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US woman charged over tweet allegedly insulting Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean police have charged an American citizen with a new offence of plotting to overthrow a constitutionally elected government, her lawyer has said. Martha O’Donovan had earlier been charged over a tweet that appeared to insult Robert Mugabe, weeks after the president appointed a cybersecurity minister to police social media. O’Donovan was detained on Friday morning, a US embassy spokesman told ...

Australia beat France at Rugby League World Cup – as it happened

Well, there might not be too much surprise over the scoreline – and the 46-point margin probably reflects the Kangaroos’ second-half dominance – but the identity of the scorer of four tries cannot have been predicted. Wade Graham was the undoubted star of the show in Canberra, although it’s fair to say that the hosts would have been safe even ...

Series of attacks in Egypt targeting Coptic Christians forces churches to close

Egypt has been one of the worst places for Christian persecution in recent months. A series of attacks targeting Christians and forced closure of churches have caused Egypt’s Christian population to call on authorities for help. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said authorities sealed off two churches in the southern province, citing harassment and attacks by extremists. A third was ...

Pence to visit Israel, Egypt in December

Pence discussed his plans at a religious dinner in Washington, where he stressed the Trump administration’s commitment to helping Christian minority groups across the Middle East. “President Trump has directed me to go to the Middle East in late December,” Pence said in a keynote speech delivered at In Defense of Christians’ annual solidarity dinner for Christians in the Middle ...

Australia risks humanitarian crisis over asylum, UNHCR says

Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on PNG’s Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru. Canberra plans to shut the Manus centre by 31 October, but uncertainty remains over where its 900 detainees will go. The UNHCR said it was “profoundly troubled” by the “mounting risks” associated with Australia’s withdrawal. “Having created the present crisis, to ...

Why the world is watching Xi Jinping and China’s party congress

By the time you read this, one of the most important global political events of the next five years — if not longer — will have begun: the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The event may sound obscure to those uninterested in Sinology. It’s not. Beginning on Wednesday and expected to last for about a week, the event ...

Egypt growth seen below government forecasts

Egypt’s economy will grow 4.4% in the fiscal year that began in July, well below government projections of 5.0%-5.25%, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. The figure is also below the 4.5% prediction from the International Monetary Fund which agreed a $12bn deal with Egypt in November last year in a bid to help the north African country revive its ...

Australian students at richer schools have unfair advantage in science – report

Australian students who attend wealthy schools have an unfair advantage in science education, an OECD report has found. The report, released in September, used the latest Program for International Student Assessment – or Pisa – results to examine the factors that impact on science education in 69 countries. When it came to access to resources, exposure to science and instructional practices, only ...

Egypt Expands Buffer Zone Along Gaza Border

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military has bulldozed at least 140 homes and more than 200 acres along the Gaza Strip border, expanding a buffer zone in an effort to cut off the flow of weapons and militants. The governor of Northern Sinai province, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fatah Harhour, told The Associated Press late Monday that the military began a new phase ...

Diego Costa completes Atletico Madrid move from Chelsea

Chelsea have confirmed Diego Costa has completed his move to Atletico Madrid. The transfer will take effect on January 1, 2018 due to Atletico’s transfer ban and the player will wear the No 18 shirt. Sky sources understand Atletico will pay more than £50m for the Spain international striker.

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