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Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

French President Emmanuel Macron faces mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into joining forces against him almost a year after he came to office. The CGT union has urge
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Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

French President Emmanuel Macron faces mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into joining forces against him almost a year after he came to office. The CGT union has urged the broad spectrum of groups opposed to Macron's reforms to come together on the streets, with some left-wingers dreaming of a re-run of the huge May 1968 demonstrations that shook France half a century ago. Macron, 40, swept to power at the head of a new centrist party last May pledging sweeping reforms to dynamise the French economy. But left-wing opponents accuse the business-friendly former investment banker of seeking to take a sledgehammer to public services, including by cutting 120,000 public sector jobs. His plans to shake up heavily-indebted state rail operator SNCF have meanwhile prompted unions to press three months of rolling strikes that are causing havoc for France's 4....

The 500 rupee note: Seychelles' richest bank note and its 7 natural wonders

Seychelles' richest bank note -- the 500 rupee note -- was released into circulation in December 2016 and is worth about $37. SNA takes a closer look at seven of the endemic flora and fauna found on the yellow, brown and black note.Seychelles Kestrel  Foun
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The 500 rupee note: Seychelles' richest bank note and its 7 natural wonders

Seychelles' richest bank note -- the 500 rupee note -- was released into circulation in December 2016 and is worth about $37. SNA takes a closer look at seven of the endemic flora and fauna found on the yellow, brown and black note.Seychelles Kestrel  Found on the front of the banknote, the Seychelles Kestrel, called Katiti in Creole, is the only day-flying bird of prey native to the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. This small territorial bird has a very dark rufous upperpart with an even darker head and red-brown back. ...

Seychelles’ innovative funding of blue economy highlighted at Commonwealth Business Forum

Seychelles’ innovative financing methods to fund the blue economy were discussed at the Commonwealth Business Forum held in London on Tuesday. President Danny Faure was invited to open the session on the theme ‘Building the Future’. The forum is part o
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Seychelles’ innovative funding of blue economy highlighted at Commonwealth Business Forum

Seychelles’ innovative financing methods to fund the blue economy were discussed at the Commonwealth Business Forum held in London on Tuesday. President Danny Faure was invited to open the session on the theme ‘Building the Future’. The forum is part of the 25th meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held from April 16 to 20. The head of state focussed his presentation on the island nation’s example in developing sustainable blue finance projects, and the advantages of investing in sustainable development and Green Finance. “Firstly, one must understand Seychelles’ context....

Iran president: we don't intend any aggression in region

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran «does not intend any aggression» against its neighbours but will continue to produce all the weapons it needs for its defence. «We tell the world that we will produce any weapons that we nee
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Iran president: we don't intend any aggression in region

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran «does not intend any aggression» against its neighbours but will continue to produce all the weapons it needs for its defence. «We tell the world that we will produce any weapons that we need, or if necessary we will procure them. We have not been waiting... and will not wait for your remarks or agreement,» said Rouhani at a military parade in Tehran to mark the annual Army Day. "But at the same time we announce to our neighbouring countries in the region......

Air Seychelles charter transports Seychellois athletes to Djibouti for CJSOI games

Air Seychelles operated a special charter flight on Wednesday to take the Seychellois delegation to Djibouti for the 11th edition of the “Commission de La Jeunesse et de Sports de L’Ocean Indien” (CJSOI) games.    The Airbus A320 aircraft left the i
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Air Seychelles charter transports Seychellois athletes to Djibouti for CJSOI games

Air Seychelles operated a special charter flight on Wednesday to take the Seychellois delegation to Djibouti for the 11th edition of the “Commission de La Jeunesse et de Sports de L’Ocean Indien” (CJSOI) games.    The Airbus A320 aircraft left the island nation on Wednesday morning carrying a delegation of 150 participants, fans as well as officials from the Seychelles National Sports Council.  ...

