>>> Hundreds of South Sudan child soldiers freed

SSudan, Jan 27 – South Sudanese rebels on Tuesday released 280 child soldiers, the first batch of some 3,000 to be freed but with thousands more still fighting, the UN children’s agency said. Some 12,000 children, mainly boys, have been forcibly recruited by armed groups across the country in the past year alone to fight, […]

Hundreds of South Sudan child soldiers freed

Hundreds of South Sudan child soldiers freed





>>> Mulumbu out of Nations Cup quarter-final

MULUMBU YOSSUF


BATA, Equatorial Guinea, January 27 – DR Congo captain Youssouf Mulumbu has said he will miss Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against neighbours Congo Brazzaville with a hamstring injury.


On Monday, the Leopards qualified for the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2006 when they drew 1-1 with Tunisia without the injured West Bromwich Albion star, and he admitted he will not be back in time to feature in the next round.


“I will not play the quarter-final because of the injury, but I trust my team-mates to qualify us for the semi-finals and then I will play another game in this tournament,” Mulumbu said.


“The medical staff are working hard to make sure I am back playing again.”


Of the clash of the Congos, he added: “It will be a derby, but it is a must-win game for us.


“It was great to go past the group stage and bring some happiness to our people who are going through a hard time and we wish to continue to do that with another victory on Saturday.


“You never even know, we could go all the way to the final now,” said Mulumbu, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday.


Looking ahead to the game, which will be the first meeting of the countries at the finals in 41 years, coach Florent Ibenge said he expects a tough test.


“It will be a difficult game because we are two countries who are very close and we know ourselves very well,” said the 53-year-old.


“Congo are a very strong team with some good players and a great coach. (Thievy) Bifouma is really quick and (Fode) Dore is very tall. Their midfield works a lot.


“We will continue to work hard. This is only my sixth month in charge of the team and I know we can do more going forward.”




Mulumbu out of Nations Cup quarter-final

Mulumbu out of Nations Cup quarter-final





>>> Cameroon,Ivory Coast clash in tense Group D

IVORY COAST TRAINING


MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, January 27 – The old adage that everything will be decided on the pitch may not prove to be true in the case of Group D at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.


All four matches in the group have ended in 1-1 draws, leaving the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Guinea and Mali absolutely even ahead of the final games in Malabo and Mongomo on Wednesday.


Two more identical draws will mean the drawing of lots will be required to decide who progresses to the quarter-finals and in which order.


That would not be unprecedented, with the drawing of lots required at the 1988 Cup of Nations to send Algeria through to the knockout stage at the expense of the Ivory Coast, who had drawn all three of their matches.


The 2015 version of the Elephants will hope to win and thereby avoid a similar fate as they face Cameroon at the Estadio de Malabo.


Coach Herve Renard will again be without forward Gervinho, who completes a two-match suspension following his sending-off against Guinea, while midfielder Cheick Tiote will serve a one-game ban after being booked in both matches to date.


Meanwhile, Max-Alain Gradel could start after coming off the bench to grab the late equaliser against Mali.


“Cameroon have experienced players in every department. For us, except for Kolo Toure, we have no other experienced defender,” said Renard.


“It is a match that will be decided by little details. Concentration, an ability to take our chances and defensive rigour will all be important. Whichever team shows a little less of these things will go home.”


Salomon Kalou, who will also be hoping to be recalled after being dropped to the bench against Mali, called it “the final before the real final”.


“Cameroon is a great football nation and so is the Ivory Coast. All we want is to get through to the last eight, and now we have 90 minutes to show who wants it more.”


Recent history suggests Cameroon are best placed to win this encounter, though. After all, the Indomitable Lions won their qualifying group ahead of the Ivorians, trouncing the Elephants 4-1 in Yaounde in September before drawing 0-0 in the return match in Abidjan in November.


However, Cameroon are set to once again be without midfielder Eyong Enoh, who injured his left thigh in the opening match against Mali.


