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Residents in Ramallah City have expressed cautious optimism over reconciliation agreement reached by Palestinian rival movements Fatah and Hamas. The two movements agreed on a complete handover of Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to Fatah by Dec.1 to enable the consensus government under Fatah to have full control of the enclave. Despite the two movements committing to overcoming bitter differences and working toward statehood, some are voicing their doubts on whether reconciliation will really last.

TENSIONS HIGH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

20 November 2017
 TENSIONS HIGH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

  Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have warned Iran and Hezbollah that the League would not stand-by in the face of Iranian interference in the affairs of other countries in the region. The League said in a statement that it would...

JORDAN TO CONTINUE WITH DEAD-SEA WATER POJECT

20 November 2017
 JORDAN TO CONTINUE WITH DEAD-SEA WATER POJECT

  iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mX6cGabHEQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The Jordanian government has vowed to forge ahead with the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project despite Israel’s threa...

EU-ASIA SUMMIT ON ROHINGYA CRISIS BEGINS

20 November 2017
  EU-ASIA SUMMIT ON ROHINGYA CRISIS BEGINS

  The European Union and Asian nations are meeting in Bangladesh in a bid to find a lasting solution to the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state following a violent crackdown by the military on August 25. Accor...

ANC STALWARTS CONFERENCE

20 November 2017
 ANC STALWARTS CONFERENCE

  Former President Thabo Mbeki has decried the state of the African National Congress (ANC), saying it has been infested by a rot and captured by a dominant faction that is not ANC. Mbeki was speaking at the last day of the ANC stalwart’s...

ZIMBABWE CRISIS

20 November 2017
 ZIMBABWE CRISIS

  Zimbabweans were left stunned and shocked following President Mugabe’s speech on Sunday night. Many had hoped the 93 year old would leave office gracefully, fears are mounting of a purge by Mugabe loyalists. Thousands of Zimbabweans too...

ZIMBABWE CRISIS

20 November 2017
 ZIMBABWE CRISIS

  President Robert Mugabe has brushed off calls for his resignation and instead appealed for unity in the ruling Zanu-PF party. It was widely expected that Mugabe would announce his resignation on state television...

YEMEN WAR

15 November 2017
  YEMEN WAR

  As is the case in most conflicts, the poor and vulnerable suffer the most. In Yemen, thousands of children have been left orphaned in the conflict and have turned to begging to help put food on the table.

CHINA ACTIVE IN UN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

15 November 2017
 CHINA ACTIVE IN UN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

  The Chinese delegation attending the ongoing UN Climate Change (COP23) presented China’s efforts  in developing the free economy as another example of China’s constructive engagement with the world. Although China is one of t...

KENYAN ELECTION RESULTS BACK IN COURT

15 November 2017
KENYAN ELECTION RESULTS BACK IN COURT

  Kenya’s Supreme Court has received three petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s presidential elections, in what may be the last chance for legal scrutiny of the vote. Two of the petitions fi...

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023

15 November 2017
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023

  South Africans are waiting to see if its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is successful.  The country was named World Rugby’s preferred candidate after a rigorous and hotly-contested evaluation process. Other bidding...

ZIMBABWE POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

15 November 2017
 ZIMBABWE POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

  As the crisis intensifies in Zimbabwe, we take a look at the life of President Mugabe who has been in power since 1980. The once prosperous country is now in the midst of economic ruin with skyrocketing inflation, a currency that is devalued...

ZIMBABWE POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

15 November 2017
ZIMBABWE POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

  There’s uncertainty around the political situation in Zimbabwe with the army denying reports of a coup while confirming its pursuing what it calls criminals around President Robert Mugabe. Speculation about Harare’s fate was promp...

KENYAN OPPOSITION CALLS FOR REVIEW OF CONSTITUTION

08 November 2017
 KENYAN OPPOSITION CALLS FOR REVIEW OF CONSTITUTION

  Kenya’s leader of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has called for a government of national unity to run the country for six months while a constitutional review to limit the powers of the president is being discussed....

NATO TO SEND 3000 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

08 November 2017
 NATO TO SEND 3000 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

  The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), has agreed to send about 3 000 additional troops to Afghanistan for training missions. NATO stressed that the soldiers will not participate in combat, but will provide training assistance an...

ROHINGYAS CAUGHT UP IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING

08 November 2017
ROHINGYAS CAUGHT UP IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  Hundreds of human trafficking rings are reportedly roaming the refugee camps in Bangladesh looking for easy prey. The United Nations has warned that trafficking networks already in existence in southern Bangladesh, sprawling camps which have...