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire. The team from th
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UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire. The team from the world's chemical arms watchdog has not yet been able to begin its field work in Douma, where dozens were killed in a suspected April 7 gas attack, as Western powers warn that President Bashar al-Assad's regime may attempt to remove crucial evidence. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) said it was trying to make arrangements for the fact-finding experts to travel to Douma «at the earliest possible time», according to a report to the Security Council obtained by AFP Wednesday. «UNDSS in Damascus is now engaged in further discussions and coordination with representatives of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian military police on how to enhance and reinforce security arrangements in specific locations in Douma,» it said. A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Syria just hours after unprecedented US-led strikes on regime targets Saturday, launched in response to the alleged gas attack. ...

Seychelles Tourism Academy creating opportunity, career paths for Seychellois graduates

In the editor’s choice this week SNA brings you an interview with the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Flavien Joubert. Joubert has 35 years in the tourism sector and for the last 11 years has headed the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Joubert spen
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Seychelles Tourism Academy creating opportunity, career paths for Seychellois graduates

In the editor’s choice this week SNA brings you an interview with the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Flavien Joubert. Joubert has 35 years in the tourism sector and for the last 11 years has headed the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Joubert spent 11 years on Praslin – the second most populated island of Seychelles -- working with the five-star Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites Hotel. He is the author of two books, a cocktail book and the ‘Fish & Seafood Recipes of the Seychelles Islands’.   ...

EU asks WTO for safeguards over US steel, aluminium tariffs

The European Union on Monday followed China in complaining to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. «Having a substantial interest as an exporter in this case, the European Union requests consultations with
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EU asks WTO for safeguards over US steel, aluminium tariffs

The European Union on Monday followed China in complaining to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. «Having a substantial interest as an exporter in this case, the European Union requests consultations with the United States» to agree «safeguards», the EU said in a statement published on the world trade body's website. US President Donald Trump sparked fears of a trade war in March when he decided to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, primarily to target China, but also EU countries. Brussels said in the document the aim of the discussions would be to «exchange views and seek clarification regarding the proposed measures» and to reach «an understanding on ways to achieve» protection, as set out in the WTO's Agreement on Safeguards. The EU said it wanted to hold the consultations «as soon as possible». ...

Tree-planting project in Seychelles seeks to preserve watersheds, catchment areas

A project to rehabilitate watersheds and catchment areas by planting 4,000 trees native to Seychelles is planned for 2018. James Millett, scientific and technical advisor of the Ecosystems Based Adaptation project, said that “the overall aim of the projec
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Tree-planting project in Seychelles seeks to preserve watersheds, catchment areas

A project to rehabilitate watersheds and catchment areas by planting 4,000 trees native to Seychelles is planned for 2018. James Millett, scientific and technical advisor of the Ecosystems Based Adaptation project, said that “the overall aim of the project is to help people to adapt to future climate change.” The project has two aims, he said. “One is to improve water management in rivers by enhancing wetlands and natural water courses,” said Millett. The second component has to do with the rehabilitation and protection of forests. ...

Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool

A US federal judge in California ruled Monday that Facebook will have to face a class action suit over allegations it violated users' privacy by using a facial recognition tool on their photos without their explicit consent. The ruling comes as the social ne
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Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool

A US federal judge in California ruled Monday that Facebook will have to face a class action suit over allegations it violated users' privacy by using a facial recognition tool on their photos without their explicit consent. The ruling comes as the social network is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 US presidential election. The facial recognition tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users -- a function which the plaintiffs claim runs afoul of Illinois state law on protecting biometric privacy. Judge James Donato ruled the claims by Illinois residents Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen, and Carlo Licata were «sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis. »Consequently, the case will proceed with a class consisting of Facebook users located in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011," he said, according to the ruling seen by AFP. ...

Seychelles plans to install Africa’s first utility-scale floating solar project

Seychelles is planning to install Africa’s first utility-scale Floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system on the sea, said a top official of the Seychelles Energy Commission. The chief executive officer of the commission, Tony Imaduwa, told SNA on Monday tha
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Seychelles plans to install Africa’s first utility-scale floating solar project

Seychelles is planning to install Africa’s first utility-scale Floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system on the sea, said a top official of the Seychelles Energy Commission. The chief executive officer of the commission, Tony Imaduwa, told SNA on Monday that this project will inject clean and green energy into the island nation's electricity system. “It will be expected to contribute around 5.8 GWh annually. This new initiative will also contribute to a reduction in fossil fuel importation which translates to savings in foreign exchange for the country....

