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South Africa's Zuma names new public watchdog JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday named a new anti-corruption watchdog to succeed the highly respected ombudsman famously uncovered a multi-million dollar scandal surrounding his private home.Zuma appointed Busisiwe Mkhwebane to replace Thuli Madonsela, whose non-renewable seven-year term expires this month.Mkhwebane, 46, vowed that she would prioritise investigating issues surrounding the needs of the poor over state corruption, which has been at the forefront of Madonsela's time in office.The outgoing ombudswoman found in a 2014 report that Zuma had "unduly benefited" from the refurbishment of his Nkandla rural home -- valued in 2014 at 216 million rand (then $24 million).South Africa's Constitutional Court ordered the president to pay back funds spent on non-security upgrades -- including a chicken coop, swimming pool and amphitheatre -- valued by the treasury at $542,000.The Nkandla scandal has dogged Zuma's presidency, becoming a symbol of alleged corruption and greed within the ruling African ...

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Eleven killed, 14 missing in Central African Republic clashes BANGUI: Eleven people were killed in clashes in Central African Republic's capital this week set off by the murder of an army officer, the country's United Nation's peacekeeping mission said on Thursday.Fighting erupted in Bangui's PK5 neighbourhood, a Muslim enclave in the majority Christian nation's capital, after Commander Marcel Mombeka, a former aide to ex-President Catherine Samba-Panza, was shot dead there in his car on Tuesday.Central African Republic has been plagued by inter-religious violence since ...

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Nigeria's Buhari sends 2017 draft budget to Senate for approval ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a draft budget for 2017 to the upper house of parliament for approval. The plan assumes an oil price of $42.5 per barrel and production of 2.2 million barrels a day, as well as an exchange rate of 290 naira to the US dollar. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Nigeria's Buhari sends 2017 draft budget framework for Senate approval ABUJA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a draft budget framework for 2017, outlining spending plans for Africa's biggest economy, to the upper house of parliament for approval. The figures contained in the document, referred to as the medium-term expenditure framework, must be approved by the Senate before the final budget is submitted. Overall spending for 2017 is expected to reach 6.866 trillion naira ($22.57 billion), up from this year's budget of 6.06 trillion ...

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Morocco's PM says will advance economic reforms if re-elected RABAT: Morocco's Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane said his ruling Islamist party will advance economic reforms including further rationalisation of subsidies sought by international lenders if it wins this week's parliamentary election. Moroccans vote on Friday in only the second parliamentary election since the king relinquished some of his powers to an elected cabinet in 2011 under a constitutional reform to help ease Arab Spring-style protests demanding change. No party openly challenges King Mohamed's authority, but ...

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Global trade in African grey parrots banned JOHANNESBURG: Delegates at a global wildlife conference on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world's most trafficked birds.Prized for their ability to mimic human speech, the birds are a highly sought-after pet, but their numbers have been decimated in recent years by poaching and the destruction of their forest habitats.The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Johannesburg voted 95 to 35 in a secret ...

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Zuma asks ministries to deal with South Africa university 'mayhem' JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has instructed his justice and crime prevention ministries to deal with the violence during student protests over tuition fees at universities, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. At least six universities' classes have been disrupted and some suspended as police and private security companies have tried to quell student dissatisfaction at a fee increase announced by government earlier this month. "President Jacob Zuma has instructed the justice crime prevention ...