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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
If there's one symbol that defines Nigeria's economic hub of Lagos it's the yellow "danfo" mini-bus, the closest thing to public transport in the chaotic, sprawling metropolis.Read 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