Two people die after Zimbabwe rally explosion

6 hours 59 minutes ago

Two people died on Monday from injuries they suffered when an explosion rocked an election campaign rally by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the weekend, a state-owned newspaper reported.

Mnangagwa escaped unhurt from the blast on Saturday in the city of Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold, and police have said they were searching for a motive.

Police originally said 49 people had been injured at the rally, the first in Bulawayo by 75-year-old Mnangagwa in his campaign for presidential and parliamentary elections on July 30.

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The vote is being held after Robert Mugabe was forced to resign as president following a de facto coup in November. Mugabe has said he felt betrayed by Mnangagwa, a former protégé, and has called his presidency illegal.

Counting the cost

Quoting officials at Bulawayo’s Mpilo Hospital, the Herald newspaper said on its website that two people admitted to the institution had died from their injuries.

A ruling ZANU-PF party official said one of the victims was a member of the Presidential Guard, an army unit that provides close security to Mnangagwa and his two deputies.

Mnangagwa has said the blast would not stop the election, which is being monitored by foreign observers for the first time since 2002. The European Union deployed its long term observers around Zimbabwe on Saturday.

National police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she would issue a statement later while Health Minister David Parirenyatwa, who has been monitoring victims in Bulawayo hospitals, did not respond to calls for further comment.

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Zimbabwe July elections to go ahead, despite bomb attack [The Morning Call]

7 hours 10 minutes ago

Zimbabwe has ruled out delaying its July elections following President Emmerson Mnangagwa survival of an apparent bomb attack at a rally on saturday, in the city of Bulawayo.

Video footage from the White City Stadium showed an explosion happening close to Mr Mnangagwa as he left the stage after addressing supporters.

Tens of people were injured, and three persons seriously according to the country’s Health Minister David Parirenyatwa.

The Morning Call host Jerry Bambi speaks with Africanews Zimbabwe correspondent Pindai Dube on the latest.

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‘I’ll do a lot of listening there’: Mattis becomes 1st Pentagon chief to visit China in 4 years

7 hours 12 minutes ago

Preview James Mattis is poised to make his first visit to Beijing weeks after he said the US will “vigorously compete” with China and accused America’s Asian rival of “intimidation and coercion” in the contested South China Sea area.


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[Explainer] World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds: Senegal and Nigeria in contention

7 hours 45 minutes ago

With the second series of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer.

The top two teams in each group go into the last 16. In the case of teams finishing level on points, FIFA has put in place seven tie-breakers starting with goal difference and then the number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
fair play points determined by red and yellow cards at the tournament.

drawing of lots.

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Here is where things stand in each group going into final round-robin matches.

Group A

Russia and Uruguay are through and all that is left to decide is who will top the group when they meet on Monday. Russia have a superior goal difference so a win or draw will send the hosts through as group winners to face the runner-up in Group B.

Neither Egypt nor Saudi Arabia have any points but with the Saudis shipping six goals, anything but a win will see them finish last.

Group B

Spain and Portugal sit top of the group on four points with Iran on three and Morocco eliminated with no points so far.

Spain and Portugal are also level on goal difference and goals scored and, since they drew, if their final results are the same the group could be decided by fair play points.

Spain have the advantage at the moment with one booking against the two of Portugal.

Portugal need at least a point from their final match against Iran to guarantee a place in the knockout round. Iran would secure their spot with a win and could also go through with a draw if Spain lose to Morocco.

Spain face winless Morocco with a point needed to guarantee progress.

The winner of Group B plays the runner-up in Group A, either Russia or Uruguay.

Group C

France, on six points, top the group and have secured passage to the next round but will need a point against second-placed Denmark (four points) in their final match to clinch first place. Denmark could finish first, second or third.

A Denmark loss coupled with an Australia win over Peru, who have yet to earn a point, could see the Socceroos sneak through on goal difference. Since Denmark and Australia drew, they too could be split by fair play.

Australia, with three yellow cards, currently have the edge in this respect on the Danes, who have four.

Peru have been eliminated but will finish third with a win.

The winner of Group C will meet second place in Group D.

Group D

All sorts of outcomes are possible here with Croatia, on six points, through but the other three teams still in the hunt.

Croatia will top the group if they beat or draw with Iceland.

