A British warship got involved in a showdown with the Chinese military in the South China Sea

Following in the wake of the US Navy, a British warship recently challenged China’s claims to the disputed South China Sea, provoking a confrontation with the Chinese military and triggering outrage in Beijing, Reuters reported. The warship HMS Albion, an amphibious assault ship carrying a contingent of UK Royal Marines and one of three Royal Navy […]

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Facebook, Twitter come under US pressure to make rules clearer

In the latest congressional hearings on misinformation and election interference, which featured first-time appearances by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey, the companies committed to trying to get better at explaining how their automated systems work to serve up, sort and block content on their social networks, and […]

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Death toll from Japan earthquake rises as hopes fade for survivors

Tokyo – Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud on Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. Around 22 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma, where a cluster of […]

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Trump calls on Times to reveal ‘coward’ behind critical op-ed

US President Donald Trump on Thursday called on the New York Times to reveal the name of the “coward” who wrote an explosive, anonymous article that has plunged his presidency into its worst crisis yet. The White House has been convulsed by a fevered hunt for the senior official who declared, in an unsigned article […]

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Jailed Morocco protest leader ends hunger strike

The jailed leader of a Moroccan protest movement on Thursday ended a hunger strike six days after launching it in protest against prison conditions, his lawyer said. Nasser Zefzafi, who led the Hirak protest movement in Morocco’s marginalised north in 2016 and 2017, was handed a 20-year jail term in June along with three others […]

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Zim man killed in puppy-ownership dispute

A 23-year-old Zimbabwean man was allegedly killed over a dispute about the ownership of a puppy, according to a report. According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, a 25-year-old Tsholotsho man allegedly struck Emmanuel Moyo, 23, on the head twice, using a piece of wood, and he died immediately. “Villagers apprehended him and surrendered him to the police […]

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Zim cash crisis likely to fuel severe basic goods crisis

Zimbabwe’s protracted cash shortages were likely driving the Southern African country into the start of a broader basic commodity crisis, despite assurances from the reserve bank chief, according to a report. The privately-owned Daily News reported that the cash shortages have driven businesses to issue a stern warning about a looming full-blown crisis, similar to the 2008 […]

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Rand now see-saws to gain 1.4% against the dollar

The rand has been a tough challenge for market watchers to predict this week, at one point threatening to break R16.00/$ with international trade disputes, emerging market weakness, SA’s technical recession, dollar strength and land reform all in the mix But after weakening by as much as 6.5% against the dollar by mid-week, the local currency […]

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MTN says Nigeria is seeking to recover $2bn in back taxes

MTN [JSE:MTN] said Nigeria is seeking about $2bn in back taxes from the embattled wireless carrier after refusing to accept the results of a self-assessment by the company. The office of Nigeria’s attorney general calculated that the company owes $2bn related to the import of foreign equipment and payments to suppliers over the past 10 […]

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