North Korea calls UK-based defector ‘human scum’ – BBC News

North Korea calls UK-based defector ‘human scum’ – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Thae (seen on the right in this file picture) is now under the protection of South Korea North Korea has branded a UK-based diplomat who defected to South Korea as “human scum”. Thae Yong-ho, deputy envoy in London, and his family are now under the protection of the […]

Outrage over photos of UK hunter posing with dead elephant and zebra – The Independent

Outrage over photos of UK hunter posing with dead elephant and zebra – The Independent

A Scottish farmer has caused outrage after posing for photographs with the the bodies of an elephant, water buffalo and other African animals that he had shot dead. Ian Evans, of Wigtonshire in south-west Scotland, also killed antelope and zebra while on several trips to reserves in South Africa. His daughter-in-law, Helen Winters, who posted these photos online, has also accused […]

Rio Olympics 2016: Caster Semenya wins 800m gold for South Africa – BBC News

Rio Olympics 2016: Caster Semenya wins 800m gold for South Africa – BBC News

Media playback is not supported on this device Commanding Semenya eases to 800m gold South Africa’s Caster Semenya won Olympic gold in the 800m but Great Britain’s Lynsey Sharp missed out on a medal as she finished sixth. Semenya, 25, set a national record to win in one minute 55.28 seconds and finish well clear […]

Back to Africa – Jamaica Observer

Jamaicans are being urged to look to Africa as a market for their films and other creative works. This call has come from film producer Donisha Prendergast, first grandchild of Bob and Rita Marley. She gave the charge at a private screening of her latest project, 50 Days in Afrika, a docu-film done […]

Kerry Heading to Africa for Talks on Counterterrorism – New York Times

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The myth about democracy in Africa – Daily Nation

Democracy in Africa is under threat. In Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, presidents have extended their stay in office, overturning constitutional term limits in the process. Even in South Africa, once the continent’s leading democratic light, the African National Congress (ANC) has become increasingly corrupt and out of touch with its former urban base. Does this mean […]

U.S. Vision for Mideast Stability Runs Through Gas Pipelines – Bloomberg

The potential to benefit from new gas discoveries has created a rare opportunity for eastern Mediterranean countries including Israel and Turkey to forge closer ties, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s envoy on energy affairs. Countries in the region must work together if they hope to unlock multibillion dollar gas discoveries in Israel […]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf set to consolidate, supported by oil – Reuters

DUBAI Aug 21 Gulf stock markets look set to consolidate on Sunday, supported by last week’s rebound in oil prices but lacking other positive factors to spur buying of individual stocks. Brent crude oil closed above $50 a barrel on Thursday and Friday for the first time since July 4. This may continue to encourage […]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Petchems boost Saudi but markets mostly sluggish – Reuters

DUBAI Aug 21 Petrochemical shares boosted Saudi Arabia’s stock market early on Sunday on the back of strong oil prices but most share markets in the Gulf were barely changed. The main Saudi equities index edged up 0.2 percent in the first half-hour as petrochemical blue chip Saudi Basic Industries climbed 1.2 percent to 84.50 […]