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Bolivia’s president resigns, hours after calling for new election

Bolivia’s president resigns, hours after calling for new election

World
Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Bolivian president Evo Morales announced Sunday his resignation, hours after calling for fresh elections amid allegations of voting irregularities and growing opposition. Morales said on national television he was stepping down "for the good of the country." Morales, 60, has been Bolivia's president for nearly 14 years and is the longest-serving leader in Latin America. "I regret this deeply," Morales said late Sunday afternoon on national television. Morales said he will send his resignation letter to Congress in the next few hours. Other government officials also resigned. Earlier in the day he called for a new election "to preserve the new Bolivia, life and democracy." And in other developments Sunday, the Organization of American States issued a report on irregulari...
Jacques Chirac: Former French president dies at 86

Jacques Chirac: Former French president dies at 86

World
Jacques Chirac, the former French president whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has died aged 86. "President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully," his son-in-law told AFP.Mr Chirac served two terms as French president and took his country into the single European currency. One of his major political reforms was to cut the presidential term of office from seven to five years. He was seen as the focus of opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitte...
Microsoft president: Don’t move fast and break things

Microsoft president: Don’t move fast and break things

Technology
Some US tech firms have gained a reputation for being willing to launch products before it is clear whether they could be damaging to society.But Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, says that it is not good enough for such companies to absolve themselves of responsibility and say that it is solely up to lawmakers to decide what is right and wrong.Mr Smith's book - Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age - aims to serve as a wake-up call to the industry.He spoke to the BBC's Leo Kelion while visiting London.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe dies

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe dies

World
Robert Mugabe, the former president of Zimbabwe who was ousted in a military coup after 37 years, has died.The 95-year-old had ruled Zimbabwe, a former British colony, from 1980 and was the world's oldest head of state before his dramatic exit two years ago. He is believed to have died in Singapore where he had often received treatment in recent years. Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace (2/2)— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019 President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced his predecessor's death on Twitter, describing him
Hong Kong protests: Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president

Hong Kong protests: Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president

World
US President Donald Trump has suggested a "personal meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the political crisis engulfing Hong Kong. In a tweet Mr Trump said he had "ZERO doubt" that Mr Xi could "humanely solve the Hong Kong problem".He also tied the protests to a US trade deal with Beijing, in the face of ongoing trade tensions."Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!" he tweeted. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a “tough business.” I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to qui