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NO SALARY INCREASE FOR SA'S CABINET MINISTERS

10 December 2018
NO SALARY INCREASE FOR SA'S CABINET MINISTERS

There will be no annual salary increase for South Africa’s Cabinet as determined by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Presidency announced that the President’s decision was because the state needs to be considerate, especially during e...

UN WARNS OF 'SEVERE INCREASE' IN YEMEN HUNGER

05 December 2018
UN WARNS OF 'SEVERE INCREASE' IN YEMEN HUNGER

Meanwhile, the UN has warned of a "severe increase" in Yemen's hunger rate and has indicated that the situation would deteriorate further in 2019, when four million or more people are expected to need food aid.

YEMENI PEACE TALKS UNDERWAY IN SWEDEN

05 December 2018
YEMENI PEACE TALKS UNDERWAY IN SWEDEN

A Yemeni opposition delegation arrives in Sweden, accompanied by a UN peace envoy, for high-stakes talks with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war. The Huthi opposition group’s delegation arrived on a Kuwaiti plane from...

FORMER BURUNDI PRESIDENT WANTED

05 December 2018
FORMER BURUNDI PRESIDENT WANTED

Former Burundi President Pierre BUYOYA has been issued with a warrant of arrest to face charges relating to the death of Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. BUYOYA who is currently the African union’s representative in Mali, stepped down as president in...

ANGOLA EMBARKS ON FIRST MASSIVE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION

05 December 2018
ANGOLA EMBARKS ON FIRST MASSIVE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION

Angola has embarked on its first massive oil and gas exploration programme, deep in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, 250 km off the coast of Angola. At 330 metres in length and 110 meters at its highest point, the project is part of the country’s...

S.A. PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS UNDERWAY TO AMEND SECTION 25 OF CONSTITUTION

05 December 2018
S.A. PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS UNDERWAY TO AMEND SECTION 25 OF CONSTITUTION

Parliament’s National Assembly has adopted the Joint Constitutional Review Committee’s report, on the review of Section 25 of the Constitution – that is to expropriate land without compensation. The report is with the NCOP today fo...

WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR DOMESTIC AND AGRICULTURAL RELAXED IN WESTERN CAPE

05 December 2018
WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR DOMESTIC AND AGRICULTURAL RELAXED IN WESTERN CAPE

Water restrictions for urban and agricultural use in the Western Cape has been relaxed. In a statement, the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Regional Head of the Western Cape, Rashid Khan, has said that water availability at this time...

QATARI WOMEN IN FOREFRONT OF CINEMA CULTURE

04 December 2018
QATARI WOMEN IN FOREFRONT OF CINEMA CULTURE

Qatar’s women have been showered with praises for their role in the country’s film industry. Qatari women currently account for nearly 60% of all emerging filmmakers. For young female directors like Amal al-Muftah, making a film, is a wa...

ROHINGYA MIGRANTS FLEE TO NEIGHBOURING MALAYSIA

04 December 2018
ROHINGYA MIGRANTS FLEE TO NEIGHBOURING MALAYSIA

A boat carrying 20 men believed to be Rohingya migrants have reached Indonesia. In recent weeks authorities in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, have stopped boats of fleeing Rohingya migrants headed mainly for Malaysia, to reach the world's biggest Musl...

AIRCRAFT CRASHES ON HOUSE IN MEXICO

04 December 2018
AIRCRAFT CRASHES ON HOUSE IN MEXICO

During the early hours of this morning, an aircraft crashed on a house in a residential area in the northern part of Mexico.According to reports, four crew members and two women were injured on the ground. For safety reason, eight neighboring houses...

EGYPT HOSTS FIRST ARMS EXHIBITION

04 December 2018
EGYPT HOSTS FIRST ARMS EXHIBITION

Egyptian President ABDEL FATTAH al-Sisi inaugurated the arms fair in Cairo on December the 3rd with hundreds of companies exhibiting their weapons. Among the items on display are U.S. armoured personnel carriers, Indian and Saudi Arabian assault rif...

SIERRA LEONE VILLAGERS DEMAND COMPENSATION FOR DIAMOND

04 December 2018
SIERRA LEONE VILLAGERS DEMAND COMPENSATION FOR DIAMOND

Inhabitants of Sierra Leone’s Koryadu village are up in arms, as the government fails to pay out proceeds from a piece of diamond they handed over, which later sold for 6.5 million dollars last year. Sierra Leone is struggling to overcome the...

