand book-seller in this market. She’s followed her father into the business and recalls with fondness that he once told her that ‘books were more important than life’. “That sentence lives with me ‘til this day,” says Heba, “It made me respect books immensely and I don’t like anyone to belittle books.” Azbakeya’s book recycling business model has proven successful and its popularity is spreading. The potential biggest threat the market faces in the years to come, however, may be the increase of free, downloadable books online. That said, if traditionalists like Ahmed continue to encourage others to take a leaf out of their book, the second-hand market might just survive and even thrive. TOE-TAPPING TALES FROM THE STREETS OF AMMAN: Architect-turned-dancer Shireen Talhouni is used to raising eyebrows. Her penchant for rolling around on the streets and stairwells of Jordan’s capital may have much to do with it. As a contemporary artist in Amman – specializing in something called ‘site-specific dance’, where movement is not restricted to enclosed spaces – Shireen’s stage is the outdoor world. “On stage, I feel like the sets are only decorative,” she says, “With site-specific work you’re trying to highlight something about the environment through the work itself.” It was at the age of thirty that Shireen found the courage and creative conviction to shun the world of building design and explore an alternative type of artistic expression. That’s not to say, however, that she doesn’t still hold her former profession in high regard. [Part 2/2] #HOMEMADE solo performance trailer. Full trailer in bio ⬆️⬆️⬆️ “Homemade” investigates the human condition. It consists of 4 short solos built around 4 frameworks that explore the meaning of ‘presence’. In these works the audience was invited to observe the body as it experienced various states of being while encountering notional borders, edges and boundaries. It was really inspiring to collaborate with various local artists on this dancework who made the work come alive. Sponsored by bankaletihadjo Featured in the trailer Gorgeous vocals rosana.elkhatib ?? fadi_zumot ? oras_gn #dance #performance #contemporarydance #amman #jordan #solodance #solo #solodanceperformance #performanceart #performance #design #choreography #creativeindustries #creativeindustriesmena #danceresearch #theatre #postmoderndance #theater #dancer #moderndance #beamman #danceperformance #physicaltheatre #tanz #dans #dansa #danca #tanztheater A post shared by Shireen Talhouni (@shireentalhouni) on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:51am PDT “I used to love that process you know, researching and looking at how people live,” says Shireen, “And discovering a place from observing.” Yet the streets were calling Shireen’s name and she made it her business to establish a dance community, where like-minded individuals could come together at her weekly classes. “It’s a space in Amman where you have space to be yourself,” she says, “Really be yourself. In a way, I think that the city doesn’t have those – or offer those – kinds of places.” Shireen says that her group dance sessions are a safe place for women to express their sensuality and that men find the experience liberating too. This is especially true for twenty-year-old Mustafa Al Shalabi, who finds that the classes provide respite from the stresses of everyday life. “In this hour, I have no shame – no judgement – literally nothing on my mind,” he says, “A complete hour of happiness. Dancing is for everyone, but in this society, it’s not for everyone.” SOCIAL EYES: SPOTTING REGIONAL FASHION, DANCE AND BOOK LOVERS ONLINE Popular lifestyle blogger Njoud from Saudi took this sunny snap in her shades and embellished abaya. اهلاً جميليني ، كانت زياره جداً جميله لي بفندق كمبنسكي العثمان ? kempinskialkhobar Uma publicação compartilhada por نجود بنت مشعل (njoudsh1) em 29 de Mar, 2018 às 9:35 PDT Dina from Jordan uploaded this clip of her dance class rehearsing in Amman. Bruised forearms, sore thighs and wrong turns…. but this choreo is worth the pain ??? – ? This Used To Be a Shelter by Alfur Arnalds . Uma publicação compartilhada por Copywriter & Storyteller ??‍? (@dina.bokai) em 19 de Set, 2017 às 12:10 PDT And Egyptian book blogger and reviewer Jasmine shared this image of her shopping at an eclectic store at Cairo’s International Book Fair. Books & Art. Uma publicação compartilhada por Jojo || XXIl (@thereadingbee) em 31 de Jan, 2018 às 8:19 PSTFri, 22 Jun 2018 15:30:26 +0000What do words on a page, expressive movement, and fashion all have in common? In the Middle East, they’re being used to connect people in society in differing ways.WC 2018: Nigeria bring in fresh strikers for Iceland clashhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/wc-2018-nigeria-bring-in-fresh-strikers-for-iceland-clash/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/wc-2018-nigeria-bring-in-fresh-strikers-for-iceland-clash/Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made three changes to his team for Friday’s Group D World Cup match against Iceland on Friday, bringing in Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa up front and Kenneth Omeruo in defence. Nigeria, under pressure to beat Iceland after losing their World Cup opener 2-0 to Croatia, dropped strikers Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi to the bench along with defender Shehu Abdullahi. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson named midfielder Rurik Gislason to replace experienced winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who picked up an injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Argentina. Key playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson remained in the starting XI, having recovered from injury just in time for the World Cup, while striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson replaced Emil Hallfredsson. Iceland will feel the heat in Volvograd: Nigeria coach RohrFri, 22 Jun 2018 14:50:59 +0000Nigeria, under pressure to beat Iceland after losing their World Cup opener 2-0 to Croatia, dropped strikers Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi to the bench along with defender Shehu Abdullahi.Gabon: rapid urbanization threatens protected areashttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/gabon-rapid-urbanization-threatens-protected-areas/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/gabon-rapid-urbanization-threatens-protected-areas/The foundations of a house on the bed of a river and a flooded road. Nature does not hesitate to take back its rights in Libreville, Gabon where rapid urbanization is threatening the fragile natural environments that surrounds this city. But despite these, several new projects are springing up in this suburb located north of Libreville. Developers do not seem to respect the regulations of semi-protected natural areas. “Logically, we should not be in a situation where people are building in places that are simply not suitable for buildings’‘ said, Magloir Désiré Mouganga, a scientist with the National Agency of National Parks in Gabon. Huge structures stand on several muddy stretches in Libreville, where mangroves once grew. The destruction of the latter also leads to an increase in natural disasters including floods. Médard Obiang Ebanega, is a Geographer at the Graphic and Cartography Laboratory of Omar Bongo University in Libreville. “Today, people are building on riverbeds, people are destroying wetlands such as mangroves, the risk is to suffer more and more natural disasters, and end up with land conflicts”, Obiang noted. Gabon, a small central African country of about 270,000 km2, is home to 50% of the mangroves of the Gulf of Guinea. Most mangroves are located on the outskirts of Libreville, which continues to grow while surrounded by three protected areas. Environmental activists are worried about this deforestation. The mangrove is an essential ecosystem against rising waters and for the preservation of marine life. To avoid natural disasters in Libreville, experts are proposing development of inland housing and review mapping of protected areas to limit buffer zone installations. AFPFri, 22 Jun 2018 13:28:27 +0000Environment al activists are worried