South Africa's Zuma asks court to postpone Gupta report hearingJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has asked a court to postpone a hearing scheduled for Nov. 1 when his application to delay the release of a report over allegations of political influence by his wealthy friends was due to be heard. The Presidency's spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said Zuma's lawyers wrote to the court on Thursday saying he wants the investigation to be re-opened so that he can question witnesses himself and give evidence before it is finalised. ...
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Iraq's Shi'ite militias say offensive west of Mosul imminent
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary groups are about to launch an offensive on Islamic State positions west of Mosul, assisting in the military campaign to take back the city, a spokesman said on Friday. The operation will target an area close to Turkey and where a sizeable ethnic Turkmen population lives, likely causing alarm in Ankara. The militias, collectively known as Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces, have completed preparations to move in the direction of Tal Afar, a stronghold of Islamic State west of Mosul, from their positions in Qayyara, south of the city.
WADA cites near collapse of anti-doping program at Rio Games
MONTREAL (AP) ? The World Anti-Doping Agency has detailed serious failings of doping control management at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, saying the system was only saved from collapsing by the "enormous resourcefulness and goodwill" of some key staff.
Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensiveSyrian rebel groups say they have launched a large-scale offensive to break the government's siege of eastern Aleppo, a contested city in the north of the country and the current focal point of the six-year ...
Swiss bank UBS in Hong Kong investigation for IPO workSwiss bank UBS says it's being investigated by Hong Kong regulators over its work on some initial public offerings on the southern Chinese financial center's stock market. UBS also said Friday that the ...
Syrian rebel groups say they have launched a large-scale offensive to break government siege of AleppoBEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian rebel groups say they have launched a large-scale offensive to break government siege of Aleppo.
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Consumers, exports seen buoying U.S. third-quarter GDP growth
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth likely accelerated in the third quarter as consumers maintained a strong pace of spending and exports surged, potentially keeping the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in December. In addition to support from consumer spending and exports, the economy is also expected to have received a boost from a rebound in mining activity and inventory investment. "As long as you have consumer spending, some stabilization of capital spending, trade kicking in and inventories switching from being a significant drag, that balanced composition will make us confident that things are moving in the right direction," said Anthony Karydakis, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak in New York.