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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe may remain in office, following talks with military

Zimbabwe's defence forces appeared to open the door Monday to the possibility that 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe could stay in power.
11/20/2017 10:37 PM
Sounds detected where Argentine submarine went missing

The submarine, with 44 on board, reported an electrical problem and was headed back to base when it disappeared.
11/20/2017 10:26 PM
Two sumo wrestlers walked into a bar -- their brawl rocks Japan's sumo world

The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring.
11/20/2017 07:31 PM
Donald Trump returns North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism

President Donald Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the rogue nation to a list from which it had been removed during the George W. Bush administration.
11/20/2017 07:17 PM
'Xi and his Era': China adopts a triumphant tone as US world leadership falters

In an eight-page essay praising Xi Jinping, the Chinese president's achievements included turning South China Sea Arbitration into "waste paper".
11/20/2017 06:43 PM
'Although I've forgiven, I have not forgotten,' sister of Manson murder victim, Sharon Tate

The sister of slain actress Sharon Tate said the death of convicted murderer Charles Manson brought her no solace.
11/20/2017 06:41 PM
Second woman accuses Senator Al Franken of inappropriate touching

A second woman says Democratic Senator Al Franken touched her inappropriately, telling CNN that he grabbed her rear end while her husband took a photo of the two of them at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
11/20/2017 05:39 PM
The self-help book that took Manson from Summer of Love to Helter Skelter murder

One of Manson's biographers believed that one of the catalysing factors in Manson's metamorphosis from a juvenile delinquent with a penchant for manipulation into a cult leader that held his followers in a messianic thrall, was a self-help book he encountered in prison.
11/20/2017 05:15 PM
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF sets ball rolling for impeachment of Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is a "source of instability", has shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin over the past 15 years, his ruling party said in a draft impeachment motion on Monday.
11/20/2017 04:35 PM
Collapse of German coalition talks deals Merkel blow, raises prospect of new elections

The sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government has left German politics in turmoil, with Angela Merkel dealing with one of the worst crises of her 12-year chancellorship.
11/20/2017 12:09 PM
Jacinda Ardern says she 'never should have recounted story' about Donald Trump

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been questioned over comments made by her friend which suggested US President Donald Trump mistook her for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife at the recent APEC conference.
11/20/2017 11:04 AM
How Charles Manson has loomed large over popular culture since his cult's 1969 killing spree

Cult leader Charles Manson, who died has died age 83, has loomed large in American culture ever since a brutal killing spree by his gang of followers, called the Manson family.
11/20/2017 10:22 AM
US military bans service members across Japan from alcohol after fatal Okinawa crash

The United States military has banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol and has ordered those stationed on Okinawa to stay on base or in their homes following a fatal car crash on Sunday.
11/20/2017 09:18 AM
Where are the members of Charles Manson's The Family now?

They were a symbol of the counter-culture of the 1960s gone wrong - hippies who killed for their leader Charles Manson. So what happened to them and where are they now?
11/20/2017 08:13 AM
Donald Trump calls elephant hunting a 'horror show' after trophy import ruling

The President strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations.
11/20/2017 07:43 AM
Behind Mugabe's fall: Gucci Grace versus the Crocodile

The rapid fall of Zimbabwe's president probably has surprised no one more than Robert Mugabe himself.
11/20/2017 07:07 AM
Charles Manson, murderer, cult leader and 'a metaphor for evil', dead at 83

Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died.
11/20/2017 08:16 AM
What the parasites in a defector's stomach tell us about North Korea

South Koreans doctors repairing a North Korean soldier's digestive tract found dozens of parasites in his intestines.
11/20/2017 05:05 AM
Right's Pinera wins Chile presidential election to face Left's Guillier in run-off

Conservative billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera on Sunday topped Chile's presidential election and will face leftist candidate Alejandro Guillier in a run-off in December.
11/20/2017 03:42 AM
'Crocodile' Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe's replacement in waiting

