Fifa president calls for zero tolerance towards racism

28 October 2013 Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body will "have failed" if it does not adopt a zero tolerance approach to racism.

White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer

28 October 2013 Report: White House stopped phone tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, other foreign leaders this summer

US and UN condemn abduction of Libya PM Ali Zeidan

11 October 2013 The US, UK and France, along with the UN, have condemned the brief abduction of Libya's PM and pledged their support for its transition to democracy.

Malawi's Joyce Banda sacks cabinet amid corruption row

11 October 2013 Malawi's President Joyce Banda has sacked her cabinet amid allegations of widespread corruption in government.

Julius Malema party to fight SA poll

6 September 2013 SOUTH Africa's former African National Congress Youth League leader, Julius Malema, has registered a political party to contest next year's elections.

Australia elections: Candidates in final push

6 September 2013 CANBERRA - Australian political rivals Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have hit the campaign trail in a final push for votes ahead of Saturday's election.

Russia's Putin challenges US on Syria claims

31 August 2013 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has challenged the US to present to the UN evidence that Syria attacked rebels with chemical weapons near Damascus.

France backs US on Syria action

30 August 2013 PARIS - The French president has said a vote by UK MPs against involvement in military strikes on Syria has not changed France's resolve to take firm action.

US ready to launch Syria strike

27 August 2013 WASHINGTON - American forces are "ready" to launch strikes on Syria if President Barack Obama chooses to order an attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

Khama declares 406 prohibited immigrants

16 August 2013 PRESIDENT Ian Khama has declared 406 foreigners as prohibited immigrants over the last two years.

Syria conflict: US outlines military options

23 July 2013 WASHINGTON - The top US military officer has outlined the costs, risks and benefits of possible American military involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Deadly clashes hit Egypt

16 July 2013 CAIRO - At least seven people died in overnight clashes across Egypt's capital, according to state media reports Tuesday, as unrest continues following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy.

Nelson Mandela: Graca Machel 'less anxious'

12 July 2013 NELSON Mandela's wife has said she is "less anxious" about the health of South Africa's first black president than she was a week ago.

Brotherhood rejects Egypt poll plan

9 July 2013 EGYPT'S Muslim Brotherhood has rejected a timetable for new elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour, saying it is illegitimate.

Mandela's condition improves - Zuma

28 June 2013 FORMER president Nelson Mandela's condition has improved, the presidency said on Thursday."President Jacob Zuma visited former president Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, June 27, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba's condition has improved during the course of the night.

UK plans $7M aid for Syrian rebels

10 August 2012 GREAT Britain said Friday it plans to send an extra 5 million pounds in aid to the Syrian rebels.

Charles Taylor defends himself

17 May 2012 HE stood before judges Wednesday not as the first former head of state convicted of war crimes since World War II but as a leader convinced he was wronged by corruption and a hypocritical hand of justice.

King Mswati gets jet on his birthday

27 April 2012 SWAZI King Mswati III has received a jet for his 44th birthday, despite the tiny country's crippling financial crisis, the prime minister said on state radio this week.

Airliner crashes near Islamabad airport

20 April 2012 ISLAMABAD - A plane carrying up to 127 people has crashed in a residential area near Islamabad international airport.

Syria ceasefire comes into effect

12 April 2012 A SYRIAN ceasefire proposed by UN envoy Kofi Annan has come into force, but Western countries have publicly doubted Syria's willingness to stick to it.

Mali rebels seize town

30 March 2012 REBELS in Mali have captured the northern town of Kidal, just a week after the military seized power saying the army needed more equipment to fight the insurgents.

Syrian officials unwelcome at Olympics

30 March 2012 SYRIAN athletes will be allowed to attend this summer's London Olympics but officials from the war-torn country will not be welcome, says UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

U.S. suspends aid to Mali

28 March 2012 THE United States suspended a portion of its aid to Mali in light of last week's coup in the West African nation, the State Department said Monday.

Syria accepts plan to end violence - Annan

28 March 2012 THE Syrian government has accepted U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's plan to forge peace and end violence in the volatile nation, Annan's spokesman said Tuesday.

Jacob Zuma corruption case to be reviewed

20 March 2012 A SOUTH African court has ruled that the decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma can be reviewed.

