Paris says will not negotiate with hostage-takers

A security guard shows photos of Tanguy Moulin-Fournier and wife Albane (centre) and their four children, kidnapped this month while visiting the Waza National Park.. Photo: AFP

France will not negotiate with gunmen claiming to be from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram who have taken a French family of seven hostage, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 6:20pm

Video of French family, Boko Haram abductors released

Tanguy Moulin-Fournier (left) sitting next to his wife, Albane, his brother Cyril, and their four children flanked by an armed man in an undisclosed place. Photo: AFP

A video appeared on YouTube on Monday of seven kidnapped members of a French family with their abductors, who claimed to be from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and demanded the release of prisoners.

26 Feb 2013 - 1:49am

Lounge keeps the African beat going in rough ride through four years

While higher-profile food and beverage outlets come and go, Amina Lamarre-Delafoulhouse's African lounge Makumba has survived to its fourth anniversary, and she's celebrating tonight at the Peel Street cul-de-sac club. Not that it hasn't been a struggle to bring in a clientele interested in, or at least curious enough about, African culture to keep returning weekly.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Coaches fear heat more than smog

Heat, not pollution, will be the biggest worry for men's soccer teams taking part in the Olympics, according to top officials from the United States and Cameroon.

The teams will both use the ING Cup in Hong Kong this week as a platform to launch their Games bids.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Eto'o is coming to HK

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has emerged as a likely candidate for Cameroon's Olympic squad that will feature in a pre-Games tournament in Hong Kong.

Eto'o, 27, (pictured) and fellow Cameroon star Jean Makoun, who has signed for Lyon, have been named as overage players in a provisional Cameroon squad.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

City opens hearts and purses to needy asylum seekers

Readers of the South China Morning Post have responded with generosity and kindness to the plight of two families of asylum seekers featured in this newspaper this month.

28 May 2005 - 12:00am

Cameroon signs steel deal

One of the mainland's leading iron and steel giants has signed a joint venture deal to build a US$3.15 million plant in Cameroon, the China Daily reported yesterday. The Anshan Iron and Steel Co, from northeastern Liaoning province, signed the deal with an unnamed Cameroon foreign trade company at a recent trade fair in Anshan, the newspaper quoted industry sources as saying.

2 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

History repeats for Lions

DOES history repeat itself? Wednesday's 6-1 rout of Cameroon by Russia wasn't the first time the African side had been made to look decidedly ''domitable'' in a World Cup finals tournament. In 1990, when they reached the quarter-finals, they suffered a 4-0 drubbing in the group stage - to the Soviet Union, precursors of this Russian team.

3 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Silky Cameroon stars could come to party

AFRICA'S 'Indomitable Lions' are being chased to showcase next month's one-off $3.5 million soccer spectacular to celebrate the Hong Kong Football Association's 80th anniversary.

Cameroon, surprise quarter-finalists at the last World Cup in Italy, are heading for Guangzhou to play Shanghai in May and the HKFA have jumped at the chance to invite them to the territory.

7 Apr 1994 - 12:00am