International & Local News summed up in 10 snappy points so that you can keep your finger on the pulse!
10 Things to Know for Thursday:
1. Fourteen allies of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila have been sanctioned by Switzerland.
2. The United Kingdom has hailed Kenyan intelligence for thwarting a terror plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II and former Prime Minister David Cameron, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
3. Two French soldiers have been killed after their armoured vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Mali, the French president’s office said.
4. Police top brass will on Thursday visit the families of the slain police officers who were killed in a horror attack at the Engcobo Police Station in the Eastern Cape.
5. A US-led airstrike against Al Shabaab militants in Somalia killed three members of the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the US military said in a statement on Wednesday.
6. Across Southern Africa, courageous people and activists refused to give in to government repression and took to the streets to claim their human rights under difficult circumstances, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
7. FNB chief economist Mamello Matikinca said on Thursday she was confident the 2018 budget unveiled by finance minister Malusi Gigaba would be enough to avert a credit rating downgrade by Moody’s next month.
8. The chief executive of Optimum Coal Mine, owned by the controversial Gupta family, is expected to address striking workers over the future of the company and payment of their salaries on Thursday, news channel ENCA reported.
9. Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists demanded on Thursday.
10. A Port Elizabeth woman accused of being part of a syndicate that distributed images of babies being sexually abused is expected back in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
– African News Agency (ANA)