Authorities in Liberia have blocked the internet, in what is perceived to be a move to suppress ongoing anti-government protests in the capital, Monrovia. Netblocks, an organisation that monitors internet disruptions and shutdowns confirmed the shutdown on Friday afternoon, saying access to social networking platforms Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat had been restricted. ‘‘The […]

Neymar’s lawyer, Andre Filipe Tanabe, says he will prove his client’s innocence over rape allegations. Speaking to the media briefly in Brazil on Tuesday, Tanabe told reporters he could not give any details as investigating police have called for absolute secrecy in the case. When asked if he will prove Neymar’s innocence, he said “Certainly, […]

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court on Monday ordered the International Association of Athletics federations to suspend action against South African athlete Caster Semenya until her appeal against testosterone rules has been finalized according to the athlete’s lawyer. The Court of Arbitration for Sport last month approved IAAF’s rule which requires athletes with differences in sexual development […]

Literary fans all over the world are paying tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina, the award-winning Kenyan writer who died on Tuesday night, aged 48. Wainaina challenged stereotypes of Africa with biting satire and took on prejudice by documenting his life as an openly gay man. The author, essayist and campaigner, who also championed African literature through […]

Just 48 hours after announcing his international retirement, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has bowed to a presidential request to make himself available for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations ‘‘I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah […]

Football fans across the world are paying tribute to Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan who announced his international retirement on Monday. The news which comes a month before the start of the African Nations Cup, follows shortly after he was removed as the national team’s captain. Striker Gyan has not featured for the side […]

Ilunga Ilunkamba has been nominated by President Felix Tshisekedi to occupy the position of Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. Ilunga’s nomination was announced on Monday barely an hour after Bruno Tshibala, Kabila’s last Prime Minister, handed in his resignation and that of the last government. The nominee is seen as an experienced […]

Supporters of Moise Katumbi are awaiting his return to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that is scheduled for Monday at 10:00 hours local time. The opposition politician has been living in exile for the last three years, after he was charged by former president Joseph Kabila’s government of several crimes including fraud, hiring foreign […]

Gabonese skipper Pierre Emerick Aubameyang hit a hat trick on Thursday evening to help his club side Arsenal qualify for the Europa League finals. Arsenal beat Spanish side Valencia by four goals to two. Unai Emery’s side had flown to Spain with a 3 – 1 first leg advantage. Overall, Arsenal won 3 – 7 […]

In the past it has been said that central banks were the worst when it comes to trading in gold. No so anymore, specifically since end-2012. According to the World Gold Council’s recently released data central banks’ gold purchases in aggregate averaged around 150 tons per quarter since 2012. What is important though is that […]

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