Nigeria, on three points, will secure their spot in the last 16 with a victory over Argentina, who sit bottom of the group on one point behind Iceland on goal difference.

A draw may also be enough for Nigeria even if Iceland beat Croatia, depending on goal difference.

To go through, Argentina need to beat Nigeria while hoping Iceland lose to or draw with Croatia. If Iceland and Argentina both win, to move to four points, they will be split by goal difference.

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Iceland must win to have any chance but also need the other results to go their way.

The Group D winner will face the Group C runner-up.

Group E

Only one thing is certain in Group E and that is Costa Rica, without a point, will be going home.

Brazil’s last-gasp win over Costa Rica took them alongside Switzerland on four points, with Serbia on three.

Wins or draws for Brazil against Serbia and Switzerland against Costa Rica will send both through.

Serbia must beat Brazil to qualify but a draw could see them through if the Swiss are beaten by Costa Rica by more than one goal.

The winners of Group E face the second-placed team in Group F.

Group F

This was another group that changed dramatically after a stoppage-time goal as Germany, facing potential elimination, pushed themselves right back into the mix by beating Sweden.

Mexico, on six points, are in the driving seat, with Germany and Sweden both on three.

Mexico will qualify with a win or draw against Sweden. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who have no points.

Germany will go through with any win should Sweden fail to beat Mexico.

Another scenario could see Germany advancing on a better goal difference with a victory over South Korea even if Sweden beat Mexico.

Sweden can qualify with a win over Mexico and a Germany loss to South Korea. If both Sweden and Germany win it is possible for the Swedes to advance on goal difference.

Despite two losses South Korea still have a slim chance of advancing but they would need to beat Germany and hope both that Sweden lose to Mexico and that the goal difference goes their way.

The winner of Group F will meet the runner-up in Group E.

Group G

England and Belgium are guaranteed to progress but their finishing positions will be decided by their meeting on Thursday.

Both on six points, they have identical goal totals so a draw would mean top spot going to the best-behaved team. England are currently on two yellows to the three of Belgium.

Tunisia and Panama have no points ahead of their meeting, where a draw would secure third place for the North Africans.

Group H

Japan and Senegal will advance with draws against Poland and Colombia respectively. Should Senegal and Japan both draw with the same score, they will be split by fair play; Senegal have five yellow cards to Japan’s three.

Colombia will progress if they beat Senegal and a draw will suffice if Poland beat Japan. Poland have been eliminated.

The top two teams in the group will face either England or Belgium.

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U.S. to send FBI experts to investigate Ethiopia bomb blast

8 hours 5 minutes ago

The United States will send experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Ethiopia to investigate a bomb blast that took place during a rally on Saturday, state-affiliated media said on Monday.

Fana Broadcasting Corporation quoted Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan as making the remark on Monday during his talks with Ethiopia’s minister of foreign affairs.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed survived the grenade attack on Saturday at a massive rally in support of his push for radical political and economic reforms, including a peace deal with regional arch-enemy Eritrea.

United States supports Abiy’s reforms

The United States issued a statement on Friday welcoming Ethiopia’s decision to resolve a border a dispute with Eritrea, saying it ‘looks forward to a normalisation of relations’ between the two countries.

In his meeting with the Ethiopian foreign affairs minister, Kaplan expressed the United States support for economic reforms made by Abiy’s government including the liberalisation of the economy.

Ethiopia recently announced that it would privatise previously state owned entities including the telecommunications companyand the lucrative Ethiopain Airlines.

Kaplan said the U.S. was optimistic about the potential for increased bilateral trade and investment, as the economy is liberalised.

According to the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), as of March 2018, there were nearly 251 U.S. investment projects active in Ethiopia.

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Kirr, Machar, for second round of talks in Khartoum [The Morning Call]

8 hours 5 minutes ago

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his archrival Riek Machar have agreed to meet in Sudan’s capital Khartoum this Monday, for their second round of talks.

The both leaders had their first face to face meetings after nearly two years in Addis Ababa Ethiopia last week Wednesday and Thursday.

But the South Sudanese government says it proposed that the venue for peace talks be changed, citing the political situation in neighbouring Ethiopia which has been hosting the talks since the conflict broke out in late 2013.

