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Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup' MASERU: Lesotho's exiled prime minister is heading home, an aide told AFP on Monday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup. "We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele, an advisor to Prime Minister Tom Thabane, said from Pretoria, where southern African states brokered a deal to end the crisis.Thabane had fled across the border to South Africa before dawn on Saturday, as troops attacked key police installations and surrounded his official residence.The military and a rival political party the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) have been accused of trying to oust the 75-year-old, a charge they vehemently deny.South African president Jacob Zuma and representatives from governments in the regional bloc SADC had brought together leaders from Lesotho's three ruling coalition parties to resolve their differences.According to a joint statement Thabane will now move to end ...


Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organisers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-relgious cooperation. The pope read an address to ...

Ireland demands review of UN Golan Heights mandate DUBLIN: Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defence minsiter said on Monday. Islamist fighters involved in Syria's three-year-old civil last week overran a crossing point in the line that has separated Israelis from Syrians in the Golan Heights since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Ireland's contingent, which ...

Brazil posts trade surplus of $1.168bn in August BRASILIA: Brazil posted a trade surplus of $1.168 billion in August, above market forecasts, in its sixth straight positive result this year, government data showed on Monday.The median forecast of 13 analysts surveyed by Reuters was for a surplus of $300 million in August. The country posted a surplus of $1.58 billion in July.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Argentina says August tax income rises 31.3pc on year BUENOS AIRES: Argentina tax revenue jumped 31.3 percent in August from a year earlier to 99.7 billion pesos ($11.852 billion), the government said on Monday, below the median forecast of 103 billion pesos estimated in a Reuters poll of analysts. Private economists have estimated Argentina's inflation at between 30 percent and 35 percent, which would mean the increase in tax revenue is largely explainable by consumer price increases.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Lebanon expects 1.5-2pc GDP growth BEIRUT: Lebanon economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 percent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 percent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria, the central bank governor said on Monday. Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country. "Despite the circumstances that Lebanon is passing through on the ...

Zarif ‘optimistic’ of Iran nuclear agreement BRUSSELS: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced optimism after talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday that a dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme can be resolved by a November 24 deadline."I am quite optimistic after discussions with Lady Ashton that we can in fact resolve this issue in time," Zarif told reporters. "I hope with the readiness and political will that I see in all parties to this discussion ...


 



 
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