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Power Surge For Women As Emerging Consumers (Value Walk)

Power Surge For Women As Emerging Consumers by Tassos Stassopoulos, AllianceBernstein What’s the connection between electricity and women? Electricity is an agent of empowerment, able to transform societies and economies in emerging markets. It paves the way to buying home appliances like electric cookers, refrigerators and washing machines, freeing up women from hours of daily […]

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Foreign shop owner set alight in South Africa (Al Jazeera)

Nine arrested in Johannesburg suburb as xenophobic attacks on foreigners sweep Rainbow Nation. Police in South Africa say nine people have been arrested after a foreigner was set alight outside Johannesburg, the latest in a string of xenophobic attacks in the country. Lieutenant Kay Makhubela, a spokesperson for the South African Police Services in Gauteng told […]

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More African states seeking Africom support in dealing with security threats (Daily Nation (Kenya))

African countries faced with increasing security threats are slowly accepting the work of an American agency designed to run all of Washington’s military operations on the continent. AlShabaab, Lord’s Resistance Army and political turmoil in Eastern Africa, Boko Haram in West Africa and terrorism in the Islamic Maghreb have all compelled the continent to seek […]

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Army confined to barracks as Lesotho votes (PM News (Nigeria))

Lesotho’s army will be confined to barracks when the small mountain kingdom votes Saturday in a snap election to break a political deadlock after an attempted coup last August. With tension rising after a bystander was killed and two of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s bodyguards were wounded in a shootout with soldiers earlier this month, […]

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What's news (China Daily)

Governments and policies Report: Further scope for monetary easing China’s central bank should cut banks’ required reserve ratios further to deal with deflation risks, according to an article in the People’s Bank of China’s newspaper on Thursday. “To fend off possible deflation, the central bank should continue to adjust tools, from required reserve ratios and […]

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Ebola Is Not Over Yet [analysis]

The announcement by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that children will be returning to school, and that borders with neighbouring countries will reopen, comes as a huge relief to everyone around the world alarmed about the Ebola outbreak. At one stage last year, some thought that it would take much longer – even up to the […]