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April 23, 2017 11:52 PM French presidential election: Le Pen, Macron win first round to advance to runoff

French politics was shaken to its core Sunday as far-right populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron advanced to a runoff presidential election after the first round of voting. As it became clear that Le Pen would be one of the top two vote-getters, her rivals on the left and right urged voters to block her path to power in the May 7 runoff 21

April 20, 2017 10:58 AM Nobody can stop us from fighting corruption – Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has again reiterated his stance on corruption, saying nobody can stop the anti-graft agency from fighting corruption. Speaking when he played host to a delegation of Ohanaeze and Arewa Youth parliaments in Abuja, on Wednesday, Magu declared that he would not be deterred 16

April 8, 2017 1:00 PM Uzbek man arrested over Swedish truck attack that killed four

Swedish police arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek man on suspicion of ramming a hijacked beer delivery truck into crowds in central Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15 in what they called a terror crime. Police were increasingly confident they had detained the driver of the truck that ploughed down a busy shopping street and smashed through a store 21

April 7, 2017 7:23 PM The Latest: China’s UN envoy silent on attacks in Syria

China’s U.N. ambassador never mentioned the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, or U.S. airstrikes, at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday. Instead, Liu Jieyi focused on the need for a political solution to the six-year conflict. China usually supports Russia, a close ally of Syria that accused the U.S. of aggression and violation 20

April 7, 2017 1:05 PM Sporadic violence in Johannesburg as South Africans protest against Zuma

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG Sporadic violence broke out in Johannesburg as more than 50,000 people marched in South African cities to protest against President Jacob Zuma on Friday, demanding he quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency. Zuma's sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the reshuffle last Thursday has outraged 19

April 4, 2017 6:15 PM Amid calls to resign, South Africa president says government disputes are a ‘serious weakness’

South Africa's president dismissed a respected finance minister last week, deepening worries about government corruption and infighting. JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s president on Tuesday responded to the political crisis that erupted after he fired the finance minister, acknowledging that public disputes at the top of the government are a “serious weakness 16

April 4, 2017 1:39 PM Revealed: Zuma's phone call to Cosatu leader asking for a meeting

President Jacob Zuma has asked for an urgent meeting with the leaders of the Congress of South African Trade Unions. This was revealed on Tuesday‚ the same day that Cosatu made a public call for Zuma to step down as president‚ saying that he did not have the necessary skills to lead the country. "Cosatu no longer believes that the president is the right 15

April 1, 2017 11:03 PM 2019: The next president

EVEN before President Muhammadu Buhari is through with his first term, and before he finds his footing or regains his composure in the middle of a debilitating illness, some politicians, opinion moulders and ethnic sycophants have suggested that he should run for a second term and they would back him. Few politicians inside and outside the ruling All Progressives 15

March 31, 2017 4:45 AM Eyewitness News — DA urges parties to put differences aside and help impeach Zuma

The DA says Zuma’s decision to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy Mcebisi Jonas should be a rallying call for South Africans to unite in defense of the Constitution. The party has on a number of occasions tabled the motion before Parliament without success. Spokesperson Mabine Seabe says this motion is the most powerful message it can send. “A motion 13

March 29, 2017 5:33 PM Goodbye, ‘Uncle Kathy’: South Africa loses an anti-apartheid giant

One of the last leaders of the anti-apartheid struggles, Ahmed Kathrada, died in Johannesburg this week, at the age of 87. Together with Nelson Mandela, a global icon and the founding father of the country’s democracy, Kathrada was tried and spent 26 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activism. Let that sink in. He was jailed for 26 years for fighting 16