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Ways to become better at your job today

With a still-shaky recovery, tepid hiring and continued stagnation in many workplaces, employees have a tough time feeling inspired to extend any extra effort. But if you can improve your job performance, you will put yourself in a good position to climb up the ladder should an opportunity...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:06 PM

How to choose the best curtains and drapes for your home

Picking out the best window coverings for your home may not be rocket science, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some consideration into what you choose. Instead of buying curtains based strictly on looks, think about the way you want the curtains to hang and the amount of...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:04 PM

Glass bridge opens to visitors in south China's Guangdong

A 218-meter-long glass bridge in Baojing Palace of Yingde, a county-level city in south China's Guangdong Province, opened to tourists on January 16. It is the first glass bridge in the province that is built over karst landscapes and a swan lake. Baojing Palace, meaning the palace of...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 9:00 AM

Popular Kenyan gospel musician survives Riverside bomb attack

Gospel singer Willy Paul on Tuesday survived the bomb attack at Dusit 2 Hotel, located on Riverside Drive in Chiromo. Paul was attending a meeting at the hotel when a loud explosion followed by gunfire rent the air. The attack happened sometime at 3:15pm (Kenya time). First it was a loud bang,...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rihanna drags father to court in trademark dispute

Singer Rihanna has taken her father to court in the US, accusing him of exploiting her name to further his entertainment business. She claims her father, Ronald Fenty, and his business partner have falsely suggested that she is connected to their firm, Fenty Entertainment. Their conduct has...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to teach a child to read in 3 easy steps

Read aloud to your child Teaching your child to read is truly a process that begins at infancy. Begin reading with your new-born within days of welcoming her home!  Not only is ongoing reading time building a special bonding for the two of you, it instils in her a love for books. Enjoyment...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Zimbabwe police arrest prominent government critic

Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles Wednesday morning arrested Evan Mawarire, an activist and pastor, from his home in Harare. He was clutching a Bible when police bundled him into their car. Mawarire in 2016 organized the ThisFlag campaign that sparked a string of nationwide anti-government...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 11:19 AM

An American school teacher who sent his resume to IS was captured in Syria, and he says he has no regrets

Warren Christopher Clark told NBC News that he has no regrets about his decision to join the Islamic State. The 34-year-old former substitute teacher from Texas said he sought out the group in June 2015. The resume and cover letter were discovered in a home in Mosul, Iraq, and eventually obtained...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 9:07 AM

Former Mexican President Peña Nieto took $100m bribe from El Chapo, witness says

The former president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, took a $100 million bribe from Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo, according to a witness at Mr. Guzman’s trial. The stunning testimony was delivered Tuesday in a New York courtroom by Alex Cifuentes Villa, a...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 8:53 AM

Brexit: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 8:48 AM

Facebook to invest $300 million to help local news survive

Facebook Inc will invest $300 million over three years in local news globally as it faces blistering criticism over its role in the erosion of the news business worldwide. The investment in time and money is a significant expansion of a plan to help newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad create and...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

We don’t want R Kelly in Africa, Twitter users kick over singer’s planned escape

Some Africans have taken to Twitter to kick against singer, R Kelly’s alleged plan to escape to the continent following alleged sex scandal. The ‘Lean on me’ singer has been facing criticism and possible music boycott for alleged sexual abuse, which were detailed in a documentary...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

For the first time ever, seeds are growing on the moon

Seeds taken up to the Moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. The Chang'e 4 is the first...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 2:50 PM

Ex-Ivorian leader Gbagbo acquitted of war crimes, to be freed

International Criminal Court judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo of all war crimes charges and ordered his immediate release in a blow to prosecutors who have lost other major cases in recent years. Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said prosecutors failed to prove their...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 1:52 PM

China is launching a biennial expo this year to boost reciprocal trade with Africa

A date has now been set for the first joint Sino-African trade expo. Between June 18 and 20, the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo will kick off in Changsha, the capital of central China’s Hunan province. Officials will sign bilateral agreements during the exhibition, engage in investment...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 9:18 AM

Erdogan, Trump consider setting up 'security zone' in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, have discussed the situation in northern Syria over the phone amid rising tensions over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country. The conversation on Monday came a day after Trump threatened on Twitter that he...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 8:51 AM

Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate

Canada has warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of local laws in China after a Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking was suddenly retried and sentenced to death, and Beijing denied another detained Canadian diplomatic immunity. The Canadian government on Monday...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 8:48 AM

Pompeo presses Saudis for accountability on Khashoggi murder

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince that "every single person responsible" for the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi needs to be held accountable. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, "both...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 8:45 AM

Octavian: From the streets to the charts

“My mum,the last thing she told me before I left was, ‘You’re either going to be in prison or you’re going to be big.” Octavian, who has just got a step closer to the big time after being named winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2019 - is recalling the day, at the...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Magufuli secures more shares for govt in Airtel Tanzania

Tanzania’s government has succesfully negotiated a stronger stake in telecommunications company Airtel, raising its holding to 49 per cent from 40 per cent, the president’s office said on Friday. The announcement followed talks in Dar es Salaam between President John Magufuli and...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

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