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Kenya’s government finds 12,000 “ghosts” on its payroll.

  After the country started using biometric identification on its civil servants in September, the false names were quickly discovered. An estimated $1 million a month was being lost because of the discrepancy. The names have since been removed, and an investigation has been opened.
November 20, 2014

Tear gas has been fired into Nigeria’s parliament.

  Reports say police were trying to stop House of Representatives speaker Aminu Tambuwal from entering the building. Last month, Tambuwal announced his resignation from the ruling PDP party, and his intent to join the opposition. Today’s parliamentary session was supposed to be the first meeting since Tambuwal’s defection.
November 20, 2014

Jim Webb is the US’ first official 2016 presidential candidate.

  The 68-year-old Democrat, who represented Virginia in the Senate and served as secretary of the navy under Ronald Reagan, has announced that he’s forming an exploratory committee to examine his chances. Whether he’ll be a better face for his party than Hillary Clinton is up for debate.
November 20, 2014

Rhinos are being killed in South Africa at a record rate.

  More than 1,000 have died at the hands of poachers this year alone. South Africa is home to the world’s largest rhinoceros population, but activists say deaths will soon outnumber births if nothing is changed. The animal’s horn—incorrectly thought to have medicinal properties—is highly sought after in countries including Vietnam.
November 20, 2014

Goldman Sachs fires two after confidential Fed documents show up in its office.

  One of the firm’s bankers—hired in July from the Federal Reserve—allegedly brought the documents. Another employee, who the firm says should have known what was going on but didn’t report the situation to his superiors, was also fired. And the Federal Reserve employee who reportedly supplied the documents is also out of a job (paywall).
November 20, 2014
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November 20, 2014

Sweden still wants to try Julian Assange for rape.

  “There is no reason to set aside the detention solely because Julian Assange is in an embassy and the detention order cannot be enforced at present for that reason,” said a Swedish appeals court. The founder of Wikileaks has been under investigation since Aug. 2010 for alleged sexual assault against two women.
November 20, 2014

A worrying global manufacturing slowdown.

  Purchasing managers’ indexes were grim across the board: activity in the euro zone dropped to a 16-month low, missing even the most pessimistic analysts’ forecasts; China’s index touched a 6-month low, dropping to the level that suggests manufacturing stagnation; and Japan also lost some steam.
November 20, 2014

Silvio Berlusconi wants to make movies free for seniors.

  Italy’s boisterous former prime minister says that if his party returns to power, some of the perks he’ll offer the country’s elderly population include “free cinema in the afternoons and train journeys during the week.” Berlusconi can’t run for office himself, though. He’s been banned after being convicted of tax fraud.

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