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Eritrean delegation to visit Addis Ababa after Ethiopia's peace offer

8 hours 21 minutes ago

A delegation from Eritrea will arrive in Addis Ababa this week as Ethiopia’s prime minister appears ready to resolve one of Africa’s most intractable military stand-offs.

Eritrea fought a border war with its larger neighbour in 1998-2000 that killed about 70,000 people, and disputes still remain over the still-militarised frontier, in particular the town of Badme.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has outlined a series of radical reforms since taking office in April, made a surprising pledge this month to honour all the terms of a peace deal that ended the conflict.

Abiy, who was at a rally hit by a
grenade attackgrenade attack on Saturday, said earlier this month he was prepared to honour international rulings that put Badme, which Ethiopia has refused to cede, in Eritrea.

On Monday, an Ethiopian Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman said representatives from the neighbouring Horn of Africa nation would arrive in Addis Ababa this week.

“A delegation from Eritrea will arrive in Addis Ababa this week,” he told Reuters.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough last week by describing the recent peace overtures from Abiy as
“positive signals”.

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991 after decades of guerrilla struggle.

ALSO READ: Ethiopia PM appeals for unity, pledges democracy and improved relations with Eritrea

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World Cup: Argentina seek great escape via rejuvenated Nigeria

8 hours 38 minutes ago

Lying a humiliating last in a group they were expected to win, Argentina must beat Nigeria on Tuesday to have any chance of progressing and keeping alive captain Lionel Messi’s dream of winning a first World Cup.

The ‘Super Eagles’, though, are bouncing after a tactical shake-up following their opening defeat propelled them to a 2-0 win over Iceland and will not fear the illustrious rivals they have met five times in six World Cups.

“We know we can do it, our confidence is coming back,” said coach Gernot Rohr whose team beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly last November, albeit in the absence of Messi.

Rohr dropped the misfiring Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi after their opening loss to Croatia, and is likely to stick with Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho against the South Americans.

Qualification dynamics

A win against Argentina, who have looked shambolic in their first two games despite boasting some of the biggest names in the game, would guarantee a place in the second round.

A draw may also be enough even if Iceland beat already-qualified Croatia, depending on goal difference.

For Argentina, and the legions of fans who have made the huge journey across the world decked in blue-and-white number 10 Messi shirts and face masks, it is last chance saloon.

They must beat Nigeria and also hope Iceland do not win against Croatia, as that could send them home anyway, again depending on goal difference.

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A lost Argentina

To do that, Messi and his team mates will have to improve on abject displays so far.

The Barcelona forward has looked stressed and miserable in both games, been largely crowded off the ball and missed a penalty against Iceland while he was anonymous versus Croatia.

“The team is lost,” former Argentina international and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said in a leaked audio.

“What’s happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors.”

Argentina’s coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has had a poor year in charge and looked utterly despondent after the Croatia defeat insisting that he alone was to blame, must hope such stinging words finally fire up a reaction from his players.

REUTERS

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Laetitia Ky's afro activism and Medina Dugger's tribute to JD O. Ojeikere [This is Culture - TMC]

8 hours 40 minutes ago

For a long time the black woman’s relationship with her hair has been that of love and hate … but overtime, African hair in its most natural state has been completely democratized, to the point of becoming a militant act.

This is the case of a young woman in this week’s This is Culture segment.

Laetitia Ky is a 21-year-old Ivorian photographer who uses her hair sculptures to add a voice to global discussions that really matter to her, such as feminism, racism and recently, to draw attention on the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Laetitia is most passionate about celebrating Africa and emphasizing black women’s natural beauty, which she says is undervalued in a world where the typical standard is white.

Before Laetita, a photographer had already distinguished himself for capturing impressive hair sculptures : I’m talking about the late Nigerian photographer JD Okhai Ojeikere. His analog black and white photographs, featured hairstyles imagined and made by Nigerian women.

Beyond the aestheticism, these hairstyles were the reflection of a return to their origins for women who, after the post-colonial era had somehow freed themselves from western standards.

His work is currently being exhibited in France, at the Daoulas Abbey, alongside the work of Medina Dugger, an American photographer based in Lagos. Her photographs are largely inspired by Ojeikere’s, with a contemporary twist. The series is called “Chroma “. 

So we ask, when will such an exhibition take place on the continent ?

@Nigeriasinsight

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