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South Africa's Zuma asks state prosecutor to give reasons why he should not be suspended JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams to give reasons by Nov. 28 why he should not be suspended, the president's office said on Tuesday. The request was made pending an inquiry into Abrahams' fitness to hold office, the president's office said. Its statement said rights groups had asked Zuma to suspend Abrahams and two other officials in the department over the manner in which they handled allegations of misconduct, since dropped, against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Post offices in Africa offer migrants cheaper way to send money home: UN DAKAR: Post offices across Africa are helping poor people in rural areas access financial services and provide a cheaper way for migrants to send money home, a UN agency said on Monday. More than 15 percent of adult Africans - nearly 100 million people - use the tens of thousands of post offices and agencies across the continent to access basic financial services, said the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).Trust in post offices - ...

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DR Congo prime minister resigns KINSHASA: Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following talks aimed at averting a political crisis."I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government... to respond to the spirit and the letter of the accord," said Matata as he left a meeting with President Joseph Kabila, referring to the deal struck after a political dialogue boycotted by ...

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Ivory Coast's Ouattara enacts new constitution as ‘promise of peace’ ABIDJAN: President Alassane Ouattara signed a new constitution into law on Tuesday, casting it as the way to a peaceful future for Ivory Coast, which has emerged as one of Africa's rising economic stars after years of violent upheaval. In a referendum last month, voters overwhelmingly endorsed the new charter - one of Ouattara's campaign promises during his re-election bid last year - with some 93 percent of ballots cast for the "Yes" on an ...

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Blast rocks pipeline feeding Forcados terminal in Nigeria's Delta LAGOS: A blast rocked a pipeline operated by Nigeria's state-run oil company that feeds the Forcados terminal in the restive southern Niger Delta energy hub, a community leader and security source said on Tuesday. They said the attack happened while repairs were taking place on the pipeline at Batan, near the southern city of Warri, after it was attacked last week. A spokesman for Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) had no immediate comment. Copyright Reuters, ...

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Climate change making extreme weather events worse: UN MARRAKESH: Climate change has made deadly heatwaves and hurricanes, along with droughts and flooding, both more frequent and more intense in recent years, according to a UN report released Tuesday.More than 50 percent of major extreme weather events from 2011 to 2015 showed the telltale fingerprint of human-induced global warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on the sidelines of United Nations climate talks in Marrakesh.The last half-decade was the warmest five-year stretch on record, ...

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At least 25 soldiers dead in Somalia fighting MOGADISHU: At least 25 soldiers died in weekend fighting between rival Puntland and Galmudug regional forces in the divided Somali town of Galkayo, military officials on both sides said Monday."We have lost 12 men and there are more than 10 wounded," said Puntland commander Jumale Jama Takar, while his Galmudug counterpart Abdirahman Qoje said: "We have lost 13 soldiers and nearly 20 others wounded."The commanders blamed each other for starting the fight.The disputed town, about ...