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24 February 2018 5:02 PM Ethiopia ruling party to pick new PM next week

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's ruling coalition will meet to choose a new prime minister next week, a party official said on Saturday. Hailemariam Desalegn resigned as prime minister last week after ordering a mass prisoner amnesty and days of protest in Africa's second most-populous country. A state of emergency was declared the following day. The 180-member 17

24 February 2018 3:52 PM DA launches petition against VAT increase

Tshwane – The Democratic Alliance has launched a national petition to have the recently announced increase in the country’s Value Added Tax revoked. Speaking at the launch at a rally in Soshanguve, Tshwane, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the National Budget, tabled in Parliament this past Wednesday by Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, was the first actual 16

24 February 2018 3:00 PM Morocco police arrests prominent newspaper publisher

Rabat - Moroccan police on Friday arrested a newspaper publisher and prominent journalist, known for editorials critical of authorities in the North African country, a colleague said. Taoufiq Bouachrine, 49, was arrested during a police raid on his newspaper, Akhbar al-Yaoum, in Casablanca, Mounir Abou Al Maali told AFP. He said around 20 policemen in civilian 17

24 February 2018 10:56 AM S Africa's top court upholds Nigerian oil militant conviction

Johannesburg - South Africa's top court on Friday reinstated a 24 year prison sentence for a Nigerian oil militant convicted of a series of terror attacks in his home country eight years ago. Henry Okah was jailed in 2013 for masterminding a number of attacks, including twin bombings which killed 12 people in the Nigerian capital Abuja during independence 18

24 February 2018 5:09 AM My wife Grace 'is being harassed... she cries daily', Mugabe tells AU

Harare - Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe says his wife is being harassed and cries daily, three months after he was forced to step down in the wake of a military takeover, a newspaper reported Friday. Mugabe told the African Union's Moussa Faki Mahamat during a courtesy call he made to the Mugabes' Harare mansion this week that he doesn't feel safe. "They 17

23 February 2018 5:17 PM RAs still good way to neutralise Budget 2018 tax burden

Cape Town - Despite no significant increases in personal income taxes in Budget 2018, South Africans should still consider retirement annuities (RAs) as a mechanism to neutralise the impact of taxes on their post-retirement financial goals, according to Errol Meyer, head of advisory services at Standard Bank Financial Consultants. He referred to Finance 18

23 February 2018 3:35 PM Cameroon's main opposition leader rules out presidential run

Bamenda - Cameroon's veteran opposition leader and perennial presidential hopeful John Fru Ndi said on Thursday he will not challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in this year's elections. Fru Ndi, 76, hailing from the troubled anglophone west of the country, has lost to Biya three times - in 1992, 2004 and 2011 - and boycotted the vote in 1997. Speaking 19

23 February 2018 12:12 PM Turkey 'strongly' condemns Dutch MPs' recognising Armenian 'genocide'

Istanbul - Turkey responded firmly on Thursday to the recognition by Dutch lawmakers of the early 1900s massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", a term Ankara has long rejected for describing the mass killings. "We strongly condemn the decision taken today by the chamber of deputies of the Netherlands to recognise as genocide the events 19

23 February 2018 8:50 AM Mugabe, 94, says NO to mini-birthday party offer by Zanu-PF youth – report

Harare – Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe reportedly rejected a mini-birthday party that had been organised for him by the Zanu-PF youth league this week. According to NewsDay, Mugabe, who turned 94 on February 21, opted instead to celebrate privately with his close family members. The nonagenarian had held several lavish birthday parties over the past decade 17

23 February 2018 7:26 AM Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, AU, Boko Haram

Harare – One of the lecturers who supervised Grace Mugabe's PhD thesis is reportedly being investigated by the Zimbabwe anti-graft agency. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, University of Zimbabwe (UZ), lecturer Professor, Claude Mararike faced arrest once investigations were concluded. Zimbabwe Anti-corruption commission (ZACC) spokesperson 16