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  • Opposition MPs walk out on South Africa's Zuma over corruption

    November 2, 2017 3:39 PM 76

    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Jacob Zuma told South Africa’s parliament on Thursday he had received no payments from private companies or individuals during his time as president, as opposition lawmakers walked out in protest over the cost to the state of his legal fees. Allegations by government and opposition politicians that the wealthy Gupta family of businessmen

  • Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

    November 2, 2017 12:41 PM 72

    Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country's renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events. "It is strictly forbidden to those of the female sex to beat drums. They can however carry out female folk dances accompanying the drums," read a decree seen by AFP Thursday

  • Universities pressured to cut Myanmar ties over Rohingya crisis

    November 2, 2017 12:06 AM 127

    Universities across the world are under increasing pressure to break ties with institutions in Myanmar in the wake of the country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. More than 600,000 Rohingya from the Southeast Asian nation have been displaced since the end of August as a result of the crisis, which has been described as a “textbook example of ethnic

  • Most children exposed to violence as form of discipline: Study

    November 1, 2017 8:30 PM 122

    East or West, home is not always the best for children under the age of five globally, a new report by Unicef shows. Nine out of 10 children under the age of five live in countries where corporal punishment is not fully prohibited at home, while three quarters of the world’s two-to-four-year-old children, around 300 million of them, experience psychological

  • Zvorwadza gives Mugabe two-week ultimatum

    November 1, 2017 5:21 AM 65

    NATIONAL Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) leader Sten Zvorwadza yesterday gave President Robert Mugabe a two-week ultimatum to clear his name over the harassment of vendors in the central business district of Harare. The Joint Operation Command recently ordered the ejection of vendors from the streets of Harare, claiming they were becoming a nuisance

  • Duo banned in S'pore can preach in Malaysia

    October 31, 2017 9:01 PM 72

    KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday that the country will not stop two Islamic preachers from speaking in public, following Singapore's move to bar them from entering the city state. Singapore on Monday barred Zimbabwean Ismail Menk and Malaysian Haslin Baharim as their hardline teachings ran counter to the Republic's

  • Kenyan opposition leader calls for petitions against vote won by Kenyatta

    October 31, 2017 12:51 PM 63

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday called for pickets and petitions against an election he boycotted last week won by President Uhuru Kenyatta but stopped short of appealing for mass protests or announcing a court challenge to the result. Odinga pulled out of the vote saying it would be unfair because the election board

  • Malaysia not planning to follow Singapore’s move in banning 2 Islamic preachers

    October 31, 2017 12:34 PM 65

    KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Tuesday (Oct 31) Malaysia has no plans to follow Singapore’s footsteps in barring two preachers from giving talks as they did not flout the country’s laws. His remarks followed comments by Malaysian cleric Haslin Baharin that he planned to seek an explanation from Singapore and did not rule out taking

  • Nervous Kenyans await Odinga response to Kenyatta poll victory

    October 31, 2017 12:18 PM 82

    NAIROBI- Nervous Kenyans waited on Tuesday for the response of opposition leader Raila Odinga to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last week’s election, which inflamed the deep ethnic tensions dividing the East African nation. “We are just waiting for Baba to speak,” said Desmond Litava, an Odinga supporter in Kawangware, a restive slum in the capital

  • Namibia: Khaudum Gets 42 Staff Houses and Other Facilities

    October 31, 2017 10:10 AM 83

    Khaudum — Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, last Thursday inaugurated new facilities in Khaudum National Park, which include a new park management station, tourist receptions with workshops and 42 staff houses. The construction of the facilities was made possible with funding from the Federal Republic of German through that country's