EVENTS AROUND AFRICA – UPDATED DAILY

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Sunday the government will not hesitate revoking citizenship granted to Burundian refugees who were disobedient.

“The government will revoke citizenship to given to Burundian refugees who are disobedient. They will also be repatriated to their respective country of origin,” Majaliwa told naturalized Burundian refugees living at Katumba in Katavi region.

“A good number of refugees who were granted citizenship are abusing the offer by bringing in their relatives. This is unacceptable,” said the prime minister who was on a visit to the region.

Majaliwa directed the Katavi regional defence and security committee to conduct a special inspection in Katumba and Mishamo refugee camps in order to establish whether they were refugees who had been brought in by their relatives who have secured citizenship.

He said the inspection at Katumba and Mishamo refugee camps in Katavi region should also target refugees in illegal possession of firearms.

“The only person that is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Tanzania is a policeman,” said Majaliwa.

He said border regions should be highly protected to ensure that refugees were not fleeing to the east African nation illegally.

“If we allow uncontrolled entry of refugees through our border regions we will create a horrible situation,” said the prime minister.

In 2014, Tanzania granted citizenship to 162,156 former Burundian refugees, marking the largest group in which naturalisation had been offered by a country of first asylum as a solution to their decades in exile.

In December 2007, the government of Tanzania announced its willingness to offer naturalisation to the former Burundian refugees in an effort to end protracted refugee situations in the country.

The refugees have historically lived in three settlement areas in Tabora and Katavi regions in western Tanzania since 1972 and had become largely self-supporting and taxpaying members of society.

Tanzania previously granted naturalization to some 32,000 Rwandan refugees in 1982, and in February 2014 the country concluded the naturalization of 3,000 Somali Bantu refugees who had fled Somalia in 1991, after the fall of the Siad Barre regime. 

  

15 killed in twin explosions in northern Somalia

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed in twin bomb explosions in Galkayo town in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, northern Somalia on Sunday, police and witnesses said.

The police said the twin explosions targeted local government office in Galkayo town amid fierce gunfire.

The witnesses said suspected suicide bomber detonated the explosive device inside the local government office in Galkayo, killing 15 people and wounded unknown number.

Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack, saying it killed “dozens” of Puntland soldiers.

 

Three injured in mortar shell attack in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) -- At least three people were seriously injured in a mortar shell attack in Mogadishu on Sunday.

Spokesman of local government Abdifitah Omar Halane said unknown person hurled two rounds of mortar shells on the ministry of transport in Mogadishu, wounding three people.

“Two rounds of the mortar shells landed in the ministry of transport this afternoon, causing injuries to three people and burned two cars,” Halane said.

He confirmed that an emergency team rushed to put out the fire after the incident and rushed the injured to hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack, which came a few hours after Al-Shabaab militant group staged a deadly attack in the northern Somalia town of Galkayo, killing at least 15 people.

  

Two Algerians still detained in Guantanamo: Algerian official

ALGIERS, (Xinhua) -- Two Algerian nationals are still detained in the U.S. detention camp of Guantanamo in southern Cuba, Algeria’s Justice Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

“Out of the 26 inmates that had been identified in 2006, 18 were released and tried by the Algerian justice,” the statement said.

It specified that another six detainees were transferred to different host countries, while two are still detained in Guantanamo.

The statement was issued following reports that the Algerian government had abandoned its nationals detained at the U.S. prison.

The statement said the issue of Algerian nationals held in Guantanamo is the subject of “continuous monitoring” by the Algerian authorities with their U.S. counterparts.

Guantanamo is a military detention facility part of a U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba. It hosts people that were captured by U.S. forces in various operations conducted abroad, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, against potential militants and terrorists.

In November 2008, U.S. President Barack Obama promised to close the camp, regarding the increasing number of suicide acts taking place there, noting that the Supreme Court of the United States declared illegal the judicial proceedings being implemented at this high security detention camp.

