African

  • Kenya coach suspended for spitting at match official July 22, 2014

    Nairobi: Confederation of African Football (CAF) has slapped a one-year suspension on Kenya's head coach Adel Amrouche for his undisciplined behaviour against a match official. In a letter to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Monday, the continental football governing body Secretary General Hicham El Amrani said Amrouche was suspended after being...
  • World Cup 2014: African hopes slowly growing in the tournament June 24, 2014

    It looked like the same sad old story at the World Cup for Africa, the continent which still hasn't quite done it on the big stage. Africa has never had a semi-finalist - never mind a real contender for the title - and initially appeared out of its depth again at...
  • AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla vie for South Africa Test captaincy June 2, 2014

    Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa's Test captain. Cricket South Africa's board meets in Johannesburg on Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm. Smith captained South Africa in...
  • Midnight raid on African women: Court seeks final status report May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: A court on Monday issued notice to an Investigating Officer of Delhi Police, probing the former Delhi minister Somnath Bharti's purported raid on some African residents last year, to remain present "in person" with final status report after he failed to turn up. Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh on January...
  • South Africa court sends Pistorius for 30 days of mental tests May 20, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was ordered on Tuesday to undergo a month of psychiatric tests to find out whether he was criminally responsible when he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa told Pistorius he must report to Pretoria's Weskoppies hospital,...
  • South Africans vote in first 'Born Free' election May 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: South Africans voted in the first "Born Free" election on Wednesday, with the image of the ruling African National Congress as conqueror of apartheid likely to appeal even to those with no memory of white-minority rule. Voters young and old wrapped up against the early winter chill to stand in...
  • Man who harassed disabled kids for more than a decade ordered by judge to wear 'I am a bully!' sign on a busy street April 11, 2014

    An Ohio man who called his neighbor 'Monkey Mama' as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children, and has smeared dog feces on their wheelchair ramp, was ordered by a judge to carry an 'I AM A BULLY!' sign on a busy street this weekend. Edmond Aviv, 62, who was accused...
  • Pistorius due to give evidence as murder trial resumes April 7, 2014

    South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time on Monday in a bid to prove his innocence against charges he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" due to the carbon-fibre prosthetic limbs he uses in...
  • Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7 March 28, 2014

    The murder trail of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7, when the South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid life in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings for...
  • 'How to Poo on a Date', a book on awkward dating problem gets odd book award March 21, 2014

    A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, 'How to Poo on a Date', scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year on Friday. The winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded annually since 1978 and based on a public vote since 2000, beat...
  • Unwanted fame for Herschelle Gibbs in Oscar Pistorius trial March 20, 2014

    Johannesburg: Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs found himself under unexpected spotlight during the trial of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The trial is being broadcast live on television and radio, generating unprecedented public interest. Gibbs started receiving messages from fans and friends...
  • Celluloid Chapter organises African Film Festival in Jamshedpur March 15, 2014

    One of the oldest Film Society of the Eastern India "Celluloid Chapter" organized an African Film Festival in the steel city of Jamshedpur from Saturday. The film festival was kicked off with the screening of Oumarou Ganda directed Nigerian movie "Le Wazzou Polygame" and Fadika Kramo-Lancine-directed film "Djeli" of Cote d'...
  • Khurshid comes under fire over comments on SC, EC March 13, 2014

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's comments in London in which he is said to have questioned the role of Supreme Court and Election Commission have drawn flak in various quarters. Reacting to the issue, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said that the comments had been made out of desperation. "Khurshid's diatribe against Election...
  • Pistorius asked friend to 'take blame' for restaurant gunshot: Witness March 5, 2014

    Pretoria: 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Testifying for the prosecution against the South African Olympic...
  • Judge in Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo March 4, 2014

    Pretoria: The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius sharply warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state's first witness who had asked that her image not be broadcast. Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered an investigation into...
  • CJ show: How I was racially abused in Bangalore February 4, 2014

    Wandoh Timothy,an African national who has been working in India for over 10 years now, was brutally beaten and subjected to a racist slur last year in Bangalore, all because he asked two men on a motorbike to drive properly. He has turned a CJ to speak about his ordeal. ...
  • AAP releases video to prove Somnath Bharti's innocence January 24, 2014