New history museum opens on Seychelles’ Silhouette Island

Visitors to Seychelles’ Silhouette Island have a new attraction to see with the opening of a new museum in the “Grann Kaz”, the home of the Dauban family, which owned the island until 1960. Officially opened on Saturday, the area that was once the livi
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New history museum opens on Seychelles’ Silhouette Island

Visitors to Seychelles’ Silhouette Island have a new attraction to see with the opening of a new museum in the “Grann Kaz”, the home of the Dauban family, which owned the island until 1960. Officially opened on Saturday, the area that was once the living room of the house - now the museum - tells the history of Silhouette, the third-largest island of Seychelles. The exhibition starts with the discovery of the island in 1742 by the French. Mitcy Larue, the Minister of Youth, Sport, and Culture, opened the museum. “The museum will not only be an attraction for visitors, but also a learning tool for people of Seychelles, especially the youth and school children,” said Larue, who commended the work done to turn the house into a museum. ...

The Silver Discoverer: new cruise ship to visit Seychelles

A new cruise ship company has announced that their expedition ship – the Silver Discoverer – will now be based in the Indian Ocean for a number of inter island trips. The company – Silversea – will start its operation to coincide with Seychelles’ cr
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The Silver Discoverer: new cruise ship to visit Seychelles

A new cruise ship company has announced that their expedition ship – the Silver Discoverer – will now be based in the Indian Ocean for a number of inter island trips. The company – Silversea – will start its operation to coincide with Seychelles’ cruise ship season, which lasts from October to April. The chief executive officer of Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, said that the addition of the new company will be a boost for the tourism sector. “A lot of our suppliers in Seychelles, be it big or small, stand to benefit with the increase in cruise ship visits to our shores, provided it is well managed and provided it is the right kind of cruises,” said Francis.  ...

Britain hoping for Brexit boost from Commonwealth summit

Britain is hoping this week's Commonwealth summit will prise open greater trade with its historic network as it prepares to quit the European single market under Brexit. The UK is pouncing on the organisation's analysis showing the advantages of trade betwee
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Britain hoping for Brexit boost from Commonwealth summit

Britain is hoping this week's Commonwealth summit will prise open greater trade with its historic network as it prepares to quit the European single market under Brexit. The UK is pouncing on the organisation's analysis showing the advantages of trade between Commonwealth countries due to its common language and legal systems. But some quarters are warning that Britain's trade with Commonwealth nations lags so far behind that with its European Union neighbours that a straight replacement is impossible. The 53 member states are gathering for their biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), being hosted this year in London. Born out of the former British empire, the voluntary organisation focuses on development and democracy, but is turning its attention to boosting trade. ...

'Embracing everybody' - Commonwealth boss signals Games rebranding

Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin urged all multi-sports tournaments to follow its lead and have equal medals for men and women as she insisted the competition still had a role in the modern era. Martin said a rebranding exercise is unde
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'Embracing everybody' - Commonwealth boss signals Games rebranding

Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin urged all multi-sports tournaments to follow its lead and have equal medals for men and women as she insisted the competition still had a role in the modern era. Martin said a rebranding exercise is under way for the Olympic-style event, which started as the British Empire Games in 1930 but is now keen to stress its promotion of «humanity, equality and destiny». The just-concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia had medal equality between men and women for the first time and a para-competition was integrated into the main programme. Asked about the image of the Games as a relic from bygone times, Martin told AFP: «Those who come from that era still think of it like that but now where we are in the modern Commonwealth, we are moving forward and we're embracing everybody. »We're becoming more relevant than we've ever been before and what we're trying to do is ensure that everybody else in the world sees exactly what we're trying to do," she said in an interview. ...

