Dec, 28th 2016
The head of state claims the coalition has given support to terror groups including ISIS and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims US-led coalition forces have ‘supported ISIS’ in a press conference
Erdogan said “it’s very clear” the US is supporting terror groups in a damning press conference in Ankara.
He said: “They were accusing...
Dec, 27th 2016
Rigobert Song is fit again after a narrow brush with death when suffering a stroke in early October. Photo: Backpagepix
YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song is fit again after a narrow brush with death when suffering a stroke in early October, he explained in an interview published by French daily L’Equipe on Saturday.
“I’m back from ...
Dec, 27th 2016
Yifter’s crowning achievement was his 5 000m and 10 000m double triumph at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow at age 40, where he earned the nickname ‘Yifter the Shifter’ for the rapid injections of speed that helped propel him to victory. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
ADDIS ABABA – The IAAF is saddened by the news that Miruts Yifter, a double Olympic champion fo...
Dec, 9th 2016
Journalist Edinah Masanga writes about the online abuse suffered by a child featured in a Swedish Lucia advert.
There is something inherently wrong or, rather more aptly, hypocritical about Europeans fighting to continue a "cultural" event of celebrating Zwarte Piet while getting vehemently upset about a dark-skinned child representing St Lucia.
So in other words, it is okay to...
Mar, 21st 2016
[caption id="attachment_16021" align="alignnone" width="300"] US President Barack Obama (L) and Cuban President Raul Castro meet at the Revolution Palace in Havana on March 21, 2016. US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro met Monday in Havana's Palace of the Revolution for groundbreaking talks on ending the standoff between the two neighbors. Obama, meeting Castro for only...
Jan, 27th 2016
Stockholm Syndrome is where some young black youth in SA supports a party that was formed by former apartheid regime remnant politicians. The party DA which rules over cape town, which is the most racist city in southern hemisphere. Some of the members of this party includes Sam Pienaar who On 15 October 1985, members of the South African Railway Police hid in wooden crates on the back of a ra...
Nov, 26th 2015
ANKARA – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied on Thursday that Turkey bought any oil from the Islamic State, insisting his country's fight against the jihadists was "undisputed".
"Shame on you. Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh (IS) are obliged to prove it. If not, you are a slanderer," Erdogan said, lashing out at Russian charges after the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border....
Nov, 7th 2015
Adele is back with a smash hit song hello, however, Lionel Richie thought the song was a bout him and was rudely awaken.
Nov, 6th 2015
By Leo Igwe
Like other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, most people in Botswana are religious and profess believe in god particularly the christian god. About 70 percent of the population professes christianity. But the country’s christian and theist demography may include atheists because non-theists remain in the closets due to social pressure on people to profess religion and...
Nov, 5th 2015
DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania's new President John Magufuli was sworn into office Thursday along with the east African nation's first female vice-president to huge cheers from crowds.
Magufuli's win in the October 25 poll with over 58 percent of votes cemented the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party's firm grip on power.
"I promise to work to the best of my ability to del...
Nov, 2nd 2015
NEW DELHI: India is home to the largest number of poor with one-third of the world's 1.2 billion extreme poor living here. It also had the highest number of under-five deaths in the world in 2012, with 1.4 million children dying before reaching their fifth birthday, according to the UN Millennium Development Goals report 2014.
Poverty rates in Southern Asia fell from 51% in 1990 to 30% two ...
Oct, 29th 2015
[caption id="attachment_15173" align="alignnone" width="300"] FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, presidential candidate John Magufuli of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, speaks at an election rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tanzanias election commission declared Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 that John Pombe Magufuli of the ruling party was the winner of the countrys presid...
Oct, 29th 2015
DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzanian presidential candidate and opposition leader Edward Lowassa on Wednesday called for a recount of Sunday's presidential poll, saying he would not accept the result because of voting irregularities.
"We want the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to immediately halt the announcement of results of the presidential election," Lowassa, who leads the Ukawa opp...
Oct, 24th 2015
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara of the Rally of the Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party and his wife Dominique Ouattara wave during his last campaign rally, ahead of the October 25 presidential election, in Abidjan on 23 Oct 2015. Photo: Reuters//Luc Gnago
ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara wrapped up his re-election campaign on Friday with a star-...
Oct, 22nd 2015
Russia's Syrian venture is a dramatic example of modern realpolitik which has taken the West completely by surprise.
