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South Africa prosecutor drops charges against Finance Minister Gordhan


South Africa’s chief prosecutor has dropped fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Mr Gordhan had described the allegations as without merit and politically motivated. News of the charges earlier this month rattled the financial markets and the South African rand fell more than 3%. The finance minister was appointed …

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Calais ‘Jungle’: France urges UK to take more children


France’s president has urged Britain to take its share of responsibility for migrant children who remain in Calais after the “Jungle” camp was cleared. Francois Hollande said 1,500 unaccompanied minors who were still in the port city would be taken to accommodation centres very shortly. Migrants fleeing war and poverty …

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Gunmen kill four at Shi’ite Muslim gathering in Karachi


Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least four people at a religious gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack claimed by the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al Alami faction. The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad neighborhood of the sprawling …

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Uk’s oldest hotel destroyed by fire


A hotel has begun to collapse in a massive fire that has raged throughout the night. The front of the Royal Clarence, described as England’s oldest hotel, has started to fall away in the blaze in Exeter, Devon. The fire broke out at about 05:00 BST on Friday in buildings …

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Kenya: Use of clipboards in examination rooms banned to curb exam cheating


Schoolchildren in Kenya will barred from entering examination rooms with clipboards and geometry set boxes in a bid to curb cheating, the education ministry has said. The directive also bans the use of mobile phones near examination centres. Cheating cases rose by up to 70% last year, leading to the …

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Electricity market liquidity worsens as remittance from DISCOs drops 30 per cent


Despite the declaration of the contract-based Transitional Electricity Market (TEM) almost two years ago, indiscipline and lack of compliance by operators have worsened the sector’s woes, leading to liquidity challenges and low funds to expand critical infrastructure. This disclosure was made at a stakeholders’ workshop in Abuja, yesterday, where the …

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