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  • Remains of Byzantine basilica discovered at the bottom of Lake İznik

     

    The remains of an ancient basilica have been discovered about 20 meters from shore in Bursa’s Lake İznik, according to local archaeologists.

    “We have found church remains. It is in a basilica plan and has three naves,” said Mustafa Şahin, an archaeology professor at Bursa Uludağ University.

    The foundations of the church are currently lying in water that is about 1.5 to two meters deep.

    “This church’s remains are similar to the Hagia Sophia in İznik. This is why we estimated that it was built in the fifth century A.D.,” said Şahin.

    He said the structure was discovered while photographing the city from the air to make an inventory of historical and cultural artifacts.

    After the discovery, the university informed the İznik Museum Directorate and the Culture and Tourism Ministry, asking that the archaeological site be protected, Şahin said.

    There are many rough stones at the site, he said. “This shows that that the structure 

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  • Ethiopia’s star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness

     

     

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with “Ethiopia,” which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat no other artist here has achieved.

    Known for the political statements he makes in his music, an infectious mix of reggae and Ethiopian pop, the 40-year-old Tewodros Kassahun told The Associated Press that raising political issues should not be a sin.

    Open debate “should be encouraged,” he said. “No one can be outside the influence of politics and political decisions.”

    Ethiopia is an unlikely place for an outspoken singer to thrive. The government is accused of being heavy-handed on opposing voices.

    During a visit this month, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed concern about the state of emergency imposed in October after months of deadly anti-government protests demanding wider freedoms. Opposition and human rights groups blame security forces for hundreds of deaths, but the government says they largely used “proportionate” measures.

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  • New Panama Papers series exposes secret deals in Africa

     

    New revelations published today by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), in collaboration with more than a dozen news organizations in Africa, expose fresh details about the misuse of corporate secrecy and hidden wealth in Africa, the world’s poorest continent.

    Released nearly four months after ICIJ and more than 100 media partners first published what is now known as the Panama Papers, 11. 5 million files from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, today’s investigations include new details about the middleman at the center of a probe into hundreds of millions of dollars in suspected bribes paid for oil and gas contracts awarded in Algeria.

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  • Zelalem embracing U.S. pressure ahead of All-Star game

     

    When Arsenal takes on the MLS All-Stars on Thursday, U.S. national team fans will get a glimpse of potential future star Gedion Zelalem.

    The 19-year-old U.S. youth international spent last season on loan at Rangers, where he made 28 league and cup appearances, helping the club gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already tipped the teenager for great things, even if the player's body needs a bit of maturing first.

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  • Eritrea says it killed 200 Ethiopian troops in border clash, Addis Ababa points to ‘seriously weakened’ rival

     

    The African Union has urged Eritrea and Ethiopia to exercise restraint and avoid any actions that could further endanger regional stability

    ERITREA said more than 200 Ethiopian troops were killed in clashes on the two Horn of Africa countries’ border on June 12.

    A further 300 Ethiopian soldiers were wounded, Eritrea’s Information Ministry said Thursday in a statement on its website. The tolls are “conservative estimates,” it said.

    The fighting erupted in the Tserona region, about 74 kilometers (46 miles) south of Eritrea’s capital, Asmara.

    The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry accused its neighbour or sparking the fighting and said retaliatory measures by the Ethiopians “seriously weakened” the Eritrean army, it said.

    Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda didn’t answer two calls and a text message seeking comment on Thursday.

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  • What young Eritreans dream of...

     

    Eritrea provides more asylum-seekers in Europe than any other African country. Although it won independence from Ethiopia 25 years ago, it has never had elections, has no parliament and no free press. This small country, with an estimated population of three-and-a-half million, is being accused of human rights abuses, including indefinite forced conscription. The BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper gained rare access to the country.

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  • EU considering working with Sudan and Eritrea to stem migration

    Proposal intended to stop refugees reaching southern Europe, according to draft document seen by the Guardian

    Europe is considering whether to forge ahead with a plan to work with repressive African regimes in an attempt to stem migration flows, according to the draft version of a policy expected to be finalised by European officials on Tuesday.

    To stop refugees reaching southern Europe from Africa, Europe is mulling whether to partner with Sudan, whose president is wanted for war crimes, and Eritrea, whose government is accused of crimes against humanity by the UN.

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  • The Weeknd owns the night at Billboard Music Awards

     

    Last night belonged to The Weeknd as he cleaned up at the annual Billboard Music Awards.

    The Canadian singer took home eight trophies including the prize for top RnB album for Beauty Behind The Madness.

    One Direction, Rihanna and Justin Bieber were also named winners.

    While Madonna and Stevie Wonder teamed up for a powerful duet in honour of Prince. 

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