Archive | February, 2017

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Morocco wants to become ECOWAS member

The North African Kingdom of Morocco has announced its intention to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), online publication Morocco World News reported on Saturday. King Mohammed VI has reportedly instructed the ministry of foreign affairs to launch a series of processes that could lead to the country becoming the 16th member […]

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Female reporter covering Iraqi war killed in Mosul

A 30-year-old female reporter covering the war in Iraq was killed on Saturday by the explosion of a roadside bomb during fighting between government forces and jihadists in west Mosul, her employer, Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw TV, said, adding that the cameraman working with her was wounded. The wounded journalist was transferred to Arbil, the […]

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Nigerian kidnappers demand US$200 000 to release German hostages

Unknown kidnappers who abducted two German archaeologists working in northern Nigeria this week have now demanded US$200 000 (190 000 euros) for their release. Two villagers were shot and killed during the kidnapping. German archaeologist and Professor Peter Breunig and his assistant Johannes Behringer, both associated with Frankfurt’s Goethe University, were kidnapped by armed men […]

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Xenophobic violence erupts in South Africa – again

(BY THUSO KHUMALO/Deutsche Welle) Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests erupted in the capital Pretoria. President Jacob Zuma has condemned anti-foreigner violence and appealed for calm. This is the third round of xenophobic attacks in this Southern African nation. The two previous episodes killed 70 […]

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South Africans working abroad must pay tax: finance minister

South African residents working abroad must start paying tax, embattled finance minister Pravin Gordhan said this week, as the government adopts new controversial tax hikes and amendments to spur the country’s ailing economy and make up for revenue collection shortfall. Under the current law, an income earned by a South African taxpayer from working in […]

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Former French president appointed director at AccorHotels

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been appointed as an independent director in the board of AccorHotels, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. AccorHotels, which operates in 95 countries worldwide, is one of the world’s biggest travel and lifestyle groups, owning over 4 000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over […]

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Digital banking: watch out for top 8 scams

The growth of digital banking through multiple channels is forcing banks to go an extra-mile to protect their customers. Yolande Steyn, head of Innovation at South Africa-based First National Bank (FNB) said her organisation viewed security as an integral part of a seamless online banking experience. Therefore, she added, due to the prevalence of banking […]

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