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. Two Egyptian singers have been sentenced for behaviour deemed threatening to the North African country’s society by the Egyptian courts, AP reported on Thursday.
2. At least 10 people have been killed in an attack in a region of northeastern Nigeria that has been a flashpoint for communal clashes between farmers and herders, Reuters reported.
3. The national executive committee of Nigeria’s ruling party has passed a vote of confidence in its leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari, approving a one-year extension for party executives, Reuters reported.
4. At least 10 people have been killed, and 15 others injured, following a train crash between two passenger carriages which separated from one train before colliding with another cargo train in Egypt’s northern province of Beheira, the country’s official news agency MENA reported.
5. An employee from the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF), and five other education workers have been killed following an attack on the group as they travelled to the north-eastern town of Markounda in the Central African Republic (CAR), located in a remote region near the Chadian border, where they were to train local teachers.
6. South Africa’s Lion Whisperer, Kevin Richardson, has opened up saying he was devastated at the death of a 22-year-old woman who was mauled to death by a lioness at a game lodge north of Pretoria.
7. North West police used rubber bullets to disperse residents from Popo Molefe informal settlement near Rustenburg on Wednesday.
8. The Municipal and Allied Trade Union of South Africa (MATUSA) on Thursday issued a statement condemning the SA Police Service for shooting at workers who had gone on strike because the Zululand District Municipality failed to pay wages on the due date.
9. Twenty companies belonging to the controversial Gupta family are expected to launch an urgent court application in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, in an attempt to prevent the Bank of Baroda from shutting its South African operations.
10. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is on Thursday, expected to oppose Atul Gupta’s application in the Bloemfontein High Court to challenge the freezing of R10 million from his personal bank account.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1 March 1565- The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese knight Estacio de Sa.
– African News Agency (ANA)