Foreign

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Sets Election Date

Cape Town — President Robert Mugabe has proclaimed July 31 as the date for Zimbabwe to hold general elections which are expected to end the power sharing deal with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. According to Zimbabwe’s Newsday, The President “circumvented Parliament and gazetted Statutory Instrument 85 of 2013 to proclaim the election date” and set […]

Italy’s Berlusconi wanted Gaddafi dead – sources tell news agency

The ex-Italian premier was a friend of Mr. Gaddafi.

Ethiopia won’t stop Blue Nile Dam project, welcomes dialogue with Cairo

Ethiopia says the Nile Dam project poses no threat to Egypt water supply. The Ethiopian Government said it would not halt the on-going Renaissance Dam Project on the disputed Nile river “for a single second” due to pressure and war threats from Egypt. The Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister, Tedros Adhanom, who stated this on Wednesday […]

Khatami, reformists’ back sole moderate in Iran presidential vote

The moderate candidate is a Shiite cleric, Hassan Rohani.

Assad’s advance on rebel bastion of Aleppo threatens peace talks-France

 France argues for arming Syrian rebels.

Russia says Iran nuclear push is peaceful

Put also condemned Iranian leader’s rhetoric on Israel.

Ghana’s National Security Coordinator debunks insecurity at Kotoka Airport

Gbevlo Lartey said UN reports testified to the improvement in security situations at the airport.

Ex-CIA man who leaked US phone, internet programs may be extradited

The two secret programs have alarmed the world.

UN says can’t accept Russia’s offer of Golan troops

An agreement between Syria and Israel bars Russian soldiers from Golan, UN said. The United Nations, UN, on Friday thanked Russia for offering to replace peacekeepers from Austria in the Golan Heights but said an agreement between Israel and Syria bars all permanent members of the Security Council from the UN observer mission there. President […]

I did not want to be Pope, Francis tells students

The pope was elected in March. The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, who has railed against “careerism” in the Church since being elected to his post three months ago, said on Friday that he never yearned for the post. Popes are appointed by cardinals in a highly-secretive process. The Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, […]

Six Ugandan bankers in court for theft of pensioners fund

The suspects allegedly stole billions of Ugandan shillings belonging to Pensioners.

Russia could replace Austria in UN Golan monitoring force- Putin

Austria wants to withdraw its 380 members from a UN Force in the Golan Heights.

Queen Elizabeth’s husband, 91, to undergo “exploratory” surgery

The surgery will be done on his abdomen.

Half of Syria’s population will need aid by December-UN

About 10 million Syrians will need more than $5 billion worth of aid.

Austria to quit Golan after Syria clashes

Austria accounts for more than a third of the UN Force.

Syria rebels seize crossing near Israeli border-activists

A UN Force confirmed the capture of the area by the rebels.

Rights group sues U.S. govt. over ‘voluntary’ deportations

The group said U.S. authorities deceived and coerced the immigrants.

Michael Jackson’s teen daughter, Paris, attempts suicide – mother

Paris Jackson was rushed to a Los-Angeles hospital, the mother said. Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of late pop star, Michael Jackson, was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday after an apparent suicide attempt, her mother, Debbie Rowe, told entertainment TV programme “Entertainment Tonight”. Paris, the second of Jackson’s three children, had “a […]

Photo courtesy: Guardian UK

Chimpanzee chops off 10-year-old boy’s buttocks in Uganda

The boy is currently being treated in a hospital. A 10-year-old boy is battling for his life at Kamwenge health centre, Southwest Uganda, after a Kibale National Park chimpanzee bit off his buttocks, the media reported on Wednesday. The boy identified as Paddy Ankunda, was attacked by the chimpanzee on Saturday June 1, as he […]

Judge accepts insanity plea from accused ‘Batman’ theater gunman

The accused had pleaded insanity.

American tourist gang-raped in northern India, police say

The police said they have arrested three suspects.

Cold, wintry weather kills 4 people in South Africa

The weather is expected to get worse.

U.S. Supreme Court says police can take DNA upon arrest

The court’s decision split the judges, 5:4.

Japan gives North Africa $1 billion in aid

The cash will fund developmental efforts and counter-terrorism measures.

Russia unlikely to send S-300 missiles to Syria before autumn-Interfax

Russia insists on selling the weapons to deter foreign invasion in Syria.