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVISTS PUSH FOR ACTION

08 November 2017
 CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVISTS PUSH FOR ACTION

  Delegates from 200 countries are meeting in Bonn for the third day of the United Nations climate change talks to find ways to strengthen the 2015 Paris Climate Change deal which has been criticised by the United States as misleading. Climate...

RUSSIA SLAMS INQUIRY INTO GAS ATTACKS IN SYRIA

08 November 2017
 RUSSIA SLAMS INQUIRY INTO GAS ATTACKS IN SYRIA

  Russia has rejected a report by an international inquiry blaming the Syrian government for a deadly toxic gas attack, casting doubt on whether the U.N. Security Council can agree to extend the investigation's mandate before it expires ne...

DIPLOMATIC ROW WITH QATAR REMAINS

07 November 2017
DIPLOMATIC ROW WITH QATAR REMAINS

  The five-month long diplomatic crisis Qatar is facing will bring a negative impact to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as Bahrain threatens to boycott the next GCC summit if Qatar’s membership is not suspended, says Muss QALLAB, a po...

GREENPEACE CALLS FOR ACTION NOW

07 November 2017
GREENPEACE CALLS FOR ACTION NOW

  With the COP23 international climate conference well underway in Bonn, Germany, Greenpeace executive Director, Jennifer Morgan urged delegated to tackle the reduction of emissions. According to reports, 2017 is set to be in the top three hott...

MYANMAR URGED TO HALT MILITARY ACTION

07 November 2017
  MYANMAR URGED TO HALT MILITARY ACTION

  Members of the United Nations Security Council have urged the government of Myanmar to ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state”, where violence has forced more than 600 000 Rohingya refugees to flee into Bangl...

MUGABE FIRES VICE PRESIDENT

07 November 2017
MUGABE FIRES VICE PRESIDENT

  Zimbabweans are still waiting to hear the reaction of sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa is accused of disloyalty and failure to discharge his duties in a reliable manner, said the Zimbabwean Minister of Information. At 75 he...

ANC SUCCESSION

07 November 2017
ANC SUCCESSION

  African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu says that she wants to do away with "slate politics" because it destroys the party. She was responding to deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to n...

PARADISE PAPERS

07 November 2017
 PARADISE PAPERS

  High-profile South Africans and companies have been named in a massive tax leak which is being described as explosive and damning. The huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how entities, including Standard Bank, Glencore and the S...

BONN PREPARES TO HOST CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

06 November 2017
BONN PREPARES TO HOST CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

  The German city of Bonn prepares itself to host the COP23 Climate Change Conference in which government experts from around the world will discuss the implementation of the global plan to combat global warming and seek to end the era of fossi...

UN TO INVEST $300 MILLION IN COLOMBIA

06 November 2017
 UN TO INVEST $300 MILLION IN COLOMBIA

  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says it has signed an agreement to offer assistance worth 300 million U.S. dollars to the Colombian government in its efforts to reduce the production of cocaine in Colombia. Illicit cultiv...

SAUDI CORRUPTION ARRESTS

06 November 2017
 SAUDI CORRUPTION ARRESTS

  Saudi Arabian citizens reacted positively to the reports of 11 princes, four current ministers and dozens of former ministers being detained by authorities. The arrests were made under a probe by a new anti-corruption body headed by Crow...

SAUDI-LED AIRSTRIKES HIT SANAA

06 November 2017
 SAUDI-LED AIRSTRIKES HIT SANAA

  Saudi-led coalition warplanes waged a series of airstrikes on military targets in the Yemen capital of Sanaa, just few hours after a ballistic missile attack on Riyadh claimed by the Houthi movement. The Yemeni crisis erupted in 2015 a few mo...

LIBERIAN ELECTION

06 November 2017
 LIBERIAN ELECTION

  The streets of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia remain calm despite heightened tensions ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling on a new presidential election date. Liberia’s Supreme Court halted  a presidential run-off election...

NUCLEAR BUILD TO BE FAST TRACKED?

06 November 2017
         NUCLEAR BUILD TO BE FAST TRACKED?

  President Jacob Zuma has slammed those who are anti-nuclear, saying people who don’t support the project are backing the wrong force. The president addressed supporters in Kagiso on the West Rand on Sunday. The City Press...

NEW YORK CHARGE SUSPECT OF TRUCK ATTACK

02 November 2017
  NEW YORK CHARGE SUSPECT OF TRUCK ATTACK

  New York City police say they have charged Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbekistan immigrant for driving a truck into cyclists and pedestrians on Tuesday. Saipov confessed to authorities while in custody that he planned the attack a year ago... He has...

