South Africa tops graft list as continent says vice on the rise: survey
By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing to stop bribery and secret deals, an opinion poll by Transparency International showed on Tuesday. South Africa was ranked the continent's most corrupt nation by respondents, followed by Ghana and Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa said in October the ruling party was losing membership before key local elections next year over perceptions it was "soft on corruption" and amid criticism and public marches led by opposition parties, unions and ordinary citizens.
Ukraine may benefit from Russian ban on Turkish food: analystRussian trade measures against Turkey may give Ukraine a chance to regain its position in the Turkish food market, analyst UkrAgroConsult said on Tuesday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved on Tuesday sanctions against Turkey in retaliation for the downing of a Russian warplane. Analysts say that Turkey in response may refuse food imports from Russia.
Puerto Rico's governor says default 'looms large'
NEW YORK/SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said that default "looms large" and that starting on Tuesday, the commonwealth would "claw back revenues" pledged to certain bonds issued in order to maintain public services. The commonwealth has been speculated to default on all or part of its $355 million notes issued by the U.S. territory's Government Development Bank, due Dec. 1. "The imminence of a default when presented with the alternative between paying creditors and providing essential government services looms large," Garcia Padilla told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Syrian refugees become issue in Illinois Senate raceWASHINGTON (AP) ? A Republican senator in a tough re-election race is attacking his top Democratic rival for supporting more Syrian refugees in the U.S., marking the issue's first appearance in Senate campaign advertising.
Brazil's economic downturn deepens with further GDP dropRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ? Brazil's government says Latin America's largest economy has shrunk even more than expected.
Yemeni PM rejects cabinet reshuffle ordered by president: govt source
Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah rejected a cabinet reshuffle ordered on Tuesday by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a senior government official said, another sign of the deepening rift between the two leaders. Hadi said earlier on Tuesday he was replacing five ministers, including acting foreign minister Reyad Yassin Abdulla, according to a decree carried by the Hadi-run state Saba news agency www.sabanew.net. The Saudi-backed Hadi, who returned to the southern city of Aden last month after he was driven into exile by Houthi fighters in March, is trying to restore his authority in areas recaptured by his supporters from the Iran-allied Houthis.
U.S. says Turkey must do more to control its border with SyriaU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday named Turkey as one of the countries that needed to do more in the fight against Islamic State, including tightening control of its border with Syria. Turkey must do more to control its often porous border," Carter told a congressional panel, noting that Saudi Arabia and Gulf states had been "preoccupied by the conflict in Yemen." Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama said Turkey had made some progress in sealing its border with Syria but Islamic State was still exploiting gaps to bring in foreign fighters and sell oil.
House considers requiring search warrant to get old emailsWASHINGTON (AP) ? Lawmakers are considering making it harder for government investigators to get copies of people's old emails.
Al Qaeda's Syria wing frees Lebanese captives in return for jailed Islamists
By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syrian wing freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen on Tuesday in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese 16 months ago during an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal, mounted together with the Islamic State jihadist group which is still believed to be holding nine soldiers captured in the incursion. The exchange was brokered by Qatar and cast new light on the Gulf state's channels to the Nusra Front, a powerful player in the Syrian war that has been designated a terrorist group by the United Nations and United States.
Defense chief: US expanding special operations force in Iraq