MINISTER CELE DEFENDS POLICE OFFICERS AT MADIBA CONCERT

04 December 2018
MINISTER CELE DEFENDS POLICE OFFICERS AT MADIBA CONCERT

Police Minister Bheki Cele has strongly defended officers stationed at this weekend’s concert dedicated to Nelson Mandela, after chaos and robberies took place. Concert-goers had to wait several hours for transport to leave the nearly 95,000-c...

FORMER PRESIDENT ZUMA ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO VOTE

04 December 2018
FORMER PRESIDENT ZUMA ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO VOTE

As South Africa approaches next year’s elections, former President Jacob Zuma has been motivating his supporters to participate in the upcoming 2019 general elections. 

ADV. SHAMILA BATOHI APPOINTED AS NEW NDPP

04 December 2018
ADV. SHAMILA BATOHI APPOINTED AS NEW NDPP

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Shamila Batohi as the head of the National Prosecuting Authority. Ramaphosa made the public announcement during a televised address at the Union Buildings today. Batohi was legal adviser to the prosecutor...

YEMENI HOSPITALS CAN NO LONGER COPE

03 December 2018
YEMENI HOSPITALS CAN NO LONGER COPE

Tens of thousands of Yemeni children are in danger of dying from curable sicknesses due to an acute shortage of medical supplies. The United Nations has called Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis as the country’s economy and inf...

CLIMATE PROTEST MARCH AT LAUNCH OF COP24

03 December 2018
CLIMATE PROTEST MARCH AT LAUNCH OF COP24

Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Brussels yesterday to mark the start of the UN climate summit in Poland. The protest was timed for the launch of the COP24, a UN climate summit where officials from 200 nations aim to boost effort...

12 GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS DETAINED FOR CALLING OF CLOSURE OF COAL MINES

03 December 2018
12 GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS DETAINED FOR CALLING OF CLOSURE OF COAL MINES

Meanwhile, 12 Greenpeace activists have been detained after hoisting a banner at Slovakia’s largest and oldest Brown coal mine. Greenpeace has vowed to challenge their detention...... 

COP24 SEEKS TO CEMENT CLIMATE AGREEMENT

03 December 2018
COP24 SEEKS TO CEMENT CLIMATE AGREEMENT

President of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Espinosa has warned that climate change and jobs can coexist, as COP24 kicks-off in Poland against a backdrop of dire environmental warnings. Espinosa has called for action against “urgen...

ESKOM RESUMES LOAD SHEDDING

03 December 2018
ESKOM RESUMES LOAD SHEDDING

Eskom has announced that they have implemented stage 2 rotational load shedding, as a result of a shortage of capacity as a number of its generating units are still out of service due to breakdowns. Load shedding is expected to continue until 1...

HOSNI MUBARAK SUMMONED TO GIVE EVIDENCE

03 December 2018
HOSNI MUBARAK SUMMONED TO GIVE EVIDENCE

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been summoned by the country’s high court in Cairo to testify in ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s trial. Morsi and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood were charged with breaking out of jai...

TRADE WAR CEASEFIRE REACHED BETWEEN U.S. AND CHINA

03 December 2018
TRADE WAR CEASEFIRE REACHED BETWEEN U.S. AND CHINA

China has agreed to scale back tariffs on imported US cars after an agreement was reached between President Trump and President Xi, to a ceasefire in the trade war between the world's two top economies. Investors have breathed a sigh of relief as Wa...

DRC MINING CHIEF THREATENS TO SUE ANTI-CORRUPTION NGOS

29 November 2018
DRC MINING CHIEF THREATENS TO SUE ANTI-CORRUPTION NGOS

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s head of Mining Enterprise, Albert Yuma, is threatening to sue anti-corruption NGOs that regularly denounce embezzlement in the DRC. Yuma said the country has initiated legal proceedings against these NGO...

SYRIA TALKS ON IDLIB TRUCE BEGIN IN KAZAKHSTAN

29 November 2018
SYRIA TALKS ON IDLIB TRUCE BEGIN IN KAZAKHSTAN

Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Kazakhstan for two days of talks aiming to resolve the fragile 10-week-old truce in northern Syria. The talks got underway between delegations from the three regional power-brokers as well as the...

BUHARI VISITS WOUNDED SOLDIERS AMID BOKO HARAM TENSIONS

29 November 2018
BUHARI VISITS WOUNDED SOLDIERS AMID BOKO HARAM TENSIONS

Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has visited the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a key location in the fight against Boko Haram, where he urged troops to show more commitment in fighting the opposition. Buhari addressed the delegates at an...