CHINA PRAISED FOR GLOBAL PEACE EFFORTS

02 November 2017
  CHINA PRAISED FOR GLOBAL PEACE EFFORTS

  China has been singled out by the United Nations as one of the leading countries that has made significant contributions to a new world order.  China’s multi-lateralism has made sure that no-one is left behind in line with the Unit...

GLOBAL WARMING

02 November 2017
GLOBAL WARMING

  The United Nations remained optimistic that drastic measures can still be taken to reduce carbon gas emissions. According to new statistics, greenhouse emissions are on course to be about 30 percent above the 2030 global target, despite signs...

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TAKES OVER GAZA

02 November 2017
 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TAKES OVER GAZA

  The Palestinian Authority has taken full control of Gaza city and its border after Hamas ceded control of the border crossings with Israel and Egypt. The Palestinian Authority’s control of Gaza marks the beginning of a new era of unity...

LIBERIAN ELECTION

02 November 2017
 LIBERIAN ELECTION

  Liberia’s Supreme Court has halted next week’s presidential run-off election between former soccer star George WEAH and Vice-President Joseph Boakai until it considers a challenge to first round results by a losing candidate who a...

PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY MARCH

02 November 2017
 PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY MARCH

  Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have gathered at Church Square in Pretoria for a march to the Israeli embassy. The march which coincides with the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is in solidarity with the Palestini...

7TH ROUND OF SYRIAN TALKS CONCLUDE

01 November 2017
7TH ROUND OF SYRIAN TALKS CONCLUDE

  Syrian government and opposition held their seventh peace summit in Astana, Kazakhstan in a bid to find a political solution to the six-year-old conflict. Although no peace plan has been agreed yet all sides to the negotiations have welcomed...

ASYLUM SEEKERS LEFT STRANDED

01 November 2017
 ASYLUM SEEKERS LEFT STRANDED

  Asylum seekers who decided to stay in the Lombrun detention CENTER on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island after it was officially closed on Tuesday said the situation was unsafe. The camp’s closure is part of the Australian government...

INTERNATIONAL MIGRANT CRISIS

01 November 2017
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANT CRISIS

  Libya’s coastguard intercepted 299 migrants on two rubber boats east of Tripoli trying to enter Europe illegally. Libya’s shoreline has become the main departure points for migrants trying to reach Europe by boat, many of them fle...

KENYAN OPPOSITION REJECT ELECTION RESULTS

01 November 2017
 KENYAN OPPOSITION REJECT ELECTION RESULTS

  After boycotting the re-run of the Kenyan presidential election, opposition leader Raila Odinga said, he would use pickets and petitions to protest the presidential poll and convene a “People’s Assembly” to try to improve go...

NEW STATISTICIAN GENERAL

01 November 2017
 NEW STATISTICIAN GENERAL

  The country’s new statistician-general Risenga Maluleka says he is excited and ready to take over in his new position. Malulule takes over from outgoing tactician general Padi Lehohla today. Maluleke is confident his experience makes hi...

STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

01 November 2017
 STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

  President Jacob Zuma has proposed yet another option for the state capture inquiry in order to avoid being investigated. In responding papers filed to the court on Tuesday, Zuma’s legal team argued that part of Thuli Mand...

INTERNATIONAL CRICKET RETURNS TO PAKISTAN

30 October 2017
 INTERNATIONAL CRICKET RETURNS TO PAKISTAN

  Pakistan celebrated the return to international cricket to the country with a comfortable win against Sri Lanka in front of a packed stadium in the eastern city of Lahore yesterday. Pakistan’s isolation began in 2009 when attackers targ...

ROHINGYA CRISIS

30 October 2017
  ROHINGYA CRISIS

  Rohingya Muslims continue to stream into Bangladesh despite international efforts to stop the exodus.  More than 600 000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh since August 25 following an army crackdown in Rakhine state...

SAUDI FM ACCUSES YEMEN’S HOUTHIS OF AGGRESSION

30 October 2017
 SAUDI FM ACCUSES YEMEN’S HOUTHIS OF AGGRESSION

  Foreign Ministers and army chiefs of the nation’s constituting the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen are meeting in Riyadh to assess progress being made in the fight against the Houthis in Yemen. The coalition began a military campa...

