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This Crisis In Venezuela

This Crisis In Venezuela

In a country plagued by sky-high inflation and an extreme scarcity of food and medicines, confrontations between protesters and the National Bolivarian Guard have led to more than 70 fatalities. But interpretations of this political crisis as simply a dictatorial regime cracking down on a united and suffering population do not do justice to the […]

Mugabe Said to Temper Wife’s Ambitions Amid Zimbabwe Army Anger

Mugabe Said to Temper Wife’s Ambitions Amid Zimbabwe Army Anger

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has moved to rein in his wife’s ambition to succeed him after the nation’s intelligence chief warned that her campaign may stoke political violence and faces opposition from within the military, three members of the ruling party’s politburo said. Mugabe asked his wife Grace, 51, to tone down her public criticism of veterans […]

The President Who Caused a Recession

The President Who Caused a Recession

The last time South Africa fell into recession, in 2009, it was because of the global financial crisis. This time around, economists and business executives agree, the cause is a person: the president. Jacob Zuma’s erratic political moves are breeding policy uncertainty and reluctance to invest, helping explain why the economy of the continent’s most […]

In Myanmar, Religious Tensions Simmer As Madrassas Shuttered

In Myanmar, Religious Tensions Simmer As Madrassas Shuttered

Chit Tin, a 55-year-old Muslim man has prayed at the same madrassa in eastern Yangon his whole adult life, most of it spent under a junta that crushed opposition, ruined Myanmar’s economy and turned it into an international pariah state. But even as the father-of-four endured poverty and isolation, the Muslim religious school, which doubles […]

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon reinforced security near public buildings after a former presidential candidate gave President Ali Bongo an ultimatum to step down and threatened to blow up government property should the nation’s leader refuse to go within three days. Roland Desire Aba’a Minko asked Bongo to relinquish power and said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in […]

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon. The government of President Umar al-Bashir — which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism — has hired Washington law […]

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament backed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, snubbing court rulings invalidating the move and risking renewed protests against a treaty opponents denounced as an erosion of sovereignty. Parliament on Wednesday passed an agreement redrawing maritime borders between the two countries after heated committee debates this week. […]

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers on Tuesday for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament’s speaker barred the United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay. Their […]

South African parliament To Investigate Eskom Over Graft Allegations

South African parliament To Investigate Eskom Over Graft Allegations

  South Africa’s parliament will begin an investigation next week into state-run utility Eskom amid allegations of mismanagement in issuing government tenders, a legislator said on Monday. Eskom has been at the centre of infighting in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since Brian Molefe, an ally of President Jacob Zuma, stood down as chief […]

Qatar Says Pockets Deep Enough to Defend Riyal Amid Crisis

Qatar Says Pockets Deep Enough to Defend Riyal Amid Crisis

Qatar has enough financial firepower to defend its currency and economy, Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi said, as a Saudi-led campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab country entered its second week. Al Emadi sought to play down the impact of the crisis on the country, saying the plunge in Qatari assets last week […]

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