SA’s first black world champion boxer dies

The first black South African to win a world boxing title has died at the age of 67. Peter Mathebula made history in 1980 when he beat fellow flyweight Tae-Shik Kim of South Korea at the World Boxing Association title fight in Los Angeles. His fearsome skill inside the ring earned him the nickname “Terror”. Mathebula had been “in and […]

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The sniffer dogs taking on Africa’s poachers

Poachers in Africa, who are now armed with military-style weapons and even helicopters to hunt their prey, have a new adversary: dogs with a nose for detection. Deployed in key locations across six African countries are around 50 detector dogs. They have sniffed out contraband – elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolin scales – leading to hundreds of arrests of […]

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The fake medicines in Africa that can kill

The proliferation of fake medicines in Africa is a public health crisis that can no longer be ignored, according to a UK charity. The Brazzaville Foundation is organising a meeting of seven African countries, in Togo, this week, to combat the problem. Congo, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Ghana and The Gambia will discuss measures to clamp down on trafficking in […]

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Ethiopia PM shrugs off Trump’s Nobel complaint

US President Donald Trump should take his complaint about being overlooked for the Nobel Peace Prize to the award organisers, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the 2019 winner, has said. Mr Abiy said he was not aware of the criteria used to select him. He was credited for his move to make peace with neighbouring Eritrea. Mr Trump said last […]

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The bus drivers who saved passengers from Islamist attackers

“I am not a hero,” said softly spoken Raymond Juma. The bus driver was speaking after his actions saved his 47 passengers from a militant attack in the east of Kenya. “My passengers are like my mothers, my brothers and sisters. “I just did what anyone else would have done to save myself and those I love,” he told the […]

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Nine die after boy picks up discarded grenade

A grenade that a child picked up from a bin on the Nigeria-Cameroon border has exploded, killing him and eight others. Twenty-six people were also wounded in the blast on the Nigerian side of the border, a Cameroonian official said. The child, believed to be under 10, mistook the grenade for scrap metal which he intended to sell, witnesses said. […]

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Colonial food, cock fights and crowded buses

Bamako Encounters, one of Africa’s most prestigious photography festivals, has been celebrating its 25th anniversary. Held in Mali’s capital, Bamako, the biennial event brought together the work of 85 photographers from the continent and diaspora. Ijeoma Ndukwe has been taking a look at some of the images that were on shown. “It’s natural that the person who provides you with […]

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Turkey deploys troops to shore up Libya government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said troops have begun moving into Libya after parliament approved the move last week. He said their mission was to ensure stability for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The Libyan government is fighting an insurgency by rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar, based in eastern Libya. Gen Haftar is backed […]

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Mozambique charges ex-minister, 17 others in $2bn loan fraud case

The indictment comes days after three ex-Credit Suisse bankers were charged in the US for their role in the scandal. At least 18 people, including a former finance minister, have been charged for fraud involving $2bn in loans to state-owned companies in Mozambique, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has said, in a scandal that has ensnared two major international banks. “Mozambique […]

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UN sets course towards easing CAR arms embargo

Draft resolution seeks partial lifting of embargo to allow government purchase of weapons without seeking UN approval. The United Nations Security Council is set to open the door to an easing of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic five years after the country stood on the verge of genocide. The government in Bangui has repeatedly called for the restrictions to […]

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