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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 'ready to resign'

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 'ready to resign'

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Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said he wants to quit because the responsibility of the job is too much for him.Speaking in a rare interview, he told how it is his "dream" to stand down from the Russian republic's leadership."Once there was a need for people like me to fight, to put things in order," he said."Now we have order and prosperity ... and time has come for changes in the Chechen Republic."Without elaborating further, Kadyrov, 41, added there were "several people who are 100% capable of carrying out these duties at the highest level".Image:Kadyrov with his 'idol', Vladimir Putin, in Russia in 2013 He later described Russian President Vladimir Putin as his "idol", saying he was "ready to die for him, to fulfil any order".Kadyrov, who portrays himself as tough leader and is of...
The huge challenges facing Zimbabwe's next leader

The huge challenges facing Zimbabwe's next leader

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To get under the skin of the problems facing the incoming Zimbabwean president, you need to get out of the big cities and into rural areas where the bulk of the population live.Many eke out an existence in this economically crippled nation. People like Olivia Mshunga, who lives as the youngest of three generations on a small piece of land in Domboshava.Planting ground nuts in the sandy soil, she wants President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa to lift her out of subsistence farming.She says: "We are struggling for a long time, no money, no jobs in Zimbabwe, so we want to change our life."Video:Mnangagwa promises 'new democracy'Her next door neighbour Viola Shamuyarira has similar hopes, while Ms Shamuyarira's 18-year-old daughter Yardley just wants a better wheelchair so she can get a job as a...
Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

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The head of the African Union has said the takeover of Zimbabwe by the country's military "seems like a coup".The army chiefs who seized the capital, including the presidential palace and the state broadcaster early on Wednesday, claimed they had not carried out a coup.President Robert Mugabe is believed to be under house arrest despite an army claim that he was "safe".The Zimbabwean army said it took Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace into custody but there are unconfirmed and disputed reports that the first lady has fled the country and may be in Namibia.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe's compound.Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and th...
Saudis 'declared war on Lebanon' – Hezbollah leader

Saudis 'declared war on Lebanon' – Hezbollah leader

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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on his country, days after Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation in the Saudi capital.Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was holding Mr Hariri against his will.He also accused the Saudis of inciting Israel against Lebanon.The powerful Hezbollah Shia movement is an ally of Iran, which has been trading accusations with the Saudis of fuelling tension in Lebanon and the region.Mr Hariri said in a TV broadcast from Riyadh on Saturday he was stepping down because of an unspecified threat to his life. He also attacked Hezbollah and Iran.However, Lebanese President Michel Aoun and other senior politicians have demanded his return, amid suspicions that he is being held by the Saudis under house arrest and for...
Catalan leader criticises EU for backing 'coup'

Catalan leader criticises EU for backing 'coup'

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The disputed president of Catalonia has told a crowd of 200 mayors from the region that he will "defeat at the ballot box the Spanish government’s repression" of the region's wish for independence. In his first public appearance since he was called before a Belgian judge at the weekend to answer an arrest warrant issue by Spain, Carles Puigdemont accused Spain of a "coup d'etat" in Catalonia."Thank you for your commitment to democracy... people are wondering why Europe doesn't intervene in the face of a coup d'etat in Catalonia," the ousted leader said.Defending the illegal referendum of 1 October, which sparked the crisis, he said Catalonia "has one path to becoming a republic via democracy".:: Catalonia: What next for Carles Puigdemont?Video:Voices of Catalonia on independenceThe mayors,