Vodacom Tanzania’s H1 core earnings rise on M-Pesa, data revenue

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Vodacom Tanzania’s core earnings rose 9.3% in the six months to the end of September, driven by increased revenue from its financial and data provision services, it said on Friday. Tanzania’s biggest telecoms operator, which is partly owned by South Africa’s Vodacom, said revenue from its M-Pesa financial

UPDATE 1-Uganda aims for Q1 investment decision on oil pipeline – minister

(Recasts, adds quotes, information on tax dispute) CAPE TOWN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Uganda’s Energy Minister Irene Muloni said on Wednesday she is optimistic the government can resolve a tax dispute with oil companies in time to get first oil flowing by 2023. Muloni said she expected a final investment decision (FID) from oil companies

Spanish court reactivates warrant for three Catalan separatist leaders

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday reactivated a European arrest warrant for three Catalan leaders who fled Spain after taking part in a failed independence bid in 2017. FILE PHOTO – Dismissed Catalan politician Lluis Puig talks to the media during a protest in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium,

Uganda arrests 16 LGBT+ activists for gay sex

NAIROBI, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda said on Thursday it had arrested 16 LGBT+ activists on suspicion of gay sex – punishable with life in jail – in what campaigners called an escalating campaign against sexual minorities in the east African nation. The 16 men, believed to be aged from 22 to 35,

UPDATE 1-Uganda charges 16 LGBT+ activists for gay sex

(Updates with activists charged, released) By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda said on Thursday it had charged 16 LGBT+ activists with the crime of gay sex – punishable by life in jail – in what campaigners called an escalating campaign against sexual minorities in the east African nation. The 16

UPDATE 1-Barrick Gold reaches deal with Tanzania over Acacia Mining

(Adds CEO, foreign minister comments) Oct 20 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp said it had reached a deal to settle a long-running tax dispute between Tanzania and mining group Acacia, which Barrick bought in a $1.2 billion transaction approved by a British court last month. The tax deal includes the payment of $300 million to

REFILE-World Bank court orders Tanzania pay $185 mln to Standard Chartered

(Adds dropped letters in byline) By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Tanzania has been ordered by a World Bank arbitration court to pay $185 million to the Hong Kong subsidiary of Standard Chartered for breaching an energy contract. The court’s ruling, which was released on Tuesday, adds to pressure on the

Petrol bombs thrown in Hong Kong metro, no one injured – government

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Petrol bombs were thrown inside a Hong Kong metro station on Saturday but no one was injured, the government said, as pro-democracy protesters again took to the streets angry at what they believe is Beijing’s tightening grip on the city. Police officers patrol the streets following demonstration march in protest against

Lawyer for imprisoned Tanzanian journalist seeks plea bargain

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The lawyer for a prominent Tanzanian journalist arrested more than two months ago told a court on Friday he is pursuing a plea bargain, in a case that has attracted international attention to what critics say is Tanzania’s tightening control of the media. Erick Kabendera, who has written

Congo’s Ebola outbreak slows but still entrenched in insecure areas – WHO

GENEVA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been confined to a rural area rife with militias and people on the move, making it harder to stamp out altogether, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Only 14 confirmed infections were reported last week, the lowest in