Rebel infighting sparks fears in east Ukraine

21 Nov

Hundreds of armed men in military fatigues on Tuesday blocked access to government buildings in eastern Ukraine’s rebel-held Lugansk as infighting spiked between rebel factions.The patrols began after an apparent standoff between the rebel region’s sel…

Mumps hits New Zealand’s again, Savea isolated

21 Nov

New Zealand back-row forward Ardie Savea has been put into isolation at the All Blacks’ training base after contracting mumps, it was announced Tuesday.There is a mumps epidemic in New Zealand right now with record numbers of cases in Auckland in their…

Peace, love and backlash: that’s the beauty of a selfie

21 Nov

The selfie caption may read “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel”, but the reaction to them posing together has prompted something closer to “push and shove”.Beauty queens Sarah Idan and Adar Gandelsman are representing their respective count…

Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, in key dates

21 Nov

Here are some key dates in the life of Grace Mugabe, wife of resigned president Robert Mugabe, whose ambitions to succeed him largely led to a military takeover.- July 23, 1965: Grace Marufu is born in South Africa.- 1996: Aged 31, she marries Robert M…

MTN looks to cut ‘excessive’ licence fee in Benin

21 Nov

South African mobile phone giant MTN is in talks with Benin’s telecoms regulator after its subsidiary was slapped with a bill of more than $200 million.The regulator (Arcep) wants MTN Benin to pay 134.4 billion CFA francs — the equivalent of $213 mill…

Burnley install anti-terror barriers

21 Nov

Burnley became the first Premier League club to install security barriers to protect fans from Nice-style terrorist attacks at the weekend.The barriers, which were used outside Turf Moor for Burnley’s 2-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, were installed in…

French luxury group LVMH bags top Californian vineyard

21 Nov

French luxury group LVMH on Tuesday announced it was adding to its stock of fine wines and spirits by taking over Colgin Cellars, a deluxe vineyard in California’s Napa Valley. Current owners Ann Colgin and her husband Joe Wender will sell a 60 percen…

Lebanon’s Hariri in Egypt ahead of return home

21 Nov

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stopped in Egypt for talks on Tuesday on his way back from France to his country, which is reeling from his surprise resignation amid an escalating regional crisis.Minutes after Hariri landed in Cairo, small groups o…

Food bank protest staged outside British PM’s office

21 Nov

Campaigners set up a food bank outside British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street residence on Tuesday in a protest against austerity policies on the eve of a new national budget being announced.The demonstration by the People’s Assembly Again…

Power, whites and gays – Mugabe in quotes

21 Nov

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, who resigned on Tuesday, has a long history of making colourful or controversial remarks during a reign that has spanned nearly four decades.Among them:- On staying in office -“Some are saying ‘Mr Mugabe is old, …

Kardashian heist suspect freed for medical reasons

21 Nov

A key suspect in the robbery at gunpoint of US reality star Kim Kardashian in Paris last year has been released for medical reasons, his lawyers said Tuesday.Didier Dubreucq — nicknamed “Blue Eyes” — has been authorised to travel only for medical app…