Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, the former vice president whose accomplished career was marred by one of the worst electoral shellackings in American history, died Monday.Former President Jimmy Carter participates in a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale in Washington on Oct. 20, 2015. Mondale, who was also the first presidential candidate to select a woman, Geraldine Ferraro, to be his running mate, was 93. The Associated Press reported his death, citing his family. The man known as “Fritz” had his seemingly effortless rise in politics halted twice by Ronald Reagan, once in 1980 when the Reagan-Bush ticket stomped Jimmy Carter’s bid … Continue reading Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Devastating fires on slopes of historic Table Mountain

A fire on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain has forced University of Cape Town students to flee their dormitories on foot as runaway flames set several buildings on campus ablaze and firefighters used helicopters to water-bomb the area in an attempt to put out the fire. The students ran along the main road as flames, fanned by strong winds consumed the university’s historic library with its collection of rare books, and other campus buildings on Sunday. Cape Town’s mayor Dan Plato said at least one firefighter was being treated for burns in hospital. The fire started early on … Continue reading Devastating fires on slopes of historic Table Mountain

Greed Calling: UEFA threatens to ban clubs that join breakaway Super League

European football’s governing body UEFA has warned clubs linked to a breakaway Super League that they face being banned from domestic and international competitions if they set up a rival to the Champions League. In a joint statement on Sunday with Spanish, English and Italian leagues and federations, UEFA said it will consider “all measures”, including the courts, in opposition to plans for a breakaway competition. “The clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams, UEFA said. UEFA … Continue reading Greed Calling: UEFA threatens to ban clubs that join breakaway Super League

Breaking News: Jose Mourinho sacked

Tottenham have sacked Jose Mourinho as manager after a dismal run of form. The Portuguese, who was in charge from December 2019, leaves the club in seventh in the Premier League, his last game proved to be the 2-2 draw with Everton on Friday night. Jose Mourinho Spurs are set to take on Southampton in the top flight on Wednesday evening, with their next fixture following on Sunday as they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium. The news of Mourinho’s sacking comes almost exactly one month after Tottenham’s Europa League exit in the round of … Continue reading Breaking News: Jose Mourinho sacked

Danske Bank CEO quits amid Dutch probe of laundering allegations

Danske Bank A/S is replacing Chris Vogelzang as chief executive officer after a Dutch money-laundering investigation implicated the former ABN Amro Bank NV executive, complicating the Danish lender’s efforts to get past its own scandal. Chris Vogelzang Vogelzang, who had run Denmark’s biggest bank for less than two years, will be replaced by Danske’s head of risk management, Carsten Egeriis. The move comes after authorities in the Netherlands named Vogelzang “a suspect in connection with their investigations of potential violations of Dutch legislation relating to the prevention of money laundering at ABN Amro,” Danske said. “I am very surprised by the … Continue reading Danske Bank CEO quits amid Dutch probe of laundering allegations

Bolivian minister took bag stuffed with $20,000

Police in Bolivia have arrested the minister for rural development and land, Edwin Characayo, for allegedly accepting a $20,000 (£14,500) bribe. Officers said he was caught on video taking a bag full of money in La Paz’s city centre, but his lawyer said Mr Characayo did not accept it. He said his client had been “set up”. Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo said Mr Characayo had used his position to “benefit certain people in the acquisition and clearing of land”. He alleged that Mr Characayo had promised to transfer ownership of a farm in the Santa Cruz region to a … Continue reading Bolivian minister took bag stuffed with $20,000

Spain dismantles workshop making 3D-printed weapons

Spanish police say they have raided and dismantled an illegal workshop that was producing 3D-printed weapons. Two 3D printers along with gun parts, a replica assault rifle, two tasers and a machete were among items found in the search in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Police say they also found manuals on terrorism and urban guerrilla warfare, as well as white supremacist material. It is the first such workshop to be discovered in Spain, officials say. The alleged owner of the workshop has been charged with illegal possession of weapons and explosives. According to the Spanish newspaper … Continue reading Spain dismantles workshop making 3D-printed weapons

11 dead, 98 injured after train derails in Egypt

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured in a train accident in Egypt’s Qalyubia province north of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement. The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four carriages derailed at 1:54pm (11:54 GMT), about 40km (25 miles) north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways said in a short statement. The cause of the accident is being investigated, it added. More than 50 ambulances rushed to the site and moved the injured to three hospitals in the province, the health ministry said. Videos on social media purportedly showed carriages … Continue reading 11 dead, 98 injured after train derails in Egypt

Billionaire Issa brothers buy fast food chain

The billionaire Issa brothers who own Asda have bought the British fast food chain, Leon. More than 70 Leon restaurants across the UK and Europe have been sold to the brothers’ giant petrol forecourt business EG Group. In a joint statement, Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa said the firm was a “fantastic brand we have long admired”. Leon boss John Vincent, who co-founded the firm in 2004, said: “In some ways this is a sad day for me.” “We have tried hard, done some good things, made a healthy amount of mistakes, and built a business that quite a few … Continue reading Billionaire Issa brothers buy fast food chain

Girl found with mother accused of ordering abduction

An eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped in eastern France on Tuesday has been found with her mother in Switzerland, officials say. The girl was in good health after being found in an abandoned factory in the border village of Sainte-Croix, French prosecutor François Pérain said. Her mother, Lola Montemaggi, was taken into Swiss police custody. Officials say she ordered the abduction of the girl, of whom she no longer had custody, from her grandmother’s home. Authorities previously said the girl had been abducted in Poulieres, in the Vosges area, by three men who handed her over to her mother 20 … Continue reading Girl found with mother accused of ordering abduction

Australia opens travel bubble with New Zealand

Tearful reunions filled Auckland airport on Monday as residents from Australia were able to travel freely to New Zealand for the first time in more than a year. The long-awaited Australia-New Zealand travel bubble means visitors no longer need to quarantine on arrival. Thousands of passengers were booked to fly between the two nations on Monday. Both countries have contained Covid-19 outbreaks and kept infection rates low, largely due to tight restrictions. Excited passengers crowded airports in Australia for flights to various parts of New Zealand on Monday, with some rising before dawn to get ready to board. While many … Continue reading Australia opens travel bubble with New Zealand

19 people killed in west Niger attack

At least 19 civilians were killed when armed men raided a village in west Niger close to the border with Mali, officials have said, in the latest bloodshed in the troubled region. The governor of Tillaberi region said dozens of heavily armed attackers on motorbikes stormed the village of Gaigorou on Saturday evening. Governor Ibrahim Tidjani Katiella told DPA news agency the attackers, who likely came from Mali, surrounded the village and then started killing the inhabitants. A municipal official from Dessa on Sunday confirmed that 19 people were killed and two others wounded in the attack. He told AFP … Continue reading 19 people killed in west Niger attack