 

Algeria condemns Turkey attack, urges for cooperation against terrorism

ALGIERS, (Xinhua) -- Algeria on Sunday condemned the attack that targeted a wedding ceremony in Turkey, while urging the international community for wider cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

The Algerian Foreign Ministry described the terrorist attack that hit Turkey on Saturday night as a “perfidious act.”

“Algeria has been constantly urging for coordinating efforts and intensifying international cooperation to fight this evil that threatens the security and stability of peoples and countries of the whole world,” the ministry said.

At least 51 people were killed when a teenager committed a suicide attack at a wedding ceremony in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep, near the Syria border, local media reported. 

  

Algeria, Niger to work together on counterterrorism, illegal migration

ALGIERS, (Xinhua) -- Algeria and Niger share convergent views in terms of the fight against terrorism and illegal migration, Algerian Minister Abdelkader Messahel said on Sunday.

Messahel, minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, made the remarks after talks with visiting Interior Minister of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum.

The two have discussed bilateral relations amid “challenges in the sub-region, including terrorism, illegal immigration and trafficking,” said the minister.

He suggested that Algiers and Niamy strengthen ties, and reiterated that tackling such issues requires collaborative efforts of countries in the region and also the international community.

He concluded that sub-regional strategy should be drawn up soon to defend their points of view at the UN, in the international fora, and with partners, particularly in Europe.

For his part, Bazoum, currently on a working visit in Algeria, hailed the meeting as an opportunity to discuss regional security related issues, saying that the two countries could take up joint actions.

Bazoum held talks with top government officials on the same day, including Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

Faced by several plagues, including terrorist threats, smuggling and illegal immigration, the two neighboring nations are joining efforts under the mechanism of “core countries” which group Algeria, Niger, Mali, Chad and Mauritania. 

  

DR Congo opens case against suspected perpetrators of Beni massacre

BENI,DR Congo, (Xinhua) -- The North Kivu military court over the weekend opened a case against six suspected members of a Ugandan rebel group, accused of carrying out the recent massacre of civilians in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), were equally being sought by the military for participating in an insurgency and committing crimes against humanity through killings, terrorism, rape and looting.

The suspects include one Tanzanian Kaiyagi Djuma, Congolese Kasereka Djuma as well as Ugandans Sempela Muswabo Toyota, Jackson Muhindo Kababo, Saka Muhindo Kitswamba and Jean-Baptiste Kasereka.

During their identification, suspect Muswabo is said to have been recruited in Uganda and enrolled in ADF about five months ago. He was charged with mounting and dismantling weapons for this Ugandan rebel group.

On the request of lawyers of the suspects, the North Kivu military court postponed the hearing of the cases to Monday. They said they had made the request to prepare for the defense of their clients.

The case began just a week after suspected members of ADF massacred about 50 civilians in Beni town.

Immediately after the massacre by these rebels in Beni, DR Congo President Joseph Kabila termed the attack as “pure terrorism” and urged DR Congo’s partners across the world to help end the ongoing terrorism in the east of the country.

The United Nations and humanitarian organizations have accused ADF rebel group of killing over 600 people in Beni territory, North Kivu province, since October 2014. 

  

Benin gov’t officials asked to declare their wealth

COTONOU, (Xinhua) -- Benin’s National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANLC) has asked government officials who have been in their positions since 2011 to 2016 to declare their wealth, the agency said in a report released on Sunday.

ANLC based its appeal on the anti-corruption law adopted in 2011, which stipulated that in order to fight against corruption, government officials and people working in government institutions as well as ministries had to declare their wealth while joining and leaving government service.

“The law was adopted particularly to prevent and fight against illegal wealth acquisition,” ANLC affirmed.

ANLC noted that out of 21 government ministers, only four have declared their wealth since entering government on May 17, 2016.

With regards to Parliament, ANLC report showed that out of 83 members of parliament, only six have declared their wealth.

ANLC urged all concerned authorities to ensure total compliance with the law by those expected to declare their wealth.

“The fight against illegal wealth acquisition, which was the goal of legislators when they adopted the law, risks becoming a wishful thinking if policy makers at all levels do not give a good example by promoting respect to the country’s laws,” ANLC concluded. 

