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Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa returns home to cheers

Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa emerged from hiding today, departing from neighboring South Africa to return home in preparation to take power after Robert Mugabe’s stunning resignation. The 75-year-old Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe after Mugabe fired him earlier

How Beijing does odd and even, and rations its roads each day

As it debates the merits of the odd-even scheme to curtail declining air quality, Delhi can look to Beijing which has had a scaled-down road space rationing scheme permanently in effect all weekdays. The odd-even scheme in

Sexual attacks against Rohingya may be war crimes, says UN envoy

Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict said today.

British urged to map out post-Brexit future for lawyers

Britain needs to set out plans to make sure its lawyers can keep working across Europe after Brexit, a lobby group said on Thursday. TheCityUK said Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union should also not threaten the

Woman raises more than USD 60K for homeless man who helped her

A New Jersey woman, who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia, has raised more than USD 60,000 for the good Samaritan. Kate McClure, 27, started the

Suspects in Venezuelan corruption probe hold US passports

Five high-ranking officials arrested in Venezuela amid an anti-corruption sweep of its state-owned oil company carry American passports, people with knowledge of the case said Wednesday. The men’s US citizenship affords them rights under international law, the

Waiting for Theresa May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December.

Cuba, North Korea reject ‘unilateral and arbitrary’ US demands

Cuba said its foreign minister met with his North Korean counterpart in Havana on Wednesday and both rejected the United States’ “unilateral and arbitrary” demands while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea

Russia says expert body on Syria chemical attacks ‘is dead’

Russia’s UN ambassador said Wednesday the expert body that has determined responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria “is dead” — but Moscow is ready to discuss “a new mechanism.” Vassily Nebenzia told reporters after a closed

Ecuador urges Assange not to interfere with other countries after Spain complains

Ecuador on Wednesday again urged Julian Assange to not interfere in the affairs of other countries after Spain complained about his contacts with Catalan secessionists, though the government said the Wikileaks founder would continue enjoying political asylum