South Africa graft agency will not oppose Zuma bid to delay Gupta report -eNCA TV
South Africa's new anti-graft watchdog will not oppose President Jacob Zuma's court bid to delay the release of a report into allegations of political interference by the wealthy Gupta brothers, eNCA TV said, citing court documents. Indian-born businessmen Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta are the subject of an official investigation into allegations that they have had undue influence over Zuma. The report, by the outgoing Public Protector, a constitutionally-mandated anti-graft official, was prevented from being made public last Friday by Zuma's application to the High Court to delay its release.
China protests 'illegal,' 'provocative' U.S. South China Sea patrolChina's Defence Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday had been "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States. In a statement on its website, the ministry said two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. warship to leave during the patrol.
U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea
By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The Chinese Defense Ministry called the move "illegal" and "provocative," saying that two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. destroyer to leave.
Congo security forces killed dozens of anti-government protesters -U.N
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese security services shot, burned, beat and hacked to death at least 48 civilians and reportedly hired thugs to attack protests last month against the extension of President Joseph Kabila's mandate, the United Nations said on Friday. The death toll came from two days of violence in the capital Kinshasa and included four police officers killed by protesters and one other civilian. It was higher than during the 2011 electoral process, the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo (UNJHRO) said in a report.
50 years on, UK marks mine disaster that killed 128 children
LONDON (AP) ? People across Britain fell silent Friday to mark 50 years since a mountain of coal sludge collapsed onto a village in Wales, killing more than 140 people in one of the country's worst mining disasters.
Burkina Faso forces foiled coup attempt in early October, minister saysOUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Security forces in Burkina Faso foiled a coup attempt on Oct. 8 by about 30 members of the ex-presidential guard, known as the RSP, Interior Minister Simon Compaore said on Friday. He said the plan included an attack on the presidential residence, as well as on army barracks and a prison in the capital, Ouagadougou. (Reporting By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly, writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by Joe Bavier, Larry King)
Ex-coach calls his ban from Penn State facilities 'wrong'BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) ? The former Penn State assistant football coach suing university says he was angered when told he couldn't return to team facilities after being put on leave the week Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation.
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British reporter 'Fake Sheikh' jailed for 15 months
LONDON (AP) ? A judge sentenced a British journalist who often posed as a Middle Eastern tycoon in sting operations to 15 months in prison on Friday, after the tabloid reporter was convicted of perverting the course of justice in an effort to get scoops.