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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 crew’s identity […]

ALGERIA: Police clash with striking judges

Algerian riot police clashed with judges participating in a nationwide strike on Sunday in the north-western port city of Oran, local media report. The judges are pushing for the independence of the judiciary after an unprecedented mass reshuffle by the justice ministry in October that affected thousands of judges, the AFP news agency reports. Officers […]

ETHIOPIA: Abiy says 86 Ethiopians died in wave of violence

At least 86 people died in the recent spate of violence in parts of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday in his first public appearance since the violence broke out. He termed the violence as “embarrassing” and lives lost “for no reason”. Mr Abiy told a news conference on Sunday that four out […]

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 […]

INDIA: Delhi Severe pollution drives car rationing

The Indian capital, Delhi, has launched a car rationing system as it battles hazardous levels of pollution. Private cars with even and odd number plates will be allowed on roads only on alternate days from 4 to 15 November, officials said. The system was introduced in 2016 and 2017 as well, but it’s not clear […]

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.
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