Africa

Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini

King Mswati III declares name change 50 years after independence from British ruleThe king of Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, has announced that his country has changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence

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Swaziland king renames country 'the Kingdom of eSwatini'

King Mswati III declares a name change at events celebrating independence and his 50th birthday.

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Tunisia: A season marred by violence

Crowd violence sees eight of Tunisia's 14 top-flight teams end their seasons behind closed doors but officials are confident World Cup will not be affected.

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South Africa rhino poaching: 'Web of corruption' blamed

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, conservationist Jane Goodall and others urge more action.

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Moment mace is stolen in Nigerian Senate

Intruders stormed into the Nigerian upper house and took the symbolic mace.

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Yemisi Adegoke: Why many Nigerians give 10% of their pay to the church

Many Nigerian Christians believe it is compulsory to give 10% of their income to the church. But some say this means poor people are funding the extravagant lifestyles of charismatic preachers.

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Chetan Singh Marwaha obituary

My father, Chetan Singh Marwaha, who has died aged 88, twice during his lifetime suffered great upheavals during which he lost everything. But he never allowed himself to be deflected from his duty to his family and community.As a Sikh Indian subject in 1

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Annan: World is 'messy' and lacking 'strong leaders'

The former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said "cool heads and sober judgement" are needed.

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Zimbabwe sacks thousands of nurses on strike for better pay

Vice-president says all strikers fired with immediate effect in interest ‘of saving lives’Zimbabwe has fired thousands of nurses who went on strike to demand higher salaries in a hardline response by the country’s new leadership to growing labour un

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World Cup hopes drive fit-again Onyekuru

The chance of playing at the World Cup is spurring on Nigeria striker Henry Onyekuru as comes back from a serious knee injury.

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Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers

Naima Abwaan Qorane sentenced for ‘anti-national activity’ in former British protectorateA poet has been sentenced to three years in prison in Somaliland as part of a wide-ranging crackdown against activists and writers. Naima Abwaan Qorane, 27, was j

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Rwanda football coach sacked over sex claims wins pay-off

She was wrongly dismissed over claims she had sexually assaulted her players, a Rwandan court rules.

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Torino midfielder Joel Obi eyes World Cup place with Nigeria

Torino midfielder Joel Obi sets his sights on being at the World Cup in Russia this summer with Nigeria.

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Migrant-rescue boat Open Arms released by Italian authorities

Prosecutors still looking into whether captain and mission coordinator should face trialItalian authorities have released a migrant-rescue boat that has been impounded for almost a month but are still investigating two of its crew on suspicion of enabling

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South Africa backs Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup

South Africa's Football Association (Safa) pledges its 'unqualified' support for Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

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Botswana's Ian Khama: Leaving office not a train smash

Botswana's Ian Khama has just stepped down after 10 years in power - he says other African leaders should also "move aside and give others the opportunity".

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Belgium comes to terms with 'human zoos' of its colonial past

Sixty years ago, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair. Now the country is rethinking that legacySixty years ago on Tuesday, Belgium staged the opening of the 1958 world fair, a glittering 200-day celebration of postwa

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Egypt goalkeeper El Shenawy out of World Cup

Egypt's national team doctor, Mohamed Abu El Ela, confirms that Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy will miss the World Cup with a knee injury.

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Ethiopians urge Britain to return bones of ‘stolen’ prince after 150 years

Poet Lemn Sissay adds voice to campaign for repatriation of the boy’s remains with other loot taken after the Battle of MaqdalaFor 150 years, Ethiopians have been asking when Prince Alemayehu will come home. The orphan prince, a descendant of Solomon, w

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Senegal coach Cisse keeps Demba Ba's faint World Cup hopes alive

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is not ruling out the possibility of bringing striker Demba Ba back into his final plans for the 2018 World Cup.

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The funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - in pictures

An emotional and colourful service for the ‘mother of the nation’ was attended by thousands in Soweto Continue reading...

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How have attitudes to the Commonwealth changed where you live?

If you live in a Commonwealth nation, we’d like you to tell us how your country’s relationship with the UK has changedAhead of a summit in London there are calls for Theresa May to apologise to Commonwealth nations for the “historic wrongs” of the

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DRC snubs aid conference, saying crisis is exaggerated

Meeting aims to raise $1.7bn for Congolese hit by war, disease, hunger and displacementThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has boycotted a key donor conference in Geneva, accusing aid agencies of exaggerating the extent of the crisis in the

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Meet Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's dressmaker

Sonwabile Ndamase tells the BBC how the late anti-apartheid campaigner’s life influenced her fashion.

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May urged to apologise to Commonwealth for UK's 'historic wrongs'

Labour’s Emily Thornberry says PM should say sorry for past mistakes of Britain overseasTheresa May should apologise to Commonwealth leaders for past failures by the British government, the shadow foreign secretary has said.Emily Thornberry said Margare

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Eleven lions die at Ugandan national park

Authorities suspect poisoning caused deaths at popular tourist destinationEleven lions, including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned, a conservation official said on Thursday.The

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Military plane crash kills more than 250 in Algeria – video report

More than 250 people have died after a military plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a military base in northern Algeria. The aircraft was carrying soldiers and their families. An investigation is under way to identify the cause of the crash More

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