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World Cup Review: African Countries Lose In First Round

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Three of the five countries representing Africa at the world cup started their campaigns during the weekend, each of them losing their first games.

Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria were off to a losing start as they were beaten by Uruguay, Iran and Croatia respectively.

The Egyptian side missed star player Mo Salah due to injury, and seemed to be on their way to winning a point against Uruguay until a very late goal made sure they could not leave with a point.

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Morocco meanwhile, were expected to win against the Iranian side, but were shocked as Iran stole the 3 points with a lone goal.

Having been touted the most fashionable team in the FIFA World Cup, 2018, lots of people expected at least a good showing from the youngest squad in the world, Nigeria. However, against a Croatian side who many have said are having their last opportunity to shine on the world’s biggest stage, the Nigerian team came up short, losing 2 goals to nil.

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Elsewhere, the tagged favourites were not having things go their way as they and many others had expected:

Two times world cup winners, Argentina were held by World Cup debutants Iceland, in a game where star player, Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

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Reigning world cup champions, Germany were defeated by Mexico, and Neymar-led Brazil were held by Switzerland.

More drama is expected during the world cup as the games continue today, with another African representative, Tunisia, starting their campaign against England.

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Rwanda, Private Sector Partner On Education

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Rwanda, Private Sector Partner On Education

Rwanda ministry of education has announced its partnership with the private sector to boost education and achieve its goals.

Members of the private sector have vowed to work closer with the ministry to support the sector as the government pushes for knowledge-based economy.

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The private sector is working to support the government’s efforts through technology, setting up schools, teacher training, finance and community work to accelerate development especially in rural areas.

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Minister of state in the ministry of education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi says the private sector has much offer in quality education in addition to improving infrastructure.

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Algeria Declares Fmr. PM Tebboune Winner Of Presidential Election

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Algerians Protest Against Disputed Election 

Algeria`s former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won the nations’s presidential election with 58% of the vote, in an election marred by protests and a boycott.  74-year-old Tebboune was a civil servant before he became prime minister in 2017, he also served as housing minister and information minister.

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Algeria national electoral body says the voter turnout was just 40% – the lowest ever for a multi-party election in Algeria.

The vote had been boycotted by people in the protest movement who said all the candidates were recycled. Demonstrators wanted a new kind of politics and political candidates. All five candidates in the election are former senior government officials.

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Thousands of Algerians took to the streets in Algiers on Thursday to protest against a presidential election they describe as a charade.  They were chanting “no vote! We want freedom!” They claim it was an election held to keep the ruling elite in power. Police used sticks to disperse marchers in the capital, but had to fall back as the crowd grew.

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EU Removes Gabon From Euro Airspace Blacklist After 11 Years

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EU Removes Gabon From Euro Airspace Blacklist After 11 Years

The European Union has removed Gabonese airlines from a blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into European airspace.

The clearance was announced earlier this week by EU commissioner for transport Adina Vălean.  This means Gabon airlines, as the National Regional Transport, NRT, can now resume flights to Europe after eleven years.

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The EU commission said it removed Gabon from the list following improvement efforts in aviation safety by Gabonese authorities. It also said, it has cleared all Gabonese air carriers from the eu air safety list.

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Carriers based in the two Congos, Djibouti, and Equatorial Guinea still remain banned. Also blacklisted are Eritrea, Liberia, Libya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, and the Sudan.

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