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EGYPT: GOVERNMENT APPROVES 2018/19 FISCAL BUDGET.

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The Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has said the government on Sunday approved its 2018/19 fiscal year budget , targeting a budget deficit of 8.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

A statement from the cabinet said the budget would target GDP growth of 5.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Finance Minister Amr El Garhy on Monday told Reuters that the country expects GDP growth between 5.3 and 5.4 percent in the third quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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Last month , Planning Minister Hala al-Saeed said the economy grew by around 5.3 percent in the second quarter.

A World bank 2017 report said the country’s macroeconomic conditions were showing signs of stabilization following the liberalization of the exchange rate.

Egypt’s fiscal year begins in July ends in June.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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