New shop - Fishtech - offers Seychellois more choice in fish and seafood

Running late and don’t have the time to thaw and prep the fish you want to cook for dinner? Don’t have the time to stop at multiple shops to get the necessary condiments and vegetables to put the dish together. A new shop in Seychelles, Fishtech, could b
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New shop - Fishtech - offers Seychellois more choice in fish and seafood

Running late and don’t have the time to thaw and prep the fish you want to cook for dinner? Don’t have the time to stop at multiple shops to get the necessary condiments and vegetables to put the dish together. A new shop in Seychelles, Fishtech, could be your answer. Located in the business center of Anse Royale, a southern district of the main island of Mahe, the shop specializes in fish and seafood. Fishtech provides clients with whole fish, fillet and different other types of fish cuts. Clients can choose from a variety of fish from emperor red snapper, brown spotted grouper to sailfish. ...

Seychelles’ President Danny Faure attending Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, is joining other world leaders at the 25th meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in London from April 16 to 20. The 2018 CHOGM is taking place under the theme «Towards
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Seychelles’ President Danny Faure attending Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, is joining other world leaders at the 25th meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in London from April 16 to 20. The 2018 CHOGM is taking place under the theme «Towards a Common Future». The organisers of the meeting have set out four main goals for the summit, including boosting intra-Commonwealth trade and investment; and increasing cooperation across security challenges including global terrorism, organised crime, and cyber-attacks. The two other goals are promoting democracy, fundamental freedoms, and good governance across the Commonwealth; and  building the resilience of small and vulnerable states to deal with the effects of climate change and other global crises. The succession of the head of the Commonwealth and the roles of other members of the royal family are also expected to be discussed. ...

US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on Saturday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump branded the «crimes of a monster.» As Tru
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US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on Saturday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump branded the «crimes of a monster.» As Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action -- taken in defiance of Russia's threat to respond -- explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in a brutal seven-year-old civil war. AFP's correspondent in the city said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead. Smoke could be seen rising from the northern and eastern edges of the capital. ...

Researchers warn 'Ebola for plants' hitting Africa's cassava crop

A new disease infecting cassava -- dubbed «Ebola for plants» -- could spell a looming food crisis for Africa, researchers have warned, fearful that the emerging blight could decimate one of the continent's most vital food crops. Africa is the wor
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Researchers warn 'Ebola for plants' hitting Africa's cassava crop

A new disease infecting cassava -- dubbed «Ebola for plants» -- could spell a looming food crisis for Africa, researchers have warned, fearful that the emerging blight could decimate one of the continent's most vital food crops. Africa is the world's largest producer of cassava, accounting for 57 percent of a crop that some 800 million people around the world rely on. The plant's starchy, tuberous root is the third largest source of carbohydrates in tropical countries and a vital food for many subsistence farmers. But a new disease, the brown streak virus, has spread in recent years, causing 90-100 percent losses in some infected crops, with researchers from 12 African countries calling for urgent action to avoid a looming «food disaster» for the continent. «We call on governments to put in place an early warning system, a response strategy to this disease,» Justin Pita, executive director of the West African Virus Epidemiology (Wave) program, said. ...

Indian Ocean Tuna factory in Seychelles begins using new wastewater treatment plant

The Indian Ocean Tuna factory (IOT) is this week implementing plans to produce less and better quality waste by starting operations in its newly built wastewater treatment plant. “We will start operating the plant this week, taking waste water from IOT. Be
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Indian Ocean Tuna factory in Seychelles begins using new wastewater treatment plant

The Indian Ocean Tuna factory (IOT) is this week implementing plans to produce less and better quality waste by starting operations in its newly built wastewater treatment plant. “We will start operating the plant this week, taking waste water from IOT. Before that, we were doing some final tests but the plant was not operating,” said Mark Benoiton, the Environment Health and Safety Manager at the factory. Operations will start at 30 percent by adding the necessary bacteria to the tanks. Benoiton told SNA that it will take “three to five months for the bacteria to adapt and grow to get to the full potential of the plant....

Alcohol guidelines in many countries may not be safe: study

Recommended limits for safe alcohol consumption are too high in many developed countries and should be lowered to save lives, a study suggested Friday. Regularly drinking more than 100 grammes (3.5 ounces) of alcohol per week -- about five or six medium glas
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Alcohol guidelines in many countries may not be safe: study

Recommended limits for safe alcohol consumption are too high in many developed countries and should be lowered to save lives, a study suggested Friday. Regularly drinking more than 100 grammes (3.5 ounces) of alcohol per week -- about five or six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer -- was linked to a shorter life expectancy for men and women, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. «Recommended limits in Italy, Portugal, and Spain are almost 50 percent higher than this, and in the USA, the upper limit for men is nearly double,» the researchers found. The international team analysed data on nearly 600,000 drinkers aged 30-100, from 83 studies in 19 high-income countries....

