Kenya lifts ban on lesbian film, making it eligible for Oscars

By John Ndiso NAIROBI, Sept 21 : A Kenyan judge temporarily lifted a ban on an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian relationship on Friday, making it eligible to be entered for a Foreign Language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering the censor. “Rafiki” – “Friend” in Swahili – premiered at Cannes, the first Kenyan film […]

South Africa rhino poaching drops sharply but hundreds still being killed

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG, Sept 21 : Over 500 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa in the first eight months of 2018, a 26 percent fall from 691 in the same period last year, the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Friday. This maintains a downward trend since 2014, when a record […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa outlines stimulus plan for ailing economy

By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Nomvelo Chalumbira PRETORIA, Sept 21 : South Africa’s president announced a multi-billion-dollar stimulus programme on Friday, earmarking funds for job creation and infrastructure development as he seeks to make good on a pledge to revive the country’s ailing economy. Speaking a day after the central bank disappointed some in his ruling […]

For bold Chinese buyers of soybeans, bargain US prices trump trade war

By Hallie Gu and Josephine Mason BEIJING, Sept 21 : At least two cargoes of U.S. soybeans are heading for China as some buyers are willing to risk taking up historically cheap U.S. beans even amid worries that Beijing may take further steps to deter imports amid mounting trade tensions with Washington. Grain traffic from […]

Osaka eases into Tokyo semis

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, Sept 21 : U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka continued to flourish in front of her home crowd at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, as she comfortably dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-4 on Friday to reach the semi-finals. The 20-year-old is competing at her first event since winning her debut Grand […]

Italian bond yields fall as investors await budget clarity

By Virginia Furness LONDON, Sept 21 : Italian bond yields fell on Friday as investors awaited clarity on the 2019 budget and after the 5-Star Movement denied a report that Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio had threatened to pull his party out of the government. A report by the national statistics institute ISTAT that […]