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French ambassador ordered out of Belarus

Today at 10:05 AM, via Al Jazeera

No official reason given but media reports say diplomat expelled as he handed credentials to FM and not the president.

South Africa

Home Affairs operating hours extended

Today at 09:52 AM, via SAnews

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has approved a temporary extension of operating times by two and a half hours at front offices from 08:00 to 17:30 starting from today.


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.


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.


Can you solve it? Hamiltonian ingenuity on the grid

Today at 08:38 AM, via The Guardian

Mental chicanery

No, not that Hamilton. I meant William Rowan Hamilton, the nineteenth century Irish mathematician.

And not that sort of grid. I meant a square grid, like a chessboard or a Sudoku.

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‘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...


Renewable energy still a drop in the ocean in SA

Today at 10:18 AM, via ITWeb

In 2020, three-quarters of SA’s total primary energy supply was derived from burning coal – more than double the G20 average, says Climate Transparency.


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.