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October 14, 2017 12:31 PM Cricket Test league to help the longer format

LONDON – Test cricket will crown a world champion in 2021, after the ICC agreed to a new-look league involving nine countries. The World Championship, scheduled to start with the 2019 Ashes, was given the green light at a board meeting in Auckland on Friday. England, Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh 141

October 14, 2017 11:00 AM One of world's most remote islands gets commercial flights

Johannesburg - One of the world's most remote places became a little less isolated on Saturday when the first commercial flight departed for St Helena, a South Atlantic island that until recently was only accessible by boat and where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last years in exile. The SA Airlink plane left Johannesburg on a six-hour journey to the British-ruled 146

October 12, 2017 2:50 PM SpaceX deploys EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite into orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 105/SES-11 communications satellite has been launched into space from Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, US. The reusable rocket deployed the satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) roughly 36 minutes after lift-off. The rocket’s first stage then made a successful landing back on Earth on a droneship 156

October 12, 2017 9:43 AM Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws

Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales. More than 31,000 kilograms (68,000 pounds) of scales from the nocturnal mammal have been seized across the world this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In May and June, two major 176

October 11, 2017 4:46 PM Facebook and Instagram are down in parts of the US and Europe

Facebook and Instagram users are experiencing outages on the platforms this morning, according to web tracker Down Detector and numerous reports on Twitter. The outages are still ongoing at the time of this reporting. The areas experiencing the most problems appear to be the West and East Coasts of North America, and various parts of Europe, although 62

October 11, 2017 9:37 AM B2Gold pours first gold at Fekola mine in Mali

New operation expected to add up to 410,000 ounces of gold to the company's annual output. Mid-tier Canadian miner B2Gold (TSX, NYSE: BTO) has poured its first gold at its Fekola mine, in south-western Mali, about three months ahead of schedule and said is on track to begin commercial production before the end of the year. The Vancouver-based company 156

October 9, 2017 10:17 PM ZEC rolls out voter registration blitz

A Zimbabwe Electoral Commission official assists Mr Leonard Pundu (left) from Hatfield to have his fingerprints scanned by a BVR kit at a registration centre in Mbare, Harare yesterday. ZEC is intensifying the exercise by opening more registration centres countrywide. — (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda) “Everything is on course for the extensive exercise 126

October 7, 2017 2:21 PM MTN announce new Regional Vice President

CAPE TOWN – The MTN Group on Friday announced the appointment of Ebenezer Asante as Vice President (VP) of the expanded Southern & East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) Region. The group said the role became vacant after former VP, Godfrey Motsa, was appointed as CEO of MTN South Africa. Karl Toriola, VP for West and Central Africa (WECA) Region, has been managing 168

October 7, 2017 2:54 AM African Delegates Press for Greater Regional Cooperation in Efforts to Resolve Western Sahara Question, as Fourth Committee Continues Decolonization Debate

Delegates from several African countries called for greater regional cooperation in the peaceful resolution of the Western Sahara question today, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) continued its general debate on decolonization. Senegal’s representative said that Security Council resolution 2351 (2017) had established a correlation 160

October 6, 2017 8:49 AM MTN appoints new regional VP

The MTN group has announced the appointment of Ebenezer Asante as VP for its expanded Southern and East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) region, effective 1 October 2017. The role became vacant when then VP, Godfrey Motsa, was appointed CEO of MTN South Africa in March. Karl Toriola, VP for the West and Central Africa (WECA) region, has been managing the portfolio 132