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South African police have arrested around 100 foreigners during an operation to evict refugees and asylum seekers from a UN building in Cape Town. The police, who used water canon, were carrying out a court order to remove about 300 people who had occupied the building for the past three weeks in a grievance over […]

PSA Group, the French owner of Peugeot, is exploring a merger with its US-Italian rival Fiat Chrysler, it has confirmed. A deal between the two carmakers would create a business with a combined market value of nearly $50bn (£39.9bn). This is Fiat Chrysler’s second attempt at a merger this year after it pulled out of […]

Cable channel HBO has given the go-ahead for a prequel series to the hit fantasy TV show Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon will be set about 300 years before events in the original series, which ended its eight-season run earlier this year. The announcement came hours after another planned prequel, due to star […]

Tanzanian health authorities have imported 30 million condoms to curb a shortage reported earlier this year in the east African country. Many are concerned about the soaring prices of condoms, amid the dwindled distribution of government-provided condoms, the BBC Swahili’s Gilian Kikowe says. Some guest houses in the commercial capital and tourism hub, Dar es […]

talian football giant AS Roma has launched a Swahili Twitter account to engage its followers in East, Central and Southern Africa. It comes days after the club’s English-language account used Swahili to congratulate Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge for becoming the first person in history to run a marathon under two hours. Paul Rogers, head of […]

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea. He was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”. Mr Abiy’s peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. He was […]

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 is going to launch globally at the end of next year. The games console will come with a new controller that uses enhanced vibration technology. It will feature a solid-state drive that means games will boot up faster and cut loading times. The console’s graphics also get an […]

A foreign firm has launched electric motorbikes to operate as taxis in Rwanda. Safi said its fully charged e-motors can run for 45 minutes and cover a distance of 90km (55 miles). Motorbikes are a common means of transport in Rwandan cities, some 20,000 operate in the capital, Kigali, alone. Niyonkuru Christelle from Safi told […]

US drug firm Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay $8bn (£6.6bn) in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an antipsychotic drug could lead to breast growth. A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was one of thousands pending in the state. His […]

Liverpool faces possible expulsion from the English League Cup for fielding an ineligible player in last Wednesday’s 2-0 third round victory over MK Dons. Reports have identified Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who came on as a second half substitute in the win, earning the European champion a high profile tie against Arsenal in the last […]


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