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Fire breaks out at restaurant near Saudi Embassy in London

2 November, 2018 - 12:06

Preview A massive blaze has broken out at a restaurant near the Saudi Arabian embassy in London. Members of the public reported hearing explosions, but the fire brigade could not confirm the reports, according to The Telegraph.
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Russia’s gold reserves smash Soviet-era record as part of Moscow's de-dollarization drive

2 November, 2018 - 12:01

Preview The Central Bank of Russia bought over 92 tons of gold in the three months to the end of September breaking the Soviet peak of 2000 tons in gold reserves seen in 1941, according to a new report by the World Gold Council (WGC).
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Rwanda bets on electric motorbikes to reduce air pollution [No Comment]

2 November, 2018 - 11:54

To fight against the high cost of fuel and pollution, a new initiative known as e-moto, is testing the use of electric motorbikes in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

Developed by Ampersand, a U.S – Rwandan electric vehicle company, the project aims to provide a low cost and environmentally friendly mode of transport, especially for motorcycle taxis riders.

Judicial independence, rule of law: Ethiopia's female CJ speaks

2 November, 2018 - 11:40

Meaza Ashenafi, Ethiopia’s new judicial head has outlined the key areas she hopes to strengthen for a country whose judicial system has not had any good reviews in the last couple of years.

In an interview with local media, she stressed the point about restoring public trust in the judiciary and enforcing the rule of law.

Then in a BBC interview she emphasized the dream and task of having an independent Ethiopian judiciary plus her joy at shattering the glass-ceiling to become the first female President of the Federal Supreme Court.

“This is an honour and a distinct privilege. This kind of offer does not come every day and this is a new chapter in our country as we go through a transformation.

“It will be a privilege if I am able to contribute to the independence of our judiciary… [and] the government is ready to ensure that I get all the support I need to build an independent judiciary,” she said.

“I am so happy that the glass ceiling is shattered and my daughters can dream of becoming anyone they want to be in Ethiopia,” she added.

Ashenafi was nominated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and unanimously approved by lawmakers on Thursday. Her appointment was the latest pro-women leadership move by Abiy.

“Meaza Ashenafi is one of Ethiopia’s most seasoned lawyers and a prominent women rights activist. She was the founder of Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and has served as High Court Judge. She brings a track record of competence and relevant experience to the role,” Abiys spokesman wrote in Twitter.

Ethiopia currently has its first woman president in career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde, a powerful peace minister in the person of Muferiat Kamil – Ethiopia’s first woman speaker of parliament, its first defense minister, Aisha Mohammed and eight other woman holding cabinet portfolios.

Its current twenty-seat cabinet is occupied by ten women. The government has received wide commendation internationally over its steps at empowering women to hold top leadership positions in the governance structure.

The young Gabonese looking to become football stars [The Morning Call]

2 November, 2018 - 11:29

We take you to Libreville to discover the Garden Football Academy, which is now training more than 250 young Gabonese in football.

Bolt leaves Aussie football club after failure to strike deal

2 November, 2018 - 11:20

Preview Usain Bolt's trial at Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has ended after efforts to find sponsors to help fund a professional contract for the sprint king failed, bringing to a close a two-month stay with the team.
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Nigeria Army tweets Trump video to justify armed protest clampdown

2 November, 2018 - 11:17

The Nigerian Army has defended its use of fire power in the wake of attacks from protesters in the capital, Abuja.

The Army has previously tweeted photos of wounded soldiers who suffered from rock pelting religious protesters seeking the release of their detained leader.

The new defense is interesting as the army chose to go across the ocean to the United States. The army’s official Twitter handle shared a video by US president Donald Trump. It’s caption was simple: “Please Watch and Make your Deductions.”

What Trump said

I will tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks; like they did to Mexico – the Mexican military, the Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico…

We will consider that a firearm, because there is not much difference. When you get hit in the face with a rock, which as you know, it looked very violent, very very violent a few days ago.

Because they are throwing rocks viciously and violently, you saw that three days ago, really hurting the military. We are not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back.

We are going to consider, and I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.

Nigeria Army and Shi’ites clashes in Abuja

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, have this week clashed with soldiers during protests in Abuja seeking the release from detention of their leader, Mohammed Al Zakzaky.

Whiles the army reported of injuries to its personnel deployed to control the protesters, IMN reports that dozens of its supporters were killed even though the army put the death toll at three.

International rights group, Amnesty International, put the deaths at over 40 over the two days of clashes. The army shot live rounds after protesters tried to overrun a checkpoint.

“Video footage and eyewitness testimonies consistently show that the Nigerian military dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing live ammunition without warning, in clear violation of Nigerian and international law,” an Amnesty statement read.

Breaking Dawn: NASA’s asteroid belt mission runs out of fuel

2 November, 2018 - 11:11

Preview After 11 years, 4.3 billion miles (6.9 billion kilometers) and two planetary orbits, NASA’s Dawn mission has been declared over after the craft failed to communicate with Earth for two days in a row.
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Police launch probe into allegations of anti-Semitic hate crimes within Labour Party

2 November, 2018 - 11:01

Preview A criminal investigation has been launched into allegations of anti-Semitic hate crimes within the Labour Party, the Metropolitan police have confirmed after receiving a complaint in September.
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Tunisian cinema rebounds after 7 years

2 November, 2018 - 10:57

Tunisian cinema has rebounded after 7 years. The industry which produced only two to three films annually in the 2000s, now prides itself with about a dozen feature films made each year.

A young generation of filmmakers and producers are taking advantage of newfound freedoms to tackle social upheavals, political issues and conflicts, among other subjects previously banished from the silver screen for decades.

Locals say they prefer their recent homemade films to foreign blockbusters.

