South Africa raises subsidies to universities to 1 percent of GDP
2017-12-16 07:39:02 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jac...
UN: Poverty on the rise in US due to Trump's policies
2017-12-16 07:19:40 UTC
Already dismal poverty rates in the US are set to worsen under President Donald Trump, a top UN official has said. Currently, one in eight people in the US live in poverty.
A United Nations expert slammed the alarming levels of poverty in the ...
Germany vows to back an "open and free internet" despite end of net neutrality in US
2017-12-15 21:32:27 UTC
Berlin has vowed to back an "open and free internet" following a US decision to repeal net neutrality rules.
After US telecoms regulator FCC on Thursday moved to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, the German Economics Ministry said Friday i...
6.5 magnitude earthquake 43 km from Singaparna, West Java, Indonesia
2017-12-15 19:58:13 UTC
<h3>BREAKING: THE Indonesian island of Java has been struck by a huge earthquake that killed an unknown number of people and resulted in widespread damage.</h3>
A STRONG earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 shook the Indonesian capital and other ci...
Mnangagwa: ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair election
2017-12-15 17:49:27 UTC
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the ruling ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair elections always, while his party endorsed him as its leader and official candidate for the top job when the vote comes.
Walt Disney Buys Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox
2017-12-14 18:19:23 UTC
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world’s largest entertainment company an arsenal of sho...
Train Crashed Into a School Bus in France
2017-12-14 19:54:10 UTC
French authorities on Thursday said a "serious rail accident" occurred in southern France after a regional train crashed into a school bus in Millas, which lies roughly 18 kilometers (11 miles) west of Perpignan.
At least four people dead, incl...
GOP Pushes Ahead with Tax Cut Bill Before Alabama Senator-Elect Enters the Senate
2017-12-14 06:31:07 UTC
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) — With their defeat on Tuesday in an Alabama special U.S. Senate election, Congressional Republicans were under pressure to complete their tax overhaul before Christmas and before a new Democratic senator can be formally seat...
Trump's Eldest Son Testifies for Nine Hours in Russia Probe
2017-12-14 02:11:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s eldest son met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father’s election campaign collud...
Joe Biden and Meghan McCain Share an Emotional Moment
2017-12-14 00:56:10 UTC
On ABC’s The View Meghan, daughter of Republican John McCain, connected with former Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that her father is now battling the same type of brain cancer that Biden’s son Beau died of while Biden was still in office...
US No Longer a Sponsor of Peace in the Middle East
2017-12-13 17:46:03 UTC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) delegates that his people would refuse any role for the US in future peace talks following Trump's declaration.
"We do not accept any role of the United Sta...
Roy Moore wants to 'make America great again' despite accusations of sexual assaults toward teenagers
2017-12-12 08:04:41 UTC
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore cast himself as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump at a rally on the eve of Tuesday’s election in Alabama.
Women Demand Congressional Probe Into Trump Sexual Assaults
2017-12-12 07:40:44 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three women who have accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct called on Monday for a congressional investigation into his behavior amid a wave of similar accusations against prominent men in Hollywood, the medi...
EU Economic Powers Warn Trump's Tax Plans Could Violate US Obligations Under International Agreements
2017-12-11 17:36:13 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks having “a major distortive impact” on trade.
In a letter to U.S. S...
Zimbabwe May Recoup Millions of Dollars in Diamonds Kept in Britain
2017-12-10 21:43:02 UTC
President Emmerson Mnangagwa could recoup millions of dollars in diamond proceeds that were siphoned to London if he mends Zimbabwe’s relations with Britain.
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Mnangagwa would spearhead the mending of polit...
Across the West Bank Palestinians Clash with Israeli Troops
2017-12-10 18:39:57 UTC
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, but his overturning of long-standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem -- a city holy to Jews, Muslims and Chri...
BERLIN: 'The Square' has scooped the award for Best European Film
2017-12-09 23:11:38 UTC
<h3>Swedish satirical drama 'The Square' has scooped the award for Best European Film of the year at a gala in Berlin. It also claimed five more prizes, including those for best director, best screenwriter and best actor.</h3>
<i>The Square, </...
Obama urges voters to protect democracy, complacency could lead to fascism
2017-12-09 09:23:18 UTC
Many US right wing commentators have hit out at former President Barack Obama after he evoked Nazi Germany in a bid to encourage voters to remain vigilant and protect democracy.
"We get complacent and assume that things continue as they have be...
France’s Foreign Minister: "US Is Alone and Isolated"
2017-12-08 22:16:52 UTC
U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital upset Western allies and has infuriated the Arab world.
The status of Jerusalem has been one of the biggest obstacles to a peace agreement between ...
EU's Juncker on Brexit talks - We have made the breakthrough we needed
2017-12-08 07:29:33 UTC
EU's Juncker on Brexit talks - "We have made the breakthrough we needed"</h3>
Britain and the EU have made "sufficient progress" on a Brexit divorce deal, paving the way for the two sides to move onto the next phase of neg...
Zimbabwe's government will Extend Amnesty on Outstanding Taxes
2017-12-08 07:04:50 UTC
HARARE — Zimbabwe's Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed an amnesty for interest and penalties on outstanding taxes accrued prior to December 1, 2017 for taxpayers who come forward and settle their obligations withi...
Angela Merkel and Social Democrats heading for another 'Grand Coalition'
2017-12-07 21:35:00 UTC
BERLIN — Germany's Social Democrats have voted to start talks that could lead to a new government coalition. Over 80 percent of delegates also voted to keep Martin Schulz as SPD chairman.
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to al...
What exactly is an intifada?
2017-12-08 01:35:24 UTC
Intifada is an Arabic word that translates literally as 'shaking off' or 'Uprising'. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, it means a concerted Palestinian effort to shake off Israeli power and gain independence.
When intifada is used in the context of...
Trump Will Ignite a New Palestinian Intifada
2017-12-07 21:03:24 UTC
U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem disregard Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and beginning the process of relocating the U.S. embassy there has prompted the Pales...
Canada takes swipe at US, could buy European fighter jets
2017-12-06 20:22:13 UTC
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s decision to shun Boeing jets could open the way for European rivals seeking to supply new fighters, assuming the government can sort out major procurement challenges, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wedne...