Man Commits Suicide In Masjid Al Haram

A French national on Friday reportedly committed suicide in Makkah’s Masjid al Haram (Great Mosque ) as thousands of pilgrims offered prayers. Citing Saudi police, local media reported that incident took place at 9:20pm on Friday – when a foreigner threw himself from the roof of the mosque. The man received serious injuries after falling to the ground and died on his way to hospital. The local administration said the man fell in the Mataf area and had his ribs and many other bones broken. An alleged video of the…

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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Makes Second Court Appearance

Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who was ousted by his own party in February, arrived at the Durban High Court on Friday for his second appearance on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal in the late 1990s. Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal to buy European military hardware to upgrade South Africa’s armed forces after the end of apartheid in 1994. State prosecutors and Zuma’s lawyers are expected to argue over a start date for the trial, a…

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Zimbabwe To Hold Elections July 30

Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on Wednesday the Southern African nation would hold its general elections on July 30. The elections will be the first since the army forced former President Robert Mugabe to resign last November. Mnangagwa, who became President following the military take-over, has promised to deliver free and fair elections to win over Zimbabwe’s critics at home and abroad, Reuters reported. Missing from the July ballot for the first time in 20 years will be Zimbabwe’s foremost political gladiators, Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the former opposition Movement…

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North And South Korea Leaders Meet Again At Border

The leaders of North and South Korea have met again at a border village to discuss a now cancelled US-North Korean summit, the Associated Press reported. US President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of a landmark summit between North Korea and the US on Thursday, citing “tremendous anger and open hostility” by the North. He has since said he is open to reinstating the talks. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korean Moon Jae-in met in April in what was only the third meeting between the leaders of the two…

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North And South Korea Leaders Meet Again At Border

The leaders of North and South Korea have met again at a border village to discuss a now cancelled US-North Korean summit, the Associated Press reported. US President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of a landmark summit between North Korea and the US on Thursday, citing “tremendous anger and open hostility” by the North. He has since said he is open to reinstating the talks. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korean Moon Jae-in met in April in what was only the third meeting between the leaders of the two…

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Donald Trump Welcomes North Korea Openness After Scrapped Summit

President Donald Trump welcomed North Korea’s statement on Friday that it was still open to talks with the U S after Trump called off a summit with leader Kim Jong Un, saying he still held out hopes for peace. Trump stated: “Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. “We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!” Trump pulled out of what would have been the first meeting between a serving…

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Malaysia Anti-Graft Chief Was ‘Sent A Bullet’ For Investigating Scandal

The head of Malaysia’s anti-graft agency MohdAbdull Shukri, who was restored to the agency by Malaysia’s new government following Najib Rasak’s election defeat on May 9, said someone sent a bullet to his home with a warning to stop investigations. Shukri made this known in an explosive account on Tuesday of how witnesses disappeared and officers were purged and intimidated after they tried in 2015 to charge ex-premier Najib for siphoning funds from a state fund. Shukri was addressing a news conference after Najib arrived at the headquarters of the…

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Melania Trump Returns To White House After Kidney Procedure

US First Lady Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a procedure to address a “benign” kidney condition. “She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits,” the White House said in a statement. The Slovenia-born former model underwent an embolization procedure, according to her communications director Stephanie Grisham. Embolization is most frequently used to cut off the flow of blood to a tumor or growth. It is common to stay overnight after the procedure to treat the pain.

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Mexico Slams Donald Trump For Calling Migrants ‘Animals’

Mexico lashed out Thursday at US President Donald Trump for saying that some migrants are “animals,” calling the statement “absolutely unacceptable.” No stranger to controversy for his hardline anti-immigration comments, Trump stoked new fury Wednesday when he made the remark to a group of California Republicans visiting the White House, during a discussion on his planned border wall. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are, these aren’t people, these are animals,” he said in referring to “people coming in to the country, or trying to come in.” Mexico, which…

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Burundi To vote In Referendum That could Let President Hold Power Till 2034

* Nearly half a million have fled Burundi since 2015 election * Government denies opposition allegations of repression * Rwanda’s constitution allows Kagame to stay in power until 2034 Burundians vote on Thursday in a referendum that would let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034, raising fears of deeper political repression and ethnic conflict in the Great Lakes nation only a generation after the Rwandan genocide. Nearly half a million have fled since Nkurunziza won a third term in a violent election in 2015. The East African country…

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