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SUPERHERO MOVIE BLACK PANTHER FEATURES AN AFRICAN KINGDOM.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded once again, this time to the borders of the fictional African state Wakanda. The movie focuses on its primary superhero, Black Panther.

The big budget film from Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios has an almost entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman and is directed by acclaimed African American director Ryan Coogler.

“I’m really nervous now because the work is done and now we’re just showing it and hoping people are into it. We tried to make the best film we could, the most honest film we could and go from there,” said Coogler at the premier.

Daniel Kaluuya, who was recently nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for the groundbreaking horror ‘Get Out’ believes that ‘Black Panther’ has the same elements to break the boundaries of cinema.

“It’s going to break it as well. We’re doing what we want. It’s just going crazy. I’ve never seen an African superhero movie ever, I mean in the ilk of James Bond as well, in that kind of lane, so it’s exciting to see what happens next. I don’t know what happens next and that always excites me,” said Kaluuya.

He is the first actor of Ugandan origin to be nominated for the Oscars. His traditional Ugandan attire, kanzu at the movie premier both surprised and gave Ugandans a source of pride.

The film, which centers around a power struggle in Black Panther’s home, is reported to have already broken records – having more pre-sales of tickets than any other movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is expected to make as much as $120 million in its opening weekend.

It goes on release on February 16 in the United States. It has also been premiered in Asia.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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