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Nine sailors abducted off the coast of Benin

A Norway-based shipping company says that nine of its employees have been abducted from one of its vessels while it was moored off the coast of Benin in West Africa. Shipping firm J.J. Ugland said the cargo ship, the Bonita, was attacked on Saturday by pirates 15km (9 miles) off the coast. The

Cameroon responds to US scrapping of trade benefits over rights abuses

The United States has advised Cameroon to respect human rights in order to be reinstated as a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), even as authorities in Yaounde insist on their innocence. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday terminated the Central African nation’s preferential trade benefits from Jan. 1, citing what he […]

McDonald’s boss Steve Easterbrook fired after dating employee

McDonald’s has fired its chief executive Steve Easterbrook after he had a relationship with an employee. The US fast food giant said the relationship was consensual, but Mr Easterbrook had “violated company policy” and shown “poor judgement”. In an email to staff, the British businessman acknowledged the relationship and said it was a mistake.

Malawian migrants found in container lorry in Mozambique

Police in Mozambique scuttled an attempt to traffic 42 illegal migrants from Malawi in a container lorry heading to South Africa. They had been travelling in the lorry for three days before being intercepted in the capital of Gaza province, Xai-Xai, police spokesman Carlos Macuacua said. The detained migrants told authorities they had been assured […]

Nigeria, South Africa address xenophobic concerns, sign trade deals

Recalling the xenophobic fallout In September, mobs armed with makeshift weapons attacked businesses and homes owned by foreigners, leading to at least 10 deaths, dozens of injuries and up to 400 arrests. In response Nigeria repatriated around 600 of its citizens living in South Africa. The local units of South African telecoms company MTN and supermarket chain […]

Buhari heads to SA for state visit

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday depart for South Africa on a three day state visit, his office has announced. The visit follows an invitation by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after relations between Africa’s two biggest economies soured after a wave of xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and other cities last month. The two […]

UK: Boris Johnson to set out details of ‘final’ Brexit offer

Boris Johnson will set out details of his “final” negotiating offer to the EU on Wednesday in pursuit of a “fair and reasonable” Brexit compromise. The prime minister will address the Tory conference before submitting new proposals, intended to form the legal text of a new Brexit deal, to Brussels. Only by leaving the EU […]

Huawei: Microsoft president seeks end to US tech ban

Microsoft’s president has called on the US to end a ban on it supplying Huawei with Windows software for the Chinese company’s computers. Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration in May over claims it posed a threat to the US’s security. That prevents American companies from providing it with their latest tech. Brad Smith […]
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