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MH370: Deal struck to restart plane search

Reports say Malaysia has struck a “no find-no fee” deal with a US company to locate the wreckage of downed flight MH370. The government accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity, according to Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester. The Texas-based company will foot the bill if it fails to find the wreckage. The disappearance of MH370 remains shrouded in mystery. The Malaysia Airlines flight fell off radar on 8 March 2014, between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, with 239 people on board. A massive maritime search operation for the plane cleared 120,000 sq km at an estimated cost of about A$200m...

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China keen to assist developing countries

Jerold Sasa in Beijing, China The 19th congress of the Communist Party of China was officially opened by Secretary General Xi Jinping who set out an agenda for the party for the next five years. The party’s congress theme which reads: ‘Remain True to Our Original Aspiration And Keep Our Mission Firmly In Mind, Hold High The Banner Of Socialism With Chinese Characteristics, Secure A Decisive Victory In Building A Moderately Prosperous Society In All Respects, Strive For The Great Success Of Socialism With Chinese Characteristics For A New Era, And Work Tirelessly To Realise The Chinese Dream Of...

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Zuma reshuffles cabinet

Reports from Pretoria say South Africa President Jacob Zuma has this Tuesday announced changes to his national executive. In a statement, President Zuma said after careful consideration he has made the following changes to his cabinet: Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Minister of Higher Education and Training Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of Home Affairs Ms Mmamaloko Kubayi is the Minister of Communications Mr David Mahlobo is the Minister of Energy Adv. Bongani Thomas Bongo is the Minister of State Security Mr Buti Manamela is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training President Zuma expressed gratitude to former...

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Gunmen attacks kill 35 in Nigeria

At least 35 people have been killed following attacks by gunmen on several villages in central Nigeria’s plateau state. Community leaders said many homes have also been torched in the violence on Sunday and yesterday in the Bassa area. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Bassa and more security forces have been deployed to restore order. The villagers accuse herdsmen of carrying out the deadly attacks. Thousands of people were killed in years of ethnic and religious conflict in plateau state but the region has enjoyed relative peace in the last two years....

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Austria set for world’s youngest leader

Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election according to projections. Mr Kurz is on course to become the world’s youngest national leader. The people’s party is set to win more than 31 percent of the vote which is short of a majority, and has hinted at an alliance with the anti-immigration Freedom Party. Before the election, Mr Kurz served as Europe’s youngest-ever foreign minister, after he was appointed in 2013 aged just 27....

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