November 22, 2018

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe in contact with ousted vice president

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in contact with ousted vice presidentBy Joe Brock and MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's top general said on Monday talks were planned between President Robert Mugabe and former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking by the 93-year-old leader two weeks ago triggered a coup. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces and leader of the takeover codenamed "Operation Restore Legacy", told a media conference he was encouraged by contact between the two men and Mnangagwa would be back in the country soon. Earlier, Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF resolved to bring a motion in parliament on Tuesday to impeach Mugabe, after a noon deadline expired for the besieged leader to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power.


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Lebanon's president rejects terrorism suggestion

Lebanon's president rejects terrorism suggestionThe Lebanese president appeared to defend Hezbollah as necessary to resist Israel on Monday, after an Arab League statement accused the group of terrorism and noted it is part of Lebanon's coalition government. "Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means," President Michel Aoun's office quoted him as saying in a Tweet. The heavily armed Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah, formed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, fought Israel's occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s and says its weapons are still needed against Israel.


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Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuanaAn elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


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Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gunAmerican politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.


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Two killed in protests after Kenya's top court upholds election

Two killed in protests after Kenya's top court upholds electionKenya's Supreme Court on Monday validated the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking opposition protests that left two dead, according to police. While the court decision led to celebrations in ruling party strongholds, protesters took to the street in opposition areas in the capital and the west of the country. One protester was killed in Nairobi's Kibera slum, while a paramedic tending the injured at a demonstration in western Migori was also shot dead, according to police.


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U.S. envoy to Russia: visa consultations in consulates may resume soon – TASS

U.S. envoy to Russia: visa consultations in consulates may resume soon - TASSVisa consultations in U.S. consulates in Russia could be resumed in the near future, TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Monday. "I believe that in the near future they (visa consultations) may be resumed," the agency quoted him as saying. "We are trying to do everything possible, and I hope that in coming weeks we will be able to effectively issues visas." In August, the United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff.


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