Inflation nightmare returns to haunt Zimbabwe

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HARARE: The price of bread almost doubled for Zimbabweans last week, as the inflation nightmare that marked the rule of long-time authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe returns to haunt his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa. There have been warnings of the mental and physical toll the rampant price increases will have on Zimbabweans […]

‘House of Horrors’ parents jailed for torture, abuse

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RIVERSIDE (United States): A California couple were handed life sentences Friday after admitting to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly “House of Horrors” case that shocked the world. David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 50, had pleaded guilty to 14 felony […]

Voting begins in Egypt’s legitimate referendum

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CAIRO: Egyptians were voting yesterday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Despite protests from human rights groups, the three-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional […]

US authorities arrest man linked to N. Korea embassy raid

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WASHINGTON: US authorities have arrested a former marine in connection with a mysterious February raid on North Korea’s embassy in Spain during which masked assailants roughed-up staff and stole computers, the Washington Post reported yesterday. Citing two sources familiar with the case, the Post said federal authorities arrested Christopher Ahn, […]

Vietnam police seize a tonne of meth stashed in loudspeakers

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HANOI: Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than a tonne of methamphetamine after uncovering a smuggling operation involving at least two Taiwanese nationals and a Vietnamese man, the third massive bust in a week in the communist state. Officers discovered two trucks and a parked car – driven by […]

India’s most senior judge faces sexual harassment storm

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NEW DELHI: India’s most senior judge hit back yesterday at sexual harassment allegations made by a former Supreme Court employee, calling the accusations “unbelievable”. Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi said the accusations made by a 35-year-old junior court assistant were an attempt to stop him hearing important cases. The 64-year-old called […]

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

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DOHA: Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan’s gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed. The so-called intra-Afghan dialogue, due to take place in Doha this weekend, fell apart at the last minute in […]

Angolan leader cancels newly-awarded mobile phone licence

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LUANDA: Angola’s President Joao Lourenco has cancelled a mobile phone licence awarded to a little-known startup company due to “non-compliance”, his office said recently. Local company Telstar was last week awarded a license to operate the country’s fourth mobile network, valued at $120-million-dollars (106 million euros), beating 26 other local and […]

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

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SAN JOSÉ: Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof. That could soon become the norm in Costa Rica, where the government launched a decarbonization plan in February to rid the country […]

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