Trump, Duterte’s ‘bromance’ prospers in Philippines

US President Donald Trump and Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte may or may not have discussed the controversial issue of human rights during their first formal meeting on Monday, but they undoubtedly hit it off. Trump and Duterte’s representatives were at odds on whether the topics of human rights violations or extrajudicial killings were discussed during… Continue reading Trump, Duterte’s ‘bromance’ prospers in Philippines

Chinese shoppers spend record $25.3b in one day

Chinese shoppers spent a record $25 billion online on this year’s “Singles Day” promotion run by e-commerce giant Alibaba, up nearly 40 percent from last year, figures showed on Sunday. At the peak, 256,000 payments were being processed per second on Saturday, the firm said, more than 90 percent of them placed via mobile. The… Continue reading Chinese shoppers spend record $25.3b in one day

BBC unveils contenders for African footballer of 2017

The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017, including Nigerian Victor Moses, has been revealed. Other contenders are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah were unveiled during a special live launch broadcast in London. Cameroon’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner Arnaud Djoum was part of the panel… Continue reading BBC unveils contenders for African footballer of 2017

Federer downs Sock for winning start in London

Second seed Federer recorded his 50th match win of the year with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over eighth seed Jack Sock in one hour and 31 minutes in their Group Boris Becker opener. The Swiss ace who had taken a holiday after winning the Basel tournament for a record eighth time, is also in London… Continue reading Federer downs Sock for winning start in London

Bayern fires coach Ancelotti

Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti parted company with Bayern Munich on Thursday, a day after a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, the Bundesliga record winners said. Bayern said that Frenchman Willy Sagnol, a former Bayern defender and part of their coaching staff since summer, would act as caretaker, in the next game, a league… Continue reading Bayern fires coach Ancelotti

Togolese call for President Gnassingbe’s resignation

Thousands of people took to the streets of Lome on Wednesday to protest the autocratic rule of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe, who has ruled the former French colony since 2005. Guarded by police, gendarmerie and soldiers, demonstrators in the capital city demanded constitutional reforms, including a two-term presidential limit, as they held up posters saying… Continue reading Togolese call for President Gnassingbe’s resignation

UN focuses on countries hindering human-rights

The UN human rights office said on Wednesday in its eighth annual report on reprisals that a record of 29 states have retaliated against citizens who cooperate with the UN. It said that the state includes China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. “We are aware of cases where individuals we are communicating with have been abducted,… Continue reading UN focuses on countries hindering human-rights