Home market still a dream for African carmakers

* Home-grown carmakers hope for slice of huge African market * Global car giants also making a push in Africa * Local firms face same obstacles but lack finance, infrastructure By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI, April 12 (Reuters) – Since its launch in 2014, Mobius Motors, Kenya’s only home-grown automaker, has only produced around 50 test

Weary EU set to give yet more time for Brexit

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Brexit will not be on Friday, EU leaders will confirm when they meet British Prime Minister Theresa May at another crisis summit on Wednesday, but diplomats said they are still wrestling on how long it might be delayed and under what conditions. A man waves a European flag at a rally held

Millions of women still landless despite global push for equality

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Millions of women worldwide are still unable to access and own land despite laws recognising their rights, researchers and campaigners said on Monday as they urged countries to bridge the gap between policy and practice. Patriarchal attitudes towards women and girls and a lack of knowledge of their

Britain still hopeful of weekend Brexit breakthrough, says Hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government is still hopeful it can secure a Brexit breakthrough with the European Union this weekend ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal next week, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday. With only 22 days before Britain is due to leave the EU, May has

Algerian police disperse journalists protesting in capital

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Police in Algeria briefly detained several journalists at a protest in the capital on Thursday calling for the right to cover rarely seen anti-government demonstrations which began a week ago, according to witnesses and Reuters television footage. Journalists protest calling for the right to cover rarely seen anti-government demonstrations, which began a

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at disastrous Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit over the government’s “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. FILE PHOTO: British lawmaker Anna Soubry is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London,

Venezuelan soldiers to guard border ahead of aid entry, minister says

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan troops will remain stationed along the country’s borders to prevent territorial violations, the defense minister said on Tuesday, ahead of the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian aid to alleviate an economic crisis. Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez attends a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

Turkish court upholds jail sentences on Cumhuriyet staff – paper

ANKARA (Reuters) – A Turkish appeals court upheld a ruling to jail journalists and executives from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, the paper said on Tuesday, adding that its employees will be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences. Headquarters of Cumhuriyet newspaper, an opposition secularist daily, is pictured in Istanbul, Turkey,

Seven lawmakers quit Labour Party citing Brexit ‘betrayal’, anti-Semitism

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven Labour lawmakers quit on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Britain’s main opposition party had been “hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left”. In a direct challenge to Corbyn, the seven centrist MPs said they were courting others from across parliament

Ahead of EU polls, Facebook voids accounts targeting Moldovan election

CHISINAU/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had disrupted an attempt to influence voters in Moldova, increasing concerns that EU elections in May could be prey to malign activity. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

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