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Mugabe ‘anoints’ Grace

In a wide-ranging pre-recorded interview with State television ahead of his 93rd birthday yesterday, Mugabe said Grace, who is the Zanu PF women’s league boss, had now mastered the art of absorbing political pressure and criticism, adding she was “very much accepted by the people”. “The criticism I get is from the opposition.

Killer T cries foul over Song of the Year choice

DANCEHALL artiste, Killer T feels he was cheated by the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) adjudicators’ decision not to award him the gong for the Song of the Year in recognition of his blockbuster track, Takangodaro, which has almost become an anthem for ghetto youths.

Masvingo Music awards call for entries

PREPARATIONS for the fourth edition of the Masvingo Music Awards (MMA) have begun with organisers calling for entries from musicians that originate from Masvingo province for the event pencilled for April 1. One of the event organisers, Pride Musekesa, said submission of music and music videos....

Opposition parties mull nationwide demos over BVR kits

OPPOSITION parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) banner are planning to hold nationwide demonstrations against the government’s decision to “hijack” the procurement of the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). BY Everson Mushava.

Mugabe ploughs into warring factions

Mugabe, who turned 93 yesterday, was addressing his staff and service chiefs, who organised a birthday party for him at his Munhumutapa offices. “During that time, people would vet you. There was no canvassing for positions. People would have to assess you before making their decision. We didn’t talk of G40 or Lacoste,” he said.

Province commits $35M to Moncton Hospital project

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced Tuesday that his government will put almost $35 million into building separate maternity, newborn and neonatal intensive care units at the Moncton Hospital. "The investments that we're announcing today will help the Moncton Hospital provide health care....

Swapping shantytown for The suburbs

2,100 Shanghai households to be relocated soon. At the entrance of an old, dilapidated residential community in downtown Shanghai, two women were going about their daily business. One of them was washing her hair in a sink, while the other used another sink to rinse out a spittoon.

Hundreds press Marsha Blackburn for answers at town hall

James Burks taught school for 42 years, and lost much of his right arm due to a treatable but incurable form of cancer. He drew perhaps the most rousing applause from about 130 residents on Tuesday inside at a town hall in Fairview hosted by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. The applause wasn't for his question.

Melania amends ‘hooker’ suit after it cited potential profits

Melania Trump has revised her defamation lawsuit against the Mail Online for claiming she was a hooker — scrubbing claims that the Web site’s article ruined her “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to cash in on the presidency. The First Lady had been widely criticized for saying in court papers earlier....

Ryan's border visit launches push for wall

Paul Ryan will take his first tour of the U.S. southern border Wednesday, kicking off in earnest House Republicans’ bid to fund Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico and potentially even change laws governing the arrival of undocumented immigrants. The trip to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where more....

Mexican officials riled by Trump’s new deportation memos

It also could hurt America's ability to gain Mexico's cooperation on enforcing the new guidelines, a U.S. diplomat familiar with the region said. When it comes to deportations, for example, "you can’t just leave people in the middle of a bridge — this has to be negotiated with the Mexicans,” said....

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban as elections loom

Protestors dressed in traditional burqa garments attend a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany September 20, 2008. — Reuters pic MUNICH, Feb 22 — Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said yesterday.

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

File picture released by the website of the Centre for Preserving and Publishing the Works of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him delivering a speech to military commanders in Tehran, on April 19, 2015. — KHAMENEI.IR/AFP pic TEHERAN, Feb 22 — Iran’s Supreme Leader called on....

Lego’s Screaming Cat gets attention at 2017 Toy Fair (VIDEO)

Making the biggest noise was the Screaming Cat, an audible representation of Lego’s newest platform called Boost. — Reuters video screengrab NEW YORK, Feb 22 — More than a thousand toy producers, distributors, and sales agents scouted the 2017 Toy Fair in New York looking for the next big thing.

Dutch MPs pass bill to back regulated cannabis growing

This picture taken on February 21, 2017, shows cannabis plants in the basement of The Cannabis Company in Amsterdam. — AFP pic THE HAGUE, Feb 22 — The Netherlands took a step closer to regulating the wholesale cultivation of cannabis after lawmakers yesterday narrowly passed a bill to back legal....

Wells Fargo fires four executives amid probe into account scandal

A Wells Fargo Bank is shown in Charlotte, North Carolina. ― Reuters pic NEW YORK, Feb 22 ― Wells Fargo & Co has fired four mid-level executives and stripped them of bonuses and stock awards as a result of an investigation into improper sales practices in its retail bank, the company announced yesterday.