about this deforestation. The mangrove is an essential ecosystem against rising waters and for the preservation of marine lifeWorld Cup: Egypt to file complaint against referee after Russia defeathttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/world-cup-egypt-to-file-complaint-against-referee-after-russia-defeat/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/world-cup-egypt-to-file-complaint-against-referee-after-russia-defeat/Egypt will formally protest to FIFA about the performance of Paraguay referee Enrique Caceres whose decisions they feel prejudiced the outcome of their World Cup game against hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday. “We want an investigation into the performance of the whole refereeing team,” Egyptian Football Association president Hany Abo Rida told Reuters on Friday. Egypt lost the game 3-1 to suffer a second defeat at the tournament and an early elimination in their first World Cup appearance since 1990. Egypt’s complaints Abo Rida, who is also a FIFA Council member, said Egypt felt fullback Ahmed Fathi was pushed in the process of attempting to clear the ball two minutes into the second half and resultantly steered it into his own net to give Russia the lead. He also felt there was a legitimate penalty appeal in the 78th minute for striker Marwan Mohsen, bundled over by Russia defender Ilya Kutepov. By that stage, Egypt were 3-1 down. “The referee should have used VAR (the Video Assistant Referee system) to check and award the penalty. They should have also seen that Fathi had been pushed.’‘ [Explainer] VAR makes major wins at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia “It is our right to complain and ask for an investigation,” he said. Egypt play their final Group A game against Saudi Arabia in a contest between two eliminated teams in Volgograd on Monday. “I know people in Egypt are not happy with our results but it is our first tournament in 28 years. We lacked experience,” Abo Rida added. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 13:11:09 +0000Egypt say their fullback Ahmed Fathi was pushed in the process of attempting to clear the ball, before scoring into his own net for Russia's first goal. They also believe there was a legitimate penaltTrump reverses family separation policy after global outcry [International Edition]http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/trump-reverses-family-separation-policy-after-global-outcry-international/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/trump-reverses-family-separation-policy-after-global-outcry-international/US President Donald Trump reversed his own policy over the separation of undocumented parents and children. He signed an executive order promising to keep families together in migrant detentions. While the Hungarian parliament proposes a law to tax pro-migrant aid groups. And Israeli Prime Minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, charged with fraud. These and more on this week’s International Edition.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:53:50 +0000US President Donald Trump reversed his own policy over the separation of undocumented parents and children.OPEC edges closer to raising oil outputhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/opec-edges-closer-to-raising-oil-output/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/opec-edges-closer-to-raising-oil-output/The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) edged closer towards raising oil output on Thursday, with Iran softening its opposition to an increase and Saudi Arabia warning of supply shortages and price rallies if production remained stable. OPEC will meet on Friday to decide output policy amid calls from top consumers such as the United States, China and India to cool down oil prices and support the world economy by producing more crude. Iran, OPEC’s third-largest producer, says its output is likely to fall in the second half of this year due to new U.S. sanctions. That would effectively mean a boost from other oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia, that has voluntarily cut more deeply than planned. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the world could face a supply deficit of up to 1.8 million barrells a day in the second half of 2018. Since last year, OPEC and its allies have been participating in a deal to cut output by 1.8 million bpd. The measure has helped re-balance the market in the past 18 months and lifted oil prices to around $73 per barrel from as low as $27 in 2016. ReutersFri, 22 Jun 2018 12:47:39 +0000Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the world could face a supply deficit of up to 1.8 million barrells a day in the second half of 2018Uganda police arrest 15 refugees following deadly fight during Brazil World Cup gamehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/uganda-police-arrest-15-refugees-following-deadly-fight-during-brazil-world-cup/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/uganda-police-arrest-15-refugees-following-deadly-fight-during-brazil-world-cup/A fight erupted in a refugee camp in Uganda during a World Cup soccer match and four people were killed, police said, adding they have arrested 15 refugees from South Sudan in connection with the bloodshed. Uganda is host to an estimated 1.4 million refugees, including more than a million from South Sudan where a five-year-old civil has killed tens of thousands and uprooted an estimated quarter of the population of 12 million. South Sudan: Kiir, Machar to meet in Khartoum next week after failed Addis talks Fighting in South Sudan has increasingly followed ethnic lines. Passion for Brazil or petty entitlement The violence took place in a camp in West Nile region on Sunday during a match between Brazil and Switzerland, said Deputy Police Spokesman Patrick Onyango, with refugees from the Nuer ethnic group battling rival ethnic Dinka. The trouble began at half time when a Dinka man, identified as Thon Majok, left the video hall, only to find when he came back that a Nuer man had occupied his seat. “Majok ordered the Nuer man to vacate the seat. The Nuer man declined. The two started fighting then each was joined by his tribesmen,” Onyango said by phone late on Thursday. Police quell ethnic tensions in refugee camp A 13-year old boy was among the dead. Police had arrested 15 suspects in connection the killing of the four and the injuring of several people, he said. “The security situation in the South Sudanese-dominated refugee camps has stabilised,” he said. Authorities had decided to separate refugees from the two ethnic groups and keep them in different camps, he said. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 11:54:14 +0000The violence took place in a camp in West Nile region on Sunday during a match between Brazil and Switzerland, said Deputy Police Spokesman Patrick Onyango, with refugees from the Nuer ethnic group baThe impact of African coaches on football [Sports]Serge KOFFIhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/the-impact-of-african-coaches-on-football-sports/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/the-impact-of-african-coaches-on-football-sports/On the Sports segment of the Morning Call, our Serge Koffi weighs on the impact of African coaches on the development of football following what some see as a not too good performance by the only African teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He takes us down memory lane to celebrate the achievements of African coaches and why there is the need for more African coaches to manage their national teams. Also, we visit a village in the Leningrad region in Russia where amateur footballers have avoided conventional fields and prefer to play in the mud. Players explain the philosophy behind this outstanding sport. @kkoffisergeFri, 22 Jun 2018 12:08:48 +0000On the Sports segment of the Morning Call, our Serge Koffi weighs on the impact of African coaches on the development of football following what some see as a not too good performance by the only AfriBemba expected back in DR Congo in July ahead of presidential electionshttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/bemba-expected-back-in-dr-congo-in-july-ahead-of-presidential-elections/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/bemba-expected-back-in-dr-congo-in-july-ahead-of-presidential-elections/Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed last month, is expected to return to Congo next month for a party congress to select a candidate for December’s presidential vote, a party spokesman said on Friday. Bemba, a former rebel leader and vice president, left Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2007 and spent the last 10 years in prison in The Hague. He is currently free in Belgium pending a hearing on a separate conviction for witness tampering. Kabila’s gov’t on Bemba return Last week, the Congolese Foreign Affairs Minister Leonard She Okitundu said the former Vice President ‘may return’ to the country if he wishes. Okitundu who did not specify whether Bemba will be prosecuted by the Congolese justice system, said Bemba ‘left on his own will, and that he can return if he wants to’. Bemba’s return would introduce yet another factor to consider in DRC’s complex political crisis that has seen Kabila stay on as president despite the fact that his second an final term of office ended in 2016. While elections have been scheduled for Decemeber this year, the opposition have repeatedly protested Kabila’s refusal to outrightly rule himself out of the contest. Fearless Katumbi announces July return date to contest DR Congo presidency ICC acquits Bemba of war crimes Bemba has since Friday been on bail in Belgium pending a final decision on his punishment, according to the International Criminal Court( ICC). The ICC acquitted Bemba of crimes against humanity and war crimes but not in the case of bribery of witnesses. The court issued “specific conditions” for his provisional release after ten years of detention, including “not changing address without notice”.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:28:11 +0000Congolese Foreign Affairs Minister Leonard She Okitundu said the former Vice President 'may return' to the country if he wishes, but did not specify whether Bemba will be prosecuted by the Congolese jCongo wins CAMBASKET championshiphttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/congo-wins-cambasket-championship/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/congo-wins-cambasket-championship/For the military, having a good physical condition is important and as such Sport is essential. The African Military Basketball Championship has just ended in Congo Brazzaville. We bring you some highlights from the championship.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:07:57 +0000For the military, having a good physical condition is important and as such Sport is essential.Africa convergence conference on strategic executionhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/africa-convergence-conference-on-strategic-execution/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/africa-convergence-conference-on-strategic-execution/This Friday in Dakar, the Africa Convergence Conference will come to an end. The conference which is the third edition, opened in Dakar, Senegal on thursday with participants various countries across the continent contributing in a multidimensional debate under the theme: “Attractiveness, Transformation & Emergence: The winning trio for Strategic Execution.” Now, Africanews journalist Jean David Mihamle is in Dakar Senegal for us at the conference and tells us what has defined the activities at the conference so far.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:06:28 +0000Financing green economic growth in Africahttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/financing-green-economic-growth-in-africa/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/financing-green-economic-growth-in-africa/Captains of industry and other stakeholders across the continent have committed to ensuring better financing for the green economy. This was the submission as the Green Finance Conference ended in Abidjan Ivory Coast on Tuesday. It was the fourth edition of the conference on green finance in Africa, wrapped around the theme “Financing green growth in Africa”.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:05:19 +0000Industry captains and other stakeholders across the continent commit to financing the green economy in Africa as the Green Finance Conference ends in Abidjan Ivory Coast.South Sudan: Kiir, Machar to meet in Khartoum next week after failed Addis talksDaniel Mumberehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/south-sudan-kiir-machar-to-meet-in-kharthoum-next-week-after-failed-addis-talks/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/south-sudan-kiir-machar-to-meet-in-kharthoum-next-week-after-failed-addis-talks/A new round of talks between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar will take place next week in the Sudanese capital, the Sudanese government said on Friday. Kiir and Machar met in the Ethiopian capital this week, the first time the two men had met since 2016 when a peace deal collapsed spectacularly, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people in the South Sudanese capital of Juba. Handshakes and hugs in Addis ‘not enough’ But after the meeting convened by Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed, representatives of Kiir and Machar poured cold water on hopes for an end to a five-year civil war, by dismissing proposals for a “bridging” administration put forward by regional body IGAD. South Sudan rebels say ‘a political solution, not workshops’ can deliver peace It also became quickly apparent that while South Sudan’s government was open to having the opposition in the vice president’s role, they would not accept having Machar return to the position held fighting erupted in July 2016. “Machar cannot be part of government, simply because we have had enough of him” government spokesman Michael Makuei said. Sudan is a member of IGAD, which has led the faltering peace process for South Sudan. The war that broke out in 2013, less than two years after oil-rich South Sudan gained independence from Sudan, has caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people and triggered the biggest displacement crisis in Africa since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. What next for South Sudan’s peace process? Despite the apparent failure of this week’s efforts to get Kiir and Machar to find common ground in Addis Ababa, the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Friday: “Preparations are afoot to give a new impetus to this new round of talks and ensure a successful outcome.” The ministry said next week’s talks would be convened by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a key player in South Sudan’s history. Before the people of South Sudan voted for secession and declared independence in 2011, the region fought a brutal conflict for more than two decades against the Sudanese armed forces and militias led by Bashir. ALSO READ: Kenya’s Odinga emerges as mediator for face-to-face talks between Kiir and MacharFri, 22 Jun 2018 09:31:31 +0000Despite the apparent failure of this week’s efforts to get Kiir and Machar to find common ground in Addis Ababa, the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said president Omar al Bashir would host the tw[Live] Day 9 at 2018 WC: Serbia (1) vs Switzerland (2), Brazil (2) vs Costa Rica (0), Nigeria (2) vs Iceland (0)Daniel Mumberehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/live-day-9-at-2018-wc-neymar-s-brazil-nigeria-have-a-chance-to-redeem-themselves/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/live-day-9-at-2018-wc-neymar-s-brazil-nigeria-have-a-chance-to-redeem-themselves/And Aleksandar Mitrovic opens the scoring for Serbia in the 5th minute. The match kicks off at Kaliningrad Stadium. Up next is the Group E clash between Switzerland and Serbia. #SRBSUI // TEAMS! pic.twitter.com/kdl1sDMghe— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 Serbia vs Switzerland Both of these teams will be hoping to get more positive results after lowly ranked Serbia beat Costa Rica in the opening game to go top of Group E, while Switzerland earned a positive point against Brazil. The Swiss are unbeaten in their last six