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UK PR firm apologizes, fires partner over controversial South African campaign

UK PR firm apologizes, fires partner over controversial South African campaign

London-based public relations firm Bell Pottinger said on Thursday it had fired a partner in charge of a PR campaign in South Africa that the political opposition says had inflamed racial tensions. Bell Pottinger also suspended another partner and two employees after receiving initial evidence from an investigation by an outside law firm into its work in South Africa, where it […]

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Athletics – South African Van Niekerk wins on international return

Athletics – South African Van Niekerk wins on international return

South African Wayde van Niekerk cruised to victory in the Diamond League 400 meters on Thursday in his first international race since he set the world record at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Van Niekerk broke American Michael Johnson’s world record with a 43.03 seconds performance in Rio but cut his 2016 season short and had so far this […]

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Egypt and Russia’s foreign ministers discuss Qatar

Egypt and Russia’s foreign ministers discuss Qatar

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov by telephone on Thursday about Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain’s rift with Qatar, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The four Arab states cut diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf nation last month, which they accuse of supporting terrorism and allying with […]

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Islamic finance provides Kenyans with cushion against drought

Islamic finance provides Kenyans with cushion against drought

Hamara Hujale tries to keep an eye on two squirming children and a pot of simmering ugali – a white doughy dish – as she reaches for her buzzing phone. After speaking a few words, she hangs up and scribbles in a wrinkled notebook. “My driver has found another customer so won’t be back for another 30 minutes,” she says […]

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Dozens of police injured in G20 protests as Merkel seeks consensus

Dozens of police injured in G20 protests as Merkel seeks consensus

Dozens of police were injured in clashes with protesters before a G20 summit in Hamburg on Thursday, tarnishing the start of a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes will cement her role as a stateswoman as she seeks re-election in September. Merkel, who is campaigning for a fourth term, can ill afford the images of chaos and disharmony that dominated news […]

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U.S. judge rejects Hawaii’s bid to exempt grandparents from Trump travel ban

U.S. judge rejects Hawaii’s bid to exempt grandparents from Trump travel ban

A U.S. judge rejected Hawaii’s bid to exempt grandparents from President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on Thursday, but ruled that the state could ask the U.S. Supreme Court directly to clarify which parts of the order should take effect. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu had been asked to interpret a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that […]

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Amid apathy, Mongolians vote again to choose new president

Amid apathy, Mongolians vote again to choose new president

Mongolians voted on Friday in a second round of presidential elections as voter cynicism runs high and investors watch for hints to the direction the northeast Asian country will take for its economic recovery. The poll is being seen as a referendum on the government’s economic recovery plans and the role of giant southern neighbour China in the landlocked but […]

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Asia hit by Wall St. stumble, debt yields spike after ECB minutes

Asia hit by Wall St. stumble, debt yields spike after ECB minutes

Asian shares lost ground on Friday after a weak session on Wall Street, while global sovereign debt yields were elevated across the board on bets the European Central Bank is moving ever closer towards unwinding its massive monetary stimulus. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.6 percent, after the Dow lost 0.7 percent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq […]

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing six patents in iPhone, iPad

Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing six patents in iPhone, iPad

Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) will ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Apple Inc (AAPL.O) from selling some iPhones and iPads in the United States that use chips made by competitor Intel Corp (INTC.O) on the grounds that the devices infringe on six Qualcomm patents. In a request that would broaden its legal battle with Apple, San Diego-based Qualcomm […]

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Murray and Nadal lead third-round Wimbledon charge

Murray and Nadal lead third-round Wimbledon charge

Defending champion Andy Murray and fourth seed Rafael Nadal will lead the men’s charge at Wimbledon on Friday as they play their third-round matches on Centre Court. Both are in superb form and have yet to drop a set at this year’s championship. Britain’s Murray, the number one seed, will face 28th ranked Fabio Fognini from Italy while Spaniard Nadal […]

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