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Emmerson Mnangagwa to head Zimbabwe?

Harare: Zimbabweans waited to discover when their new leader would be appointed after president Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to a 37-year reign of authoritarian rule. Mugabe’s tenure ended in an announcement at a special joint session of parliament where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades. On the streets, the news that his long and often brutal

Video of N Korea soldier saving himself goes viral

Seoul: North Korea is being accused of violating an armistice agreement after its soldiers fired across the line that divides North and South Korea while chasing after a defector. The United Nations Command (UNC) in South Korea released the dramatic footage on Wednesday that showed a North Korean soldier chased by border guards as he crossed the fortified demilitarized zone The soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed,

Sherin's sister joins family after 6 weeks

Houston: The 3-year-old sister of Sherin Mathews, the Indian girl found dead in a culvert last month, has been placed with a family member here, according to authorities, days after her mother was arrested for abandoning and endangering the toddler. Sherin, who went missing on 7 October, was found dead in a culvert under a road about a half a kilometre from her home on 22 October. The biological daughter

Former Wimbledon champ Novotna dies of cancer

Prague: Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49 after suffering from cancer, the WTA said today. Novotna, who won the Wimbledon title in 1998 when she defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat in the final, died on Sunday in her native Czech Republic, surrounded by her family, a WTA statement said. She played in two other Wimbledon singles finals, losing to Steffi Graf in 1993 and Martina

Should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail: Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. Trump’s tweet today comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in winning the players’ release during an interview yesterday with ESPN. Trump has said he raised the players’ detention with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the leaders’ recent meeting in Beijing. The players returned to the

Mugabe defies resignation expectations in TV speech

Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe clung to the vestiges of office today, using a TV address to maintain he was still in power despite a military takeover and a mounting clamour for his autocratic 37-year rule to end. “The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes,” Mugabe said, pitching the country into deep uncertainty. Many Zimbabweans had expected Mugabe, 93,

'We have secret ties with many Arab States'

Jerusalem: An Israeli cabinet minister said today that Israel had covert ties with “many” Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides’ request. A rare interview given by the head of Israel’s armed forces to a Saudi-owned news site was published on Thursday, further fuelling talk of close links. It followed previous broad hints by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and accusations by Hezbollah

7.3 magnitude quake strikes east of New Caledonia

Sydney: A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia today in the tectonically active Pacific region, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor hit at a depth 25 kilometres some 85 kilometres to the east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands, initial data from the survey said.

Debutant Grigor Dimitrov wins ATP Finals

London: Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin 7 -5, 4-6, 6-3 in a gripping title decider at the ATP Finals to become the first debutant to win the season finale since 1998. In a surprise final match-up, the Bulgarian sixth seed held his nerve under intense pressure at London’s O2 Arena to seal the biggest title of his career on his fifth match point. He will climb to third in the rankings