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Mugabe ‘has drafted resignation letter’

  

Pns: Zimbabwe's long-time president Robert Mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted, an official source with direct knowledge of negotiations told CNN.The source said that the generals had given into many of Mugabe's demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and that he would keep his private properties.According to the source, the aim of Sunday's televised address - in which Mugabe appeared to resist calls to step aside -...

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern ‘regrets Trump story’

  

Pns: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says she regrets sharing an anecdote about her recent meeting with US President Donald Trump with her friends.Ms Ardern met Mr Trump at the Apec summit in Vietnam earlier this month.On Sunday, a local comedian told journalists Ms Ardern said Mr Trump had mistaken her for the wife of Canada’s leader, Justin Trudeau.Ms Ardern denied this, and said she had merely spoken about an outside observer’s impression of the meeting.Tom Sainsbury, a...

CNG drivers losing passengers, blames the apps and owners

  

Pns: CNG autorickshaw drivers, who have been criticized long for not taking passengers to their desired destinations and charging unreasonable prices, say that app-based ride sharing services have made their livelihood difficult.Amid growing popularity of apps like Pathao, Uber, Cholo, Amar Bike, Moyur and some others, the drivers demand an end to the extra rent charged by autorickshaw owners.Many drivers have complained that they cannot earn their livelihood from the profession if...

Zimbabwe waiting to see next steps after military takeover

  

Pns: Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country.President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia.The military’s action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a fierce rival of Mrs Mugabe.His whereabouts are also unclear.President Mugabe, 93, has been in control of...

HRW accuses Myanmar military of widespread rape

  

Pns: Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Myanmar security forces on Thursday of committing widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing during the past three months against Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine state, reports Reuters.The allegation in a report by the New York-based rights group echoes an accusation by Pramila Patten, the U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, earlier this week. Patten said sexual violence was “being...

15 dead in Greece flash floods

  

Pns: Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 15 people and caused destruction in central Greece.The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected.Yianna Krikouki, mayor of Mandra, one of the most affected areas north-west of Athens, said residents "were trapped in their homes, the water is one meter (3 feet) high inside some houses, and (they) have no electricity and water." More than 20 people have...

Argentina's Macri on course for mid-term poll boost

  

Pns: Argentina's President Mauricio Macri's center-right coalition was on course to win crucial mid-term elections Sunday and emerge with a strengthened hand to carry through pro-market economic reforms, according to partial results. "It's an unforgettable day. Today we confirmed our commitment to change," a triumphant Macri told supporters in Buenos Aires.Ex-president Cristina Kirchner took a seat in the Senate, despite trailing Macri candidate Esteban Bullrich in the key...

WHO chief reverses Mugabe ambassador appointment

  

Pns: The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar. "Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (Non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment" the head of the UN agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement.Tedros, who...

Rohingya crisis: Foreign interference doesn't work, says China official

  

Pns: Experience shows that foreign interference in crises does not work and China supports the Myanmar government's efforts to protect stability, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday, amid ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. More than 500,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar's army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces, reports New York Times.U.N. officials have described...

Afghan mosque attacks kill 72

  

Pns: Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 72 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation. The Afghan president issued a statement condemning both attacks and saying that country’s security forces would step up the fight to “eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes.”In the attack in Kabul, a suicide...

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