  

At least 4 killed in suicide bomb attack in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack Sunday morning in Mora, a town of the Far North Region of Cameroon near the border with Nigeria, security sources told Xinhua by phone.

The attack was committed by an unidentified man who ran into a group of people at the entrance of a local market and detonated the bomb fastened on his belt, the sources said.

The sources said, “on site at least four people including the bomber himself were killed and several others injured.”

Sunday is a regular market day in Mora, a base of the multinational joint force created in 2015 by Lake Chad Basin Commission to fight against Boko Haram.

Cameroonian security forces suspected Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram was behind it. The Boko Haram has made Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger their targets with the purpose to create a caliphate.

Since July 2015, more than 100 people were killed in the Far North Region in such attacks.

Cameroon strengthened its surveillance in the Far North Region in order to stop this terrorist threat.

  

Sudan in talks with S. Sudan on stabilizing bilateral ties

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Sunday received South Sudan’s newly appointed First Vice-President Taban Deng who succeeded Riek Machar, the leader of South Sudan’s armed opposition group.

“We receive Taban Deng as South Sudan’s First Vice-President. We are not a party to decide who becomes South Sudan’s vice-president. This is an internal issue and we are dealing with the events as they are and with South Sudan government as a legitimate government,” Kamal-Eddin Ismail, Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, told reporters at Khartoum airport Sunday.

He reiterated Sudan’s commitment to the decisions of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD).

“Our stance regarding the IGAD is clear. We are with IGAD and part of the IGAD, but this is a South Sudanese government official and we are receiving him by virtue of his post, where he will find all cooperation from us,” he noted.

Deng is scheduled to hold talks with Sudan’s First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh Sunday, while he is expected to meet with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit appointed Deng as South Sudan’s first vice-president two weeks ago to replace Riek Machar who had disappeared after the recent violent clashes in the South Sudanese capital Juba which left hundreds of people dead.

The recent IGAD summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali decided to only recognize the Government of National Unity formed according to the peace deal signed between Presidents Kiir and Machar, which stipulates that Machar be the First Vice-President.

The IGAD rejected Kiir’s decision sacking Machar and appointing Deng, regarding the move as unconstitutional and representing a violation of the deal. 

  

Two Egyptian policemen killed by gunmen in al-Menufiya province

CAIRO, (Xinhua) -- Two Egyptian policemen were killed Sunday by unknown gunmen in Egypt’s Delta governorate of al-Menufiya, state-run MENA news agency reported.

Five others, including two civilians, were also wounded in the attack that was carried out at a police checkpoint in al-Menufiya’s Sadat town, 72 km north of Cairo.

Ambulances rushed to the scene of the attack and carried the casualties to Sadat Central Hospital, while prosecution was notified to launch a probe into the incident, according to MENA.

Anti-government terror attacks have notably increased in Egypt, specifically in the country’s North Sinai province, since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and later blacklisted his Muslim Brotherhood group.

Most of the attacks are carried by the Sinai-based “Sinai State,” an offshoot of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Increasing terror attacks have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers nationwide, which led the army to launch a substantial anti-terrorist operation in Sinai which has so far killed hundreds of militants.

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Kenya says willing to help S. Sudan tackle economic challenges

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said Sunday it’s willing to help South Sudan tackle her economic challenges caused by political conflict.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the gesture follows a meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta held with a visiting delegation from South Sudan this week, adding that the purpose of the meeting was to request Kenya’s help.

“We can also confirm that the South Sudan delegation made requests regarding the possibility of Kenya supporting their country at this time when they are facing severe economic challenges,” Esipisu told journalists in Nairobi.

During the visit, South Sudan’s new First Vice President Taban Deng Gai presented an economic package program to Kenyatta.

“In response to this request, the President said that in principle, Kenya was willing to assist South Sudan to the extent that it can, but this was subject to better understanding South Sudan’s needs,” Esipisu said.

The meeting agreed that the South Sudanese government sends a delegation to Nairobi to deliberate on the subject.     

