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Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe
HARARE: New President Emmerson Mnangagwa laid out a grand vision on Friday to revitalise Zimbabwe’s ravaged economy and vowed to rule on behalf of all the country’s citizens. Sworn in days after the overthrow of Robert Mugabe, the 75-year-old former security chief promised to guarantee the rights of foreign investors and to re-engage with the West, and said elections would go ahead next year as scheduled. In a 30-minute speech
5 soldiers killed as rebel infighting flares up
Kiev: Ukraine said on Friday five of its soldiers had died during fighting in the east, as it accused Russia of ramping up its military presence in the region amid squabbles among warring rebel factions. The spike in fighting came as leaders from the European Union and six former Soviet countries were meeting in Brussels for a summit aimed at deepening ties, with Moscow’s role in the Ukraine conflict conspicuously off the
Tusk slams ‘Russia aggression’ after Ukraine deaths
Brussels: EU President Donald Tusk fired off an angry broadside at the Kremlin Friday, urging European vigilance and condemning “Russia’s aggression” in Ukraine after five soldiers were killed there. The spike in fighting coincided with a summit in Brussels between the EU and six former Soviet countries, where the war between Kiev government forces and Russian-backed separatists was conspicuously absent from the official
Berlusconi accused of bribing witness in underage sex case
TURIN: A prosecutor asked a court in the northern city of Turin on Friday to charge four-times prime minister Silvio Berlusconi with bribing a witness when he was being tried for paying for sex with a minor. The case is one of seven that form part of the same issue being handled by as many different courts. In the cases, prosecutors allege Berlusconi doled out 10 million euros ($12 million) to corrupt several witnesses at his
SPD membership to vote on any deal propping up Merkel
BERLIN: Germany’s Social Democrats bowed to pressure from across the political spectrum on Friday to help form a new government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, but pledged that party members would have final say on any deal. The turnabout by the centre-left party, which had said it would go into opposition after suffering its worst result in 70 years in a September election, could help avert a disruptive repeat election in
Prickly pear cactus ‘miracle’ crop for dry regions
ROME: It is spiky, alien-looking and can be found decorating homes around the world, but experts say the prickly pear cactus could help alleviate hunger in arid regions due to its ability to thrive in harsh conditions and its multiple uses. “It’s impossible to describe how many things you can get out of this plant... I really believe it’s a miracle crop,” said Paolo Inglese, a professor at the Department of Agricultural and
Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed
Madrid: Spain’s Supreme Court said Friday it had taken over the investigation of all deposed Catalan separatist leaders, a move that could see those jailed by another court set free. Until now, Judge Pablo Llarena of the Supreme Court had only been in charge of the investigation for alleged rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds involving members of Catalonia’s parliament. But the court announced Friday he has also taken
Fire in hotel on Georgia’s Black Sea coast kills 11
TBILISI: A fire in a hotel in Georgia’s Black Sea resort city of Batum..
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Syrian oppn picks chief negotiator ahead of Geneva talks
RIYADH: Syria’s opposition on Friday selected a chief negotiator for a..
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Pakistani police launch operation to clear religious rally
ISLAMBABAD: Pakistani police have launched an operation to clear an in..
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Egypt vows forceful response after massacre
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US to stop arming Syrian Kurdish militia
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Rec..
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Smith hits dogged century as Australia close in on England
BRISBANE: Skipper Steve Smith reached a dogged century in almost seven..
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