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  • Egyptian official insult sub-Saharan Africa as “dogs and slaves”

     

    Egyptian take to Twitter to apologise to Africa for alleged comments by Egyptian official who referred to sub-Saharan Africa as “dogs and slaves” during a recent UN conference in Kenya.

    According to reports by Al Jazeera, A Kenyan diplomat Yvonne Khamati, chairwaoman of the Africa Diplomatic Corp Technical Committee, wrote a letter saying an unnamed Egyptian official made “uncivilised, undiplomatic, irresponsible, degrading and insulting” comments at the just concluded UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. The remarks were allegedly made in Arabic during consultation on the lack of quorum to pass resolutions affecting Gaza, Khamati said.

    Ms. Khamati asked for an apology and demanded that Egypt be banned from representing African interests in any negotiations.

    “It is completely unacceptable to make the mistake of generalising and making flimsy accusations against the Egyptian state and people that cast doubt on its African identity,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

    Egypt’s Foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, announced on Tuesday that he has ordered an “Immediate investigation” into the allegations.

    #WeAreSorryAfrica some of the tweets from Egyptians

    Source: CCTV 

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  • Lionel Messi tax trial begins

     

    Lionel Messi's trial on charges of defrauding the Spanish tax payer of €4.1 million begins on Tuesday in Barcelona.

    Prosecutors maintain that Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi and his father Jorge used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes totalling €4.1m on earnings from image rights between 2007 to 2009.

    The prosecutors have called for 22-month jail sentences for both accused, but it is very unlikely that this will happen even should they be found guilty. Both deny any wrongdoing, and €5m has already been paid in arrears and extra charges.

    Messi is not due to appear in court until day three of the trial on Thursday, June 2. Since the end of the club season he has been in Argentina preparing for the upcoming Copa America Centenario in the United States. Read more here 

     

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  • Real Madrid Won champions League for the 11th time

     

    The game opened at 1-1 with both sides creating good chances, but neither team could convert a chance so the game moved into extra time.

    Real's players, especially Ronaldo and Bale, were visibally exhausted in the extra half an hour of play, but Atletico couldn't take advantage as the game ended level after 120 minutes.

    But Ronaldo stood up when it came to the penalty shootout, calmly slotting past Jab Oblak after Juanfran had hit the post, to seal a second Champions League title in three years. Read more here

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  • THE WEEKND CANCELS 'JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!' PERFORMANCE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP TO APPEAR ON SHOW

     

    R&B singer The Weeknd and rapper Belly have canceled their performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" because Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode.

    The Oscar-nominated musicians were slated to record their performance Wednesday in Los Angeles for the late-night ABC show. Belly said he canceled because he didn't want to share a stage with Trump and disagrees with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's views and beliefs.

    "I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world - from religion to race," Belly said in a statement. "I just didn't want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don't agree with."

    Trump has been criticized by some political rivals and voters for his comments on topics including women, refugees, immigrants and Muslims, such as when he said some Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally are "rapists" and when he called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

    A Trump spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on The Weeknd and Belly. Read more here

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  • AUC Chairperson extends condolences on the death of Papa Wemba

     

    (EthioTime) The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has extended her heartfelt condolences and conveyed her sympathies to the friends, fans and family of the African musician of Congolese origin, Papa Wemba, who died while performing at a concert in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Saturday, 24April 2016. 

    “The passing of Papa Wemba is a tragic loss, not only for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but for Africa as a whole and the world in general”, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said. “His music served both as a cultural tool for bringing Africa’s diverse populations together, but also, crucially, to project an African voice, into the global scheme. His talent and spirit will be greatly missed”, she added.  

    With a career spanning over four decades and resulting in numerous national and international accolades, Papa Wemba, born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, is a legend and icon in African music. Known also as Africa’s King of Rhumba Rock, Papa Wemba’s original sounds have roused and inspired many across the African continent, Europe and beyond.

    Papa Wemba’s unique voice to contribute to a more positive narrative about Africa – beyond war, famine and poverty - and his music has been a tool for the promotion of African integration through arts and culture.  He stood for, and advocated for a self-reliant Africa.

    In the spirit of giving his best to Africa, the King of Rhumba Rock was one of the artists that came to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when AU was celebrating 50th anniversary of continental organization OAU/AU, in May 2013.

    (Image:  Papa Wemba/Flicker)

     

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