South African maize planting area seen a third larger as rains return
South African farmers have planted a third more hectares with maize this season following increased rainfall and favourable climate conditions, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to forecast the planted area at 2.6 million hectares, up 33.5 percent from the 1.947 million hectares planted last year, according to an average estimate of five traders and analysts polled by Reuters. The range was 2.4 million to 2.8 million hectares.
Nigerian oil pipeline fires extinguished: community leaderOil pipelines in OML (oil mining lease) 30 and 34 in Nigeria's Delta region were set on fire late on Tuesday and the fires have been extinguished, a community leader told Reuters. "The fire has been put out and soldiers are there now," said Lucky Sorue, chairman of the Urhobo committee on oil and gas. The fires were set after Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the Delta for talks with militants whose attacks have crippled crude production in the region.
Tourists being evacuated from Gambia as crisis deepens
GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Together, they delivered a post-election autopsy with a dire prediction: Republican survival requires embracing a message of tolerance and respect in an increasingly diverse United States.
German general election to be held on September 24: govt
'I don't like tweeting': Trump
Donald Trump, whose early-morning rants and policy pronouncements on Twitter have left the world hanging on his every typed word, said he doesn't like using the social media platform in comments to air Wednesday. "I don't like tweeting," Trump told Fox News's "Fox & Friends" program. Since winning the presidency in November, the Republican has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy -- and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him.
Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record
When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's ...
Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, prosecutors said during a brief court appearance a day after her arrest in California.
Diego Costa back in favour after making peace with Conte
Diego Costa could be back in the Chelsea starting line-up against Hull on Sunday after he made up with the Premier League leaders' manager Antonio Conte, British media reported Wednesday. The 28-year-old striker -- whose 14 goals this season has spurred Chelsea to a seven-point lead at the top of the table -- was pictured at the club's training ground hugging fitness coach Julio Tous, with whom apparently he had a row last week over the level of his fitness and amid reports of a big-money offer from China. Both the volatile Brazil-born star and Conte claimed he had a back injury after he was omitted from the squad for last Saturday's 3-0 win over champions Leicester.
Russia extends residence permit for SnowdenMOSCOW (AP) ? Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency.