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Merkel Opens New Front in Fight Against Diesel Vehicle Bans

Merkel Opens New Front in Fight Against Diesel Vehicle Bans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’ll seek to amend German anti-pollution laws to avoid driving bans for diesel vehicles in cities where harmful nitrogen-oxide emissions are just slightly above the limit.  The proposal would include Frankfurt, the biggest city in the Hesse region, where polls suggest her Christian Democratic Union party is headed for losses […]

Congo Frees Supporters of Jailed Presidential Candidate Mokoko

Congo Frees Supporters of Jailed Presidential Candidate Mokoko

Authorities in the Republic of Congo freed 11 political prisoners who backed opposition presidential candidate Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko in elections two years ago, said a lawyer who represented them.  Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron next month, has faced international pressure to improve his administration’s human-rights record. […]

Zimbabwe Aims To Clear World Bank, AfDB Arrears In 12 months – Minister

Zimbabwe Aims To Clear World Bank, AfDB Arrears In 12 months – Minister

Zimbabwe aims to clear its $2 billion arrears with the World Bank and African Development Bank in the next 12 months, after securing the support of international creditors and donor countries, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said on Friday. Zimbabwe has struggled to access international credit since defaulting on its debts to global lenders two decades […]

Egypt Commends ‘Decisive’ And Brave’ Actions By Saudi King Over Khashoggi Case

Egypt Commends ‘Decisive’ And Brave’ Actions By Saudi King Over Khashoggi Case

Egypt on Saturday praised what it called the “decisive” and “brave” actions taken by Saudi King Salman in the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.   “Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty’s approach that respects the […]

Dangers of Going Keto

Dangers of Going Keto

The ketogenic diet—also known as “keto”—has become the latest big thing in weight-loss plans, touted recently by celebs like Jenna Jameson, Mama June, and Halle Berry. The diet involves cutting way back on carbohydrates, to 50 grams a day or less, to help the body achieve a state of ketosis, in which it has to […]

Success Must Be Attracted, Not Pursued

Success Must Be Attracted, Not Pursued

Personal value is the magnet that attracts all good things into our lives. The greater our value, the greater our reward. Since the solution for having more is becoming more, we must be in constant search for new ways to increase our value. Self-control The practice of discipline Patience Planning Intensity of effort The development […]

Nigeria’s Senate Approves $2.8 Billion of Eurobonds for Projects

Nigeria’s Senate Approves $2.8 Billion of Eurobonds for Projects

  Nigeria’s Senate approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to issue $2.8 billion of Eurobonds.  The proceeds will help to fund some infrastructure projects under this year’s spending plan, Senate President Bukola Saraki said during a plenary session Wednesday in the West African nation’s capital, Abuja. It also approved raising a separate $82.5 million to refinance […]

Ivory Coast’s Ruling Coalition Wins Majority in Local Vote

Ivory Coast’s Ruling Coalition Wins Majority in Local Vote

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling alliance won a majority in local elections that were contested by its former coalition partner as political divisions in the world’s biggest cocoa grower widen ahead of a 2020 presidential vote. Ouattara’s Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace took 92 municipalities in the Oct. 13 election, the electoral […]

Tanzania Defends Changing Its Statistics Law

Tanzania Defends Changing Its Statistics Law

Tanzania is amending its Statistics Act to ensure that all official published data are accurate, and the changes won’t restrict freedom of speech, Finance Minister Philip Mpango said. Mpango made the comments to the International Monetary Fund’s regional representative, Maxwell Mkwezalamba, at a meeting in Indonesia, according to an email from the minister’s office on […]

Shelves Empty as Specter of Hyperinflation Stalks Zimbabwe

Shelves Empty as Specter of Hyperinflation Stalks Zimbabwe

Austin Mushanguri shakes his head in dejection and walks away from the fridges in an affluent supermarket in Zimbabwe’s capital after reading a sign saying he can only buy one bottle of beer instead of the dozen he’d hoped for. Similar scenes are playing out across the southern African nation, where foreign-exchange shortages and austerity […]