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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.

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.

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.

Google announces £1m investment in U.K. computing lessons

Google has announced it will provide £1m to train U.K. computer science teachers. The grant will support the U.K. government's £100m initiative to improve computer science education in the country, where only 11 percent of school pupils take the subject

Iraq fires new salvo in political row with Kurds

Baghdad - Iraq's top court on Monday declared the Kurdish north's independence referendum in September to be unconstitutional, firing a new salvo in the political crisis with the autonomous region.

Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

Moscow - Russia's meteorological service confirmed on Monday "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in parts of the country in late September, following European reports about the contamination this month.

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.

Microsoft patents reveal conceptual mind control tech

Microsoft has published a series of patents that explore how neurological activity could be used to control a computer. The technology could be used to create a future mind-control system where you use your thoughts to interact with the device.

Chinese envoy ends N.Korea trip

Bejing - A Chinese special envoy on Monday ended a four-day trip to North Korea during which the two sides discussed regional concerns but made no direct statements about the nuclear crisis.

Mugabe's end game: How the president could leave power

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has defied expectations by not resigning, but the 93-year-old veteran leader could now face an impeachment process initiated by his own party.

How the Internet of Things is disrupting insurance

New technologies are influencing the shape of the insurance sector. This ranges from smart burglar alarms to big data analytics to offer ‘micro-insurance’ solutions. Another area is with connected devices.

EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

Luxembourg - The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's right-wing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000).

Soros blasts 'lies' of Hungary government campaign

Budapest - George Soros spoke out Monday for the first time about Hungary's "survey" on the US financier and philanthropist's views and alleged intentions on immigration, accusing Budapest of "distortions and outright lies".

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

Lagos - It was a life-changing moment for David when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago.

Nerve stimulator approved for opioid withdrawal

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device designed to help U.S. citizens with addictions to prescription drugs ease the addiction and to stop taking the medicines like opioids.

Madrid, Catalan separatists spar over failed bid for EU agency

Madrid - Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

Marvell Technologies to buy rival chipmaker Cavium in $6bn deal

Semiconductor firm Marvell Technologies has announced it will buy its rival Cavium in a deal valued at $6 billion. The acquisition comes during a time of increased consolidation in the chipmaking business, with several mergers underway or anticipated.

China makes use of AI for healthcare

Artificial intelligence has been making headway in healthcare. One country that has embraced the technology faster than any other is China, especially in relation to lung cancer detection methods.

In Madrid, Caracas mayor vows to fight Venezuela regime

Madrid - The mayor of Caracas, a staunch opponent of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro who fled to Spain over the weekend, vowed Monday to battle against the president's regime, warning him to "get ready".
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