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Algeria’s Bouteflika urges support for economic reforms to offset cheaper oil

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday called for broad support for new economic reforms to help the country through the impact of three years of low oil prices that have eroded the OPEC nation's revenues.

South Africa’s ANC proposes land expropriation without compensation

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress has proposed at its policy conference that land expropriation without compensation should be allowed where it is "necessary and unavoidable", President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

South Africa’s ANC proposes nationalising central bank: sources

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress has re-triggered market concern about the independence of the Reserve Bank after reports it had agreed at its policy conference on Wednesday that the central bank should be nationalised.

Seven die in downtown Johannesburg building blaze

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Seven people died in a high-rise apartment block fire in Johannesburg on Wednesday including a man who jumped to his death to escape the flames, emergency services said.

Arab foreign ministers start talks on Qatar crisis in Cairo: official

CAIRO (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain on Thursday started a meeting in Cairo on the Qatar crisis hours before a deadline for Doha to meet demands set by the four Arab nations, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry official told Reuters.

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