“That delegation should include the Finance Minister, Central Bank Governor, as well as other relevant officials involved with food security, economic management and humanitarian affairs, who hopefully, would have a clear proposal outlining the needs of our northern neighbour,” said the spokesman.

He said Kenya’s team, led by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, would then “make an assessment and advice the President and the Government on how to move forward”.

Despite an August 2015 peace deal, heavy fighting broke out in South Sudan’s capital Juba last month, killing some 270 people and displacing thousands others, a conflict that has seen the country’s economic situation worsen as investors escaped the war. 

  

Kenya says visit by Japanese PM to boost ties

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya said Sunday the forthcoming visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Nairobi is expected to boost bilateral ties between the two countries.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said after attending the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD) VI which begins on Aug. 27, Abe will hold meetings on Kenya-Japan relations.

He said Abe is being accompanied by a large delegation of Japanese business people, acknowledging that Japan is Kenya’s leading development partner in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Esipisu, Kenya hosts one of the largest Japanese communities in Africa, adding that Nairobi is also the regional headquarters for agencies like Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) as well as its largest businesses.

TICAD, first held in 1993, is an international forum of high-level political engagement between Africa and Japan, which provides a platform for discussion on matters of national and regional development.

Japan and other TICAD co-organizers, including the African Union, the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, are expected to meet to discuss economic growth, trade and investment as well as sustainable development.

Abe and over 35 African leaders are expected to attend the two-day high level summit. 

  

Kenyan youth refine technical skills through China-sponsored contest

By Christine Lagat NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Growing up in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, Ann Ng’ang’a witnessed systematic discrimination against women and girls despite their abundant talent and skills that could be harnessed to fuel progress.

She was determined at a tender age to defy the stereotype that has always confined women to the margins in many Kenyan communities.

The third year student of mechanical engineering at a public college credits her mother and other female relatives who encouraged her to knock fearlessly every barrier that stood in her path with her achivements.

Ng’ang’a and a handful of young female college students have been selected to participate in this year’s edition of Africa Tech Challenge, a vocational skills competition sponsored by Chinese firm, AVIC International.

During an interview with Xinhua earlier this week on the sidelines of the training for the contestants, Ng’ang’a spoke of her passion for engineering that was nurtured while she was in high school.

“I loved physics while in high school aware that it would pave way for me to take up an engineering course in college. During my younger days, girls dreaded technical courses but I decided to defy that myth,” Ng’ang’a said.

She learnt about the Africa Tech Challenge in 2014 when it was launched in Kenyan tertiary institutions to boost the prowess of young adults in diverse engineering disciplines.

“Some of my friends who participated in previous editions of Africa Tech Challenge encouraged me to take it up this year. I qualified for participation in this year’s contest having proved my prowess in use of machines to solve problems,” she said.

She is among some 120 Kenyan students who are going through an intensive training at a university campus in the capital Nairobi in readiness for a contest to gauge their technical skills to be held in late August, alongside a dozen of students from Uganda, Zambia and Ghana.

The month-long training is covering two courses that include operation of conventional lathe machines and computer numerical control (CNC) machining.

Chinese tutors are conducting the training to boost the capacity of African engineering students to operate industrial machines.

“So far, I have learnt how to operate lathe machines at ease thanks to intensive training and mentorship. It has been possible to put theories learnt in class into practice,” said Ng’ang’a.

Her ambition is to become an outstanding mechanical engineer upon graduation from college next year.

“It will be a great honor to become part of the growing army of female engineers in this country. I intend to use my spare time and mentor young girls to take up technical courses,” Ng’ang’a told Xinhua.

The China-sponsored contest has provided a platform for budding young engineers in Kenya to hone their skills and network with potential employers.

This year’s contest, themed of “Made in Kenya”, has attracted ambitious youth from universities and vocational training institutes from different parts of the country.

Eric Chimwani, a second-year welding and fabrication student at a vocational training institute in western Kenya, said his participation at this year’s contest was an eye-opener.

“My college mates alerted me about a call for participation at this year’s challenge. I participated in the regional competition and was shortlisted to take part in the finals,” said Chimwani.

