Accra to host republica, Europe’s largest Digital and Internet Conference

re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on digital and social topics, is set to be hosted in Accra, Ghana and for the first time in Africa. The event which is set to host politicians, entrepreneurs, bloggers, scientists and activists will be held at the Round Pavilion at the Trade Fair in Accra on 14 & 15 December… Read More Accra to host republica, Europe’s largest Digital and Internet Conference

Alibaba acquires controlling stake in film firm

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Monday it will increase its stake in Hong Kong-listed Alibaba Pictures to 51 percent, taking control of the film unit’s board. Alibaba Pictures will issue one billion new shares to Alibaba at HK$1.25, valuing the exchange at roughly HK$1.25 billion (an equivalent of $159.9 million), the e-commerce firm said.… Read More Alibaba acquires controlling stake in film firm

One killed, power outages as winter storm hits U.S. Southeast

A powerful winter storm that struck the U.S. Southeast over the weekend killed at least one motorist, left more than 310,000 customers without power and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday. A winter storm warning remained in effect for most of North Carolina, Virginia and southern West Virginia as at least an… Read More One killed, power outages as winter storm hits U.S. Southeast

Egyptian police kill gunmen responsible for November attack on bus carrying Christians

Egyptian police killed two gunmen who carried out last month’s attack on a bus carrying Christians in Minya governorate to the south of Cairo, the interior ministry said on Saturday. Police, helped by the military, found the gunmen in Assiut governorate, which lies to the south of Minya, it said in a statement. They were… Read More Egyptian police kill gunmen responsible for November attack on bus carrying Christians

Police clash with thousands of protesters in central France

French riot police clashed with “yellow vest” protesters in central Paris on Saturday during the latest wave of demonstrations against high living costs which have shaken President Emmanuel Macron’s authority. Protesters played a cat-and-mouse game with riot police, moving from the heavily guarded Champs Elysees area to other parts of the city, setting cars, garbage… Read More Police clash with thousands of protesters in central France

BMW announces Alejandro Vukotich as chief of autonomous driving development unit

Germany luxury carmaker BMW said on Saturday Alejandro Vukotich will be the new head of its driver assistance and autonomous driving development department from January 2019. Vukotich will replace Elmar Frickenstein, who has been in charge of the department since it was created in May 2016 and who will retire after a three-month handover phase… Read More BMW announces Alejandro Vukotich as chief of autonomous driving development unit

Qatar Petroleum agrees to acquire stake in ExxonMobil’s Mozambique oil blocks

Qatar Petroleum said on Saturday it had agreed to buy a 10 percent participating interest in three of ExxonMobil’s offshore exploration blocks in Mozambique’s Angoche and Zambezi basins. It will be part of a consortium made up of affiliates of ExxonMobil with a 50 percent stake, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos with 20 percent, Rosneft with… Read More Qatar Petroleum agrees to acquire stake in ExxonMobil’s Mozambique oil blocks

China launches first probe to explore dark side of the Moon

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The probe, the Chang’e-4, is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon, according to Xinhua. Previous spacecraft have… Read More China launches first probe to explore dark side of the Moon