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Australians urged to evacuate as 'catastrophic' fires loom

Bushfires burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland states have already killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes. Officials expect adverse heat and wind conditions to peak at unprecedented levels on Tuesday.                                          This handout picture taken and received from Kelly-ann Oosterbeek on November 8, 2019 shows flames from an out of control bushfire seen from a …

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Severed Zimbabwean doctors speak out

HARARE – Some of the dismissed doctors in Zimbabwe say that they have accepted their destiny and do not regret their actions. This week, the Zimbabwean government celebrated over 200 doctors and promises to expel more. The doctor was fired for protesting against terrible working conditions and poor wages. Prince Butau is one of the doctors dismissed for strikes. Like …

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Russian goat who made unlikely friends with tiger dies

MOSCOW – A Russian goat named Timur whose unusual friendship with a tiger won him nationwide fame, has died, manager of the safari park where the couple lived, said Friday. "Timur's heart stopped beating on November 5," said Dmitry Mezentsev, director of a safari park outside Vladivostok's port. The mad goat, believed to be about five years old, was cremated …

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Bushiri plans trip to Gaborone after Botswana raises travel limit

PRETORIA – Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader, self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri on Friday thanked Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi after Gaborone returned a travel restriction introduced under former President Ian Khama for "security concerns". A joyful Bushiri said the move was "progressive". "This is quite progressive. It will help me to travel to Botswana easily to grow our church and, most …

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Burned by last crisis, Zimbabweans seek to shelter their savings

"I no longer trust pension people. [A] retirement is supposed to help secure your financial future when you can't work any more. Without it, life after retirement would be a mess." Salome Makani, A 45-year-old procurement officer in Harare, is currently poised to experience that mess, but not through any fault of her own. A habitual saver, she saw her …

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New law to help South Africa's businesses: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says his government is looking to introduce a number of reforms to improve business conditions in South Africa. Speaking at the second annual South Africa Investment Conference on Thursday (November 7), Ramaphosa said that this will include the new piece of legislation known as the Public Procurement Bill. “Under the soon-to-be-finalized Public Procurement Bill, state agencies will …

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WhatsApp users were banned for suspicious group names – Report

Several WhatsApp users have reportedly been banned from the platform for being members of groups with suspicious or controversial names. [19659004] WABetaInfo collected a number of complaints from users who were unable to access the app after certain group members had changed the group topic. One Reddit user said that a participant in his university group had changed the name …

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Google launches free Wi-Fi for the Cape Flats

Google South Africa announced the launch of Free Wi-Fi for the Cape Flats in the Western Cape through its Google Station program. Speaking at the company's first Google for South Africa event in Johannesburg, Google Africa director Nitin Gajria said that the company would provide fast, free, and open Wi-Fi to the area in partnership with ISP Think WiFi. “Think …

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Impeachment: Trump's son tweets names or alleged whistleblower

President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the allegedly anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government. Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst who has circulated online for weeks, and …

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New foreign minister, internal security minister appointed in Rwanda reshuffle

Kigali – Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has appointed a new foreign affairs minister in a cabinet reshuffle, a statement read on state broadcaster Radio Rwanda late on Monday said. The central African country's new top diplomat, veteran politician Vincent Biruta, will replace Richard Sezibera who has not been seen in public for months. Sezibera's absence from public view fueled speculation …

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