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South Africa’s DA party suspends MP after old videos of anti-Black remarks resurface

South Africa’s DA party suspends MP after old videos of anti-Black remarks resurface

SOUTH Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) suspended a newly sworn-in member of parliament after an old video of him calling for the killing of Black people resurfaced on social media. A snippet of a video resurfaced on social media platforms on Wednesday, where a young Renaldo Gouws, who is white, could be seen and heard making anti-Black remarks. Gouws, 41, a former councillor in the Eastern Cape province, could not be reached for comment. In the video, he said that he did not mean any of his racially charged remarks and that he was giving context on then-African National Congress youth leader Julius…
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FIFA provisionally suspends Maldives FA head

FIFA provisionally suspends Maldives FA head

FOOTBALL Association of Maldives (FAM) president Bassam Adeel Jaleel has been provisionally suspended for nine months amid an investigation into allegations of money laundering, embezzlement and corruption, FIFA said. FIFA took the decision after the Prosecutor General's Office of Maldives had investigated Jaleel and initiated proceedings after a search of the FAM office in October. World soccer's governing body said the criminal offences also involved the use of FIFA funds by FAM officials, prompting the investigatory chamber to open formal investigation proceedings against Jaleel. The possible violations of FIFA's code of ethics include conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts…
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Mass wedding plans deferred in Nigeria, some girls, women marry privately

Mass wedding plans deferred in Nigeria, some girls, women marry privately

RELIGIOUS leaders and a state lawmaker suspended their plans for a mass wedding of 100 girls and young women in northwest Nigeria after it sparked outrage, but some were married in private ceremonies, the state assembly speaker and one of the girls said. The wedding plans in largely Muslim Niger state had drawn criticism from women's affairs minister Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye and a local rights group that launched a petition to stop the ceremony. Critics feared the girls, some of them orphans, could be underage. A team from the Ministry of Women's Affairs visited Niger on Thursday and Friday and met state assembly…
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Ivory Coast’s cocoa regulator suspends cooperatives for hoarding beans

Ivory Coast’s cocoa regulator suspends cooperatives for hoarding beans

IVORY Coast's Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) has suspended around 40 cooperatives they suspect were illegally hoarding cocoa beans in order to sell them at a higher price to exporters struggling to fulfil their contracts, two sources at the regulator said. Exporters, who have been short of supply due to cocoa disease and adverse weather, are looking for ways to buy beans to honour their contractual obligations and some suppliers were taking advantage of the situation, the sources said. Suspended cooperatives and independent buyers have stockpiled more than 60,000 metric tons of cocoa since the start of the mid-crop in…
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Somalia detains U.S.-trained commandos over theft of rations

Somalia detains U.S.-trained commandos over theft of rations

SOMALIA'S government said it had suspended and detained several members of an elite, U.S.-trained commando unit for stealing rations donated by the United States, adding that it was taking over responsibility for provisioning the force. The Danab unit has been a key pillar of U.S.-backed efforts to combat the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab. The United States agreed in February to spend more than $100 million to build up to five military bases for Danab. Somalia's defence ministry said in a statement late on Thursday that it had notified international partners of the theft and would share the outcome…
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Libya’s oil minister suspended for legal investigation

Libya’s oil minister suspended for legal investigation

LIBYA'S oil and gas minister in the Government of National Unity has been temporarily suspended from work, a state institution said on Monday, citing a legal investigation. The Administrative Control Agency (ACA) said on its verified Facebook page that its head Abdullah Qadirbuh issued the suspension decision against the oil and gas minister in Tripoli for the investigation "regarding the facts of case No.178, which revealed the presence of legal violations". It did not disclose further details. The oil ministry has not received a copy of the decision yet, a source at the ministry told Reuters. The ACA mentioned the…
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Italy suspends army general over book disparaging minorities, lawyer says

Italy suspends army general over book disparaging minorities, lawyer says

AN Italian army general reprimanded by the defence minister for publishing a book disparaging LGBT people, migrants, minorities and feminists has been suspended from duty for 11 months, his lawyer said. The opinions expressed in Roberto Vannacci's self-published book, "The World Upside Down" made headlines in the national press last year, winning applause from right-wing readers and sparking outrage among left-wing opposition parties. Defence Minister Guido Crosetto said in August the ministry would take disciplinary action, explaining that the book discredited the army, defence ministry and constitution. In a statement disclosing Vannacci's suspension, his lawyer Giorgio Carta said the ministry alleged the…
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Traore, Diatta banned following Cup of Nations outbursts

Traore, Diatta banned following Cup of Nations outbursts

MALI captain Hamari Traore and Senegal winger Krepin Diatta have been suspended for an effective two matches each following their respective tempestuous reactions to exits at the hands of hosts Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Ivorians defeated Senegal on penalties in the last 16, with Diatta incensed over what he perceived to be incorrect calls from the match officials. He described the Confederation of African Football as "corrupt" and was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute which also carried a fine of $10,000. Ivory Coast went on to beat Mali 2-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals following…
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Tanzania coach suspended at Cup of Nations for insulting opponents

Tanzania coach suspended at Cup of Nations for insulting opponents

TANZANIA coach Adel Amrouche has been suspended at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for making insulting remarks about Morocco, who beat the east African side 3-0 in their opening game at the tournament. The Tanzania Football Federation said the Confederation of African Football (CAF) disciplinary committee had suspended Amrouche for eight matches following a complaint submitted by Morocco. CAF have yet to make an announcement. "In another step, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has suspended coach Amrouche. As a result of that decision, Hemed Morocco has been appointed acting coach and he will be assisted by Juma Mgunda," TFF…
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Nigeria’s Tinubu suspends humanitarian minister facing financial probe

Nigeria’s Tinubu suspends humanitarian minister facing financial probe

NIGERIA'S president has suspended the minister of humanitarian affairs immediately and asked the corruption watchdog to investigate financial transactions involving her ministry, the president's spokesperson said on Monday. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Dr Betta Edu. Photo source: Facebook Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, is the first minister to be suspended, less than six months after her appointment by President Bola Tinubu, who won last year's disputed elections vowing to revive growth in Africa's biggest economy and fight corruption. Spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale said the president had directed the Economic and Financial Crimes…
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