04 February 2018 11:19 AM Iran says US nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'
Tehran - The United States' new nuclear policy brings humanity "closer to annihilation", Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said. His comments late on Saturday came a day after the Pentagon revealed plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal, largely in response to a perceived renewed threat from Russia. Zarif said the new policy was "in violation" 50
03 February 2018 8:01 AM UN imposes sanctions on DRC general for 'massacres'
Kinshasa - The UN imposed sanctions on a Congolese general on Friday for supporting the massacre of civilians by a suspected militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. General Muhindo Akili Mundos, an ally of President Joseph Kabila, is one of four names to be added on to the UN sanctions committee list, said Monusco, the organisation's peacekeeping 39
01 February 2018 8:48 AM SA gets lowest score in Africa on global secrecy index
Harare - South Africa has come out at number 50 out of 112 countries on the 2018 global Financial Secrecy Index (FSI). The FSI ranks jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities. It is used as a tool for understanding global financial secrecy, tax havens or secrecy jurisdictions, and illicit financial 78
21 January 2018 9:09 AM Tanzania suspends its shipping 'flag of convenience'
Nairobi - President John Magufuli on Friday suspended the registration of foreign vessels in Tanzania, following the seizure of drugs aboard ships flying his country's flag. He also ordered an investigation into the 470 vessels currently registered as Tanzanian to determine their activities and whether they are obeying rules. Magufuli issued the order 49
13 January 2018 11:08 AM Trump waives Iran sanctions, gives nuke deal 'last chance'
Washington — President Donald Trump has delivered an ultimatum to America's European allies to fix the "terrible flaws" in the Iran nuclear deal, or he'll pull the US out in a few months' time. Trump made the threat on Friday as he extended waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran, keeping the accord alive at least for now. But his explicit warning 83
05 January 2018 4:20 PM Russia says US 'looking for reasons' to pressure Iran
Moscow - Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday said Washington is "looking for reasons" to pressure Iran on its nuclear programme. Ryabkov was responding to US Vice President Mike Pence who this week said Washington will "not remain silent on Iran" and called for a replacement to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. "If (the US) is looking 47
21 November 2017 6:12 AM Russia bans pork, beef imports from Brazil
Moscow - Russia has decided to suspend imports of pork and beef from Brazil from December 1 after traces of banned feed additives were detected in the meat, says the country's agricultural safety watchdog. Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor agency said in a statement that ractopamine and other "growth hormones" had been detected in Brazilian meat imports 52
20 November 2017 4:38 PM South Sudan says ex-military chief freed from house arrest
Juba - South Sudan says former military chief of staff Paul Malong has been released from house arrest on humanitarian grounds and flown to Kenya for medical treatment. "He's free to go anywhere he wants," information minister Michael Makuei tells The Associated Press. Tensions were high in the capital, Juba, this month after President Salva Kiir dispatched 49
12 November 2017 12:07 PM Iran tells France nuclear deal 'not negotiable'
Tehran - Iran's nuclear deal is "not negotiable", Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghassemi has said in response to remarks by the French president. Emmanuel Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile programme and regional activities, in an interview published on Wednesday by the Emirati daily Al-Ittihad. "We have told French 63
01 November 2017 4:44 PM Peter Hain’s “smoking gun” – provides bank accounts detailing how Guptas took billions from SA
My Lords, there have been no criminal prosecutions for money laundering of financial institutions and very few of other ‘enablers’ such as lawyers and accountants. There have been regulatory fines but it is not clear that these are enough to deter banks and other financial players from making their anti-money laundering compliance regimes a tick boxing 54