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 2018-04-25 18:09 

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Acting Armenia leader suggests election as protests roll on...

Police took up positions in the centre of the Armenian capital on Wednesday as tens of thousands of people protested against the ruling elite and the acting prime minister suggested new parliamentary elections to defuse the political crisis....

 2018-04-25 18:09 

Reuters Africa

EU's Tusk pledges more cooperation with Serbia, other Balkan nations...

The European Union aims to further strengthen economic and other ties with Serbia and other nations in the Western Balkans as they edge towards eventual membership, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 16:53 

Reuters Africa

Exclusive - France asked U.S. not to bomb Lafarge factory in Syria in 2014: emails...

France asked the United States in 2014 not to bomb a Lafarge cement plant in northern Syria, an area which was at the time controlled by Islamic State, emails that are part of an investigation into the company's Syria operations show....

 2018-04-25 16:48 

Reuters Africa

Still flying at 86 - Ukrainian pilot who survived Chernobyl disaster...

Ukrainian military pilot Mykola Volkozub could barely move under the weight of a lead vest meant to protect him from radiation as he prepared for his first flight over the Chernobyl reactor after the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986....

 2018-04-25 16:27 

Reuters Africa

Thousands of Germans join 'kippa marches' to reject anti-Semitism...

Germany's music industry scrapped its prestigious annual Echo awards on Wednesday after a row over anti-Semitism, hours before nationwide rallies were due to take place in support of the Jewish community amid growing concern about hostility....

 2018-04-25 15:51 

Reuters Africa

Hammond sees little EU consensus for new Russia sanctions...

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Wednesday that European Union countries were divided over hitting individuals in Russia with sanctions, so any fresh measures were likely to reflect...

 2018-04-25 15:29 

Reuters Africa

Syria donors fall short without U.S. aid, warn of cruel end-game...

International donors raised $4.4 billion (3.15 billion pounds) in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbours on Wednesday, but the total fell well short of the U.N. target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge....

 2018-04-25 15:25 

Reuters Africa

France's Macron decries nationalism in speech to U.S. Congress...

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged the United States to reject nationalism and stay true to global ideals of cooperation in the face of terrorism and other challenges, saying countries can still retain their own identities....

 2018-04-25 14:57 

Reuters Africa

Explosion reported in Afghan capital Kabul, police say...

An explosion was reported in the centre of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, a police official said. There was no immediate word on damage or casualties....

 2018-04-25 14:55 

Reuters Africa

South African watchdog says forex-rigging trial likely to begin in 2019...

Court proceedings against 18 banks accused of rigging the rand currency are likely to start early next year, as prosecutors need time to prepare the complex case, the head of cartels at South Africa's Competition Commission said on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 14:47 

Reuters Africa

Chemical weapons agency - Inspectors took samples at second site in Douma...

Inspectors with the global chemical weapons agency on Wednesday visited a second site in Syria's Douma and took samples to help them determine whether banned toxic munitions were used....

 2018-04-25 13:48 

Reuters Africa

Nigerian lawmakers invite Buhari to discuss Benue state killings...

Lawmakers in Nigeria's lower chamber of parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of a motion to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss a spate of killings in the central state of Benue....

 2018-04-25 13:15 

Reuters Africa

South African pork prices fall after listeria outbreak...

South African pork prices have fallen over a third in recent months as demand for processed cold meats tanked in the wake of the deadliest outbreak of listeria in history....

 2018-04-25 13:13 

Reuters Africa

South African unions protest over minimum wage is test for Ramaphosa...

More than 2,000 South African union members marched in Johannesburg in a nationwide protest on Wednesday against a proposed national minimum wage, presenting a test for new President Cyril Ramaphosa who champions the policy....

 2018-04-25 13:10 

Reuters Africa

Don't forget human rights in North Korea, U.N. says...

U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders who meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in the next few weeks must not neglect human rights, the U.N.'s North Korea human rights expert said in a statement on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 13:01 

Reuters Africa

U.S. President Trump could visit Britain in July - Sky News...

U.S. President Donald Trump could possibly come to Britain for a working visit in July, Sky News reported on Wednesday, saying details of the trip were expected to be announced in the next few days....

 2018-04-25 12:52 

Reuters Africa

European powers say nearing plan to save Iran nuclear pact...

