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…

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…

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, …

Car horns and wild cheers in Harare as Mugabe resigns

21 Nov

Car horns blared and cheering crowds raced through the streets of the Zimbabwean capital Harare Tuesday as news spread that President Robert Mugabe had resigned after 37 years in power.The announcement came after days of building pressure on the 93-yea…

Zimbabwe: From military takeover to Mugabe’s exit

21 Nov

Here is a timeline of the political crisis in Zimbabwe where veteran President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday following a military takeover and unprecedented mass protests demanding he step down.- Army takes control — November 14: Tanks are seen mo…

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

21 Nov

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops — and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.The national weather office says 94 perc…

French trucks block borders over east Europe competition

21 Nov

Hundreds of truckers blocked France’s borders with Italy and Belgium on Tuesday, angry at EU rule changes that they say fail to protect them from low-cost eastern European competition.Drivers began blocking the Frejus tunnel in Modane, eastern France, …

Greek flood death toll rises to 21

21 Nov

The death toll from flash floods near Athens last week has risen to 21, with one more person still missing, officials said Tuesday.The body of a truck driver was recovered at a municipal vehicle lot in Mandra, the town near Athens worst hit by the floo…

Czech president urges EU to end Russia sanctions

21 Nov

Czech President Milos Zeman on Tuesday called for an end to EU sanctions against Russia imposed over the Ukraine crisis, as well as the retaliatory measures introduced by Moscow.Zeman, a pro-Russia veteran of the left in EU member the Czech Republic, m…

Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law

21 Nov

On Greece’s rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties.Now, the leftist government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras …

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

21 Nov

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called “inclusive writing” in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.Moves to end the linguistic dominance …

Norway court grants reprieve to seven wolves

21 Nov

A Norwegian court on Tuesday granted a reprieve to seven wolves near Oslo caught in the middle of a battle between environmental activists and sheep farmers. The Oslo district court granted a request from the Norwegian branch of the World Wildlife Fund…