China returns poached rhino horns

Johannesburg – An agreement between the South African Government and People’s Republic of China in committing to fight the illegal exploitation of wildlife crime has yielded positive results, with the return of poached rhino horn and elephant ivory back to South Africa. A consignment of 33 rhino horns and a large number of elephant ivory … Continue reading “China returns poached rhino horns”

More planes for Philippines armed forces

Manila – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) plans to acquire two additional C-130 planes to improve its capability in emergency and disaster relief efforts. AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said the Air Force currently has three C-130 aircraft used in transporting relief goods for Typhoon Haiyan victims and equipment for government troops involved … Continue reading “More planes for Philippines armed forces”

“Hollande and Zuma to address inter-country business forum”

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has hailed French President Francois Hollande’s first state visit to South Africa as an important milestone in the bilateral relations between South Africa and France. “President Hollande’s visit has further solidified the existing relations between our two countries. We have strengthened cooperation in existing areas and opened doors in new … Continue reading ““Hollande and Zuma to address inter-country business forum””

Any attack on Syria without UN approval is unlawful – Ban Ki-moon

New York – With the United Nations chemical weapons team working “around the clock” to expedite analyses of samples taken in Syria, Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon today called on Security Council members to unite and develop an appropriate response should allegations regarding the use of such weapons prove true. Speaking to the press at the UN … Continue reading “Any attack on Syria without UN approval is unlawful – Ban Ki-moon”

Statement by Julian Assange after One Year in Ecuadorian Embassy

Below is an unedited statement by Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks after one year in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is staying in order to avoid “persecution”: It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution. As a result of that decision, I have been able … Continue reading “Statement by Julian Assange after One Year in Ecuadorian Embassy”

“Many unanswered questions” – Obama on Boston bombings

Pretoria – A suspect of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing has been nabbed, wrapping up a day-long manhunt and making local residents feel relieved, authorities announced. U.S. President Barack Obama lauded the law enforcement efforts in detaining 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but also noted that many questions remain to be answered. The custody of the ethnic … Continue reading ““Many unanswered questions” – Obama on Boston bombings”

1time to be back in the sky “before Christmas”

South Africa’s troubled budget airline, 1time, may be back on the South African skies sooner that most had expected. The failed budget flight operator is reportedly topic number one in talks between British-owned Fastjet’s management and the 1time liquidators. FastJet, which has about 10 aircraft,  is the holding company for African airline Fly540, which operates … Continue reading “1time to be back in the sky “before Christmas””

UN opens headquarters as Hurricane Sandy ends

New York – Staffers returned on Thursday to the UN headquarters with many challenges such as security entrances destroyed and the General Assembly building stripped of its protective covering with no communication. All were victims of the wrath superstorm Sandy waged on New York City. Senior UN officials in briefings on Thursday said that on … Continue reading “UN opens headquarters as Hurricane Sandy ends”

Moody’s “may downgrade USA”

New York – Moody’s Investors Service said on Tuesday it would likely deprive the United States of its triple- A rating if the US Congress failed to reach a long-term debt reduction plan next year. In its latest report entitled ‘Update of the Outlook for the US Government Debt Rating’, Moody’s said the direction of … Continue reading “Moody’s “may downgrade USA””