It seems like South African sport dumps foreign athletes after they have used them for their own needs. Who can tell me that Joey “Mafero” Antipas truly deserved to be sacked by South African Premiership returnees AmaZulu before a ball has even been kicked in the new 2017-18 season? Now that he has been bashed left, right and centre by their media, they are considering releasing him. Lest I am accused of just “viewing one side of the coin”, I do concede that Billiat is no saint. His night life binges even when he is back in the country during the off-season are distasteful and cannot be condoned.
August 16, 2017 22:18 UTC
Unlike some of the EU’s flashier commissioners, Mr Avramopoulos has gained supporters by quietly but assertively getting on with his work. One official said he is “perhaps too nice” for the role and he should be “more present” rather than shying away. Before being appointed as Migration Commissioner in 2014 Mr Avramopoulos’s previous record is certainly chequered. He was Greece’s Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Adonis Samaras but resigned his role during the financial crisis. GETTY Thousands of migrants are attempting to cross the Med every week
August 16, 2017 21:45 UTC
Member states of the OIC at the forefront of deepening tiesGiven these trends, Africa’s Islamic economy has become a prime destination for Gulf trade and investment. Within the Gulf-Africa trade corridor, a disproportionately greater level of economic activity among member nations of the OIC has emerged. From a global perspective, trade among Africa’s non-OIC member states grew faster as compared to those states within the OIC. Furthermore, this is on the backdrop of global trade among OIC member states in Africa at lower double-digit growth rates. Qatar’s trade with Africa grew rapidly by 400% from 2009-2010 to reach $623m with North Africa and $591m with sub-Sahara.
August 16, 2017 21:33 UTC
UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced Wednesday the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for the Sahara. Mr. Köhler brings more than 35 years of experience in government and international organizations, including as President of the Federal Republic of Germany (2004-2010), said the UN spokesman in a statement. Köhler also served as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (1990-1993) before being appointed President of the German Savings Bank Association (1993). The new Personal Envoy succeeds American Christopher Ross whose tenure has expired in April after eight years of mediation that left the status quo unchanged. Köhler graduated from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen with a Diploma in Public Economics and Political Sciences in 1969.
August 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
Abdelmajid Tebboune, who was still called the new Prime Minister of Algeria, was fired Tuesday, less than three months after he took office. Analysts see the PM’s dismissal as an incidence of the deep disagreements between the President’s inner circle and Abdlemajid Tebboune. Another cause of disagreement was Tebboune cabinet’s promise to regularize the situation of sub-Saharan migrants staying illegally in Algeria. Shortly after the announcement was made, Ahmed Ouyahya made scandalous statements, stressing that “these illegal aliens bring crime, drugs and several other calamities”. In Algeria, either you are with the President and his inner circle or you are against them.
August 16, 2017 18:22 UTC
News in briefTop German tour operators are already focusing on next summer and adding more capacity for the autumn holidays. Customers can now book summer 2018 holidays with TUI, Thomas Cook and DER Touristik. Thomas Cook, which started taking bookings for summer 2018 for 21 short-haul destinations a fortnight ago, has now added most of its long-haul holidays programme for next summer as well. A total of 17 destinations in the Caribbean, Asia and South Africa offered by Neckermann Reisen, Thomas Cook Signature and Thomas Cook Signature Finest Selection can now be booked. The tour operator is accepting bookings for 300 hotels in short-haul destinations along with many long-haul destinations.
August 16, 2017 17:47 UTC
Spanish coastguards have rescued 317 people, mostly African migrants, from the sea off the coast near Cadiz. Three coast guard boats were needed for the rescue operation, one of the biggest single-day rescues in recent months. Migrant numbers crossing from north Africa into Spain have risen this year, although the most popular route remains into Italy via Libya. Among those rescued on Wednesday were 13 women, 1 baby and 31 children.
August 16, 2017 17:44 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 23:47:15|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseMADRID, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Spanish Maritime Rescue Service Wednesday saved 339 immigrants from rubber dinghies in which they were attempting to cross the Straits of Gibraltar that separates North Africa from the south of Spain. Thirty-nine people rescued on the first dinghy were described as men from the Maghreb region in good health. The second rescue happened at around sunrise when a dinghy with 66 immigrants, including a woman and six children on board, was found. A third dinghy had 34 people on board, including 11 women, two children and a baby. All of the migrants rescued were taken to Tarifa.
