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Trade War: China Says U.S. Putting ‘Knife To Its Neck’

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday it is difficult to proceed with trade talks with the United States while Washington is putting “a knife to China’s neck”, a day after both sides heaped fresh tariffs on each other’s goods. When the talks can restart would depend on the “will” of the United States, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said ...

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When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry – and baby girl survival rates in India fall

Gold jewellery has traditionally been central to dowries in India. witty234/Shutterstock Sonia Bhalotra, University of Essex When world gold prices go up, fewer girl babies in India survive the first month of life, according to our new research. My colleagues and I suggest that this is linked to gold often being part of bridal dowries in India – so when ...

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Catholic Bishop Rapes Nun

The Roman Catholic Church already enmeshed in sexual abuse scandals in several parts of the world faces another embarrassment in India, with Bishop Franco Mulakkal being arrested for raping a nun. Bishop Mulakkal was arrested by the police Friday in the south Indian state of Kerala, a day after the Vatican accepted the bishop’s request to be temporarily relieved of ...

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Woman Found With Tortoise In Vagina

A woman who was found with a dead tortoise in her vagina may have been the victim of sexual assault after a night out partying, according to reports. The British ex-pat, living on Tenerife, went to hospital after complaining about abdominal pains. Shocked doctors discovered the dead reptile inside her and removed it. Police on the island were told the ...

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Xenophobia in South Africa: why it’s time to unsettle narratives about migrants

Four people died in the latest violence and looting to hit shops owned by foreign nationals in Soweto, Johannesburg. Sowetan/Thulani Mbele Loren B Landau, University of the Witwatersrand Foreign nationals have, yet again, been attacked, displaced and had their shops looted in South Africa. This is an unfortunate – but entirely unsurprising – way to mark the anniversary of the ...

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Why Bobi Wine represents such a big threat to Museveni

The ground is shifting under the feet of Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement. Shutterstock Richard Vokes, University of Western Australia and Sam Wilkins, University of Oxford Over the past fortnight, Uganda has been convulsed by the fallout from the arrest of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi – better known as Afro-beat pop superstar Bobi Wine. His arrest, along with ...

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Theresa May in Africa: cynical post-Brexit development agenda smacks of desperation

Michael Jennings, SOAS, University of London British ministers in 1948 discussed development investment needs for African colonial territories. The focus was not on the needs of those countries, but on how colonial development might best support the British economy. There was also a political calculation to be considered. Following the rebalancing of global power after 1945, ministers felt that only ...

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Mccain Bans Trump At Funeral, Obama, Bush To Give Eulogies

The New York Times said former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been asked to give eulogies at Sen. John McCain’s funeral, but President Donald Trump has been banned from attending the ceremony. Two Republicans familiar with the funeral arrangements told the Times that, under initial plans, Vice President Pence has also been asked to attend. Similar plans ...

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Mnangagwa Sworin In, Pledges Rights Protection, Better Economy

Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Sunday after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the country’s first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30 polls was challenged by the main opposition, pledged to “protect and promote the rights of Zimbabweans” at an inauguration ceremony attended by thousands of ...

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Sexual Abuse: Pope Begs For God’s Forgiveness

Angry Over Forced Adoptions In Ireland Pope Francis in Ireland Sunday “begged for God’s forgiveness” for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy. Francis is due to speak in front of some 500,000 faithful in Dublin’s Phoenix Park as part of his ...

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