South African Mine Companies May Revive Black Ownership Lawsuit

South African Mine Companies May Revive Black Ownership Lawsuit

Government has taken ‘unilateral’ route in writing new rules Department Mineral Resources to gazette charter next month South Africa’s mining companies may revive a court case against the government after being frozen out of deliberations over the revised Mining Charter, which could require some companies to give more equity to black investors. The Chamber of Mines, representing miners including Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc, had put a lawsuit against the government over black ownership…

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Political Storm Over Gordhan Shakes S. Africa Justice System

Political Storm Over Gordhan Shakes S. Africa Justice System

National prosecutor may be fired over aborted Gordhan case Civil rights groups say top prosecutor unfit to hold office A political firestorm over an aborted attempt to charge South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with fraud has ignited a power struggle between the head of a special police unit that carried out the investigation and the nation’s chief prosecutor, deepening a crisis in the criminal justice system. The battle came to light in an exchange…

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New Pulse 911 calls reveal more of the terror in club’s restroom

New Pulse 911 calls reveal more of the terror in club’s restroom

Memorials outside Pulse in July. More 911 calls from the shooting have been released. (CNN)The city of Orlando has released more 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting, among them a call that comes from one of the bathrooms as gunman Omar Mateen is inside. “Please come to Pulse, P-U-L-S-E,” a panicked female caller requests of the 911 operator. “I’m in the bathroom with a whole bunch of people and he’s shooting, everybody is bleeding…

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Why hasn’t Trump’s transition team called the Pentagon?

Why hasn’t Trump’s transition team called the Pentagon?

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to have Mike Pence replace Chris Christie as the leader of his transition effort, and ongoing infighting in Trump Tower, is causing delays and confusion in Washington. Election Day was eight days ago, but Donald Trump’s transition team has yet to contact the Pentagon, State Department or other federal agencies. And a move to purge some transition advisers and employees has further slowed the process of getting the incoming administration…

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Pakistan evacuates thousands from Kashmir amid escalating violence

Pakistan evacuates thousands from Kashmir amid escalating violence

(CNN)Thousands of villagers in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir have been forced to flee their homes due to escalating violence between India and Pakistan along the disputed border, a Pakistani politician said. Raja Farooq Haider, the prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistani-controlled part of the disputed region, said Tuesday the government has so far moved 8,000 people to “safer places” in the wake of ongoing “Indian shelling,” and plans are being made to move even…

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Pluto may have an icy sea beneath its surface

Pluto may have an icy sea beneath its surface

(CNN)Dwarf planet Pluto may be hiding an icy ocean beneath its surface, according to two new reports published by the scientific journal Nature. The papers seek to explain why Sputnik Planitia — a 1,000 kilometer-wide, nitrogen-covered basin in Pluto’s heart-shaped northern region — is permanently aligned with the dwarf planet’s moon Charon. The first paper, from the University of Arizona, suggests that Sputnik Planitia filled with ice and altered tidal forces between Pluto and Charon….

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Japan’s Abe on US mission to ‘build trust’ with Donald Trump

Japan’s Abe on US mission to ‘build trust’ with Donald Trump

(CNN)Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to “build trust” with US President-elect Donald Trump when the two meet in New York Thursday, as he seeks to safeguard the long-standing alliance between the two countries. “I am very honored to see the President elect ahead of other world leaders,” Abe told reporters before his departure. “The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The alliance becomes alive only when there is…

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The Trump pledge: No lobbying for five years

The Trump pledge: No lobbying for five years

Washington (CNN)Two top Republicans working with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team told reporters in a phone call Wednesday evening that they’re taking steps toward one of Trump’s campaign promises — to “drain the swamp” in Washington. Trump communications director Jason Miller and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer announced anyone being vetted for a high post in the administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are a registered lobbyist. In addition, when…

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Clinton in emotional post-election speech: ‘Coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest’

Clinton in emotional post-election speech: ‘Coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest’

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton, in her first public speech since last week’s crushing presidential loss, admitted making the appearance “wasn’t the easiest.” But speaking at the Children’s Defense Fund’s “Beat The Odds” Gala on Wednesday night, Clinton emotionally reflected about the 2016 loss and how she wished she could tell her mother — who decades ago was abandoned as a child — that her struggles were worth it because of what her daughter had accomplished. “I…

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Common heartburn drugs may raise stroke risk

Common heartburn drugs may raise stroke risk

Proton pump inhibitors are a class of drugs commonly used to treat heartburn – pain in the chest or throat caused by the rising of stomach acid into the esophagus. But new research suggests this medication should be used with caution, after finding it could raise the risk of ischemic stroke. A new study has linked the use of PPIs – drugs that treat heartburn – to greater risk of ischemic stroke. In a study…

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