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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..

Sudan gags two foreign journalists

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Protests in the capital city of Khartoum have entered their sixth week

The authorities in protest-hit Sudan have removed accreditation from two foreign reporters.
It means they will not be allowed to report on events in the country where anti-government demonstrations have entered their sixth week.
The two journalists work for Saudi-based Al Arabiya and Turkey's Anadolu news agency respectively.
The authorities said they wanted to review the journalists' status, but gave no further explanation.

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Sudan's external information council, which is responsible for accrediting foreign media organisations, said the freeze would continue until the review was completed, Reuters news agency reports.

Protests began in Sudan last month over the economic situation in the country but are now focused on removing long-time President Omar al-Bashir f..

Zimbabwe opposition accuses government of brutal crackdown

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Protesters burning tyres in the Zimbabwean capital Harare

Zimbabwe's opposition says its members have been victims of a brutal crackdown in response to violent protests against a sharp rise in the price of fuel.
Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa said many of its members had been detained including four MPs.
He said security forces had attacked families in their homes.
The government has blamed the MDC for stoking the violence. Rights groups say at least 12 people have been killed but this has not been officially confirmed.
The trade union umbrella group that called the protests, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, says its leader, Japhet Moyo, has also been arrested.

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Earlier it emerged that South Africa had rejected a request from Zimbabwe for an emergency loan of $1.2bn (£932m) in..

Sodje brothers took money from charity

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(From left to right) Ex-rugby player Bright Sodje and ex-footballers Stephen Sodje and Efe Sodje were jailed for fraud in 2017

A sporting family siphoned off cash from their own charity set up to help African children, it can be reported.
Ex-footballers Efe Sodje, 46, and Stephen Sodje, 43, and ex-rugby player Bright Sodje, 52, were found guilty and jailed for the fraud in 2017.
The case can only be reported now following the conclusion of a separate trial involving former Reading and Nigeria footballer Sam Sodje, 39.
Earlier on Monday, he was cleared at the Old Bailey of money laundering.
The fraud trial in 2017 had heard how the family set up the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF) in 2009, ostensibly to help provide facilities in Nigeria.

However, cash raised at black-tie dinners, auctions, charity football matches and a clay pigeon shoot went into Sodje bank accounts, prosecutor Julian Christopher QC said.
In once instance, in 2011, there was a ..

Three Sodje brothers jailed for taking charity money

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(From left to right) Ex-rugby player Bright Sodje and ex-footballers Stephen Sodje and Efe Sodje were jailed for fraud in 2017

A sporting family siphoned off cash from their own charity set up to help African children, it can be reported.
Ex-footballers Efe Sodje, 46, and Stephen Sodje, 43, and ex-rugby player Bright Sodje, 52, were found guilty and jailed for the fraud in 2017.
The case can only be reported now following the conclusion of a separate trial involving former Reading and Nigeria footballer Sam Sodje, 39.
Earlier on Monday, he was cleared at the Old Bailey of money laundering.
The fraud trial in 2017 had heard how the family set up the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF) in 2009, ostensibly to help provide facilities in Nigeria.

However, cash raised at black-tie dinners, auctions, charity football matches and a clay pigeon shoot went into Sodje bank accounts, prosecutor Julian Christopher QC said.
In once instance, in 2011, there was a ..

Egypt TV host Mohamed al-Ghiety jailed for interviewing gay man

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TV host Mohamed al-Gheity has himself expressed views against homosexuality in the past

An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year.
A court in Giza also fined Mohamed al-Ghiety 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($167; £130) for “promoting homosexuality” on his privately owned LTC TV channel.
The gay man, whose identity was hidden, had talked about life as a sex worker.
Homosexuality is not explicitly criminalised in Egypt, however, the authorities have been increasingly cracking down on the LGBT community.
They routinely arrest people suspected of engaging in consensual homosexual conduct on charges of “debauchery”, immorality or blasphemy.

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The most recent case came about after lawyer Samir Sabry, who is well known in Egypt for taking celebrities to court, filed a lawsuit against Ghiety for his i..