Rwandan court drops all charges against opposition figure - News24

Rwanda's high court on Thursday acquitted the country's most prominent opposition figure of all charges related to her election challenge of President Paul Kagame, as judges said the prosecution failed to provide proof of insurrection and forgery.-- https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/rwandan-court-drops-all-charges-against-opposition-figure-20181206

Matatu ban a mock drive to end congestion - Sonko - The Star, Kenya

The long walks city residents endured on Monday when matatus were banned from entering the CBD was a “mock exercise” to find a solution to the traffic menace, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko said yesterday. Sonko suspended the ban on matatus from ...-- https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/07/matatu-ban-a-mock-drive-to-end-congestion-sonko_c1862077

Gabon president leaves Morocco hospital - News24

Gabon's president Ali Bongo has left hospital in Rabat and will stay at a private residence in the Moroccan capital as he recovers from illness, a presidency source said on Wednesday. The 59-year-old, who fell ill on October 24 at an economic forum ...-- https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/gabon-president-leaves-morocco-hospital-20181206

Vehicle tax drives budget fallout among Italy's ruling populists - euronews

Italy's disputed budget faced fresh turbulence on Thursday over a plan to increase fuel taxes on older petrol and diesel cars. On Tuesday, the Lower House Budget Committee approved a tax on sales of high-emission petrol and diesel vehicles of up to €3 ...and more »-- https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/06/vehicle-tax-drives-budget-fallout-among-italy-s-ruling-populists

No Sam Elliott and more #GoldenGlobes nomination shockers - Independent Online

LOS ANGELES — There's no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to the mercurial Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its Golden Globe nominations, but this year saw a number of surprises, like... THEY CHOSE THE WRONG SAM. This was ...-- https://www.iol.co.za/entertainment/movies-theatre/no-sam-elliott-and-more-goldenglobes-nomination-shockers-18412395

Critic of Rwandan president cleared of insurrection and forgery - Eyewitness News

Diane Rwigara has repeatedly accused President Paul Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his Rwandan Patriotic Front's unyielding grip on power. FILE: Rwandan opposition politician Diane Rwigara. Picture: @ShimaRwigara/Twitter. Rwanda · Paul ...-- https://ewn.co.za/2018/12/06/critic-of-rwandan-president-cleared-of-insurrection-and-forgery

Louis Oosthuizen leads the way at the SA Open but American Kurt Kitayama nipping at his heels - TimesLIVE

He hardly looked up to check the leaderboard but by the time Louis Oosthuizen removed his cap for a handshake with his playing partners early Thursday afternoon‚ he held a respectable lead after his opening round in the SA Open. He had blazed his way ...-- https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/2018-12-06-louis-oosthuizen-leads-the-way-at-the-sa-open-but-american-kurt-kitayama-nipping-at-his-heels/

Western donors pledge $2.3bn in anti-terror aid for Africa's Sahel - News24

Western donors have pledged nearly $2.3 billion in funding aimed at preventing terrorism and lawlessness along the southern rim of the Sahara, the head of the G5 Sahel grouping said on Thursday. "These pledges from our partners broadly cover the ...-- https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/western-donors-pledge-23bn-in-anti-terror-aid-for-africas-sahel-20181206

Boko Haram : Nigeria seeks closer collaboration with Saudi Arabia – Dan Ali - Vanguard

Maiduguri – The Federal Government on Thursday appealed to Saudi Arabia to assist in promoting true teachings of Islam to fast-track de-radicalization and curtail spread of Boko Haram ideology in the North-East. Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali ...-- https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/12/boko-haram-nigeria-seeks-closer-collaboration-with-saudi-arabia-dan-ali/

Hungary's Orban exempts pro-government media group from scrutiny - Business Day

Budapest — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published on Wednesday. Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is ...-- https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/europe/2018-12-06-hungarys-orban-exempts-pro-government-media-group-from-scrutiny/

US military says strike kills four militants in Somalia - Reuters Africa

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The U.S military said it killed four militants in an air strike against al Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Awdheegle, Somalia, as part of its operations to support the government's efforts to weaken the group. The military's ...-- https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1O50LT-OZATP

