South Africa: Deadly Air – Ramaphosa Named in Multi-Billion-Rand Coal Pollution Court Case

[Daily Maverick] It has been 12 years since the South African government officially recognised the lethal levels of air pollution caused by the Eskom and Sasol plants on the Mpumalanga and east Gauteng Highveld. In that time, with international experts linking our national coal-fired pollution to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of chronic illnesses a year — costing the economy in excess of an annual R30-billion — almost nothing has been done.

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Zimbabwe: 90% of Wines Sold in the Country Uncertified, Says Wine Maker

[New Zimbabwe] Renowned wine maker Joseph Tongai Dhafana has warned Zimbabwean wine drinkers could be imbibing some toxic imported stuff which has been allowed to cross into the country without the necessary certification by relevant authorities in countries they will be originating from.

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Tanzania’s president loves mega-projects. Careful planning, less so

LIKE ISAIAH BERLIN’S hedgehogs, who knew one big thing, John Magufuli, Tanzania’s president, sees economic growth through a single prism: the state, and the state alone, delivers prosperity. Cash has been poured into Air Tanzania, the loss-making state-owned airline, which has recently bought half-a-dozen new planes, including a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels

EVEN THE Eid al-Fitr holiday did not bring a respite for the almost 3m Syrians bottled up in Idlib. Warplanes buzzed overhead, as they have for more than a month, dropping ordnance on this scrubby province in north-western Syria, the last significant pocket of rebel-held territory

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With Iraqi tribes settling more disputes, sheikhs are in high demand

AFTER DISCOVERING that one of his employees had embezzled $800,000, Saif took him to a court in Baghdad and won. When the thief still did not return the cash, he was thrown in jail. But he was soon released, probably after paying a bribe.

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