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Authorities fail to find anti-Mugabe activist hauled off by armed men and now missing for three months

Police have been unsuccessful in tracking down the whereabouts of anti-Mugabe activist Itai Dzamara [AP] Harare, Zimbabwe – Activist Itai Dzamara was grabbed from a barbershop at gunpoint and thrown into a waiting vehicle three months ago after staging sit-ins demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. He hasn’t been seen since. Zimbabwean officials say they have searched for clues into the ...

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U.N. will likely delay to lift U.N. nuclear sanctions for U.S. to review the agreement

If Iran and world powers reach a nuclear deal, the United Nations Security Council will likely delay for at least a month action to lift U.N. nuclear sanctions on Tehran so U.S. Congress can review the agreement, officials said. Western officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was an unwelcome development but politically necessary since Congress, dominated by Republicans ...

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Stock markets fell, pressured by collapse talks over the near-bankrupt Greece

Stock markets around the world fell on Monday, pressured by the collapse of 11th-hour talks between the near-bankrupt Greece and its creditors, with investors worried about the possibility the country could default. Risky assets like equities and crude oil were widely lower, though major stock indexes ended off their lows of the session and the euro recovered from earlier weakness ...

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U.S. launched airstrikes in Libya targeting a terrorist leader

The U.S. launched airstrikes in eastern Libya targeting a terrorist leader who was behind a 2013 attack on a gas plant in Algeria that killed at least 38 hostages, including three Americans, the Pentagon said Sunday. The airstrikes against veteran Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar were carried out by U.S. aircraft Saturday, said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. The Libyan ...

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South African court bars Sudan’s indicted leader from leaving

JOHANNESBURG: A South African judge barred Sudan’s indicted president from leaving the country Sunday, in a deepening rift between Africa and the West over what Pretoria called anti-poor country bias in the International Criminal Court. President Omar al-Bashir, visiting South Africa for an African Union summit, stands accused in an ICC arrest warrant of war crimes and crimes against humanity ...

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2 murderers escaped from New York prison in a “Shawshank Redemption” style

A frantic manhunt was underway on Sunday for two convicted murderers who busted out of New York state’s biggest maximum security prison by cutting through cell walls with power tools and escaping along tunnels, in a “Shawshank Redemption”-style prison break. Killers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, sneaked out of the all-male Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora sometime between ...

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The Supreme Court struck down “born in Jerusalem” U.S. passport

The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs. The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the ...

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G7: Fossil fuel should not be burned by the end of the century

The G7 has called for a transformation of electricity generation towards renewables and nuclear by 2050. And they said fossil fuel should not be burned in any sector of the economy by the end of the century. Their targets are not binding – but they send a clear message to investors that in the long term economies will have to ...

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Casey Coombs, an American hostage was released in Yemen

One of four Americans held by Houthi rebels in civil war-torn Yemen has been released, the US State Department says. Casey Coombs, a freelance journalist, was flown to Oman where he was met by the US ambassador. Last week, the Washington Post reported that at least four Americans were being held by Houthi rebels. Meanwhile, a video of a Frenchwoman kidnapped in ...

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“Technically bankrupt” Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has outlined plans for a major restructure that will see the carrier slash around 6,000 jobs as it struggles to stay in business. The plan, released on Monday by email, said the airline would begin operations under a new brand on September 1. About 14,000 of the roughly 20,000 existing employees are expected to receive offer letters to ...

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