South African President Ramaphosa’s ANC retains power amid apathy, waning support

South African President Ramaphosa’s ANC retains power amid apathy, waning support

The African National Congress(ANC) was headed toward victory in South Africa’s election on Friday, though the party was on course for its worst performance since it swept to power a quarter of a century ago.

South Africans voting in Wednesday’s election for a new parliament and nine provincial legislatures expressed frustration at rampant corruption, high unemployment and racial inequalities that persist 25 years after the first all-races poll marked the end of white minority rule. Continue reading South African President Ramaphosa’s ANC retains power amid apathy, waning support

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Africa’s historic Free Trade Agreement signed – Kigali, Rwanda

Africa’s historic Free Trade Agreement signed – Kigali, Rwanda

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“54 countries with a population no less than one billion marks the creation of the world’s largest economic and free trade area,” International Trade Centre Director, Arancha Gonzalez reacts as the African Continental Free Trade Area is born Continue reading Africa’s historic Free Trade Agreement signed – Kigali, Rwanda

South African police halt shipment of rhino horns, arrest two

South African police halt shipment of rhino horns, arrest two

JOHANNESBURG, April 15 (Reuters) – South African police have intercepted 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for Southeast Asia, in one of the biggest such hauls ever in the country.

Two suspects, aged 57 and 61, were arrested with the horns on Saturday, police said on Sunday. They had been tipped off about the suspects’ vehicle.

“The value has not been determined — it’s one of the biggest hauls in the country,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, a police spokesman, said by text message on Monday. The case was still being investigated, he said.

Nearly 80 percent of the world’s rhinos live in South Africa. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed in the country each year from 2013 to 2017, according to conservation group Save the Rhino.

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Italy sign on to China’s ‘One belt, One Road

Italy sign on to China’s ‘One belt, One Road


China hails ‘historic’ Europe trip as Xi signs billion-dollar deals with France, BRI with Italy —
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his overseas jaunt of the year, visiting Europe on a mission to strengthen Beijing’s ties to the region.


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MOZAMBIQUE Floods: shortages of everything, survivors worry about missing relatives and friends

MOZAMBIQUE Floods: shortages of everything, survivors worry about missing relatives and friends

GUARA GUARA, Mozambique (Reuters) – At a camp near the city of Beira for people rescued from Mozambique’s catastrophic flooding, residents were dealing on Friday with worries about their future and shortages of pretty much everything – water, food and medicines. Continue reading MOZAMBIQUE Floods: shortages of everything, survivors worry about missing relatives and friends