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Party set to sack Mugabe, sources say, as protesters march on his residence

Party set to sack Mugabe, sources say, as protesters march on his residenceBy Joe Brock and MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday. The sources said a party central committee meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) would also dismiss 93-year-old Mugabe’s preferred successor, his wife Grace, from her role as head of the ZANU-PF Women’s League. Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been effectively at an end since the army seized control on Wednesday, confining him to his residence, saying it wanted to target the “criminals” around him.



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Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown: sources

Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown: sourcesBy Stephen Kalin and Katie Paul RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in an expanding anti-corruption crackdown on the kingdom’s political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday     Dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge announced on Saturday. Others under scrutiny are being telephoned by investigators about their finances but appear to remain at liberty, one of the sources said, adding that the number of people targeted by the crackdown was expected eventually to rise into the hundreds.



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Las Vegas investigation focuses on Paddock's finances and travel: Sources

Las Vegas investigation focuses on Paddock's finances and travel: SourcesAs the FBI continues to sift through the past of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, an investigative focus has developed on how he earned money and the recent travels of Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, law enforcement officials familiar with the probe told Yahoo.



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Trump Leaning Towards Not Re-Certifying Iran Deal, Sources Say

Trump Leaning Towards Not Re-Certifying Iran Deal, Sources SayPresident Trump has accused Iran of violating the spirit of the agreement, which requires the country to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.



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EU executive to raise pressure on Poland on Wednesday: sources

EU executive to raise pressure on Poland on Wednesday: sourcesBy Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will ask EU member states on Wednesday to take a stand on whether the Polish government is abusing democratic standards, three sources told Reuters, as the bloc steps up pressure on Warsaw. Poland has been in a deepening dispute with Brussels and other European Union states over upholding the rule of law since the nationalist-minded, eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party won power in late 2015.



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Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra 'has fled Thailand', sources claim after verdict no-show

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra 'has fled Thailand', sources claim after verdict no-showOusted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand, sources close to her said on Friday, as the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant after she failed to attend the court for the verdict in a negligence case brought against her by the ruling junta. "She has definitely left Thailand," one of the sources, who is also a member of the Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party, told Reuters. He declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of Yingluck. Another source confirmed that she had gone. The sources did not give details of her current whereabouts. Lawyers of former Yingluck Shinawatra are surrounded by media reporters after she failed to appear the Supreme Court on Friday Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images Yingluck missed a court appearance on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant and the kingdom's junta to step up border controls. Thousands of supporters – outnumbered by security forces – waited from dawn for a glimpse of Thailand's first female prime minister, but she did not show, prompting fevered speculation that she may have joined her billionaire brother Thaksin in self-exile. "Her lawyer said she is sick and asked to delay the ruling… the court does not believe she is sick… and has decided to issue an arrest warrant," fearing she may flee the country, lead judge Cheep Chulamon told the court, rescheduling the verdict to September 27. Supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra react while wait for her at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand  Credit: REUTERS Thailand is deeply divided between the Shinawatras and their political base, which is mainly drawn from the rural poor, and a royalist army-aligned elite, who loathe the clan and refuse to cede power to democratic governments. Yingluck's government was removed by a military coup in 2014. If convicted for negligence over a flagship rice subsidy policy, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a life ban from politics. "I just learned that she did not show up (at court)," junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters. "I have ordered border checkpoints to be stepped up," he said, including local and major routes out of the country. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to deliver closing statements in her trial at the beginning of August Credit: EPA Mystery over Yingluck's whereabouts was compounded by a parade of lawyers who brushed off suggestions that she has already fled the country – possibly to Singapore. "I was told at 8am that she was sick from Meniere's disease and felt vertigo, so she asked the court to postpone," her lawyer Norawit Larleng, told a throng of reporters outside the court. He added "I don't know," when asked whether she was still in Thailand. Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra also a former premier, fled Thailand in 2008 before he was convicted of graft and handed a two year jail term. He has not returned since and his Thai passport has been revoked. He is believed to use a Montenegrin passport to travel between homes in Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Thaksin remains a galvanising force for his party and a canny political operator. The clan have clung on in Thailand's treacherous political game for more than a decade despite two coups, deadly protests, a cascade of legal cases and asset seizures. A conviction – and jail – for Yingluck, 50, would be a gut punch to the Shinawatra political dynasty. Billionaires and generals Yingluck's flagship rice subsidy poured cash on her family's rural political heartland, paying up to twice the market rate for the grain. But it was beset by graft and led to billions of dollars of losses. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying she is the victim of a "subtle political game." To many supporters Yingluck is finally emerging from her elder brother's shadow, drawing on a star quality throughout her 18 month trial absent amongst the gloomy cast of ageing generals who rule Thailand. Rumours of her flight were met with understanding from supporters who lingered outside the court. "The Thai prime minister has done her best, she has sacrificed a lot," said 64-year-old Seksan Chalitaporn. "Now the people have to fight for themselves." If she has escaped, some of Yingluck's enemies will rue the chance to convict and sentence a leading figure from a dynasty accused of graft and nepotism. Supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra wait for her at the Supreme Court in Bangkok Credit: REUTERS In a Facebook post on Thursday Yingluck asked her followers to stay home to avoid any incidents stoked by people with "ill-intention against the country and us". The Shinawatra family emerged as a political force in 2001 when billionaire patriarch Thaksin swept to power. He jump-started the economy and provided the most extensive pro-poor welfare schemes in Thai history. But critics accused him of using political power to further his business interests. He remains loathed by the Bangkok royalist elite but cherished by the rural poor. A coup toppled him in 2006 and he fled overseas. Historically the Shinawatras have been able to mobilise huge crowds of supporters – known as the "Red Shirts" – to take to the streets when the family's political fortunes have waned. But three years of repressive junta rule has successfully quashed any widespread opposition to the military for now. The country's democratic future also looks bleak, with a junta-scripted constitution severely cramping the power of any future elected governments. The junta has trailed elections for next year, but the timetable has repeatedly slipped.



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China leaning on Singapore to keep ASEAN calm over South China Sea: sources

China leaning on Singapore to keep ASEAN calm over South China Sea: sourcesBy Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) – China is worried it could face fresh criticism over its actions in the South China Sea when Singapore becomes chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations next year, and is putting pressure on the city-state to make sure that doesn’t happen, according to people familiar with the situation. Diplomats say they believe that Beijing has used its influence over countries who have chaired ASEAN in the past to dilute the group’s stand on the South China Sea row, potentially one of the most volatile disputes in Asia.



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Jeff Sessions hints Department of Justice could force media to give up sources

Jeff Sessions hints Department of Justice could force media to give up sourcesAttorney General Jeff Sessions says that the Department of Justice (DoJ) is reviewing policies for subpoenaing reporters during investigations of federal intelligence leaks, an indicator that the US government may consider more aggressive tactics to try and force journalists to identify their sources. “One of the things we are doing is reviewing the policies affecting media subpoenas,” Mr Sessions said, announcing his administration’s crackdown on leaks during a press conference.



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Exclusive: Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines – sources

Exclusive: Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines - sourcesBy Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc’s sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said. The EU has barred its firms from doing business with Crimea since the 2014 annexation, imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, and curbed cooperation with Russia in energy, arms and finance over its role in the crisis in Ukraine.



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U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sources

U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sourcesBy Julia Edwards Ainsley and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.     Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is examining Manafort’s financial and real estate records in New York as well as his involvement in Ukrainian politics, the officials said.     Between 2006 and 2013, Manafort bought three New York properties, including one in Trump Tower in Manhattan.



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