Zuma denies alleged corruption


The son of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has denied involvement in alleged corruption despite his links with controversial businessmen. Duduzane Zuma told the BBC there was “nothing untoward” about his business partnership with the Gupta family. Leaked emails about links between President Zuma’s family and the Guptas have resulted in an investigation into possible political influence. President Zuma and ...

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U.S. releases 500,000 barrels of oil from strategic reserve


The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it would release 500,000 barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as Tropical Storm Harvey’s disruption of the petroleum industry has spiked motor fuel prices. The first emergency release from the reserve since 2012 will be delivered to the Phillips 66 (PSX.N) refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana, according to a department ...

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Houston flood: ‘No way to prevent’ chemical plant blast or fire


A chemical plant near the flooded city of Houston is expected to explode or catch fire in the coming days. During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the Arkema plant at Crosby lost refrigeration of chemical compounds which need to be kept cool, and there is no way to prevent a possible fire, the company said. At least 33 people have ...

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Hurricane Harvey could cost United Airlines more than $265m


Hurricane Harvey may do to United Airlines what David Dao couldn’t and hurt its bottom line. According to a report published by Cowen & Co. analyst Helane Becker on Tuesday, the financial toll from the hurricane on United could be more than $265 million. United Airlines is by far the largest tenant of Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airline’s ...

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Venezuela: New assembly approves treason trials for opposition


Venezuela’s new constituent assembly has voted to put opposition leaders on trial for treason. The assembly said it would pursue those it accuses of supporting US economic sanctions against the country. Washington approved the measures last week in response to what it called the “dictatorship” of President Nicolás Maduro. President Maduro has accused the US of trying cripple Venezuela’s economy ...

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German nurse may have murdered at least 90 patients


A German nurse currently serving a life sentence in prison for murdering six patients may have killed 84 more, making him one of the country’s worst ever serial killers, police and prosecutors said Monday. Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in 2015 after being convicted of killing six people. Authorities have subsequently investigated hundreds of deaths, which included exhuming bodies of former patients ...

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Canada to introduce gender-neutral passports


Canada is taking on the issue of sex vs. gender in an all-new passport option. By August 31, Canadian passport holders will be no longer be required to identify strictly between male and female and will have the choice of selecting “X” as an “unspecified” gender designation. “All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender ...

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South African minister blasts African leaders’ ‘health tourism’


A South African minister has criticised African leaders who seek medical treatment abroad. Aaron Motsoaledi condemned “health tourism” while speaking in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who frequently receives treatment in Singapore, had left the meeting of health ministers when Dr Motsoaledi made the comments. Mr Mugabe’s spokesman has said that the president’s doctor “is not only Zimbabwean, he is actually ...

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Joel Osteen’s megachurch to open to hurricane victims after backlash


Lakewood Church, the Houston arena-cum-megachurch home of celebrity preacher Joel Osteen, is reportedly preparing to open its doors to residents driven from their homes by Hurricane Harvey-related flooding. The move comes after Osteen received significant pressure on social media to provide assistance to the community. Charles Clymer, who had provided some of the original evidence that the church had not ...

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North Korea fires missile over Japan in ‘unprecedented threat’


North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan in a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an “unprecedented” threat to his country. The missile, launched early on Tuesday Korean time, flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea. The UN Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting in response. North Korea has conducted a flurry of ...

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