Shark Chases Surfer at Jbay Open Final (VIDEO)
1. Obama's First Trip To Kenya As President Is Less About His Roots This Time
"This time Obama's trip will almost certainly be less a revisiting of his roots, than an official visit by a state leader. He will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, be honored at a state dinner and hold a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta." While Obama won't be visiting his father's ancestral village, he is expected to meet privately with relatives.
2. Burundi: Thousands Flee Election Violence to Rwanda
More than 150,000 people have reportedly fled Burundi in recent weeks, in the lead up to the presidential elections that took place on Monday. Many are said to crossed the border to Rwanda. "As it stands, more than 14,000 refugees are living in Bugesera Refugee Camp, one of the biggest camps in Rwanda."
Source: International Business Times
3. Chad Trial is a Warning for Africa's Tyrants
Former Chadian President Hissene Habre went to court in Senegal this on charges of crimes against humanity, including 40,000 murders. The trial was adjourned until September so that court-appointed lawyers can prepare his defence to the charges. The proceedings, due to last around 3 months, will be heard by a Special African Chamber (CAE) created in 2013 by Senegal and the African Union.
Source: Mail & Guardian
4. Ebola: Out of the News But Still Hitting Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 27,000 people have contracted Ebola since December 2013, of which more than 11,000 have died. Although the epidemic has waned from its peak at the end of last year, when hundreds of new cases were diagnosed every week, it has so far proved impossible to eradicate completely.
Source: CNBC Africa
5. Trending Hashtag: #SomeoneTellCNN
Kenyans have responded angrily to a CNN headline describing their country as a "hotbed of terrorism" ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama this week. Using the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN, they were responding the CNN headline: "President @BarackObama isn't just heading to his father's homeland, but to a hotbed of terror."
6. What African Presidents are Paid, Why it Matters
The Africa Review has compiled salaries of African leaders to try and see what they reveal about the relationship between those in power and the governed. The report shows that only a few countries make public what they pay their leaders, and reveals that while some presidents seems to have small salaries, they still have massive control over their countries’ resources, either personally or through family members.
Source: Daily Nation
7. CAR Refugees Win Right to Vote
Central African Republic's highest court has overturned a decision by the transitional parliament that would have excluded tens of thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries from voting in the upcoming presidential election. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that there are up to 460,000 Central African refugees who fled after rebels seized power in 2013.
8. Buhari: Forces Ready Soon to Take on Boko Haram
Speaking from the U.S. where he met with President Barack Obama, Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari says that a multinational African force will be in place within 10 days to take the fight to the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands and was behind the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls.
Source: Washington Post
9. Underage African Footballers 'Trafficked' to Laos
A BBC investigation reveals that African footballers as young as 14 are reportedly being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts. Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, after it imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy earlier this year. Fifa regulations prohibit the movement of players to a foreign club or academy until they are 18.
10. Shark Chases Surfer at Jbay Open Final (VIDEO)
Australian surfing champion Mick Fanning survived a shark attack during the final heats of the J-Bay Open in Jeffery’s Bay over the weekend. Fanning was paddling out to ride his first wave when the shark surfaced next to him. The surfer was knocked off his board, then fought off the shark with his fists.