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Zimbabwe president-in-waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa returns from exile

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 1:08pm

The former Zimbabwean vice president who rode to power on the back of the soft military coup that ousted Robert Mugabe pledged to rebuild the country's economy as he mounted a triumphant return to the country. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled Zimbabwe two weeks ago amid a bitter power struggle inside the country's ruling party, landed at Harare's Manyame airbase on Wednesday afternoon 24 hours after Mr Mugabe was forced to step down.  "I appeal to all genuine people of Zimbabwe to come together," Mr Mnangagwa told supporters gathered outside the Harare headquarters of Zanu-PF. "We are all Zimbabweans ... we need peace in our country and jobs, jobs, jobs." "He is now the former president of Zimbabwe," he said of Mr Mugabe, to loud cheers.  Mr Mnangagwa praised the military, the speaker of parliament, and other party leaders for their support and revealed he had been in "constant contact" with the generals throughout the coup that resulted in Mr Mugabe resigning on Tuesday night.  Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters gathered outside the Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on Wednesday Credit:  Ben Curtis/AP The 75-year-old Zanu-PF grandee, who is nicknamed "The Crocodile," fled to Mozambique and then South Africa after Mr Mugabe fired him as vice president and kicked him out of the party on November 6. The move prompted Mr Mnangagwa’s allies in the Zimbabwean army to mount a military coup to force Mr Mugabe to step down and arrest allies of his wife, Grace Mugabe, who was making her own bid for power. Mr Mugabe resigned on Tuesday afternoon after Zimbabwe’s parliament prepared to launch impeachment proceedings against him.  Mr Mnangagwa was elected head of Zanu-PF on Saturday and will be sworn in as the party's choice to complete Mr Mugabe's term as president on Friday. Lovemore Matuke, the party's chief whip, said the inauguration would take place in Harare’s 60,000 seat National Sports Stadium on Friday morning.  Zimbabweans celebrate in the morning sun after President Mugabe resigned in Harare Credit: MIKE HUTCHINGS/ REUTERS But he will face intense pressure from the public and the international community to fix Zimbabwe's dysfunctional economy and to do away with the excesses that came to mark Mr Mugabe's rule. “I want Ngwenya [the crocodile] to help change the constitution so that no one above 75 years will stand for public office again and all ministers must have a retirement age, just like all the civil servants” said Isaac Chamboko, a shoe vendor in the southern part of the city. The Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe's main opposition party, has called for assurances that the next year's presidential elections will be free and fair amid fears that Mr Mnangagwa will retain the mechanism of authoritarian control he helped Mr Mugabe build. Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, warned ahead of Mr Mugabe's resignation on Tuesday that a "democratic Zimbabwe cannot be built by another un-democratic process". Timeline Robert Mugabe as leader of Zimbabwe Regional powers endorsed the change of guard in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, with Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, holding a meeting with Mr Mnangagwa before he boarded his plane to Harare. The African Union said it recognized the "Zimbabwean people have expressed their will," but praised Mr Mugabe for a "lifetime of service to the Zimbabwean nation" rather than criticize him for misrule. "President Mugabe will be remembered as a fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter, and the father of the independent Zimbabwean nation. Today’s decision will go down in history as an act of statesmanship that can only bolster President Mugabe’s political legacy," Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairman of the Commission of the African Union, said in a statement. Celebrations as Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns 01:27 China, which emerged as a major investor in Zimbabwe during Mr Mugabe's authoritarian rule, said it respected Mr Mugabe's decision to step down and would continue "friendly" relations with the country. "China respects Mr. Mugabe's decision to resign, and he is still a good friend of the Chinese people," Lu Kang, a foreign ministry spokesman, said. Beijing avoided taking sides during the past week's political crisis in Zimbabwe. General Constantino Chiwenga, the head of the Zimbabwean armed forces and the architect of the coup that brought down Mr Mugabe, visited China shortly before the coup.

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Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:40pm

By Toby Sterling, Stephanie van den Berg and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A U.N. tribunal on Wednesday convicted ex-Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for massacres of Bosnian Muslims and ethnic cleansing campaigns to forge a "Greater Serbia", and jailed him for life. Mladic was hustled out of the court minutes before the verdict for angrily shouting, "This is all lies, you are all liars!" The outburst occurred after Mladic returned to the courtroom from what his lawyers described as a visit to the bathroom, then a blood pressure test which held up proceedings. The U.N. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Mladic guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica and the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, in which more than 10,000 civilians were killed by shelling, mortar and sniper fire.

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Sutherland Springs church pastor says he's struggling to deal with his grief

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:40pm

Frank Pomeroy, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, talked to the New York Times about dealing with his grief from the attack.

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Woman Gets Prison After Boyfriend Dies From Meth-Laden Kiss

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:20pm

An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge.

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Net neutrality repeal was decided after 'enormous numbers' of fake people sent messages of support for Trump administration

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:20pm

The profound and fundamental changes currently being made to the internet are being done partly on the basis of hundreds of thousands of fake people, according to New York's attorney general. This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would repeal Obama-era protections that guaranteed net neutrality. Campaigners say that the move would allow internet companies to force people to pay for access to specific websites, for instance, or charge a fee if they want to download things at any speed.

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Venezuela debt defaults pile up with fresh S&P warning

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:11pm

Venezuela moved closer to a possible all-out default on Wednesday, with ratings agency S&P Global saying the country had failed to make repayments on two more loans. The oil-rich, cash-poor South American country failed to make $237 million in payments on bonds due 2025 and 2026, now past their 30-day grace period, the US ratings firm said in a statement. "Two additional coupon payments are overdue, but within their grace period.

