Wall Street Journal reporter. Greek immigrant. matina.stevis@wsj.com

Jack Lew: Oil Slump Won’t Hurt the U.S.

blogs.wsj.com — JOHANNESBURG-Persistently low oil prices won't impact U.S. economic policy in any significant way, but they might force oil-reliant nations to become more cooperative, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday. "For the producing countries there will be stress on budgets that have been exclusively dependent on oil revenues for their budgets," Mr. Lew said, adding that "there are some countries where because of geopolitical risks...

South African Prosecutors to Appeal Pistorius Verdict and Sentence

online.wsj.com — JOHANNESBURG-South African prosecutors will appeal the verdict and the sentence in the case of athlete Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013, according to the official Twitter account of the spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority. "Oscar Pistorius judgment, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence," Nathi Mncube tweeted Monday.

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.
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RT @WSJDeutschland: Sollten #Ebola-Kranke weiterhin Placebos bekommen? Europa und die USA streiten über die beste Therapie. on.wsj.com/1s0Si4b

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Jeez some colleagues *really* want to make #BurkinaFaso into an African Spring

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@alanbeattie @jsphctrl and one of those awful white collar & cuffs shirts. Ugh.

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