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Dana Sanchez, 3:49 pm
A former Spanish colony, Western Sahara is the last unresolved African case on the U.N. Committee on Decolonization. The debate on readmitting Morocco to the A.U. was “an emotional call for the fight against colonization.” South Africa and Algeria were opposed. Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said Morocco’s acceptance back into the A.U. was the will of the majority of member countries. Resolving the Western Sahara question will have to wait for another day. “Africa wants to speak in one voice. We need all African countries to be a part of that voice,” she said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:48 pm
The U.S. president’s travel bans provided a rallying call today for African unity. Today’s African Union summit had divisive issues on the agenda, including Africa’s relationship to the International Criminal Court and Morocco’s readmission to the A.U., but outgoing A.U. head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma identified Trump’s refugee ban as one of the “greatest challenges to our unity.” A South African A.U. expert says the A.U. is more divided than ever, but it’s not over refugees. “You have all these calls for unity but actually… (it’s) over Morocco, the regional divisions and the ICC.”
Dana Sanchez, 11:11 am
Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat replaces South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is expected to run for president of South Africa in a bid to replace her ex, Jacob Zuma. Mahamat, 56, previously served as the chairman of the A.U.’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council. His boss, President Idriss Deby, has ruled Chad for 26 years. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed was Mahamat’s main rival in the final round of voting. She is one of the most vocal critics of the International Criminal Court.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:29 am AFKI Original
Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) favourites Senegal were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage on Saturday, with rivals Cameroon defeating the Senegalese courtesy of a penalty shootout victory. The highly anticipated battle of the Lions, the Teranga Lions versus the Indomitable Lions, was played at the Stade de Franceville, with many pundits believing that AFCON favourites Senegal would be too strong for their opponents.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:58 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group stage is now over, with only eight teams left in the competition, and the quarter-finals taking place over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see the knockout stages begin, with the final eight teams from around the continent desperate to qualify for the semi-finals in Gabon.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:57 am AFKI Original
Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo have progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from Group C following their respective victories of defending champions Cote D’Ivoire and Togo. Morocco defeated the Ivorians 1-0 in Oyem on Tuesday night, with a 64th minute long-range curling effort from Rachid Alioui taking all three points for the North Africans.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:17 am AFKI Original
A goal from Asamoah Gyan secured Ghana a 1-0 win over Mali in their second 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group D match at Stade de Port-Gentil on Saturday evening, thereby earning the Black Stars a quarter-final berth. It was the second win out of two for the Ghanaians, ensuring their top spot on the log with six points, and a definite spot in the last eight as a result.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:17 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) continued on Monday night with two more fixtures in Group C between Cote D’Ivoire and Togo, as well as Congo DR and Morocco. Defending champions Cote D’Ivoire struggled to break down a stubborn Togo side in the earlier match, and things ended in a goalless stalemate in the highly anticipated West African battle at the Stade d’Oyem.
Dana Sanchez, 12:29 pm
Despite reports of inequality and xenophobia, South Africa’s relative wealth and stability continue to draw migrants from all over Africa. South Africa has the highest number of pending asylum claims in the world — more than 1 million. African refugees heading to Europe get disproportionate media coverage. A far greater number would rather seek security and livelihood elsewhere in Africa. Of the world’s 17 million displaced Africans, only about 3 percent are in Europe. The vast majority are in Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am AFKI Original
The 2017 AFCON is the pinnacle of national team soccer on the African continent, and with the Africa Cup of Nations competition taking place every two years; it is a tournament that the best players in Africa want to win for their countries. The nature of the sport and the rigorous club schedules that the top players are expected to manage means that injuries have become a frequent and unfortunate consequence of the professional game.
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