Emmerson Mnangagwa has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe.
11/20/2017 02:11 AM
Tsunami waves detected in New Caledonia, Vanuatu after earthquake: PTWC

A magnitude 7.0 quake struck on Monday near New Caledonia in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey said.
11/19/2017 11:50 PM
Angela Merkel's 'Jamaica coalition' in jeopardy as deadline passes

Angela Merkel's political future is hanging in the balance after political parties last night failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to form a new government.
11/20/2017 04:08 AM
Australian-UK dual national scientist Hugh Durrant-Whyte barred from nuclear duties

A respected Australian scientist has been barred from overseeing Britain's nuclear weapons program because Australia isn't a nuclear power, the UK's Sunday Times has reported.
11/19/2017 10:21 PM
A nation pours scorn on fallen Grace Mugabe and her endless greed

In the end, it will be all about the money - in this case, how much one of Africa's richest and greediest women will get to keep of her dubiously acquired gains.
11/19/2017 09:06 PM
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe declines to resign as President

Zimbabweans watched in disbelief as their leader delivered a meandering speech that made clear he has no plans to leave power.
11/20/2017 12:54 AM
'I should have left them in jail!' Trump unloads on athletes freed by China

President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail, after the father of one of the players questioned Trump's role in their release.
11/19/2017 09:18 PM
Spain's attorney general, leading Catalan prosecution, dies

Spain's attorney general, Jose Manuel Maza, who was leading the prosecution of the separatist Catalan leaders, died on Saturday while in Argentina to attend an international law conference.
11/19/2017 06:32 PM
Champagne, diamonds and destruction: The downfall of Robert Mugabe

In a glitzy club, the son of Robert Mugabe pours a bottle of Champagne over his diamond watch.
11/19/2017 04:45 PM
Explainer: Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic famine. This is why

At least 130 children are dying every day in Yemen. How did things get so bad?
11/19/2017 03:51 PM
Bangladesh 'close to a deal' that would allow Rohingya to return home to Myanmar

Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar over a deal to repatriate displaced Rohingya.
11/19/2017 02:48 PM
Robert Mugabe sacked as ZANU-PF leader, given 24 hours to resign as president

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has fired Robert Mugabe as its leader.
11/19/2017 07:04 PM
Sight for war eyes: How a couple wed in Pol Pot's forced marriages came to long for each other's face

Ngin Chan shuffled to a table adorned with flowers placed on it to mark his wedding, and saw his wife-to-be for the first time.
11/19/2017 11:38 AM
Australian antiques dealer facing prison term in US for wildlife smuggling

From his multi-million dollar Woollahra terrace, Graham Chen sold Asian art and antiquities that often went under the hammer for more than $100,000.
11/20/2017 04:33 AM
US general would resist Donald Trump nuclear strike order

The top US nuclear commander says he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons.
11/19/2017 04:29 AM
Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence

Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday.
11/19/2017 04:26 AM
Charles Manson still alive, but his condition remains a mystery

Mass murderer Charles Manson remains alive, authorities said, but details of the illness that brought him to a Bakersfield hospital remain unclear.
11/19/2017 01:23 AM
Democrat back from the dead after corruption case mistrial

Democrat Senator Robert Menendez, declared himself back from the political dead, after his months-long bribery trial ended in a mistrial that could spell long-term difficulties for the federal government's ability to pursue corruption cases.
11/19/2017 12:55 AM
At Bonn, the stakes got higher in our gamble on the planet's future

Perhaps the most revealing moment at this year's United Nations climate talks came on Wednesday, when Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany addressed the nearly 200 nations gathered here.
11/18/2017 10:39 PM
Satellite calls detected, hopes rise for 44 people in missing submarine

Argentina says seven failed 'satellite calls' may have come from a missing submarine.
11/19/2017 02:25 PM
Zimbabwe's ruling party set to sack Robert Mugabe on Sunday, sources say

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday.
11/19/2017 04:06 AM
Vatican says investigating alleged abuser who became priest

