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Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

World
Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign.The move comes ahead of a protest march to be held in the capital Harare on Saturday, fully supported by the country's military which staged a takeover on Wednesday.War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit.Earlier Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since the takeover.Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days, but attended a graduation ceremony on Friday, handing out degrees.The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe - who is four decades younger than him - to...
Energy-hungry China takes step to buffer against economic shocks

Energy-hungry China takes step to buffer against economic shocks

Business
Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The central bank in energy-hungry China injected funds into the economy Friday in an effort to offset risk and protect against bubbles.The official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday the People's Bank of China injected about $ 75.6 billion into the financial network through its medium-term lending facility, which holds an annual interest rate of 3.2 percent."The [bank's] open market operations are closely watched by the market, as they have become major tools for the central bank in pursuing its monetary policy," Xinhua reported. "Such a policy stance is crucial for China as it has to juggle the task of financial deleveraging, aimed at defusing risk and curbing asset bubbles, while shoring up the economy."The Chinese economy is slowing down, with growth expected to deceler...
Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEuropean countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response.French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid.UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the region and the king of the Netherlands is touring Dutch islands.Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.The victims include 10 dead on the French island of St Barts and on the French part of St Martin - which is shared with the Netherlands.As he arrived in the region on Tuesday, President Macron said the government had responded with "one of the biggest airlifts since World War Tw...
GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Health
The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.The team at eGenesis admits preventing pig organs from being rejected by the human body remains a huge challenge But experts said it was a promising and exciting first step. The study, published in the journal Science, started with skin cells from a pig.Tests identified 25 Pervs - porcine endogenous retroviruses - hidden in the pig's genetic code.Experiments mixing human and pig cells together showed those viruses could escape to infect human tissues.But the researchers then used the game-changing gene-editing t...
Jose Mourinho admits Wayne Rooney's influence at Manchester United will be missed but backs Paul Pogba to step up

Jose Mourinho admits Wayne Rooney's influence at Manchester United will be missed but backs Paul Pogba to step up

Sports
Jose Mourinho will miss Wayne Rooney's influence around Manchester United, but has no doubt the likes of Paul Pogba will step up to lead the club into an exciting new era. After three largely drab years following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, the Portuguese was brought in to give the Old Trafford giants a much-needed shot in the arm.Mourinho was unable to launch a Premier League title tilt, stumbling home in sixth, but ended his first campaign with three trophies, having overseen Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory.That success bodes well for a new campaign that United approach without the man that skippered the side last term, with Rooney recently securing a return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years away.The captain grew frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities