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Zimbabwe plans new currency as dollar shortage bites, says finance minister

13 January 2019

HARARE − Zimbabwe will introduce a new currency in the next 12 months, the finance minister said, as a shortage of US dollars has plunged the financial system into disarray and forced businesses to close. Read More


Man arrested after abuse of British pro-EU lawmaker Soubry

12 January 2019

LONDON − A man was arrested on Saturday after a video of a group of men verbally abusing pro-European lawmaker Anna Soubry prompted calls for the police to do more to protect politicians outside parliament. Read More


Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

12 January 2019

PARIS − Two firefighters died and nearly people 50 were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday, authorities said. Read More


R. Kelly’s attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary

12 January 2019

LOS ANGELES − An attorney for R&B singer R. Kelly on Friday called a new Lifetime documentary series a “for-profit hit piece”, and said allegations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician were a “complete fabrication”. Read More


Democrats press to fund US government as shutdown ties record

11 January 2019

WASHINGTON − The Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives voted on Friday to restore funding for federal agencies that have been shut down by a fight with President Trump over border wall funding, as some 800 000 government workers, from tax collectors... Read More


Trump eyes emergency powers to pay for border wall, end shutdown

11 January 2019

MCALLEN, Texas – United States President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border as a partial US government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.... Read More


German airport security staff strike hits more than 600 flights

10 January 2019

BERLIN − More than 640 flights in Germany were cancelled on Thursday due to security staff strikes at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports as workers sought to put pressure on management in wage talks. Read More


Mexico offensive against fuel theft leaves motorists stranded

07 January 2019

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - An offensive by Mexico’s new government against fuel theft at one of the country’s main refineries has led to days of shortages at gas stations in several central states, as authorities move more fuel by tankers and less by vulnerable pipelines.... Read More


Pope enters migrant ships dispute with appeal for safe ports

06 January 2019

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants stuck aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and let them land at a safe port of call. Read More


UK’s May could seek more time before final Brexit vote

06 January 2019

LONDON ̶ British Prime Minister Theresa May might again push back a final vote in parliament on her Brexit deal, less than three months before the country is due to leave the European Union, a newspaper reported. Read More


No breakthrough in US shutdown talks despite ‘productive’ meeting

05 January 2019

WASHINGTON – Senior Trump administration officials met on Saturday with Democratic congressional staffers but failed to break a deadlock over a proposed border wall and end a two-week-old partial government shutdown. Read More


French ‘yellow vests’ keep up pressure on unrepentant Macron

05 January 2019

PARIS – French ‘yellow vest’ protesters marched through Paris and other cities on Saturday to highlight their struggle to make ends meet, a day after President Emmanuel Macron’s government hardened its stance against them. Read More


Congo’s internet shutdown after election could cause violent backlash

05 January 2019

GENEVA – The United Nations’ human rights office warned on Friday that Democratic Republic of Congo’s decision to cut internet access and block some media outlets after the December 30 elections may cause a violent backlash when results are announced. Read More


German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

04 January 2019

BERLIN – Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching cyber attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for hackers. Read More


US issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

04 January 2019

WASHINGTON – The United States State Department on Thursday renewed its warning for US citizens traveling in China to exercise increased caution due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the arrest in Canada of a Chinese technology... Read More


Russia charges former US marine with espionage

03 January 2019

MOSCOW – A former United States Marine detained in Russia has been charged with espionage, the Interfax news agency said on Thursday, meaning he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Read More


Shutdown impasse remains after Trump meeting

02 January 2019

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Wednesday there is no breakthrough on border wall funding that might reopen the government following a White House meeting with President Donald Trump. Read More


Cyber attack hits US newspaper distribution

31 December 2018

A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major United States newspapers, including ones owned by Tribune Publishing Co such as the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. Read More


Delays blight Congo’s presidential vote as opposition cries foul

30 December 2018

KINSHASA – ­Long queues, broken-down machines and torrential rain in the capital disrupted voting in Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-anticipated presidential poll on Sunday, as the opposition alleged widespread irregularities. Read More


Brazil's president-elect plans decree allowing wider gun ownership

30 December 2018

SAO PAULO − Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he plans to issue a decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, welcome news to many core supporters who want him to loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws. Read More


New Year’s Eve party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom

29 December 2018

NEW YORK − Reporters will be the guests of honour at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organisers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets. Read More


How has the intermittent strike action of the public service vehicle operators affected you?

Arrived late at destination
Experienced long delays
Had to walk
Not affected