Mugabe backs opposition on eve of election

Former president Robert Mugabe says he will vote for Zimbabwe’s opposition, turning on one-time allies in the government ahead of the first vote since they ousted him in a de facto coup.

Trump threatens shutdown over immigration

US President Donald Trump says he will allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats refuse to back his demand for a wall at the Mexican border and other major changes to immigration laws his administration wants.

NYT urges Trump to end fake news rhetoric

AG Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, has warned US President Donald Trump that his verbal attacks on the press make it more dangerous for journalists to do their jobs, especially in countries with authoritarian regimes.

Ruling party claims ‘sham’ Cambodia poll

Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) says it has won a general election that rights groups said was neither free nor fair due to voter intimidation and the absence of any significant challenger to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Kids, great-grandma among Cali fire dead

Two children and their great-grandmother are among the five killed in a Northern California wildfire as fire crews battled on to quell flames that have destroyed entire neighbourhoods.

Greek town remembers lives lost to fire

Mourners have gathered in a church in the Greek coastal town of Mati where they wept and lit candles in memory of those killed when a massive wildfire swept through the popular resort near Athens earlier this week.

Star Wars bittersweet sans Fisher: Hamill

Mark Hamill has said it is ‘bittersweet’ facing his final Star Wars chapter without his co-star Carrie Fisher.