New educational exchanges to take place between Seychelles and Zhoushan city in China

Residents in Seychelles are expected to benefit from more educational exchanges with Zhoushan, China following the signing of a new agreement between the city and Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. The Mayor of Victoria, David Andre, and the Secretary of Z
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New educational exchanges to take place between Seychelles and Zhoushan city in China

Residents in Seychelles are expected to benefit from more educational exchanges with Zhoushan, China following the signing of a new agreement between the city and Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. The Mayor of Victoria, David Andre, and the Secretary of Zhoushan Municipal Committee, Yu Donglai, signed an agreement called ‘Establishing Friendly Exchange City Relations’ on Friday. The agreement will enable the two cities to identify activities that can generate new initiatives to further nurture the economic, social and cultural ties which Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean -- and China share. “This is the fifth twinning agreement signed with China. The twinning agreement between Victoria and the city of Zhoushan in China is basically what we call a sister city agreement where it connects people rather than just the government on a higher level exchange,” said Andre. ...

Authorities investigating Iranian dhow that caught fire, sank in waters of Seychelles

The local authorities have started an investigation following an incident where an Iranian dhow carrying 14 crew members caught fire and sank in the Seychelles’ waters. According to a communique from the Seychelles Police, the incident happened in the earl
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Authorities investigating Iranian dhow that caught fire, sank in waters of Seychelles

The local authorities have started an investigation following an incident where an Iranian dhow carrying 14 crew members caught fire and sank in the Seychelles’ waters. According to a communique from the Seychelles Police, the incident happened in the early hours on Tuesday. “The incident occurred a few hours after the dhow, suspected to be involved in drug smuggling activities in our waters, was being escorted to Mahe after being boarded by local agents,” said the communique. The communique said the seizure came during a joint special operation by narcotics agents from the Seychelles Police and Seychelles Coast Guard. All crew members were rescued by the Seychelles Coast Guard patrol ship – Topaz -- and there “were no casualties involved....

9 amazing facts to Seychelles’ Curieuse Island, a must-see for visitors

Curieuse Island, a small granitic island, is a national and marine park managed by the Seychelles National Parks Authority. Curieuse is located off the north coast of Praslin – the second-most populated island of Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 island
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9 amazing facts to Seychelles’ Curieuse Island, a must-see for visitors

Curieuse Island, a small granitic island, is a national and marine park managed by the Seychelles National Parks Authority. Curieuse is located off the north coast of Praslin – the second-most populated island of Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. This week SNA shares nine amazing facts about Curieuse Island that make it a must-see island for visitors.        From Ile Rouge to Curieuse Island ...

Citizens of Seychelles exempted from visa requirements in Angola

Seychelles is among 61 countries whose citizens have been exempted from visa requirements when travelling to Angola. According to the International Press, EIN News Desk, the information was released last week by the Director General of the Migration and Fore
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Citizens of Seychelles exempted from visa requirements in Angola

Seychelles is among 61 countries whose citizens have been exempted from visa requirements when travelling to Angola. According to the International Press, EIN News Desk, the information was released last week by the Director General of the Migration and Foreign Service of Angola, Gil Famoso da Silva. The new policy goes into effect April 30. Da Silva said that “the country's border check points are ready to welcome those people, under the Presidential Decree 56/18 of 28 February.” ...

High stakes for Macron as France weighs Syria strike

In laying his integrity on the line over Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron might be playing for even higher stakes -- maintaining the landmark Iran nuclear accord, analysts say. The 40-year-old leader, weighing the f
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High stakes for Macron as France weighs Syria strike

In laying his integrity on the line over Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron might be playing for even higher stakes -- maintaining the landmark Iran nuclear accord, analysts say. The 40-year-old leader, weighing the first foreign military operation on his own initiative, has made clear he considers Damascus behind a suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma last weekend that killed at least 40 people. Macron's response is expected to be high on the agenda during a TV interview Thursday afternoon, only his third since the centrist swept to power last year. For many experts, he has no choice but to enforce his «red line» on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, which would prompt French military strikes. «Unlike previous incidents, alleged or real, in recent months, what happened Saturday in Douma is a huge and evident violation of Western red lines,» said Bruno Tertrais, a political scientist at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS). ...

