S.Africa court rules Zuma should face almost 800 graft charges

PRETORIA, South Africa, Apr 29 – South African President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009, a judge said Friday, piling further pressure on the embattled leader. The charges, relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, were dropped by the chief state prosecutor in a move that cleared the … Continue reading S.Africa court rules Zuma should face almost 800 graft charges

Philippines’ Pacquiao now a political heavyweight

SAN PABLO CITY, Philippines, Apr 29 – Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians. After winning his farewell fight against Tim Bradley, the eight-time world champion hit the campaign trail this … Continue reading Philippines’ Pacquiao now a political heavyweight

Burkina bans officials from accepting gifts over $60

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Apr 29 – Burkina Faso officials are no longer allowed to accept gifts worth more than 35,000 CFA francs (53 euros, $60), the government announced Thursday in another move to counter rife corruption and cronyism. “If an agent receives a present, a gift and other perks worth more than 35,000 CFA francs, … Continue reading Burkina bans officials from accepting gifts over $60

South Sudan forges unity government: presidential decree

JUBA, South Sudan, Apr 29 – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has named his transitional unity government sharing power with ex-rebels, a key step in a long-delayed peace process, a decree read out Friday said. Under an August 2015 peace deal, the 30 posts of ministers are split between Kiir, former rebel chief turned first … Continue reading South Sudan forges unity government: presidential decree

Burundi govt won’t join crisis talks unless consulted

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, Apr 28 – Burundi’s government on Wednesday refused to participate in stalled talks to end months of political crisis unless it was first consulted on who else was taking part. As Washington urged the authorities to defuse a year-long crisis, a presidential statement, broadcast on national radio and monitored in Nairobi, issued a … Continue reading Burundi govt won’t join crisis talks unless consulted