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South Africa's Zuma asks parliament to reconsider mineral bill JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked parliament to reconsider a bill giving the state a free 20 percent stake in gas and oil ventures, believing it might not survive a potential challenge that it is unconstitutional, the government said. Parliament passed the changes to its main petroleum law last March, alarming companies such as Shell, Total and Exxon Mobil, which are looking to explore in South Africa. "After careful consideration of the Bill and the submissions received, the President is of the view that the Bill as it stands would not pass constitutional muster," the Presidency said in a brief statement on Friday. Zuma must assent to and sign all bills passed by parliament before they become South African law. Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said in July the government might reconsider the legislation to ensure that investors could make profits while securing a place for the state ...

Missing children rescued from Mozambique floods MAPUTO: Eighteen children who went missing when floods surged across parts of Mozambique have been rescued from a tiny island of dry land where they survived on fruit for several days, local authorities said."The children were found safe and sound yesterday by a government helicopter," Mocuba district administrator Teresa Mauaio told AFP by telephone Friday.Aged around 15, the children were taking part in a traditional coming-of-age ritual when they were surprised by rising waters, she ...
Two soldiers killed in Mali militant attack BAMAKO: At least two Malian soldiers were killed Friday in a militant attack on the town of Tenenkou in central Mali."Several people from both sides" may have died in the clash between troops and Islamist fighters in the town 470 kilometres (292 miles) north of the capital Bamako, a UN military source told AFP. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Red Cross nurse dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN: A nurse working for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola in the eastern district of Kenema, where no new cases had been reported for 37 days, the organisation said Thursday.The man, who was working at the IFRC Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, "passed away on 13 January 2015 and was confirmed positive for Ebola virus disease later that day", the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) ...
Nigerian president visits Boko Haram heartland MAIDUGURI: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday made a surprise visit to the troubled northeast, which is in the grip of escalating Boko Haram violence that is threatening next month's election.An AFP reporter in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, said the president arrived in the city shortly before 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) and was met at the airport by the state governor Kashim Shettima.He was accompanied by the chief of defence staff, Air Marshal Alex ...
100 feared missing after boat sinks in Central Africa BANGUI: Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the impoverished country earlier in the week, officials said on Thursday.The accident occurred on Monday, after a boat carrying an estimated 100 people left the capital Bangui on the Oubangui River. Some 125 kilometres downstream, the boat's motor exploded, starting a fire that quickly engulfed the vessel as terrified passengers jumped overboard, ...
Gambia's President apologises for linking Britons to failed coup BANJUL: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh apologised to former colonial master Britain on Sunday for saying its nationals were involved in a failed coup attempt last month. Gunmen attempted to storm the presidential palace in the beachside capital of the West African nation overnight on Dec. 30 while Jammeh was abroad, but were repelled by guards. In the immediate aftermath of the coup, Jammeh accused foreign-backed dissidents in Britain, the United States and Germany of mounting ...


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