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MPs approve Macedonia name change
BRUSSELS: Macedonia's parliament on Friday approved a proposal to change the country's name, bringing a decades-old dispute with Greece one step closer to being resolved.
A total of 80 deputies in the 120-seat parliament voted in favour of renaming the Balkan country Republic of North Macedonia - just reaching the two-thirds majority needed to enact constitutional changes. Nato, the EU and the US hailed the vote as another step
 
 
Boko Haram claim 12 farmers
KANO: Boko Haram militants on Saturday hacked 12 farmers to death as they worked on their fields in the volatile northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, civilian militia said. They came in two trucks and attacked the farmers with machetes outside Kalle, a remote village 17km outside the state capital Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram movement. “They used machetes to kill their victims who were working on their farms,”
   
Comoros army starts operation to disperse rebels
MUTSAMUDU: The Comoros military on Saturday started an operation to disperse armed rebels who took control of Mutsamudu’s old city centre on the island of Anjouan earlier this week, a government minister said. Security forces and rebels opposed to President Azali Assoumani have fought in the narrow streets of the medina quarter in Mutsamudu since Monday, with at least three people killed. “The army has started to take up
 
 
S. Africa highway crash kills 27
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's government says at least 27 people, including small children, have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Limpopo province.
 The statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa's office says a minibus, truck and delivery vehicle crashed on Friday on a major highway between Mookgophong and Kranskop.
 Ramaphosa says that "It is all the more worrying considering that barely a month ago 11 people lost their
   
African billionaire returns home unharmed after release by kidnappers
DAR ES SALAAM: Africa’s youngest billionaire, snatched a week ago off the street outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, has returned home unharmed after being released by his kidnappers, police said on Saturday. Mohammed Dewji, 43-year-old CEO of the METL Group family conglomerate, was seized as he arrived for a morning workout in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam last week. Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.5 billion
 
 
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