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Former Liberian President Sirleaf wins Mo Ibrahim Prize

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become the first woman to win a coveted $5m prize for African leadership.

Sirleaf won the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership on Monday in recognition for her efforts to rebuild her country following two civil wars.

"Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led a process of reconciliation that focussed on building a nation and its democratic institutions," Salim Ahmed Salim, chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation's prize committee, said.

"Throughout her two terms in office, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Liberia," he added.

"Such a journey cannot be without some shortcomings and, today, Liberia continues to face many challenges. Nevertheless, during her twelve years in office, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf laid the foundations on which Liberia can now build."

Fri
05
Jan
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Egypt's Salah wins African Footballer of the Year prize

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has capped the most successful period of his career by winning the 2017 African player of the year award.

Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star was awarded the Confederation of African Football Player of the Year accolade on Thursday at a ceremony in Ghana's capital city, Accra, ahead of fellow Liverpool star Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"It's never easy to win a big award like that," Salah said on Thursday.

"It's an honour for me to be nominated with these two great players tonight."

The 25-year-old described winning the award as a "dream come true", before dedicating the accolade to "the children in Egypt and Africa ... to remind them to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in themselves.”

Wed
18
Oct

Taliban attacks leave 71 dead in Afghanistan

At least 71 people have been killed in a series of attacks by the Taliban in Paktia and Ghazni provinces, officials in Afghanistan say.

Of them, up to 41 people have died in a suicide bombing and gun battle, which injured 150 others, at a police training centre in Gardez city in Paktia.

At least 30 others have been killed in car bombings in neighbouring Ghazni province.

The initial double attack in Paktia occurred when fighters attacked the regional police headquarters at around 9am local time (04:30 GMT) on Tuesday in Gardez, less than 161km from the capital, Kabul.

The attackers used a truck and an armoured vehicle stolen from security forces to carry out the bomb attack, which left 41 people, including police chief Brigadier-General Toryali Abdiani, dead and more than 100 wounded, Hidayatullah Hamidi, Paktia's deputy governor, told Anadolu Agency.

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03
Sep

Kenyan judges criticise Kenyatta over 'veiled threats'

Kenyan judges have critcised the "veiled threats" made by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the judiciary overturned his election on the ground that it was flawed.

Calling it "an assault on the judiciary", the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA) late on Saturday asked people to ignore "political rhetoric".

"The president of this country referred to the president of the Supreme Court and the other judges as "wakora", or crooks in Swahili, it said.

"He went on to make veiled threats against the same judges based on their decision. The same threats against the judiciary have been repeated at State House," said its chief Bryan Khaemba, referring to the presidential palace.

"We condemn this assault on the decisional independence of the honourable judges," he said.

Fri
07
Jul

Ten Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai suicide attack

At least ten Egyptian soldiers including a colonel were killed in a suicide bomb attack on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai, security sources said.

The attack started when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint at a military compound in the southern Rafah village of el-Barth, followed by heavy gunfire from dozens of masked fighters on foot, offcials said.

The dead included a high ranking special forces officer, Colonel Ahmed el-Mansi, and at least 20 others were wounded in the attack.

Sirens of ambulances were heard from a distance as they rushed to the site of the attack.

The officials spoke to AP news agency on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to speak to the media.

Sat
01
Jul

Carrie Lam sworn in as Hong Kong's new leader

Carrie Lam has been sworn in as Hong Kong's Chief Executive by Chinese President Xi Jinping as the city marks the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.

Lam took her oath in Mandarin Chinese and not in the local Cantonese on Saturday amid scattered protests.

Security was tight at the same harbour-front venue where two decades earlier, the last colonial governor, Chris Patten, tearfully handed back Hong Kong to Chinese rule at a rain-soaked ceremony.

"I'm facing the biggest call of my career," Lam said after being sworn in.

"In the next five days, I'll be speaking to my team and making sure I do not let the central government or the people of Hong Kong down."

Minor scuffles broke out under a blue sky as pro-democracy activists, some with banners bearing the words "Democracy. Self determination", and pro-Beijing groups taunted each other, with hundreds of police deployed on a traditional day of protest in Hong Kong.

Mon
19
Jun

Muslim girl killed after leaving mosque in Virginia

Washington, DC - Police have found what are believed to be the remains of a 17-year-old Muslim female who was abducted overnight after leaving her local mosque in Sterling, Virginia, near Washington, DC.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling on Monday identified the missing girl as Nabra. Her last name is currently being withheld.

Local media reports that Nabra was a student who just finished her second year of high school.

"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event." ADAMS said in a statement.

It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth."

Nabra was last seen with a group of Muslim teens in the early hours of Sunday after having a meal at a local 24-hour restaurant near the mosque, where she attended prayers for Ramadan, a 30-day long holiday during which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, according to reports from ADAMS and local police.

Wed
14
Jun

Car bomb targets restaurant in Somalia's Mogadishu

A car bomb has detonated outside a restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least nine people and wounding several others, police said.

Heavy gunfire followed the attack claimed by the armed group al-Shabab. Witnesses told Reuters news agency that the whole district was cordoned off by police.

Police officer Mohamed Hussein said there was confusion over whether gunmen had fought their way inside after the blast and whether a hostage situation was underway.

"The suicide car bomb targeted its entrance. There is gunfire inside... but I am not sure if fighters are inside," Hussein said.

Al-Shabab, which has carried out a campaign of suicide bombings in its bid to topple the internationally recognised Somali government, claimed responsibility.

Fri
09
Jun

Saudi Arabia bans Al Jazeera channels in hotels

Saudi Arabia has banned hotels and tourist facilities from airing Al Jazeera news channels and threatened to punish violators with the closure of their facility and a fine of up to $26,000.

In a statement released on Friday, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage ordered that "all channels from the Al Jazeera Media Network must be removed" and replaced with channels compatible with "official Saudi television ones".

"The Commission hereby reiterates that all of the Al Jazeera Network's channels must be removed from all hotel rooms and touristic facilities and furnished residential units, totally and entirely, including the TV lists kept within," the circular said.

"Any facility acting in violation of the aforesaid Circular will be held liable and be penalized with a fine amounting up to SR100,000 or the cancellation of its license; or both the penalties."

Fri
02
Jun

Protesters clash with police near Kabul bombing site

A rally in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has turned deadly after security forces fired into the air to disperse protesters calling for the government's resignation in the wake of a massive bombing earlier this week.

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied on Friday near the site of Wednesday's blast, which killed more than 90 people and wounded 460, accusing President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah of failing to protect them.

Police in riot geat fired warnings shots and used water cannon and tear gas to block the protesters, many of whom were throwing stones, from gaining access to the road leading to the presidential palace.

At least one demonstrator was killed and four police officers were wounded, police told the Associated Press news agency.

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