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UN says France’s ban on full face Islamic covering violates human rights

23 October, 2018 - 12:13

Preview The UN has ruled that France’s ban on the niqab – the Islamic veil that covers the face – is in breach of human rights and has ordered the country to review its legislation.
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Richard Quest celebrates Kenya ahead of inaugural direct flight to US

23 October, 2018 - 12:05

Celebrated international journalist Richard Quest has shared a stunning review of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, describing it as ‘gorgeous, genteel and genteel’.

Quest, who hosts CNN’s signature business show, is in the country to screen the launch of the much anticipated direct flight between Kenya and the United States.

He will join 234 passengers who will take the inaugural Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi to New York on October 28.

Quest Means Business is Nairobi bound! richardquest will come to you live from Kenya this Thursday and Friday! pic.twitter.com/A1UxCiJdQX— Quest Means Business (questCNN) October 21, 2018

Cutting the flight time between the two countries from 22 to 15 hours, this direct flight is being touted as a game-changer for Kenya’s tourism industry.

Kenya’s tourism minister Najib Balala adds that it will have a direct impact on the Kenyan economy through job creation and facilitation of cargo shipment of Kenya’s exports such as its flowers, tea, and coffee, directly to the US market.

The United States is Kenya’s leading tourism source market with a share of 11.8 per cent as of December 2017.

Quest in Nairobi

Visiting the country for th first time, Quest’s first activity was a run through Nairobi’s Karura Forest with Kenya’s top athlete, Eliud Kipchoge.

Kipchoge broke the world record in the Berlin Marathon in September this year clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds.

Quest was ‘more than impressed’ with the forest, describing it as a park that rivals New York’s Central Park, London’s Hyde Park, or Sydney’s botanic gardens.

‘‘We spent the afternoon in Karura Forest. If you wanted something to underscore this sense of pride you would be hard pushed to find a more pristine example,’‘ said Quest.
Karura forests, which sits on 1,000 hectares of land is one of the country’s few remaining indigenous forests.

ALSO READ: Activists protest alleged plan by developers to grab Karura Forest land

‘Beaten fair & square’: McGregor analyzes Khabib defeat, ready to face ‘next in line’ before rematch

23 October, 2018 - 11:56

Preview Conor McGregor has admitted Khabib Nurmagomedov beat him “fair and square” in their UFC 229 megafight, vowing to learn from his mistakes and saying he is prepared to “face the next in line” before a potential rematch.
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Tommy Robinson: Case referred to Attorney General because it's 'too complex'

23 October, 2018 - 11:40

Preview EDL-founder Tommy Robinson’s contempt of court charges will now be referred to the Attorney General, as the case is 'too complex' to hear at the Old Bailey.

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Facebook: 'War Room ' to tackle manipulation [Sci tech]

23 October, 2018 - 11:37

On this week’s edition of Sci tech, Ignatius Annor highlights the task ahead for Facebook’s ‘ War Room’ and why the global IT giant has commissioned the facility in the United States to tackle manipulation.

He also takes a look at the late Stephen Hawking’s revelation about whether or not there’s a God as his family releases an over 20-paged book that sought to provide brief answers to some of life’s big questions.

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Pics of the day, October 22, 2018

23 October, 2018 - 11:20

Africanews samples the pictures of the day’s news.

Strong evidence ‘vicious’ murder of Khashoggi was planned operation – Erdogan (VIDEO)

23 October, 2018 - 11:19

Preview There is strong evidence that the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul came as a result of a pre-planned operation rather than a spontaneous incident, the Turkish president said.
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Ivory Coast hopes to increase rubber production to 2 mln tonnes

23 October, 2018 - 11:17

Ivory Coast, Africa’s largest rubber producer is hoping to double production to two million tonnes in the next five years despite a hit by world prices on raw materials.

Sector Minister, Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly said this on Monday at an international conference on rubber in Abijdan.

He said while it expects to produce some 600,000 tonnes in 2020, the 2018 production estimates places the West African nation at about 800,000 tonnes of dry rubber.

He added at this rate, it will reach about two million tons in the next five years and consolidate its dominance in the sector across Africa.

Ivory Coast is the world’s seventh largest producer, but far from the leader, Malaysia, which produces nearly ninety percent of the world’s rubber trees.

For the past three years, global rubber production has increased nine to thirteen million tonnes in 2017, but demand has not followed. Also, world prices have dropped from $ 5,000 a ton to just $ 1,000, resulting in a slump in revenues for rubber growers.

AFP

‘Propaganda’ shall not pass? French govt spokesman admits barring RT & Sputnik from the Elysee

23 October, 2018 - 11:16

Preview France’s government spokesman has finally acknowledged that he intentionally barred RT and Sputnik from covering Elysee Palace events, after all the evasive language the outlets were previously fed.