    The Aam Aadami Party on Friday released a video which ostensibly shows the African women targeted by Somnath Bharti during the midnight raid were involved in drug trade. The video shows them sitting in a car and exchanging a packet of what the AAP is calling drugs. ...
  • Delhi Commission for Women summons Somnath Bharti January 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti is in for more trouble. The Ugandan woman, who was targeted in a midnight raid, has identified Bharti and his supporters as the men who manhandled her along with her friend. The Delhi commission for Women has also issued summons to the Delhi...
  • Cannibalism in Central African Republic, 'Mad Dog' eats a human leg January 14, 2014

    Bangui (Central African Republic): The Central African Republic (CAR) which is witnessing the bloodiest sectarian violence has also seen cannibalism. According to some reports from the capital of the war torn country Bangui, there have been several instances of human flesh eating. But, an incident which has been captured live...
  • Toure, Mikel, Drogba vie for African player award January 9, 2014

    Lagos: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel are in the running for the African player of the year award, which will be awarded later on Thursday. Toure, who is from the Ivory Coast, is the defending champion and is favoured to win...
  • Yaya Toure shortlisted for African Footballer of the Year title January 1, 2014

    Cape Town: Yaya Toure remained on course to be named African Footballer of the Year for a record-equalling third successive time after being named on Wednesday as one of the three finalists for the award to be handed out later this month. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cut the list...
  • Opening day of India's practice game in South Africa abandoned December 13, 2013

    Benoni: The opening day of the practice match between the Indians and the South African Invitation XI squad was on Friday called off without a ball being bowled due to the wet outfield here. The two-day match, the only practice game scheduled before India's Test series against South Africa next week,...
  • What you might not have known about Nelson Mandela December 6, 2013

    The world knows Nelson Mandela as a man who forever changed the course of modern history and who will surely continue to leave his mark long after his death Thursday at the age of 95. You may know that he spent 27 years in prison, that he led South Africa out...
  • Nelson Mandela, an inspiration for music, movies, poems December 6, 2013

    Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist...
  • Nelson Mandela - Global statesman and peace icon December 6, 2013

    Johannesburg: Globally respected as a symbol of resistance against injustice, Nelson Mandela brought an end to the much-despised apartheid regime in South Africa while spreading the spirit of freedom in the rest of Africa. Incarcerated for 27 years through much of his youth, Mandela became the first-ever elected black president of...
  • Schwartzel puts himself in line for first home Open title November 23, 2013

    Johannesburgh: Home favourite Charl Schwartzel will take a one-stroke lead into Sunday's final round of the South African Open after carding a third-round 69 for a 15-under-par total of 201 that sets him up for a title that has previously eluded him. The 29-year-old Schwartzel, who is the highest-ranked South African...
  • South Africa bans 15 football officials for life November 4, 2013

    Johannesburg: The South African Football Association (SAFA) has banned 15 officials for life for trying to take the national association to court in violation of FIFA rules. SAFA says the officials from the central Free State province should have resolved their grievances over voting procedures in the run-up to the election...
  • CSA, BCCI deal is a sad day for cricket: SACA October 22, 2013

    Johannesburg: The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) on Tuesday described the curtailed India-South Africa series here as a sad day for the sport and said cricket in the country would be at an overall loss due to this decision. Putting an end to weeks of speculation, the BCCI on Tuesday gave...
  • Italy shipwreck: Tunisian man suspected of being ship captain detained; death toll 275 October 9, 2013

    Italy on Tuesday detained a 35-year-old Tunisian man suspected of being the captain of a boat carrying African migrants that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa. Divers, meanwhile, recovered dozens of additional bodies from the wreckage, raising the death toll to 275. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from...
  • South Africa to consider franchise 'quotas' October 3, 2013

    Cape Town: South African cricket officials are set to consider a proposal forcing professional franchises to include at least two black Africans in every team. Another item expected to be discussed at an October 11 Cricket South Africa (CSA) meeting will be the need for second-tier, semi-professional provincial sides to select...