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Mnangagwa the 'Crocodile' to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president

HARARE Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe.

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PNG police return to evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp

SYDNEY Papua New Guinean police returned to a shuttered Australian-run detention complex early on Friday, marking the second day of a major operation to clear out more than 300 asylum-seekers refusing to leave, two of the men told Reuters.

Australia 23 Nov 2017

Syria opposition meeting in Riyadh sees no role for Assad in transition

RIYADH/AMMAN Syria's main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad's battlefield strength.

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U.N. rights team to visit Mexico after journalist murders

MEXICO CITY The United Nations said on Thursday a group of experts on freedom of expression will visit Mexico at the end of November to assess the safety of journalists in the country, one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

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Beijing police probe nursery over abuse allegations

SHANGHAI Police in Beijing are investigating claims of child abuse at a kindergarten operated by RYB Education Inc, a Chinese pre-school operator that listed in New York in September.

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PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

BEIRUT Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday Lebanon's political crisis was "a wake-up call" for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. | Video

Middle East 23 Nov 2017

EMERGING MARKETS-Politics weigh on Chile, Brazil stocks, inflation in Mexico

(Updates with final prices, details from Mexico) SAO PAULO, Nov 23 Equities markets across Latin America fell on Thursday amid light Thanksgiving trading, led by the blue-chip IPSA index in Chile, where investors are still jittery over a weak performance by conservatives in elections over the weekend. On Thursday leftist Chilean presidential candidate Alejandro Guillier, competing in a run-off after coming second in a first round on Sunday, said he was open to eliminating Ch