Africa 19.1.2018 04:30 am

Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down

At the age of 39, Didier Drogba is in the twilight years of a glittering football career that has spanned two decades and six countries and brought him a harvest of trophies.

Such moments are typically occasions of nostalgia, even sadness, for many ageing football greats.

Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down
Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down

Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down

At the age of 39, Didier Drogba is in the twilight years of a glittering football career that has spanned two decades and six countries and brought him a harvest of trophies.

Zimbabwe opposition figure Bennett dies in US chopper crash
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Zimbabwe opposition figure Bennett dies in US chopper crash

Leading Zimbabwe opposition figure Roy Bennett, one of long-time president Robert Mugabe’s most outspoken critics, has died in a helicopter crash in a remote area of the US state of New Mexico, authorities said Thursday. He was 60.
Nikki Haley voices regret to African UN envoys after Trump slur
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Nikki Haley voices regret to African UN envoys after Trump slur

US Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret on Thursday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump’s alleged description of African countries as “shithole” nations, the head of the African Group said.
Defence minister for toppled Ivory Coast regime jailed
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Defence minister for toppled Ivory Coast regime jailed

A former defence chief for the Ivory Coast’s ousted leader was sentenced to 15 years on Thursday for conspiring against the government, the latest top aide of the former regime to be jailed.
Sudan holding AFP journalist arrested while covering protests
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Sudan holding AFP journalist arrested while covering protests

Authorities in Sudan were holding an Agence France-Presse journalist on Thursday after he was arrested a day earlier while covering demonstrations against rising food prices that were dispersed by police.
Ex-PM of GBissau ousted in 2012 coup returns
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Ex-PM of GBissau ousted in 2012 coup returns

The ousted former prime minister of Guinea Bissau, Carlos Gomes Junior, who has spent five years in Portugal, on Thursday returned to the country amid a political crisis.
Burundi opposition says 42 held over referendum campaign
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Burundi opposition says 42 held over referendum campaign

Opposition lawmakers in Burundi on Thursday said 42 activists had been arrested for illegally contesting an upcoming referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza extend his stay in office.
IMF does not want austerity in Tunisia: spokesman
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IMF does not want austerity in Tunisia: spokesman

The International Monetary Fund does not want austerity in Tunisia, and in fact proposed programs to protect the poor from the impact of economic reforms, a Fund spokesman said Thursday.
Spain holds two alleged smugglers over migrant deaths
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Spain holds two alleged smugglers over migrant deaths

Spanish authorities have detained two men allegedly responsible for a boat carrying migrants to the Canary Islands, seven of whom drowned or died from “hypothermia, exhaustion and hunger”, a court said Thursday.
Senegal to revamp logging laws after massacre linked to timber trade
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Senegal to revamp logging laws after massacre linked to timber trade

President Macky Sall on Thursday suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal’s forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber.
Baby dies amid migrant rescue chaos in Med
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Baby dies amid migrant rescue chaos in Med

A three-month old baby has died after being picked up by rescuers at sea off Libya, because bad weather and a lack of boats made a medical evacuation impossible, aid organisations said Thursday.
‘Nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya’: HRW chief
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‘Nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya’: HRW chief

European authorities should not be sending migrants trying to reach the continent back to Libya until the security situation there has stabilised, the chief of Human Rights Watch said.
Zimbabwe elections in ‘4 to 5’ months: president
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Zimbabwe elections in ‘4 to 5’ months: president

Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, the country’s new president has said, pointing to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.
Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa’s Sahel
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Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa’s Sahel

Britain is set to send helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali in a package of measures to be agreed at a summit near London on Thursday.
Mauritania private newspapers on sale after month’s absence
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Mauritania private newspapers on sale after month’s absence

Privately-owned newspapers went back on sale in Mauritania on Wednesday for the first time in more than a month, after a paper shortage forced them off the shelves and prompted complaints from the national press union.
Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader
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Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader

Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported.
Congo rebels, government meet after ceasefire deal
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Congo rebels, government meet after ceasefire deal

Congo’s government met with members of a key rebel group on Wednesday for the first time since a landmark ceasefire was signed after months of renewed armed conflict in the oil-rich nation.
Two Americans, two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria: police
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Two Americans, two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria: police

Two Americans and two Canadians have been kidnapped and two Nigerian police escorts killed in an ambush in northern Kaduna state, police said Wednesday, in the latest abduction targeting foreigners.
Italy approves Niger mission to slow migrant flow
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Italy approves Niger mission to slow migrant flow

Italy’s parliament on Wednesday approved a ramped up military presence in Niger by agreeing to send an initial 120 troops with 350 more to follow as Rome looks to stem migration and people trafficking of African migrants.
Dutch expel top Eritrean diplomat over ‘diaspora tax’ row
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Dutch expel top Eritrean diplomat over ‘diaspora tax’ row

Eritrea’s highest representative has been expelled from The Netherlands, Dutch officials announced Wednesday in an ongoing diplomatic spat over the secretive African country’s practice of collecting so-called “diaspora tax” from expatriates.
UN needs over $1.5bn for DR Congo with country at “breaking point”
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UN needs over $1.5bn for DR Congo with country at “breaking point”

The United Nations this year will seek more than $1.5 billion to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official said Tuesday, warning the country was at a “breaking point”.
New star Ngidi wants long career
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New star Ngidi wants long career

Lungi Ngidi has one simple wish after making a sensational Test debut for South Africa.
‘Massive’ infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report
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‘Massive’ infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but “massive investments” are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday.
Seven years since revolt, Tunisia struggles with economic woes
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Seven years since revolt, Tunisia struggles with economic woes

It’s been seven years since they ousted their longtime dictator in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, but Tunisians are still taking to the streets.
Tanzanian Muslims strip to protest detention without trial
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Tanzanian Muslims strip to protest detention without trial

A group of Tanzanian Muslims who have been held in prison since 2013 on terror charges stripped naked in an unusual protest to demand the start of their trial, a witness said Wednesday.
Ghana vigilant on extremist threat: president
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Ghana vigilant on extremist threat: president

Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday vowed no let-up in security after an investigation was launched into a possible extremist plot in the capital.

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