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The big issues facing South Africa’s new president

The big issues facing South Africa’s new president

New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces an uphill battle to win back public and investor support after Jacob Zuma’s nine-year tenure was blighted by corruption, economic mismanagement and ruling party infighting. Ramaphosa was confirmed as president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday after scandal-ridden Zuma reluctantly resigned on orders from the ruling African National […]

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Man shot and arrested in Iran after trying to break into president’s office

Man shot and arrested in Iran after trying to break into president’s office

London – A man was shot and arrested in Iran after trying to break into president’s office, the deputy governor of Tehran was quoted as saying by Fars news agency on Monday. “We are trying to identify the person and find out his motivation,” Mohsen Hamedani added. – Reuters  

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Indonesian president Jokowi to reshuffle cabinet

Indonesian president Jokowi to reshuffle cabinet

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo will swear in new members of cabinet this morning, the presidential palace said, in what will be the third reshuffle of his five-year term. The reshuffle was widely expected as some of Widodo’s ministers have requested leave of absence to stand in regional elections later this year. The palace […]

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Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid

Washington – President Donald Trump suggested Monday he would cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists and lying about it. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking […]

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Obama most admired man among Americans – poll

Obama most admired man among Americans – poll

Washington – Former US president Barack Obama is the most admired man in the United States and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton the most admired woman, according to a poll published Wednesday. Obama came out on top of the annual Gallup survey for the 10th year in a row while Clinton, who lost last […]

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Brazil prosecutor charges President Temer with corruption

Brazil prosecutor charges President Temer with corruption

Brasilia – Brazil’s chief prosecutor on Thursday charged President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal group in the biggest climax yet to the country’s ever-growing corruption scandal. Temer was accused along with six heavyweight political allies, said Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot’s office in a statement. The statement said Temer “acted as […]

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Halimah Yacob declared 8th Singapore president

Halimah Yacob declared 8th Singapore president

Singapore – Singapore will have its first female president as Halimah Yacob was declared today as the republic’s eighth president. Halimah, 63, is scheduled to be sworn in tomorrow at the Istana. Returning Officer Ng Wai Choong made the declaration after nominations closed at noon today at the nomination centre at the People’s Association Headquarters […]

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President Trump lauds Najib over anti-terrorism stance

President Trump lauds Najib over anti-terrorism stance

Washington – United States President Donald Trump has commended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over his significant role in the fight against terrorism. The Malaysian leader, he said, had taken measures to ensure that terror groups had no place in society. “The prime minister has a major role in not allowing ISIS, or […]

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Halimah Yacob becomes Singapore’s first female president

Halimah Yacob becomes Singapore’s first female president

Singapore – Former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob is set to be Singapore’s first Malay president in more than 47 years, after the Elections Department (ELD) said on Monday (Sept 11) that only one individual qualified for the inaugural reserved Presidential Election. Among those who submitted application forms, only one individual received both Certificate of […]

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Guatemalan president may be investigated in campaign finance case

Guatemalan president may be investigated in campaign finance case

Guatemala City – Guatemala’s top court opened the way on Monday for an investigation of President Jimmy Morales for alleged illegal campaign finances, but Congress will have the final say on removing his presidential immunity and could yet block the probe. The attorney general of the Central American nation and a U.N.-backed anti-graft body said […]

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