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Bob’s post a pub­lic­ity stunt?

Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe served a short am­bas­sado­rial term for the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO). His position was re­scinded af­ter a global back­lash about Mu­gabe’s hu­man rights in­fringe­ments. How­ever, his govern­ment be­lieves that the ap­point­ment and sud­den can­cel­la­tion was a pub­lic­ity stunt. The WHO “is the big­gest loser” and “has ben­e­fited enor­mously”, said Zim­babwe’s min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs. The de­bate has given the WHO un­prece­dented pub­lic­ity as world lead­ers and op­po­si­tion par­ties re­sponded to the ap­point­ment.

Fair play meets first aid

To­golese foot­ball player Francis Koné was cel­e­brated at the Fifa awards for sav­ing the life of a fel­low player, Bo­hemian goal­keeper Martin Berkovec, who was knocked un­con­scious in a col­li­sion with a team­mate. Koné said: “I can’t stand there … with­out do­ing some­thing. I just can’t.” His quick think­ing pre­vented Berkovec from chok­ing. This was the fourth time that Koné has ad­min­is­tered first aid dur­ing a foot­ball match.

Egypt’s hu­man rights in fo­cus

Hu­man Rights Watch, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, Re­porters with­out Bor­ders and the France-based In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion for Hu­man Rights have gath­ered in Paris to high­light hu­man rights abuses in Egypt. The rights groups spoke at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day, the day before French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron was due to wel­come Egyp­tian leader Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi. Béné­dicte Jean­nerod, the head of Hu­man Rights Watch in France, urged Macron to “refuse to con­tinue France’s dis­grace­ful poli­cies of in­dul­gence to­wards al-Sisi’s re­pres­sive govern­ment”.

Wi-fi to fly high in Ethiopia

A lit­tle more than 15% of the 100-mil­lion-plus peo­ple in Ethiopia have ac­cess to the in­ter­net, says the World Bank, where the govern­ment reg­u­larly shuts down the in­ter­net dur­ing times of po­lit­i­cal un­rest. Ethiopian Air­lines plans to of­fer free in­ter­net in the cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa, in an ef­fort to im­prove ser­vice to pas­sen­gers en­joy­ing one of the world’s largest diplo­matic hubs and the coun­try’s grow­ing tourist econ­omy.

Weah seeks out TB Joshua

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