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Switzerland & Singapore banking havens replaced by Central Asia & Africa

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With Switzerland and Singapore joining 47 countries that have agreed to share data and tax information, tax evaders are likely to move to what is currently considered emerging frontier markets, Mike Ingram, market strategist from BGC Partners, told RT. On May 6, 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and 13 other countries signed a groundbreaking agreement on... 

Nigerian army searching for 234 terrorist abducted school girls

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Nigerian security forces continue their search for more than 200 girls, who remain missing after being abducted by militants from a school in the volatile northeastern part of the country. “The operation is going on and we will continue to deploy more troops,” Nigerian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said on Tuesday. According to the students’ parents, 234 were... 

WHO speaks out on Ebola deadly disease outbreak

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West Africa is seeing the “most challenging” outbreak of Ebola virus since the disease was discovered 40 years ago. It comes as the death toll reaches over 100, the World Health Organization reported. “This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced,” Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a news briefing. The most... 

Death toll from Ebola virus tops 83 in Guinea

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll from the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea has risen to at least 83. On Wednesday, the UN agency said the fatality rate in the country so far stands at 65 percent with the virus mainly hitting those aged from 15 to 59. The organization added that five new cases of the deadly disease have been recorded in the past 24 hours, increasing the total number... 

Kenyan parliament legalizes polygamy marriage

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Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female politicians. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband’s choice, but male members... 

South Africa policemen arrested for assault

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Two South African police officers have been arrested for allegedly beating an unarmed man in Cape Town. Moses Dlamini, a spokesman for the Independent Police Directorate of South Africa, said Saturday that the two officers would appear in court on March 10 on charges of assault. The arrests came after video footage emerged on March 7 showing the two armed uniformed police officers together with security... 

World Bank delays Uganda loan over anti-gay law

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The World Bank has put off a 90-million-dollar loan to Uganda, citing a new anti-gay law in the East African country that has already drawn criticism from the US and Europe, which control the global lending institution. “We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the enactment of this new law,” claimed a... 

US expands military net over Africa, checking China’s influence

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Over the last decade, America has quietly expanded its military presence throughout Africa in an attempt to counter Chinese and other emerging nations’ influence, while consolidating control over critical strategic resources and trade routes. The United States, like its allies Britain and France, has long maintained influence and indirect control in Africa through financial institutions such as... 

France to deploy 400 more troops to Central African Republic

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France has said it is planning to reinforce its troops in the Central African Republic (CAR) by sending 400 more soldiers to the former French colony. French President Francois Hollande’s office said on Friday in a statement that the additional troops would join the 1,600 French soldiers already stationed in the CAR. The decision was made after a meeting of a top defense committee in the Élysée... 

US and Israel behind conflicts in Africa - political analyst

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A political analyst says the “dirty hands” of the United States and Israeli regime are behind the ongoing conflicts in South Sudan and the entire African continent, Press TV reports. In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Stephen Lendman, a US-based author and radio host, described the deadly in violence in South Sudan as “deplorable,” stressing that “the dirty hands of Washington and... 

France deploys tanks around presidential palace in Bangui

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French troops have deployed tanks around the presidential palace in the capital Bangui shortly after the resignations of the president and the premier of the Central African Republic. Several French tanks were deployed around the presidential palace and other government buildings across the violence-stricken city on Friday. This comes hours after both the interim President Michel Djotodia and the... 

935,000 displaced in Central African Republic amid ‘unprecedented’ violence

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Targeted attacks against children, looting and burning of houses have been reported in the ongoing sectarian violence in Central African Republic by the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR. Hundreds of thousands have fled to refugee camps or hidden in the bush. Violence between mostly Muslim ex-rebel Seleka members, whose leader seized power last March, and Christian vigilante groups “has pushed the number... 

11 die in Somali capital terrorist bomb attack

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Photo taken on September 12, 2012 shows the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu as AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) forces stand guard after a bomb exploded while newly elected Somali president Hasan Sheikh Mahmud was staying. At least 11 people have been killed and 17 others wounded in three bomb blasts that hit the Somali capital Mogadishu. The attacks were carried out late on Wednesday near Jazeera... 

DR Congo army kills 40 people taking part in uprising

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Congolese security forces have killed at least 40 people involved in a violent uprising in the capital Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army says. The army said it had regained control of the state television headquarters, RTNC, army headquarters and the international airport in Kinshasa following an attack by some 70 gunmen early Monday. The clashes reportedly broke out between supporters... 

South Sudan to attack Bentiu if truce rejected

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A South Sudanese minister has threatened that the government will attack the main stronghold of rebel forces if they reject Juba’s offer for a ceasefire. On Saturday, South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei said the government troops are prepared to push the rebels out of Bentiu, the last state capital controlled by forces loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar. “We will flush (Machar) out... 
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