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COMMENT: Return of the newspaper

While 140 characters may have been more appealing than 700-word pieces, brevity is no longer enough COMMENT | BAJINDER PAL SINGH | Social media are no longer the new kid on the block, but in 2016, platforms like Twitter and Facebook looked poised to nudge traditional newspapers into obsolescence. Following President …

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BUHARI: Some comments on social media have crossed the red line

Abuja, Nigeria | THE INDEPENDENT |  In his first address since his return from treatment abroad, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned about divisive comments on social media. “Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in …

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WTF? World Taekwondo Federation rebrands over acronym

Seoul, South Korea | AFP |  The World Taekwondo Federation has changed its name to World Taekwondo after becoming uncomfortable with the “negative connotations” of its acronym, WTF. The body has been named World Taekwondo Federation since 1973, but it has been considering a change since the slang abbreviation ‘WTF’ …

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Ethiopia mobile internet still off after a week

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  Ethiopians were still unable to surf the web via mobile networks on Tuesday, despite government claims the nationwide internet shutdown, which began a week ago, had been lifted. Africa’s second most-populous country turned off its internet access without warning or explanation last week, briefly …

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Kanye West exits social media

New York, United States | AFP | Rap superstar Kanye West, long a prolific user of Twitter, has disappeared from social media after months of erratic behavior. The husband of reality television star Kim Kardashian appeared to have deleted his accounts on Twitter and Instagram, with searches Friday for his …

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Uganda mulls over drinking, gambling hours

Uganda is considering regulating drinking hours to check increasing alcohol abuse, which President Yoweri Museveni says, affects productivity at work. Museveni stated on Monday that one of the big challenges the country must address in order to improve productivity of labour, is the problem of alcoholism and gambling. “I note …

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