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Arab League meets to discuss Iran 'violations'

1 hour 46 min ago

Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Sunday at Saudi Arabia's request for an extraordinary meeting to discuss alleged "violations" committed by Iran in the region. The Arab League meeting comes as tensions have been rising between long-standing rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League member Lebanon. Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East including in Syria and Yemen.

End nears for Mugabe as ruling party turns against him

2 hours 18 min ago

President Robert Mugabe faced the imminent collapse of his 37-year regime Sunday, with the once-loyal ZANU-PF party set to sack him as its leader and army generals piling pressure on him to resign. Mugabe's hold on power was broken last week when the military took over after his wife Grace emerged as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president, who is the world's oldest head of state. On Saturday tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters flooded the streets of Zimbabwe in peaceful celebrations marking the apparent end of his long and authoritarian rule.

German coalition talks face immigration stumbling block

2 hours 45 min ago

Immigration policy is emerging as one of the thorniest issues dividing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks. - Immigration - Migrants and refugees have been Germany's toughest political issue since a mass influx from 2015 brought some 1.2 million asylum seekers, sparking a backlash that has seen the far-right AfD party enter parliament. Merkel's CDU and especially their more conservative CSU allies from Bavaria, where tens of thousands of refugees crossed over the border from Austria, are pushing to limit Germany's annual intake to a benchmark figure of 200,000.

Satellite signals offer hope in hunt for missing Argentine sub

5 hours 10 min ago

Hopes of finding survivors from a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members aboard have been revived after the navy said it had detected what could be distress calls. There has been no contact with the ARA San Juan since early Wednesday, prompting Buenos Aires to launch an air and sea search with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. The search has, however, been complicated by stormy conditions, Argentine navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Saturday.

Netanyahu to face new questioning over graft: media

5 hours 12 min ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be questioned by police on Sunday for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, media reports said. Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. Milchan, a longtime friend of Netanyahu who reportedly sent him boxes of expensive cigars and other items worth tens of thousands of dollars, was himself questioned in September.

Hariri announces return to Lebanon as crisis simmers

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:11

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations and explain his situation, after his shock resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia sparked political turmoil. Speaking after talks in Paris on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is seeking to broker a way out of the crisis, Hariri said he would "make known my position" once back in Beirut. "As you know I have resigned, and we will discuss that in Lebanon," he told reporters, saying he needed to meet with President Michel Aoun before taking further steps.

Victoria's Secret to charm China with fashion gala

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 04:40

The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the US brand is holding its self-described "sexiest show on earth" outside the United States or Europe. Coming to China is all about business: the company's bottom line is sagging and it is staking its future on the growing Chinese market. China or bust Western markets for intimate wear have already matured, but China's is still blossoming as rapid societal changes help loosen Communist-era prudity.

Trump rollback of banking regulation well underway

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 04:12

President Donald Trump's promised rollback of banking regulation is well underway, with vacancies at the top of key agencies and new legislation in the works. Since the start of his presidency, Trump has decried the financial rules and regulations put in place to combat the excesses that led to the financial crisis through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation of 2010. "We expect to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank because, frankly, I have so many people, friends of mine, that have nice businesses that can't borrow money," he said in February.

Crunch talks as Mugabe and generals thrash out his exit

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:55

Zimbabwean army generals will pile further pressure on President Robert Mugabe to resign Sunday after tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters celebrated the apparent end of his 37-year regime. Mugabe remains in office but now faces overwhelming opposition from the generals, much of the Zimbabwean public and from within ZANU-PF, the once loyal party now calling for his exit. "President Robert Mugabe will meet the command element of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces tomorrow," state television announced on Saturday.

UK to have driverless cars by 2021: govt

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:08

British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry, which the government estimates will be worth £28 billion by 2035, to get cars on the road within as little as three years, according to extracts of the budget released by his office on Sunday. With a focus on tech industries, the government is also planning to spend £75 million supporting companies developing AI and £160 million in developing 5G technology, which it believes will be necessary for the mass rollout of driverless cars.