Syrian regime 'kills opposition leader'

20 March 2012 ARMED opposition members fighting the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad have committed "serious human rights abuses," an influential human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

Dozens reported killed in multiple Damascus blasts

17 March 2012 A SERIES of deadly explosions rocked parts of Damascus Saturday with some of the targets being Syrian government facilities, witnesses and state television reported.

Secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle

15 March 2012 BASHAR AL-ASSAD took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, according to a cache of what appear to be several thousand emails received and sent by the Syrian leader and his wife.

Congo warlord guilty in Hague court first

14 March 2012 THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has found the Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga, guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers between 2002 and 2003.

Syrian forces overtake rebel stronghold

14 March 2012 THE U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria has received a response to proposals he laid out over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.

Afghans rail against U.S. troops after civilian killings

13 March 2012 THE "terrible" weekend killings of civilians won't knock the United States and its NATO allies off the course they've charted in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.

China reports large trade deficit

12 March 2012 CHINA posted its largest trade deficit in at least a decade in February after imports of commodities jumped as companies built up supplies.

Chavez to return home after surgery

12 March 2012 CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he will return to his homeland by the weekend, following cancer surgery last month.

Romney claims more states in Republican race

7 March 2012 MITT Romney's showing in six states was not a super one for the Republican presidential hopeful, who failed to produce the convincing wins needed to demonstrate his ability to generate support among diehard conservatives.

US opens key Super Tuesday voting

6 March 2012 VOTERS in 10 US states are set to pick a Republican presidential candidate, as the rollercoaster race reaches a potentially decisive moment.

Eastern Libyans call for autonomy

6 March 2012 CIVIC leaders in eastern Libya have called for semi-autonomy for the oil-rich region.

14 killed in Syria as regime attacks escape route to Lebanon

6 March 2012 AT least 14 people were killed in Syria Tuesday as government forces took aim at citizens across the country, opposition activists said.

Russia election: Putin celebrates victory

5 March 2012 VLADIMIR Putin and his supporters are celebrating victory in Russian elections, that will give him a third presidential term after spending the last four years as the country's PM.

Iran prepares for first vote since 2009

2 March 2012 CAMPAIGN workers distributed campaign leaflets and plastered candidate posters along the Iranian capital's tree-lined streets in the final days before Friday's parliamentary elections.

Sata 'welcomes' gay rights in Zambia

28 February 2012 REPUBLICAN President Michael Sata has 'welcomed' gay rights in Zambia.

Senegal is 'set for vote run-off'

27 February 2012 UNOFFICIAL results from Senegal's presidential election suggest a tight race between incumbent Abdoulaye Wade and former Prime Minister Macky Sall.

Putin assassination plot foiled - TV

27 February 2012 A plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been foiled, Russia's state-run Channel One TV reported Monday, less than a week before presidential elections that Putin is expected to win.

U.S. envoy meets N. Korea for nuclear talks

23 February 2012 A United States envoy is meeting with North Korean officials in Beijing on Thursday to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program, the first such talks since the death of the longtime leader Kim Jong Il.

Journalists killed in Syria

22 February 2012 TWO Western journalists, one American and one French, were killed early Wednesday in Syria as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pursued a deadly bombardment of the central city of Homs, according to activists and officials.

Strauss-Kahn 'a suspect' in prostitution ring inquiry

21 February 2012 FORMER IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being questioned by French police as a suspect in a prostitution ring inquiry, a prosecutor says.

Syria crisis: City comes under heavy bombardment

21 February 2012 REBEL-HELD areas of the central Syrian city of Homs have come under intense bombardment from the Syrian army.

Spat over Mandela 'funeral rights'

20 February 2012 MANDLA Mandela's estranged wife has won her court bid to force him to reveal whether or not he sold the rights to his grandfather's funeral.

Uganda ministers resign after probe

17 February 2012 TWO cabinet ministers in Uganda at the centre of a corruption scandal have resigned.

German President quits in scandal

17 February 2012 GERMAN President Christian Wulff has announced his resignation, after prosecutors called for his immunity to be lifted.

Libya marks uprising anniversary

17 February 2012 LIBYANS are marking the anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi after his rule of more than 40 years.