The Vatican said on Saturday it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest.
11/18/2017 04:28 PM
Lebanon's embattled PM arrives in Paris after speculation he was hostage in Saudi Arabia

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in Paris nearly two weeks after suddenly resigning his post from Saudi Arabia, a move that set off fears of wider instability and raised questions about whether he had willingly quit.
11/18/2017 03:32 PM
Robert Mugabe defiant, 'ready to die for what is correct', nephew says

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are "ready to die for what is correct" and have no intention of stepping down in order to legitimise this week's military coup, his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, said on Saturday.
11/18/2017 03:45 PM
In the midst of Zimbabwe's crisis, some question China's influence

Less than two weeks before political turmoil hit Harare, Zimbabwean army chief Constantino Chiwenga visited Beijing for a meeting with China's defence minister.
11/18/2017 01:30 PM
High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine

Violent attacks have spiked around the Grasberg mine in recent weeks amid talks over a plan for Freeport to divest 51 per cent of its stake to Indonesia.
11/19/2017 01:14 AM
Superheroes find their powers are no match for the culture wars

Marvel Comics has become a battleground between angry fans decrying political correctness and the writers and artists deploring their critics' racism and misogyny.
11/18/2017 01:15 PM
Zimbabweans flood Harare to celebrate expected downfall of President Robert Mugabe

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans flooded the streets of Harare on Saturday, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an extraordinary outpouring of elation at the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe, their leader of the last 37 years.
11/18/2017 11:23 AM
Donald Trump tweets decision to keep ban on importing elephant trophies, for now

The US President's Twitter message on Friday evening reversed a decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
11/18/2017 10:50 AM
An election that defines the two faces of Chile

A billionaire Chilean presidential hopeful is vowing to wind back recent economic and education reforms.
11/18/2017 05:22 AM
'The ground has shifted': Sex abuse allegations revive scrutiny of Bill Clinton

A torrent of sexual abuse allegations against powerful figures in politics and media has reignited the defining political fight of the 1990s.
11/18/2017 04:47 AM
Surgery reveals North Korean defector, country, riddled with parasitic worms

Surgeons struggling to save the soldier's life found dozens of parasitic worms, some as long as 27 centimetres, while repairing his intestinal wounds.
11/18/2017 03:28 AM
Teary Grenfell Tower survivors reunited with 200,000 personal items

Michael Lockwood, who has overseen work at the gutted block, said items of great sentimental value, including jewellery and photos have been reunited with their owners.
11/18/2017 03:20 AM
Coal trumps Trump as climate talks villain

The conference culminated in 20 countries - including New Zealand, the UK and Canada - creating a new Powering Past Coal alliance.
11/18/2017 02:21 AM
Yemen children are dying at a rate of 130 a day while Saudi-led blockade continues

Save the Children say more than 50,000 children are believed to have died of hunger and disease in Yemen in 2017.
11/18/2017 12:38 AM
Zimbabwe's ruling party moves to expel Mugabe

A majority of the leaders of the party, Zanu-PF, recommended Mugabe's expulsion from the very organisation had controlled since independence.
11/17/2017 11:16 PM
Argentinian submarine missing with 44 crew on board

Military ships and aircraft have been dispatched to the coast of Argentina for a navy submarine missing for two days.
11/18/2017 06:53 AM
Casualties in UK helicopter and plane crash

A mid-air collision between a helicopter and an aircraft in the south of England has resulted in a "number of casualties".
11/17/2017 05:35 PM
How $30,000 from Australia is wiping away tears in Sierra Leone

A village devastated by Ebola has begged Australia to continue literacy funding.
11/17/2017 02:37 PM
Fighting for health and against corruption: The optimist of Sierra Leone

Bailor Barrie grew up in the slums of Freetown and has returned there with a mission.
11/18/2017 09:48 AM
Fiji to move more than 40 villages inland as seas rise