After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:36

"Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa. A day after government forces ousted the Islamic State group from the last town it held in the country, the banner is now just a reminder of the vast "caliphate" the jihadists once ruled. Under the jihadists' rule the roughly 20,000 inhabitants of Rawa and the surrounding hamlets had to gather at a prefabricated building at the entrance to the town.

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces historic war crimes verdict

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:36

UN war crimes judges will on Wednesday hand down a historic verdict against former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, blamed for steering Europe's worst atrocities since World War II. The judgement and possible sentencing before the Yugoslav war crimes court in The Hague marks the culmination of a case spanning 22 years against Mladic, once dubbed "The Butcher of Bosnia". As the head of Bosnia's Serb-dominated army, Mladic, 74, is accused of 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in the chaotic break-up of the former Yugoslavia after the fall of communism in 1990.

Merkel in final push for coalition to avert crisis

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:11

Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a last push Sunday to forge a government, in a twin battle to save her political future and avert fresh electionsthat could destabilise Germany and Europe. The disputed decision to let in more than a million asylum seekers since 2015 is also proving to be a stumbling block as she seeks an alliance with an unlikely group of parties spanning the left and right of the political spectrum. Merkel's conservative CDU party and Bavarian allies CSU, the pro-business FDP and the Greens have given themselves until Sunday to clinch a deal.

The three top hurdles in German coalition talks

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:09

Thorny issues divide German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks. - Immigration - Migrants and refugees has been Germany's toughest political issue since a mass influx from 2015 brought some 1.2 million asylum seekers, sparking a backlash that has seen the far-right AfD party enter parliament. Merkel's CDU and especially their more conservative CSU allies from Bavaria, which saw tens of thousands of refugees cross the border from Austria, are pushing to limit Germany's annual intake to a benchmark figure of 200,000.

Volkswagen PH Child Safety Initiative Reaches 10,000th Child Participant

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:00

The 46th activation of Volkswagen Philippines‘ Child Safety Initiative (CSI) was held at Ayala Malls the 30th last November 4 and 5. The local campaign of the German carmaker’s global CSR efforts ... The post Volkswagen PH Child Safety Initiative Reaches 10,000th Child Participant appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

Coetzee delighted with Springboks 'character'

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 01:52

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee paid tribute to the character of his "unbelievable" players after they hit back from last week's record defeat to Ireland to beat France in Paris. The Springboks have had a rollercoaster year with an all-time record 57-0 defeat to New Zealand in September before their worst reverse against Ireland, 38-3 a week ago. "It's unbelievable and it's a sign that there's something special in this team," said Coetzee.

Hino PH Completes Mobile Kitchens for Davao City

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 01:00

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, with the assistance of Hino Davao recently completed two mobile kitchens for the Davao City ... The post Hino PH Completes Mobile Kitchens for Davao City appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:03

French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, his couture house said, sparking an outpouring of tributes from across the world. Adieu Azzedine Alaia." Barbadian superstar Rihanna Instagrammed a picture of the designer kissing her at a dinner with the caption, "my dear ALAIA.... you will live on forever. It is very sad news," fellow creator Pierre Cardin told AFP.

Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:57

The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday. The surprise American move and Palestinian backlash came as US President Donald Trump seeks bargaining chips in his bid to broker an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. The PLO, which the international community sees as representing all Palestinians, must have its permission to operate its premises in the American capital renewed every six months.

Elated Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe era fades

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:32

Tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters flooded Zimbabwe's streets Saturday celebrating President Robert Mugabe's slipping power on the eve of crunch talks with the military to determine the veteran leader's fate. In scenes of public euphoria not seen since independence in 1980, huge crowds marched, danced and sang their way through the capital Harare and other cities, demanding that Mugabe, 93, finally step down. Following the mass demonstrations, the catholic priest chairing talks between Mugabe and the military who seized power from him told state TV that the president would meet the generals for talks on Sunday.