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South Africa's jobless rate little changed at 25.4 percent in Q3 PRETORIA: South Africa's unemployment rate was little changed at 25.4 percent of the labour force in the third quarter of 2014 from 25.5 percent in Q2, data showed on Thursday. In its quarterly labour force survey, which polls households, Statistics South Africa said this amounted to 5.151 million people without work, down slightly from 5.154 million in the previous three months. It said the construction and mining sectors had added 135,000 and 19,000 jobs respectively in Q3 compared to the same period in 2013, but manufacturing shed 38,000 while agriculture lost 54,000 jobs. The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was at 35.8 percent in the third quarter from 35.6 percent in Q2.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

US offers condolences at death of Zambian leader WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday sent condolences to Zambia at the death of president Michael Sata, but stressed it believed there would be a peaceful political transition in the African nation."On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our condolences ... for the loss of President Michael Chilufya Sata," President Barack Obama said in a statement."The United States remains committed to our enduring friendship and partnership with Zambia, and strongly supports a ...
Zuma 'outraged' at S.Africa football captain's death JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday said he was saddened, shocked and outraged at the shooting death of the national football team's talismanic captain Senzo Meyiwa.Zuma voiced his "shock, sadness and outrage" at the death of 27-year-old Meyiwa, who was gunned down at a house near Johannesburg.Meyiwa was the goalkeeper and captain of national side Bafana Bafana and the Orlando Pirates, one of the country's biggest clubs."We mourn the death of this young ...
US envoy visiting Ebola-hit Africa condemns world response CONAKRY: The US ambassador to the United Nations criticised the level of international support for nations hit by Ebola as she began a tour Sunday of west African nations at the epicentre of the deadly outbreak.Samantha Power said before arriving in Guinea that too many leaders were praising the efforts of countries like the United States and Britain to accelerate aid to the worst-affected nations, while doing little themselves."The international response to Ebola needs to ...
Vazquez, Lacalle Pou head into Uruguay presidential runoff MONTEVIDEO: Former leftist president Tabare Vazquez and his center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou likely will head into a runoff vote after Sunday's presidential election, exit polls showed.President Jose Mujica will be succeeded either by his Broad Front ally Vazquez, who earned 44-46 percent of votes, or the center-right National Party's Lacalle Pou, who netted 31-34 percent, according to pollsters Equipos Mori, Factum and Cifra.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after bomb kills 30 soldiers CAIRO: Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers.The bombing on Friday was carried out by a suspected militant who rammed a checkpoint with his explosives-packed vehicle, security officials said.The emergency measures will begin Saturday at 0300 GMT "for a duration of three months", the presidency said in a statement in the wake of the deadliest ...
Mali becomes sixth West African nation hit by Ebola BAMAKO: Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people.Mali's Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western town of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighbouring Guinea, where the outbreak began."The condition of the girl, according to our services, is ...


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