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Although passed unanimously, the UNSC Resolution was not without its usual diatribes between Russia and the US.


The resolution, tabled by Sweden and Kuwait, passed 15-0 after three days of wrangling over wording [Xinhua]

After three days of delays...

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday.

Trudeau and his family have been on a week-long tour of India.


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Kenyatta, center, wants to see trade ties with Tanzania revive and thrive once more following years of disputes [Xinhua]

Kenya and Tanzania are moving closer to resolving a years-long trade dispute that has disrupted the ease of business across...

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Russia has vetoed several draft resolutions on Syria which it says are unfair and biased, often following “fabricated” evidence [Xinhua]

The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote on a new resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

“This is the challenge of our time, to build a South Africa in which all people have a decent standard of living, access to economic opportunities and opportunity to pursue their dreams.” – Malusi Gigaba Budget Speech February 2018


Minister of Finance...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version


Brazilian flagship social welfare programs like Brasil Sem Miséria and Bolsa Família, have brought millions out of poverty, but reforming such initiatives would cap government spending, analysts say [Xinhua]

The Brazilian Central Bank (Banco Central...

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Surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi II lifts off from a road mobile launcher at Chandipur in Odisha. It was successfully tested on February 7, 2018 [Image: DRDO, India]

The Indian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that it had...

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Lavrov previously said that there are many possible avenues of cooperation between Russia and the US in Syria [Xinhua]

In a deja vu warning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is warning the US that its actions in Syria will break up the country...

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (left) has told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries are strategic partners [Image: BRICS2015]

India and Iran have just completed a round of negotiations which saw the two countries boost their...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

“Send me” is his call as he invokes the legacies of South African icons Nelson Mandela, Albertina Sisulu and Hugh Masikela


Ceremonial parade ahead of the State of the Nation Address in South Africa, February 16, 2018 [GCIS]

As analysts told...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version


Both China and India have called on industrialized nations to do more to combat climate change and curb carbon emissions [Xinhua]

India will not shrink away from its responsibility to protect the environment, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said...

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In May 2017 Cape Town only received 6 mm compared with 60 mm in May 2014

Many countries in Africa are facing severe drought and water shortages [Xinhua][/caption]Cape Town’s Day Zero, when the taps run dry and residents have to queue for 25 litres (l) of...

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Trade ties have significantly improved and tensions over the South China Sea have eased since Xi called Duterte’s October 2016 visit to Beijing a “milestone” in China-Philippine relations [Xinhua]

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

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The court case against 17-year old Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian girl that slapped an Israeli soldier in the face on December 15, 2017, is expected to start on Tuesday, February 13.

Maybe. The judge of the military tribunal has postponed the case so many times ‘for further inquiry’ that...

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Entire cities have been destroyed by seven years of intense warfare in Syria [Xinhua]

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has called the West’s method of democratization by force a mistake and said that change must happen over time.

“...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Participants at the Mining Indaba forum are upbeat on prospects for African mining industry


Mining Indaba forum is upbeat about prospects in the mining industry

The mood at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town was the best since...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version


WADA has alleged that 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in doping in the 2012 and 2014 Olympics [Xinhua]

Russian lawmakers said Friday that they will seek to reform Olympic associations after 47 of the country’s athletes lost a last-minute appeal...

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People wearing breathing masks are seen on a pedestrian bridge in downtown Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 22, 2014 [Xinhua]

Sales of Chinese cars increased 11.6 per cent year on year, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said...

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Beijing regularly issues color coded warning as air quality worsens in the capital and other areas [Xinhua]

In a bid to combat persistent smog and pollution in its capital city, the Chinese government will expand urban green areas in Beijing by 600...

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US stocks plummet, pulling much of the global indices down with them


Commodity trading also plummeted after Wall Street’s sudden decline this week [Xinhua]

Oil prices have continued into their third day of decline as US stocks plunge at the fastest...

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WADA has alleged that 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in doping in the 2012 and 2014 Olympics [Xinhua]

The 15 Russian athletes who recently had their doping bans lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will still not be allowed to...

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New Coal Terminal Beira will have 20 million tons per year capacity


The biggest unions of South African coal producers include Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc [Xinhua]

India’s Essar Group, which operates Indian ports handling 82 million...

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Brazil’s unions have planned a day of struggle to protest Temer’s proposed social security reform bill. The president is already very unpopular in Brazil; polls show voters want him to be accountable for alleged corruption [Xinhua]

Brazilian...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-02 - Original post - cached version


Counter-sanctions imposed on food imports and an unprecedented raft of subsidies have made many areas of farming more profitable in Russia [Xinhua]

Consumer demand has driven economic growth in Russia, the Central Bank said on Friday, adding that...

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Major cities in Brazil, China and India are witnessing rapid urbanization [Xinhua]

The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur will next week host the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum to discuss the challenges societies as more people move to the...

The BRICS Post - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

There is nothing the American public treasures more than appearance.

When Trump made his way to deliver a mediocre State of the Union address in front of some of the most ineffective employees our country possesses, he knew all he had to do was appear Presidential.

