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Zimbabwe doctors' labour leader 'kidnapped' during strikes: union

Zimbabwe doctors' labour leader 'kidnapped' during strikes: union

Union activists and rights campaigners on Sunday accused Zimbabwe's security forces of kidnapping the leader of a doctors' union, who disappeared during a strike he had helped organise.

Confusion as Mugabe's family, government squabble over burial site

Confusion as Mugabe's family, government squabble over burial site

Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe's family and the government squabbled over his burial on Thursday, with the place of the ceremony -- and even its date ...

Japan's Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

Japan's Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

Japan's Shinzo Abe on Wednesday appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the prime minister's successor.

Italy new government faces confidence vote

Italy new government faces confidence vote

Italy's new pro-Europe government under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faced a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament Monday, as protesters from the far-right rallied in Rome.

Afghan intelligence director quits after deadly raid

Afghan intelligence director quits after deadly raid

The head of Afghanistan's intelligence service resigned Thursday following a deadly raid by security forces in eastern Afghanistan that an official said left four brothers dead.

Russia blogger sentenced to 5 years for 'extremist' tweet

Russia blogger sentenced to 5 years for 'extremist' tweet

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a blogger to five years in a penal colony for a tweet calling for attacks on the children of police, a ruling his lawyer said was unprecedented.

Sudan PM to announce new cabinet 'within 48 hours'

Sudan PM to announce new cabinet 'within 48 hours'

Sudan's new premier will unveil the first cabinet since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir's overthrow within 48 hours, the country's ruling body said Tuesday, after the transition process was hit by delays.

EU mulls using disaster funds in 'no deal' Brexit

EU mulls using disaster funds in 'no deal' Brexit

Senior European officials are considering making an EU disaster contingency fund available to any member states hit by the economic fallout of an eventual ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Ukraine president picks young lawyer as prime minister

Ukraine president picks young lawyer as prime minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday picked untested 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk as his prime minister, as a new parliament met for the first time.

Brazil's burning ban takes effect as Amazon fires rage

Brazil's burning ban takes effect as Amazon fires rage

A 60-day ban on burning in Brazil takes effect Thursday after a global outcry over fires raging in the Amazon and data showing hundreds of new blazes in the rainforest.

Trump: US to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan after deal with Taliban

Trump: US to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan after deal with Taliban

President Donald Trump on Thursday said that US troop levels in Afghanistan will drop to 8,600 if a deal is reached with the Taliban and that a permanent presence will remain.

Australia moves to protect universities from foreign interference

Australia moves to protect universities from foreign interference

Australia moved to counter foreign interference at its universities Wednesday, establishing a task force to help protect sensitive research, cyberdefences and free speech.