Tobacco giant BAT targets US with $47 bn Reynolds bid
British American Tobacco launched Friday a $47-billion bid for control of Reynolds American, as it seeks expansion into the United States -- the second largest market after China. The deal, worth the equivalent of 43 billion euros, would create the world's largest listed tobacco company by net turnover and operating profit, BAT said in a statement. The news sent BAT's share price more than three percent higher in morning deals on the London stock market.
South Africa to withdraw from International Criminal Court
South Africa will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, its justice minister said Friday, making the country the second this week, after Burundi, to move to ...
Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomalyMOSCOW (AP) ? Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.
Islamic State retaliates as Iraqi forces push on Mosul
By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed six members of the security forces and two Iranians who were part of a team carrying out maintenance at a power station outside the city, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul.
Shafiq leads Pakistan recovery in second West Indies Test
Asad Shafiq led Pakistan's recovery after the early departure of the openers on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Shafiq drove paceman Shannon Gabriel to the cover boundary for his sixth boundary to complete his 16th half-century after Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. After an extended two-and-a-half-hour extended session due to Friday prayers, Pakistan were 95-2, with Shafiq on 54 and Younis Khan on 29 not out.
EU leaders scramble to salvage free trade pact with Canada
The European Union was scrambling Friday to salvage a massive free trade deal with Canada that was being held up by a small region in Belgium. EU leaders warned that failure to clinch the deal could ruin ...
IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) ? Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.
S. Africa 'to pull out' of International Criminal Court
South Africa will withdraw from the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), media reports in Johannesburg said Friday, sparking rapid criticism from rights bodies. The "Instrument of Withdrawal" letter said South Africa "found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful resolution of conflicts at times are incompatible with the interpretation given by the International Criminal Court". The decision follows a dispute last year when South Africa allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to visit the country for an African Union summit, despite him facing an arrest warrant from the ICC.
Bangladesh says head of group blamed for cafe siege dead
Abdur Rahman died in hospital on October 8 after jumping from the fifth floor of a building on the outskirts of Dhaka while attempting to evade arrest, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said in a statement. The identity of Rahman, who was leader of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was later confirmed through his possessions and by his family who were shown pictures of his body, the statement added. Several documents, letters and emails that were later retrieved by the RAB "all proved that Abdur Rahman was the emir (head) of the new JMB".
Philippine minister 'clarifies' Duterte comments, says trade with U.S. safe
The Philippines will maintain trade and economic ties with the United States, Trade Minister Ramon Lopez said on Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from Washington. Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he was paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally Washington deteriorate. "With that, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States," Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people to applause at a forum in the Great Hall of the People.