Western envoys said Britain, Germany and France were nearing a package to put to Donald Trump to try and persuade him to save the Iran nuclear agreement, even as Tehran poured more scorn on the U.S. president, dismissing him as a...

 2018-04-25 12:37 

Reuters Africa

Britain says working closely with allies on new Iran measures...

Britain is working closely with allies to address issues relating to Iran, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa said on Wednesday, giving British backing to French President Emmanuel Macron's talks with U.S. President Donald Trump....

 2018-04-25 12:34 

Reuters Africa

Exclusive - U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya...

The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offences in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myan...

 2018-04-25 12:25 

Reuters Africa

Soccer-'World class' Salah threatens Ronaldo-Messi grip on Ballon d'Or...

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah's virtuoso display in the 5-2 win over AS Roma on Tuesday brought his side to the brink of the Champions League final and posed a serious threat to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's grip on the Ballon d'Or aw...

 2018-04-25 12:15 

Reuters Africa

Bulgarians accused of Syria dealings unlikely to be sent to U.S. - prosecutor...

It is unlikely that five Bulgarians will be extradited to the United States to face charges of exporting aircraft parts to Syria's national airline in violation of a U.S. embargo, Bulgarian chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 12:06 

Reuters Africa

Kenya economy seen rebounding after election slowdown...

Kenya's economy is expected to rebound to 5.8 percent growth in 2018 after electoral uncertainty and drought cut last year's expansion to the lowest level in more than five years, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 12:05 

Reuters Africa

Myanmar court to rule if key witness credible in Reuters case...

A judge in Myanmar will rule next week on whether a police captain was credible when he testified that two Reuters reporters were framed, after prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the officer should be declared an unreliable witness....

 2018-04-25 12:04 

Reuters Africa

Venezuelan schools emptying as Chavez legacy under threat...

It is mid-morning on a weekday yet all that can be heard in the once-bustling corridors of the Orlando Garcia state primary school is the swish of palm trees outside in the wind....

 2018-04-25 11:53 

Reuters Africa

Rights groups criticise Greece for migrant travel ban from islands...

Human rights groups expressed concern on Wednesday at plans by Greece to continue containing asylum-seekers on its islands, calling the policy...

 2018-04-25 11:40 

Reuters Africa

Mauritius Lux Island Resorts 9-month pretax profit down 16 pct...

Mauritius hotels group Lux Island Resorts said on Wednesday pretax profits for the first nine months of its financial year fell 16 percent hurt by an extended construction of one of its resorts....

 2018-04-25 11:35 

Reuters Africa

Media-bashing by politicians a threat to democracies, RSF warns...

Western political leaders encouraging hostility towards the media are playing with fire and posing an increasing threat to democracies, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned on Wednesday in its annual index of press freedom....

 2018-04-25 11:22 

Reuters Africa

Czech government talks hit rocky start amid Social Democrat demands...

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis faced a steeper path to a government deal with the Social Democrats on Wednesday after the leftist party set out key conditions for joining forces with him, while its senators opposed any coalition at all....

 2018-04-25 11:21 

Reuters Africa

Life sentence for Danish submarine entrepreneur who murdered Swedish journalist...

A Danish court sentenced Danish inventor Peter Madsen to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering and dismembering a Swedish journalist aboard his homemade submarine in Copenhagen's harbour in August 2017....

 2018-04-25 11:12 

Reuters Africa

China to punish those who 'glorify wars of invasion'...

China is reviewing a draft law to protect the reputation and honour of...

 2018-04-25 11:08 

Reuters Africa

South Sudan president rejects opposition calls to quit post...

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has rejected opposition calls for him to resign as part of efforts to end a civil war, accusing anti-government groups of making...

 2018-04-25 10:58 

Reuters Africa

South Africa's Barloworld to sell Iberian equipment business, shares hit...

South Africa's Barloworld Limited said it will sell its underperforming Iberian equipment business to privately-owned Italian group Tesa S.p.A. following a strategic review....

 2018-04-25 10:37 

Reuters Africa

Israeli ex-policeman jailed for nine months for killing Palestinian teen...

An Israeli former paramilitary policeman was jailed for nine months on Wednesday for killing a teenage Palestinian protester in 2014, prompting protests from the youngster's family who demanded a tougher sentence....

 2018-04-25 10:33 

Reuters Africa

Regional Madrid head resigns after shoplifting video, masters scandal...

