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Zimbabwean government increase salaries of workers ahead of election

The Zimbabwe government has offered the rest of its workers a salary raise, a week after it hiked salaries of members of the defence forces and police by 22.5 per cent and 20 per cent respectively with effect from July 1. The minister of state for presidential affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi confirmed the 17.5-per cent salary hike in a statement. The ... Read More »

UN marks Mandela’s 100th birthday, says struggle for equality continues

The UN will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday, taking stock of what the organisation termed his vast legacy for mankind. “Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his video message for Nelson Mandela International Day. The Day is annually observed on July 18, ... Read More »

Journalist manhandled at Trump-Putin press briefing

A journalist was forcibly removed from the venue of the press briefing between Presidents Donald Trump of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia, moments before the briefing began. The event monitored on the CNN showed security men physically removing a journalist said to have been holding a sign talking about nuclear weapons. The meeting is holding in Helsinki, ... Read More »

Ex-Playboy model settles lawsuit over alleged Trump affair

A former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with President Donald Trump settled her lawsuit Wednesday with a supermarket tabloid over an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship publicly. Karen McDougal’s settlement with the company that owns the National Enquirer “restores to me the rights to my life story and frees me from this contract ... Read More »

Uganda President tries to ban oral sex because ‘the mouth is for eating’

The president of Uganda has said he wants to ban the nation’s citizens from practicing oral sex because ‘the mouth is for eating’. President Yoweri Museveni blamed ‘outsiders’ for trying to convince Ugandans to perform oral sex on one another – and said he was issuing a public ‘warning’ about it. He told press: ‘Let me take this opportunity to ... Read More »

Trump says it’s possible summit with North Korea’s Kim won’t happen

U.S. President, Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he hopes to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and that five locations are being considered, but that it remains possible such a meeting may not happen. Trump, who was greeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida to discuss trade, military and security ... Read More »

Apple co-founder shuts down Facebook account

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak closed his Facebook account as one of the latest tech leaders who started to distance themselves from the world’s largest social media firm following its scandal involving alleged misuse of user data. Wozniak told the USA Today daily that he was taken aback by the extent of Facebook’s data collection when he changed and deleted some ... Read More »

Mozambique to hold general election in October 2019

Mozambique will hold presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections on October 15, 2019, the presidency said on Wednesday, setting the date for a vote that will proceed the southern African country’s emergence as a major gas exporter. President Filipe Nyusi set the date of the election, a notice on the presidency website said. Mozambique is due to start exporting liquefied natural ... Read More »

China vows to fight Trump’s tariffs ‘at any cost’

China vowed to fight “unilateral U.S. protectionism at any cost” on Friday after President Donald Trump ordered officials to examine posing an additional 100 billion dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods. “On Sino-US trade, China has made its position very clear. We don’t want a trade war, but we are not afraid of such a war,” a spokesperson for the ... Read More »

Former South Korean President sent to jail

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced the impeached President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail with a fine of 18 billion won (17 million U.S. dollars) for corruption. The court found Park guilty of bribery over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates. The court ruled that Park colluded with her ... Read More »