Zimbabwe president abandons Davos trip amid violence

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President Mnangagwa travelled to Europe to try to drum up investment for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has broken off a trip to Europe amid violent protests in his home country.
Mr Mnangagwa had been due to attend the Davos economic summit where he was expected to seek investment for Zimbabwe.
Ministers say the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is using sharp fuel price increases as a pretext for violence.
But the MDC accuses the authorities of a brutal crackdown.
Mr Mnangagwa's announcement of a steep increase in the fuel price over a week ago led to angry protests in the capital, Harare, and the south-western city of Bulawayo.

Rights groups say at least 12 people have been killed but this has not been officially confirmed.
Mr Mnangagwa arrived back in Harare late on Monday night.

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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..