The head of the region of Madrid Cristina Cifuentes resigned on Wednesday after a turbulent month for the People's Party (PP) politician which included claims she had falsified her masters degree and been caught shoplifting in 2011....

 2018-04-25 10:26 

Reuters Africa

Enclave northeast of Damascus free of rebels - Hezbollah media unit...

A media unit run by the Syrian government's Lebanese ally Hezbollah said on Wednesday an opposition enclave northeast of Damascus was now free of rebels and under state control....

 2018-04-25 10:22 

Reuters Africa

South African glass bottle maker Consol cans IPO plans...

South African glass bottle maker Consol has shelved plans to list on the Johannesburg bourse, it said on Wednesday, citing challenging market conditions....

 2018-04-25 10:21 

Reuters Africa

French police question tycoon Bollore for second day: source...

French police grilled billionaire Vincent Bollore for a second day on Wednesday, a judicial source said, over allegations his Groupe Bollore undercharged for work on behalf of presidential candidates in Africa in return for port contracts....

 2018-04-25 10:19 

Reuters Africa

Steinhoff's former CEO Jooste gets creditor reprieve...

The former chief executive of crisis-hit retailer Steinhoff has agreed to settle a $120 million civil claim against his company by three lenders by December, lender Absa said on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 10:08 

Reuters Africa

Afghan media safety in the spotlight as gunmen kill journalist...

Gunmen killed an Afghan journalist on his way to work in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, an attack that highlights the risks faced by media workers in Afghanistan....

 2018-04-25 10:07 

Reuters Africa

Spanish police make record cocaine bust in Algeciras port...

Spanish police have made a record cocaine seizure, finding nearly 9 tonnes of the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in a shipping container at the southern port of Algeciras, the customs office said on Wednesday....

 2018-04-25 09:48 

Reuters Africa

Pope calls for 'transparent dialogue' for peace at Korea summit...

Pope Francis called for...

 2018-04-25 09:45 

Reuters Africa

Gold Fields' quarterly output falls, South Deep woes rumble on...

South Africa's Gold Fields reported lower production for the March quarter and flagged more challenges at its problematic South Deep mine on Wednesday, sending its share price sharply lower....

 2018-04-25 09:20 

Reuters Africa

Russian envoy plays down tensions with Israel over Syria strikes...

Russia's ambassador to Israel on Wednesday played down tensions between the countries over Israeli attacks in Syria, saying they were not the reason for Moscow's proposed supply of an advanced air defence system to Damascus....

 2018-04-25 09:10 

Reuters Africa

Man United keeper De Gea says current campaign is his best...

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes the ongoing season has seen him perform at his best at the Premier League club....

 2018-04-25 08:49 

Reuters Africa

South African unions protest over minimum wage...

South African unions prepared to march in a nationwide protest on Wednesday against a proposed national minimum wage of 20 rand ($1.6) an hour, presenting a test for new President Cyril Ramaphosa who champions the policy....

 2018-04-25 08:30 

Reuters Africa

Bayern are better than last season warns Real's Zidane...

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned on Tuesday Bayern Munich are better than they were last season when the Spaniards beat them en route to the Champions League title....

 2018-04-25 08:19 

Reuters Africa

Iran pours scorn on nuclear talks, dismisses "tradesman" Trump...

Iran's president poured scorn on Wednesday on U.S. and European discussions over Tehran's nuclear agreement, and dismissed Donald Trump as a...

 2018-04-25 08:13 

Reuters Africa

In power for 15 years, Iraq's Shi'ites split ahead of crucial vote...

United in their fight against Saddam Hussein's oppression for decades, Iraq's Shi'ites have become deeply fragmented and disillusioned with their leaders after 15 years in power....

 2018-04-25 08:08 

Reuters Africa

Salah shines again as Liverpool beat Roma 5-2...

Liverpool, inspired by two-goal Egyptian Mohamed Salah, took a big step towards the Champions League final with a 5-2 win over AS Roma in their semi-final, first leg at Anfield on Tuesday....

 2018-04-25 07:34 

Reuters Africa

Namibia may scrap black ownership requirements for mining companies - minister...

Diamond and uranium producer Namibia may scrap requirements for black ownership in the mining sector as it seeks to woo investors to an industry that is rebounding with the commodities cycle, its new mines minister said on Tuesday....

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