International report - IMF tells Liberia to cut state wage bill
The International Monetary Fund or IMF is demanding a further reduction of Liberia’s current wage bill of over 297 million dollars.
According to Liberian Finance Minister Samuel Tweh, the IMF is worried about the increase in the wage bill because of the poor state of the nation’s economy.
Currently, there are over 74,000 public sector employees on the government’s payroll, compared to about 55,000 during Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s regime.
RFI’s correspondent Darlington Porkpa sends this report from Monrovia.
International report - The cartoon character worth millions
The cartoon journalist Tintin has been solving mysteries and bamboozling the bad guys since 1929.
There's no mystery about the enduring appeal of this cartoon character, or of the original artwork for the comic books, drawn by Belgian artist Hergé.
Fans of the boy reporter love the drawings for their simplicity of line, their energy and their humour. But the originals also attract record prices at art auctions.
We sent our own intrepid reporter, Dhananjay Kadilkar, along to the Paris branch of Christie's auction house to find out more . . .
International report - Kenya's silk industry weaves wonders
A rural county in eastern Kenya has become the home of the country’s first-ever silk industry, using a special species known as Eri Silkworms.
Local farmers rear these silkworms and harvest silk cocoons in less than a month. They then sell the raw silk to a local social enterprise.
Correspondent David John Bwakali visited them and filed this report exploring the journey of silk from farm to fabric is a semi-arid corner of rural Kenya.
International report - What the #MeToo movement means to South Korea's corporate culture
The after-hours office party is an integral part of South Korea’s business culture. Typically, a boss takes his staff out on the company credit card for dinner, drinks and then some karaoke.
The outings are meant to build team spirit but, for many female employees, these late night sessions are something they dread.
From Seoul, Jason Strother reports that, thanks to the #MeToo movement, some bosses are starting to listen to their workers’ concerns.
International report - Foreign-owned fishmeal factories in Senegal threaten local livelihoods
Along the coast of West Africa, global demand for fish is endangering a long-established way of life. Many people in Senegal and Gambia depend on fish for both food and income.
About a quarter of all the fish caught in the oceans don’t land directly on our plates.
They’re churned into something called fishmeal.
That fishmeal is mainly used to feed farmed fish, which account for more than half of the seafood we consume globally.
A recent influx of foreign-owned fishmeal factories is threatening the livelihoods of fishermen in Senegal.Emmanuelle Landais reports.
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