With the sudden news of a surprise meeting with Bashar al-Assad in Moscow, Vladimir Putin has once again left his critics in the West with egg on their faces. Even before the visit, Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict had surprised the US-led coalition with both its...
Oct, 22nd 2015
A senior delegation from the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, arrived in South Africa for a historic official visit on Sunday. The delegation was given an unprecedented welcome that immediately infuriated the Israelis.
Headed by the leader of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, the delegation met South African President Jacob Zuma on the first day of the visit. The Hamas delegati...
Oct, 17th 2015
An Indian woman shouts at a police personnel during a protest near the home of a minor girl who was raped in New Delhi on October 17, 2015. Photo: AFP PHOTO / Chandan Khanna
NEW DELHI - A toddler and a five-year-old girl were raped in separate attacks in New Delhi overnight with at least one gang-raped, police said on Saturday, as activists warned of an "epidemic" of sexual violence in the...
Oct, 14th 2015
By Amos Shabangenyere
No question about it; BlackLivesMatter, but does it matter to black people? This is the question I've been struggling with in the last couple of months. Of course I know black lives do matter to black people, but they sure have a way of showing it.
One of the hit songs from the last one year was by an artist that goes by the name Bobby Schmur...
Oct, 12th 2015
1. SOMALIA (CPI score:8)
Somalia is located in the horn of Africa with a population of over 10 million. Somalia is ranked the most corrupt country in the world. There is lack of accountability in receipt and expenditure of public funds. Currently a parliamentary fin ace committee has been established to oversee all the withdrawal transactions from Central B...
Oct, 10th 2015
Two nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday by Kurdish activists and opposition supporters in Ankara. At least 86 people were killed and nearly 190 wounded in what appeared to be suicide attacks, Turkish officials said.
The explosions occurred seconds apart outside the capital's main train station as hundreds gathered for the rally, organized...
Oct, 10th 2015
Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza's border fence, Palestinian medics said, and Israeli police said they killed three Palestinian assailants in separate violence in Jerusalem.
Eleven days of bloodshed in which four Israelis and 19 Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Gaza and in Israeli cities...
Oct, 6th 2015
Oil-rich Congo's government has called an October referendum on allowing veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has already notched up more than 30 years in power, to run for a controversial third term.
The 72-year-old is currently barred by the constitution from seeking another presidential term as there is an age limit of 70 as well as a ceiling of two mandates.
Oct, 5th 2015
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2015 is apparently the year of the Tupac Shakur handwritten letter, as a personally penned 'Pac correspondence with a former Death Row employee has made its way onto the auction block. The letter was written by 'Pac in 1995 when he was in jail on a sexual assault charge, and features the late rapper writing about his desire to leave the "Thug...
Oct, 1st 2015
Russia sees "eye to eye" with the US-led coalition on hitting targets in Syria linked to the Islamic State, Al-Nusra Front and other "terrorist groups", Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
"We see eye to eye with the coalition on this one," Lavrov told a news conference.
On the issue of military targets, "we have the same ap...
Sep, 26th 2015
Among the Nigerians who died is veteran journalist Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, the first female editor from the northern part of the country.
The hajj draws up to two million people each year, and crowd control has become a necessity for Saudi authorities. (Photo/ Flickr/ Al Jazeera English).
LATEST reports from various government and media sources indicate that at least 168 Africans were among t...
Sep, 22nd 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrive at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, 22 September 2015. Xi will meet US tech titans and tour Boeing Co's biggest factory and Microsoft Corp's sprawling campus near Seattle this week.
SEATTLE, US - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States on Tuesday for a visit that will begin with meetings to woo big business...
Sep, 15th 2015
Hungary's right-wing government shut the main land route for migrants into the EU on Tuesday, taking matters into its own hands to halt Europe's influx of refugees.
An emergency effort led by Germany to force European Union member states to accept mandatory quotas of refugees collapsed in discord. Berlin called for financial penalties against countries that refused to accommodate their share of m...
Sep, 12th 2015
A picture taken early on July 16, 2015 from the Abraj al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, shows Muslim worshippers praying at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Photo: AFP PHOTO / STR
DUBAI - At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came ...
Aug, 29th 2015
There's not one week that goes by without a serious reminder of the immense challenges confronting Africa and all afro-descendents around the world. From African migrants drowning at sea by the thousands in the Mediterranean, to the powerlessness of African armies to effectively thwart the onslaught coming from various savage Islamic militants, to the pillage of our economic resources, to pivotal ...
