Estelle Shirbon

Britain rejects petition calling for second EU referendum

Politicians say the result of a vote on whether to leave the European intergovernmental body should be respected.

Oxford head resists ‘rewriting history’ over Rhodes statue

Inspired by the UCT protests, the "Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford" wants the colonialist's statue removed from their own university.

Giant panda: The UK’s new ‘royal’ baby?

UK media has gushed over the news that a giant panda could be pregnant, recalling the frenzy over the birth of royal baby Prince George.

Security, black ribbons for Boston at London Marathon

Big crowds lined the route of London's mass road race to cheer on 36 000 runners, may of whom wore black ribbons to honour the dead and wounded.

Assange works to prevent extradition

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed to Britain's Supreme Court not to extradite him to Sweden over accusations of sex crimes.

British PM Brown calls May 6 election

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday confirmed May 6 as the date for a parliamentary election.

Air France to compensate crash victims’ families

Air France will compensate through its insurers the families of the victims of a June 1 crash in which 228 people died.

World economy set for ‘bad’ 2009, says IMF

The world economy will go through a rough patch this year and governments and central banks must revisit the way they operate, the IMF says.

Nigerian oil delta under threat of new violence

The risk of renewed violence in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta is increasing because militants are frustrated by a lack of concrete results from peace talks, a key negotiator said on Wednesday. Kingsley Kuku, a senior member of a government peace committee, said the government still had an opportunity to avert violence.

Nigeria’s stability hinges on presidential ruling

A Nigerian tribunal will rule on Tuesday whether the election of President Umaru Yar'Adua was valid, a decision that could entrench a disputed government or tip Africa's most populous nation into turmoil. Yar'Adua won a landslide victory in last April's elections but observers accused the party of widespread vote-rigging.

Nigerian oil rebels demand proof leader is alive

A rebel group from Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta demanded on Wednesday that lawyers, relatives and the Red Cross be allowed to see their detained leader, Henry Okah, to confirm he is alive. The government denied a report by the rebel Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta that Okah had been shot dead.

Is Nigeria’s new Dubai a white elephant?

In the minds of its creators, the Tinapa resort in south-eastern Nigeria will rival Dubai or London as a shopping and trading paradise for rich and enterprising Nigerians. In reality, about -million has been spent since 2005, but 80 000 square metres of pristine retail space lie empty.

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