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Turkish bulk carrier spilling oil on South African beaches

Oil from a Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa’s prime tourist city, was spilling onto two beaches, officials said. Investigations on Saturday showed the vessel had disintegrated into three pieces, Cape Town city disaster management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.…

Two killed in Brazil slum drug sweep

Two people were killed Saturday during a counter-narcotics operation by an elite police in a Brazilian slum, angering residents who blocked a main road into the city. The mayor’s central operations office in Rio de Janeiro reported that Brasil Avenue, which runs from the international airport downtown, was blocked for…

Egypt TV head denies inciting president’s murder

A television channel chief and presenter denied calling for the murder of President Mohamed Morsi when his trial on incitement charges opened in the Egyptian capital on Saturday. “I merely criticized President Morsi,” Tawfiq Okasha told judges at the court appearance, an AFP journalist reported. “This is a political trial.…

Woman beats the odds to make Saudi Arabia’s first film

The female director of Saudi Arabia’s first feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl’s quest to own a bicycle. In Haifaa Al Mansour’s landmark film “Wadjda,” 10-year-old Waad Mohammed plays a girl who is…

Dos Santos poised for victory with big lead in Angola vote

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was poised to extend his 33-year rule Saturday as his party took a hefty lead in the election count, despite frustrations among the poor at being left out of Angola’s oil boom. With 68 percent of the vote counted, his People’s Movement for the Liberation…

Putin’s top Russian parliament foe faces expulsion

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal and influential parliamentary critics said Saturday that prosecutors had asked lawmakers to expel him so that he could be charged with business crimes. Gennady Gudkov of the leftist A Just Russia party said he had received a copy of a letter the…

Syrians find love in time of war

In the heart of Aleppo, besieged by Syrian troops for more than five weeks, a young couple who found love in a time of war exchange vows. Bombs dropped in the distance, but for a moment, those attending the modest wedding ceremony in the Saif al-Dawla neighborhood of Syria’s second…

Robbers make off with an estimated 11 tons of elderberries in Austria

A group of thieves worked hard for its haul this week in eastern Austria, picking a plantation’s entire crop of elderberries without the owner noticing. The smooth robbers made off with an estimated 11 tonnes of berries, worth about 6,000 euros ($7,500), local police said Saturday. The owner of the…

Illegal act: Ugandan artists stage play tackling LGBT taboos

Friends Samson and Olu share a beer and a moment of confidence after a game of pool at a typical Ugandan bar. “Olu, you know I’m gay,” Samson confides haltingly, with the admission sparking a chain of events that tears his existence as a successful businessman apart. The scene is…

China’s manufacturing slumps in August

China’s manufacturing activity slumped in August to a nine-month low, official figures showed Saturday, in the latest sign of serious weakness in the world’s second-largest economy. The government’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 49.2 in August from 50.1 in July, according to a statement released by the China Federation of Logistics…

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