New Delhi (AFP) India on Tuesday called up Dinesh Karthik to fly to South Africa to replace injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for the third and final Test against the Proteas. Saha, the first choice Test wicketkeeper since Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired in 2014, missed the second Test due a hamstring injury. Karthik, 32, last played for his country in 2010. He will join the team ahead of the final Test starting in Johannesburg on January 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. Karthik has played 23Read More
Centurion (South Africa) (AFP) India were set 287 runs to win after South Africa were bowled out for 258 in their second innings on the fourth day of the second Test at SuperSport Park on Tuesday. Brief scores: South Africa 335 and 258 (D. Elgar 61, A. de Villiers 80, F du Plessis 48; J. Bumrah 3-70, Mohammed Shami 4-49, I. Sharma 2-40). India 307. Match situation: India need 287 runs to win Toss: South AfricaRead More
Khartoum (AFP) Anti-riot police fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons Tuesday as hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated against soaring bread prices near a presidential palace in Khartoum, an AFP correspondent said. Bread prices have more than doubled after a jump in the cost of flour due to dwindling wheat supplies, after the government decided to stop importing grain and allow private companies to do so. The protest was the biggest in Khartoum since demonstrations erupted in some parts of the country earlier this month following the price increase. OnRead More
Paris (AFP) Five Sahel countries – Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso — on Monday launched their second anti-Jihadist operation in the troubled region, after talks in Paris with their partner France. After the discussions between the defence ministers of the so-called G5 Sahel and their French counterpart no details were released about the new operation due to “security reasons”. “We are moving forward… the joint force is gaining momentum… the first operation has taken place, the second one is starting today,” Malian Defence Minister Tiena Coulibaly told aRead More
Beni (DR Congo) (AFP) Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers died on Monday while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month. The army had on Saturday announced an offensive against the Allied Democratic Forces, one of a number of armed groups acting in North Kivu and South Kivu — the two provinces which border Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. “The ADF attacked our position in Muzambay at 4:00 am (0200 GMT),” said army spokesmanRead More
Lagos (AFP) A group of young women shown in a video released by Boko Haram on Monday are purported to be among the more than 200 abducted from Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in 2014. Here is a timeline of the mass kidnapping that captured global attention: – Snatched from school – On April 14, 2014 Boko Haram gunmen seize 276 girls aged 12 to 17 from the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state. The girls are forced from their dormitories onto trucks and drivenRead More
Harare (AFP) An aide to former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has revealed how generals warned him to step aside as protests against him grew, or face being “lynched” like Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. Massive street protests against 93-year-old Mugabe erupted after the military briefly took power in November following the veteran leader’s sacking of then-vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe subsequently resigned after apparently striking a deal with the army and supporters of Mnangagwa who then succeeded Mugabe. “The commanders sent us with a very chilling message, they said ‘please go andRead More
Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) (AFP) An opposition activist died in prison after being tortured in Equatorial Guinea, the country’s main opposition party said Monday, accusing the government of “cruel and inhumane” treatment of its detainees. Santiago Ebee Ela, 41, died at the central police station in capital Malabo on Saturday night as a result of “cruel torture”, Citizens for Innovation (CI) said in a statement. “The death of Santiago Ebee Ela is a consequence of the cruel and inhumane treatment shown to CI detainees by security forces of the PDGE regime,”Read More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisia said Monday more than 930 people have been arrested since social unrest erupted a week ago, fuelled by unemployment, corruption and austerity measures in the 2018 budget. “A total of 937 people are in custody” after acts of violence, theft or vandalism, interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani told AFP. On Sunday, the North African country marked the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that gave birth to the Arab Spring. Chibani said 41 people aged between 13 and 19 were detained on Sunday amid fresh protests. The authoritiesRead More
Melbourne (AFP) Britain’s Kyle Edmund eliminated US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in his biggest win at a Grand Slam at the Australian Open on Monday. The 49th-ranked Edmund, the only British man in the main draw after five-times finalist Andy Murray’s injury withdrawal, toughed out a 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in almost four hours. It reversed his loss to the 11th seeded Anderson over five sets in the third round at last year’s French Open. Edmund’s previous best result at a Slam was his defeat of No.15Read More