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2016 Zimbabwe protests

National "Stay Away" protests, organized over the Internet via the WhatsApp social messaging platform, take place in Zimbabwe, following fears of an economic collapse amid calls for President Robert Mugabe's resignation.

The streets of Zimbabwe's main cities are deserted during a nationwide stay away to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages.

Hillary Clinton email controversy

Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States, closes the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email system to conduct official business without charges being laid.

Iraq Inquiry

A report about the United Kingdom's involvement in the Iraq War is released. The chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, said that the invasion was not a "last resort" and was based on "flawed intelligence and assessments". The inquiry was announced on 15 June 2009 by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The final hearing was held on 2 February 2011.

Live coverage as Sir John Chilcot unveils his report into the Iraq war. Plus all the day’s other political news as Tory leadership runners go down to three

Oscar Pistorius trial

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to six years imprisonment for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

International reactions to Philippines v. China

China threatens the United States regarding the South China Sea and it will not accept a verdict in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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2016 federal election

Standard & Poor's drops Australia's debt outlook from stable to negative following the country's surprisingly close election this weekend.

The credit ratings agency says the negative outlook on Australia reflects its view that prospects for improvements in budget performance have weakened

Silvio Berlusconi

Business magnate and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi sells leading football club A.C. Milan to a Chinese consortium for an eventual €400 million.


The price of nickel swings wildly after Philippines environment secretary Gina Lopez announces plans to close existing mines in the country.

Nickel fell the most in eight weeks on speculation that the government may take longer than expected to close mines that don’t meet environmental rules in the Philippines, the biggest supplier of ore to China.

Yemeni Civil War

A suicide car bomb, that targeted the Central Security headquarters in the port city of Aden, Yemen, kills at least 26 people. Following the blast, militants stormed the compound and clashed with soldiers. No group immediately claimed responsibility but it is similar to an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant attack on the port of Al Mukalla.

Communist rebels

Twenty Philippine Army soldiers are under investigation after they are suspected of mutilating the body of a New People's Army member. The communist militant's eyes were gouged, his tongue was cut off and his throat was slit.