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South Africa's currency plummets
- March 31, 2017

Mbalula is the new police ministerBefore the Presidency made its announcement, an irritated Fikile Mbalula, the now former minister of sports and recreation, addressed rumours he would be police minister via his Twitter account. Frustration has been growing with Zuma after numerous allegations of corruption. Maimane said Zuma has bowed to the whims of those who are determined to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor and jobless. (more...)
BlackRock says positive on S.Africa bonds despite political noise
- March 31, 2017

Zuma does not need the support of the top six to hire and fire ministers but should top ANC members openly criticise his decision it would likely weaken his position in the party. Zuma told members of the group that Gordhan is divisive in the cabinet and thwarts efforts by other ministers to deliver services, according to the person. (more...)
Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested on corruption charges Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested on corruption charges
- March 31, 2017

Prosecutors filed the request on Monday to arrest Park because of the "graveness of the alleged crimes" and "possibility of the destruction of evidence". It was a dramatic setback to Park, South Korea's first female president who rose to power four years ago amid conservatives' nostalgia for her late dictator father who is credited by supporters for pulling a war-torn country out of poverty in the 1960-70s. (more...)
Chinese premier Li begins visits to Australia, New Zealand
- March 31, 2017

China's second most powerful leader Li Keqiang will take time out from talking trade at an AFL match with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull before the siren sounds on his Australian visit. "We are willing to strengthen cooperation with Australia and jointly show the region and the world our resolve to push trade liberalization and economic globalization". (more...)
High Court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students High Court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students
- March 31, 2017

Nonetheless, disability advocates hailed the ruling as a victory. His parents removed him from public school in the fifth grade after the school offered them an individualized education plan, or IEP, that they believed would not help Endrew make substantial progress. (more...)
IS propaganda team killed in Iraq air strike: coalition
- March 31, 2017

The fight to take back Mosul began in October, backed by the US -led worldwide coalition. Of those an estimated 76,000 people have returned to their areas, but suffering lack of services. Amnesty International's Donatella Rovera recently said the high civilian death toll in eastern Mosul , which was retaken by government forces in January, suggested that there, too, the coalition "failed to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths, in flagrant violation of worldwide ... (more...)
Exit polls show win for center-right party in Bulgaria
- March 31, 2017

Sunday's election - the fifth time since May 2013 Bulgarians have gone to the polls - took place amid tensions between Ankara and Sofia . Potential partners include the United Patriots, also on around 9.5 percent, and Veselin Mareshki, who likes being called the Bulgarian Donald Trump, although it was unclear whether his Volya party had passed the minium four percent to enter parliament. (more...)
House speaker blocks 'bathroom bill' from unrelated proposal House speaker blocks 'bathroom bill' from unrelated proposal
- March 31, 2017

A Senate rule stipulating that 26 or more "no" votes means similar language can not be considered again that session, according to some Democrats, meant Bosma's proposal should not have been considered by the Senate panel. House Speaker Brian Bosma, right, tells Senate President Pro Tempore David Long about HB 1005, which makes the state's top educator an appointed position. (more...)
Thousands gather in London to protest against Brexit Thousands gather in London to protest against Brexit
- March 31, 2017

Tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters took to London's streets Saturday, in defiance of the terror threat, to mark the bloc's 60th anniversary just days before Brexit begins. " We must be united against the danger of an increasing nationalism which could divide Europe once more ", warned Haris Golemis, of the Central Committee of Greece's Syriza party, who was attending the march. (more...)
Keystone XL approval applauded
- March 31, 2017

In May 2012, TransCanada reapplied for the State Department permit, which included a new route through Nebraska instead of the previously planned route through Texas. Daugaard's administration has been preparing for potential protests over the pipeline. "There is a lot of work ahead for TransCanada before crude oil starts to flow from Alberta to the Gulf Coast on KXL". (more...)
Hawaii AG: An appeal of travel ban ruling likely
- March 31, 2017

It was scheduled to take effect on the March 16, but was blocked shortly before being implemented by rulings from two federal judges, Watson in Hawaii and U.S. But the USA government has argued that the travel ban is within its purview because it aids in the country's national security. But the judge's decision came in yet another strongly worded ruling smacking around the Trump administration for revamping the legal language of the executive order to scrub away any implication of ... (more...)
Early reports of damage in wake of Australia's Cyclone Debbie
- March 31, 2017

Resorts along the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and coastal areas bore the brunt of the storm with wind gusts stronger than 260 kph (160 mph). It was later downgraded to category two. "This rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area this week", it said. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia suspended flights to and from the region and said planes may also be grounded on Wednesday, although Townsville airport said it would reopen. (more...)
Body of kidnapped IN man found IN Congo
- March 31, 2017

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that two kidnapped United Nations experts have been killed. A UN spokesman in NY said the United Nations was analysing the remains and could not confirm the identities of the dead as yet. (more...)
SpaceX set to launch its first recycled rocket
- March 31, 2017

Last April, after the first Falcon 9 landing at sea, SpaceX founder Elon Musk talked about recovering the fairing in the context of making launches low cost and routine. He called it "a big step for everybody - something that's never, ever been done before". "This is obviously hugely exciting", he told a press conference. (more...)
European Union to react within 48 hours after Britain triggers Article 50: Tusk European Union to react within 48 hours after Britain triggers Article 50: Tusk
- March 31, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "Theresa May is embarking on an extreme and divisive Brexit". The official spokesman to the PM purportedly ejected reports an early election may be held, saying: "It's not going to happen". This is not accepted by Downing Street, with the House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee also stating it believes the United Kingdom is not obliged to pay if it leaves without a deal in place. (more...)
UK negotiator denies govt is blackmailing EU on security
- March 31, 2017

Among those financial institutions that have their European headquarters functions in London , there have been moves of dividing up such functions to bases in other EU member countries. He and his chief political adviser, Stephen Bannon, are deeply skeptical of multilateralism, free trade, and "entangling alliances". The UK hopes to avoid a cliff-edge separation and ensure certainty for businesses. (more...)
As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans
- March 31, 2017

Yesterday, they said they would only come to the table if the Republicans agreed they were no longer seeking to "repeal" President Obama's signature health care law. Like Trump, Freedom Caucus members consider themselves anti-establishment, and many were strong supporters during the election. "And for Amash to reject them is to not reflect what I know to be the desire of the constituents of this district". (more...)
The Bottom Line: Trump signs order to dismantle climate change rules
- March 31, 2017

The order will also chip away at other regulations, including scrapping language on the "social cost " of greenhouse gases. We asked leading experts on climate change to weigh in on what the Trump rollbacks mean for climate change, and for the Paris Agreement in particular. (more...)