The sentencing of a 24-year-old beauty queen in Kenya to death for killing her boyfriend three years ago has been met with mixed reactions in the country. Ruth Kamande, who has been in custody since 2015, was on Thursday found guilty of stabbing her boyfriend, Farid Mohammed about 22 times to death. Submissions made in court indicated that Kamande stabbed Mohammed severally following a dispute that generated after she found out that the victim was HIV positive and was taking medication all along without her knowledge. A human rights group, Amnesty International also wants Kenya to commute Kamande’s death sentence, saying no crime deserves a capital sentence. The 2016 winner of the Miss Lang’ata Prison beauty pageant had, in February this year, told the court that she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defence.
July 20, 2018 19:35 UTC
Investments in African startups are on the up year-on-year, with funding flooding into a variety of countries and a large selection of sectors. There were only five acquisitions of African tech startups in 2017, the same as in 2015, and for less than in 2016. When startups buy startupsWhat is happening, however, is African startups becoming acquirers themselves. But why is this happening, even before the African tech startup space has matured to the point where startups are serious targets for more major acquirers. That said, it was still a very big deal for an African tech startup to buy out a European one.
June 19, 2018 06:00 UTC
Yet, according to football umbrella body Fifa’s rules, only five African countries can qualify for the World Cup tournament which is held every four years. The World Cup and the events surrounding it offer a useful chance to consider all of these biases and misunderstandings. Morocco’s progress to the second round of the 1978 World Cup tournament held in Argentina was a milestone for African football. Algeria’s performance in Spain in 1982 made an impact that changed the World Cup tournament forever. Four years later in the US, he became the oldest player to score a goal at a World Cup tournament.
June 18, 2018 10:52 UTC
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June 15, 2018 15:31 UTC
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With dusty desert sprawled across the region, Middle Eastern and north African nations must prepare better for drought as water shortages look set to worsen, the United Nations said on Friday. Over the past 40 years, droughts have become longer and more frequent in the region, where fresh water resources are among the world’s lowest, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report recommended growing crops that need less water, using more water-efficient irrigation systems, or lowering the amount of livestock to prevent over-grazing. Some villages in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert have also been using a fog collection project to turn mist into water to tackle water shortages. Water scarcity already affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population, according to the U.N.’s 2018 World Water Development Report.
June 15, 2018 08:26 UTC
Leo Messi, brand ambassador for telco Ooredoo since 2013, appears on the eve of the World Cup in a new campaign that sees him taking a madcap tour through the internet and appearing amid multiple memes and alongside well-known social-media influencers from the brand's markets. The somewhat banally titled 'Enjoy the Internet' campaign includes TVCs, digital content and out-of-home placements and will run in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia....
June 15, 2018 03:33 UTC
African delegates are keen for FIFA to reintroduce a rotation system for World Cup hosting after Morocco failed to land the 2026 World Cup. “Rotation would be a solution,” said Malawi FA president Walter Nyamilandu. “We should ask for an amendment to the bidding process that would allow rotation to come back,” added Liberia FA president, Musa Bility. This was pushed through by former Fifa president Sepp Blatter in response to South Africa’s narrow defeat to stage the 2006 World Cup, which eventually took place in Germany. “I ask myself, what is the future of the World Cup?
June 14, 2018 23:32 UTC
Russia massacres Saudi Arabia 5-0from KARIM KADDOURI in Moscow, RussiaMOSCOW, (CAJ News) – HOST nation Russia started the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 2018 World Cup on high note following their 5-0 massacre of Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening in the capital, Moscow. Five goals from double scorer Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinskiy, Aleksandr Golovin and another gem of a goal from substitute Artem Dzyuba were enough to give the Russians the much needed morale boost in this global football showcase Group A encounter. While the Russians have started on high note, all eyes from the African continent will be looking forward to Egypt’s encounter on Friday against Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is expected to spearhead the north Africans when they battle out with the unpredictable south Americans- Uruguay.
