Why African fans love European football – a Senegalese perspective

Mark Hann, University of Amsterdam Casillas throws the ball to Thuram, standing on the edge of his penalty area. The big defender passes to Zidane, who turns and dribbles past two opponents before playing a precise through-ball for Iniesta, who lays it on for Alves on the right wing. Alves curls in an accurate cross, …

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Reliable weather data affect farmers’ yields

By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] A project that started in 2012 is helping smallholders in 17 African nations obtain reliable and accurate weather data to increase crop yields. Lack of reliable weather information in most parts of Africa is making many households lose from agriculture, experts say. The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) project was started …

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Moment of truth for convicted Chadian dictator

Kerstin Carlson, University of Southern Denmark On May 30, 2016 an ad hoc tribunal in Dakar found the former Chadian head of state Hissène Habré guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture. Part domestic, part international, the hybrid Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires sentenced him to life in prison. Habré’s trial was a momentous event. …

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Platform launched to bolster biodiversity conservation

By Samuel Hinneh [CANCUN] A learning platform piloted in four countries — including Senegal — is expected to help the West African region boost biodiversity conservation. The project, Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (RBLP), is an initiative of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4sd). The six-month pilot phase in biodiversity conservation that …

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Africa News Headlines – Democratic Transition in the Gambia

This is a compilation of recent news headlines about the democratic transition in the Republic of the Gambia and the arrival of President Adama Barrow in Banjul. Why tiny Gambia’s political transition holds outsized meaning for many Africans Source: Christian Science Monitor Gambia finally welcomes its first new president in two decades Source: Quartz ‘New’ …

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