August 16, 2017 16:05 UTC
The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an international arrest warrant for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Warfalli, accused of war crimes for the execution of terrorist suspects in Benghazi, when the city was re-conquered by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces. Mahmoud Al-Warffali has been singled out after he appeared in a series of videos showcasing execution operations by Haftar forces in Benghazi. The UN last month expressed concern over the execution of terrorist suspects in Benghazi in the name of war against terrorism. Over the UN outcry, the commander stepped down but the chief of the Special Forces maintained him. In November last year, the ICC told the UN Security Council that it would increase efforts to investigate cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Libya by factions vying for power.
August 16, 2017 15:54 UTC
Iran has warned that it will quit the 2015 nuclear deal and reactivate its controversial nuclear program if the US continues to target it with sanctions. “If America wants to go back to the experience [of imposing sanctions], Iran would certainly return in a short time – not a week or a month but within hours – to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,” President Rouhani told the Iranian parliament on Tuesday. Under the deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, Iran halts its nuclear program while the West lifts gradually the economic sanctions. President Rouhani accused the new administration at the White House of turning its back to commitments made by Washington on the international stage. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants the nuclear agreement to be upheld, describing it as “one of the utmost diplomatic achievements in our collective search for peace and security,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
August 16, 2017 15:32 UTC
The interior ministry announced Tuesday that security forces had foiled operations by some militants of the Islamic State group (ISIS) to seize the town of Ben Guerdane, at the Libyan border. The ministry pointed out that the militants sought to attack police and military establishments in the Southern town with the aim of controlling the territory. ISIS militants assaulted the town last year in March in prepared attacks against security units. Thirteen security forces were killed in the days-long counterattack to retake the town and fifty-five militants were reported killed. Authorities are also facing the return of jihadists who left the country to fight in ISIS ranks in Libya, Iraq and Syria.
August 16, 2017 15:11 UTC
The ICC arrest warrant, issued on Tuesday, said Mr Al Werfalli “is alleged to have directly committed and to have ordered the commission of murder as a war crime”. The allegations against Mr Al Werfalli relate to the period following the army's battle against militias in Benghazi earlier this year. The ICC said Mr Al Werfalli "appears to be directly responsible" for the killing of 33 people in Benghazi or surrounding areas "either by personally killing them or by ordering their execution”. Libyan authorities have responded to recent war crimes allegations. Ms Bensouda expressed determination to investigate Libyan war crimes at a meeting with the UN Security Council on May 9, saying the risk of a return “to widespread conflict” in the country was very real.
August 16, 2017 15:00 UTC
Average inflation rate in Oman for 2017 forecast at 4.1%SharelinesMuscat: Average inflation rate in Oman is expected at 4.1 per cent this year, up from 1.1 per cent in 2016. However, it is much lower than the 8 per cent inflation estimate for the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the current year. “The expected increase in the inﬂation rate is consistent with the removal of subsidies, higher expected interest rates, and the debt-ﬁnanced budget deﬁcit. The report also said the inflation rate in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region is expected to average at 8 per cent in 2017. The general outlook for the next three years—between 2018 and 2020—remains stable; however, with an inflation rate around 3.3 per cent across the globe.
August 16, 2017 13:18 UTC
August 16, 2017Malik IbrahimAfrica will inevitably be central to Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, as has always been the case for French heads of state. While there is still time to make amends and shape an effective Africa policy, the window of opportunity is closing fast for the new French president. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Marshall Plan for Africa,” a cornerstone of Germany’s G20 presidency that aims to increase private investment in the continent, is a promising step. But state aid is far from the only source of capital available to invest in African development. Last year, remittances sent to Africa totaled more than $60 billion, far more than what Western powers allocated to overseas development aid.
August 16, 2017 12:51 UTC
For many observers, Marikana was a turning point in the presidency of Jacob Zuma – who came to power in 2009 – and in the history of democratic South Africa. Even more so, it gave an early indication of the abuse of state power that’s been the hallmark of the Zuma government. Lack of accountabilityOnly last week Zuma survived a vote of no confidence in parliament in the wake of a series of scandals. But, when it comes to Marikana, Zuma is not the only one with non-stick credentials. The commission itself uncovered evidence that collusion went some way beyond the police commanders and Lonmin executives on the ground.
August 16, 2017 12:44 UTC