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Zuma’s reluctant exit ushers in new S.African president

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South Africa prepared to welcome wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president Thursday after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his own party. Zuma announced he had stepped down in a late-night television address in which he took some digs at the African National Congress (ANC) …

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Thailand’s Mr Bean plays jails for laughs

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(AFP) – With the signature red tie, brown blazer, briefcase and teddy bear, a Thai computer technician has become a national sensation through his uncanny Mr Bean impersonations that are tickling a country that loves slapstick comedy. Mongkol Preechajan, a 43-year-old father from Phuket with more than a passing resemblance …

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Blackouts, flooding as cyclone batters Tongan capital

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A battered Nuku’alofa began cleaning up Tuesday after the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Tongan capital tore roofs off buildings, downed powerlines and caused extensive flooding, prompting a state of emergency in the tiny Pacific nation. Veteran disaster management officials were shocked at the fury of Severe Cyclone …

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