All Blacks scotch Sonny Bill injury rumours

New Zealand’s assistant coach on Sunday quashed rumours that star centre Sonny Bill Williams had suffered a World Cup-threatening injury, declaring him fit for selection for the All Blacks’ crunch opener against South Africa. Social media in New Zealand has…

EU-bound migrants reroute via Albanian hills

After slipping across the Greek border into the arid mountains of southeastern Albania in the dead of night, Hidaja Salah and his fellow travellers are blinded by the headlights of a police car. The migrants were hoping to continue west…

Ocean Viking set to return to Libya rescues

Charity rescue vessel Ocean Viking was on Sunday preparing to return to rescuing shipwreck survivors off Libya after disembarking 82 migrants in Italy following a reversal of government policy in Rome. Italian authorities identified and carried out medical checks on…

Spain breaks up drugs ring run by ‘Messi of hashisch’

Spanish police said Sunday they had broken up a major drugs ring run by a Moroccan known as the “Messi of hashish”, who is now on the run. The operation began in February, when police on the British territory of…

Zimbabwe doctors’ labour leader ‘kidnapped’ during strikes: union

Union activists and rights campaigners on Sunday accused Zimbabwe’s security forces of kidnapping the leader of a doctors’ union, who disappeared during a strike he had helped organise. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) said Peter Magombeyi had not been…

Widow of late Tunisia leader Essebsi dies as presidential poll opens

Chadlia Caid Essebsi, the wife of the late Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away on Sunday as the first round of elections to select her husband’s successor began, their son announced. “My mother Chadlia, widow of Beji Caid Essebsi,…

Advise Buhari to obey judgment on release of payment details on electricity contracts, SERAP tells Malami

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Mr Abukabar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to use his “special role as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria to advise and persuade President Muhammadu Buhari…

DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for ’embezzling Ebola funds’: police

Former DR Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been arrested over allegations he embezzled public funds to tackle the Ebola epidemic, police said on Saturday. Ilunga, who resigned as health minister in July after being removed as head of the…

Ironing out the kinks in Tunisia’s new democracy

While the majority of people across the Middle East, North Africa region sing the praises of the Arab Spring revolution for bringing down dictatorships and ushering in democracy, there are some who think the movement has gone too far in…

Egypt’s Sisi denies graft accusations

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday flatly denied allegations of corruption made by an Egyptian businessman, assuring he was “honest and faithful” to his people and army. Videos posted online from outside the country since early September accusing Sisi…