FIRST POLICE DRUG WAR KILLING CONVICTION IN PHILIPPINE

29 November 2018
FIRST POLICE DRUG WAR KILLING CONVICTION IN PHILIPPINE

Three Philippine policemen have been sentenced to decades in prison for murdering a teenager during an anti-narcotics sweep. Police said the 17-year-old was a drug courier who fired at them while resisting arrest. However, CCTV footage showed t...

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

29 November 2018
CONSTITUTIONAL COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

The Constitutional Court is hearing arguments today on how parents should discipline their children. This comes after the South Gauteng High Court ruled last year that it was illegal to spank children, even in private. The High court had ruled that...

AFRIFORUM VERSUS PARLIAMENT IN CAPE HIGH COURT

29 November 2018
AFRIFORUM VERSUS PARLIAMENT IN CAPE HIGH COURT

AfriForum’s urgent application to review Parliament’s joint Constitutional Review Committee report on amending section 25 of the Constitution is at the Western Cape High Court today. Last week, Parliament filed an answering affidavit to...

NPA DROPS ESTINA DAIRY CASE

29 November 2018
NPA DROPS ESTINA DAIRY CASE

The NPA has withdrawn charges against the Guptas and their associates in the alleged Estina Dairy Project controversy, due to a lack of cooperation from Indian officials. The NPA had alleged that 20 million dollars of public money meant for poo...

SENEGAL DEMANDS RETURN OF ARTWORKS

28 November 2018
SENEGAL DEMANDS RETURN OF ARTWORKS

Senegal’s culture minister, Abdou Latif Coulibally has called for the restitution by France of all Senegalese artwork following French reports urging the return of African art treasures. Tens of thousands of artworks were acquired during Frenc...

UAE TO INVEST BILLIONS IN YEMEN

28 November 2018
UAE TO INVEST BILLIONS IN YEMEN

The United Arab Emirates, one of the key partners in the Saudi-led Coalition engaged in the war in Yemen has unveiled plans to fund several projects in Yemeni’s government-controlled city of Aden. The Emirate ambassador, Salim al-Ghafi met Yem...

CHINESE PHOTOJOURNALIST VANISHES IN XINJIANG

28 November 2018
CHINESE PHOTOJOURNALIST VANISHES IN XINJIANG

A Chinese award-winning photojournalist Lu Guang has vanished in the northwest region of Xinjiang. According to reports Lu Guang’s wife said she lost contact with him on the night of November the 3rd, after he was reportedly detained by s...

CARBON-CUTTING EFFORTS HIGH AT UPCOMING UN CLIMATE TALKS

28 November 2018
CARBON-CUTTING EFFORTS HIGH AT UPCOMING UN CLIMATE TALKS

Boosting carbon-cutting efforts is high on the agenda at the upcoming UN climate talks. Most major economies are not on track to achieve their current pledges. Amongst those countries missing their target are United States, Australia, Canada, South...

11 ACCUSED IN VERULAM MOSQUE ATTACK ARE OUT ON BAIL

28 November 2018
11 ACCUSED IN VERULAM MOSQUE ATTACK ARE OUT ON BAIL

11 suspects allegedly implicated in the placing of devices in Durban and in the Verulam mosque attack which took place in May this year, have been granted bail. The accused are however conditioned to report to Durban central once a week and to also...

SAFFRON SALES SOAR GLOBALLY

28 November 2018
SAFFRON SALES SOAR GLOBALLY

As Iran tries to adjust its economy to cope with new U.S. sanctions, Iranian women have taken to the harvesting of the world’s most expensive spice: saffron. Ninety percent of saffron’s global production grows in Iran’s Khorasan pr...

LEBANON EMBARKS ON MASSIVE REFORESTATION PROGRAMME

28 November 2018
LEBANON EMBARKS ON MASSIVE REFORESTATION PROGRAMME

The Lebanese government has launched an ambitious re-forestation programme, by replanting 40 million trees throughout the country. According to environmentalists, in less than 20 years, Lebanon lost more than 3500 hectares of forest. The rise in pop...

ZIMBABWEAN OPPOSITION NOT BOUND BY ELECTION OUTCOME

27 November 2018
ZIMBABWEAN OPPOSITION NOT BOUND BY ELECTION OUTCOME

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader has once again denied that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was responsible for the violence that followed the elections on August the 1st in which six people were killed and several others wounded after so...