South Sudan mulls policy against child trafficking - Xinhua

JUBA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan government on Thursday announced plans to enact an immigration policy to counter child trafficking which is rampant in the country. James Dak, deputy spokesman for South Sudan National Police Service, said the ...-- http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/07/c_137655829.htm

NJ minimum wage, marijuana legalization make business jittery for 2019 - Asbury Park Press

New Jersey businesses are worried about an increase in the minimum wage, the prospects for legal recreational marijuana, and, of course, taxes, but they don't see a slowdown ahead for sales or profits, a survey released Thursday said. The result? They ...-- https://www.app.com/story/money/business/main-street/2018/12/06/nj-minimum-wage-marijuana-legalization-make-business-jittery-2019/2213438002/

Justin Trudeau says Canadian government played no role in Huawei executive's arrest - Business Day

Ottawa — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said his government had no involvement in the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei, who was detained at Vancouver airport. Trudeau said Ottawa had ...-- https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/americas/2018-12-06-justin-trudeau-says-canadan-government-played-no-role-in-huawei-executives-arrest/

WATCH | Somizi, Abigail Kubeka & others remake Johnny Clegg's 'The Crossing' - TimesLIVE

Fifty of Mzansi's most talented artists, including Somizi, Abigail Kubeka, Dorothy Masuka and Judith Sephuma have added their voice to a tribute song for veteran Johnny Clegg. It was announced on Wednesday that the artists had collaborated on a remake ...-- https://www.timeslive.co.za/tshisa-live/tshisa-live/2018-12-06-watch--somizi-abigail-kubeka--others-remake-johnny-cleggs-the-crossing/

South Africa: Better Deal On the Cards for SA Actors - AllAfrica.com

The National Assembly has approved redrafted versions of the Performers' Protection Amendment Bill, the Copyright Amendment Bill and the National Gambling Amendment Bill, says Parliament's spokesperson Moloto Mothapo. The Performers' Protection ...-- https://allafrica.com/stories/201812060331.html

Tomorrow's weather: Heavy rain for most of SA, floods for the Cape - News24

Most of SA is expected to be rainy on Friday as isolated showers of varying intensities make their way. Severe thunderstorms are also expected over the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, the south-eastern parts of the Free State and the southern parts ...-- https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/tomorrows-weather-heavy-rain-for-most-of-sa-floods-for-the-cape-20181206

Load shedding: Gordhan cracks the whip - Moneyweb.co.za

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced immediate plans to put an end to the load shedding that has been a daily occurrence countrywide since November 29 and threatens to gobble up any green shoots of economic growth.-- https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/south-africa/load-shedding-gordhan-cracks-the-whip/

SABC board left toothless as more directors resign - Business Day

The SABC sunk into a deeper crisis on Thursday following the resignation of a fourth director, which has left the broadcaster's board without the quorum required to make decisions. The resignations leave the board on the brink of collapse at a time ...-- https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/media/2018-12-06-fourth-sabc-board-member-resigns/

Expel MPs from parties if they insist on new perks - The Star, Kenya

MPs are conspiring to get hefty new perks. If President Uhuru Kenyatta rejects the Parliamentary Service Bill 2018, they plan to muster a two-thirds majority in Parliament to get what they want. The 416 MPs already have a Sh7 million car grant and a ...-- https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/07/expel-mps-from-parties-if-they-insist-on-new-perks_c1862203

No Sam Elliott and more #GoldenGlobes nomination shockers - Independent Online

LOS ANGELES — There's no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to the mercurial Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its Golden Globe nominations, but this year saw a number of surprises, like... THEY CHOSE THE WRONG SAM. This was ...-- https://www.iol.co.za/entertainment/movies-theatre/no-sam-elliott-and-more-goldenglobes-nomination-shockers-18412395

Fitch Ratings keeps South Africa at junk status - CNBCAfrica.com

By Fitch Ratings. Fitch Ratings has affirmed South Africa's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BB+' with a Stable Outlook. KEY RATING DRIVERS South Africa's ratings are weighed down by low growth potential, sizeable government ...-- https://www.cnbcafrica.com/insights/sa-downgrade/2018/12/06/fitch-ratings-keeps-south-africa-at-junk-status/

