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Africa’s week in pictures

A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this week: Image copyright Reuters Image caption We start with a bit of selfie bling in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Tuesday during a demonstration by women demanding more economic empowerment. Image copyright AFP Image caption The next day, Fifi Loukoula from Congo-Brazzaville competes in the World Para Powerlifting championchip in Mexico. Image copyright EPA Image caption Cameroon’s Vanessa Djiepmou Medibe takes on players from the Netherlands during a match at the Handball Women World Championship in Germany on Tuesday. Image copyright AFP Image caption A Senegalese dancer performs on Thursday during a ceremony to open a new international airport that will serve the capital, Dakar. Image copyright AFP Image caption ...

Crypto currency

Image copyright Getty Images The digital currency Bitcoin is rallying at phenomenal speed, leaving many high and others dry in markets around the world. But why are prices higher in India than elsewhere? The BBC’s Devina Gupta explains. While the Bitcoin bull run has been welcomed by many, financial regulators in emerging economies are still trying to find a way to understand it. The central bank of China has shut down Bitcoin exchanges in the country. Indonesia and Bangladesh have banned its use as a payment tool. In India the government has made it clear that, while it doesn’t recognise Bitcoin as “legal tender” like paper money, there are no guidelines on Bitcoin trading. In the absence of any specific legal framework, online Bitcoin trading platforms are operati...

Is the doner skewered?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Phosphates are added to doner meat to stop it disintegrating on the spit Another week, another EU food scare. Is the future of the humble and hugely popular doner kebab now in question? Recent headlines are not comforting for fans of the spicy, grilled Turkish meat. “Is the doner a goner?” and “For pitta’s sake” helped fuel an anxious debate, while Germany’s Bild daily screamed “It could be the end of the doner!” It’s all because of a vote in the European Parliament next week. MEPs will debate whether to tighten controls over phosphate additives widely used in the meat following health warnings. But it’s not all bad news for this fast food favourite. What’s all the fuss about in the EU? Tech...

Meet the 17-year-old who is suing her school

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Epitaph Names Matt McGreevey General Manager, Hope Selevan VP Marking & Digital Strategy

The promotions follow executive Dave Hansen’s election to chair the Merlin board. Following Epitaph executive Dave Hansen‘s election to chair the Merlin board, on Thursday (Dec. 7) the record label announced two new promotions within its staff.  Matt McGreevey will fill Hansen’s role as general manager of Epitaph and its sister label Anti-, while Hope Selevan has been appointed vice president of marketing and digital strategy. The two each previously held the position of director of marketing. Hansen will continue to represent Epitaph as SVP of business development.  As general manager, McGreevy will oversee daily operations for Epitaph and Anti-, additionally contributing to projects’ marketing plans. McGreevy started at Epitaph as an intern in 2000 and went on to ...

Ex-OMB Director Stockman on Tax Reform, Russia

December 8th, 2017, 12:31 AM UTC David Stockman, former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, discusses the House passing the stop gap funding bill, U.S. tax reform and Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Report: Youngest Ball brothers sign with same agent as Lonzo

© Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (file photo) Lonzo Ball (2) siblings LaMelo Ball (left) and LiAngelo Ball (left) attend the UCLA Bruins game against Washington State Cougars on March 7. LOS ANGELES — The Ball family’s brief association with college basketball is over. According to LaVar Ball, his younger sons LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed with an agent, ensuring neither will play in the college ranks. The elder Ball told ESPN on Thursday that his plan is for the teenagers to play on the same team overseas. Oldest brother Lonzo is the only Ball brother to have played in college, completing one season at UCLA before entering the NBA draft and being taken by the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo never played a regular-season game for the Bruins after being indefinitely suspended last mo...

The bananas way Harry and Meghan will flout royal protocol and more

Another week, another batch of romance updates! Kaley Cuoco is engaged! People reported on Nov. 30 that boyfriend Karl Cook, proposed on the actress’s 32nd birthday. Karl documented the happy moment on Instagram with a video of the “Big Bang Theory” star crying tears of joy. The professional equestrian wrote, “Well after nearly two years I finally got up the courage to ask her to marry me. This is the best night of my life and I think the video shows it is the best night for Kaley as well… of she said yes!” According to the magazine, Karl treated his future bride to a home-cooked meal which ended with a big surprise: a pear-shaped diamond ring. The couple began dating in the spring 2016 after Kaley divorced her first husband, former tennis pro Ryan Sweeting. C...

Wounded woman drops ‘bump stock’ maker from Vegas lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — The maker of a rapid-fire gun accessory that police say was used in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 people and left hundreds injured at an open-air concert on the Las Vegas Strip has been removed from a wounded California woman’s negligence and damages lawsuit, a lawyer said Thursday. Attorney Craig Eiland, representing Rachel Sheppard, said the decision to strip Slide Fire Solutions from the case will let him focus on her claims that hotel owner MGM Resorts International and concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment did not follow active shooter planning and procedures. Eiland noted that Texas-based Slide Fire still faces a separate lawsuit seeking class-action status in Nevada on negligence and product liability claims relating to its “bump stock” w...