His training on operation and maintenance of conventional lathe machines that commenced a fortnight ago has boosted his skills in mechanical engineering.

“The training is very rich in terms of content and it is not as challenging as I previously thought. Our Chinese tutors are good and share knowledge without holding back,” Chimwani said, adding that future dream is to establish a workshop near his home town to earn a living through welding and fabrication.

The top three winners in the conventional lathe machines category in the contest will be awarded scholarships to study for masters’ degree in mechanical engineering in China.

Executives from AVIC International say the number of Kenyan tutors and students who have gained from Africa Tech Challenge has increased tremendously.

“We have trained over 290 teachers and students with technical skills since we first launched ATC in 2014,” said Qian Rong, Deputy President of AVIC International.

He said that his company had also offered cash rewards, internships and full time working opportunities for groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding engineering prowess.

  

East Africa urged to strengthen law for mining industry

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- The East Africa Development Bank (EADB) has called on regional countries to strengthen laws for the mining industry to ensure equitable distribution of resources.

EADB Director General, Vivienne Yeda, said the discovery and ongoing exploration of various minerals in the region have raised the expectation of host communities and governments that resource extraction will result into wealth creation, reduced budget deficit and improve the conditions of the local people.

“It is critical that host countries are able to derive tangible benefits from the exploitation of their natural resources,” Yeda told a regional seminar for judges from East Africa region which ended in Nairobi on Sunday.

“The benefits should accrue to the local communities in form of appropriate royalties, taxes, dividends, business opportunities, professional jobs and employment for skilled labour,” she added.

Yeda said that there should be a clear benefit to the country, commensurate with the amount of resources derived for the country.

In order to achieve this, taxes and other fiscal rates, environmental and social management in Africa should be comparable to those prevailing in advanced economies, she added.

The seminar, which was organized by EADB, was designed for judges from the East African region involved in arbitrating transactions and settlement of disputes in the extractive sectors.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the seminar, Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai asked public sector lawyers in the region to ensure that resource wealth brings East Africa long-term and sustainable economic development through preventing resource dependence and encouraging economic diversification.

This, Muigai said, will encourage job creation despite the sector’s capital-intensive nature, by minimizing environmental degradation and by allowing for the benefits to accrue even after depletion of resources.

“The governments in the general East African region are increasingly putting in place legal and regulatory mechanisms to support the investments in the extractives sector,” he said in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Solicitor General, Christine Agimba.

“This includes reviewing of outdated legislation and the enactment of new laws as well as other mechanisms to improve the investment climate and enhance the ease of doing business,” Muigai added.

He said the rise of exploration activities has also seen a rise in litigation both before Kenyan courts, and internationally in forums like International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and these calls for a closer examination of how disputes are resolved. 

  

Feature: China-built school helps S. Sudanese students dream big

By Daniel Majack JUBA, (Xinhua) -- A China-built secondary school in South Sudan’s capital Juba has helped kept the aspirations of students despite the uneasy environment in the war-torn nation.

The China Friendship School, which was constructed in 2013 by a Chinese company, currently accommodates over 2,000 students.

Solomon Michael Abas, a 17-year-old Form Three student, said he feels encouraged by the good learning facilities he enjoys at the school.

“My being here has encouraged me to become a gynecologist in future. I hope one day the Chinese will come here to give us science tips because what they did to build this school proofs that one day they will come back,” Abas told Xinhua earlier this week.

The school’s deputy head teacher, Onesimo Uonyi Loguya, told Xinhua that the 14-classroom structure had helped thousands of poor and vulnerable students to continue with their education because of its affordability and secure learning environment.

“We are really very thankful to the Chinese government for having done their best to erect this school in Munuki Payam because this is the only government (run) secondary school here. Before, students were getting difficulties to get to school,” Loguya said.

Loguya said the school had recorded increased number of student enrollment since 2014 and it was becoming congested.

Wani Sule Ladu, Jubek State education minister, said China had played a major role in supporting South Sudan in the infrastructure and education sectors, adding there were several China-funded schools throughout the state.

Elizabeth Juru, another Form Three student, called on authorities to upgrade facilities at the school to meet certain standards.

