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Elton John blasts 'relentless' character assassination of Harry and Meghan

11:15am BST

LOS ANGELES/LONDON Elton John has spoken out in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media after they took private jets to stay with him in southern France. | Video

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-graft watchdog

08 Aug 2019

JOHANNESBURG South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the president himself.

Pact is reached in Mozambique but prospects for peace still uncertain

06 Aug 2019

MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG With a handshake and a hug, Mozambique's leaders hoped on Tuesday to close the book on a decades-long conflict. But an election in October and new causes of violence mean lasting peace is far from assured.

South Africa's ANC says central bank nationalisation won't affect mandate

30 Jul 2019

JOHANNESBURG The plans of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to nationalise the central bank will be implemented responsibly and will not affect the institution's mandate or independence, party officials said on Tuesday.

Makeshift shrines honour victims of British knife crime

30 Jul 2019

MANCHESTER, England/LONDON A cluster of flowers and candles marks the spot where Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed in a park in east London in an attack with no obvious motive.

South Africa's Gordhan wins reprieve from public protector's orders

29 Jul 2019

JOHANNESBURG South African minister Pravin Gordhan won a bid to avoid imminent disciplinary action on Monday after a court suspended orders from the public protector, in a relief for ally President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Pearson revival on track as shift to digital pays off

26 Jul 2019

LONDON British education firm Pearson said on Friday it had traded well in the first half of 2019 and would stick to its outlook for an improving sales picture, as its strategy to shift away from textbooks towards digital learning starts to pay off.

Wizz Air looks to fill capacity vacuum by increasing growth plans

25 Jul 2019

LONDON Low-cost airline Wizz Air has raised its full-year capacity growth outlook after a strong start to its financial year, benefiting as struggling rivals cut their expansion plans.

Heathrow boss confident new runway will go ahead, despite past opposition of PM Johnson

23 Jul 2019

LONDON The boss of London's Heathrow Airport said on Tuesday that construction of its new runway would go ahead despite incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson's long-standing opposition to the expansion of Britain's biggest airport. | Video

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