Tom Miles

UN receives reports of massacres by Islamic State fighters in Mosul

There are fears that the extremists will commit more atrocities in an attempt to spread fear as they try to hold on to their last major Iraqi bastion.

WHO advises 8 weeks of safe sex after return from Zika areas

The World Health Organisation has recommended that people potentially exposed to the Zika virus should practice safe sex.

Yellow fever outbreak kills 21 in Congo, WHO says

Yellow fever continues to spread. The disease, which has caused 200 deaths in Angola, has now killed 21 people in the DRC.

Putin: Blatter deserves Nobel prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes Sepp Blatter is not only innocent, but deserves a Nobel prize for his stewardship of Fifa.

Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane ‘for asylum’

A co-pilot who hijacked and diverted an Ethiopian Airlines flight in search of asylum, is being questioned by police, say authorities.

Somalia’s UN envoy seeks resources to counter al-Shabab

Nicholas Kay, UN special representative for Somalia, says troops in the East African country require more resources to combat al-Shabab.

Dlamini-Zuma: Leave Zim to figure its elections out itself

Zimbabweans themselves must resolve a row over President Robert Mugabe's decision to call an election on July 31, says the head of the AU commission.

China puts hard target on energy use

China's plan for the next five years will put a hard target on energy use, capping consumption at four billion tonnes of coal equivalent by 2015.

Chinese sniff around Xstrata but unlikely to bite

China's state-backed miners have looked at Xstrata but are unlikely to bid for it, leaving Brazil's Vale or Anglo-American best placed to snap up the Anglo-Swiss miner. Vale, which produces a fifth of the world's iron ore, said on Monday that it was in talks with Xstrata about a takeover.

The Kremlin is king in Russian business

Shell's experience in the Russian Federation proves the Kremlin has slammed the door on foreign investors who want control of strategic projects -- and other investors would do well to take heed, analysts and fund managers said on Monday. Shell has offered to cede control of its $22-billion Sakhalin-2 project to the state gas monopoly.

Putin makes big economic foray into SA

Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over more than a billion dollars of new deals in Cape Town on Wednesday and predicted a wave of others in a powerful economic foray into South Africa. ''In Russia we have great respect for the economic achievements of South Africa,'' he told President Thabo Mbeki at a business forum in Cape Town.

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