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2018 Zimbabwe Elections Will Be Peaceful, Credible, Assures President Mnangagwa

MAPUTO, Jan 18 (BERNAMA-NNN-NEW ZIANA) -- Zimbabwe\'s general election to be held later this year will embrace all the tenets of democracy and fair play set by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), says President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi during his one-day visit to this neighbouring country...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 8:45 am

Apple iPhone users can watch YouTube videos within WhatsApp

WhatsApp has finally rolled out a new feature for iOS users where they can play YouTube videos right within the instant messaging app. Beginning Thursday, when your friend sends a...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 7:54 am

Gay couple ordered wedding programs, got pamphlets about Satan instead, lawsuit says

By Eli Rosenberg | Washington Post The day before their wedding in September, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg received a package containing what they thought would be the programs for their ceremony. “Celebration,” their design said in bold letters at the top. “Welcome to Andrew & Stephen’s wedding.” Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. But when they opened the package, they say, they found 80 copies of a religious pamphlet instead of...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 6:55 am

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru's Amazon

BOCA COLORADO, Peru (AP) — Below an umbrella of trees deep in the Peruvian Amazon, drunken miners carry on their shoulders the casket of a man whose search for gold ended with a bullet in his stomach. "In my heart there is no peace," the Rev. Pedro Zabala sings as the coffin is lowered into the dirt in a cemetery where the graves of about 50 other illegal miners are marked with plain black crosses. The 70-year-old Spanish priest tends to some of the rainforest's most hapless souls. Men from poor villages who search mercury-laced rivers for a pebble of gold. Women who sell their bodies in the brothels near illegal mining camps. And people like Juan Peralta, who was shot dead in a dispute with...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 6:52 am

‘Illogicality’ shown by tribunal in rejecting protection appeal over homosexuality

Full bench of federal court finds tribunal relied on ‘unwarranted assumptions’...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 6:43 am

Mexico to request extradition of former Chihuahua governor

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's federal government said Wednesday it will file extradition requests for a former ruling party governor accused of diverting public funds. The suspect is Cesar Duarte,...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 5:36 am

Facebook Profile Picture Leads To Murder Conviction in Canada

Saskatoon police said that a Facebook profile picture became a necessary tool in a murder investigation that ended this week with a guilty plea and a seven-year prison sentence for the killer, according to CBC News. Cheyenne Rose Antoine pleaded guilty to killing 18-year-old Brittney Gargol, who was discovered fatally injured near the Saskatoon landfill in 2016. 21-year-old Antoine said Gargol was her best friend and that they spent the previous night together drinking but got into an argument before her death. Antoine said she didn't remember strangling her friend, but did not dispute that she killed her. Prosecutors first charged Antoine with second-degree murder, but she later pleaded...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 2:32 am

Bannon Agrees To Mueller Probe Interview, Avoiding Grand Jury

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached an agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Bannon, who was a close adviser during President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and in his first months in office, had been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Mueller’s probe of links between Russia and Trump’s campaign. But the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mueller offered Bannon the option of being interviewed instead, and Bannon accepted. It was unclear when the interview would take place....

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 2:22 am

New Power-Sharing Talks To Begin In Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s secretary of state has announced that a fresh round of talks aimed at restoring power-sharing government to the region will start next week, The Guardian reports. Secretary of State Karen Bradley said the discussions between all five main political parties represented in the deadlocked Stormont assembly will begin on Jan. 24. Ahead of a meeting with Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney in Belfast later this morning, Bradley said that “one last opportunity to reach agreement remains.” A British government source on Wednesday night insisted that the secretary of state was “absolutely determined to get this over the line.” In her statement Bradley said: “The gaps are narrow,...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 1:43 am

New York Bike Path Attack Suspect Willing To Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say

A man charged with killing eight people in a Halloween attack on a New York City bike path is willing to plead guilty if he'll be spared the death penalty, his lawyers said Wednesday, The Associated Press reports. The lawyers told U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick that the families of victims and the public can be spared a drawn-out legal process if U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions decides not to seek the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov. Authorities say the Paterson, New Jersey, resident was inspired by the Islamic State group when he mowed people down in rented truck. He has pleaded not guilty and remains held without bail. The lawyers made the proposal to the Manhattan jurist in...

Posted: 18 January 2018 | 12:57 am