Fake News Alert: What You Heard About the Indonesian Tsunami May Not Be True

“This video is a HOAX,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the national spokesman of the Indonesian disaster-management board, said on Twitter of an apocalyptic video clip featuring a cloud of volcanic ash chasing down fleeing residents. A deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Palu, Indonesia on September 28th. Since then, authorities in Indonesia have identified a number of social media hoaxes. These fake reports have been spreading further fear and frenzy among residents in the disaster zone. The footage Nugroho referred to, for example, has nothing to do with Indonesia’s ongoing disaster. It…

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Nigerian Payment Company Raises $8 Million in Investments

The companies Stripe and Visa, along with other firms, are investing $8 million in the Nigerian company Paystack. Paystack is similar to Stripe in that the Lagos-based company allows developers to create payment tools via its APIs. Paystack allows its customers to build online payment features, and it enables people to connect multiple payment processors by handling transactions for consumers. Paystack was founded only two and a half years ago, so this investment announcement is rather promising. Many African countries have been seeking to improve and expand its digital payments and eCommerce…

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Theresa May Pledges $5.1 Billion In Investment In Africa

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, recently completed a three-day tour of Africa and made some pretty big announcements. In order to support African markets and deepen trade ties, May has vowed to invest 4 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) in the continent. This news comes just over a year after the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. Following “Brexit,” the UK’s goal has been to strengthen its international partnerships. In a statement, May said: “This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do…

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Climate Change Will Cause Blackouts in South Africa

Climate change continues to adversely affect Africa, as the continent is predicted to suffer some major blackouts as a result of rising temperatures. Temperatures across the African continent are consistently rising and drying up hydropower dams, and climate scientists have warned that frequent power outages are likely to start occurring in the near future. Currently, many nations throughout southern and eastern Africa are planning to double their hydropower capacity by 2030. However, expanding the region’s hydroelectric potential may be challenging. Professor Declan Conway from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate…

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United States Set to Resume Military Exercises in Korean Peninsula

The U.S.’ Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, has stated that he does not intend to end joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises. The measures which were agreed upon during the recent Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have now been “indefinitely suspended” by the White House. According to experts, a falling out between the two nations has been a long time coming. Said experts have stated that Trump over-compromised during the summit and that North Korea showed very little commitment to denuclearizing. Mattis was asked if the…

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