HARARE/JOHANNESBURG – In January, a photograph appeared in Zimbabwe’s media showing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa enjoying drinks with a friend. In his hand was a large novelty mug emblazoned with the words: “I‘M THE BOSS.” To supporters of President Robert Mugabe, the inscription bordered on treason. They suspected that Mnangagwa, nicknamed The Crocodile, already saw himself in the shoes of Mugabe, 93 years old, increasingly frail and the only leader the southern African nation has…"Special Report: Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms"
XIAMEN, China – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile programme would be counter-productive and said threats of military action could trigger “a global catastrophe”. Putin, speaking after a BRICs summit in China, criticised U.S. diplomacy in the crisis and renewed his call for talks, saying Pyongyang would not halt its missile testing programme until it felt secure. “Russia condemns North Korea’s exercises, we…"Putin calls tougher North Korea sanctions senseless, warns of ‘global catastrophe’"
VENICE – Making movies gets more terrifying the older you get, British actress Judi Dench said on Monday, a day after her latest royal comedy drama “Victoria & Abdul” premiered at the Venice film festival. Dench, who won an Oscar for her role in “Shakespeare in Love” and was nominated for Academy Awards six other times, said unlike in theater, where you can adjust with each performance, in films you get only one chance. ”It’s…"Making movies gets more frightening with age, Judi Dench says"
BOGOTA – Colombia and the Marxist ELN rebel group said on Monday they agreed a temporary ceasefire that would run through mid-January 2018, but it would not be in effect when Pope Francis arrives in the Andean country for a visit later this week. The ceasefire, the first with the ELN, is due to begin on Oct. 1 and end on Jan. 12, with the possibility for extensions if it is respected, President Juan Manuel…"Colombia, ELN rebels agree temporary ceasefire starting Oct. 1"
LONDON – From cocoa to tea, food and drink giants are setting their own standards for ethical sourcing of raw materials, moving away from third-party labels such as Fairtrade. Mondelez International , owner of chocolate brands Cadbury and Toblerone, Unilever , behind tea brands such as Lipton and PG Tips, and Barry Callebaut, the world’s biggest producer of chocolate and cocoa products, have all introduced their own schemes. They say their targets are more comprehensive…"How fair is our food? Big companies take reins on sourcing schemes"
BERLIN – A top leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party said her website had been hit by thousands of cyber attacks — many from Russian IP addresses — before Sunday’s televised election debate. German intelligence and government officials have often voiced concerns that Moscow could seek to interfere in the Sept. 24 national election, in which Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term. Russia has repeatedly denied trying to influence foreign…"Merkel ally cites thousands of cyber attacks from Russian IP addresses"
ХIAMEN, China – Russia criticized the reaction of the United States and its allies to the latest and most powerful North Korean nuclear test, and warned on Monday that any mis-step could be highly dangerous. “It’s clear in the current situation any clumsy step could lead to an explosion, a political explosion, a military explosion and not just to a nuclear test explosion,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters at a summit of the…"Russia criticizes U.S. over North Korea, says ‘clumsy steps’ risky"
SEOUL – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Monday to pursue stronger United Nations sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test a day earlier, South Korea’s presidential spokesman said. “Both heads of state agreed to cooperate closely with each other and the United States and shared the understanding there must be the most powerful sanctions and pressure applied on North Korea,” presidential Blue House spokesman Park…"Moon, Abe agree to pursue strong U.N. sanctions against North Korea: Blue House"
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday Japan would do its utmost, in cooperation with the United States, to defend itself against missiles fired by North Korea and to increase its missile defense capabilities. Abe spoke at the start of a meeting of ruling coalition lawmakers a day after North Korea conducted its sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test."Japan PM Abe says aims to increase missile defense capabilities"
TOKYO – Greater pressure is needed on North Korea, including stronger United Nations resolutions, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae In agreed during telephone talks on Monday, Jiji Press said. Abe and Moon spoke after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday."Japan, South Korea leaders agree on need for stronger pressure on North: Jiji"