KENYAN ELECTION CLOUDED BY UNCERTAINTY

30 October 2017
 KENYAN ELECTION CLOUDED BY UNCERTAINTY

  One of Kenya’s church leaders, Bishop Washington Ogonyo has appealed for unity and calm in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu two days after election clashes that led to an indefinite postponement of the presidential poll in four weste...

NEW UNIT FOR RED CROSS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CT

30 October 2017
NEW UNIT FOR RED CROSS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CT

  Three years and over R100 million worth of donations later, a new unit for sick babies is finally ready at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Most of the money to expand paediatric intensive care unit came from...

#BLACKMONDAY

30 October 2017
#BLACKMONDAY

  Farming communities all over the country took to the streets today to raise awareness over farm killings. Hundreds of Cape Town farmers and community members will stage a mass protest. A convoy of tractors, trucks and bakkies from Stelle...

CLIMATE CHANGE

26 October 2017
CLIMATE CHANGE

  Indigenous leaders attending the Royal Society in London say they needed respect for their rights more than money to help them protect forests. Research has shown that at least a quarter of the world’s carbon stored above the ground in...

PALESTINIANS CONDEMN NEW JEWISH SETTLEMENT

26 October 2017
 PALESTINIANS CONDEMN NEW JEWISH SETTLEMENT

  Palestinians have condemned Israel’s parliament’s approval to build 176 new housing units in East Jerusalem in what has been described as a major expansion of a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood. P...

TURKEY RELEASES RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

26 October 2017
 TURKEY RELEASES RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

  Eight human rights activists were released from prison early today (Oct. 26) including the director of the local branch of Amnesty International, pending a verdict in their trial on terrorism charges.  Two other activists were released u...

RED CROSS OVERWHELMED BY SCALE OF ROHINGYA CRISIS

26 October 2017
 RED CROSS OVERWHELMED BY SCALE OF ROHINGYA CRISIS

  The Chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross says he was overwhelmed by the scale and magnitude of the Rohingya crisis. Elhadj As Sy was inspecting the relief work being done by the Red Cross in refugee camps in Bangladesh. He sa...

KENYAN ELECTION

26 October 2017
KENYAN ELECTION

  Voting in some parts of Kenya’s inner city voting stations were interrupted when protesters barricaded roads leading to polling stations as they engaged police in running battles this morning. Kenya’s presidential re-run is oversh...

FEES MUST FALL

26 October 2017
FEES MUST FALL

  Fees must fall protests have resumed at the University of Cape Town. Two students were arrested and will appear in court today. The students want assurances that their fees will not be increased and want a report by the fees commission appoin...

NEW DAWN FOR US-AFRICA RELATIONS

24 October 2017
 NEW DAWN FOR US-AFRICA RELATIONS

  African Union leaders are anxiously waiting to hear U.S. strategy on Africa as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, NIKKI HALEY begins her tour of Africa. Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, he has been vocal about North Korea, t...

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES MUST COOPERATE

24 October 2017
  DEVELOPING COUNTRIES MUST COOPERATE

  Developing nations have been called upon to pool their resources to build a common community with a shared future for mankind. Members of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are meeting in the Philippines to discuss strategies to p...

QUEBEC NIQAB BAN

24 October 2017
 QUEBEC NIQAB BAN

  Muslim women in Canada have vowed to oppose the Quebec province’s ban on the wearing of the Niqab in public spaces.  Last week, the government said it was going to ban face coverings form people giving or receiving government servi...

BANGLADESH NGOS CALL FOR MORE U.N. INVOLVEMENT

24 October 2017
 BANGLADESH NGOS CALL FOR MORE U.N. INVOLVEMENT

  Bangladesh NGOS have called on U.N. agencies to involve their local counterparts more to better address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar where nearly one million Rohingya Muslim refugees have...

#FEESMUSTFALL

24 October 2017
 #FEESMUSTFALL

  The University of Cape Town’s vice-chancellor has urged President Jacob Zuma to release the higher education fees commission report as soon as possible. Zuma has received the final report from the commission, which i...

CRIME STATS 2017

24 October 2017
CRIME STATS 2017

  Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has presented the latest crime stats in Parliament today. And the latest figures don’t make for good reading. The figures show an increase in the murder rate by 1.8% with Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal the hard...

MIGRANT CHILDREN SLEEPING ROUGH IN CALAIS

23 October 2017
 MIGRANT CHILDREN SLEEPING ROUGH IN CALAIS

  Hundreds of migrant children who crossed into northern France and lived in the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais are reportedly sleeping rough, with little access to organised support. Since the demolition of the camp a year ago, th...