No witnesses appear to defend South African on trial in South Sudan

JUBA (Reuters) – Defense witnesses did not appear in court to testify on Thursday in the trial of a South African national who faces the death penalty in South Sudan on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government. William John Endley served as an adviser to rebel leader Riek Machar, whose forces have been fighting those loyal to President Salva ...

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Oxfam scandal: Ex-director hits out at ‘lies and exaggerations’

Image copyright VRT Image caption Roland Van Hauwermeiren worked in Chad from 2006-09 before taking up a job in Haiti The former Oxfam director at the centre of a sex scandal that has engulfed the UK charity says allegations that he hosted parties with prostitutes are “lies and exaggerations”. But 68-year-old Roland Van Hauwermeiren has acknowledged that some of the ...

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Avon Products quarterly sales miss estimates

(Reuters) – Avon Products Inc (AVP.N) on Thursday reported quarterly net sales that marginally missed analysts’ estimates, as fewer shoppers purchased products from the cosmetic maker’s army of sales representatives. Net income attributable to the company rose to $91.5 million, or 17 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from a loss of $10.7 million, or 4 ...

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Lebanese presidency denies U.S. Secretary of State kept waiting at palace

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese presidency denied that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been kept waiting ahead of a meeting with President Michel Aoun on Thursday at the presidential palace, where he sat for several minutes before his Lebanese counterpart greeted him. Television footage showed Tillerson sitting in a room alongside an empty seat before Lebanese Foreign Minister ...

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Chinese woman joins handbag in X-ray machine

Image copyright Pear Video Worried about your bags being stolen at security? One Chinese woman joined her handbag through an X-ray machine to prevent just that. Staff at Dongguan Railway Station in southern China were shocked to find the silhouette of the train commuter on their X-ray monitors. An online video showed the bizarre incident took place on Sunday during ...

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Virgin Money picks Dorner to form rare female leadership team

(Reuters) – Virgin Money (VM.L) formed a rare female chair and chief executive team among Britain’s top 350 listed companies by hiring former HSBC (HSBA.L) executive Irene Dorner as chairwoman. Dorner joins Virgin Money’s board as chair elect and takes over from outgoing Chairman Glen Moreno on March 31. Virgin Money had said in October it was in talks to ...

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South Africa starts long walk back to post-Zuma rehabilitation

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Cyril Ramaphosa is to be confirmed as South Africa’s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma reluctantly resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly 4 percent, putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors ...

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Teenage girls’ make-up racks up spending

Image copyright Getty Images Girls start spending more than boys as they enter their teens and discover more expensive shampoo and make-up. At the ages of seven to nine, weekly spending is higher among boys (£8.50) than girls (£7.50), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Girls’ spending then overtakes boys’ at the age of 10 to 12 and accelerates ...

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