South Africa’s top court to rule on Zuma home improvements

South Africa’s top court to rule on Zuma home improvements JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s top court rules on Thursday on whether President Jacob Zuma must repay the state some of $16 million spent upgrading his private home, a judgment that could hit the scandal-plagued leader politically as well as financially. Ahead of the ruling, which …

Saudi-led alliance confirms Yemen prisoner swap

Saudi-led alliance confirms Yemen prisoner swap A Saudi-led military coalition on Monday said it had completed a prisoner swap in Yemen, exchanging nine Saudi prisoners for 109 Yemeni nationals ahead of a planned truce and peace talks aimed at ending the year-long war with Houthi rebels. The statement did not say which group the deal …

Yemen warring parties agree on ceasefire

Yemen warring parties agree on ceasefire Yemen’s warring parties have agreed on a ceasefire from Apr 10 followed by peace talks, a UN envoy said on Wednesday (Mar 23), raising hopes of a breakthrough in a conflict that has devastated the country. On another front, a US air strike on an Al-Qaeda training camp killed …

Obama to meet Castro face-to-face on historic Cuba trip

Obama to meet Castro face-to-face on historic Cuba trip U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday, pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while hearing complaints about continued U.S. economic sanctions. Obama and Castro will have their fourth meeting, likely their most substantial, …

Tanzanian ruling party declared winner in Zanzibar re-run vote

Tanzanian ruling party declared winner in Zanzibar re-run vote The ruling party candidate in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar was declared the winner in a re-run of presidential elections boycotted by the opposition. The incumbent Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein, of the national ruling CCM party, won 91.4 percent of the votes in Sunday’s ballot, the electoral …

Anti-Trump protesters block Arizona road; march in New York

Anti-Trump protesters block Arizona road; march in New York Demonstrators briefly shut down an Arizona highway leading to a campaign rally for Donald Trump on Saturday while protesters rallied outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan to voice their opposition to the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Television news footage of the demonstration outside Phoenix …