June 14, 2018 17:26 UTC
Eleven African countries voted for the joint North American bid of the US, Canada and Mexico, who will host the 2026 finals. MOSCOW - Morocco’s hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup foundered on the failure to secure a united African vote as the country lost in its fifth attempt to stage the global event, the north African country’s bid team said on Wednesday. The defections will also come as a blow to Confederation of African Football president Ahmad, who had promised Morocco a united front and travelled extensively in recent weeks to try to fix emerging cracks. Saudi Arabia also surprisingly voted for the North American bid but Morocco did garner support from Brazil, France and Italy, while Cuba and Spain abstained and Iran registered a vote for ‘neither bid’. North Korea voted for Morocco despite the positive summit in Singapore this week between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
June 13, 2018 14:37 UTC
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Modern North Africans have a complex population history that includes prehistoric admixture with Neolithic Europeans, according to a new genomic analysis. Archaeological findings have suggested that features linked to the Neolithic period, like farming and pottery, may have been introduced to North Africa from Iberia or the Mediterranean. But it's been unclear whether these innovations were due to the arrival of new people or the adoption of new ideas.
June 13, 2018 14:26 UTC
Morocco wrote another chapter in their lengthy history of failed World Cup bids on Wednesday, when the North Africans were defeated by the United bid following voting at the FIFA congress in Moscow. Morocco were defeated by 134 votes to 65 as the wait continues to host a maiden World Cup - and Africa's second. The World Cup would have stretched their infrastructure to its limits, while their attempts to sally the prospects of their bidding rivals clearly fell on deaf ears. It's yet another chapter in Morocco's World Cup bidding failure. On the field they've enjoyed a revival under Herve Renard, reaching the quarter finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and securing World Cup qualification for the first time since 1998.
June 13, 2018 12:11 UTC
What To Read NextMorocco on Wednesday congratulated the United States, Canada and Mexico after they defeated the North African kingdom's bid to host the 2026 World Cup. "At the 68th congress of @FIFAcom, member countries voted in favour of North America," to host the tournament, Morocco's committee for the 2026 games said on Twitter. "#Maroc2026 congratulates @United2026 on their victory." The vote at FIFA's annual congress, held this year in Moscow, came a day before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. * Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTERFOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.
June 13, 2018 12:00 UTC
By a 2-1 margin FIFA members awarded to 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States. A FIFA taskforce warned last month “the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated”. Wednesday’s decision marks the fifth time Morocco has bid and failed to win the opportunity to host the World Cup. Whereas previously the 24 members of the FIFA executive committee used to determine World Cup races, the host will now be decided by a vote of individual FIFA member nations. The 2026 World Cup final will take place at MetLife Stadium near New York City.
June 13, 2018 11:15 UTC
MOSCOW: FIFA members will decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or in Morocco , taking football's global showpiece to Africa for just the second time.The choice is clear -- between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet largely unbuilt facilities.On the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 207 FIFA member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football's governing body.Morocco's bid for 2026 was only cleared to advance to the runoff vote earlier this month, despite a FIFA evaluation report that classified the north African nation's stadiums, accommodation and transport as "high risk".Morocco received only 2.7 out of five, with red flags raised over several critical components of the bid.A FIFA summary of the bid taskforce's findings warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated".The report left the US-Canada-Mexico bid as the clear front-runner after giving it a rating of four out of five.But the North American bid has been dogged by concerns that the vote could become a referendum on the popularity of US President Donald Trump.Bid leader Carlos Cordeiro on Monday repeated a message he has hammered out again and again in recent months -- vote on us, not Trump. "We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits," Cordeiro said in a conference call with reporters. "This is not geopolitics, we're talking about football and what is fundamentally, at the end of the day, the best interest of football and our footballing community.... We've had no backlash. "The bid to bring the World Cup back to North America for the first time since 1994 has backing from former Manchester United and England midfielder David Beckham , who ended his career at LA Galaxy and is behind a nascent Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. "A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places and if the US, Canada and Mexico get that it will be very special," Beckham said.The US lost out to Qatar in 2022 in a vote now tarnished by corruption allegations that spelled the beginning of the end of the once all-powerful FIFA president Sepp Blatter.The corruption-tainted nature of that vote in 2010 vote prompted FIFA to overhaul its bidding process for the World Cup.
June 12, 2018 14:26 UTC
Convinced of the key role played by Morocco in the fight against terrorism in Europe, France, Belgium and Spain mull setting up a unified front with the North African country to counter the growing terror threats. Morocco’s powerful intelligence agency, national police force, paramilitary police and Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations work closely with their European and American counterparts. Moroccan intelligence has even helped to avert several deadly attacks in Paris, Brussels, Madrid and other European capitals with the information it collects and shares. Furthermore, Moroccan and Spanish security services have conducted lately joint operations that led to the dismantling of several Jihadist cells in both neighboring countries. France, Belgium and Spain host large Moroccan communities due to geographic proximity, historic and cultural reasons.
June 12, 2018 14:15 UTC