Fiji plans to move more than 40 villages to higher ground to escape coastal floods and is also working on ways to help future migrants from other Pacific island nations as sea levels rise, Fiji's attorney general said.
11/18/2017 02:36 AM
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe appears in public for first time since coup

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, attending a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, to applause.
11/17/2017 11:23 AM
Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town, marking end of 'caliphate'

Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, signalling the complete defeat of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
11/18/2017 11:51 AM
Share bike company Bluegogo's woes blamed on Tiananmen Square 'prank'

The young entrepreneur behind collapsed company Bluegogo has blamed a controversial Tiananmen Square advertising campaign for its woes.
11/18/2017 12:00 AM
Oops, Pentagon retweets call for Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Al Franken to resign

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers.
11/17/2017 08:16 AM
Mugabe tarnished the jewel of Africa, but it can sparkle again

If you sat down and designed a country with glittering prospects, then you couldn't do much better than Zimbabwe.
11/17/2017 04:35 AM
Plans afoot to impeach Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe as he's told his fate is sealed

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is believed to be on the verge of resignation after he was presented with plans to unseat him
11/17/2017 07:19 AM
'This is a genuine crisis': The 'cliff edge' moment coming for Britain

The so-called Brexit divorce agreement is deadlocked – still unsettled after six rounds of talks.
11/17/2017 09:05 AM
Japanese railway company offers abject apology after train leaves station 20 seconds early

The No. 5255 Tsukuba Express train left a station at 9.44:20am instead of 9.44:40am.
11/16/2017 10:49 PM
Myanmar security forces 'targeting' Rohingya children in ethnic purge: report

A Save the Children report reveals the deliberate targeting of children by Myanmar security forces driving Rohingya out of the country.
11/16/2017 10:46 PM
Sausage roll Jesus creates heartburn for British bakery firm

London: A British bakery chain has apologised after creating a Nativity scene in which Baby Jesus, surrounded by three wise men, was replaced with a sausage roll.
11/16/2017 09:00 PM
Donald Trump's elephant trophy-hunting reverse sparks stampede of outrage

Conservation groups decry a decision by the Trump administration to allow elephant hunters to bring back trophies.
11/17/2017 01:52 AM
US Representatives agree to $US1.5 trillion tax cuts

United States House of Representatives has passed a wide-ranging rewrite of the tax code that could cut business and individual taxes by $US1.5 trillion.
11/16/2017 07:46 PM
Senior Democrat senator Al Franken 'sorry' for groping radio host in 2006

A US senator touted as a presidential candidate has apologised for groping a woman when on a tour of the Middle East.
11/16/2017 07:07 PM
'Descending into outright dictatorship': Cambodia dissolves opposition party

Cambodia's Supreme Court has dissolved the country's main opposition party, denying millions of Cambodians the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in elections next year.
11/16/2017 03:19 PM
Suicide bomb attack strikes near Afghan political gathering

A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of an influential regional leader killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said.
11/16/2017 12:31 PM
Rolf Harris cleared on one count, denied right to appeal on 11 other child sex convictions

One of Rolf Harris' child sex convictions has been quashed on appeal, but he has been denied the right to appeal the other 11.
11/16/2017 01:20 PM
Final death toll from London's Grenfell Tower fire is 71, say police

The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in London in June is 71, police said on Thursday after five months of painstaking search and recovery operations.
11/16/2017 09:50 AM
Share bike bubble claims first big casualty as Bluegogo reportedly goes bankrupt

The share bike business, which has pumped millions of bicycles onto city streets worldwide, has seen its first big casualty.
11/16/2017 10:23 AM
Costa Rica to share secrets of long life

The secrets of longer living probably lie in the world's Blue Zones, areas singled out for their high-ageing populations.
11/16/2017 06:55 AM
Convicted cult leader Charles Manson, 83, hospitalised in California

Jailed killer is in a Bakersfield, California hospital. His condition is unclear.
11/16/2017 06:48 AM
Chinese police find 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine in counterfeiting scam