matches, including draws with two of the heavy favourites, Brazil and Spain, while the Serbs have an attacking reputation having scored in every qualifier, averaging two goals per game. Nigeria wins, Africa and Argentina celebrate Nigeria wins, and is now back in contention for qualification. So is Argentina, who were beaten 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday. #CRO are guaranteed to be Group D winners, but who will join them? A massive win for #NGA means it is all to play for! #NGAISL pic.twitter.com/Fdlqqfsl4v— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 So, Group D… Final round of fixtures:#NGA vs #ARG #ISL vs #CRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/vtf4k3h56S— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 Musa doubles the lead with a brilliant solo effort. Nigeria takes the lead through Ahmed Musa in the 49th minute. The match is underway at the Volgograd Arena. We now quickly switch back to Group D where Nigeria will be playing to avoid premature elimination. Okay – now for Match 2! Here are the teams for #NGAISL ? pic.twitter.com/AOgHVq8QVP— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 Nigeria vs Iceland Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be playing to avoid a premature elimination from the tournament after they lost their opening game 0-2 to Croatia. A second consecutive defeat would see them join fellow African sides Egypt and Morocco who will be going back home after the group stages. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is confident his side will not lose against an impressive Iceland team that held Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the first game. Asked if he might lose his job, should Nigeria lose, Rohr said this: “We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question. You can ask this question again after the game, but I will tell you we will not lose,” he said. Iceland, who are appearing in their first World Cup after a run to the quarter-finals in Euro 2016 which included a knockout win over England, will be looking to keep up their impressive discipline and teamwork to overcome Nigeria. An African team will win the World Cup: Senegal coach Brazil win after late goals from Coutinho, Neymar And after a frustrating night for Neymar Jr, the world’s most expensive player scores in the 7th minute of stoppage time to double the lead. It's the late, late show in Saint Petersburg, but it is a victory for Brazil!#BRACRC pic.twitter.com/EUt8Sc1FOa— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 Coutinho scores for Brazil in stoppage time to save Brazil an embarrassing stalemate. A penalty decision is overturned by the video assistant referee (VAR), after Neymar was thought to have been fouled in the penalty box. At half-time, Brazil has had the lion’s share of possession but have nothing to show for it. It’s still goalless here against a typically defensive Costa Rica. Not too much to report on so far, to be honest. A tight affair at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. #BRACRC pic.twitter.com/yy6eBH20ud— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 The match kicks off here, Brazil wearing the blue away kit against a Costa Rica side wearing all-white kits. In less than 20 minutes, the match between football giants Brazil and the Central American nation of Costa Rica will kick of at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. #BRACRC The teams are in for the first match of the day! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/OwQiIh2PY0— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018 Brazil vs Costa Rica In Group E, all eyes will be on star studded Brazil who were held to a 1-1 draw by an impressive Switzerland side. Brazil, whose formidable attack featuring stars like the world’s most expensive player Neymar Jr, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Barcelona’s Phillipe Coutinho and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus was frustrated by Switzerland’s resolute defence. Tite’s men will face the same challenge when they meet a Costa Rica team who pride themselves on a solid backline. Coach Tite said his side suffered from anxiety during the game, the first time Brazil have not won a World Cup opener since 1978, urging them to keep their heads when they got into shooting positions. “We need to stay cool when we shoot and be more precise,” he told reporters. Costa Rica’s coach Oscar Ramirez said on Thursday, he might task two of his players to man mark Neymar, adding that his team would not try to foul him out. “Neymar is a very skilled player and it’s true that people have tried to stop him a little aggressively,” Ramirez told reporters on the eve of the match. “We have our own strategy and we will see what happens. “Maybe we will cover him by two men. But of course we don’t want to see any sort of offences against him or any unfair attacks against him. The players know what to do.” Matchday 9 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Today’s Group D match between Nigeria and Iceland took on extra significance after Argentina were emphatically beaten 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday. While the result confirmed qualification to the next round for Croatia, it opened up the group, where all three remaining teams can still join Croatia in the round of 16. Argentina and Iceland both have one point from their opening game draw, while Nigeria will be playing to get their first point, having lost the opening game to Croatia. ? Matchday 9 ? Featuring…#BRA vs #CRC#NGA vs #ISL #SRB vs #SUI ? pic.twitter.com/5Enak979lp— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 juin 2018Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:02:26 +0000In Group D, Nigeria takes on Iceland in a clash that could determine chances of qualification for both teams, in addition to Messi's Argentina. Action resumes in Group E where Brazil take on Costa RicRegional leaders tell warring factions in South Sudan 'enough is enough' over 5-year old conflicthttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/regional-leaders-tell-warring-factions-in-south-sudan-enough-is-enough-over-5/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/regional-leaders-tell-warring-factions-in-south-sudan-enough-is-enough-over-5/African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday told South Sudan’s president and rebel leader that ‘‘enough was enough’‘ to bring peace to their country. “We all have said enough is enough. We all have vowed never again. Now the time for promises is over. We need to act and time is not on our side”, said Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. It is the first time since 2016 that regional leaders were able to bring South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar together for talks, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces. The meeting had been billed by regional leaders as a step towards ending a five-year-old civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than three million to flee their homes in the world’s youngest country. Moussa Faki is Chairman of the African Union Commission. “Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced from their homes and homeland. All eyes are focused on your will to make the dream of peace in South Sudan possible. Failure is simply not an option. South Sudanese have suffered way too much and for far too long”, Faki said. The oil-producing nation gained independence in 2011 from north Sudan but fighting broke out two years later. That deal collapsed in the summer of 2016, when Machar’s return to the capital Juba led to the resumption of fighting between his forces and the army in which hundreds died. The United Nations special envoy to Sudan the South Sudan regretted that ‘‘the conflict in South Sudan cannot be allowed to drag on inflicting further deaths and destruction as agreements break down’‘. “We urge all parties at this point to stretch for an agreement in the interest of the South Sudan People. However, I should caution that the international community will actively support an agreement only if it is sustainable and implementable”, Nicholas Haysom said. Regional leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) comprising of Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopian were joined by Africa Union Chairman and United Nations Special envoy for South Sudan and Sudan with an aim to bring peace to the region. ReutersFri, 22 Jun 2018 08:33:32 +0000The meeting had been billed by regional leaders as a step towards ending a five-year-old civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than three million to flee their homes inPics of the day, June 21, 2018.http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/pics-of-the-day-june-21-2018/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/pics-of-the-day-june-21-2018/Africanews samples the best pictures of the day’s news.Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:17:10 +0000Africanews samples the best pictures of the day’s news.World Bank approves $455 million loan for Tanzania power projectshttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/world-bank-approves-455-million-loan-for-tanzania-power-projects/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/world-bank-approves-455-million-loan-for-tanzania-power-projects/The World Bank has approved a $455 million loan to Tanzania under its International Development Assistance (IDA) programme to support financing of power projects in the East African nation. The financing from IDA, which gives grants or low-interest loans to the world’s poorest countries, will also fund construction of high voltage transmission infrastructure to connect Tanzania to regional power markets in southern and eastern Africa. “The $455 million credit will finance construction of critical high voltage transmission infrastructure that will support the electrification of the southern and northwestern regions of Tanzania,” the World Bank said in a statement on Thursday. The government said it plans to raise 2 trillion Tanzanian shillings ($880 million) in its budget for fiscal year 2018/19 (July-June) from concessional loans and grants to finance development projects. East African states present revenue thirsty budgets as they seek to wean themselves off debt Tanzania’s energy woes and plans Tanzania boasts reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, but faces periodic power shortages as it relies on hydro-power dams in a drought-prone region. Last year President John Magufuli said the country needed to invest $46.2 billion over the next 20 years to revamp its ageing energy infrastructure and meet soaring electricity demand. Investors have long complained that the lack of reliable power hurts business there. Tanzania plans to boost power generation capacity from around 1,500 MW currently to 5,000 MW over the next three years by building new gas-fired and hydroelectric plants, according to the country’s energy ministry. REUTERSFri, 22 Jun 2018 07:51:05 +0000The government of Tanzania said it plans to raise 2 trillion Tanzanian shillings ($880 million) in its budget for fiscal year 2018/19 (July-June) from concessional loans and grants to finance developmIceland will feel the heat in Volvograd: Nigeria coach Rohrhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/iceland-will-feel-the-heat-in-volvograd-nigeria-coach-rohr/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/iceland-will-feel-the-heat-in-volvograd-nigeria-coach-rohr/Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says that his side are looking to turn up the heat on Iceland in a sweltering Volgograd on Friday as they bid to keep their World Cup campaign alive. The Super Eagles must avoid defeat after opening Group D with a 2-0 loss to Croatia, while Iceland managed a surprise 1-1 draw with Argentina. And Nigeria are hoping the temperature will work in their favour in the southern Russian city, where the mercury is expected to still be topping 30 Celsius at the 1800 local-time kick-off (1500 GMT). Weather advantage for the Super Eagles The African players should be more acclimatised to the hot conditions than their northern opponents who hail from just outside the Arctic Circle. Rohr said they will use any advantage they can. “It will again be an away game for us, they will have 20,000 fans here so let’s have a little advantage with the temperature,” the German coach told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Thursday. Defeat would see Nigeria become the third African side after Morocco and Egypt to be dumped out after just two group matches, and Rohr hit back at a reporter when asked if a loss might see his job on the line. “We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question. You can ask this question again after the game, but I will tell you we will not lose,” he said. ‘A team for 2022’ Nigeria are the youngest squad in Russia and Rohr said the experience would see them return much stronger for the next World Cup in Qatar. “We have John Obi Mikel who is still a very good player and we have Victor Moses and they are well known everywhere. “But when you have such young players what you have is a team for 2022. They will get better and better. We are (ranked) about 50 in the world, Iceland are top 20, I think, Croatia top 12 and Argentina top eight.’‘ “When I see the matches are so difficult then we have to learn also it is not finished after this World Cup for us. We want to improve, we want to learn. “When you are the youngest already it is not possible perhaps to be already the best.” Rohr reiterated that he thought his side had been unlucky to lose their opener and had played well, so spirits in the camp remained high. “We are ready for this match and we are united, we are working like a team and living like a family.You can’t always win. They did a good match against Croatia.’‘ “We had 47 percent possession of the ball, we had 14 shots on the goal, they only had 12. They scored two goals but I think we deserved a draw.” Stranded Nigeria fans struggle to leave Kaliningrad in time for crucial Iceland matchThu, 21 Jun 2018 22:30:19 +0000Rohr said they will use any advantage they can. "It will again be an away game for us, they will have 20,000 fans here so let's have a little advantage with the temperature," the German coach told repMauritania legislative election set for September 1http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/mauritania-legislative-election-set-for-september-1/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/mauritania-legislative-election-set-for-september-1/Mauritania’s government has confirmed legislative elections will be held on September 1 amid a row over a newly-created electoral commission, an official statement said Thursday. Mauritanians will choose members of parliament as well as regional and local councillors. The country’s opposition said in April it would contest in the upcoming legislative and municipal elections after previously boycotting votes in the country. The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), seen as a radical opposition group, has declined to participate in a number of votes against President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and his government, but said it would take part in the September elections. Tensions have mounted over a new electoral commission set up in April without members of the radical opposition. Opposition rejects electoral commision Four parties are appealing to the Supreme Court for the commission to be withdrawn. Mauritania’s president came to power in a coup in 2008 and was elected in 2009 and again in 2014 for a second five-year term. Aziz championed a controversial referendum in August that included a constitutional amendment that abolished the country’s senate and ushered in a new national anthem and flag. FNDU helped spearhead a boycott of that vote, having previously declined to take part in legislative polls in 2013.