Aug, 27th 2015
Bahrain's Mimi Belete, Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba, Kenya's Mercy Cherono and Kenya's Irene Chepet Cheptai compete in a heat of the women's 5000 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on Photo: AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN
BEIJING - Ethiopian track sensation Genzebe Dibaba kept her bid for a world double well on track on Th...
Aug, 24th 2015
North and South Korea wrapped up marathon talks Tuesday with an agreement aimed at defusing a crisis that had pushed the two rivals to the brink of armed conflict.
The South's lead negotiator, National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-Jin, said the North had agreed to a key demand to voice "regret" over recent mine blasts at the border that maimed two South Korean soldiers....
Aug, 17th 2015
Russia and Iran said on Monday that Syrian groups must decide the future of Bashar al-Assad, with Moscow opposing any pre-negotiated exit of the Syrian president as part of a peace deal.
Speaking at a joint news conference, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reiterated their countries' backing for Assad in the conflic...
Aug, 17th 2015
Iran will remain closed to U.S. influence and continue to oppose U.S. policies in the Middle East after its nuclear deal with big powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday, noting either country can still block the accord.
The 76-year-old cleric, Iran's highest authority, has refrained from making decisive statements on the July 14 nuclear agreement, but gave Presid...
Aug, 15th 2015
The death toll from two massive explosions that tore through an industrial area in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 104, state media said on Saturday, as China's president urged improvements in workplace safety.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said authorities should learn the lessons paid for with blood in Wednesday warehouse blasts, according to the official Xinhua news agency...
Aug, 15th 2015
Tripoli - A battle between Islamic State group (ISIS) jihadists and local gunmen in Sirte has left between 150 and 200 dead, a Libyan diplomat said Friday, warning of a massacre in the coastal city.
"A real massacre is taking place, and we call on the international community to intervene," Libyan ambassador to France, Chibani Abuhamoud, told AFP.
A Sirte council official said e...
Aug, 13th 2015
Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring around 400, official Chinese media reported.
President Xi Jinping demanded that authorities quickly extinguish the fire caused by the blasts and "make full effort to rescue and treat the injured and ensure the safety of ...
Aug, 11th 2015
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is again accusing the United States of plotting to destabilize his socialist administration. The accusations follow talks meant to improve relations between the two countries.
On Monday night, Maduro said the U.S. military had placed agents at the embassy in Caracas to orche...
Aug, 7th 2015
Man Utd's midfield manoeuvres; Premier League's groovy new ball; Radamel Falcao back in big time? More or less Harry Kane-mania this season?
1. United’s midfield pile-up
Not long ago there were grumbles about the lack of top-class midfielders at Manchester United; now there are concerns they have too many. But after the Anderson and Tom Cleverley years, no one can complain. With Bastia...
Aug, 7th 2015
Kigali, Rwanda - A strong earthquake struck Rwanda and shook most of the capital Kigali on Friday morning.
The magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Rwanda at 3.25am local time (01.25 GMT), the United States Geological Survey reported.
The epicentre of the earthquake was located 35 km north of Cyangugu city in western Rwanda, occurring at a shallow depth of 10 km.
This is the second ...
Aug, 5th 2015
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed early on Thursday that a Boeing 777 wing segment discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from the missing Flight MH370, the first real breakthrough in the search for the plane that disappeared 17 months ago.
"The international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircra...
Aug, 4th 2015
Southeast Asian diplomats said Tuesday that China's controversial island-building drive is raising regional tensions, with the Philippines slamming its "unilateral and aggressive activities".
The US and some Southeast Asian states have watched with growing alarm as Beijing expands tiny reefs in the South China Sea, topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claims over...
Jul, 29th 2015
US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to the 42nd annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in San Diego, California July 23, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake
JERUSALEM - US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee drew rare criticism from Israel on Tuesday for comments in which he accused President Barack Obama of marching Israelis "to the...
Jul, 28th 2015
Iran and the European Union have agreed to start talks on issues including confronting terrorism, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference with the EU's chief diplomat in Tehran on Tuesday.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrived for a one-day visit to discuss implementation of an agreement for Iran to curtail its nuclear program in return for lifting sanc...
Jul, 27th 2015
Nearly six months after being found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home — and a month after being moved to hospice — Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at the age of 22.
The Associated Press reported her death on Sunday night. "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family," a rep for the H...