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Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Media playback is unsupported on your device Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia. The military’s action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a fierce rival of Mrs Mugabe. His whereabouts are also unclear. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained…

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Judge blocks Trump's transgender military ban

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s attempt to bar transgender people from the military. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly overruled a presidential memo issued by Mr Trump, which sought to reverse an Obama administration policy change. Ms Kollar-Kotelly’s injunction returns the US military to the status quo – allowing transgender personnel to serve openly and new recruits to join up. The case was filed against in August by a group of unnamed plaintiffs. The judge agreed with the plaintiffs’ assertion that the president’s directives were “not genuinely based…

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US military protects Americans' rights 'to criticize us': Ret. Gen. Petraeus

Retired four-star U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said the military protects Americans’ rights “to criticize us” — an apparently different view than that of the White House press secretary who said it’s “highly inappropriate” to debate a U.S. general. “We in uniform protect the rights of others to criticize us, frankly,” ret. Gen. David Petraeus told ABC News “This Week” co-anchor Raddatz in an exclusive interview Sunday. “I think we’re all fair game.” Petraeus was responding to a remark at a Friday media briefing by Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders…

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North Korea crisis: US bombers conduct military drills

The US has conducted a joint military exercise with South Korea, flying two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula. The B-1B combat bombers were joined by two South Korean F-15K fighter jets, and carried out air-to-ground missile drills off South Korean waters. It comes amid heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme. Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test, and launched two missiles over Japan, in recent months. The bombers took off from the US Pacific territory of Guam on Tuesday night, before entering South Korean airspace and conducting…

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US-South Korea set for divisive military drills

The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam, but said it would watch US actions. It has already condemned these drills as pouring “gasoline on fire”. Washington describes the drills as defensive in nature, but the North sees them as preparation for invasion. China and Russia earlier proposed a halt on military exercises in exchange for a…

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