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Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as new leader. Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as new leader.
Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as Zimbabwe's new leader, following Robert Mugabe's resignation this week after nearly four decades of rule. Mnangagwa, the country's former vice president, swore an oath of office to serve as interim president until a leader is elected at the polls next year. He is expected to contest the election as well. "I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, swear that as pre...
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Syria toxic gas inquiry to end after Russia again blocks U.N. renewal. Syria toxic gas inquiry to end after Russia again blocks U.N. renewal.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international investigation into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria will end on Friday after Russia blocked for the third time in a month attempts at the United Nations to renew the inquiry, which Moscow has slammed as flawed. In the past two years, the joint U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry has found ...
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Germany serial killer: Niels Hoegel 'killed at least 100' Germany serial killer: Niels Hoegel 'killed at least 100'
Toxicology tests suggest a German former nurse murdered at least 100 people at two hospitals where he worked, prosecutors say. Detectives believe Niels Hoegel, who is already serving a life sentence for two murders, systematically administered fatal doses of heart medication to people in his care. He wanted to impress colleagues by resuscitating them but many died. Fresh charges against h...
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Kim Joo-hyuk: Grief after Korean actor killed in crash Kim Joo-hyuk: Grief after Korean actor killed in crash
The death of actor Kim Joo-hyuk in a Seoul car crash has sent film fans in South Korea and across Asia into shock and disbelief. The 45-year-old, known for roles in several hit Korean movies had won an award at a ceremony only last week. Mr Kim was driving on Monday when he swerved, causing his car to "flip over". Authorities said the driver of another car that Mr Kim had collided with ma...
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Miss Universe Malaysia to wear nasi lemak dress Miss Universe Malaysia to wear nasi lemak dress
Malaysia has cooked up an unusual outfit for its Miss Universe representative this year - a dress depicting its national dish, nasi lemak. Local pageant organisers on Tuesday unveiled the gown which Samantha Katie James will wear during the national dress section of the Miss Universe finals, which will be held later this month in Las Vegas. The dress, which has delighted and confounded Malay...
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Japan suspect ‘killed nine over two months’ Japan suspect ‘killed nine over two months’
A man who was arrested after police found dismembered bodies in his flat has confessed to killing nine people over two months, Japanese media say. Police had found two severed heads, and the body parts of seven others, at Takahiro Shiraishi's home on Tuesday. The 27-year-old reportedly said he cut the flesh off the bodies to dispose of them and put cat litter over the remaining body parts to...
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Australia Senate President Stephen Parry to resign Australia Senate President Stephen Parry to resign
Australian Senate President Stephen Parry has said he will resign, after confirming he is a UK dual citizen. In a statement, Mr Parry said the High Court of Australia had given "absolute clarity" on constitutional rules that prevent the election of dual citizens. On Friday, the court decided that five politicians - including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce - were invalidly elected. Mr...
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North Korea crisis: Tillerson says diplomacy will continue North Korea crisis: Tillerson says diplomacy will continue
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has insisted President Donald Trump wants to resolve the confrontation with North Korea through diplomacy. It will continue until "the first bomb drops", he told. Sanctions and diplomacy, he said, had brought unprecedented international unity against North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Last month, Mr Trump told Mr Tillerson not to waste time seekin...
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Malawi curfew over ‘vampire' killings Malawi curfew over ‘vampire' killings
At least five people have been killed in southern Malawi after they were accused of behaving like vampires. The UN says it has pulled staff out of two districts as the vampire scare sweeps across the south of the country. According to reports, the victims were killed by vigilante mobs who suspected them of drinking human blood as part of magic rituals. A night-time curfew has been imposed...
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Vietnam fraud trial: Death penalty for ex-head of OceanBank Vietnam fraud trial: Death penalty for ex-head of OceanBank
The former head of a major Vietnamese bank has been sentenced to death for his role in a fraud case involving millions of dollars of illegal loans. Nguyen Xuan Son, who served as general director of OceanBank, was convicted of embezzlement, abuse of power and economic mismanagement. Dozens of former employees also received lengthy prison sentences in the major corruption trial. Nguyen Xua...
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