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Ramon Rasmi Mansour, known as Faltaous al-Makari, lies on a stretcher during his and monk Isaiah’s (not seen) trial session at a court.—Reuters

Coptic monks in Egypt sentenced to death for killing bishop

Two former Coptic Christian monks have been sentenced to death in Egypt over the murder of a bishop last year, officials have confirmed.
Sudanese protesters from the city of Atbara, sitting atop a train, arrive at the Bahari station in Khartoum on April 23, 2019. – The passengers, who had travelled from the town of Atbara where the first protest against ousted president Omar al-Bashir erupted on December 19, chanted “freedom, peace, justice”. Many protesters perched on the roof of the train, waving Sudanese flags as it chugged through north Khartoum’s Bahari railway station before winding its way to the protest site, an AFP photographer said. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Sudan protesters pledge ‘million march’ for civil rule

Sudanese protest leaders Wednesday mounted pressure on the country’s military council by calling for a million people to march to demand power be handed over to a civilian administration.
Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a press conference after the International conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 29, 2018. Etienne Laurent-Pool via Reuters

Libyan premier accuses France of supporting ‘dictator’ Khalifa Haftar

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, accused France on Wednesday of supporting his rival Khalifa Haftar whom he described as a “dictator”.

Expert: Educational, cultural reforms will combat terrorism in Africa

Dr Anwar Moghith, Director, National Center for Translation, Egypt, has called for reforms in educational and cultural sectors in Africa to boost efforts aimed at combating terrorism in the continent.
Victor Wanyama has praised teammate Christian Eriksen for his stunning effort that guided Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama hails Christian Eriksen’s magic in Brighton win

Victor Wanyama has praised teammate Christian Eriksen for his stunning effort that guided Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

Egypt’s Abdul Fattah al-Sisi could rule until 2030 as constitutional changes backed

Egyptians have overwhelmingly approved in a referendum constitutional changes that could allow President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030.
Steve Dainton

ITTF: Africa still has chance to bid for World Championships

After Morocco lost the bid to host the 2021 ITTF World Championships to United States, President of ITTF, Thomas Weikert believes can still bid in future for the biggest table tennis tournament in the world.
Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, says the federal government is working on a policy that will limit the number of children a woman can give birth to.

Minister: Nigeria’s debt still low, no removal of fuel subsidy yet

Nigeria’s debt, which is about 19 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is still considered low among developing economies, the supervising minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said.
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Minister: Poor revenue hinders budget implementation

The federal government has decried Nigeria’s weak revenue generation profile which it said was hindering ability to operate the national budget.

African leaders give Sudan military more time for reforms

African leaders meeting in Cairo agreed to give Sudan’s ruling military council more time to implement democratic reforms, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday said.
Tyronne Ebuehi

Gernot Rohr insist Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi could make AFCON 2019 squad

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr insist that Benfica right full back Tyronne Ebuehi could make the 23 AFCON squad for Egypt despite the fact that he is yet to play a game this season.

Egypt hosts African leaders discussing Sudan protests, Libya crisis

African leaders are meeting in Egypt on Tuesday where they will address developments in Sudan and Libya, in the first emergency summits since the two nations were rocked by popular protests and an invasion on the capital respectively.
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has given reasons why he instructed his players not to negotiate for anything other than the three points against the Pirates of Seychelles in Friday’s AFCON qualifier.

Zimbabwe plans Super Eagles friendly

Zimbabwe are in the process of negotiating friendly with Nigeria ahead of Africa Cup of Nations finals, which kicks off in Egypt in June.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr

AFCON: Gernot Rohr slams door on new players

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has insisted he will not bring in new players for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Sporting Charleroi Belgium Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen scores 15th goal in Sporting Charleroi win

Victor Osimhen scored his 15th goal of the season to help Sporting Charleroi defeat Beerschot-Wilrijk in a Belgian First Division A Europa League play-off encounter.
As the main draw of the singles event serves off today Tuesday April 23, Aruna Quadri believes he is ready to rock the boat against the world’s best at the ITTF World Championships holding in Budapest, Hungary.

Aruna Quadri: I’m ready for battle

As the main draw of the singles event serves off today Tuesday April 23, Aruna Quadri believes he is ready to rock the boat against the world’s best at the ITTF World Championships holding in Budapest, Hungary.
Zimbabwe are in the process of negotiating friendly matches against South Africa and Nigeria ahead of Africa Cup of Nations finals, which kicks off in Egypt, in June.

AFCON: Zimbabwe planning friendly matches against South Africa, Nigeria

Zimbabwe are in the process of negotiating friendly matches against South Africa and Nigeria ahead of Africa Cup of Nations finals, which kicks off in Egypt, in June.
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has praised the Eagles, the coaching crew and himself for pushing the team to the 3rd best position in Africa and 42nd best in the world having taking over the team when it was not faring well in the FIFA Rankings over two years ago.

AFCON: No time to experiment with new players – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says two months to the Nations Cup in Egypt is too short a time to experiment with new players.

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