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Killer heat wave blankets flood-ravaged Japan

Killer heat wave blankets flood-ravaged Japan

ASIA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
TOKYO, Japan An intense heat wave has killed at least 14 people over a three-day long weekend in Japan, as high temperatures hampered recovery efforts in flood-hit areas where more than 200 people died last week. Temperatures on Monday, a national holiday, surged above 39 degrees Celsius in some inland areas and combined with high humidity to produce dangerous conditions, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Among the weekend's dead was a woman in her 90s who was found unconscious in a field. Thousands more were treated in hospitals for heat-related conditions. Temperatures in parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods reached a high of 34.3 by midday on Tuesday, creating dangerous conditions for military personnel and volunteers clearing mud and debris. "It's reall...
Thai cave rescue boys going home

Thai cave rescue boys going home

ASIA, INTERNATIONAL
CHIANG RAI, Thailland A team of twelve Thai foot ball players and their coach who were rescued from Tham Luang cave in the northern district of Chiang Rai on 23rd June are finally going home. The team had entered the cave during an excursion with their coach and had planned to be there for only an hour but found themselves trapped after a sudden bout of heavy rain flooded the cave complex, blocking their only way out. Nine days passed before the boys were found by two British rescue divers. Later a team of expert divers guided the boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the cave system. Each boy was accompanied by a diver who also carried his air supply. The boys wore full-face masks, which are easier for novice divers than tradition...
President Faure Extends Condolences to Japan

President Faure Extends Condolences to Japan

AFRICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL
VICTORIA, SeychellesPresident Faure has extended a message of condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, following the landslides and torrential rain that caused the loss of precious lives, structural damage and many citizens to evacuate their homes. On behalf of the People and Government of Seychelles, President Faure expressed his solidarity with the Japanese people and said he is certain that their resilient spirit will serve as a pillar of strength in all the efforts to overcome this tragedy and restore a sense of normalcy. President Faure noted that “being a fellow island nation that is susceptible to the weather and effects of climate change, we are greatly concerned and stand in solidarity with the government and the people of Japan”. ...
President Ramaphosa Lauds His Visit To Saudi Arabia

President Ramaphosa Lauds His Visit To Saudi Arabia

AFRICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL
JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has characterised his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a remarkable success, as he had positive and fruitful official talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during his one day State visit in the Arabic country. The State Visit provided a platform to President Ramaphosa and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to deliberate on various issues of mutual concern as well as to deepen and strengthen bilateral, political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries. Amongst the most important highlights of the visit was the $10 billion in new investment pledge by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that will be cha...
President Museveni, UAE envoy discuss investments

President Museveni, UAE envoy discuss investments

AFRICA, ASIA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
GOMBA, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has received a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at his Kisozi Farm in Gomba District. The delegation that comprises officials from the UAE Chamber of Commerce and led by an Envoy, Mr. Abdallah Sultan Alowais, who is also Chairman of the United Arab Emirates Chamber of Commerce, discussed with the President strategic areas of investment in Uganda. The envoy revealed that they have identified a fifty-acre piece of land in Busoga on which they plan to establish a technical school to be operational in the next eleven months. President Museveni informed his guests that Uganda is one of the biggest producers of bananas in the world and exports them to Ugandans and Indians in diaspora in Canada and the United Kingd...
France to host decisive Repechage tournament for Rugby World Cup 2019

France to host decisive Repechage tournament for Rugby World Cup 2019

AFRICA, ASIA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, SPORTS, UGANDA
DUBLIN, IrelandWorld Rugby has today announced the venue for the Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage tournament as the Stade Delort in Marseille, France. Four teams will compete in the round-robin format event to be played across three match days on Sunday 11th November, Saturday 17th November and Friday 23rd November 2018. The repechage tournament is a new concept for Rugby World Cup qualification and represents the last opportunity for a team to qualify for Japan 2019 with four nations fighting it out to secure the twentieth and final place at the Rugby World Cup. Last weekend Hong Kong confirmed their place in the repechage with a convincing 77-3 aggregate victory over the Cook Islands. They join Canada who were confirmed in the repechage in February following their defeat to...
President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

AFRICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL
CAPE TOWN, South Africa South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning arrived in Jeddah, for his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, scheduled to take place today, 12th July 2018. The President will meet with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud. The purpose of the State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is to assess the status of bilateral relations, whilst focusing primarily on strengthening economic linkages between South Africa and Saudi Arabia, particularly in terms of increasing inward investment and diversifying the trade relationship. South Africa imports approximately 47% of its oil from Saudi Arabia and regards the country as a strategic partner in the Middle East. The country is also a large investor in ...
ATI to pay first dividends to African member governments and other shareholders

ATI to pay first dividends to African member governments and other shareholders

AFRICA, ASIA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA
NAIROBI, Kenya In a much anticipated announcement, the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), has declared that its General Assembly has approved the first ever payments to shareholders. The announcement comes on the heels of ATI’s Annual General Meeting held in Abidjan, where the company also announced its record-breaking 2017 financial results for the sixth consecutive year. ATI has earmarked an initial USD2.5 million in payments to its shareholders which include 14 African member governments. The company’s CEO, George Otieno noted “We have been planning for this moment for several years and I am happy to finally announce that we are ready to give something back to our shareholders. This signals our intention to continue showing value to our member governments and shareholder