Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban

Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban

Image copyright JOSEPH MBILINYI Image caption Joseph Mbilinyi was sentenced to five months in jail for allegedly defaming the president. Tanzanian MP Joseph Mbilinyi says he will sue the government for banning his rap song about the state of prisons. Basata, the Kiswahili acronym for the country’s arts council, banned the song for using words […]

Akon to build ‘real Wakanda’ in Senegal

Akon to build ‘real Wakanda’ in Senegal

Image copyright Getty Images Akon says he’s planning to release a new cryptocurrency named after himself – called Akoin. Speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Monday, the Locked Up singer said he believed cryptocurrency could be “the saviour of Africa”. AKoin’s official website says the singer wants the app “on every mobile phone” between […]

Three South African women are killed by their partners every day

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EU tariffs on US goods come into force

EU tariffs on US goods come into force

Image copyright Getty Images The European Union (EU) has introduced retaliatory tariffs on US goods as a top official launched a fresh attack on President Donald Trump’s trade policy. The duties on €2.8bn (£2.4bn) worth of US goods came into force on Friday. Tariffs have been imposed on products such as bourbon whiskey, motorcycles and […]

Melania wears ‘I really don’t care do u?’ coat on migrant visit

Melania wears ‘I really don’t care do u?’ coat on migrant visit

Media captionLauren Wright, politics and public affairs expert, on the significance of Melania Trump’s “I don’t care” jacket First Lady Melania Trump has been criticised for the choice of her coat worn on a trip to a migrant child detention centre in Texas. Mrs Trump was spotted in the coat, which featured graffiti writing on […]

Ghanaian denied UK visa to save sister’s life

Ghanaian denied UK visa to save sister’s life

Image copyright Anthony Nolan Trust/Shirley Kordie Image caption Amelia Chong, of the charity, said: “Put simply, Shirley will die without this stem cell transplant” A woman with a rare blood cancer is being denied a life-saving transplant from her brother because he doesn’t earn enough, a charity has said. Shirley Kordie, 33, has hypoplastic MDS […]

2018 Fifa World Cup: Why aren’t black managers invited to the party?

2018 Fifa World Cup: Why aren’t black managers invited to the party?

Aliou Cisse of Senegal is the only black manager at the Russia 2018 World Cup The Senegal national football team has attracted worldwide attention in Russia in the past few days and it wasn’t just because they’ve had the only win, so far, for an African nation at the World Cup – a 2-1 victory […]

Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit said the country could not “passively” accept any leaks Algeria has turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating. Internet service, both mobile and fixed line, will go off for an hour after the start of each high […]

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff ‘used local prostitutes’

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff ‘used local prostitutes’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charity employs thousands of health professionals and logistical staff, most hired locally Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used local prostitutes while working in Africa, whistleblowers have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Female former employees said the behaviour was widespread. One said a senior colleague said it […]

Trump backs down on migrant family separations policy

Trump backs down on migrant family separations policy

Media captionDonald Trump: “You’re going to have a lot of very happy people” US President Donald Trump has bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order promising to “keep families together” in migrant detentions. Mr Trump reversed his own policy amid international fury over the separation of undocumented parents and children. He said he […]