Spain’s Sanchez loses first bid to be confirmed as PM, eyes Thursday vote

Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reacts during the second day of the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez failed on Tuesday in a first attempt to get parliament’s backing to form a government, leaving him two days to try

Tanzania to buy new Airbus, Bombardier planes for national carrier

DAR ES SALAAM, July 18 (Reuters) – Tanzania’s government will buy two new Airbus jets and one plane from Bombardier Inc as part of a fleet expansion plan for the national flag carrier, the president said on Thursday. President John Magufuli has personally taken charge of the revival of Tanzania’s loss-making state carrier Air Tanzania

Malaysia’s Anwar says he has support to become PM, decries sex tape ‘gutter politics’

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, jailed twice for what he says were trumped-up sodomy charges, said on Thursday he has the support needed to become prime minister and denied calling for a potential challenger to resign over a new gay sex scandal. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s politician Anwar Ibrahim visits a polling station during

Sierra Leone school defies state ban on pregnant girls in class

FREETOWN, July 16 (Reuters) – When Mariatu Sesay realised she was pregnant at 14, one thing scared her more than the social isolation she felt in the classroom: Sierra Leonean law banned her from attending school at all because she was expecting. A keen student, Sesay continued to show up anyway and begged her teachers

Defiant at inquiry, South Africa’s Zuma denies breaking law with business brothers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma told a corruption inquiry on Monday that enemies had plotted to bring him down, and he had never broken the law with the business family at the center of an influence-peddling scandal. Former South African President Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry

UPDATE 1-Tanzania says elephant, rhino populations rebounding after anti-poaching crackdown

(Adds context to July 10 story on estimates for rhino numbers, paragraphs 5-7) By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, July 10 (Reuters) – Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organised criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching, the country’s presidency said. A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the

FEATURE -From Prince Charles to Harrods, refugees target global markets with luxury crafts

NAIROBI, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rwandan refugee Anita Claudine knows the odds are stacked against her, but the fashion designer is unfazed in her ambition to one day see her dresses in the window displays of the luxury department stores of London, Paris and New York. The 22-year-old woman, whose family fled to

Mexico’s new finance minister, believer in stability, takes charge of choppy economy

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s new finance minister Arturo Herrera is a pragmatic and respected policy maker who says he was inspired to study economics by the Latin American debt crisis that wrought financial chaos and wrecked livelihoods in his country. Arturo Herrera, Mexico’s new Finance Minister, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City,

Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist hardliners hold first meeting after Easter attacks

KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Police lined the streets of the Sri Lankan highland town of Kandy on Sunday and the army was on standby as hardline Buddhist monks gathered for their first big assembly since Easter attacks by Islamist militants on churches and luxury hotels. FILE PHOTO – Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, head of

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