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October 5 2014

From Zambian Economist Sun Oct 5 2014, 11:52:00

Glencore (owners of Mopani Copper Mines) last week halted operations at its Sable Zinc Kabwe mine because of withheld valued-added tax refunds owed to the company. Mopani has also suspended part of an $800 million plan to boost production of copper by 50 percent.

The Zambia Revenue Authority has held back on paying mostly mining companies more than $600 million VAT refunds, because it says exporters haven't complied with a rule requiring import documents from the countries the products end up in. Mopani alone is owed more than $200 million in refunds.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Oct 5 2014, 09:36:28

Frenchman Jules Bianchi underwent emergency surgery on Sunday after crashing in slippery conditions near the end of an incident-packed Japanese Grand Prix.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Oct 5 2014, 07:55:33

Pope Francis on Sunday launches a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could have far-reaching implications for the Church's attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Oct 5 2014, 07:25:26

Polls opened in Brazil Sunday as citizens begin to vote in the country's most unpredictable presidential election in decades and the first since the end of an economic boom underpinning the leftist Workers' Party's 12-year rule.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Oct 5 2014, 04:08:40

An apparently errant tweet by the Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan gave his location as being in neighboring Pakistan.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Sun Oct 5 2014, 01:56:00

Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini misled the media when he said that the kingdom's Ambassador to the United Nations was now 'the vice-president' for the UN General Assembly.

The Observer on Saturday, a newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III, who rules as sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, reported Dlamini saying the election of Zweli Mnisi proved Swaziland had been placed in the world map by holding such a high position.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Sun Oct 5 2014, 01:47:00

Swaziland's King Mswati III will continue to use the Matsapha Airport for his private jet, even though his subjects have been forced to use a newly-opened airport in a wilderness 70 km away.

Matsapha, which is close to both the kingdom's capital Mbabane and the main commercial city, Manzini, has been closed to commercial aircraft and passengers wanting to fly out of Swaziland must use the King Mswati III Airport, formerly known as Sikhuphe.

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October 4 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Oct 4 2014, 16:32:05

The Pakistani Taliban announced its allegiance to the Islamic State group on Saturday and ordered its jihadists to help the militants in their campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Oct 4 2014, 12:58:22

Haiti's former dictator, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, has died at the age of 63, Haitian Health Minister Florence Guillaume Duperval announced on Saturday.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Oct 4 2014, 08:11:51

Belgian law enforcement officials opened an investigation Friday into an alleged jihadist training camp in the Ardennes region of northeastern Belgium, according to local media reports.

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