Today 05 December
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France will not play Africa's policeman and sort out a territorial dispute in Mali, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday, a day after Mali's president and Tuareg separatist rebels both criticized Paris for doing too little. After winning adulation across its former colony for a 5-month military offensive earlier this year that scattered al Qaeda fighters, France is caught in a tug of war between the government in Bamako and Tuareg MNLA rebels in the north, who are demanding some form of autonomy. Now it's up to Malians, and particularly President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, to act," Fabius told RMC radio. "France doesn't support any group, but it's normal that territorial integrity is restored.
Malusi Mncube, who works for the Durban fire department emerged from the 18-metre (59 feet) hole, which also had two metal spikes, with only a bruised hip, after he was saved by colleagues. "The shaft was dark and there was smoke...it's incredible that he survived and suffered only minor injuries," said Max Magnussen, the acting fire chief in the eastern port city. "I'm gobsmacked, he fell six storeys onto a bed of burning debris in a sealed concrete tube, and he’s basically okay," Justin Bateman told Witness newspaper.
South Africa's monopoly electricity provider Eskom announced the resignation of its chief executive on Thursday, the latest blow to the state-backed firm as it battles to prevent widespread power cuts. Eskom announced that Brian Dames will step down for personal reasons from the end of March 2014. Dames has served as group chief executive since 1 July 2010, a difficult time that has seen the company struggle to keep the lights on. "Under his leadership Eskom kept the lights on in spite of a tight system," the firm said.
Nigeria may have flopped at their last two World Cups but expectations are high of a better showing in Brazil next year, irrespective of the first-round group they are drawn in on Friday. The Super Eagles have not won a World Cup finals match since a 1-0 win over Bulgaria at the 1998 World Cup in France. But defender Efe Ambrose said they should not dread clashing with any team in the first round in Brazil. "We are African champions and instead of trying to avoid any team in the group stage, it should be the other teams trying to avoid us," the Celtic defender told AFP this week.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunfire echoed across the capital of the near-anarchic Central African Republic early Thursday amid reported clashes between the mostly Muslim armed fighters who have controlled the country since March and Christians who support the ousted president.