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Suspected US drone strikes kill 31 on PakistanAfghanistan frontier

Posted On: 2017-10-17

Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said.

The attacks came days after a Canadian-American couple held hostage by the Taliban were freed from the area in Pakistan’s northwest, striking a rare positive note in the country’s often-fraught relations with the United Continue Reading »

Kenya plastic bag ban comes into force after years of delays

Posted On: 2017-08-28

A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that from Monday anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years.

The government says the ban will help protect the environment.

But manufacturers of the bags have argued that 80,000 jobs could be lost.

A court on Friday rejected a challenge to the ban. Kenyans are estimated to use 24 million bags a Continue Reading »

Angolas ruling party takes strong election lead

Posted On: 2017-08-25

Angola’s ruling MPLA party has taken a commanding lead in the country’s parliamentary election, provisional results suggest.

The party has received 64.57% of the vote in the first batch of results, the Angolan electoral commission said.

The main opposition Unita party, which has reportedly received 24.04% of the vote, disputes the commission’s count.

This week’s vote marks the end of nearly four Continue Reading »

Kenya election Laboso Waiguru Ngilu in early lead

Posted On: 2017-08-09

Ms Joyce Laboso, Ms Anne Waiguru and Ms Charity Ngilu are leading in Bomet, Kirinyaga and Kitui gubernatorial races, an indication that they are on the path to become first women governors in Kenya.

Results from Bomet posted on the IEBC portal at 5.45 am shows Ms Laboso, the Jubilee Party candidate is leading with 149,976 votes.

Her rival, incumbent governor Isaac Ruto of Chama Cha Mashinani has 71,626 votes from 623 out of 728 polling Continue Reading »

South Africas President Zuma facing no confidence vote

Posted On: 2017-08-08

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma faces a motion of no-confidence as MPs start voting in a secret ballot.

The governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties traded barbs in two hours of heated debate on Tuesday, before voting booths were brought out on to the floor.

Mr Zuma has already survived seven no-confidence votes.

But the opposition hopes some ANC MPs will side with them as the vote is Continue Reading »

North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions

Posted On: 2017-08-07

North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.

The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on Saturday, were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” the official KCNA news agency said.

Separately, South Korea says the North has rejected an offer to restart talks, dismissing it as insincere.

The sanctions will aim to reduce North Continue Reading »

Trump US Russia relations are at dangerous low

Posted On: 2017-08-03

US President Donald Trump says his country’s relationship with Russia is at a “dangerous low”, amid a feud with Congress over new sanctions imposed against Moscow.

Mr Trump approved the measure on Wednesday, despite calling it “flawed”.

Russia said the new sanctions were tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war”.

The law aims to punish Russia for its Continue Reading »

South Africa Smugglers use donkeys to smuggle cars into Zimbabwe

Posted On: 2017-08-03

Police in South Africa have foiled an attempt to smuggle a stolen luxury car into Zimbabwe using donkeys to pull it across the Limpopo river.

The suspects fled into the bushes towards Zimbabwe after their efforts to free the car from the sand failed, local police say.

Last December a vehicle stolen in Durban was recovered on the same river, attached to a group of donkeys.

Local police are investigating whether a syndicate Continue Reading »

Trumps transgender military ban not worked out yet

Posted On: 2017-07-27

The White House has not yet decided how it will implement the president’s ban on transgender people serving in the US military.

Mr. Trump’s surprise Twitter announcement on Wednesday has been met with criticism from rights groups.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration would work alongside the Pentagon to decide how to proceed.

It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect current transgender service personnel.

Why Continue Reading »

Mugabe gives sister in law USD60000 birthday gift

Posted On: 2017-07-24

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has given his sister-in-law $60,000 (£46,000) as a birthday gift, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

It says that the gift was to thank Junior Gumbochuma, who is the first lady’s eldest sister, for helping to Mr Mugabe’s children.

Mrs Gumbochuma is a pastor and the Herald reports that the president used the opportunity of her birthday celebrations to criticise Pentecostal preachers who make money from Continue Reading »

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