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ICC says South Africa broke rules by failing to arrest Bashir

The UN court, which is based in The Hague, has been hit by a number of withdrawal threats over its alleged bias against Africa (AFP Photo/Martijn Beekman) War crimes judges ruled Thursday that South Africa flouted its duties to the International Criminal Court in 2015 by failing to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on genocide charges. The widely ... Read More »

In Lagos, six artists converge for Wanderlust

From July 10 – September 15, 2017, six artists who are currently in Nigeria will show their works under the title Wanderlust at The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos. The artists Chidi Kwubiri, Dilomprizulike (a.k.a Junkman of Africa), Emeka Udemba, Numero Unoma, Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko and Jimmy Nwanne have their professional roots in both Nigeria and Germany. Being organised by SMO, the exhibition ... Read More »

Tupac breakup letter to Madonna cites race

Tupac Shakur Rap legend Tupac Shakur broke off a hush-hush fling with Madonna two decades ago because he thought dating the white pop star would hurt his image with his fans, a letter reveals. The brief relationship between the two music icons only emerged two years ago, and now an auction house has put up for sale a 1995 letter ... Read More »

Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukemia

Carl Ikeme Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, his club said on Thursday. “It is with great sadness that Wolves can today reveal that Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia”, Wolves said in a statement ion its website. The 31-year-old Nigerian international goalkeeper returned some abnormal blood tests during his ... Read More »

German police fire tear gas as stones fly in anti-G20 protest

Riot police use water cannon during the “Welcome to Hell” rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017. Leaders of the world’s top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade.John MACDOUGALL / ... Read More »

Mattek-Sands horror injury puts Djokovic, Federer in shadow

US player Bethanie Mattek-Sands is lifted onto a trolley on a stretcher by medics on court after suffering an injury during her women’s singles second round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on the fourth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2017. America’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a ... Read More »

PDP chairman calls for unity ahead of Lagos council poll

Segun Adewale The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr Segun Adewale, has again called on all members of the party to unite and work for the success of the party in the forthcoming council polls. Adewale made the call at a news conference in Lagos on Thursday. He said that the party would only be strong ... Read More »

Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists

The victims were farmers who had fled the area around the village of Abadam on the Nigerian border due to the raging insurgency. They were killed in an air strike Wednesday as they returned to check on their crops, officials said. An air strike by Niger’s army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive ... Read More »

With Alaska in North Korean range, few options for Trump

This picture taken on July 4, 2017 and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 5, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location. South Korea and the United States fired off missiles on July 5 simulating a precision strike against ... Read More »

Pacquiao wants review of ‘unfair’ Horn loss

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines reacts after his defeat to Jeff Horn of Australia in their World Boxing Organisation welterweight boxing match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. Former schoolteacher Jeff Horn stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao to win the World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown with a unanimous points decision in Brisbane on July 2. / AFP ... Read More »

Troubled China tech giant LeEco confirms assets frozen

LeEco co-founder and chief executive Yueting Jia, at a press event in San Francisco, discusses the Chinese technology company’s move into the US market. / AFP PHOTO / Glenn CHAPMAN Assets linked to Chinese tech giant LeEco have been frozen in a dispute with a creditor, a unit of the troubled company has confirmed, highlighting its perilous financial state. Chinese financial ... Read More »

Strict new official dress code sparks anger in Uganda

Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party looks set to win a fifth term in office (AFP Photo/Isaac Kasamani) Ugandan public servants on Wednesday hit out at a list of strict new rules forbidding them from showing cleavage, having long nails, dyed hair or wearing skirts above the knee. But for many in the ... Read More »

President Talon returns to Benin from Paris

Benin’s President Patrice Talon attending a meeting a the European Union Council building in Brussels. THIERRY CHARLIER / AFP President Patrice Talon of Benin has returned from a medical checkup in Paris following two operations in France, according to a member of his entourage. The 59-year-old head of state, who left for the French capital last week, returned to the ... Read More »

Modric questioned over alleged false testimony

Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric (C) accompanied by a lawyer, arrived at the State Attorney’s Office in Osjek on July 5, 2017. Croatian prosecutors questioned Real Madrid’s Luka Modric over his alleged false testimony at the trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former boss, Zdravko Mamic. / AFP PHOTO / STR / Croatia OUT Croatian prosecutors on Wednesday questioned Real Madrid’s ... Read More »

Kenya president to skip televised election debates

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledges supporters during the unveiling of the Jubilee Party’s manifesto in Nairobi on June 26, 2017 in Nairobi. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will not take part in two planned televised debates with his main rival Raila Odinga ahead of the August 8 election, his party said on Wednesday. The first ... Read More »

British prime minister defends austerity amid cabinet splits

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves No 10 Downing St for Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs) at Westminster, in central London on July 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE’N Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday defended her government’s policy of austerity, amid signs of cabinet splits over the seven-year squeeze on public spending. The Conservative leader, ... Read More »

Seven die in South Africa apartment block blaze

Women walk past a dilapidated squatter building that caught fire in the central business district of Johannesburg on July 5, 2017. Seven people were killed and another seven injured in the incident. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI Seven people died Wednesday when a dilapidated high-rise building occupied by illegal squatters in downtown Johannesburg caught fire, highlighting a housing crisis ... Read More »

Final human remains recovered from London fire tower

The burned-out shell of the Grenfell Tower block is seen behind terraced houses as local residents look on near the scene of the fire in North Kensington, west London on June 20, 2017. Police on June 19 revised up the toll to seventy-nine people dead or missing and presumed dead following the devastating blaze at the Grenfell Tower block./ AFP ... Read More »

Murray storms into Wimbledon third round

Britain’s Andy Murray returns against Germany’s Dustin Brown during their men’s singles second round match on the third day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2017. Murray won the match 6-3. 6-2, 6-2. Adrian DENNIS / AFP Defending champion Andy Murray stormed into the Wimbledon third round ... Read More »