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South Africa to Cut Spending as Growth Slumps

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA-South Africa's economy will grow much more slowly than previously expected, the country's finance minister said Wednesday, as he lay out targets to increase tax revenue and contain spending for the next two years. South Africa's economy will grow by 1.4% in 2014, well below the 2.7% growth rate predicted earlier this year.

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Killing Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA, South Africa-A judge sentenced star athlete Oscar Pistorius to five years behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa said she wanted to hand down a sentence that was "neither too light, nor too severe." Mr. Pistorius hung his head upon hearing the sentence.

Oscar Pistorius Doesn’t Deserve to Go to Jail, Argues Defense Attorney

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA, South Africa-Oscar Pistorius doesn't deserve to go to prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, because he didn't mean to do it and he has been destroyed since, his lawyer argued in court on Friday.

Oscar Pistorius to Remain in Hospital Wing if Sentenced to Jail Time

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA, South Africa-Oscar Pistorius will be incarcerated in the hospital section of a prison if he is sentenced to serve time behind bars for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a senior South African prisons official told court Thursday.

Pistorius to Remain in Hospital Wing if Sentenced to Jail Time

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA, South Africa-Oscar Pistorius will be incarcerated in the hospital section of a prison if he is sentenced to serve time behind bars for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a senior South African prisons official told court Thursday.

Mozambique’s Ruling Party Pins Election Hopes on Engineer From Rural North

online.wsj.com — Mozambique's ruling party is banking on an unassuming mechanical engineer to overcome decades of civil strife and reassure investors as it seeks to win national elections on Wednesday. Nearly 11 million registered voters will determine whether the incumbent Mozambique Liberation Front extends its reign over a southern African country whose great mineral wealth has yet to lift most people out of deep poverty.

Steenkamp Cousin Says Family Ruined by Pistorius

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA, South Africa-Reeva Steenkamp's cousin, sobbing as she testified Wednesday at Oscar Pistorius's sentencing, described how the family was "ruined" when he shot Ms. Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day last year. Kim Martin, Ms. Steenkamp's first cousin, a witness for the prosecution, said the slain 29-year-old model's father, Barry, has...

Mozambique’s Ruling Party Pins Election Hopes on Engineer From Rural North

online.wsj.com — Mozambique's ruling party is banking on an unassuming mechanical engineer to overcome decades of civil strife and reassure investors as it seeks to win national elections on Wednesday. Nearly 11 million registered voters will determine whether the incumbent Mozambique Liberation Front extends its reign over a southern African country whose great mineral wealth has yet to lift most people out of deep poverty.

Oscar Pistorius Sentencing Hearing Resumes for Second Day

online.wsj.com — PRETORIA, South Africa-Court proceedings to decide what sentence Oscar Pistorius should receive for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp resumed on Tuesday for a second day. The star South African athlete was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Ms Steenkamp and an unrelated weapons charge last month. He could be sentenced to 15...

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Oct 24, 2014

300 days without freedom - Demand justice for Al Jazeera journalists wrongly imprisoned in Egypt. #FreeAJStaff thndr.it/11D79LU

Oct 24, 2014

Goma: Croissants & Construction - nice read the DRC city once synonymous w violence & war, by @jessiehatcher theguardian.com/global-develop…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @debtnerd: Is anybody surprised? Goldman, Blackstone buy Spanish rental property, put up rents for the poor reut.rs/1wo7PPv

Oct 24, 2014

#Russia & the #West Grapple with Alternate Realities: great @StephenFidler1 column on an all-out propaganda war online.wsj.com/articles/russi…

Oct 24, 2014

#Lebanon says it won't take more #Syria'n refugees after accepting 1.1 mil. #EU in 2013 took 35,800

Oct 24, 2014

RT @anneapplebaum: who killed the CEO of France's Total? According to Russian TV, the CIA arranged for his plane to crash in Moscow online.wsj.com/articles/russi…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @WSJ: European leaders agree to long-term energy and climate change targets on.wsj.com/1wodIMy

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