Britain welcomes Kate’s ‘royal’ baby

London, Monday Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby son today, the couple’s third child who is fifth in line to the British throne. The boy, weighing 3.8kg, was born at 11:01am (1001 GMT), Kensington Palace announced. Mother and baby are both doing well, the palace said, and William, the Duke …

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Zuma’s new fiancee forced to quit her job

Durban, Monday The woman who is set to become the seventh wife of South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma has been forced to resign from her job at She Conquers, a non-governmental organisation, local media reports. Nonkanyiso Conco’s “affiliation” with Zuma — 52 years her senior — was contrary to the organisation’s campaign to “empower young …

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48 killed in Afghan voter centre attack

Kabul, Sunday An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 48 people including women and children and wounded 112 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul today in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20, which …

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Arsene Wenger to leave club at end of season

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign at the club. The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire. The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with …

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Cuba picks new leader for post-Castro tenure

Havana, Thursday Cuba’s parliament has picked Raúl Castro’s right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, ending the family’s long rule. Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. An improvement in relations with the US which began under Barack Obama has been partially reversed since Donald Trump …

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Experts start probe into Syria gas attack

Douma, Tuesday International investigators today entered a Syrian town hit by an alleged chemical attack, after days of delay and warnings by Western powers that crucial evidence had likely been removed. The suspected gas attack on April 7 on Douma, near Damascus, reportedly left more than 40 people dead and was blamed by Western powers …

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Trump ‘morally unfit’ for office, says ex-FBI chief

Washington DC, Monday Fired former FBI chief James Comey lashed out at Donald Trump in an interview with ABC broadcast yesterday, calling him “morally unfit” to be president and describing him as a serial liar who will “stain everyone around him.” Comey’s remarks are the latest salvo in a war of words with Trump, who …

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We are ‘locked and loaded’, US now warns Syria

Riyadh, Monday President Donald Trump has warned Syria the US is “locked and loaded” to strike again if it carries out chemical attacks. The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago. Syria denies any …

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Koreas set date for historic leaders’ summit in village

Seoul, Thursday The leaders of North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27. Talks between the North’s Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in would be held in the border village of Panmunjom, a joint statement said. Date was announced after officials from the two sides …

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Zuckerberg turns down call for data privacy grilling

California, Tuesday Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg today turned down a request by British lawmakers to appear before them to respond to concerns about data privacy as the European Union set a deadline for the US social media giant to respond to its own questions. Zuckerberg instead offered to send one of his deputies as the …

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Zuckerberg turns down call for data privacy grilling

California, Tuesday Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg today turned down a request by British lawmakers to appear before them to respond to concerns about data privacy as the European Union set a deadline for the US social media giant to respond to its own questions. Zuckerberg instead offered to send one of his deputies as the …

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14 EU states expel Russian diplomats

Washington, Monday Fourteen EU states are expelling Russian diplomats in a coordinated response to the nerve agent attack on a former spy in the British city of Salisbury, EU President Donald Tusk said today. “As a direct follow-up to last week’s European Council decision to react to Russia within a common framework, already today 14 …

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