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:10:46 +0000The country's opposition said in April it would contest in the upcoming legislative and municipal elections after previously boycotting votes in the country.IGAD leaders renew calls for peace in South SudanEric Otenghttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/igad-leaders-renew-calls-for-peace-in-south-sudan/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/igad-leaders-renew-calls-for-peace-in-south-sudan/East African leaders assembled on Thursday in Ethiopia to push for peace in South Sudan, but despite a long-awaited face-to-face meeting between the country’s two warring heavyweights, reconciliation remained elusive. In statements ahead of the meeting held by the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) rebel group, led by Riek Machar, called the current peace efforts “unrealistic” and warned South Sudan government forces were planning an attack on their troops in the country’s south. “For any meaningful dialogue to take place, it should be within the context of a comprehensive political settlement, so that the guns can fall silent and a conducive environment for dialogue established,” SPLM-IO said. The statements dampened hopes of a breakthrough after South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and Machar, his former deputy, held their first meeting in nearly two years the day before. What was discussed in the encounter brokered by Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been kept under wraps, but video footage shows Abiy sandwiched between the two towering South Sudanese after cajoling them into an awkward three-way hug. South Sudan rebels say only a political solution can deliver peace As he greeted officials at the start of Thursday’s IGAD meeting, Machar shared a lengthy handshake with Kiir. Kiir, Machar and other opposition figures were encouraged to reconcile for the sake of peace at the opening of the talks attended by the presidents of Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. “Each second and minute that passes with the business as usual is a missed opportunity to save lives,” Abiy said. “We need to act, and act now.” In a statement released after the meeting’s start, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta warned of sanctions if Thursday’s dialogue proved as fruitless as previous rounds of IGAD-led talks. “Over time our efforts have been eclipsed by the use of violence, giving credence to the call for punitive measures against perpetrators,” Kenyatta said. The meeting ended on Thursday evening and IGAD plans to issue a statement on Friday. Another try The last meeting between Kiir and Machar immediately preceded the outbreak of deadly fighting in the South Sudanese capital Juba in July 2016. Defeated, Machar fled into exile in South Africa where he was placed under de-facto house arrest. The two men are central to the civil war in the world’s youngest country, which has killed tens of thousands and driven a third of the country’s 12 million people from their homes. Kiir’s December 2013 accusation that Machar was plotting a coup signalled the start of the war. A 2015 agreement eventually brought Machar back to Juba, only for deadly violence to break out soon after. “Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced from their homes,” African Union (AU) chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said at the IGAD summit’s opening. “All eyes are focused on your will to make the dream of peace in South Sudan possible.” Analysts warn that Kiir and Machar’s notoriously volatile relationship and entrenched positions casts doubt on the likelihood of success of any reconciliation between them. It is also unclear whether either man has the ability to halt a war that has metastasised, splintered and spread over the past four years. The meeting in Addis Ababa comes against a background of growing international frustration. In May, the UN Security Council gave the two warring sides a month to reach a peace deal or face sanctions.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:12:30 +0000Kiir, Machar and other opposition figures were encouraged to reconcile for the sake of peace at the opening of the talks attended by the presidents of Kenya, Somalia and Sudan.East Libyan forces reclaim key oil portshttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/east-libyan-forces-reclaim-key-oil-ports/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/east-libyan-forces-reclaim-key-oil-ports/East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shattered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions. Staff were evacuated from terminals in Libya’s eastern oil crescent and exports were suspended last Thursday when armed opponents of eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar stormed the ports and occupied them. The fate of the ports, two of Libya’s largest, is crucial to the partial, fragile recovery of the country’s oil industry. Their closure has led to production losses of up to 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) from a total national output of little over one million bpd. Two oil storage tanks had been set on fire since the initial attack, causing damage that the National Oil Corporation (NOC) has said will take years to repair. On Thursday, a third storage tank was set alight sending thick black smoke over Ras Lanuf before the fire was extinguished, a firefighter said. Haftar, who built up his Libyan National Army (LNA) during his three-year campaign to seize the eastern city of Benghazi, is one of the figures vying for power in Libya since the country fragmented following a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. He has received increased international recognition since seizing the oil crescent ports in 2016 and allowing the National Oil Corp (NOC) to reopen them, despite his rejection of a U.N.-backed government in the capital Tripoli. Second fire shrinks storage capacity amid fighting at Libyan oil ports For the past week the LNA had pounded the area with air strikes as it mobilised to retake the ports, and it continued to target its rivals with air strikes on Thursday as they retreated. LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said troops had retaken Es Sider by mid-morning. He said Ras Lanuf – which includes a residential town, an air strip, storage tanks and a refinery alongside the oil terminal – had also been taken by the LNA, as rivals had fled to the west and south into the desert, suffering heavy losses. Military and local sources said clashes had resumed south of Ras Lanuf when the LNA’s opponents counter-attacked, before Mismari asserted that the LNA was again in command of the area by late afternoon. “The oil crescent is, thanks to God, under full control,” he said, adding later in a press conference that the ports would be handed over the NOC after they had been checked for explosives. Medical and military sources confirmed 15 dead and 25 wounded among LNA forces. Oil output cut Libya’s national production has been cut to between 600,000 and 700,000 bpd during the oil crescent clashes. Production at AGOCO, an NOC subsidiary based in the east, has fallen from around 250,000 to 180,000 bpd, an oil official said on Thursday, due to power problems and to disruption at Ras Lanuf. But as the LNA advanced on the ports early on Thursday, NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said he was expecting a quick restart. “Libyan production is very low but we are going to resume very soon,” Sanalla told reporters in Vienna. “After a couple of days we will resume, we start our operations hopefully.” The NOC has blamed the attack on the terminals on militias led by Ibrahim Jathran, who blockaded oil crescent ports for several years before losing control of them in 2016. The LNA has said the Benghazi Defence Brigades – a coalition of anti-Haftar fighters that previously tried to advance on Benghazi and seized Ras Lanuf and Es Sider for 10 days in March 2017 – were also involved. Both sides have drawn on mercenaries recruited from southern Libya, Chad and Sudan. Jathran, who is from the oil crescent region, said he attacked the ports last week to “overturn injustice” against local residents by the LNA. The LNA was accused of abuses and mass arrests after using tribal alliances to win the ports. Haftar is the dominant figure in eastern Libya, aligned with a government and parliament based there since 2014. Backed by regional allies including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, he has controlled Benghazi, which lies northeast of the oil crescent, since late last year. (Additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla in Vienna. Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Janet Lawrence, David Stamp and Jan Harvey)Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:20:02 +0000The fate of the ports, two of Libya's largest, is crucial to the partial, fragile recovery of the country's oil industry. Their closure has led to production losses of up to 450,000 barrels per day (bEthiopia's TPLF welcomes Eritrea's decision to discuss border disputeDaniel Mumberehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/ethiopia-s-tplf-welcomes-eritrea-s-decision-to-discuss-border-dispute/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/22/ethiopia-s-tplf-welcomes-eritrea-s-decision-to-discuss-border-dispute/The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which recently criticised Ethiopia’s decision to hand over the disputed border town of Badme town to Eritrea, has welcomed the decision by President Isaias Afwerki to send a peace delegation to Addis Ababa. Local media portal, Addis Standard reported that the TPLF announcement was made by its chairman, Debretsion G. Michael. TPLF which is the oldest member of the ruling EPRDF coalition, said last week that recent decisions by the new prime minister Abiy Ahmed to reconcile with Eritrea and liberalise the economy, have “fundamental flaws”. Abiy’s stance on Eritrea is vindicated by Asmara response The decision to accept the December 2000 Algiers Agreement, was also protested by Ethiopian residents in Badme town and some communities in the Tigray region. Legislators also questioned the prime minister on the lack of consultation before the decision was made. But Abiy’s insistence that reconciliation with Eritrea was in the interest of development was vindicated on Wednesday when his Eritrean counterpart said he would send a delegation to understand the ‘positive messages’ coming out of Addis Ababa. Afwerki, in his speech delivered on the country’s martyrs day, also called out the TPLF in particular for having unleashed the senseless border conflict, saying the once powerful party is still capable of sabotaging any steps taken towards peacefully resolving the border dispute. Ethiopia’s allies welcome move to normalise relations The positive development has been applauded by several allies of Ethiopia including the African Union, the United Nations and Sweden among others. Sweden’s foreign affairs minister, Margot Wallstrom said ‘normalisation of relations’ between the two countries is key for regional development and stability. Welcome statement by Eritrea’s President Isaias to send delegation to Addis Ababa. Normalization of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea key for regional development and stability.— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) June 21, 2018 António Guterres welcomes the positive steps taken by #Ethiopia & #Eritrea to resolve outstanding issues in th normalization of their r/ns, commends the efforts of their leaders to achieve sustainable peace & good neighborly r/ns & expressed #UN’s readiness to provide all support pic.twitter.com/tU700JKknq— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) June 21, 2018 #EAPRI commends the steps taken by Ethiopia & Eritrea to end the tension between the 2 nations. Super exciting news for brothers & sisters across the border longing to reconnect. As a very good step towards peace & security, this needs to be replicated elsewhere in the region. pic.twitter.com/uTXZnqgtCA— EAPRI (@EAPRI2018) June 20, 2018 The African Union Commission issued a statement saying expressing ‘readiness to assist the two member states to achieve full normalisation of their relations’. AU chairperson AUC_MoussaFaki</a> welcomes rapprochement between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eritrea?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eritrea</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a>, says ready to help the two countries normalise relations. <a href="https://t.co/h6EzHKTets">pic.twitter.com/h6EzHKTets</a></p>&mdash; emmanuel Igunza (EmmanuelIgunza) June 21, 2018 The Ethiopian prime minister, who set out to reconcile with the country’s hostile neighbour, from the time he came to office in April, said he is ready to welcome Afwekeri’s delegation. ALSO READ: Ethiopia PM appeals for unity, pledges democracy and improved relations with EritreaThu, 21 Jun 2018 20:22:40 +0000Ethiopia's decision to accept the December 2000 Algiers Agreement, was protested by Ethiopian residents in Badme town and some communities in the Tigray region, including the TPLF party while the inteCroatia crush Argentina 3-0, as Messi crumbles under World Cup pressurehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/croatia-crush-argentina-3-0-as-messi-crumbles-under-world-cup-pressure/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/croatia-crush-argentina-3-0-as-messi-crumbles-under-world-cup-pressure/Classy Croatia handed Argentina a 3-0 drubbing to claim a place in the World Cup knockout stage thanks to goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday. Argentina’s woes began when Caballero picked up a backpass and inexplicably lobbed it towards Rebic, who twisted in the air to whack in a volley in the 53rd minute. Real Madrid star, who was later named Man of the Match, Luka Modric then unleashed a superb strike from outside the area to double the lead for the Balkan side 10 minutes from time, with Rakitic putting the icing on the cake in added time. Simply incredible from #CRO as they seal their place in the knock-out stages with a historic victory! Take a bow, HNS_CFF ???#ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/pW9hyQGCAa— FIFA World Cup ? (FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 Lionel Messi, Argentina fail to impress The burden of pressure weighed heavily on Argentina as they battled to get into the contest, throwing on three attacking substitutes after conceding the first goal but allowing their frustrations to boil over as they failed to make any impact. Lionel Messi, facing yet another failure at international level, had little influence on the game as Argentina created one chance in the second half when Maximiliano Meza had a 64th minute effort stopped on the line by keeper Danijel Subasic. Twice champions Argentina now face a struggle to reach the last 16 even , after taking one point from their first two games. Croatia’s second win in the group guarantees them a top two place while Argentina have one point and need to win their last group game against Nigeria in St Petersburg on Tuesday to boost their chances of advancing to the second round. Nigeria, who play Iceland on Friday will be hoping to win and capitalise on the open nature of the group that was unofficially called the Group of Death at this year’s World Cup. Nigeria will fight for its life in the World Cup’s Group of Death REUTERSThu, 21 Jun 2018 20:37:15 +0000Croatia’s second win in the group guarantees them a top two place while Argentina have one point and need to win their last group game against Nigeria in St Petersburg on Tuesday to boost their chanAngola wants to have a share of the booming industry of banana production [Business Africa]http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/angola-wants-to-have-a-share-of-the-booming-industry-of-banana-production/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/angola-wants-to-have-a-share-of-the-booming-industry-of-banana-production/Banana fair prestige of agricultural activity Almost all African countries produce a significant amount of banana, but only a few actually export them. In Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, experimental programmes have been implemented with EU funding to increase the competitiveness of the industry while improving environmental practices. Angola, a country that has been resilient in the midst of oil crisis, has set its sight on diversifying its economy by organising an international banana fair that attracted 150 national and international exhibitors. Among these exhibitors is an Angolan company, Novagrolider, which exports at least 60 to 70 tonnes of banana mainly to Portugal monthly. Senegal: Poultry farmers kick against imports In less than 15 years, local chicken production in Senegal has increased sevenfold – this was mainly facilitated by the ban on poultry imports since 2005. That story is about to change as the ban is to be lifted with the arrival of KFC, the American giant of fried chicken. The Senegalese consumers’ association advocates maintaining the embargo to protect local production. The poultry sector generates 50,000 direct or indirect jobs in Senegal, and poultry farming accounts for 17% of livestock GDP, according to the cross-industry.