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Mugabe defies demands to quit as Zimbabwe’s leader after party fires him

19 November 2017

HARARE – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday defied his own ZANU-PF party and hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation by pledging in a television address to preside over the party’s next congress in December. Two sources – one a senior... Read More


Volkswagen to invest $27 billion in core brand until 2022

19 November 2017

FRANKFURT – Volkswagen will invest 22.8 billion euros ($26.9 billion) in its main car brand over the next five years, it said on Saturday, a day after it announced a spending programme aimed at bolstering its position as a maker of electric cars. Most of that sum,... Read More


Pope denounces healthcare inequality in rich countries

19 November 2017

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis condemned on Thursday inequality in healthcare, particularly in rich countries, saying governments had a duty to ensure the common good for all its citizens. “Increasingly sophisticated and costly treatments are available to ever more... Read More


Party set to sack Mugabe, sources say, as protesters march on his residence

18 November 2017

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday. The sources said a party central committee meeting scheduled... Read More


Venezuela opposition leader Ledezma flees to Colombia

17 November 2017

CARACAS/BOGOTA – Veteran Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, under house arrest after his 2015 arrest for alleged coup plotting, escaped across the border to Colombia on Friday. Ledezma, the best-known detained opponent of leftist President Nicolas Maduro... Read More


White House plans to seek another $45 billion in US hurricane aid

17 November 2017

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to ask the US Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida and other disaster damage, a congressional aide said on late Thursday.... Read More


Mugabe appears in public for first time since army took charge

17 November 2017

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe appeared in public on Friday for the first time since the army took charge this week, as the ruling party made plans to force him to step down after more than three decades in power. Mugabe, who is 93, opened a graduation... Read More


Zimbabwe's Mugabe resisting army pressure to quit

16 November 2017

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on Thursday, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup. The... Read More


Australians overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage, paving way for legislation

15 November 2017

SYDNEY - Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage in a national survey, paving the way for legislation to make the country the 26th nation to formalize the unions and sparking colourful celebrations on Wednesday. Thousands of people gathered... Read More


Soldiers seize Zimbabwe state broadcaster, anti-Mugabe coup talk intensifies

15 November 2017

HARARE – Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup. Just... Read More


Venezuela offers chocolates but little else to creditors

14 November 2017

CARACAS – Venezuela’s socialist government gifted chocolates to creditors on Monday, but offered no firm proposals at a brief meeting in Caracas that left investors without a clear understanding of the government’s strategy to renegotiate $60 billion in debt. President... Read More


Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 400

13 November 2017

ANKARA/BAGHDAD – More than 400 people were killed in Iran when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country, state media said on Monday, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. At least six have died in Iraq as well. ... Read More


Trump distances himself from remarks on Putin over election meddling

13 November 2017

HANOI – US President Donald Trump on Sunday attempted to clear up confusion over whether he accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of meddling in the US election last year. At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made... Read More


Bahrain calls pipeline blast ‘terrorism’ linked to Iran

11 November 2017

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia – Bahrain said an explosion which caused a fire at its main oil pipeline on Friday was caused by “terrorist” sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to its arch-foe Iran, which denies any role in the Gulf island kingdom’s unrest. A key Western... Read More


Zimbabwe releases US citizen facing subversion charges

10 November 2017

HARARE – A United States citizen accused of attempting to subvert President Robert Mugabe’s government was released from Zimbabwe’s maximum security jail on Friday, a day after the High Court ordered her to be freed on bail, Reuters witnesses said. Judge Clement... Read More


Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling

10 November 2017

CARACAS – “The Whale”, “The Dog” or “The Zebra”? Players line up beside a small kiosk in a poor neighbourhood to choose animals in a lottery game that has become a craze in Venezuela even as the oil-rich country suffers a fourth year of brutal recession. It seems... Read More


Putin says doping allegations against Russia meant to stir discontent

09 November 2017

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that allegations of a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia were an attempt to sow discontent ahead of the country’s presidential elections. Reports commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency... Read More


US government restricts travel, trade with Cuba with new rules

08 November 2017

WASHINGTON – The US government made it tougher on Wednesday for Americans to book trips and do business with Cuba, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to roll back his Democratic predecessor’s move toward warmer ties with Havana. The restrictions, which... Read More


Bitcoin surges to new high on reports software 'fork' suspended

08 November 2017

LONDON – Bitcoin surged by ten per cent on Wednesday to hit an all-time high just shy of $8 000 after online reports that an upgrade to the cryptocurrency’s software planned for next Thursday had been suspended. Bitcoin experts cited a statement on the Linux Foundation... Read More


China's Xi fetes Trump on first day of Beijing trip

08 November 2017

BEIJING – With lavish pageantry and an uncharacteristic personal flourish, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday rolled out a red carpet welcome for United States President Donald Trump at the Forbidden City, the ancient home of China’s emperors. While North... Read More


Saudi mass arrests jolt markets but many see overdue swoop on corruption

08 November 2017

RIYADH – All major Gulf stock markets slid on Tuesday on jitters about Saudi Arabia’s sweeping anti-graft purge, a campaign seen by critics as a populist power grab but by ordinary Saudis as an overdue attack on the sleaze of a moneyed ultra-elite. US President Donald... Read More



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