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  • Africa takes centre stage in Davos

    22 January 2014 6:28 PM 17

    Sheldon Morais | Today, 18:05 JOHANNESBURG – African issues are no longer deemed a ‘sideshow' at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Davies is part of a South African delegation, which includes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim

  • Putin orders lower borrowing costs for 'productive' Russian companies

    21 January 2014 6:25 AM 38

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia's central bank to reduce borrowing costs for "productive" companies, the Kremlin said on its website on Monday. The directive may increase the pressure on central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina to soften the bank's tough anti-inflationary policy. The bank has resisted cuts in its key policy

  • UN to release report on South Sudan conflict

    21 January 2014 6:01 AM 28

    Tuesday 21 January 2014 06:50 A senior United Nations (UN) human rights official says the Office of the High Commissioner will issue a report on the internal armed conflict in South Sudan in the coming weeks. The Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic spent four days in the country speaking to political and military leaders and the victims

  • Frenchman may face death for Bali drugs smuggling

    20 January 2014 1:47 PM 46

    Frenchman arrested for trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali DENPASAR: A Frenchman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an offence punishable by death. Francois Giuily, 48, was detained

  • 'Sorcerer' decapitated by villagers in Cambodia

    20 January 2014 11:22 AM 42

    A CAMBODIAN man was decapitated in an attack by villagers after he was accused of being a sorcerer in a nation that strongly believes in black magic. The victim, 55-year-old Khieu Porn, was hacked to death with axes by unknown attackers on Saturday night when villagers were celebrating a rice harvest ceremony, according to Som Chantha, a district police

  • Twelve killed as gunmen raid village

    20 January 2014 8:18 AM 28

    January 20 2014 at 10:16am Suspected Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in two separate attacks on villages near Nigeria's border with Niger, while three others drowned in a river while fleeing, locals said on Sunday. The attackers, thought to be from the Boko Haram militant group, on Thursday shot dead seven people in Gashigar village, a fishing community

  • Marikana cops fingered in Brits deaths

    19 January 2014 2:36 PM 34

    January 19 2014 at 03:09pm By SAPA Brits - North West police on Sunday urged people to allow the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to do its work, after reports emerged that the same police involved in Marikana were also present at water protests in Brits which turned deadly. “Let us allow Ipid to do their work...We can't deal with senseless

  • 24 candidates vying to be interim president in CAR

    18 January 2014 7:41 PM 31

    Central African Republic has a history of coups and dictatorship. A rebel leader who seized power last year stepped down a week ago as international criticism mounted over his inability to halt killings that some warned could explode into genocide. More than 1,000 people were killed in December alone, and nearly 1 million people fled their homes as Christian

  • Is Obama marriage heading for the rocks?

    18 January 2014 3:03 PM 107

    January 18 2014 at 05:02pm By Daily Mail Photographs featuring Barack and Michelle Obama at Nelson Mandelas memorial service created an outpouring of jokes and indignation. The first lady does not look impressed. New York - Michelle Obama turned 50 on Friday and President Barack Obama feted his redoubtable first lady last night with a party that gave them the chance

  • Egypt president expected to call polls

    18 January 2014 2:01 PM 31

    January 18 2014 at 03:58pm By Reuters Cairo - Egypt's president will announce that presidential elections will be held in March, in a statement expected to come hours after the final results of a constitutional referendum are made public on Saturday, a newspaper reported. Al Tahrir newspaper quoted Essam Eddine Abdel Aziz, first deputy to the head of the State