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Turks vote in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan’s power

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) – Turks began voting in a hotly contested referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. Opinion polls have given a narrow lead for a “Yes” vote, […]

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Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies Civil unrest seems to be the order of the day – and the coming weeks – in Latin America. The sprawling Odebrecht bribery scandal that started in Brazil is now complicating life in many neighbouring nations. In Colombia, recent reports reveal that the Brazilian construction company has […]

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New survey data shows Zuma cost the ANC dearly in the 2016 election

David Everatt, University of the Witwatersrand President Jacob Zuma cost the ruling African National Congress millions of votes in the country’s local government elections in 2016. Core ANC voters stayed away, were repelled by the party – or simply gave up on it. This comes through clearly from private polling data gathered before, during and […]

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How liberators turn into oppressors: a study of southern African states

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. Since coming to political power, the anticolonial movements of Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa have remained in control of the former settler colonies’ societies. At best […]

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South Africa CEO’s see severe consequences after cabinet reshuffle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dismiss Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has severe consequences for the economy and is a setback to the work done to avoid a credit ratings downgrade, a group of business leaders said on Friday. “This decision, and the manner in which it was taken, is likely […]

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Ousted South Korea leader behind bars

By Cynthia Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye was behind bars in the Seoul Detention Centre on Friday after her arrest, on charges including bribery, in a corruption scandal that has brought low some of the country’s business and political elite. In a dramatic fall from power, Park, […]

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Africa is likely to be: ‘Where’s that?’

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration. This is because America’s foreign policy is determined by both domestic and foreign issues. When it comes to domestic factors Trump is not going to be open to lobbying by the African diaspora […]

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Airbnb seeks to double Africa footprint

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Airbnb expects to maintain its rapid growth in Africa this year and double its customer numbers to 1.5 million, its Chief Executive Brian Chesky and regional head told Reuters on Friday. The number of people using the online room rental service on the continent rose by 143 percent […]

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Is Trump Counterterrorism Aide Sebastian Gorka a Sworn Member of Hungarian Nazi-Allied Group?

Is President Donald Trump’s top counterterrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, a member of a Hungarian far-right, Nazi-allied group? We speak with reporter Larry Cohler-Esses, who first reported the allegations in The Forward, a leading Jewish American newspaper. The outlet reports members of the Vitézi Rend elite order confirmed Gorka took a lifelong oath of loyalty to […]

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Dutch PM Rutte scores big victory over far-right Wilders

By Toby Sterling and Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte scored a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other governments across Europe facing a wave of nationalism. Rutte declared it an “evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after […]

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