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France summons Italian envoy over Africa remarks

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Luigi di Maio accused France of fuelling migration by damaging the economies of African states

France has summoned Italy's ambassador after the Italian deputy prime minister accused the French of exploiting Africa and fuelling migration.
On Sunday, Luigi di Maio called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in Africa.
He said France had “never stopped colonising tens of African states”.
Italy and France have previously clashed on issues linked to migration. Italy is the destination for thousands seeking a new life in Europe.
Last year, France criticised Italy for not allowing rescue boats carrying migrants in the Mediterranean to dock. Italian officials responded by accusing France itself of refusing to accept migrants.

Mr Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S) which governs in coalition with the far-right League party, made his latest comments during a visit to central Italy at the weekend.

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How has Liberia’s George Weah performed as a president?

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A year ago, President Georg Weah promised Liberians that he would “deliver change”

As George Weah, at one time named the world's best footballer, marks a year in power in Liberia the BBC's Jonathan Paye-Layleh assesses his scorecard.
There is no doubt that at 52, George Weah can still work a crowd.
On New Year's Eve he invited his cabinet and supporters to the dedication of a private family church that he has had built.
During the late-night service, the president turned preacher, sermonising for several hours.
Dressed in white robes, he told the congregation at Forky Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church: “God has given each and every person talent that they can use for their own benefit.”

And he likened the opportunity to serve in his government to being on a football team.
“When you are on the pitch playing you should know there are others on the substitutes' bench ready to replace you at any time,” he said.
This elicited cheer..