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Former DR Congo warlord Bemba returns with eyes on presidency

After more than 11 years abroad – a decade of it behind bars – former DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba returned home on Wednesday to huge crowds and police firing teargas, reflecting the country’s high-voltage political mood. Bemba, 55, throwing down the gauntlet to his rival President Joseph Kabila, has vowed to contest twice-delayed elections […]

Thailand to ban imports of electronic waste as Southeast Asia nations fear they are new dumping ground

Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year. Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s trash after China banned the entry of several […]

Mexican congresswoman kidnapped at gunpoint

Mexican security forces were on Wednesday searching for a newly elected congresswoman who was kidnapped at gunpoint by armed men on a highway in the central state of Hidalgo. Norma Azucena Rodríguez Zamora, 32, was travelling with her driver and assistant when at least two gunmen opened fire on her vehicle, causing it to flip […]

Russia exerts growing clout in Middle East as it begins patrols in Golan Heights

Russian military police have begun patrolling the demilitarised zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, highlighting Moscow’s increasing clout as a Middle Eastern power broker following its intervention in the civil war there. “The Russian military police are pioneers in renewing patrols of the Golan Heights,” Lt Gen Sergei Kuralenko told journalists at […]

Russia threatens to ban sale of key rocket engines to US as row over ‘obnoxious’ sanctions intensifies

Russia has threatened to ban sales of a key rocket engine to the United States in response to new sanctions over the Skripal poisoning.  Sergei Ryabukhin, head of the budget committee in the upper house of parliament, called the measures announced by the state department late on Wednesday the “most obnoxious and cynical behaviour on […]

California wildfires now largest in state history

Twin Northern California blazes fuelled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe. The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident. It has […]

Battleborn’s final update out now

Battleborn’s final update has gone live as developer Gearbox moves across to work on the next Borderlands game. Battleborn’s autumn update is the multiplayer shooter’s last patch. It adds skins, taunts, titles and finishers. There are some gameplay balance tweaks and bug fixes, too. The patch notes are over on Gearbox’s website. The servers will […]

Palestinian teenager released from prison after slapping Israeli soldiers

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was released from prison Sunday after serving eight months for slapping two Israeli soldiers, an episode captured on video that made her a symbol of resistance for Palestinians. Tamimi, 17, and her mother Nariman arrived in their village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, where they were met by crowds of supporters […]

Donald Trump declares newspapers the ‘opposition party’ as they rebuke ‘dirty war’ on free press with coordinated editorials

Donald Trump has called America’s press "the opposition party" after more  than 300 newspapers coordinated to rebuke his frequent attacks on the  media.  The US president accused The Boston Globe, which called for the nationwide denouncement, of being "in collusion" with other papers.  The paper had pledged to write an editorial "on the dangers of the  administration’s […]

Sex scandal at American ‘megachurch’ causes leaders to quit after ten women accuse founder

One of America’s largest "megachurches" has been rocked by a sex scandal which has seen its entire senior leadership team quit. Willow Creek Church’s founder, Bill Hybels, was accused of sexual misconduct several years ago but was privately cleared of wrongdoing by the church elders. He was forced to step down earlier this year when […]