PROTECTION OF BLUE ENVIRONMENT KEY TO FUTURE SUCCESS

27 November 2018
PROTECTION OF BLUE ENVIRONMENT KEY TO FUTURE SUCCESS

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged world leaders to implement new measures to protect our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers, as the Blue Global Economy Conference begins in Kenya. The conference has its focus on developing methods to make better...

NEW CENTRAL AMERICAN CARAVAN HEADS FOR U.S. FROM EL SALVADOR

27 November 2018
NEW CENTRAL AMERICAN CARAVAN HEADS FOR U.S. FROM EL SALVADOR

A group of Central American migrants are preparing a new caravan to head for the US from El Salvador. According to reports, Central Americans have been living in fear of gangs forcing many parents to take this journey for their children’s futu...

PRESIDENT SIGNS NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE BILL INTO LAW

27 November 2018
PRESIDENT SIGNS NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE BILL INTO LAW

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law. South Africa’s first National Minimum Wage will be set at R20 an hour. There will be a phase-in period for farm workers, forestry workers, domestic workers, the welf...

COP SHOOTS WIFE AND HER BROTHER DURING DIVORCE COURT PROCEEDINGS

27 November 2018
COP SHOOTS WIFE AND HER BROTHER DURING DIVORCE COURT PROCEEDINGS

An off-duty policeman opened fire inside a divorce court in South Africa yesterday killing his separated wife and her brother during a tea break in legal proceedings. The incident occurred on the eighth floor at the Durban Magistrate Court. The susp...

MINISTER GORDHAN ACCUSES MALEMA OF INCITING VIOLENCE

27 November 2018
MINISTER GORDHAN ACCUSES MALEMA OF INCITING VIOLENCE

Minister Pravin Gordhan opened a case against EFF’s leader Julius Malema yesterday for allegedly inciting public violence and defamation of character. This comes after remarks were allegedly made when Malema, protested outside the commission o...

ACTIVISTS PROTEST AGAINST CHINESE PRESIDENT’S STATE VISIT

21 November 2018
ACTIVISTS PROTEST AGAINST CHINESE PRESIDENT’S STATE VISIT

Activists held a two day protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila against Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines. The protest is over the South China Sea, which an international tribunal ruled in 2016 was without basis. T...

U.N. ENVIRONMENT CHIEF QUITS

21 November 2018
U.N. ENVIRONMENT CHIEF QUITS

The United Nations Secretary General, ANTONNIO GUTERRES has accepted the resignation of the U.N’s Environment Executive Director, Erik Solheim after receiving a final audit of his official travel. According to the audit, Solheim travelled 529...

UGANDAN-CHINESE PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

21 November 2018
UGANDAN-CHINESE PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

Uganda and China have embarked on a massive hydropower plant project along the River Nile in northern Uganda, that will upon completion cost 1.4 billion dollars. The plant is expected to provide 600 megawatts of electricity, amounting to the largest...

AL BARAKA BANK’S SUKUK INITIATIVE RAISES R200 MILLION

21 November 2018
AL BARAKA BANK’S SUKUK INITIATIVE RAISES R200 MILLION

In a historic milestone for Islamic Finance in South Africa, Al Baraka Bank has become the first South African financial institution to issue a Tier 2 Capital Sukuk, by raising 200 million rands from the retail market. The Sukuk initiative is a Shar...

TUTU AWARDS PRIZE TO U.S. SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVORS

21 November 2018
TUTU AWARDS PRIZE TO U.S. SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVORS

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, United States has won the International Children’s Peace Prize for calling on the U.S. government to introduce tighter gun control laws. The student movement, March For Our Lives, was started af...

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA HOSTS GERMAN PRESIDENT

21 November 2018
 PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA HOSTS GERMAN PRESIDENT

President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted German President Steinmeyer at his official residence in Cape Town, Tuynhuis yesterday. The leaders discussed business and political issues between the two countries. President Steinmeyer compared South Africa’...

MINISTER GORDHAN TESTIFIES AT INQUIRY AMIDST PROTESTS CRITICISING GORDHAN

21 November 2018
MINISTER GORDHAN TESTIFIES AT INQUIRY AMIDST PROTESTS CRITICISING GORDHAN

South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, is testifying again today for the third day at the state capture inquiry. Pravin Gordhan was finance minister before he was abruptly fired by Zuma in March 2017. Gordhan has es...

