May's office plays down pre-referendum remarks to Goldman Sachs
Prime Minister Theresa May's office played down the significance of comments she made before the referendum warning that companies would leave Britain if the country backed Brexit, after the Guardian newspaper published a recording of a private meeting she held with Goldman Sachs. At the time, she was interior minister and campaigning, albeit quietly, for Britain to remain in the EU. "I think if we were not in Europe, there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland presence in Europe rather than the UK," May said in the recording obtained by the Guardian.
Congo police arrest eight activists protesting election delayEight democracy activists were arrested in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday before a planned demonstration against the delay of the presidential election, fellow activists said. President Joseph Kabila has ruled Congo since 2001 and is required by the constitution to step down in December.
Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics, not security, and vowed to stand on Tokyo's side over the disputed South China Sea when the time came. Earlier in the day, Duterte reiterated his harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might end defense treaties. The volatile Philippine leader's visit to Japan comes amid jitters about his foreign policy goals after weeks of verbal attacks on ally the United States and overtures toward China.
Ford recalls nearly 412K SUVs to fix fuel leaksFord is recalling nearly 412,000 older SUVs worldwide to fix fuel leaks that could cause fires. The recall covers certain 2010 to 2012 Ford Escapes and 2010 to 2011 Mercury Mariners with 3-liter flex-fuel ...
25 migrants found dead in rubber boat in Mediterranean - MSF
ROME (Reuters) - Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday 25 migrant men and women were found dead at the bottom of a rubber boat in the Mediterranean, and 107 survivors were rescued from the same raft. The bodies were discovered late on Tuesday, an MSF spokeswoman said. MSF's Mediterranean rescue unit said on Twitter: "23 of the rescued people had horrific chemical burns, 7 were so severely injured that they needed to be evacuated to Italy, 2 by helicopter". ...
U.S. 'rocket city' hits Islamic State targets in MosulBy Babak Dehghanpisheh QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - When Islamic State fighters were pushed out of the Qayyara airbase in July, they tried to demolish anything left behind. "Daesh did everything they could to make the place unusable," said Maj. Chris Parker, a coalition spokesman, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. Now the base, referred to as Q-West by American forces, has become the main staging ground for some 1,000 troops from the U.S.-led coalition along with thousands of soldiers from the Iraqi army and federal police as they try to advance on Mosul.
South Africa's Gordhan says court challenges unsettling Treasury
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Legal challenges facing South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are having an unsettling impact on the work of the Treasury, Gordhan said in a budget speech on Wednesday. Gordhan, due to appear in court on Nov. 2 to answer charges of fraud while he was head of the revenue service, also said vested interests and political contestation interfered with policy decision making. (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Joe Brock)
S.African universities get an extra $1.2 bln to improve student enrollment
Students at South African universities and higher education institutions will receive an extra 17 billion rand ($1.2 billion) over the next three years, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. The government of Africa's most industrilised country is under pressure to improve access to education following the protests that have disrupted learning at various campuses but has said in response to the protests that it could not allocate extra funds to education at the expense of health or housing. Weeks of demonstrations calling for the scrapping of university fees, prohibitive for many black students, have highlighted frustration at enduring inequalities in South Africa more than two decades after the end of white minority rule.
South African police fire stun grenades to disperse student protesters
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African police fired stun grenades, water canon and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse students protesting outside parliament over the cost of university tuition fees, a Reuters witness said. The demonstration took place as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was delivering his medium term budget policy statement. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf and Stella Mapenzauswa; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by James Macharia)
Syria airstrikes kill 17, mostly children, outside school