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HARARE: The new chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, is the continent’s oldest leader — and one of its most controversial post-colonial figures.
He initially won favour in Western capitals when he preached racial and ...
 
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ADDIS ABABA: The African Union called on Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the “horrendous” rise of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants.
The call for collective action came as leaders of the 54-member bloc opened their ...
 
 

PRETORIA: One of South Africa’s most notorious apartheid mass murderers, Eugene “Prime Evil” de Kock, was granted parole on Friday after 20 years in jail, a decision set to re-ignite painful debate over the crimes committed by the country’s former ...
 
 

DHAKA: Rescuers pulled seven bodies on Friday from a fishing boat that sank off the Bangladesh coast carrying migrants to Malaysia, as a search continued for a dozen still missing, an official said.
Emergency workers have rescued 43 Bangladeshis ...
 
 

SEOUL: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un looks set to take an initial, tentative step onto the global stage with a visit in May to Russia — his first trip abroad since coming to power three years ago.
Kim may not have the physique or bearing of a ...
 
 

KIEV: Kiev and pro-Kremlin insurgents on Friday discussed arranging new talks after 24 people died in a wave of east Ukrainian violence that forced Europe to extend targeted sanctions against Russia.
The meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk ...
 
 

MOSCOW: Russia’s top general said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to modernise its forces by 2020.
Russia, facing a likely recession ...
 
 

PARIS: Urban heatwaves have become more frequent over the last 40 years, scientists reported on Friday.
A weather database of cities around the world reveals “significant” increases in periods of extremely hot days and falls in the number of ...
 
 

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to bring back black money stashed aboard and wearing costly, personalised fabric suits.
“He (Modi) said he would bring back black money stashed ...
 
 

BANGKOK: A prominent leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement and a former minister on Friday became the latest critics of Thailand’s junta forced to report to barracks for “attitude adjustment” as the military ramps up its campaign against ...
 
 
Vincenzo Bove and Petros Sekeris
The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in Libya, for instance, or Sudan.
* Oil, or the lack of it, is also said to be behind the absence of intervention in Syria now and in ...
 
 

CAIRO/ISMAILIA: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday after Islamic State’s Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 40 soldiers and police officers in the Sinai ...
 
 

NEW DELHI: Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said on Friday.
Police discovered 120 children — some of them sick, underweight ...
 
 

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he’s trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Erdogan told state-run TRT channel on Thursday that ...
 
 

OCCUPIED-AL-QUDS: Israel on Friday published tenders to build 450 illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said, in a plan denounced by the Palestinians as a “war crime”.
Settlements watchdog Peace Now tied the move to ...
 
 

Fifty years after Winston Churchill’s death, Britain on Friday paid tribute to its wartime prime minister, who remains a touchstone of political life and a reminder of a faded age of global influence.
London’s Tower Bridge was raised and the ...
 
 

TORONTO: A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal ...
 
 

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed a Tamil judge as the country’s chief justice, the first member of the minority community to hold the post in more than two decades.
Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, 62, was sworn ...
 
 

BEIRUT: Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday his group is not seeking confrontation with Israel but does not fear a new war or taking the conflict beyond Lebanon’s borders.
Its response to any future Israeli attack will no longer be ...
 
 

AMSTERDAM: A teenager armed with a fake gun disrupted Dutch television on Thursday evening when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded airtime before being overpowered by ...
 
 

BEIJING: About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded on Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don’t want to start compensation ...