Germany midfielder to the miss World Cup

Germany defensive midfielder Lars Bender will miss the World Cup because of a thigh injury. The German Football Federation says Bender was injured in training in the team’s camp in northern Italy. Bender’s injury increases problems for coach Joachim Loew in central midfield. Sami Khedira is coming off a six-month layoff because of a knee … Read more

Rockwell Diamonds posts 39% increase in revenue

Rockwell Diamonds has posted strong 2014 results, for the period ended 28 February 2014. Rockwell has reported significant increases in revenue and operating profits on the back of delivering two new mines as part of its focused Middle Orange River Strategy. Rockwell currently holds a market cap of R176 million, trading at a PE ratio … Read more

Sharks dig deep to give Auckland the blues

(Reuters) – The Sharks put in another defiant defensive performance to claim a 29-23 victory over the Auckland Blues and extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby standings on Friday. Tries from skipper Bismark Du Plessis and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and 16 points from the boot of Francois Steyn kept the visitors … Read more

Ghana to distribute free fertiliser to cocoa farmers

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana will begin the free distribution of fertiliser to cocoa farmers this year in a renewed effort by the world’s second largest exporter to boost crop yields, industry regulator Cocobod said on Thursday. Cocobod Chief Executive Stephen Opuni said the government had ordered $200 million worth of farming inputs, mainly in the form of chemicals and fertilisers. He said … Read more

Brent crude steady above $110

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Brent crude held steady above $110 a barrel on Friday, set for a second straight week of gains, supported by conflicts in Libya and Ukraine as well as by positive economic data in the world’s top two oil consumers, theUnited States and China. A recent rally in oil prices, which pushed Brent to a … Read more

International Court sentences Congolese warlord to 12 years for war crimes

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court on Friday sentenced Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for crimes including murder and pillaging committed during an attack on a village in 11 years ago. Katanga becomes only the second person to be sentenced by the court in more than a decade of existence. He was … Read more

Injured Smith set to miss the rest of English season

LONDON (Reuters) – Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is set to miss the rest of the English county season with Surrey after suffering a fractured knee, the club said on Thursday. The 33-year-old opening batsman, who retired from international cricket this year, will return home to to undergo surgery. Surrey have signed Smith’s former … Read more

Rand holds steady against the Dollar

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand held steady against the dollar on Friday, lacking momentum to break through a key resistance area at the 10.30 level after a rally in the previous session. The rand traded at 10.3400 to the dollar at 0618 GMT, off a 10.3280 close in New York on Thursday. The unit was … Read more

Security Council Committee blacklists Nigeria’s Boko Haram

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council committee on al Qaeda sanctions blacklisted Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday after the insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said. Nigeria, which until recently had been reluctant to seek international help to combat Boko Haram, requested earlier this week the group … Read more

Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 29 in village attack

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected militants from Islamist group Boko Haram shot dead 29 farm workers as they tilled their fields in remote northeast Nigeria, a police source said on Thursday, amid a mounting insurgency increasingly targeting civilians. The attackers destroyed most of the village of Chukku Nguddoa and wounded another 10 people on Wednesday, said the police source … Read more