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How SA meddled in Madagascan affairs

Madagascar’s ousted president was helped by South Africa to import crowd control weapons before he lost power, WikiLeaks has revealed.

Madagascar: South Africa Helped With Weapons Import – Report

[SAPA] Johannesburg – Madagascar’s ousted president was helped by South Africa to import crowd control weapons before he lost power, Wikileaks has revealed.

Africa: Low-End, Mobile Social Network Shoots to 2.5 Million Subscribers

[Balancing Act] London – The speed with which Facebook grew in Africa was startling but the story is now well-known. Latvian social network Eskimi is designed for low-end handset users and in a little over 18 months it has gone

Press must face tougher penalties

The British Cabinet minister responsible for the media says the press must face tougher penalties for breaches of standards in the wake of the tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

Cutting up rough: Trump and Salmond’s love-in blown off course by wind farm plan

Donald Trump has more reason than most to fear the Scottish wind.

Drought alerts remain despite rain and snow

Much of eastern England remains in a state of drought, despite winter rain and snow, the Environment Agency warned yesterday.

Top U.S. general discusses NGO case in Cairo (Reuters)

Reuters – The top U.S. military officer met Egypt’s ruling generals in Cairo Saturday and discussed the case of U.S. pro-democracy activists charged in an investigation that has strained ties

First Arab woman in top golf event

In many ways, Maha Haddioui is the archetypal young professional women’s golfer, desperate to make a breakthrough on one of the major tours in Europe

Briton held in Cairo

A British woman has been barred from leaving Egypt after being arrested at Cairo International Airport yesterday.

Zimbabwe: Street Vendors' Protest Sparking a Revolution

IPS (Johannesburg)-There are some unlikely comparisons between the work lives of Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit seller who sparked the Arab revolution, and Francis Tachirev, a fruit seller in Zimbabwe.

ACTA hits delays in Germany

Anti-ACTA activists have organized protests in the United Kingdom, for Saturday. read more

Rothschild loses libel case, and reveals secret world of money and politics

With his long limbs and delicate gait, Lord Mandelson could no doubt manage a quite convincing turn in Thunderbirds.

The domino effect of Silvio Berlusconi

The domino effect of Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Constitutional Court has recently held another hearing on the so-called “Ruby case” against the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was accused of molesting minors. One cannot help but wonder: what is more important, and…

Researchers discover why zebras have stripes

Researchers discover why zebras have stripes

From an unusual method, the study concluded that stripes serve as the best insect repellent…The stripe pattern of three species of zebra was copied to categorically study the reflection of light

New bank notes to bear Mandela image: Zuma

New South African bank notes will bear the image of former president Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma announced in Pretoria on Saturday.

World Bank Urges African Leaders To Challenge AU On Trading Changes

ACCRA, Feb 10 (BERNAMA- NNN-GNA) — The World Bank has called on African leaders scheduled to attend a regional integration summit in Ethiopia to challenge the African Union (AU) to pursue changes to escape the current straightjacket of trade fragmentation.

Africa to be 'next centre of growth' for Bank of Baroda

Kolkata, Feb 11 (IANS) Public sector lender Bank of Baroda (BoB) is planning to expand its network in Africa for its incremental business growth by opening ten new branches in the next four to five

Sheldon Adelson: The American behind Israel's right wing

JERUSALEM — In order to help Benjamin Netanyahu, Adelson established Israel Hayom (Israel Today), a daily conservative newspaper that has quickly rose to the top. read more

This Is Africa's Chance To Leapfrog The Declining West

You’ve heard about the African Renaissance, right? The Aid Bosses, once the unquestioned successors in Africa to the joint heirloom of Mother Teresa and Lord Clive of Chennai , are finding it harder and harder to get face time with the political grandees in our wheeling and dealing capitals.

S. African comics stir stereotypes

Armed with big grins and risque humor, South African standup comedians Nik Rabinowitz and Tats Nkonzo take to the stage at Cape Town’s Baxter Theater.

Egypt coach: Players must heal

Bob Bradley, an American who coaches Egypt’s national soccer team, says Egypt’s love for soccer is intertwined with its political revolution.

Mugabe general ‘killed in blaze’ cannot be exhumed, says court

Testimony at an inquest into the death of one of Zimbabwe’s most powerful men has ended with the court refusing appeals from his family for his body to be…

Witchcraft fans mob man claiming to be reincarnated singer abducted by zombies

A South African man who claims to be a famous Zulu folk singer returned from the dead after being held captive by zombies for the past two years has been detained on suspicion of fraud.

Internet under attack, Russia plans to counter

Internet under attack, Russia plans to counter

Soon after the US plans for restricting the online space in form of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) were exposed last year, concerted efforts were initiated


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Preventing UN Security Council From Becoming West's Rubber …

“There is no such thing as the United Nations . There is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United States,” said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the …

Does the Greek Deal Go Far Enough?

Even as Greek leaders agree to new austerity measures, the IMF is calling on Greece’s official creditors to take losses on its bond holdings. Analysts and policymakers increasingly question the wisdom of EU-mandated austerity measures at the expense of growth.

Billions of tons of water lost from world’s glaciers, satellite reveals

The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world’s polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain’s largest

Campaign 2012: Energy

U.S oil dependence has been steadily decreasing recently, but energy policy will continue to present great challenges for the U.S. president taking office in 2013, says CFR’s Michael A. Levi.

Benin’s Former House Speaker at Minrex

[Cameroon Tribune] Hon. Bruno Amoussou on wednesday held discussions with Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo.

Research and Markets: Increased Public Private Partnerships Driving the Power Sector Restructuring in Africa According …

Research and Markets has announced the addition of GlobalData’s new report “Increased Public Private Partnersh

South Africa's close ties to Iran under scrutiny

The West’s increasing pressure on Iran has meant scrutiny for South African businesses that operate in the Middle Eastern nation accused of having nuclear ambitions.South African-Iranian political ties …

China’s Alibaba raising $3bn for Yahoo! stake: report

Chinese online commerce giant Alibaba plans to borrow $3 billion to buy back the stake Yahoo! owns in the company, a report said Thursday, as the struggling US Internet firm overhauls its Asia holdings. Alibaba, whose Hong Kong shares were suspended from trading on…

Panic buttons to be given to NYC hotel maids

Hotels in New York City have agreed to approve a hotel union request to give housekeepers personal panic buttons. The move comes after a Sofitel hotel maid accused

ECOWAS Team to Investigate Fighting in Mali

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said a fact-finding mission is scheduled to arrive in Mali’s capital, Bamako, Thursday to ascertain the extent of the security and humanitarian problems caused by fighting. “The team comprises an officer of…

Video: 12 dead in fresh clashes as soccer dead are buried

Bleeding from a knife cut to the wrist and winded by a kick to the stomach, Mohammed Salema watched in terror as the mob of hooligans

South African police arrest ‘resurrected’ singer

South African police arrested a man after he claimed to be a popular musician who died in 2009, sparking a frenzy among the singer’s fans.

SOUTH SUDAN: Kidnapped Chinese workers released in Sudan

A group of Chinese workers kidnapped by rebels in Sudan’s South Kordofan state 11 days ago were released Tuesday and flown to the Chinese embassy in Nairobi, a foreign ministry statement said.

Expanding China-Africa Oil Ties

China has increased its economic ties with Africa as it seeks to fulfill its growing energy demands. But China’s way of doing business has prompted international criticism, even as its policy of noninterference faces new challenges.

Anger in Cairo and beyond

CNN’s Ben Wedeman reports from Cairo on the continuing clashes happening across Egypt following the soccer riots.

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