South Africa bank boss felt ‘threatened’ by minister

South Africa’s top banks have accused the governing African National Congress (ANC) of pressuring them to help out a notorious business family implicated in high-level corruption. The accusations have been made this week at a judicial inquiry into the activities of former President Jacob Zuma, the Gupta family, and what’s become known in South Africa […]

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South African arrested after racist rant against president

South African Kessie Nair has been arrested after using a racial slur to describe President Cyril Ramaphosa in a video that has been widely shared online. In the nearly five-minute long rant Mr Nair says that the president should be charged with "frauding this nation, for oppressing this nation, for high treason for failing and […]

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Queensland shark attacks: Two injured in 24 hours at tourist spot

A girl has suffered a "significant leg injury" in a shark attack at a popular tourist spot in Australia, paramedics say. It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours. On Wednesday, a woman was treated for leg and torso wounds. She remains in a critical condition. The girl, 12, […]

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US ‘ready to restart negotiations’ with North Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021". Discussions between the two sides had stalled following a broad-strokes agreement made earlier this year. But this week’s inter-Korean summit saw the North’s Kim Jong-un agreeing to shut a major missile […]

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Brexit: May urges EU leaders to consider ‘serious’ UK plans

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to focus their minds on getting a Brexit deal in the next two months, saying negotiations will not be extended. At a dinner in Salzburg, she told her 27 counterparts her priorities were maintaining economic ties and ensuring promises to Northern Ireland were kept. There are suggestions the UK […]

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Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX ‘Moon loop

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon. Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: "I choose to go to the Moon." He is expected to lift off on the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a launch system that was unveiled by Mr Musk […]

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Russian military plane vanishes from radar off Syria

Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from radar after flying over Syria, Russia’s defence ministry says. "Connection has been lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane over the Mediterranean Sea," the ministry said. Contact was lost at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Monday, it added. Russia began […]

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US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches […]

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US ‘serial killer’ border agent arrested in Texas

A US Border Patrol agent has been arrested in the state of Texas on suspicion of killing four women. Officers began looking for Juan David Ortiz in the city of Laredo after a fifth woman allegedly escaped from him and got help from local police. Mr Ortiz, who has worked for the force for a […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut: Deadly typhoon takes aim at south China

Heavy rain and strong winds are lashing the south coast of China as Typhoon Mangkhut closes in. Authorities in the heavily populated province of Guangdong have issued their highest warning level, a red alert. More than 100 people were injured when the storm touched Hong Kong. Landslide warnings are in place. At least 25 people […]

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