Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”. Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound […]

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia. “I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” President Weah told crowds […]

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia. “I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” President Weah told crowds […]

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia. “I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” President Weah told crowds […]

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia. “I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” President Weah told crowds […]

DR Congo: Several deaths in anti-Kabila protests

DR Congo: Several deaths in anti-Kabila protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tear gas was fired at protesters in the capital, Kinshasa At least five people have been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources say. Protesters are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a year ago – […]

Ethiopia Waldiya: Five killed by police at religious festival

Ethiopia Waldiya: Five killed by police at religious festival

At least five people have been killed in northern Ethiopia after security forces fired on a crowd at a religious festival who were reportedly shouting anti-government slogans. Many more were injured in the incident in the town of Waldiya. Angry protesters have blocked roads and businesses are closed. There have been nearly three years of […]

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

George Weah is due to become Liberia’s new president and commander-in-chief on Monday – but before that, the 51-year-old put his army’s football team through its paces with the help of his former teammates. Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A joint police and military operation found the captives Two American and two Canadian citizens kidnapped in Nigeria on Wednesday have been freed, police say. The group, who were ambushed in a forested area north of the capital Abuja, were found during a joint military and police operation. Two of […]

Kenya investigates ‘sex attacks’ on new mothers at hospital

Kenya investigates ‘sex attacks’ on new mothers at hospital

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Social media users have claimed sexual assault is common at the Kenyatta National Hospital Kenya’s health minister has ordered an investigation into claims new mothers were sexually assaulted at a flagship hospital in the capital Nairobi. Social media posts alleged that male staff members targeted the women when they […]

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