South Africa maize farmers seen planting larger area this season
By Tanisha Heiberg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African farmers intend to plant 25 percent more hectares of maize this season in the hope that decent rainfall will ease the hardship caused by last year's scorching drought, a Reuters' poll showed on Monday. South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to say farmers plan to sow 2.44 hectares with maize, up from the 1.947 million hectares planted last year, according to an average estimate of five trading houses surveyed by Reuters. The range was 2.14 million to 2.7 million hectares.
Belgium cannot yet back EU-Canada trade deal
Indian business giant Tata Sons removes chairman MistryNEW DELHI (AP) ? The board of directors of Tata Sons has removed Cyrus P. Mistry as chairman of the giant Indian conglomerate.
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Actress Woodley faces January trial in pipeline protestMANDAN, N.D. (AP) ? Actress Shailene Woodley is to stand trial in North Dakota early next year on charges related to her protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.
China's Xi seeks to enforce will at Communist Party meeting
BEIJING (AP) ? Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting that started Monday to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from done and his authority remains undiminished.
Gunfire, protests erupt in Central African Republic capital
U.N. peacekeepers and armed men exchanged fire on Monday in Central African Republic's capital Bangui, the United Nations said, while hundreds of protesters gathered to call for the mission's departure. Central African Republic has been in chaos since early 2013 when fighting between mostly Muslim Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka Christian militias prompted the establishment of the MINUSCA mission a year later. Civil society groups called for a general strike on Monday to pressure the mission to leave.
NTSB to investigate bus crash that left 13 dead, 31 injured
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) ? A maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on a California highway through the night, and the work had gone on for hours without problems. Then a tour bus returning to Los Angeles from a casino trip slammed into the back of a semi-truck. Passengers who were asleep on the bus woke up to loud screams and the sound of crushing metal.
Islamic State steps up counter-attacks as Mosul offensive enters second week
By Maher Chmaytelli and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State expanded its attacks on Monday against Iraqi army and Kurdish forces to relieve pressure on its militants confronting an offensive on Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country. About 80 Islamic State-held villages and towns have been retaken in the first week of the offensive, bringing the Iraqi and Kurdish forces closer to the edge of the city itself - where the battle will be hardest fought. The Mosul campaign, which aims to crush the Iraqi half of Islamic State's declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, may be the biggest battle yet in the 13 years of turmoil triggered by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and could require a massive humanitarian relief operation.
Time Warner CEO says only AT&T approached with offer
(Reuters) - Time Warner Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said on Monday that AT&T Inc was the only company to make a takeover approach for the media group. AT&T said on Saturday it had agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion, or $107.50 per share, to gain control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros, and other coveted media assets. Several media outlets had reported that Apple Inc had also been interested in acquiring Time Warner.