Protests In South Africa Over ‘Racist’ H&M Ad

South African police Saturday intervened to clear protesters trashing outlets of Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz in Johannesburg over a controversial advertisement of a black child. A photo on the company’s online website of a black boy wearing a green hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle” had triggered outrage on social media and among observers worldwide. The company has pulled the photograph but the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) — a radical group set up by the expelled head of the youth wing of the ruling African…

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Shi’ite Leader Ibrahim Zakzaky Makes First Public Appearance In Two Years 

The leader of Nigeria’s Shi‘ite Muslim sect, rumoured to have died in detention, made his first public appearance in two years on Saturday, after police arrested dozens of members of the group during protests calling for his release this week. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has been imprisoned at an unknown location without charge since December 2015 after his followers clashed with the army in the northern city of Zaria. A judicial inquiry the following year said 347 IMN members were killed by…

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Majority Of Germans See Angela Merkel Gone By 2021 Elections

A majority of the German population believes that Chancellor Angela Merkel will not see out the current parliamentary term that ends in 2021, in spite of ongoing talks to breathe new life into the grand coalition that has ruled for the past four years. According to the poll conducted by the Infratest institute and published by the business daily Handelsblatt, on Thursday, 56 per cent see Merkel departing early, should she be re-elected Chancellor by the Bundestag. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), along with their long-term allies, the Bavarian Christian Social…

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 Impeachment: South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to know fate Friday

South Africa’s Constitutional Court will on Friday rule on a bid to compel parliament to launch impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma is facing a scandal related to state-funded upgrades to his private home, opposition parties and media said. He has faced widespread public demands to step down as president of Africa’s most industrialised economy before a general election in 2019 and the such proceedings could increase pressure on him to quit. Zuma, 75, is in a weakened position after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected leader of…

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Liberians Vote in Runoff Poll 

Liberians are to choose a new president in a run-off vote between Vice-President Joseph Boakai and former international footballer George Weah. Mr Weah, 51, won the first round, but did not secure the required 50% of the vote for an outright victory. Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president. Liberia, which was founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years. Polls across Liberia will open at 08:00 GMT and close…

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POPE PAUL VI TO BE DECLARED A SAINT IN 2018

Pope Paul VI is set for sainthood after the Brescia diocesis said Thursday that the Vatican has recognized that a miracle was the work of the pontiff, who was head of the Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978. The miracle regards the birth of a girl called Amanda in 2014 who had survived for months despite the fact the placenta was broken. The child’s mother, a Verona native, had followed a friend’s advice to pray at Brescia’s Santuario delle Grazie, a place linked to Paul VI. Pope Francis beatified Paul…

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 Kenya’s Economy Suffers After Presidential Election Turmoil

Kenya’s economy has suffered after months of political turmoil that saw a presidential election nullified and a repeat vote boycotted by the opposition. The Kenya Private Sector Alliance says businesses had lost about $7 billion by November as a result of the instability that also left dozens killed. The World Bank this month lowered Kenya’s growth forecast for this year to 4.9 percent, the worst in five years. Tourism in East Africa’s economic hub has been hurt. Simon Kabu, chief executive officer of Bonfire Adventures, says financial losses have been…

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African National Congress Rejects President Jacob Zuma’s Power-Sharing Proposal

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has rejected President Jacob Zuma’s proposal to have two deputy presidents ahead of this weekend’s elections. The outgoing ANC leader wants the loser of the party’s presidential race to automatically become deputy “for the sake of unity”. Such a move would mean expanding the party’s top six National Executive Committee (NEC) to accommodate two deputy presidents. President Zuma believes that would accommodate candidates from both factions. His ex-wife Fears were that should either Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lose, they would…

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 Uganda To Increase Salaries Of Civil Servants

The Ugandan government has announced that it will increase salaries of all public servants in a phases, starting from 2018. Muruli Mukasa, the minister for public service, told a news conference that the government has approved the salary enhancement for all categories of public servants in a phased manner to ensure equity and fairness. Mukasa said all the health workers, scientists, judiciary, lower level soldier cadres, police officers, prison officers, primary and secondary school teachers will benefit from the first batch of the salary enhancement starting 2018 to 2019. “The…

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Explosion Rocks New York Bus and Train Station

A​ suspect is in custody after an “attempted terrorist attack” underneath the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City on Monday, sending rush-hour commuters scrambling to evacuate near the busy transit hub just blocks from Times Square, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said. Authorities called the explosive an “improvised low-tech explosive device” that was held on the suspect with Velcro and zip-ties. The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, was badly injured in the arm and torso from the explosion that went off in his arms, sources said. He is…

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