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S. Africa approves AB InBev takeover of brewer SABMiller
South Africa's Competition Tribunal approved Thursday the blockbuster buyout of SABMiller by the world's top brewer AB InBev, subject to conditions, paving the way towards completion of the huge deal. Conditions include the sale of SABMiller's stake in Distell Group, as South Africa's regulator moved to protect competition and prevent job losses in the country's struggling economy. AB InBev's acquisition of the London-based SABMiller was valued at $121-billion when it was announced in November and in line to be the third largest in history if it clears all regulatory hurdles.
Russian defense minister purges Baltic Fleet commandMOSCOW (AP) ? Russia's defense minister has fired the commander of the Baltic Fleet and his top officers following a sweeping inspection.
UK's May, launching leadership bid, vows to honor Brexit voteBritish interior minister Theresa May launched her bid to replace Prime Minister David Cameron and lead the Conservative Party on Thursday with a promise to honor last week's decision by voters to take the country out of the European Union. "Brexit means Brexit," May, who campaigned for the "Remain" campaign ahead of the referendum, said in a speech. "The campaign was fought, the vote was held, turnout was high and the public gave their verdict.
Kabul blasts target police, killing at least 27
At least 27 policemen were killed Thursday and 40 wounded after twin blasts struck two buses transporting police cadets in a western neighbourhood of Kabul, the interior ministry said. The attack was quickly confirmed by the Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed "many were killed and wounded". The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the government since being ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001.
Brexit shakes hopes of Balkan EU bidders
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) ? When Britain voted to leave the European Union, pro-Russians in Serbia were quick to proclaim the bloc's death: they lit candles and laid flowers in front of the EU headquarters in Belgrade and declared the country's efforts to join the 28-nation club null and void.
Duterte, 'the punisher', sworn in as Philippines' president
By Neil Jerome Morales and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, capping the unlikely journey of a provincial city mayor whose brash man-of-the-people style and pledges to crush crime swamped establishment rivals in last month's election. After making his pledge at the presidential palace in Manila, with one hand on the Bible, Duterte delivered a speech in which he promised a "relentless" and "sustained" fight against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs. Duterte tapped into voters' disgust with the Philippines' political elite and the failure of successive governments to tackle poverty and inequality, drawing comparisons with Donald Trump and the rise of assertive populists across the globe.
China says U.S. 'Great Wall' remark shows misunderstanding of history
China on Thursday suggested the U.S. defense secretary brush up on his history after urging Beijing not to build a "Great Wall of self-isolation", saying the Great Wall was build to keep out invaders not as a hindrance to contact. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the remarks at a security dialogue in Singapore this month, when the United States and Asia nations put pressure on China to rein in its actions in the disputed South China Sea. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said Carter's comments had been noted.
Christie's to sell contents of Reagans' LA home
NEW YORK (AP) ? A two-day auction of the contents of Ronald and Nancy Reagan's ranch-style home in California will include everything from personal mementos to objects the couple took with them to the White House.
Brazil star Hulk signs for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG
Shanghai (AFP) - Brazilian football star Hulk signed for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG on Thursday after passing a medical, the club said, as the cash-rich Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of spending.