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New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform
South Africa needs to "radically transform" its economy, the country's new finance minister has said. The treasury has been seen for too long as belonging to "big business, powerful interests and international investors," Malusi Gigaba said. "This is a people's government," he told his first news conference since President Jacob Zuma fired his respected predecessor, Pravin Gordhan. Thursd...
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EU leaders react as UK PM Theresa May officially triggers Brexit EU leaders react as UK PM Theresa May officially triggers Brexit
"After nine months the UK has delivered," declared EU Council President Donald Tusk in a portentous tweet on receipt of the letter triggering Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May. The tone of his speech in Brussels was full of regret. There was "no reason to pretend that this is a happy day" in Brussels or London, he added. "We already miss you." Looking on the bright side, he said there w...
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Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen from Berlin museum Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen from Berlin museum
A giant gold coin bearing the Queen's image, and worth $4m (3.2m), has been stolen from a museum in Germany. The Canadian coin, nicknamed the "big maple leaf", has a face value of $1m - but because it is 100kg (220lb) of pure 24-carat gold, its value is much higher at today's price for gold bullion. It was taken during the night from the Bode Museum in Berlin. It is not clear how the thi...
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Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested
Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow. Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations. At least 500 other protesters were detained in the capital and across the country. Most of the marches were illegal, or...
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US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect
A ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Turkey and some countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the US and UK has come into effect. Officials say devices "larger than a smartphone" must travel in the hold because of an increased risk that they could contain explosives. At least one airline is allowing devices to be used up until boarding. The US ban covers e...
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London attack: Khalid Masood identified as killer London attack: Khalid Masood identified as killer
he man believed to have carried out the terror attack in Westminster has been named by police as Khalid Masood. Kent-born Masood, who was shot dead by police, had not been the subject of any current police investigations, but had a range of previous convictions. The 52-year-old was believed to have been living in the West Midlands. The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind ...
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London attack: French students injured on bridge London attack: French students injured on bridge
Three French schoolchildren were among those injured when a vehicle hit people on London's Westminster Bridge in a suspected terror attack, the French government has confirmed. The foreign ministry said they had been on a school trip to London. A newspaper in France's Brittany region, Le Telegramme, identified them as teenage pupils from a private high school in Concarneau. At least two o...
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Ghana waterfall: Many dead in Kintampo freak tree accident Ghana waterfall: Many dead in Kintampo freak tree accident
At least 18 people, mainly high school students, have died after a large tree fell on them at a popular waterfall spot in Kintampo, Ghana, police say. The students were swimming during a storm when the freak accident happened, local police chief Owusu Boampong told the BBC. Twenty-two others were injured and are being treated at local hospitals. Rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through ...
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Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack
Syrian security forces are engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, residents say. Artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city as part of a surprise rebel attack, they say. The insurgents detonated two suicide car bombs in Jobar district before trying to storm government defence lines, observers said. The military respond...
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G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge
Finance ministers from world's biggest economies have dropped an anti-protectionist commitment after opposition from the US. G20 ministers left the two-day meeting without renewing their long-standing pledge to bolster free trade. Last year, the group of the world's 20 largest economies vowed to "resist all forms of protectionism". But since then, President Donald Trump has taken office, ...
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