Cameroon athletes go missing from Commonwealth Games

Five athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said Wednesday. Three weightlifters and two boxers have not been seen since Tuesday, triggering suspicion they had fled with no intention of r
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Cameroon athletes go missing from Commonwealth Games

Five athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said Wednesday. Three weightlifters and two boxers have not been seen since Tuesday, triggering suspicion they had fled with no intention of returning home. The matter has been reported to Australian police. Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told AFP that he was shocked to learn weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji and Petit Minkoumba, along with boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye and Simplice Fotsala, had apparently fled. «It came as a complete surprise,» he said....

US readies response to Syria attacks after UN clash with Russia

President Donald Trump faced a decision on whether to strike Syria and risk a clash with Damascus ally Russia, after UN members failed Tuesday to agree on action to probe chemical attacks in the war-wracked country. The US leader has made it clear he plans t
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US readies response to Syria attacks after UN clash with Russia

President Donald Trump faced a decision on whether to strike Syria and risk a clash with Damascus ally Russia, after UN members failed Tuesday to agree on action to probe chemical attacks in the war-wracked country. The US leader has made it clear he plans to make Bashar al-Assad, and perhaps his Russian and Iranian backers, pay a price for the latest alleged toxic gas atrocity of Syria's civil war. But the United Nations Security Council failed to agree a global response to the incident, after Washington and Moscow opposed each other's rival motions to set up an international investigation into chemical weapons use in the seven-year-old conflict. According to rescue workers, on Saturday more than 40 people died in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma in an alleged chemical attack, which left victims wheezing, with discolored skin and foaming at the mouth. The United States, Britain and France have argued the alleged attack bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime of Russia's ally Assad, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). ...

Security, health, and south-south cooperation top agenda of new Columbian ambassador to Seychelles

Security issues including drug control efforts were among the topics discussed Tuesday between the newly accredited Columbian ambassador to Seychelles and President Danny Faure. Maria Euginia Correa, who is the first Columbian ambassador to the island nation
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Security, health, and south-south cooperation top agenda of new Columbian ambassador to Seychelles

Security issues including drug control efforts were among the topics discussed Tuesday between the newly accredited Columbian ambassador to Seychelles and President Danny Faure. Maria Euginia Correa, who is the first Columbian ambassador to the island nation, presented her credentials to the President at State House, Victoria. “Columbia has the biggest experience in police, training, and drug control. Our experience lies not only on land but in the air and sea. It is for that reason that I offered the President to work together on these matters,” Correa told journalists. ...

Imprisoned Lula is still 'our candidate,' his party says

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned since the weekend on a corruption conviction, will still be the Workers' Party candidate in Brazil's October presidential election, party leaders said Monday. «He is our candidate no matter the cir
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Imprisoned Lula is still 'our candidate,' his party says

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned since the weekend on a corruption conviction, will still be the Workers' Party candidate in Brazil's October presidential election, party leaders said Monday. «He is our candidate no matter the circumstances,» party chief Gleisi Hoffmann said outside the police station in the southern city of Curitiba where Lula is locked up. The leftwing ex-president, 72, handed himself into police on Saturday, a day after defying a court-ordered deadline to surrender to start serving his 12-year sentence. He remains the comfortable favorite in voter surveys heading toward the October election, though his incarceration casts doubts on whether he can legally run for office. He should be declared ineligible in August after having his conviction upheld once by an appeals court. ...