- Pogba injured -


At the same time, west African neighbours Mali and Guinea, the supposed outsiders before the tournament began, clash in Mongomo.


Both have impressed observers with their displays so far, although Mali have twice failed to see out leads in their games while Guinea could live to regret not seeing off the Ivory Coast after leading and having a one-man advantage.


Nevertheless, winger Ibrahima Traore, who scored against Cameroon at the weekend and has been one of the players of the tournament so far, said: “We are progressing. We have played against two of the tournament favourites and nobody expected us to take anything from them.


“It’s not over, we have a final to come and we’ll do everything to get the three points.”


Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer has defensive problems, however, with a calf problem having kept captain Kamil Zayatte on the sidelines so far while Florentin Pogba came off against Cameroon with a groin injury.


Germain Berthe is set to start in goal for Mali after Soumaila Diakite was ruled out for the rest of the competition with the groin injury that forced him off against the Ivorians.




Cameroon,Ivory Coast clash in tense Group D

Cameroon,Ivory Coast clash in tense Group D





>>> Best beauty looks from the SAG Awards!

SAG Awards Cover


There’s nothing like an award show with some of the most beautiful women in the entertainment industry to inspire your beauty looks!


There’s no doubt that bold lips and soft smokey eyes ruled the red carpet with actresses opting to go for either one or the other. Scroll down to discover our favourite looks from the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.


Which look would you most likely try out?


SAG Awards - Rosamund Pike


Rosamund Pike


SAG Awards Uzo AdubaUzo Aduba


SAG Awards Kaley Cuoco-SweetingKaley Cuoco


SAG Awards Sarah HylandSarah Hyland


SAG Awards Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon


SAG Awards Sofia BushSofia Bush


SAG Awards Lupita Nyong'oLupita Nyong’o


SAG Awards Emma StoneEmma Stone




Best beauty looks from the SAG Awards!

Best beauty looks from the SAG Awards!





>>> Kenya: Regulator to discuss withdrawal of broadcast licences to three media houses

Director General Francis Wangusi has said that the Communication Authority of Kenya board will meet and review the withdrawal of licenses for KTN, NTV and Citizen.

Kenya: Regulator to discuss withdrawal of broadcast licences to three media houses

Kenya: Regulator to discuss withdrawal of broadcast licences to three media houses




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>>> The Counties: Kisii MCA charged with undermining President Uhuru

A member of the Kisii County Assembly appeared in court on Tuesday for the hearing of a case he is charged for allegedly undermining President Uhuru Kenyatta in public.

The Counties: Kisii MCA charged with undermining President Uhuru

The Counties: Kisii MCA charged with undermining President Uhuru




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>>> Kenya engaging the youth to curb extremism – Amina

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan 27 – Kenya is deliberately undertaking initiatives aimed at engaging the youth to eliminate any attempt at radicalisation and extremism which preys on their vulnerability, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has said. Speaking during a meeting with Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Martin Lidegaard on the sidelines of […]

Kenya engaging the youth to curb extremism – Amina

Kenya engaging the youth to curb extremism – Amina





>>> Over 10,000 sue Japan paper over sex slavery reports

Japan, Jan 27 – More than 10,000 people are suing Japan’s leading liberal newspaper over stories on Tokyo’s system of wartime sex slavery, which they say have stained their reputation as Japanese nationals. The move is the latest salvo in the battle over Japan’s history, which pits an increasingly aggressive revisionist right wing against an […]

Over 10,000 sue Japan paper over sex slavery reports

Over 10,000 sue Japan paper over sex slavery reports





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>>> Vivo Energy Kenya imports cleaner, healthier diesel

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – Vivo Energy Kenya, which distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Kenya, has become the first oil marketer in the country to import Low Sulphur Fuel Diesel (LSFD) with 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur content. This follows a December 6, 2013 legal notice by the East African Community […]

Vivo Energy Kenya imports cleaner, healthier diesel

Vivo Energy Kenya imports cleaner, healthier diesel