Hong Kong hits back at critics

The Hong Kong government is hitting back at UK and European condemnation of the city's National Security Law, saying the latest criticism of the legislation is misleading, and driven by ulterior motives to interfere with Chinese political affairs.

Lesotho upset over expelled diplomats

The Lesotho government has confirmed “several” of its SA-based diplomats had been expelled from the country for “illicit trade in duty-free alcohol”. Times Live reports that in a statement released on Thursday, the Lesotho foreign affairs and international relations...

SA and UAE agree on extradition

Justice and Correctional Services minister Ronald Lamola says South Africa’s extradition treaties with the United Arab Emirates will come into force on the tenth of next month. The treaties, which conclude a ten-year negotiation process open the way for the...

Minister highlights vocational training

Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero says that vocational training is an honest avenue that the youth need to pursue. The Namibia press agency reports that speaking at a two-day youth empowerment seminar in Lüderitz, Tjongarero said that...

Report warns on waste disposal

Namibia does not have laws and regulations in place to guide the operations of local authorities and hazardous waste producers, a situation which has led to dangerous waste being dumped along with general household refuse. A performance audit report on hazardous waste...

EU MPs vote to waive patent restrictions

European lawmakers have voted in favour of waiving patent restrictions on Covid-19 vaccines. That, Stuart Smith reports, puts the European Parliament at odds with the European Commission, which has, along with the UK, been pushing for patent restrictions to remain in...

Sanef condemns treats against journalists

The South African National Editors' Forum has strongly condemned the unlawful intimidation of eNCA journalists, allegedly by EFF supporters, at a protest in Tokai, Cape Town. According to Sanef, the supporters harassed and prevented eNCA journalists from doing their...

Ramaphosa amends energy regulations

South Africa’s Electricity Regulation Act is being amended to allow businesses to generate up to 100 times more power on site, without a licence from the country’s national energy regulator. This, Mark Roughton reports, comes a day after the nation was once again...

Schools to stay open

Despite rising COVID-19 cases among learners and teachers Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka has said there is no plan for the closure of schools countrywide. The Namibia press agency reports that despite calls from the Teachers Union of Namibia...