Benefits of fish consumption overcome negative mercury effects, Seychellois scientist says

The benefits of fish consumption outweigh any potential harm that may arise from the associated intake of mercury, a Seychellois scientist says. Conrad Shamlaye -- a senior scientist and advisor with the Seychelles Ministry of Health -- made the statement vi
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Benefits of fish consumption overcome negative mercury effects, Seychellois scientist says

The benefits of fish consumption outweigh any potential harm that may arise from the associated intake of mercury, a Seychellois scientist says. Conrad Shamlaye -- a senior scientist and advisor with the Seychelles Ministry of Health -- made the statement via email after attending a conference in Rochester, New York, in the United States. The result of the findings of the Seychelles Child Development Study made three decades ago was discussed at the conference.  “The study’s finding indicates that while there are many issues that impact childhood development, mercury is not likely to be one of them,” he said. ...

With a handshake, Kenya leaves behind divisive poll

It was a handshake that drew a line under Kenya's bruising election, left many people bewildered and swung open the starting gate for the 2022 presidential race. After months of insults during a deadly and divisive election, the two heirs of Kenya's most pow
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With a handshake, Kenya leaves behind divisive poll

It was a handshake that drew a line under Kenya's bruising election, left many people bewildered and swung open the starting gate for the 2022 presidential race. After months of insults during a deadly and divisive election, the two heirs of Kenya's most powerful political dynasties, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga stood side by side, shook hands and pledged reconciliation. Even in a country used to the political game of thrones, where betrayals are commonplace and bitter rivals forge alliances almost overnight, the gesture on March 9 stunned the nation. «This is clearly Odinga's attempt to move on. Obviously Kenyatta would favour that as well,» said Nic Cheeseman, a professor at Birmingham University in central England, of the mystery-shrouded rapprochement. ...

Seychelles’ Supreme Court sentences two Chinese nationals to 7 years in prison for bank card fraud

Seychelles’ Supreme Court has sentenced two Chinese nationals to 7 years in prison for bank card fraud. The two men were sentenced on Monday on three different charges: being in possession of illegal objects, being in unlawful possession of a person's iden
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Seychelles’ Supreme Court sentences two Chinese nationals to 7 years in prison for bank card fraud

Seychelles’ Supreme Court has sentenced two Chinese nationals to 7 years in prison for bank card fraud. The two men were sentenced on Monday on three different charges: being in possession of illegal objects, being in unlawful possession of a person's identity information and for theft. The court imposed a seven-year sentence on both men for the first two charges and a four-year sentence on the third charge. As both have been on remand for a year, the time spent in prison will be deducted from their sentences. The two Chinese nationals were arrested in March last year in connection with bank card fraud....

Passionate fans of creative cars gather at show in Seychelles

People who are passionate about cars in Seychelles had the opportunity to feast their eyes on the creative ways cars are modified in a show organised last weekend. Nearly 100 car enthusiasts took part in the fourth edition of the event last Saturday that wa
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Passionate fans of creative cars gather at show in Seychelles

People who are passionate about cars in Seychelles had the opportunity to feast their eyes on the creative ways cars are modified in a show organised last weekend. Nearly 100 car enthusiasts took part in the fourth edition of the event last Saturday that was organised by a local organisation ‘Automoto Seychelles. Vehicles of different brands, colours and sizes modified in various ways were on display at the NSC Hall Roche Caiman on the eastern side of the main island of Mahe. The owner of Automoto, Jean-Francois Barallon, and also the promoter of the event, said that the criteria for participation are simply just having a passion and showing off your vehicle. “It’s about what they like most about their vehicles and the show offers the opportunity to display them with music and visuals among others,” said Barallon....

Deadly strikes hit Syria army air base after US, France warning

A Syrian military airport was hit with deadly missile strikes, state media reported Monday, after the US and France warned of a strong response to «horrific chemical weapons attacks» on a rebel-held region near Damascus. Washington denied respons
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Deadly strikes hit Syria army air base after US, France warning

A Syrian military airport was hit with deadly missile strikes, state media reported Monday, after the US and France warned of a strong response to «horrific chemical weapons attacks» on a rebel-held region near Damascus. Washington denied responsibility for the strike on Syria's central Tayfur air base, which came just hours ahead of an urgent UN meeting Monday over the reported use of toxic gas on the town of Douma. US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone and vowed a «strong, joint response» to the suspected chemical attack that killed dozens, the White House said Sunday. It added that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad «must be held accountable for its continued human rights abuses». Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to issue a blistering warning to the Syrian regime and its allies. ...

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