Western donors pledge $2.3bn in anti-terror aid for Africa's Sahel - News24

Western donors have pledged nearly $2.3 billion in funding aimed at preventing terrorism and lawlessness along the southern rim of the Sahara, the head of the G5 Sahel grouping said on Thursday. "These pledges from our partners broadly cover the ...-- https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/western-donors-pledge-23bn-in-anti-terror-aid-for-africas-sahel-20181206

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - ReliefWeb

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Geneva, 6 December 2018. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary and many achievements of this trailblazing document, High Commissioner Bachelet calls on "each of us to do our ...-- https://reliefweb.int/report/world/70th-anniversary-universal-declaration-human-rights

Nigeria's military collapsing as fight against Boko Haram fails - World Tribune

Special to WorldTribune.com. By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. Nigeria's junior army officers and enlisted ranks fighting in the north of the country were, by early December 2018, preparing to revolt. Corruption, incompetence, and lies of political ...-- https://www.worldtribune.com/nigerias-military-collapsing-as-fight-against-boko-haram-fails/

After 28 years, US restores 'permanent diplomatic mission' in Somalia - World Tribune

by WorldTribune Staff, December 6, 2018. The United States on Dec. 4 said it has restored a “permanent diplomatic presence” in Somalia for the first time since clan warlords overthrew the ruling government and ignited civil war in 1991. The U.S. closed ...-- https://www.worldtribune.com/after-28-years-u-s-restores-permanent-diplomatic-mission-in-somalia/

Hungary's Orban exempts pro-government media group from scrutiny - Business Day

Budapest — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published on Wednesday. Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is ...-- https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/2018-12-06-hungarys-orban-exempts-pro-government-media-group-from-scrutiny/

South Sudan mulls policy against child trafficking - Xinhua

JUBA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan government on Thursday announced plans to enact an immigration policy to counter child trafficking which is rampant in the country. James Dak, deputy spokesman for South Sudan National Police Service, said the ...-- http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/07/c_137655829.htm

'He's an idiot' - Manchester United legend Paul Ince slams Paul Pogba and claims fans have turned on him. - Independent.ie

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has branded Paul Pogba 'an idiot' an suggested most of the club's supporters will be pleased if the French World Cup winner leaves Old Trafford. United manager Jose Mourinho dropped Pogba from his line-up ...-- https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/hes-an-idiot-manchester-united-legend-paul-ince-slams-paul-pogba-and-claims-fans-have-turned-on-him--37602266.html

MAZIWISA AND PAMBUKA CONVICTED, JAILED - NewsdzeZimbabwe

Former Highfield Member of Parliament Psychology Maziwisa and Former ZBC News anchor Oscar Pambuka who were facing two counts of fraud have been found guilty. They have been sentenced to an effective 2 and a half years in prison. The duo duped ...and more »-- http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2018/12/maziwisa-and-pambuka-convicted-jailed.html

UPDATE 1-No breakthrough at rare UN Western Sahara talks - Reuters Africa

(Adds quotes, background). By Tom Miles. GENEVA, Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.N. talks on disputed Western Sahara ended on Thursday without a breakthrough, but all sides agreed to meet again in early 2019, U.N. envoy Horst Koehler said. U.N. efforts have ...-- https://af.reuters.com/article/algeriaNews/idAFL8N1YB588

'Gov to seize idle land owned by Zanu-PF party heavyweights' – Mnangagwa - The Zimbabwe Daily

Zimbabwean commercial farmer Tommy Bayley rides an old bicycle ahead of war veterans and villagers, who invaded his farm at Danbury Park outside the capital Harare, in this file picture taken April 8, 2000. REUTERS/Howard Burditt/Files. Zimbabwean ...and more »-- https://www.thezimbabwedaily.com/news/294619-gov-to-seize-idle-land-owned-by-zanu-pf-party-heavyweights-mnangagwa.html

Critic of Rwandan president cleared of insurrection and forgery - Eyewitness News