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:19:17 +0000Angola is willing to take a share of the promising agricultural sector and Senegalese farmers cry foul as government considers lifting ban on the imports of chicken.Congo-Cameroon fiber optic project, a medium for regional interconnectivity [Business Africa]http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/congo-cameroon-fiber-optic-project-a-medium-for-regional-interconnectivity/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/congo-cameroon-fiber-optic-project-a-medium-for-regional-interconnectivity/Fiber optic between Congo and Cameroon Interconnectivity between Central African countries including Cameroon and Congo Republic is about get better as the latter launched a second phase of a fibre optic project. This second project comes after the first phase financed by the World Bank for the interconnection of Congo with Gabon at a cost of CFAF 15 billion. This particular phase of the project is said to be co-financed by the African Development Bank. The project is estimated at over CFAF 43 billion, with AfDB holding up 78.2%, leaving 21.8% to the Congolese authorities. Léon Juste Ibombo, Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Economy of Republic of Congo, joined us on this episode of Business Africa to shed some light on the report.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:01:33 +0000The project aims to build interconnections between Congo and Cameroon on the one hand, and Congo and the Central African Republic on the other.Mo Salah's World Cup bid ends with a whimperhttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/mo-salah-s-world-cup-bid-ends-with-a-whimper/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/mo-salah-s-world-cup-bid-ends-with-a-whimper/Mohamed Salah’s World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt’s talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26. Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall. Salah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side’s do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for Liverpool last season, scoring 44 goals. Salah’s return fails to inspire Egypt who lose 1-3 to World Cup hosts Russia He did get on the scoresheet late on from the penalty spot in Saint Petersburg but it was too little, with Russia already 3-0 up and steaming towards the last 16. The hosts and Uruguay, both in Group A, became the first two sides into the knockout round on Wednesday after the South Americans beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Rostov. Salah carried his country to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring five of his side’s eight goals in the the third qualifying round. But Egyptian excitement that he was appearing on the biggest stage in club football last month turned to fear when he trudged off the field in tears after being hauled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. “This is very bad for Mo, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, minutes after seeing his side lose 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital. The Spanish captain quickly became a hate figure for furious Egyptian fans on social media, but there was no quick remedy for the damage Ramos inflicted. Salah risk Salah could only watch from the bench as Egypt conceded late to lose 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game, leaving coach Hector Cuper little choice but to risk his best talent for the must-win game against Russia. He manfully tried to carry the expectations of a nation on one good shoulder but Stanislav Cherchesov’s men were in no mood to play the role of accommodating hosts. On the eve of the match, Cherchesov said he saw nothing wrong in Ramos’s challenge, insisting he only saw the Real skipper “holding the cup of the Champions League” at the end of an action-packed night in Kiev. One Russia fan even attended the game with Ramos’s name and number on the back of a Real shirt. After the game Cherchesov said his mission to stop Salah had been successful. “If he was not injured, it is very difficult to know what would have happened but we know the quality he has,” lamented Cuper, who admitted at the very least Salah’s match sharpness had been blunted. “He wasn’t in all the preparation with us and that cost him a little bit of his physical ability. He would have worked almost three weeks with us before the first game, with the same intensity as the rest of the team.” Salah, whose team still have a dead rubber to play against the Saudis, celebrated his 26th birthday on the day of the Uruguay defeat, meaning time is still on his side for him to return to the World Cup stage. Chechen fans celebrate Mohamed Salah’s 26th birthday with 100kg cake But injury at the most inopportune time has soured the season that made him a worldwide phenomenon.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:35:17 +0000Salah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side's do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for LiverpBBC presenter called out for 'racist' World Cup tweet against SenegalDaniel Mumberehttp://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/bbc-presenter-called-out-for-racist-world-cup-tweet-against-senegal/http://www.africanews.com/2018/06/21/bbc-presenter-called-out-for-racist-world-cup-tweet-against-senegal/British businessman turned BBC TV star Alan Sugar came under fire Wednesday after tweeting a picture of the Senegal national football team with the caption “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella”. Dear ⁦Lord_Sugar⁩, I’m afraid no Senegalese or African will see this as funny. What you wrote was hurtful and plays to a racist stereotype. If you really don’t see what’s wrong with what you’ve written, you have a lot to learn still. You should know better! pic.twitter.com/T4W44Cx83s— Osasu Obayiuwana (osasuo) June 20, 2018 The Apprentice presenter took down the post after being accused of racism. “Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people… frankly I can’t see that but I think it’s funny,’‘ he explained. Alongside the picture of the Senegal team, Sugar also posted images of sunglasses and handbags for sale on a beach. Senegal claims first African win, as Salah’s return is not enough to save Egypt Racial stereotype? Actress Kelechi Okafor tweeted that Sugar was “constructing this joke on the premise that all black people look alike, are poor and cannot achieve social mobility. “This is why I say that racism is too deeply ingrained within the British psyche for certain people to even realise how damaging and hurtful their ‘jokes’ are.” BBC journalist Babita Sharma added: “A shocking, vile tweet that you take a screen grab of because you know it will soon be deleted.” Sugar eventually deleted the offensive tweet and apologised. I misjudged me earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) June 20, 2018 Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he’s in no doubt about our view on this. It’s right he’s apologised unreservedly.— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) June 20, 2018 Who is Lord Sugar? Sugar made his fortune as founder of electronics company Amstrad, and is estimated to be worth £1.15 billion ($1.5 billion, 1.3 billion euros). He was chairman of Premier League club Tottenham between 1991 and 2001, and has presented the British version of The Apprentice since 2005. Labour prime minister Gordon Brown made Sugar, 71, a lord in 2009, but he left the party in 2015, citing its “negative business policies”.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:27:27 +0000Alan Sugar was chairman of English Premier League club Tottenham between 1991 and 2001, and has presented the British version of The Apprentice since 2005.