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President under pressure as Zimbabweans protest

President under pressure as Zimbabweans protest

World
Crowds have gathered on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital to demand Robert Mugabe's four decades of power come to an end.Thousands of people have been singing, dancing and waving flags at the colourful gathering in Harare - and the event has been approved by the military.Some carried posters with an image of the military commander who placed the President under house arrest earlier this week, along with the slogan: "Go, go, our general!!!"Image:Anti-Mugabe marchers claim Zimbabweans have been suffering for a long timeOne opponent of Mr Mugabe, who at 93 is the world's oldest head of state, described the upheaval as "like Christmas".Another marcher, Frank Mutsindikwa, told Reuters: "These are tears of joy. I've been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last."The ra...
Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Health
New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults. High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups. The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem, but only 2 percent of these newly added people need medication right away; the rest should try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure. "I have no doubt there will be controversy. I'm sure there will be people saying 'We have a hard enough time getting to 140,'" ...
First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Science
Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. Researchers are uncertain if the rise in emissions is a one-off or the start of a new period of CO2 build-up.Scientists say that a global peak in CO2 before 2020 is needed to limit dangerous global warming this century.The Global Carbon Project has been analysing and reporting on the scale of emissions of CO2 since 2006. Carbon output has grown by about 3% per year in that period, but growth essentially declined or remained flat between 2014 and 2016.The latest figures indicate that in 2017, emissions of CO2 from all human activities grew by about 2% globa...
Premier League managers: Each top flight boss ranked on job security – from most under pressure to least

Premier League managers: Each top flight boss ranked on job security – from most under pressure to least

Sports
For the investment Everton made over the summer, their start to the campaign is inexcusable and Koeman is rightly being questioned. The Dutchman’s team play without an identity on the field, with a great deal of talent being wasted, and something has to change.Wednesday, October 4, 2017Which Premier League manager do you think is under the most pressure right now?There's already been one casualty this season, with Frank de Boer sacked after only five games in charge of Crystal Palace, and history tells us he definitely won't be the only boss to be given the boot in the campaign.talkSPORT.com, then, has ranked each Premier League manager on the safety of their job, starting with who's feeling the heat the most – scroll through the gallery above to see the ranking in full.*Odd
Under investors' pressure, IDFC and Shriram to redraw merger formula

Under investors' pressure, IDFC and Shriram to redraw merger formula

Finance
MUMBAI: IDFC Ltd and the Shriram Group have decided to abandon the merger plan worked out in July this year as shareholder pressure and dilution fears force them to examine a new, less complicated structure. People close to the situation said the two sides are planning to work on a new formula to salvage the deal that was supposed to bring two non-banking financial companies, one bank and an infrastructure finance company under one roof. Fears of a sharp dilution in IDFC Ltd and IDFC Bank and protests by shareholders of Shriram Transport Finance (STFC) over the prospect of suffering 'holding company discount' have prevented the parties from continuing with the previous arrangement. "IDFC Ltd was concerned with the valuation and higher dilution of stake in the merger, while shareh...