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South African riots over poor services, poverty hit record in 2018


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Riots in South Africa linked to public anger over poor government services and poverty have hit a record high in 2018, data showed on Wednesday, a sign one analyst said the ruling African National Congress should not ignore ahead of elections next year.

Demonstrators cheer as they tear down a street lamp during a protest against what they said was the government’s failure to provide adequate housing facilities and other basic services, in Cape Town’s Langa township, July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to improve governance and kickstart an economy mired in recession, but high levels of public discontent reflect the challenge the ANC faces as it tries to reform Africa’s most industrialised economy.

Dubbed “service delivery…

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African-Canadian bar owners hit with ‘militaristic style’ police inspections, Edmonton coalition says


A human rights coalition has demanded a community meeting with Edmonton’s police chief to discuss concerns about local African-Canadian businesses being targeted for “militaristic style” business inspections.

The Coalition for Justice and Human Rights issued a media release Wednesday following a series of  meetings with the owner of Nyala Lounge and its patrons and staff, plus other business owners.

Nyala owner Moe Tesfay has accused police of racial profiling and harassing his customers during dozens of heavy-handed inspections. Police have denied any wrongdoing, arguing the inspections are based on public safety concerns.

“Nyala’s experience isn’t just about one business; we have heard from current and past business owners that unfair practices are ongoing and the community believes there is…

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China to lift restrictions on area hit by African swine fever


BEIJING (Reuters) – China will lift restrictions on an area in Wuxi city of Jiangsu province where an outbreak of African swine fever was found, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday

Local authorities will remove the curbs on the infected area on Wednesday, but they must take proactive measures to prevent a recurrence of the highly contagious disease, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement published on its website

China has reported more than 30 cases of the deadly disease since early August

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Manolo Serapio Jr.

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Student claims teacher used n-word, hit him with clipboard


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a former eighth-grader has filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Portland Public Schools, claiming a substitute teacher whacked the boy on the head and called him the n-word.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court says Lamar Warren is African American and was a 13-year-old student at Martin Luther King Jr. School when the incident happened in October 2017.

Warren’s attorney, Greg Kafoury, said Warren and others were talking in class, prompting Niemann to hit him with a clipboard. The suit claims Niemann later made derogatory comments about African American families.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hermann declined to prosecute Niemann after determining there were…

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African nations’ borrowing costs hit post write-off high


African countries are paying the highest average borrowing costs since a mass debt relief campaign wiped out a large chunk of what they owed, as a result of a surge of fresh capital-raising in recent years.

Payments on external debt — borrowings owed to lenders outside the country — hit an average of 12 per cent of African governments’ revenues in 2017, according to research by financial pressure group the Jubilee Debt Campaign, the highest level since 2001.

Increases in borrowings, falling commodity prices from mid-2014 and the strengthening dollar have all fuelled the increase, according to the researchers.

By contrast, developed nations’ external debt cost averages 9.6 per cent of their government revenues, the campaign estimated.

The campaign looked at both interest payments and…

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2 Consumer Groups Hit Conn. Bank With Redlining Suit


Law360 (October 5, 2018, 5:12 PM EDT) — Connecticut-based Liberty Bank violated federal housing law by systematically discriminating against African American and Latino residential mortgage applicants by denying them credit at much higher rates than white applicants, according to…

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