“What makes me happy about this school is the good learning environment that we enjoy. I want to be a doctor in future. But currently the science students lack books and a laboratory for doing practical work, which is making learning difficult,” Juru told Xinhua.

South Sudan’s education indicators remain among the worst in the world. The country’s education sector remains critically under-resourced, according to the Ministry of Education. Official data shows annual allocation to education stood at 7 percent for 2013-2014.

This has contributed to high number of school dropout, low primary completion rate, scarce teaching and learning materials and inadequate school infrastructure, with a large number of open air classrooms.

The adult literacy rate stands at 27 percent, and 70 percent of children aged between six and 17 have never set foot in a classroom—with only 33 percent of girls in schools, one of the lowest in the world, according to the UN children’s agency (UNICEF) report released in March.

Michael Lopuke, Undersecretary for Education, said the country was seeking funds for reconstruction of learning institutions.

South Sudan has been blighted by a more than two-year civil war that erupted in December 2013, and there are renewed clashes between the two factions involved in the war. 

  

China pledges 10 mln USD aid to South Sudan

JUBA, (Xinhua) -- China has pledged a 10 million U.S. dollars aid to help South Sudan respond to humanitarian needs.

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang told Xinhua late Saturday the funds will be used to purchase food and non-food items in an effort to immediately rescue lives of thousands in dire humanitarian condition.

Ma said people of South Sudan are at critical humanitarian assistance aggravated by the recent fighting that has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their country to seek refuge in the neighboring countries.

“I am going to meet the minister of humanitarian affairs to discuss other items that are urgently needed so that we can immediately provide to rescue those in dire need of assistance,” Ma told Xinhua in Juba.

The current humanitarian situation was prompted by renewed fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar and the mid December 2013 civil strife.

Ma said the immediate humanitarian assistance needed includes rice, shelters and medical drugs for maternal diseases and cholera, as well as other valuable medical equipment.

He stressed that at this critical time China is still committed to providing humanitarian assistance to those who are in need.

In 2016, humanitarian needs in South Sudan have continued to grow as a result of violence, displacement, hunger and disease. 

  

Ghana advance to final stage of Africa U-17 qualifiers

ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- Ghana’s U-17 national team, Black Starlets has advanced to the next stage of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-17 qualifiers despite losing away to Burkina Faso.

The Black Starlets lost 1-4 to their West African neighbors in the return leg of the qualifiers in Ouagadougou on Saturday.

Ghana thus progressed to the final round of the qualifiers on a 6-5 aggregate following a 5-1 drubbing of the young Stallions at the China-built Cape Coast sports stadium two weeks ago.

Ghana’s team now has a date with neighbors Cote d’Ivoire in the last round of the journey to the 12th edition of the eight-team Africa U-17 tournament scheduled to take place in Madagascar in 2017.

The Black Starlets, two-time champions of the tournament, makes another attempt to seal qualification to the youth event after being disqualified from the last gathering for fielding an over-age player in the qualifiers.

The winner of the two-legged qualifier will join hosts Madagascar and six other teams for the championship.

The first-leg of the final round qualifiers will begin on Sept.16, 2016. 

  

Zuma congratulates Team South Africa at Rio Games

CAPE TOWN, (Xinhua) -- President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Team South Africa for an outstanding performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games in Brazil.

South Africa has so far produced 10 medals comprising of two gold, six ilver and two bronze.

Wayde van Niekerk firstly clinched gold for the country where he made world history by breaking the 17 years old record set by Michael Johnson’s mark of 43.18. Van Niekers won the gold medal at the world record on 43:03 seconds.

Caster Mokgadi Semenya dramatically won 800m gold medal at 1 minute 55.28 seconds, making this the 25th gold won by South Africa in the country’s Olympic history.

“We are immensely proud of the South African team for their outstanding performance at the Olympics games this year and for making and smashing national and world records,” Zuma said.

“The team has once again put the country on the global map and proved indeed that we are a winning nation. We also thank the people of South Africa for their full support of our athletes,”  Zuma added.

