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Splendid? Angola divided on Commonwealth membership

Luanda - Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson grabbed the headlines in Angola this month when he said the country joining the Commonwealth club of former British colonies would be "splendid" .

Australia's Commonwealth Bank agrees to US$530 mln fine over money-laundering breaches

Sydney - The Commonwealth Bank Monday agreed to the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history to settle claims it breached anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Harare - Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, the group said Monday, marking a major step in the country's international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Harare - Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, the group said Monday, marking a major step in the country's international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Australia's biggest bank loses 20 million customer records

Sydney - Australia's troubled Commonwealth Bank admitted Thursday it had lost financial records for almost 20 million customers in a major security blunder -- but insisted there was no need to worry.

Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as next head: reports

London - Commonwealth leaders agreed Friday that Prince Charles should follow his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the next head of the group, the BBC and other media reported.

S.Africa riots force new president to hurry home

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday returned early from a summit in London to rush to the scene of violent demonstrations in North West province, where at least 23 people have been arrested.

Queen champions Charles as next Commonwealth chief

London - Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday openly voiced her wish for her son Prince Charles to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth as she opened the group's summit for potentially the final time.

Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria

London - Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease.

'I can't be illegal!': Windrush Britons haunted by deportation threat

London - Half a century after emigrating to Britain, Anthony Bryan decided it was time to go abroad. But the decision set off a bureaucratic nightmare that saw him lose his job, detained twice and almost deported to Jamaica.

Anti-gay laws are 'wrong', British PM tells ex-colonies

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday told former colonies anti-gay laws once imposed by her country "were wrong then, and they are wrong now".

British PM apologises to Caribbean leaders over deportation row

London - Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday personally apologised to Caribbean leaders after her government threatened to deport people who emigrated to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

UK apologises to Caribbeans threatened with deportation

London - The British government on Monday apologised to Caribbean citizens who moved to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s and have been threatened with deportation, agreeing to meet 12 leaders of countries affected after initially turning them down.

Meghan Markle in first official outing with Queen

London - US actress Meghan Markle took part in her first official event with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, accompanying her fiance Prince Harry to a service at London's Westminster Abbey.

Gambia rejoins Commonwealth after democratic election

London - The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth on Thursday, welcomed back into the fold after its sudden pullout in 2013 and following the democratic election last year of President Adama Barrow.

Commonwealth Bank boss to retire amid laundering claims

Sydney - The chief executive of Australia's biggest bank, the Commonwealth, will retire, the company said Monday, amid pressure from regulators over alleged breaches of money laundering and terrorism financing laws.

After Rwanda, now Togo looks to join the Commonwealth

Lom - Diplomatic talks and visits by experts are gathering pace in Togo as the former French colony looks to follow another Francophone nation and join the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth hails unsung heroes in Christmas speech

London - Queen Elizabeth II hailed inspirational unsung heroes in her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth on Sunday, as a heavy cold forced her to miss the royals' visit to church.

Maldives opposition slams 'despotic' Commonwealth exit

Male - The main Maldives opposition party accused President Abdulla Yameen of behaving like a despot Friday for quitting the Commonwealth in the face of mounting criticism over his rights record.

Maldives opposition slams 'despotic' Commonwealth exit

Male - The main Maldives opposition party accused President Abdulla Yameen of behaving like a despot Friday for quitting the Commonwealth in the face of mounting criticism over his rights record.

Maldives opposition slams 'despotic' Commonwealth exit

Male - The main Maldives opposition party accused President Abdulla Yameen of behaving like a despot Friday for quitting the Commonwealth in the face of mounting criticism over his rights record.

Maldives quits Commonwealth over rights row

Male - The Maldives angrily quit the Commonwealth on Thursday after years of wrangling over its human rights record since the toppling of its first democratically elected leader four years ago.

New Commonwealth chief pledges group will get gutsy

Valletta - Critics brand the Commonwealth ineffectual, but its incoming chief believes the 53-country organisation can use its strength to achieve miracles -- such as eradicating domestic violence.

More hope for Paris climate deal after Commonwealth accord

Valletta - The Commonwealth climate change agreement has made a deal at the upcoming Paris COP21 talks more likely, the 53-country organisation said Sunday, though one country expressed reservations over parts of the accord.

Commonwealth leaders retreat to fortress to finalise climate deal

Valletta - The Commonwealth was finalising fresh agreements on climate change and turning its focus to tackling radicalisation and corruption on Saturday as leaders retreated to a medieval Maltese fortress for intimate talks.

Hollande fears handful could block climate summit

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande called on all countries to back a UN climate deal at talks opening in Paris on Monday, but said he feared "a few" nations could derail the process.

Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus

Valletta - World leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change as the 2015 Commonwealth summit launched Friday following a colourful ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II.

Climate crunch to dominate Commonwealth summit

Valletta - The 2015 Commonwealth Summit kicks off on Friday to a grand opening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, followed by intense working sessions where world leaders will grapple with climate change.

Prince Charles warns of 'perfect storm' should Paris climate talks flop

Valletta - Prince Charles warned Thursday that if international leaders fail to clinch a deal on climate change at talks in Paris next week, it would leave mankind facing a "perfect storm".

Queen Elizabeth makes nostalgic 'homecoming' to Malta

Valletta - Queen Elizabeth II arrived in a rainswept Malta on Thursday for a memory-evoking state visit to the Mediterranean island where she lived as a carefree princess in the early 1950s.
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