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Pigs may complicate US-China trade negotiations

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By Ganesh Rao, business reporter The decline in pig numbers in China could make trade negotiations with the US more complicated, according to new research. A sharp decline in China’s pig population due to an epidemic of African swine fever has reduced the amount of animal feed imported from the United States, according to an Read More

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

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LONDON (Reuters) – A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. FILE PHOTO: Ingots of 99.97 percent pure palladium are stored at a plant owned by Krastsvetmet, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of non-ferrous metals, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Read More

Facebook busts Israeli influence campaign that targeted elections on 3 continents

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Facebook has uncovered an extensive Israeli-run political influence campaign that has been ‘changing reality according to clients’ wishes’ targeting elections in African, Latin America and Asian nations for years. The social media platform has shut down 65 Facebook accounts, 161 pages, 23 groups, 12 events, and four Instagram accounts run out of Israel, citing its Read More

Facebook busts Israeli election-meddling network that targeted elections on 3 continents for 7 YEARS

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Facebook has uncovered an extensive Israeli-run political influence campaign that has been ‘changing reality according to clients’ wishes’ targeting elections in African, Latin America and Asian nations for years. The social media platform has shut down 65 Facebook accounts, 161 pages, 23 groups, 12 events, and four Instagram accounts run out of Israel, citing its Read More

Explainer: Why Zimbabwe faces worst power cuts in three years

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HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst power cuts in three years, lasting up to 10 hours daily in some areas and threatening mining output in one of the world’s biggest platinum and gold producers. FILE PHOTO: Student Rutendo Madziva reads by candlelight during an electrical power cut in Marondera, Zimbabwe, May 14, 2019. Read More

Clean & honest broker lacking colonial baggage: Russia investing in Africa’s huge energy potential

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Africa’s economic potential is enormous: the continent contains significant mineral and energy deposits, a young and growing population, and an underdeveloped energy sector desperately in need of investment. Approximately 640 million people, or two-thirds of the entire populace, don’t have access to electricity. According to the African Development Bank, energy poverty reduces GDP growth by Read More

Mozambique needs $3.2 billion for post-cyclone reconstruction: local media

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FILE PHOTO: Buildings damaged during Cyclone Kenneth are seen from the air in a village north of Pemba, Mozambique, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique will need about $3.2 billion in aid to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by two recent cyclones, government officials were quoted by local media as saying. The southern African Read More

Trump – bad! Migrants – good! Venice Biennale is liberal establishment smugness as art

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It pretends to shock and challenge, but the talking points of the art at the world’s biggest exhibition come straight from the New York Times op-ed page. And despite the counter-cultural non-conformism – everything is for sale. Let’s leave for the moment the “is-it-art?” and “my-four-year-old-could-do-it” discussions as they pertain to the 87 pavilions throughout Read More

Gabon vows no mercy over theft of hardwood worth nearly $250 million

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FILE PHOTO: President Ali Bongo of Gabon addresses an African Union meeting on climate change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo LIBREVILLE (Reuters) – Gabon’s president vowed on Monday to find and punish those responsible for the disappearance of over 350 containers of protected hardwood worth nearly $250 million. In late Read More