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Shanghai, Shenzhen act to limit 2016 gains and losses

The circuit breaker mechanism is tied to the CSI 300 stock index which tracks some of the largest-cap stocks on the Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses. If the index falls or rises by 5 percent...

Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran

From Baghdad to Beirut, protests erupted across the Muslim world, after Saudi Arabia executed Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. He had been convinced on terrorism charges, but was also a vocal critic of the Sunni-led, Saudi...

Egypt boast global dominance in a sport yet to pick up in Africa

It was first an attempt to cut the hassle of wasting time picking up balls when practicing tennis. Using his engineering background, This man Mohamed Lofty, decided to tie a tennis ball to a poll...

Rwanda duo to ride for German based team Bike Aid in 2016

Reigning Tour of Rwanda champion Jean Bosco Nsengimana and All-Africa Games road race gold medalist Janvier Hadi will compete for German-based cycling team Bike Aid in 2016. According to Rwandese media, the two who are...

Zimbawbe hunters’ raffle angers animal rights groups

A raffle which gives would-be hunters the chance to kill a lion has angered animal rights activists. The prize is being offered under the headline "Win a lion!" on the website of Zimbabwe's Bubye...

Thousands attend colourful annual carnival in Cape Town, South Africa

Tradition. Celebration. One big extravaganza. That is the annual minstrel event, one of the highlights of South Africa's cultural calendar. On the 2nd of January every year, scores of minstrel groups perform and parade through the streets...

Donald Trump defends call to ban Muslims’ entry into the US

Controversial American presidential candidate Donald Trump has once again defended his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US after it was used in a propaganda video by Somali militant group al-Shabaab. The Republican...

Ethiopian man builds own plane to make true a dream to fly

Since childhood, Ethiopian Asmelash Zeferu has dreamed to become a pilot. Decades later, although not a pilot, the 35-year-old built his own plane. The aircraft with a two-seat cockpit was made from pieces of material including...

Kenyan university where al-Shabaab killed 147 reopens

Kenya’s Garissa University College has reopened, nine months after Islamists militant group al-Shabaab attacked it, killing 147 people and injuring 79 others, in a siege that lasted for several hours. The university located in the...

Zambia to hold presidential poll in August

Zambia will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on August 11 under a new constitution, a government spokesman has announced. The elections are expected to be a tight contest between current President Edgar Lungu’s ruling Patriotic...