Zimbabwe latest: Military backs anti-Mugabe march

Zimbabwe’s military has said it will back a protest march on Saturday in the capital Harare against President Robert Mugabe, as long as it is peaceful. The move comes amid growing calls for Mr Mugabe, 93, to step down, following the military’s takeover on Wednesday. Most regional branches of the ruling Zanu-PF party have joined […]

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Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s

US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Mr Jackson, aged 76, wrote in a statement. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.” Parkinson’s is an incurable […]

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Argentine navy loses contact with submarine

The Argentine navy is searching the South Atlantic for a submarine that has not made contact for 48 hours. The vessel with its 44 crew was last located more than 400km (250 miles) off the coast of Patagonia, the navy said. There is no sign yet that the problem is anything worse than a communications […]

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Fire rips through Cameroon parliament

An investigation is underway after the main parliament building in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé was badly damaged by a fire which ripped through four floors. Firefighters put out the blaze before it could reach the debating chamber. But the main opposition party’s offices were destroyed. There is no word on any casualties or on the cause […]

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North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites’

A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards. Doctors say the patient is stable – but “an enormous number” of […]

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Zimbabwe latest: Defiant Mugabe makes first public appearance

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. Advertisement The military said on Friday it […]

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Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe makes first public appearance

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. The military said on Friday it was […]

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Toto Riina, Mafia ‘boss of bosses’, dies in jail aged 87

Notorious Sicilian Mafia “boss of all bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina has died from cancer in jail, aged 87. Riina was serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered more than 150 murders. The head of the feared Cosa Nostra spent nearly a quarter of a century on the run before being jailed in […]

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Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in star-studded bash

Serena Williams has married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in one of the biggest showbiz weddings of the year. A-listers including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria were at the star-studded bash which took place in New Orleans on Thursday. The event had a Beauty and the Beast theme and included 200 people on the guestlist, […]

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US senator Al Franken apologises after grope allegation

US Senator Al Franken has responded to a woman’s allegations that he groped her as she slept and “forcibly” kissed her in a rehearsal for a comedy skit. Leeann Tweeden says the two incidents happened in December 2006 on a tour to entertain US troops overseas, before Mr. Franken entered politics. The radio host wrote […]

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