  

Final medal table at Rio Olympic Games

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua) -- Following is final medal table at Rio Olympic Games after the competitions on Sunday, August 21 (tabulated under delegations, gold, silver, bronze and total medals):

United States      46   37   38   121 
Britain                  27   23   17    67
China                   26   18   26    70
Russia                 19   18   19    56
Germany             17   10   15    42
Japan                  12     8   21    41
France                10   18   14    42
South Korea          9    3    9    21
Italy                         8   12    8    28
Australia                8   11   10    29
Netherlands           8    7    4    19
Hungary                  8    3    4    15
Brazil                      7    6    6    19
Spain                      7    4    6    17
Kenya                     6    6    1    13
Jamaica                 6    3    2    11
Croatia                   5    3    2    10
Cuba                      5    2    4    11
New Zealand         4    9    5    18
Canada                  4    3   15    22
Uzbekistan             4    2    7    13
Kazakhstan            3    5    9    17
Colombia               3    2    3     8
Switzerland            3    2    2     7
Iran                          3    1    4     8
Greece                   3    1    2     6
Argentina               3    1    0     4
Denmark               2    6    7    15
Sweden                 2    6    3    11
South Africa          2    6    2    10
Ukraine                  2    5    4    11
Serbia                   2    4    2     8
Poland                  2    3    6    11
DPR Korea          2    3    2     7
Belgium                2    2    2     6
Thailand               2    2    2     6
Slovakia               2    2    0     4
Georgia                2    1    4     7
Azerbaijan           1    7   10    18
Belarus                1    4    4     9
Turkey                  1    3    4     8
Armenia              1    3    0     4
Czech Republic  1    2    7    10
Ethiopia              1    2    5     8
Slovenia              1    2    1     4
Indonesia            1    2    0     3
Romania              1    1    3     5
Bahrain                1    1    0     2
Vietnam               1    1    0     2
Chinese Taipei    1    0    2     3
Bahamas              1    0    1     2
Côte d’Ivoire        1    0    1     2
IOA                       1    0    1     2
Fiji                        1    0    0     1
Jordan                 1    0    0     1
Kosovo               1    0    0     1
Puerto Rico        1    0    0     1
Singapore          1    0    0     1
Tajikistan            1    0    0     1
Malaysia             0    4    1     5
Mexico                0    3    2     5
Algeria                0    2    0     2
Ireland                 0    2    0     2
Lithuania             0    1    3     4
Bulgaria              0    1    2     3
Venezuela          0    1    2     3
India                    0    1    1     2
Mongolia             0    1    1     2
Burundi                0    1    0     1
Grenada              0    1    0     1
Niger                    0    1    0     1
Philippines          0    1    0     1
Qatar                   0    1    0     1
Norway                0    0    4     4
Egypt                   0    0    3     3
Tunisia                 0    0    3     3
Israel                    0    0    2     2
Austria                 0    0    1     1
Dominican Republic   0    0    1     1
Estonia                0    0    1     1
Finland                 0    0    1     1
Morocco              0    0    1     1
Republic of Moldova  0    0    1     1
Nigeria                0    0    1     1
Portugal              0    0    1     1
Trinidad and Tobago  0    0    1     1
United Arab Emirates 0    0    1     1
Note: IOA, Independent Olympic Athlete

 

Ethiopian, Chinese runners triumph at Ordos marathon

HOHHOT, China, (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian distance runner Bekele Tarekegn Zewdu and China’s Zhang Jingxia won the men’s and the women’s marathons respectively on Sunday in Ordos, a city of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

In the men’s full marathon, Zewdu finished first in two hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds, followed by China’s Bao Bilige in 2:32:15. Chinese runner Jia Junfeng stood third with 2:41:03.

Zhang Jingxia took the women’s title at three hours, five minutes and 55 seconds, while the runner-up Qian Aruna of Inner Mongolia finished in 3:15:05, followed by Shandong’s Fang Guangxia with 3:19:2.

A total of 15,000 professional and amateur runners participated in the full marathon, half marathon and a 5-km mini marathon in Ordos. 

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