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Cameroon suffer 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Cameroon fell to the Netherlands 3-1 in their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage match in Valenciennes, France.

Vivianne Miedema got a brace for the Dutch and Dominique Bloodworth scored the other, and the only goal for the African side came courtesy Aboudi Onguene. Cameroon have lost their two matches at the competition and play New Zealand in their final group game.

Morocco, Nigeria, Mali lose friendly games as African teams prepare for AFCON 2019

Ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, African teams played friendly games in preparation for the biennial tournament.

Host nation Egypt won 3-1 against Guinea, Algeria beat Mali 3-2, fellow North African side Morocco lost to Zambia 3-2, Nigeria lost to Senegal 1-0 and it ended 1-1 between Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare wins 100m at Diamond League in Rabat

Africa’s athletics stars shone bright at the Diamond League in Rabat.

The women’s 100m produced an African one-two as Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare edged Ivory Coast’s world 100m and 200m silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, winning in 11.05secs.

The women’s 800m race lacking Caster Semenya – for whom an invitation to compete came too late to be practicable – was won by Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei in 1min 59.50secs.

Ethiopia’s world 1,500m record holder Genzebe Dibaba produced a 2019 world-leading time of 3min 55.47sec to win.

Proteas beat Afghanistan to win first match at ICC Cricket World Cup

South Africa revived their faint World Cup hopes with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Cardiff.

Having failed to win any of their first four matches, they dismissed a winless Afghanistan for 125 after two rain delays cut the match to 48 overs.

Imran Tahir struck twice in his first over and Quinton de Kock scored 68 as South Africa reached their revised target of 127 with 19.5 overs to spare. A much greater challenge awaits South Africa in their next match against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Ashante Kotoko beat rivals Hearts of Oak on penalties in NC Special Competition semi-final

Asante Kotoko advanced to the final of the Normalization Committee’s Special Competition following penalty shootout victory against rivals Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The Porcupine Warriors took the lead as early as the 4th minute through Abdul Fatawu Safiu from an assist from Naby Laye Keita. A late penalty in the second half from Christopher Bonney restored parity for Hearts of Oak before they eventually lost 5-4 on penalties.

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UN condemns use of IEDs against civilians in Libya

“UNSMIL strongly condemns these acts, which serve no military objective, provoke extreme fear among the population, and violate the rights of innocent civilians…,” the UN said.

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A man inspects the wreckage of a car outside the Khadra General Hospital which is dedicated to treating people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 8, 2020, after it was targeted by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned the use of improvised explosive devices against civilians in the southern part of Tripoli, as the armed conflict between the east-based army and the UN-backed government continues.

UNSMIL “is extremely concerned about reports that residents of the Ain Zara and Salahuddin areas of Tripoli have been killed or wounded by improvised explosive devices placed in or near their homes,” UNSMIL said in a statement Monday.

“UNSMIL strongly condemns these acts, which serve no military objective, provoke extreme fear among the population, and violate the rights of innocent civilians who must be protected under international humanitarian law,” the statement said.

UNSMIL called on all individuals to “seek information and heed security advice to stay away from areas that have not been declared safe to enter by a competent authority or items of unknown origin which may be explosive devices”.

UNSMIL also commended the search and clearance work by Libyan Police and Military Engineers, reaffirming its continued support to Libyan partners, communities, and stakeholders “who are working tirelessly to rid Libya of the threat of explosive remnant of war (ERW)”.

The UN-backed government’s forces accused the rival east-based army of planting mines before withdrawing from conflict areas in southern Tripoli.

Since April 2019, the east-based army has been leading a military campaign attempting to take over Tripoli and topple the UN-backed government.

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Strike looms as public sector wage dispute enters arbitration in South Africa

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The ongoing face-off between workers in the public sector and the South African government continues. According to the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), disagreement between the trade unions and government has moved the talks to arbitration for further hearing.

PSCBC General Secretary, Frikkie De Bruin explains that the arbitration hearings will begin by mid-June. An arbitrator will issue an award after the hearings are complete, with the matter potentially heading to court or resulting in a strike if the unions aren’t happy.

Ordinarily, public sector workers make up a third of South Africa’s expenditure. But with the coronavirus lockdown and income reduction, Pretoria seems unwilling to incur more debt.

If not handled carefully to appease the workers, the ruling African National Congress, (ANC) could lose its political dominance in the next local elections.

If no resolution is reached and the workers decide to resolve it an industrial action, it could erode all effort made by the government in the fight against the coronavirus.

The dispute started in February when the government affirmed that it could not fulfil its 2018 agreement on a three-year wage agreement.

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Ethiopia to divest 40% of Ethio Telecom

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The Ethiopian government is finalizing plans to sell a 40 percent stake in Ethio Telecom- the country’s sole telecommunication provider . The plan was announced by Ethiopia’s State Minister of Finance, Eyob Tekalign Tolina.

Ethiopia’s telecommunication industry is considered one of the last closed markets. It has been one of the government’s plans to liberalize the country’s economy launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ethio Telecom has a large market serving a population of around 110 million.

The government will retain ownership of the remaining 60 percent.

Foreign firms in the telecom sector will be invited to bid and a percentage of the minority stake will be sold to Ethiopian citizens. South Africa’s MTN and Kenya’s Safaricom have shown interest in expanding into Ethiopia in the past.

Ethiopia’s communications regulator says the country would proceed with the privatisation of the telecommunications sector despite the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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