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ECOWAS citizens to enjoy no roaming tariffs beginning January 2020

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) citizens travelling within the sub-region will from January 2020 enjoy no roaming charges following the implementation of the ECOWAS roaming initiative. The initiative is aimed at creating an enabling environment for the international mobile roaming market to ensure affordable access to roaming …

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White Student spits on black guest at DC’s African American Museum.

A white student on a middle school trip to Washington, DC, spat on a black patron at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday, prompting his class to be ejected from the museum. The unnamed male student at Shelton Intermediate School in Connecticut spat off a balcony …

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. He was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”. Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea last year, ending a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. He was named …

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Facebook expands its third-party fact-checking programme to Ghana

Joining third-party fact-checking programmes in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal, Facebook on Tuesday announced the expansion of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme to 10 additional African countries. In partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP), the France 24 Observers, Pesa Check and Dubawa, this programme forms part of its work in …

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Liberia riot police shut anti-Weah radio station

Riot police have shut a popular radio station critical of Liberia’s president and former football star George Weah. The officers broke a steel gate and stormed the offices of Roots FM in the capital, Monrovia, shortly after its breakfast programme, The Costa Show, discussed alleged wasteful spending by Mr Weah …

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Uganda wants death penalty for gay sex

Uganda plans to enact a law that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality and the government …

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US did not approve Turkey’s Syria offensive, says Mike Pompeo

The US did not give Turkey a “green light” for its offensive in northern Syria, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Mr Pompeo defended President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the border area, which has sparked an outcry at home and abroad. Turkey has now …

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Saanie Daara worried about BBC’s recent ‘drop in standards’

As a person who formerly worked for the BBC, I am deeply worried about the recent drop in standards at the world’s best journalism hub particularly the Africa section. Certainly the BBC Editorial Policy and Standards of Journalism preached by the BBC College of Journalism has not been demonstrated in …

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Iranian Instagram star ‘arrested for blasphemy’

An Iranian Instagram star famous for her radical appearance and cosmetic surgery has been arrested for blasphemy by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office, according to the country’s semi-official Tasnim News agency. Tasnim News said the influencer, who goes by Sahar Tabar on Instagram but was identified as Fatemeh Kh by Iranian media, using …

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