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  • Risk of no-deal Brexit 'uncomfortably high': BoE governor

    August 3, 2018 8:52 AM 6

    LONDON: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned Friday that the possibility of a no-deal Brexit was "uncomfortably high" and "highly undesirable" but still "unlikely" compared to other outcomes. "The possibility of a no-deal is uncomfortably high at this point," Carney told BBC radio. Carney, who is due to step down next year after Britain leaves

  • Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election

    August 3, 2018 12:20 AM 6

    HARARE: Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former ally of Robert Mugabe, narrowly won the country's landmark election, results showed early Friday, in an outcome set to fuel fraud allegations as security forces patrolled the streets to prevent protests. Mnangagwa won 50.8% of the vote, ahead of Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC party on 44.3%, the Zimbabwe

  • Puppies rescued from uninhabited Canadian island

    August 3, 2018 12:00 AM 7

    OTTAWA: Puppies discovered on an uninhabited island in the Canadian wilds are looking for a new home. The litter – four males and three females – has been dubbed the "Gilligan's Island crew" after the 1960s American television sitcom about castaways on an uncharted tropical island. Two boaters recently heard their cries in the night, Deb Vandekerkhove

  • Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

    August 2, 2018 12:20 PM 5

    VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has declared the death penalty "inadmissible" in an update of Catholic believers' most important guide to Church teaching, the catechism, the Vatican announced Thursday. "The Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that 'the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person'

  • Trump predicts Iran talks 'pretty soon'

    August 1, 2018 9:16 AM 8

    TAMPA: US President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that talks with arch foe Iran were imminent, but the idea has been criticized in Tehran, with the country's foreign minister warning that "PR stunts won't work." Tehran has not given a definitive response to Trump's statement that he would meet "any time" without preconditions, but skepticism is rife in Iran over the possibility

  • Zanu-PF wins most seats in Zimbabwe parliament: poll body

    August 1, 2018 8:48 AM 7

    HARARE: Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party won the most seats in parliament, official results showed Wednesday, as the count continued in the presidential race and the opposition MDC cried foul, alleging widespread fraud. EU observers are due to give their preliminary report on Zimbabwe's election later Wednesday, two days after the vote — the first ballot

  • India bans vaccine imports from tainted China company

    August 1, 2018 7:29 AM 11

    NEW DELHI: India has banned the import of a rabies vaccine from a Chinese manufacturer embroiled in a safety scandal, the head of India's drug regulator told a newspaper in comments published Wednesday. "The vaccine is being used in India, but we don't have the exact details of the total number of units imported or where they have been distributed

  • Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

    August 1, 2018 5:00 AM 16

    LOS ANGELES: Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, is closer than it has been in the past 15 years, offering unusually bright views of the Red Planet's auburn hues. "The Red Planet and Earth haven't been this close since 2003, and won't be again until 2035," Nasa said. Astronomers around the world trained their telescopes on the sky on July 31, when the Red Planet

  • Hundreds evacuated from Paris metro after power cut

    August 1, 2018 1:23 AM 8

    PARIS: Hundreds of commuters and holidaymakers were evacuated from one of Paris' busiest metro lines on Tuesday evening after a power failure halted the driverless trains. The failure happened at around 8.10pm (2.10am Malaysia) between two stations on Line 1 in the French capital's upmarket Marais district, a spokesman for the operator RATP said. Passengers

  • Man blows himself up on empty Belgium football field

    July 31, 2018 1:46 PM 8

    BRUSSELS: A man died after blowing himself up on an empty football field in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers in an apparent suicide, the city's deputy mayor Hasan Aydin said Tuesday. "The individual, whose identity is not yet known, blew himself up in the middle of the football field around 0830 (0630 GMT) in the morning," Aydin told AFP. "Suicide