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EDITORIAL: State of African Union – The Kagame year


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Over the past two years, African Union incumbent chair Paul Kagame has been trying to push through reforms he was selected to champion at the continental body back in 2016.

It is an assignment he launched into with gusto, first appointing a committee of experts to conduct a 360-degree audit of the organisation.

That committee zeroed in on two key areas – turning the lethargic organisation into an agile body that was self-sustaining and reducing wastage and redundancy at the Secretariat.

There was a sense of urgency to self-financing at the time because the political conflict that destabilised most of North Africa and the Sahel at the turn of the decade, had disrupted contributions from members such as Libya, which alongside four other members and donors,…

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Central African war crimes suspect “Rambo” handed to global court


A war crimes suspect wanted for alleged murder, deportation and torture of Muslims in the Central African Republic has been handed over to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the tribunal said.

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows part of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, February 16, 2016. Picture taken on February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola/File Photo


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C. African Republic militia leader turned over to tribunal



THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A commander in a Central African Republic militia has been arrested and turned over to the International Criminal Court …
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Zuvaa dance team brings Caribbean flair to African Night


Zuvaa dancers performing at 2017 African Night at Ohio State. Photo courtesy: MT Photography.

As the temperature begins to drop this winter, it becomes harder and harder to imagine warm weather, sunshine or palm trees, but the Zuvaa Afro-Caribbean dancers make this a little bit easier.

The Ohio State students who make up this group acknowledge the impact of African culture on Caribbean and Latin American countries through different styles of music and dance. This Saturday they will take the stage at Ohio State’s annual “African Night” celebration.

The word “zuva” roughly translates to “sunshine” in the language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, but the dancers draw influence from many different places, from modern afrobeats and…

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BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018: Nominees named for award


Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah (from left to right) are the nominees

The five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award has been announced.

This year’s nominees are Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The vote opened on Saturday, 17 November at 19:00 GMT and closes on Sunday, 2 December at 20:00.

The result will be revealed in a programme on BBC World News on Friday, 14 December at 17:30.

The shortlist has been compiled by a panel of African football experts.

Liverpool forward Salah won last year’s award, with previous winners including Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Riyad Mahrez.

The…

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Vote for your BBC African Footballer of the Year: Benatia, Koulibaly, Mane, Partey, Salah


The five-man shortlist for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018 has been announced.

Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah are all in contention for the award.

Now it is time to decide who gets your vote. You can read about their achievements this year below.

Voting details

Vote closes on 2 December at 20:00 GMT.

The final result will be revealed in a programme broadcast on BBC World News on 14 December at 17:30 GMT.

The five-man shortlist

Medhi Benatia (Juventus and Morocco)

African Footballer of the Year 2018 nominee: Medhi Benatia

Morocco captain Medhi Benatia, 31, has developed into one of Europe’s most reliable defenders in recent years, having played for some of the continent’s biggest clubs.

But it has been…

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