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'Strategist' Mugabe's refusal to go a classic tactic

Harare - He is 93, in failing health and has enemies on almost every side, but President Robert Mugabe used his TV address Sunday to display the survival skills of one of the world's wiliest politicians.

Britain pulls out of race for ICJ judge seat

New York - Britain on Monday pulled its candidate from a hard-fought race for a seat on the International Court of Justice, allowing a judge from India to take the position.

Op-Ed: Bitcoin bubble expands to over $8,200

Rather than bursting, the alleged bitcoin bubble carried on expanding from where it left off on Friday when it broke through the $8,000 mark on one main exchange.

North Korea purge a rebalancing from military: analysts

Seoul - A purge of senior North Korean military figures is part of a bid by leader Kim Jong-Un to reduce the influence of the powerful army and further tighten his grip on the country, analysts said Tuesday.

US ends 'protected' status for Haitian immigrants

Washington - Some 59,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States will no longer receive protective status starting in 18 months, opening the door for their potential repatriation to their desperately poor home country.

China's Tencent overtakes Facebook in market value

Bejing - China's social media and video game giant Tencent overtook Facebook in market value on Tuesday as investors sent the company soaring to the top five list of the world's biggest firms.

Impeachment motion looms against Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling party is to launch impeachment proceedings Tuesday against President Robert Mugabe, in the latest bid to oust the 93-year-old strongman still clinging to power after 37 years in office.

Buffett-backed BYD to open electric-truck plant in Canada

Ontario - BYD Co, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Ontario, Canada next year.

Colombians displaced by civil war now in crossfire of drugs gangs

Tumaco - In the port city of Tumaco, the bullets are still flying a year after a peace deal ended Colombia's half-century civil war.

China lifts up model who fell on Victoria's Secret catwalk

Shanghai - China's internet saw an outpouring of support on Tuesday for model Ming Xi, who apologised to the country for tripping on the catwalk of the first-ever Victoria's Secret fashion show held in her country.

Zimbabwean students rage against defiant Mugabe

Harare - Branding President Robert Mugabe a dark force who threatened their future, several hundred Zimbabwean students on Monday added their voices to the clamour for the 93-year-old autocrat to quit.

The Moody Blues announce 2018 touring schedule for January

Iconic rock group The Moody Blues have announced their tour dates for January of 2018, as part of their "Days of Future Passed – 50th Anniversary Tour."

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Madrid - Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Leaders of Russia, Iran, Turkey meet to relaunch Syria peace process

Sochi - The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Wednesday for the first in a series of summits aimed at re-booting the peace process in Syria, now regime forces have an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group.

'Mum, they're killing me': Child kidnappings surge in DR Congo's Goma

Goma - Valerie pulls a pair of blue shorts and a small white shirt out of a plastic bag. The shirt is stained with blood.

Waymo to launch driverless robo-taxis in Arizona

Phoenix - If you’re in Arizona in the near future and require a cab the chances are the vehicle that turns up to take you to your destitution will be without a human behind the wheel. This is in light of Waymo’s plan to introduce an autonomous service.

Sand mining — A global resource that is becoming scarce

If someone were to ask you to name the most-extracted materials on Earth, you might answer with fossil fuels or biomass. However, by weight, the answer is actually sand and gravel.

Families of missing Argentine submarine crew cling to hope

Mar Del Plata - The wire fence at the Mar del Plata naval base was dotted Monday with emotional messages holding out hope for word from the 44 Argentine submariners lost in the South Atlantic for five days.

US arrests two Chinese oil company reps in Africa bribery scheme

Washington - US authorities arrested two officials representing a Chinese energy company in a multi-year, multimillion dollar bribery scheme in Africa, with some deals arranged in the halls of the United Nations, officials announced Monday.

Review: Greta van Fleet amazing on new double EP 'From The Fires' Special

Rock group Greta Van Fleet released their new double EP "Fire The Fires" on November 10, and it is a superb musical effort.
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