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Africa wants 10 slots at the expanded 2026 World Cup competition

African nations want 10 places at the expanded 2026 World Cup competition from the current five representatives. The continent’s football association tabled a request proposal to the world soccer governing body FIFA, The recent expansion of the competition to a 48-team World Cup is an opportunity for less celebrated footballing nations across the continent to participate at the biggest stage.

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South Africa high court rules ICC withdrawal plan as unconstitutional and invalid

South Africa’s High Court has ruled that the country’s planned decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is unconstitutional and invalid. Last October, the government made an application to the United Nations (UN) indicating its intention to leave the ICC as a result of the court’s alleged bias against African nations. The High Court ruling is a setback for President Jacob Zuma’s government, which is likely going to appeal the ruling.

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Kenyan man drives hours to deliver water to drought affected wildlife

Meet our hero of the week, Patrick Mwalua, a Kenyan man fighting to save vulnerable wildlife in the country’s drought affected region. Mwalua drives hours every day in the heat to bring water to wild animals in Tsavo National Park as famine continues killing more animals in Kenya’s game reserves. A crowd funding initiative on GoFundMe has been created to help fund the water delivery project. The campaign has raised well over $131,000 so far.

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Tanzanian government suspends HIV programs for gay community

The Tanzanian government has suspended U.S. funded AIDS programs for the gay community in what is seen as a crackdown on homosexuals in Tanzania. The suspension was followed by the closure of all 40 health centres which provided AIDS-related services to homosexuals. In most African countries there have been sharp divisions over homosexuality and authorities have consistently escalated their campaigns against homosexuality.

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The Gambia: Adama Barrow sworn in as president on Independence Day

President Adama Barrow was officially sworn in as The Gambia’s democratically elected leader during the country’s Independence Day celebrations on February 18. President Barrow’s inauguration ceremony was attended by thousands in the capital Banjul, who came to witness the first democratic transfer of power in the country after 52 years of independence from the colonial ruler the Great Britain in 1965.

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World celebrates Komla Dumor’s legacy: Entries open for Komla Award

BBC and the world continues to celebrate Komla Dumor’s legacy through the annual award, the Komla Dumor Journalism Award, which seeks to identify the best African journalist for the BBC World News. The award, which is now in its third year has selected the best talented journalists from across the continent. Applications for the 2017 award are now open, and talented journalists are encouraged to apply.

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Malawi: U.S. pop-star Madonna adopts twin orphan girls

The American pop-star Madonna successfully adopted twin girls in Malawi, the second time that the diva has adopted Malawian children. The American pop-diva who started a charity called Raising Malawi in Malawi, has previously adopted two Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James. “I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family” Madonna said.