Diane Rwigara has repeatedly accused President Paul Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his Rwandan Patriotic Front's unyielding grip on power. FILE: Rwandan opposition politician Diane Rwigara. Picture: @ShimaRwigara/Twitter. Rwanda · Paul ...-- https://ewn.co.za/2018/12/06/critic-of-rwandan-president-cleared-of-insurrection-and-forgery

#DontLookAway: SA's women are on perpetual guard - Independent Online

During this year's 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women and Children, Independent Media continues our #DontLookAway campaign by shining a spotlight on sexual harassment. Women and girls are not free to walk around their ...-- https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news/dontlookaway-sas-women-are-on-perpetual-guard-18408610

Cape Town Sevens: Blitzboks to wear jersey to honor Nelson Mandela - WPRO

South Africa's rugby sevens team will wear a special jersey at this weekend's tournament in Cape Town to pay tribute to former President Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 this year. Captains from each country visited Robben Island ahead of the ...and more »-- http://www.630wpro.com/news/cape-town-sevens-blitzboks-to-wear-jersey-to-honor-nelson-mandela/

WATCH | Somizi, Abigail Kubeka & others remake Johnny Clegg's 'The Crossing' - TimesLIVE

Fifty of Mzansi's most talented artists, including Somizi, Abigail Kubeka, Dorothy Masuka and Judith Sephuma have added their voice to a tribute song for veteran Johnny Clegg. It was announced on Wednesday that the artists had collaborated on a remake ...-- https://www.timeslive.co.za/tshisa-live/tshisa-live/2018-12-06-watch--somizi-abigail-kubeka--others-remake-johnny-cleggs-the-crossing/

Justin Trudeau says Canadian government played no role in Huawei executive's arrest - Business Day

Ottawa — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said his government had no involvement in the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei, who was detained at Vancouver airport. Trudeau said Ottawa had ...-- https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/americas/2018-12-06-justin-trudeau-says-canadan-government-played-no-role-in-huawei-executives-arrest/

Ramaphosa discovers Atlantis, and says it's SA's green launchpad - TimesLIVE

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Premier Helen Zille with workers from GRI Wind Towers at the launch of the Atlantis special economic zone on Thursday December 6, 2018. Image: Western Cape provincial government. President Cyril Ramaphosa's ...-- https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2018-12-06-ramaphosa-discovers-atlantis-and-says-its-sas-green-launchpad/

Marriage officers must marry same-sex couples after new bill - TimesLIVE

The National Assembly on Thursday, December 6 2018, passed legislation which compels home affairs marriage officers to officiate same-sex marriages even if they object. Image: Archieve. Home affairs marriage officers have to officiate same-sex ...-- https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2018-12-06-marriage-officers-must-marry-same-sex-couples-after-new-bill/

Bush, president and patriarch, is home for Texas burial - News24

George H.W. Bush, who shaped history as 41st president and patriarch of a family that occupied the White House for a dozen years, is going to his final rest, in Texas. The country said goodbye to him on Wednesday in a national funeral service that ...-- https://www.news24.com/World/News/bush-president-and-patriarch-is-home-for-texas-burial-20181206

Pupil captured on video as he hurls abuse at teacher - News24

A video of a pupil hurling a barrage of insults at a teacher has surfaced – and it involves a primary school pupil in Gauteng. The Gauteng education department says the incident happened five months ago at Lewisham Primary School in Krugersdorp.-- https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/pupil-captured-on-video-as-he-hurls-abuse-at-teacher-20181206

#LoadShedding: Eskom to look into problems, says Pravin Gordhan - Independent Online

Cape Town - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced emergency steps to prevent further stage 2 load shedding and confirmed longer-term plans to separate Eskom's generation and distribution capacities. Gordhan told a media ...-- https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/loadshedding-eskom-to-look-into-problems-says-pravin-gordhan-18411965

Six arrested for trashing Vodacom shop - TimesLIVE

Police have arrested six people who were allegedly part of a group that trashed a Vodacom shop in the Mall of the North in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Sunday. The group claimed to be EFF supporters or members. Limpopo police spokesperson Moatshe ...-- https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-12-06-six-arrested-for-trashing-vodacom-shop/