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E Make Brain! Emojis for Africa

Emoticons have become a staple for African mobile phone users, just as they have in the rest of the world. But anybody who has tried to say “please, don’t make me laugh” with an an emoji will know a bright yellow smiley is not always up to the job. A new range of emoticons aimed […]

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South Sudan president reappoints rival as part of peace deal

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed bitter rival Riek Machar as vice-president as part of a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of war, state television reported. The civil conflict erupted in December 2013 after Mr Kiir accused Mr Machar of plotting a coup. Since then thousands have died and more […]

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Syria conflict: World powers agree ceasefire plan

AFP/The announcement comes amid a new Syrian government offensive in Aleppo province   World powers have agreed to seek a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to begin in a week’s time, after talks in Munich, Germany. The halt will not apply to the battle against jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front. The […]

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Case challenging Woyome ruling thrown out

Ghana’s Supreme Court Lawyers for embattled National Dem­ocratic Congress (NDC) financier Alfred Woyome are heading to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for arbitra­tion over the controversial ₵51.2 mil­lion judgement debt paid to him by the state. This follows the dismissal of a suit brought against the state by Abdulai Yusif Fanash Muhammed, a resident […]

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South Africa opposition MPs thrown out for heckling Zuma speech

Opposition MPs in South Africa have been thrown out of parliament during President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address for continuous heckling. The leader of the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters MPs said the president has made the country “a joke”. The speech is seen as a watershed moment for Mr Zuma, who is facing […]

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Japan ‘paternity leave’ MP quits amid affair scandal

Kensuke Miyazaki/Lawmakers Kensuke Miyazaki (R) and Megumi Kaneko (L) had sparked a debate on paternity leave A Japanese MP who sparked a national debate about paternity leave has quit after admitting to having an affair as his wife was due to give birth. Kensuke Miyazaki apologised for “causing an uproar” at a news conference and […]

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Japanese shares plunge amid global economic worries

Getty Images/Nikkei Japan’s markets traded sharply lower on Friday, following global markets, and as a stronger yen against the dollar hurt the country’s big exporters. In early trade, the benchmark Nikkei 225 fell as much as 5.4%. By the close, it had recovered slightly, but was still down 4.85% to 14,952.61 points. That was below […]

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GFA, PLB wishes Ashantigold well in Africa campaign

    The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has released a statement in support of the 2014/2015 First Capital League Champions, AshantiGold, ahead of their African Champions League qualifying match against Algerian side, M.O Bejaia, at the Len Clay Stadium on Sunday. “The Premier League Board on behalf of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to […]

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Vanderpuye kicks against foreign coaches

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye is Youth and Sports Minister designate   Sports Minister-designate, Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has stated that selection of players for the senior national men football team, the Black Stars, is easier for his son to even do, hence the need to consider local coaches for appointment. Mr. Vanderpuye, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for […]