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Oil prices hit highest levels in years

Today at 07:54 AM, via Al Jazeera

Shortages of natural gas, coal from Asia to Europe are driving additional demand for oil products in power generation.

South Africa

Nzimande is still studying the leaked Unisa report

Today at 06:13 AM, via SABC News

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says he is still studying the leaked ministerial report highlighting problems at the University of South Africa.

South Africa

Municipal polls likely to yield more coalition govts than in 2016, say analysts

Today at 05:38 AM, via Eyewitness News

Coalition governments are a fact of life in South Africa, thanks to its proportional system of representation, while the impact of low voter turnout on the once-mighty African National Congress (ANC) makes hung councils more, not less, inevitable in municipalities across the country.


China’s economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown

Today at 07:25 AM, via NPR

The world’s second-largest economy grew by a weaker-than-expected 4.9% over a year ago in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 7.9%, government data showed on Monday.


China’s economic growth slows to 4.9% in the third quarter

Today at 05:15 AM, via CNN

China’s economy grew just 4.9% in the third quarter of 2021, the weakest rate of expansion in a year as the country contended with a major energy crunch, supply chain disruptions, and deepening debt woes in its outsized property sector.


Tunisian lawmaker detained over suspected tax fraud, money laundering

Yesterday at 20:31 PM, via News24

A Tunisian court on Sunday ordered a lawmaker to be detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering – the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized near total control of the country in July.


Cape Verde, eyeing economic recovery, votes for new president

Yesterday at 16:31 PM, via News24

The West African archipelago nation of Cape Verde, one of the continent’s most stable democracies, voted on Sunday for a new president who will be tasked with righting its tourism-driven economy after the Covid-19 pandemic sent growth cratering.


Here is the expected petrol price for November

Today at 08:15 AM, via BusinessTech

Mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) shows that fuel prices could see significant increases in November on the back of the global energy crisis and a weaker rand.


‘You have to go where the work is’: why young people are leaving Wales

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Wales is asking its young people to stay and work. Many want to, but there are concerns about lack of opportunity

Students Kyle Davies and Timothy Bird were to be found working on a jet engine in the aerospace centre at the University of South Wales’ Treforest campus, just south of Pontypridd.

Both agreed they loved the area – the green hills, the sense of community, the culture and history....


Wales launches drive to keep young people in their homeland

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Economy minister tells of ‘significant challenge’ of retaining and attracting talent to support country’s economy

The Welsh government is launching a drive to persuade more young people to remain in their homeland amid growing concerns that the percentage of working-age citizens is dropping to worryingly low levels.

Ministers fear that unless the “brain drain” is stopped – and more...


Bitcoin could be heading for a new record

Today at 07:48 AM, via MyBroadband

Bitcoin rallied early Monday after falling over the weekend, ahead of an anticipated U.S. exchange-traded fund approval. 


iPhone maker unveils first electric cars

Today at 07:41 AM, via MyBroadband

Foxconn Technology Group unveiled its first electric vehicles, a milestone that could boost the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer’s credentials as a serious bidder for Apple Inc.’s secretive automotive project.


Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital

Yesterday at 18:33 PM, via New York Times

The former president had been admitted to a California hospital on Tuesday for treatment of an infection that developed into sepsis, officials said.