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Trump Is On The Verge Of Politicizing The Census, Advocates Say

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:05pm

President Donald Trump is reportedly leaning toward tapping an academic for the No. 2 position at the U.S. Census Bureau, a decision that has alarmed advocates who say the pick lacks adequate management experience for a massive operational role and has political views that would undermine the credibility of the agency.

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Roy Moore Follows Donald Trump Playbook On Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

WASHINGTON ― Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has executed a familiar playbook when it comes to allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

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Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himself

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:58am

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — It's been six years since Theo Ramos first cut himself in the school bathroom, six years since his parents and friends and teachers found out he wanted to be a boy instead of a girl, six years in transition.

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Shelter Dogs Get Week-Long 'Vacation' To Spend Thanksgiving In Real Homes

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:54am

Twenty Georgia shelter dogs don’t have permanent homes yet, but that won’t stop them from celebrating Thanksgiving in style.

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White House staff accused of 'improper contact' with foreign women during Donald Trump's Asia tour

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:51am

Three White House employees have been removed from their posts amid allegations they had improper contact with foreign women during president Donald Trump's Asia tour. The military personnel, who worked for a specialised unit providing the president with secure communications, are alleged to have broken a curfew during Mr Trump's trip to Vietnam earlier this month. Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman, confirmed that the allegations during the president's 12-day tour of Asia were "under investigation". It will raise fears that this may be similar to a high-profile incident during Barack Obama's administration where 10 secret service agents were sacked for taking prostitutes back to their hotel rooms while the president was visiting Colombia. The 2012 incident raised concerns that prostitutes had access to the agents' rooms and potentially sensitive information regarding Mr Obama's movements.  Mr Trump waves goodbye as he enters Air Force One after participating in the East Asia Summit Credit: Andrew Harnik  In this most recent incident, the men who worked for the White House Communications Agency, are thought to have been reassigned from their White House jobs while the allegations are investigated. In August four military personnel from the same agency faced allegations of improper behavior during a trip to Panama  with vice president Mike Pence. The four men were accused of taking foreign women into a secure area while they were preparing for Mr Pence’s arrival and were forced to fly home early pending an investigation. If found guilty they could lose their security clearance - or even face a court martial. Mr Trump and Mr Pence's teams have not commented on the incidents and have referred requests for comment to the Pentagon.  President Donald Trump boards Air Force One during his Asia trip Credit: Andrew Harnik  The White House Communications agency is part of the White House Military Office, a team of technical personnel, which travels with the president on state visits to other countries.  The agency's role is to prevent eavesdropping on presidential communications and to ensure that White House officials can be securely reached worldwide at a moment’s notice.  A significant number of its staff are assigned to White House duties for four-year stints. Military personnel with high-level security clearances are supposed to report interactions with foreign individuals to ensure there is no risk of national security being compromised.

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Female doctors adjust lives to accommodate home

Reuters Health News - November 22, 2017 - 11:44am
(Reuters Health) - Female physicians are more likely to make professional adjustments to accommodate their responsibilities at home, according to a new study.
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Ukraine rebel leader says situation in Luhansk is attempted coup

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:42am

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The presence of armed men in the streets of the capital of Ukraine's breakaway Luhansk region is an attempted coup by a fired local police chief, Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the self-styled "Luhansk People's Republic" (LNR), said on Wednesday. Plotnitsky sacked Igor Kornet, the local interior minister, on Monday. "How else can you call the situation when the person fired by court from his job is attempting to conduct some operations by force? This an attempt to seize power," Plotnitsky's website quoted him as saying during a meeting with reporters. ...

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Lebanon's Hariri gets hero's welcome

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:30am

After nearly three weeks of an absence cloaked in rumour and mystery, a crowd of ecstatic supporters welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri like a prodigal son on Wednesday. Hundreds of noisy supporters thronged a beaming Hariri at his Beirut home, a few hours after a jet flew him back to Lebanon. The unprecedented episode in Lebanese politics saw him announce his resignation in a November 4 televised address from Saudi Arabia in which he said he feared for his life.

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Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summit

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:28am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi diplomacy is not having a good day — in fact, it's a double whammy — and the kingdom's bullish 32-year-old crown prince is seen as the driving force behind the foreign policy blunders.

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This Anti-Gay Interpretive Flag Dance May Be The Gayest Thing We've Ever Seen

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:23am

Vehemently anti-gay conservative organization MassResistance opened a conference last week with an interpretive flag dance that has us all wondering ... Are we being trolled?

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Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

Reuters Health News - November 22, 2017 - 11:09am
(Reuters) - The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.
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David Cassidy dead at 67

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:08am

David Cassidy, whose starring role on “The Partridge Family” made him a teen heartthrob in the 70s, passed away Tuesday night from organ failure.

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'Zero Hope For Denuclearizing North Korea,' China Expert Says

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:05am

BEIJING ― President Donald Trump’s designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism may not be the best way to quell the country’s nuclear ambitions, according to one expert in China.

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Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

Pharma news - November 22, 2017 - 11:02am

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country. Lebanon has been thrown into turmoil by Hariri's shock November 4 announcement from Saudi Arabia that he was stepping down, as well as his prolonged absence afterwards. The resignation was seen as a ratcheting up of tensions in the long-running rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and raised fears that Lebanon would be paralysed by regional tensions.

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