Tunisian director, Mehdi Barsaoui, believes “the rebirth is due to the proximity that authors now have with their works, which means that they are no longer forced to bypass things. We are no longer obliged to be unspoken or use metaphors. We are in a direct discourse that sometimes may or may not please. But we are in a certain form of authenticity.”

Tunisian filmmakers have been acclaimed internationally, particularly in Cannes and Berlin. The sector is still overwhelmed with challenges including the shortage of cinemas and the lack of an electronic ticketing system and an obscure relationship between producers and distributors.

Habib Attia, is a film producer. He expects the laws guiding the industry will be “modernized” to match the expansion.

“I hope that we will soon be able to modernize the laws or at least update them so that this growth in production is also followed by appropriate laws. Because most of the laws that now govern Tunisian cinema are really obsolete in relation to reality, in relation to the market.”

From a handful of cinemas in 2012, Tunisia now counts about fifteen theatres, and as many places of distribution for associations.

Since 2012, attendance at film screenings has upped from 10 to 15% each year, and the international cinema chain, Pathe Gaumont plans to open an eight-screen multiplex in Tunis.

OST #Romanovs100: The life and death of the Romanov family in music by Peter Nalitch

2 November, 2018 - 10:53

Preview The original soundtrack which famous Russian composer and singer, Peter Nalitch, wrote especially for #Romanovs100, dedicated to the last reigning Romanov family, is now out and available for download.
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Flower power battle? Twitter abuzz as Poroshenko takes leaf out of Putin’s book with Merkel bouquet

2 November, 2018 - 10:43

Preview Petro Poroshenko greeted Angela Merkel with a bouquet of flowers that looked suspiciously like the ones Vladimir Putin gave her six months ago. The floral familiarity was spotted by some eagle-eyed Twitterati.

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DRC President accused of meddling in electoral process

2 November, 2018 - 10:22

Results of a new study accuses President Joseph Kabila of interfering in the electoral process in the DRC. The study published on Thursday by the Congo Research Group at New York University, indicts the President of monitoring the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Court.

It is worried that his tracking of the two bodies responsible for ensuring the transparency of the electoral process could plunge the DRC into a new cycle of conflict.

President Kabila’s cabinet responded with accusations which stink of possible boycott of the elections.

DRC’s presidential, legislative and provincial elections billed for December 23 have already been postponed twice, in 2016 and 2017.

Among the 21 candidates vying for the job are prominent opposition leader Félix Tshisekedi, and former National Assembly President, Vital Kamerhe, who according to a recent poll, are favorite candidates for the Presidential elections.

The ruling People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy had debunked the results claiming they were fabricated.

Pics of the day, November 1, 2018

2 November, 2018 - 10:22

Africanews samples the pictures of the day’s news

Indonesia plane crash: Black box recovered [International Edition]

2 November, 2018 - 10:09

A flight recorder from the downed Lion Air jet has been recovered on the sea floor. This is a crucial development to find out what caused the new plane to plunge into the sea and kill 189 people. The crash has so far puzzled experts.

Meanwhile, the suspect in a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 worshippers has been charged on a total of 44 counts, including hate crimes. In total, 32 of the charges are punishable by death.

Also, the election of far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president continues to have a divisive effect on Brazilians with both supporters and opponents taking to the streets to make their voices heard.

These are some of the stories retracing the major current events covered by the Euronews editorial team presented by Elayne Wangalwa.


South Africa gets 13th Chinese police co-op unit, language center

2 November, 2018 - 10:01

South Africa late last month welcomed a new Chinese Community and Police Co-operation Center, the 13th such outfit to be opened across the country.

The center based in Port Elizabeth was opened by Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga. It also conincided with the thrid term opening of Chinese Langue Training Center.

The police service, SAPS, in an official statement quoted the commissioner as applauding the efforts of mutual cooperation between the two countries whiles stressing the need to deepen community level cooperation between the police and the Chinese.

With the strengthened and deepened relationship between South Africa and China, the SAPS has benefitted by finding its role in order to further the existing relationship within the police and the Chinese community.

On the other hand, this relationship has also found its expression in the educational programmes involving our police members. I congratulate the Chinese community for the noble initiative established in the Province and Clusters in Port Elizabeth, she is quoted to have said.

An official of the Chinese embassy in Pretoria, Yu Yuan, on his part pledged that citizens will continue to be law abiding in all their affairs and that China will continually play its role in helping build safer communities.

Why the police cooperation centers?

The China Daily in a 2013 article wrote that the concept of the center was mooted as far back as in 2004 in the wake of targeted attacks on Chinese nationals living and working in South Africa.

The center is meant to act as a link between SAPS and the Chinese government whiles bridging Chinese and local communities.

“… in 2003, there were 24 Chinese people murdered in Johannesburg. Nobody dared walk at night in Chinatown because of fear of robbery and blackmail.

“In one row of 14 warehouses, all eight Chinese warehouses were robbed while the rest were untouched. When the gang was arrested, many products from China such as bedclothes and ceramics were found.

“When the South African Chinese Community and Police Cooperation Center was established in Johannesburg in 2004, it helped Chinese people report crimes and supported South African police investigate cases involving Chinese,” the report said.

Apparently, the center assists SAPS with information but also transmits same to officials back home. The language center was to help Chinese nationals who did not speak English to be able to communicate their needs and grievances to the South African authorities.

#sapsEC Port Elizabeth: PC, Lt Gen Ntshinga was among many dignitaries attending the opening of the new Chinese Community and Police Co-operation Centre and the 3rd term opening of the Chinese language training programme in Port Elizabeth recently. MEhttps://t.co/1np59KW09y pic.twitter.com/8eGVDIi2b2— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) October 29, 2018