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Theresa May fights to save Brexit deal

Theresa May is under pressure to get an agreement from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on the status of the Irish border when the UK leaves the EU. The prime minister pulled out of a deal with Brussels that would have kick-started trade talks after meeting fierce resistance from the DUP. The party said it would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. Mrs ...

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Trump hits out at May after far-right video tweets

Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Theresa May to focus on "terrorism" in the UK after she criticised his sharing of far-right videos. "Don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom," Mr Trump tweeted. The US president had earlier retweeted three inflammatory videos posted online by a British far-right group. Mrs May's spokesman said i ...

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War crimes suspect ‘takes poison’ in court

A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague has been suspended after the accused drank what he said was poison upon hearing the verdict. Slobodan Praljak was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court. He was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment in 2013 for crimes in East Mostar. On hearing that his sentence had been upheld, he told the judge, "I have taken poison". The s ...

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Chinese general commits suicide

A top Chinese general hanged himself after coming under investigation for corruption charges, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday. General Zhang Yang, the former head of the Chinese military's political work department, was found dead at his home on November 23, the news agency said. Military investigators had launched an investigation into Zhang's ties to two former Central Military Commi ...

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Zimbabwe declares Mugabe national holiday

Zimbabwe has officially declared 21 February to be Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, thereby making the former president's birthday a public holiday, the Herald newspaper reports. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to form a cabinet this week. Mr Mugabe resigned last week after a military intervention and days of mass protests. The police and army are to stage joint patrols as the country ...

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Japanese politician brings baby to assembly sparking debate

A local Japanese politician has been criticised by lawmakers for trying to bring her baby to a council session. Yuka Ogata said she wanted to show how difficult it is for women to juggle careers and raise children. Kumamoto municipal assembly officials said she had violated assembly rules as visitors and observers are forbidden from the floor. After a lengthy discussion, Ms Ogata left the child with a frien ...

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Zimbabwe’s new President sworn in

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as Zimbabwe's president in a ceremony at a packed stadium in the country's capital, Harare. It follows the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule. The former vice-president's dismissal earlier this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit. Mr Mnangagwa, who had fled the country, returned fr ...

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Zimbabwe’s new leader to be sworn in

Emmerson Mnangagwa is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president, following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule. The former vice-president - who returned from exile on Wednesday - will be inaugurated at Harare's stadium. His dismissal this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit. The opposition is urging Mr Mnangagwa, who ...

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Mugabe successor due back from exile

Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the state broadcaster says. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, would also fly home on Wednesday, it added. His dismissal led the ruling party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mr Mugabe's 37-year long rule. T ...

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Mugabe resigns after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s leader

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years of autocratic rule, finally succumbing to the pressure of a military takeover and the humiliation of impeachment. The announcement came minutes into a joint session of the Zimbabwean Parliament in Harare, convened to prise the 93-year-old from power. As the Speaker read out a letter from Mugabe, lawmakers broke out in thunderous applause and che ...

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