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  • FIFA suspends Benin from world football

    (by Andegna.com) FIFA has suspended Benin from world football with immediate effect following a court decision that blocked the holding of election by the country’s football association.

    A statement posted on FIFA official website reads, “in accordance with article 38 of the FIFA Statutes, the Benin Football Association (FBF) is suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction by a local judicial court, which impeded the holding of the due election.”

    Following the decision, which was made in Mexico City at the inaugural meeting of the FIFA Council, Benin will miss the African Cup of Nations Group C qualifier.

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  • PM David Cameron caught on camera describing Nigeria, Afghanistan 'fantastically corrupt'

    (by Andegna.com) British Prime Minister David Cameron has described Nigeria and Afghanistan as "fantastically corrupt" countries in the world in a conversation he had with Queen Elizabeth II, while he was talking about this week's anti-corruption summit in London.

    "We've got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain... Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world," he was overheard on camera telling the Queen.

    In a pooled video feed made available to the ITN broadcaster, Cameron was shown talking with the Queen about the summit at a reception at Buckingham Palace.

    He spoke about the successful Cabinet meeting that morning, talking about the anti-corruption summit, when the Queen approached him and he said “we have got the Nigerians - actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan - possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world.”

    ”The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who was near the pair intervened saying “but this particular president is actually not corrupt.” And Speaker John Bercow said that "they are coming at their own expense, one assumes?" and the group laughed.

    Although Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, elected last year after vowing to fight corruption, said he was "shocked" at the time he was about to leave to London, however in a latest report he said “he has no one to blame on that.”

     

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  • Nasa's Kepler telescope has discovered more than 100 Earth-sized planets orbiting alien stars.

     It has also detected nine small planets within the so-called habitable zone, where conditions are favourable for liquid water - and potentially life.The finds are contained within a catalogue of 1,284 new planets detected by Kepler - which more than doubles the previous tally. Nasa said it was the biggest single announcement of new exoplanets. Space agency scientists discussed the new findings in a teleconference on Tuesday.

    Statistical analyses of the expanding sample of worlds helps astronomers understand how common planets like our own might be.

    Dr Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California, said the calculations so far suggested there could be tens of billions of potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way.

    "If you ask yourself where is the next habitable planet likely to be, it's within about 11 light-years, which is very close," said Dr Batalha.

    Astronomers said they consider planets that are 1.6 times Earth's radius or smaller are likely to be rocky, and may therefore be potential targets in the hunt for life.

    Future telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope could analyse the light from the atmospheres of exoplanets for potential markers of biology.

    Dr Batalha said the Kepler mission was part of a "larger strategic goal of finding evidence of life beyond Earth - knowing whether we're alone or not, to know... how life manifests itself in the galaxy and what is the diversity".

    She added: "Being able to look up to a point of light and being able to say: 'That star has a living world orbiting it.' I think that's very profound and answers questions about why we're here."  Read more

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  • Malawi dismisses its diplomats from Ethiopia

    (by Andegna Tube) Malawi has ordered suspension of two senior officials at its Embassy in Ethiopia on allegations of defrauding government money amounting over US$30,000.  

    Deputy Ambassador Doreen Kapanga and the first secretary Fletcher Chowe, are the two officials who have been recalled from the Malawian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to Nyasa Times report that the diplomats have been on their way back to Malawi on Thursday.

    Foreign Minister, George Chaponda said that he has ordered the suspension as one way of showing seriousness of issues to do with looting out corruption. “What was happening was that the officials were writing cheques in their names for the news I immediately took action,” Chaponda told the media on his arrival to Malawi from Addis Ababa.

    The Foreign Minister traveled to Ethiopia on his first trip as Chairperson of Ministerial Panel of African Union. 

    According to related report citing Malawian officials, there were ongoing audits at the Brussels mission in Belgium and the mission in Germany, while they are processing audit for New York, Harare, South Africa, Nairobi and Maputo which in the end all embassies will be audited. 

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  • ‘African countries trust Americans, Asians and Europeans than Africans themselves’

    (by Andegna.com) “African countries trust Americans, Asians and Europeans than African citizens,” this was said during the launching of African Regional Integration Index Report 2016, on the weekend in Addis Ababa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Center.

    Regional integration has been impeded in the continent due to limited movement of Africans across many countries, according to the report which a continental ambition of increasing borderless Africa has still gaps. For Africa, the visa-openness is more a security issue than business that the African Union Commission urged member states to be decisive on making movement of Africans easy. 

    Senior Trade Expert of the African Development Bank Group Jean Guy says visa issuance is mainly related to the security, especially threats of terrorism.

    “Nations also fear flood of foreign employees if they (governments) allowed it,” said Jean.

    For Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) allowing visa is the issue of trust among Africans, because, “African countries trust Americans, Asians and Europeans than African citizens,” said a representative from ECOWAS, which is the highest performing regional economic community on free movement of people, according to the Integration Index Report.

    All ECOWAS countries implemented the free movement of people’s protocol, which enables citizens to travel to all member countries without visa, while Rwanda and Seychelles are also granted a free visa service for Africans.

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