EU referendum: Donald Tusk says talks over UK changes fragile – BBC News

EU referendum: Donald Tusk says talks over UK changes fragile – BBC News

Image copyright AP Image caption The two men conceived the draft renegotiation package that must be agreed by all 28 states The man responsible for trying to broker a deal over the renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership has said the process is “fragile”. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said he had cancelled all […]

EU reform will not deter UK-bound migrants – Jose Manuel Barroso – BBC News

Media captionEx-European Commission president says availability of jobs is more important Cutting benefits for new EU migrants would not put people off wanting to move to the UK, a former European Commission president has said. Jose Manuel Barroso said plans for an “emergency brake” on in-work benefits for migrants was a creative compromise but would […]

David Cameron accused of failing UK steel after EU proposal rejected – The Guardian

David Cameron has been accused of failing the British steel industry after the government confirmed it was blocking proposals from other EU members to tackle dumping of cheap product by China. Sajid Javid, the business secretary, said it would not be right for the EU to scrap regulations known as the “lesser duty rule”, which […]

CBI downgrades forecast for UK economic growth – The Guardian

Britain’s leading employers’ organisation, the Confederation of British Industry, has warned that the growth prospects for the UK economy have dimmed since George Osborne’s autumn statement three months ago. Cutting its forecasts for both 2016 and 2017, the CBI said a weaker performance at the end of last year coupled with a less rosy outlook […]

South Africa Gold Mine Collapse Update: 26-Hour Silence From Trapped Workers At Lily Mine – International Business Times

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. EST — South Africa’s mining union president, Joseph Mathunjwa, cautioned that time was running out to save three mine workers trapped in a collapsed gold mine in South Africa’s northeast Mpumalanga province, Africanews reported. The miners have been trapped since one of the mine’s supporting pillars collapsed Friday. “The longer they remain trapped […]

Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa – BDlive

AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others […]

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mandla Mandela is chief of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s ancestral home Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over chief Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam. The Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) told the BBC that being Muslim could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions. Mandla Mandela, […]

East Africa will lose out in battle between Islamist militants – BDlive

NAIROBI — Competition between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State for a foothold in East Africa will fuel attacks in the region by the Islamist militants, Control Risks Group said. Islamic State was trying to make inroads into Somalia, where the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group had been waging an insurgency for the past decade, as well as […]