Category: International news

Akon to build “cryoto city” in Senegal

Musician Akon says he’s planning to release a new cryptocurrency named after himself – called Akoin. Speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Monday, the Locked Up singer said he believed cryptocurrency could be “the saviour of Africa”. AKoin’s official website said the singer wants the app “on every mobile phone” between now and December. And Akon said he is also planning to build a “crypto city” in Senegal which he calls “a real-life Wakanda”. The website said Akon has been “gifted” 2 000 acres of land by the President of Senegal to build the city which is also...

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Ghanaian denied UK visa for life-saving op

A woman with a rare blood cancer is being denied a life-saving transplant from her brother because he doesn’t earn enough. A charity has said 33 year old Shirley Kordie, has hypoplastic MDS and will leave her 4-year-old son, Blessing, without a mother if she is not treated. Her brother Joseph, who lives in Ghana, is a “perfect” stem cell match but his visa application was denied due to his “financial circumstances”. The Home Office said it was “urgently reviewing” the case. Ms Kordie said her life is in danger and she needs to get her life back for...

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Italy to seize two migrant rescue ships

Italy said it will seize two migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean, amid a deepening row over migrants. Reports say two German non-governmental organisations (NGO) ships carrying migrants “will be seized” to determine their legal status. The move comes as French President Emmanuel Macron attacked the “leprosy” of anti-EU feeling, angering Italy’s new populist government. Italy sparked the fresh row earlier this month when it refused to take in the Aquarius rescue ship. Carrying 630 migrants rescued off the North African coast, the ship eventually sailed to Spain after being turned away by both Italy and Malta. Leaders from 10 EU...

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Five Indian anti-trafficking activists gang raped

Five Indian anti-trafficking activists performing a street play were gang raped at gunpoint in the eastern state of Jharkhand. Confirming the incident, the police said the women were forced into cars and raped in a “secluded area”. Police say they are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests. The survivors were working with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote Khunti district. Senior police official AV Homkar told BBC Hindi’s Niraj Sinha that after performing, they headed towards a local mission school and around the same time, some armed people reached...

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Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

Algeria has turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating. According to reports, internet service, both mobile and fixed line, will go off for an hour after the start of each high school diploma exam to stop any leaks. Blackouts will continue throughout the exam season, from 20-25 June. The move follows widespread cheating in 2016, with questions leaked online before and during tests. As a result, the authorities asked internet service providers to stop social media access last year, but the voluntary measures were not enough. Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told...

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