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South Africa's largest union marches for youth jobs JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's 340,000-strong NUMSA union marched Wednesday to protest a new labour law it says will increase unemployment and poverty, amid a tense stand-off with the ruling ANC weeks before polls.Thousands of people striked and marched across the country in support of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the largest worker organisation in the country, to demand more policies to fight poverty.NUMSA, which largely represents workers in the auto and metal sectors, is at odds with the African National Congress government over how to tackle youth joblessness.It takes exception especially to a law signed in December that provides tax incentives for companies to employ more young people, which the union says will discriminate against older workers.Around 3,000 people wearing the union's trademark red t-shirts and berets marched in Johannesburg's Rosebank business centre."This incentive is causing division between workers," said Leepile Khumalo, an artisan and union representative."It's not ...

Teenager, army officers killed in violence in Egypt CAIRO: A 13-year-old boy was shot dead on Wednesday in southern Egypt in clashes between police and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, a health official said. And in Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, two Egyptian soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants, the Interior Ministry said, adding six militants were killed and eight arrested in a raid on a weapons storage facility. Political violence, which has dogged Egypt since ...
C. Africa urges Bangui militias to disarm or face force BANGUI: The Central African defence minister has called on all residents of the capital Bangui to hand in any weapons or be considered military targets.Theophile Timangoa asked the population in a statement read out on state radio late Tuesday "to lay down your arms unconditionally and wait for the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme.""As part of its mission to protect people and property, the army will treat violators as military targets," the minister said.He called ...
Egypt general, colonel killed in shootout: army  CAIRO: An Egyptian army brigadier general and a colonel were killed in a Wednesday raid on the hideout of suspected of involvement in a series of deadly attacks, the military and police said.Five fighters with the al Qaeda-inspired group also died in what was an hours-long shootout north of Cairo, the interior ministry said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Tutu condemns Cape Town gang violence against children JOHANNESBURG: Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said on Tuesday the high number of children falling victim to gang violence and sexual abuse in South Africa's Western Cape province was "a severe indictment" on the country.The scourge of deadly gang violence has long plagued the impoverished urban areas outside Cape Town, known as the Cape Flats, regularly disrupting schooling.Archbishop Emeritus Tutu said the number of children falling prey to "gang-affiliated sadists and sexual predators in the ...
Hundreds of migrants storm Africa's Spanish enclave RABAT: About 500 people forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Tuesday, Spanish officials said, the largest number to storm the border in almost a decade as increasing naval patrols discourage entry by sea.Spain has two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, and migrants from all over Africa regularly try to reach them, mostly by climbing the triple barriers that separate them from Morocco. Deaths and injuries are common.Making the most ...
Libyan rebels say ready for talks, demand Tripoli suspend offensive TRIPOLI: Libyan rebels controlling three oil export ports said on Saturday they were ready to negotiate with the government over ending their six-month blockade if Tripoli abandoned plans for a military offensive. Libyan officials on Wednesday gave the armed protesters two weeks to clear the ports they have seized, or face a military strike. Pro-government and rebel forces clashed briefly this week in central Sirte city linking western and eastern Libya. The rebels, who are ...

 



 
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