Foreign

Former South African President’s son fined for hate speech

The fine would be given to two needy schools in Durban, court rules.

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International donors pledge $2bn to support Gambia

The pledge was made at an international donors’ conference aimed at strengthening The Gambia’s democracy and development.

Korea demands sincerity in relationship with Africa

The Korean government has demanded clear sincerity in the relationship to tackle poverty and other challenges on the continent.

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Zimbabwean president fires minister amid squabbles in ruling party

Mr Shamu becomes the first minister to be sacked since Mr Mnangagwa took office last November.

Pakistan heatwave reportedly kills 65 people in Karachi

Temperatures hit 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) on Monday, local media reported.

International Criminal court

Palestinians ask ICC to investigate alleged Israeli human rights crimes

The application goes further than a 2015 request for prosecutors to examine alleged crimes in the region.

Iraq on map

Iraqi court sentences Belgian to death for joining Islamic State

The verdict against Tarek Gadaoun was issued by the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad.

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe sets new date for Mugabe hearing

Parliament wants the 94-year-old speak on his 2016 declarations that the country had been deprived by mining companies

Nicolas Maduro

14 countries recall ambassadors from Venezuela in protest of election

They said the election did not comply with the international standards

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Iran denies helping Taliban in Afghanistan

“The Taliban’s attack on Afghan cities and their recapture by government forces is not a new thing.”

Donald Trump

Trump says China to buy ‘massive amounts’ of U.S. farm products

“Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen!” Trump writes in a series of posts on Twitter.

Xi Jinping

China considers scrapping birth limits by 2019 – Bloomberg

China’s population is aging rapidly.

Zimbabwe on map

Zimbabwe formally applies to re-join Commonwealth

Zimbabwe joined the Commonwealth on its independence in 1980 and withdrew from the organisation in 2003.

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Ghana Central Bank cuts interest rate to 17%

Ghana is in its final year of a $918 million credit deal with the International Monetary Fund.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

U.S. to impose tough sanctions on Iran – Pompeo

He said Iran must also allow “unqualified access to all nuclear sites throughout the country.”

United Arab Emirates (UAE) on map

UAE approves 100 percent foreign ownership of businesses

At present, foreigners cannot own more than 49 percent of any UAE firm unless it is incorporated in a special “free zone”

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Iran says EU needs to do more to save nuclear deal

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S, out of the Iran deal.

Turkey on map

Turkish presidential candidate vows to leave NATO if elected

Turkey has been a NATO member state since 1952.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

UK royal wedding attracts over 29m viewers in U.S.

An estimated 29.2 million people tuned in to the royal wedding held at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

India on map

13 die after drinking toxic alcohol in India – Police

Mr Kumar said 10 others are being treated at various hospitals and the death toll could rise.

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China, Netherlands launch lunar satellite to listen to universe’s origins

About 25 minutes after liftoff, the satellite separated from the rocket.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro wins new six-year term

Majority of the opposition boycotted the election.

Donald Trump

Trump, Moon discuss North Korea’s threat to scrap summit

The two leaders agreed to “work closely” for the success of the June 12 summit in Singapore.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

UK’s Harry, Meghan tie nuptials

To some Britons, the wedding embodied a modern Britain where race is no bar to even the most elite and traditional of institutions.

Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan President

Despite ICC warrant, Sudan’s al-Bashir in Turkey for Jerusalem meets

Mr al-Bashir has managed to travel to several countries in recent years.