SEOUL, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Friday it carried out more than 14,000 doping tests last year ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, marking a whopping 70 percent on-year growth.

CAIRO, Jan 19 (BERNAMA) -- Egupt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed that all Nile Basin countries, including Ethiopia, have the right to develop the Nile River based on mutual benefits of their people.

RABAT, Jan 19 (BERNAMA) -- Morocco has been lauded for making major efforts to strengthen co-operation and promote trade among member States of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) director for North Africa, Lilia Hachem Naas.

ACCRA, Jan 19 (BERNAMA) -- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says he is confident that American energy giant Exxon Mobil´s entry to Ghana´s fledgling oil and gas sector will boost the country´s hydrocarbon development.

ROME, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- Italy's antitrust authority has launched a probe on Samsung Electronics Co of South Korea and Apple Inc of the United States on suspicions that the two tech giants slowed down their older model smartphones intentionally to induce users to buy new ones, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

HARARE, Jan 19 (BERNAMA) -- President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday presented himself for dialogue with business leaders, engaging them in a forum which tackled various issues focused on paving the way to growth for the Zimbabwean economy.

MAPUTO, Jan 19 (BERNAMA) -- The Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) has dramatically increased the reference price on which taxes are paid for the export of processed timber, media reports say, in a move clearly aimed at halting deforestation in the country.