Buenos Aires (AFP) A Southern Kings team facing the Super Rugby axe next week triumphed 31-30 in Buenos Aires on Friday as a horror run by the Jaguares continued. It was the fourth win in six matches for the one-time South African whipping boys, and the seventh loss in eight games for an Argentine outfit who began the season promisingly. Jaguares led 20-14 at half-time in an often scrappy, error-strewn round 15 tussle in which only pride was at stake in Estadio Jose Amalfitani as neither team can reach theRead More
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) The worn paving stones discovered under a thick layer of modern concrete in Rio de Janeiro don’t look like much at first. But it was here that some million slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil. “It’s a unique memorial, containing the last remaining vestiges of the slaves’ arrival,” said anthropologist Milton Guran. Next week, the UN cultural body UNESCO will consider whether to award what’s known as Valongo Wharf world heritage status, winning protection as a site of global importance. The wharf, orRead More
London (AFP) Batsman Gary Ballance has been give a chance to revive his England Test career after being named in the squad for next Thursday’s first Test against South Africa. The Zimbabwe-born 27-year-old has battled his way back into contention with a superb season for Yorkshire in the County Championship after being dropped following a torrid series against Bangladesh last October. “Gary Ballance could play his first Test since October,” said England national selector James Whitaker. “He has been in fantastic touch with the bat in the Championship averaging overRead More
Geneva (AFP) The new director general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom, took over managing the UN health agency on Saturday, the WHO said. A specialist in malaria, Tedros served as health minister and later as foreign minister for Ethiopia. The 52-year-old is the first African to head the global health organisation and he takes over from Margaret Chan of China, who led the WHO for nearly 10 years. Tedros was elected to the post in May in what was the first time the WHO director-general was chosen byRead More
Khartoum (AFP) Sudan insisted on Saturday that it respected media and religious freedoms after the United States said it was “very concerned” about Khartoum’s human rights record. Washington raised its concerns just two weeks before President Donald Trump is due to decide whether to permanently lift a 20-year-old US trade embargo on Khartoum. “Sudan enjoys freedom of press with more than 30 newspapers supporting government as well as opposition views published daily,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “Sudan also enjoys religious freedom, which is exemplified with several churchesRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) One civilian was killed and two others injured Saturday when four female bombers blew themselves up in Cameroon’s Far North, an area regularly targeted by Boko Haram jihadists, local sources told AFP. The incident took place in Mora, near the northwestern border with Nigeria, during the early hours of Saturday morning, when four female bombers set off the deadly blasts near the edge of town, a source close to the security services said. Mora is home to the headquarters of the first sector of the Mixed Multinational Force,Read More
Johannesburg (AFP) Golden Lions of South Africa humiliated Sunwolves of Japan 94-7 Saturday in Johannesburg for a record Super Rugby winning margin this season and the second biggest ever. The 14-try massacre began in the sixth minute when scrum-half Ross Cronje scored and ended during the first minute of additional time as winger Ruan Combrinck completed a hat-trick. Lions led 35-0 by half-tome at Ellis Park stadium and increased the tempo during the second half against overwhelmed opponents to average more than a point a minute by the final whistle.Read More
Durban (South Africa) (AFP) Combining high fashion with sport, nearly 50,000 racegoers marked the 120th anniversary of Africa’s biggest horse race on Saturday at a packed course in the South African coastal city of Durban. The annual “Durban July” handicap race attracts one of the continent’s most fashion-conscious crowds, with the trackside glamour and party atmosphere often threatening to overtake the horse action. “Me and my friends always come here for the entertainment and fashion, we know nothing about horses and betting,” said Thina Thusi, a 31-year-old public relations managerRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African’s sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to world-class athlete seemed to embody the very best of sporting endeavour and the human spirit. Then on Valentine’s Day in 2013 his achievementsRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is within touching distance of South Africa’s top job, previously had his presidential hopes dashed and opted for life in business that brought him spectacular wealth. After failing to clinch the ANC nomination to succeed president Nelson Mandela in 1999, the veteran trade unionist swapped politics for a lucrative foray into business that made him one of the wealthiest people in Africa. His failure came as a surprise to many as he was seen as Mandela’s preferred candidate — with Mandela describing RamaphosaRead More