Merkel’s CDU agrees to pursue grand coalition in Germany

BERLIN,  (Reuters) – Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party agreed yesterday to pursue a “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats (SPD) to break the political deadlock in Europe’s biggest economy.

Honduran president declares election win, rival claims lead

EGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) – Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a center-right U.S. ally, cited multiple exit polls yesterday to declare himself victorious in a bid for a second term in the Central American nation, despite the opposition saying it was winning.

Indian police ask interfaith couples: Is it love or terror?

NEW DELHI/ KOCHI, India  (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court will begin hearing a case on Monday that prosecutors say shows how Islamic State sympathisers are using “Love Jihad” – marrying Hindu women and converting them to Islam – to win recruits and spread their message.

Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo faces corruption charges

HARARE (Reuters) – Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military before Robert Mugabe resigned as president, was charged on Saturday with corruption, including trying to defraud the central bank in 2004.

Medical supplies, UN aid workers reach Yemen after blockade eased

GENEVA/SANAA (Reuters) – Humanitarian aid workers and medical supplies began arriving in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday, UN officials said, after the easing of a nearly three-week military blockade that sparked an international outcry.

Lebanon’s Hariri takes critical line on Hezbollah

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday that he would not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries”, a statement from his press office said.

How ‘princess’ of Angola lost her oil crown

LUANDA/LONDON,  (Reuters) – On Oct. 6, with the dust still settling on Angola’s first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda.

U.S. calls Myanmar moves against Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The United States yesterday called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” and threatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what it called “horrendous atrocities.” “The situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” U.S.

“The people have spoken,” says Zimbabwe’s new leader

HARARE,  (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa told a cheering crowd in Harare yesterday that the country was entering a new stage of democracy following Robert Mugabe’s removal as president after nearly four decades in power.