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Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plot

Harare - On August 17, the Zimbabwean government issued an official denial that Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president at the time, had eaten ice cream at a political rally.

Oscar Pistorius: The 'broke and broken' Olympian

Johanesburg - At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon.

Apple plans 60x wireless speed boost for iPhone 9

Apple's working on an upgraded antenna for next year's iPhones that will facilitate gigabit transmission speeds up to 60x faster than current LTE tech. If fully utilised, 1Gbps transfers that can download entire movies in under a minute.

France halts sales of two Dow pesticides over bee fears

Nice - A French court on Friday halted sales of two pesticides made by US chemicals giant Dow after an environmental group raised fears that the substances could be harmful to bees.

Grief, anger as relatives learn of Argentine sub blast

Mar Del Plata - Relatives of the 44 crewmembers aboard Argentina's missing submarine erupted in a welter of anger and grief Thursday after the navy released news of an explosion onboard, effectively ending hopes of survival.

Argentina's Macri orders probe for 'truth' over missing submarine

Mar Del Plata - President Mauricio Macri on Friday ordered an inquiry to "know the truth" about what happened to the Argentina's missing San Juan submarine that disappeared with the loss of 44 crew members.

'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem

Omoa - Floating masses of garbage off some of the Caribbean's pristine beaches offer grim evidence of a vast and growing problem of plastic waste heedlessly dumped in the ocean, local residents, activists and experts say.

Some regular Tesla Model 3 reservation holders in luck for Xmas?

At long last Tesla is inviting non-employee reservation holders to design their Model 3s, perhaps a sign that the cars could be close to entering full production, a giant leap forward for the company.

5 Ukraine soldiers killed as rebel infighting flares up

Kiev - Ukraine said 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.

Maritime Launch Service making progress on Nova Scotia spaceport

Canso - Maritime Launch Services Ltd. (MLS) has come a long way since March of this year when it chose a small rural community near Canso, on Nova Scotia's eastern coast, to be the site of a commercial spaceport. Groundbreaking is expected in early 2018.

Hariri is back and so is Lebanon's status quo

Birut - His shock resignation and mysterious stay in Saudi Arabia had sparked fears of chaos but Prime Minister Saad Hariri's homecoming appears to signal a return to what Lebanon's political class does best: the status quo.

Black Friday: another US import the French love to hate

Paris - Having adopted hamburgers, Halloween and a host of English words, some in France are worried about the latest cultural import from America: the day of rampant consumerism known as Black Friday.

Libya slave auctions: 'Everybody knew'

Paris - World leaders may have been quick to voice outrage over video footage of Libyan slave auctions, but activists raised the alarm months ago -- and their warnings fell on deaf ears.

China launches national kindergarten probe after 'needle marks' on toddlers

Bejing - China launched a nationwide investigation into its kindergartens on Friday after parents at a Beijing preschool said toddlers had apparent needle marks and were given mysterious pills -- sparking outrage days after another daycare scandal.

Italy police in bid to reduce number of women murdered

Rome - Italian police on Friday launched a campaign to reduce the murder rate against women, which has remained stubbornly high despite a decline in the total number of homicides over recent years.

UK broadband firms banned from advertising misleading speeds

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has announced broadband providers will be banned from advertising misleading speeds that are available to only a few users. Providers cannot use the phrase "up to" and must list generally representative speeds.

May hails 'very positive' Brexit talks with Tusk

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit talks with EU President Donald Tusk on Friday had been "very positive", but admitted there was still work to do to reach a deal.

Russia threatens to sue IOC over bobsleigh doping bans

Moscow - Russia's bobsleigh and skeleton federation responded to more Sochi doping bans on Friday by saying they were prepared to take legal action against the International Olympic Committee.

Germany's SPD says ready for talks to end political crisis

Berlin - Germany moved a step towards resolving its political crisis Friday when the Social Democrats (SPD) said they were ready to hold talks with caretaker Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a sign they might offer the veteran leader their key support.

EU, ex-Soviet states push ties in face of 'hostile' Russia

Brussels - The EU pledged to deepen ties with six former Soviet states Friday, as part of efforts to counter Russian influence, but warned them they had no chance of joining the bloc any time soon.
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