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Paris holds first ‘Black Fashion Week’

A Senegalese-born French fashion designer realised a long-held ambition when she staged the first ‘Black Fashion Week’ in Paris aimed at bringing African talent to a global audience. Adama Ndiaye launched the event to showcase the best the continent has to offer but dismissed criticism that it excluded others who…

Palestinians prepare for first elections since 2006

Campaigning for the first Palestinian elections since 2006 began on Saturday, the Central Electoral Commission said. Municipal elections in the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank will take place on October 20, with campaigning lasting 13 days, the CEC added. Polling was called by the West Bank government despite opposition from the…

Yemen foils bomb attack on base used by U.S. troops

The Yemeni army on Saturday foiled a car bomb attack on the Anad air base used by US soldiers in the southern province of Lahj to train Yemeni forces in combating terrorism, a military official told AFP. “We foiled an attack by a car packed with explosives that managed to…

Pakistani cricketer turned politician leads U.S. drone protest in Pakistan

Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan led Western activists and thousands of supporters Saturday on a defiant march to the tribal belt to protest against US drone strikes. Crowds lined the road to greet Khan, and scrums of media and well-wishers thronged his 4X4 as the convoy of more than…

Turkey hits back after new mortar fire from Syria

Turkey hit back on Saturday against what it said was a fresh round of mortar fire from Syria, little more than 24 hours after UN condemnation of deadly cross-border bombardment. Syria, for its part, said four Turks were among a convoy of “terrorists” killed in fighting in the heart of…

Foxconn denies strike at China Apple iPhone plant

Electronics parts giant Foxconn denied reports Saturday that thousands of workers went on strike at one of its plants in central China and halted production of components for Apple’s iPhone 5. The Taiwan-based company acknowledged in a statement that two isolated labour disputes erupted at its plant in Zhengzhou on…

South Africa miners protest after 12,000 laid off

Hundreds of the 12,000 miners sacked by the world’s largest platinum producer in South Africa on Saturday gathered to protest their dismissal and mourn a colleague killed in clashes with police. The workers meeting at a stadium in the northern town of Rustenburg would also debate how to respond to…

Ikea founder ‘too busy to die’

The 86-year-old founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea revealed he has no plans to retire and rejected any idea of the company going public in an interview published in Switzerland. “The company will never go to the market,” Ingvar Kamprad told the latest edition of Swiss business magazine Bilanz. “We…

Venezuela election result set to upset global oil politics

Hugo Chávez promises to increase production and reduce dependence on US market by doubling crude exports to Asia While giant rallies in Caracas may be drawing the world’s attention ahead of tomorrow’s Venezuelan presidential election, the global significance of the vote can be found hundreds of miles to the east…

Pope’s butler gets 18 months’ jail in ‘Vatileaks’ case

Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele Saturday got 18 months in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican that reveal fraud and intrigue in the tiny state. But the possibilty he will be pardoned by the Pope “is very concrete and very likely”, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told…

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