Beijing: Shanghai police have seized 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine being sold by counterfeiters in China.
11/16/2017 05:50 AM
UK explorer Benedict Allen sighted in remote Papua New Guinea jungle

The family of a British explorer who has gone missing on an expedition to reach a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea have spoken of their concerns for his safety.
11/16/2017 02:48 PM
South Africa sends envoys to monitor knife-edge Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe was on a knife's edge on Thursday as the army denied it had seized power but kept President Robert Mugabe and his family under house arrest.
11/16/2017 05:00 AM
Deadly flash floods mangle western Greek coast

A raging torrent inundated two coastal towns west of Athens killing at least 15 people and making scores homeless.
11/16/2017 03:11 AM
Macron invites Hariri family to France 'not at all' for exile

"We need a strong Lebanon with her territorial integrity respected," the French president said.
11/16/2017 02:11 AM
Guess who is making China great again?

There is a saying "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there" and it perfectly sums up the contrast between China's President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump.
11/16/2017 01:53 PM
Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for $US450 million, sets record as most expensive ever

A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennium since the artist's death has been sold at auction for $US400 million in New York.
11/16/2017 01:58 AM
'Gucci Grace' Mugabe's political ambitions and the toppling of her husband

For all her purported attributes, Grace Mugabe is feared and has shown herself to be ruthless.
11/16/2017 12:36 AM
Ohio delays murderer's execution after struggling to find a vein

The inmate had argued he was too sick for a lethal injection, but had lost a bid to be killed by firing squad instead.
11/15/2017 11:52 PM
Treasury secretary, wife pose with a sheet of dollars, get mocked online

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did what just about anyone would do when presented with a newly minted sheet of American currency bearing their name and signature on Wednesday: he posed for a photo.
11/16/2017 02:28 AM
Cards Against Humanity buys land to stall construction of US-Mexico border wall

The card game company is aiming to make building the wall "as time-consuming and expensive as possible".
11/15/2017 10:02 PM
Fox News' presenter debunks Hillary Clinton uranium fable, infuriates viewers

Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium "scandal," infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC.
11/15/2017 07:24 PM
Pope Francis gets some hot new wheels - which he auctions for charity

Pope Francis received some hot new wheels in the form of a white-and-yellow Lamborghini.
11/15/2017 07:12 PM
Zimbabwe: Is it a coup? Sure feels like one

Military vehicles were stationed across Zimbabwe's capital early Wednesday, with the country's longtime leader under house arrest. But is it a military coup? Not at all, according to the military.
11/16/2017 12:47 AM
Australian diplomat Julian Simpson falls to his death from Manhattan balcony

An Australian diplomat has fallen to his death from a Manhattan balcony after a night out with his wife and friends.
11/16/2017 12:02 AM
North Korea on Donald Trump's Asia visit: He deserves death

North Korea gave its version of a diplomatic verdict on Wednesday on President Trump's recent trip to Asia: He's a coward who deserves to die.
11/15/2017 06:20 PM
'Look at our experience': British MPs' advice for Australia on same-sex marriage

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May says she hopes Australia will swiftly legislate gay marriage as Tory MPs dismissed fears it would undermine religion, citing England's own experience in introducing the change three years ago.
11/15/2017 09:53 PM
'It's all over now': California gunman went on rampage after neighbour dispute

Sheridan Orr said her brother had a history of mental illness and episodes of rage. "There are certain people that do not need guns and my brother was clearly one of them," she said.
11/15/2017 03:14 PM
Scotland wins right to end the sale of cheap booze

Scotland has won the right to be the first country in the world to tackle alcohol abuse by setting a minimum price on booze, after fighting whisky makers in court for five years.
11/16/2017 02:32 AM
A step forward as China 'special envoy' to travel to North Korea

Beijing: Chinese president Xi Jinping will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, in what is being seen as a significant step forward in stalled diplomacy with the rogue nuclear state.
11/15/2017 05:45 AM