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Brent crude oil trades 2% higher amid US and Britain attacks in Yemen

The price of Brent crude oil is 2% higher in early trade, close to 80 dollars a barrel. This after the United States and Britain carried out strikes against Houthi military targets in Yemen in retaliation for attacks by the Iran-backed group on shipping in the Red Sea.

The Houthi attacks in the Red Sea have disrupted international commerce on the key route between Europe and Asia, which accounts for about 15% of the world’s shipping traffic.

Shipping giant Maersk said it will divert all vessels away from the Red Sea for the foreseeable future, adding further pressure on the price of oil. At the same time, data showed China’s annual crude oil imports hit an all-time high last year underpinning higher oil prices.

Source: SABC

In other news – Skeem Saam actress Amanda Manku’s parents killed

Popular South African actress Amanda Manku who plays the role of Dr Elizabeth Thobakgale-Seakamela on Skeem Saam revealed in a statement on Friday, 12 January that her parents were murdered.

Amanda Manku

The seasoned Skeem Saam actress addressed speculations that her mother and grandmother were murdered in 2021, in a statement on her social media accounts. Read more