South Africa Gold Mine Collapse Update: 26-Hour Silence From Trapped Workers At Lily Mine – International Business Times

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. EST — South Africa’s mining union president, Joseph Mathunjwa, cautioned that time was running out to save three mine workers trapped in a collapsed gold mine in South Africa’s northeast Mpumalanga province, Africanews reported. The miners have been trapped since one of the mine’s supporting pillars collapsed Friday. “The longer they remain trapped […]

Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa – BDlive

AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others […]

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mandla Mandela is chief of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s ancestral home Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over chief Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam. The Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) told the BBC that being Muslim could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions. Mandla Mandela, […]

East Africa will lose out in battle between Islamist militants – BDlive

NAIROBI — Competition between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State for a foothold in East Africa will fuel attacks in the region by the Islamist militants, Control Risks Group said. Islamic State was trying to make inroads into Somalia, where the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group had been waging an insurgency for the past decade, as well as […]

The Many Mideast Solutions – New York Times

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets may weaken as oil slips near $30 – Reuters

DUBAI Feb 11 Stock markets in the Middle East may come under pressure on Thursday after oil prices reversed back near $30, although Egypt may find support from a blue-chip lender’s strong earnings. Brent futures are now slightly above $30 a barrel – a psychologically important level for investors in the Gulf. Since the start […]