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Eight-year-old boy smuggled to Spain inside suitcase

Eight-year-old boy smuggled to Spain inside suitcase

An eight-year-old boy has been smuggled into Spain from Morocco inside a suitcase, Spanish police say. The boy, Abou, was found inside the case being carried by a 19-year-old woman into Ceuta, a Spanish enclave next to Morocco, on Thursday. When police opened the case, they found the boy in a “terrible state”, a spokesman […]

Skin-Whitening Cream Banned: Ivory Coast

Skin-Whitening Cream Banned: Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast has banned skin-whitening creams because of health concerns, the health ministry says. It says “cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams… that de-pigment the skin… are now forbidden”. Whitening creams have been popular for years among young women – and some men – across Africa, who believe they make them more beautiful. But medical experts […]

The 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa 2015

The 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa 2015

While 2014 was a extremely challenging year for the continent with some unprecedented lows; the seemingly unrelenting Ebola outbreak in the Western African countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone; the horrific Hoko Haram kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in the middle of the night in Nigeria; growing political unrest and strife in South […]

Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo sentenced to a 20-year prison term

Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo sentenced to a 20-year prison term

A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced former first lady Simone Gbagbo to a 20-year prison term on charges of “undermining state security” during post-election violence in 2010-2011 that left nearly 3,000 dead.The wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo was also accused of “disturbing public order” and “organising armed gangs” after her husband and […]

Ivory Coast wins Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast wins Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure described winning the Africa Cup of Nations as “unbelievable” after The Elephants beat Ghana in a dramatic penalty shootout.Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the decisive spot-kick to seal a 9-8 win on penalties after Sunday’s final had ended goalless after extra time. Toure, who won the Premier League […]

The first large-scale trials of an Ebola experimental vaccine begin in Liberia

The first large-scale trials of an Ebola experimental vaccine begin in Liberia

The first large-scale trials of an experimental vaccine against Ebola are due to begin in Liberia.The potentially preventative medicine was taken under strict security to a secret location in the West African country.Scientists aim to immunise 30,000 volunteers, including front-line health workers.More than 8,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, the vast majority in […]

21 children kidnapped for ritual killings in Ivory Coast

21 children kidnapped for ritual killings in Ivory Coast

At least 21 children have been kidnapped in Ivory Coast since December and most have been found dead with their bodies mutilated, authorities said, in a wave of ritual killings some residents fear may be linked to upcoming elections.Police Chief Brindou Mbia said security forces had been placed on high alert after the spate of […]

Yaya Toure wins fourth African Player of the Year

Yaya Toure wins fourth African Player of the Year

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has become the first player to be named Confederation of African Football African Footballer of the Year four years in a row.Toure, 31, was nominated after playing a pivotal role in winning the Premier League and League Cup.He also helped Ivory Coast qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.Toure […]

Ebola fighters are Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Ebola fighters are Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Foday Gallah saw the sick child was distressed and felt he had to do something. So he picked the kid up to comfort him. And with that act of kindness, the 37-year-old ambulance supervisor in Monrovia, Liberia, contracted Ebola himself.“Of course, he got vomit all over him and that’s how he got Ebola,” said photographer […]

Nigeria drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ for the 2015 women’s World Cup

Nigeria drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ for the 2015 women’s World Cup

The African champions Nigeria have been drawn in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 women’s World Cup in Canada.Nigeria will face the number one ranked Olympic champions, the United States, in Group D at the showpiece event to be played from 6 June to 5 July.The Super Falcons will also take on fifth […]

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