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Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa’s new president

Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the …

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African president resigns

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his African National Congress party and asked him to resign or face a no confidence motion, foreign media said.

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US Dow Jones slumps

US Dow Jones index slumps  1,000 points for second time in a week amid worried over inflation and interest rates, Foreign media reported

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Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets five-year jail term

Bangladesh’s ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case. Zia, 72, was sentenced by the Special Court-5 in Dhaka in connection with embezzlement of 21 million takas ($252,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. In …

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Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a street that was only open to government workers. It happened near the old interior ministry …

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US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats refused to vote for the bill unless they …

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