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Defiant Chamisa says Mnangagwa needs legitimacy to revive Zimbabwe's economy

23 October, 2018 - 11:11

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa has called for the establishment of a national transitional authority, saying it is the only way to solve the legitimacy question of president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Chamisa, who was addressing a press conference on Tuesday, said an illegitmate government can not resolve the prevailing economic crisis, and the long standing isolation of the country from the international community.

Chamisa and the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance have consistently refused to acknowledge the triumph of the ruling ZANU-PF party at the July 30 presidential elections.

READ MORE: Mnangagwa lays out plan, opposition insists on ‘illegitimacy’

Chamisa issued a five-point program that included constitutional reforms and a joint approach to solving legitimacy, economic and international isolation issues that Mnangagwa’s governments is grappling with.

‘‘Mnangagwa can go to Davos, China and everywhere but nothing will change. When I also go on foreign trip soon, I will be singing a different tune and the country does not need this discord.’‘

Chamisa advises on economy

The opposition leader also issued guidelines on what must be done to address the prevailing economic crisis that has seen fuel shortages, hikes in the prices of basic comodities and closure of businesses.

Chamisa called for the abolishing of Zimbabwe’s surrogate bond currency, a reversal of the 2% transaction tax and an audit of the $16.9 billion national debt.

‘‘People are calling me wanting solutions, they want solutions from the person they voted for,’‘ claimed Chamisa.

Protests and the MDC anniversary

MDC’s plans to install Chamisa as the ‘people’s president’ had been foiled by a ban on public gatherings in the capital city, in the wake of a cholera outbreak.

The police has also blocked attempted protests and demonstrations against the prevailing economic crisis, using the same cholera reason.

Chamisa, however indicated that his party would celebrate its 19th anniversary this week on Saturday, with or without police approval.

‘‘Cholera has helped Zanu PF to ban our activities…we will use all peaceful mechanisms to ensure our anniversary celebration goes on on October 27,’‘ Chamisa said.

Chamisa Press Conference has ended:

MDC anniversary celebrations on this weekend, whether police approve or don’t
MDC wants dialogue and a National Transitional Authority

MDC will embark on protests to force Mnangagwa and Zanu PF to put country back on ‘path of legitimacy‘— ZimLive (@zimlive) October 23, 2018

Mali: New political coalition [The Morning Call]

23 October, 2018 - 10:20

The Convergence of Patriotic Forces is a new political formation in Mali formed on October 28. It is a coalition of about four political parties, that is, the Party for solidarity and African integration, Yelema, the Convergence for Mali development and the Platform for change.

Members of the four opposition parties forged the new alliance to protest any postponement of the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections, initially due for November and December 2018. According to them, the move is anti-constitutional.

Cameroon: Paul Biya reelected [The Morning Call]

23 October, 2018 - 10:18

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya wins the controversial October 7 elections with 71.28 percent of votes while his opposition challenger Maurice Kamto who refuses to acknowledge the results, is in second place with 14.23 percent of the votes. But what lies ahead for Cameroonians with Biya’s reelection?

Rwanda's first tantalum-tracking blockchain [The Morning Call]

23 October, 2018 - 10:16

An exclusive access to Rwandan mine that is the first to use mobile phones, facial recognition and GPS tracking to follow tungsten from the mine to a Macedonian refinery and on to clients.

US shale has a glaring problem

23 October, 2018 - 10:15

Preview Oil prices are down a bit, but are still close to multi-year highs. That should leave the shale industry flush with cash. However, a long list of US shale companies are still struggling to turn a profit.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Press Review of October 23, 2018 [The Morning Call]

23 October, 2018 - 10:14

We review the headlines of Africa’s top newspapers on The Morning Call

Comoros: Soldiers recover rebel weapons in Anjouan island

23 October, 2018 - 10:12

The Comorian government on Monday said it had recovered weapons used by rebels over recent disturbances in the island nation.

Prosecutor, Mohammed Abdallah said the seized weapons have been examined after they were abandoned by rebels on the Comorian island of Anjouan.

“A lot of this ammunition was recovered on October 17 . The ammunition was abandoned by the rebels. And then on Sunday October 21, the elements of the force, including the Comorian defense forces was able to discover these munitions in a locality in Medina of Mutsamudu “, Abdallah said.

Africanews learnt, life has returned to normalcy in Mutsamudu after the takeover by the army of Medina.

The unrest has troubled Mutsamudu, the capital of the Anjoun island for several days until an operation was carried out by the army to quell it.

The disturbances left 3 people dead. The unrest began on Monday after a protest by opponents who had erected barricades which was later dismantled by the police. 

AFP