STUDY REVEALS FUTURE DROUGHT OPTION FOR CAPE TOWN

20 November 2018
STUDY REVEALS FUTURE DROUGHT OPTION FOR CAPE TOWN

Meanwhile, a US-based Nature Conservancy group has released their report stating that Cape Town could beat future droughts by cutting down non-native trees. According to the group’s report, an estimated 55.4 billion litres of water could...

FISHING NATIONS DISAGREE ON FISH QUOTAS

20 November 2018
FISHING NATIONS DISAGREE ON FISH QUOTAS

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), have failed to reach an agreement on protective measures to stop overfishing of the Atlantic bigeye tuna. Over 60 tuna-fishing countries, non-governmental organisations and...

SAUDI-LED COALITION REJECTS CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN

20 November 2018
SAUDI-LED COALITION REJECTS CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN

Yemen’s peace prospects hit rock-bottom once again, as the Saudi Arabia-Led coalition rejected ceasefire proposals and chose to keep conducting military operations on Yemen’s Hodeidah port city until the Houthi Movement’s surrender...

AIRBNB ANNOUNCED REMOVAL OF ALL LISTINGS IN WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS

20 November 2018
AIRBNB ANNOUNCED REMOVAL OF ALL LISTINGS IN WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS

Palestinians have welcomed Airbnb’s announcement that it would remove listings in Israeli settlements in all occupied territories, including the West Bank. The home-renting company said in a statement that, the decision affecting close to 200...

MINISTER GORDHAN TESTIFIES AT STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

20 November 2018
MINISTER GORDHAN TESTIFIES AT STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, testified at the state capture inquiry for the second day today. EFF supporters protested outside the inquiry venue in Johannesburg and have strongly criticised Gordhan. Watch ITV N...

US BLACKLISTS SOUTH AFRICAN FOR HELPING N. KOREA

20 November 2018
US BLACKLISTS SOUTH AFRICAN FOR HELPING N. KOREA

The United States Treasury has placed a Russian-born South African man on its sanctions blacklist for allegedly, helping North Korea avoid an international embargo on its energy purchases. According to the US Treasury the Russian-born South African...

BRITISH PM SAYS NEXT SEVEN DAYS CRITICAL FOR THE UK AS BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS DELAY

19 November 2018
BRITISH PM SAYS NEXT SEVEN DAYS CRITICAL FOR THE UK AS BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS DELAY

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the next seven days in the Brexit process would be critical for the country's future. According to reports, the details of Brexit is still unclear as to how and the terms to leave.

ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROTESTORS BLOCKED BY POLICE AS MIGRANTS ARRIVE AT SHELTER IN TIJUANA

19 November 2018
ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROTESTORS BLOCKED BY POLICE AS MIGRANTS ARRIVE AT SHELTER IN TIJUANA

More than 3,500 Central Americans, mostly Hondurans, have arrived in Tijuana, their last stop before attempting to cross into the United States. An estimated 3,000 were still on the way. Police in the Mexican border town of Tijuana, blocked hundreds...

PRAVIN GORDHAN TESTIFIES AT STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

19 November 2018
PRAVIN GORDHAN TESTIFIES AT STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan is delivering his testimony at the state capture inquiry this morning. Last week former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan, provided testimony of the events, which led up to her replacement. Form...

CALLS MADE TO HALT ATTACKS IN YEMEN AFTER FIGHTING INTENSIFIED

19 November 2018
CALLS MADE TO HALT ATTACKS IN YEMEN AFTER FIGHTING INTENSIFIED

High-ranking Huthi official, Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, has called for opposition groups to stop firing rockets and using attack drones in the conflict in Yemen. Thousands of people have died in the conflict, which as fighting intensified last week in t...

DEATH TOLL RISES IN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE

19 November 2018
DEATH TOLL RISES IN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE

The death toll from California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire has risen to over 70. According to reports the fire which broke out 10 days ago in northern California has resulted over 900 people being unaccounted for and more than 10...

 

Turkey is set to carry out new military operations along its borders after its two previous offensives into Syria; President Tayyip Erdogan announced his manifesto for next month's elections. Turkey is now carrying out an offensive into northern Syria's Afrin region against the Syrian Kurdish militia. The Afrin campaign is Turkey's second cross-border operation into Syria during the seven-year-old civil war.

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