And the...

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The European Union says it is committed to the nuclear deal with Iran even if the US isn’t. In this file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, left, and EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Federica Mogherini met in Vienna, Austria during negotiations...

The BRICS Post - 2018-01-30 - Original post - cached version


Putin at a meeting with heads of security and intelligence services of CIS states on 10th July, 2014 at the Kremlin, Moscow [PPIO]

A number of senior Russian political figures have strongly condemned a list drawn up by the US Treasury Department...

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Temer is trying to push a package of spending cuts through parliament and other measures to lift Brazil out of its worst recession in decades [Xinhua]

Despite ongoing political turbulence following a slew of corruption charges aimed at sitting and...

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Netanyahu has dismissed UN Security Council resolutions calling on Israel to halt illegal settlements in the West Bank but has hailed Trump’s Jerusalem decision as historic [Xinhua]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive in...

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow on 12 April 2017 [Image: MFA, Russia]

Russia has protested a new set of US sanctions and said that they are not only illegal but will counter Washington’s...

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China’s surveillance ship “Haijian 27” arrives at waters around the Islands that China claims as Diaoyu and Japan as Senkaku [Xinhua]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono that Tokyo should exert all efforts to...

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Earlier this week, US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Knesset confirming both his President’s resolve on the status of the Holy City, and America’s exit from the Peace Process.

This comes weeks after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem, full and undivided, as the capital of...

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But that ship has sailed, remaining TPP members may tell Trump in Davos


The TPP has not been popular among many Republicans and some sectors of the US workforce, giving Trump the ammunition to proceed with withdrawal. People attend a rally protesting...

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China reclaimed a number of islands in the South and East China seas from Japanese domination during World War II [Xinhua]

China has dismissed a Japanese government exhibit which showcases Tokyo’s claims to the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea...

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Global demand for oil is expected to rise, helping push oil prices higher [Xinhua]

For the first time in more than three years when oil prices first took a dive, Brent crude hit $71 a barrel on Thursday on news that inventories had fallen again in...

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Russia and the US have traded numerous accusations over the Syrian crisis in recent years [Xinhua]

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has blasted US claims that Russia was involved in an alleged recent chemical weapons attacks in eastern Syria....

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivering his keynote speech, at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum, in Davos on January 23, 2018 [PMO, India]

Irony was a guest at the 48th World Economic Forum on Monday when Indian Prime...

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Sales only rose by 0.8 per cent y/y in the first half of the year 


File photo: The Mall of Africa in Midrand, near Johannesburg, South Africa [Xinhua]

In another sign of the recovery in the South African economy, real retail sales soared by...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have meet several times in recent years, often on the sideline of global summits, but their territorial disputes over the East China Sea have strained ties [Xinhua]

Japanese...

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Afghanistan military forces have been engaged in bitter fighting with the Taliban in recent months [Xinhua]

The Afghanistan Interior Ministry reported on Sunday that at least 19 people had been killed in the attack the previous night on Kabul...

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Economic growth forecasts for 2018 have been ratcheted higher as data exceeds expectations


Growth rates in BRICS nations such as China and Russia have exceed expectations of the IMF and other forecasts [Xinhua]

The news that China’s GDP...

The BRICS Post - 2018-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Coal is the largest contributor with a 29 per cent share  


South Africa ranks as one of the richest countries in natural resources from gold to iron ore [Image: Archives]

South African mineral sales jumped by  14.3 per cent year-on-year (y/y...

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The 20 countries meeting in Vancouver to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program pledged to reinforce sanctions and tighten the noose around leader Kim Jung-un [Xinhua]

China and Russia have questioned the validity of a summit on North Korea’s nuclear...

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China is hoping to expand its railway system to more than 40,000kms by 2022 [Xinhua]

China has started construction of a new $4-billion north-south coastal railway network that will significantly shorten travel time between key cities Nantong and...

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Can new Brazil coach Tite turn Brazil’s World Cup fortunes around? [Xinhua]

Three-time World Cup champion and football legend Pele is convinced that the Brazil national team is favorite to win the 2018 Russia World Cup.

In 2014, the Brazilian...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, seen here with FM Javad Zarif, has said Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal but that the US is trying to unravel it [Xinhua]

Russia has warned the Trump administration that withdrawing from the multi-lateral...

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China has launched dozens of rockets for weather, climate and agricultural monitoring in the past two years [Xinhua]

In its continuing efforts to increase the number of orbital satellites used for agricultural and weather purposes, the Chinese State...

The BRICS Post - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version


Egyptian airports must upgrade their security measures if Russian tourists are to return, Moscow officials have said. But the wait is likely to be over now [Xinhua]

It may be a wait for just another month before Russian tourists start flocking to...

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Increase is despite y/y decline in the final two months of 2017


The record bulk exports confirm that the South African economy has exited recession, analysts say [Xinhua]

South African bulk export volumes rose by 4.9 per cent in 2017 to a new...

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