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Nov 21, 2013

How the JFK assassination transformed media coverage

DALLAS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Six seconds in Dallas 50 years
ago changed the way media worked for decades to come.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22,
1963, was a transformative live, global TV news event. It swept
an industry without a playbook for covering a breaking story of
such magnitude and utterly changed how people receive their
news.

Nov 13, 2013

Florida, Texas execute men convicted of murders

/AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Both
Florida and Texas executed convicted murderers on Tuesday, with
Florida using a new drug in its lethal injection procedure that
has been challenged in court by death row inmates who say it
would leave them in extreme pain.

Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at the state prison in
Starke, Florida, at 6:18 p.m. EST (2318 GMT), 18 minutes after
the lethal injection procedure got underway.

Nov 13, 2013

Florida executes convicted murdered; Texas set to execute killer

/AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Florida
executed a convicted rapist and murderer on Tuesday, using a new
drug in its lethal injection procedure that has been challenged
in court by death row inmates who say it would leave them in
extreme pain.

Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at the state prison in
Starke, Florida, at 6:18 p.m. EST (2318 GMT), 18 minutes after
the lethal injection procedure got underway.

Nov 12, 2013

Florida, Texas set to execute convicted killers

/ AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Two U.S. death row inmates face execution on Tuesday, including a Florida man convicted of a 1991 sexual assault and murder who will be put to death using a new lethal injection procedure that has drawn legal challenges.

The executions of Darius Kimbrough in Florida and Jamie McCoskey in Texas would be the 33rd and 34th executions in the United States this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a national non-profit organization.

Oct 6, 2013

South Africa union ends four-week auto components strike

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African trade union NUMSA said it had reached a deal to end a four-week strike in the auto components sector that has crippled production

It said workers will return to factory floors on Monday.

Union officials told a news conference on Sunday that workers would receive a 10 percent pay increase in the first year of the accord and wage hikes of eight percent in the second and third years covered by the agreement.

Oct 3, 2013

Courting African consumers gets a reinvention of cool

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics
is betting on a top-end refrigerator designed not to
lose its cool in Africa as a way into the continent’s consumer
markets, where there is growing demand for prestige products
which meet local needs.

The refrigerator comes with a sticker saying it is “Built
for Africa”, meaning that while it is basically the same
flagship product on sale elsewhere in the world it has been
tailored to suit local conditions.

Oct 1, 2013

Rhino horn poaching hits new record in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The number of rhinos killed by poachers has hit a new annual record in South Africa, raising worries of a downward population spiral in a country that is home to almost all of Africa’s rhinos.

As of the end of September, 704 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa, exceeding the annual record of 668 set in 2012, according to data provided by the Environmental Affairs ministry on Tuesday.

Sep 23, 2013

Swaziland shows signs of turning corner on world’s highest HIV rates

MBABANE (Reuters) – Swaziland, the country hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, appears to be stemming the pace of new infections thanks to increased funding, more efficient treatment and greater international help, public health workers said.

On a global basis, the rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday.

Sep 20, 2013

Swazis vote in an election bound to keep king on top

NKHABA, Swaziland (Reuters) – For most Swazis, polling day serves only as a galling reminder of the entrenched poverty, inequality and suppression of human rights in a country run as King Mswati III’s personal fiefdom.

Voters chose on Friday from a slate of royal supporters in an election virtually devoid of campaign posters and completely lacking in political parties, which are banned so as not to upset the workings of Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

Sep 10, 2013

South African transport workers end walkout, strike threat wanes

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking South African airline workers returned to work this week and promised to pursue wage talks in a further sign of waning union militancy amid job fears that have eased the strike threat to Africa’s biggest economy.

With the unemployment rate stuck at about 25 percent for years and poverty gripping millions, many South Africans have said they are more concerned with securing a paycheque for themselves than heeding the strike calls of union bosses.