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Deliberate Train Fires Cost South African Rail Service $42.5 mln

South Africa’s state-owned rail service PRASA has lost around 636 million rand ($42.5 million) over the past three and a half years due to deliberate train fires, parliament heard on Tuesday. Most of the fires have occurred in the Western Cape province, which accounted for 71 percent or 451 million rand in damages, a report […]

Cameroon Candidate Kamto Declares Victory, Ruling Party Denies

Maurice Kamto of Renaissance Movement (MRC) smiles as he holds a news conference at his headquarter in Yaounde, Cameroon October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declared victory in Sunday’s presidential election, but incumbent President Paul Biya’s party dismissed his claim as fantasy and accused him of breaking the law by making it. “I invite the outgoing president to organise a peaceful way to transfer power,” Kamto, who leads the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon […]

Raising Girls with Confidence

I grew up in a picturesque suburb of New York City. By all outside appearances, I had it together: confident, carefree, and a natural leader.  I went to college, built a high profile career in the media industry, got married, and had children. Then I had a daughter. The second I heard “it’s a girl,” […]

Nutrition Guide For Kids

As a parent, you want to provide your children with the best nutrition. A healthy diet full of whole grains, lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables is essential for growing bodies. When you feed your family, you probably try to provide them with balanced meals, healthy snacks, and plenty of water. But, it may be […]

Fun & Easy Exercises to Do with Your Kids

    With the alarming (and climbing) rate of childhood obesity in the United States, it’s more important than ever that parents model healthy behaviors for their children. Being a fit family doesn’t mean you have to drag your kids to the gym or put them on a diet. In fact, living a lifestyle of […]

MTN Documents May Cut $8.1 Billion Nigerian Claim, Emefiele Says

MTN Group Ltd. and its bankers have provided more documents that may reduce Nigeria’s $8.1 billion claim on the South African wireless carrier, which could be resolved soon, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele said. The central bank alleged in late August that MTN and four banks — Standard Chartered Plc, Citigroup Inc., Stanbic […]

South Africa Finance Chief Asks to Leave Amid Pressure to Go

Nhlanhla Nene Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa’s Nhlanhla Nene asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as the finance minister is under pressure to resign after he disclosed that he met members of the Gupta family at their home six times, Business Day reported. The Guptas are friends of former President Jacob Zuma who have done business […]

MTN Receives Counterclaim From Nigeria’s Central Bank: MTN Lawyer

MTN has received a counterclaim from Nigeria’s central bank to its request for an order to stop the bank forcing it to repatriate $8.1 billion it claims was illegally sent out of the country, the South African telecom’s lawyer said on Friday. MTN has received the central bank’s response to its court filing, Wole Olanipekun […]

Ethiopia’s Ruling Coalition Re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed As Its Chair

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses his country's diaspora, the largest outside Ethiopia, calling on them to return, invest and support their native land with the theme "Break The Wall Build The Bridge", in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Theiler/File Photo

Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition on Friday re-elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as its chairman, its chief of staff said, further anchoring the authority of the 42-year-old leader as he pushes through sweeping political and economic reforms. Abiy assumed power in April after his predecessor resigned following three years of unrest. Abiy “will lead the ruling […]

Herbs Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Herbal remedies help to heal hundreds of ailments. However, there are four herbs that pregnant women should avoid. Most herbs are safe for pregnant women to use throughout their pregnancies. You can add them to your dinner or use them to help you sleep at night. Millions of people use herbs every day. Pregnant women […]

Parenting: Alternatives to Spanking Your Child

Many of us were raised with spanking that it can seem second-nature, making it hard to change our ways even as we so desperately want to. While changing our knee-jerk reactions take time, the good news is that there are many more ways to effectively discipline our children gently — affording you the opportunity to […]

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa Announces Plan To Reduce Sky-High Unemployment

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a eulogy at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a package of reforms on Thursday which he said would create 275,000 more jobs a year, in a bid to bring down sky-high unemployment and improve his own track record on the economy. More than two decades after the end of white minority rule, South Africa still has one […]

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence, cooks as her son-in-law sits in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde, Cameroon, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Honrne Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. “I felt […]

Side Effects of Antibiotics–and What to Do About Them

Antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. These medications are used to treat bacterial infections, which—unlike viruses—usually don’t go away on their own. And while studies show that antibiotics are overprescribed and often given to patients who don’t actually need them, doctors also agree that the drugs, when used […]