Africa

Loeb retires as Rovanpera takes early Safari Rally lead
Loeb retires as Rovanpera takes early Safari Rally lead

Former world motor rally champion Sebastian Loeb retired from the Safari Rally in Kenya with engine trouble on Friday, making a second successive early exit to his selective WRC campaign. Loeb, the nine-time world champion, was making a return to the Safari after 20 years when his M-Sport Ford gave in with fire engine damage at the end of the Friday morning's fourth stage in Naivasha.

Lumumba's coffin visits Kisangani, where Congo's first premier found his way
Lumumba's coffin visits Kisangani, where Congo's first premier found his way

After a rest in his native village, the coffin of the former Belgian Congo's first post-independence prime minister Friday pursued its memorial pilgrimage to the northeastern city of Kisangani. From Kisangani, the coffin will be taken on Sunday to Katanga in the southeast, where a secessionist movement raged after independence and where Lumumba and his aides were tortured to death.

Somalia president tests positive for Covid
Somalia president tests positive for Covid

Somalia's new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Friday he is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, shortly after returning from a trip to the United Arab Emirates. The 66-year-old president returned Friday from the United Arab Emirates where he had made his first official trip abroad since his election on May 15.

Commonwealth nations free to chart own course: Prince Charles
Commonwealth nations free to chart own course: Prince Charles

Prince Charles told Commonwealth leaders Friday that the choice to become a republic or abandon the queen as head of state was "a matter for each member country to decide". "I want to say clearly, as I have said before, that each member's constitutional arrangement, as republic or monarchy, is purely a matter for each member country to decide.

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