The hidden figures that charted the American path to space

'Hidden Figures' is now available at all major bookstores. KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Mention “human computers” and the first thing that might come to mind are the mentats in Frank Herbert’s Dune. The second thing might be a bunch of women called the Harvard Computers, who helped American astronomer Edward Charles Pickering map the stars.

Wells Fargo fund business on the defensive amid sales scandal

Last September, Wells Fargo said it reached a settlement with the authorities over findings that its branch staff opened up to 2 million unauthorised customer accounts. ― File pic NEW YORK, Feb 22 ― When a scandal over unauthorised accounts rocked Wells Fargo & Co's retail division last fall,....

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach

A handout picture released on February 21, 2017 by the Al-Zawiyah Branch of the Libyan Red Crescent shows Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recovering the bodies of 74 migrants that washed ashore. — AFP pic HARCHA (Libya), Feb 22 — The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to....

Trump adviser says new travel ban will have 'same basic policy outcome'

Senior White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News' "First 100 Days" Tuesday that a revised version of President Donald Trump's travel ban would "have the same basic policy outcome." Miller claimed that the new executive order would be "responsive" to federal court rulings which halted....

Rhode Island police arrest third suspect in $90K diaper heist

A third suspect in the theft of a truckload of diapers worth an estimated $90,000 was arrested Tuesday, Rhode Island State Police said. Rodney Dalzon, 44, surrendered to police early Tuesday, and was ordered held without bail after an arraignment on larceny, theft and conspiracy charges, officials....

Detroit to spend additional $18M on firefighting equipment in 2017

During his State of the City address, Mayor Mike Duggan said Detroit will spend an additional $18 million on firefighting equipment in 2017. Duggan cited the city's poor Insurance Service Office ranking of the Detroit Fire Department as a reason. The city's fire department was rated a four out of....

Legislators look to make Iowa roadways safer by targeting impaired driving

DES MOINES — Bills designed to target drunk, drugged and distracted drivers picked up traction Tuesday in the Iowa Senate. A Senate Transportation subcommittee advanced a bill that would ban the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving but make provisions for future advancements by....

A solution to Canada’s refugee surge is no easy feat

The Liberal government’s policy on asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border is incoherent, and now the Conservatives are fighting that incoherence with some nonsense of their own. The mess at the border, with asylum seekers entering Canada from the United States by crossing fields in Manitoba or....

Nova Scotia debates tolling to pay for twinned highways

Sandra Carver watched silently as others argued over whether Nova Scotia should impose tolls in exchange for twinned highways. “I went to support Joe,” said Ms. Carver of her attendance at the Jan. 30 meeting. Joe MacDonald – who has been calling for safer highways in the province – is chief of the....

Ontario urges Ottawa to scrap preliminary inquiries

Faced with accused killers and child abusers walking away from charges because of court delays, Ontario Attorney-General Yasir Naqvi is calling on federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to scrap a basic feature of the criminal-justice system – the preliminary inquiry – in all but the most serious crimes.

U.S. dairy farmers push for Trump to milk the Canadian market

Blame Canada. That’s what U.S. farmers say about some of the bubbling gluts weighing on the milk market, and they are eager for President Donald Trump to do something about it. While growers and exporters of U.S. crops and food products have expressed anxiety over Mr.

updated NC fire marshal stops distribution of certain smoke alarms after some fail to activate

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The state fire marshal is warning North Carolina fire departments over concerns about Universal Smoke Alarms. State officials are reporting the product to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and fire departments have stopped installing them.

U-Haul sign that sparked conversation around Asheville has come down updated

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A local U-Haul sign, reminiscent of the famous Hollywood marker, is gone. The infamous sign at U-Haul Moving and Storage on Swannanoa River Road was visible from Interstate 240. RELATED | Reality Check: Is big U-Haul sign legal? After almost two months of grabbing a lot of....

People at Mast's office: 'Hear us out'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - With Congress in recess, U.S. Representatives headed back home for a quick breaK, including Rep. Brian Mast of District 18. But he had a crowd waiting for him back at his office on Tuesday afternoon. It's part of a statewide effort of Floridians banding together to tell their....

Business groups in warning over 'cliff edge of uncertainty' amid exit from EU Jobs and investment will be hit if business is left...

The starkest warning came from the EEF, which made it clear that walking away from the EU with no deal in place was not an option. Dame Judith Hackitt, who chairs the manufacturers' group, will tell its annual dinner in London tonight: "Uncertainty and confusion will result in business being left on a cliff edge.
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