World news in brief

By Drum Digital
06 November 2013

Reports that Pope Francis may appoint a woman as a cardinal are not "remotely realistic.

America votes

Voters across the United States cast ballots in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama was re-elected last year.

Brazil president wants racial quotas

Brazil's president says she'll ask congress to pass legislation to reserve 20 percent of the nation's government jobs for blacks.

About half of Brazil's 204 million people are black - more than in any nation except Nigeria.

China explosion

One person was killed Wednesday and at least eight others were injured after a series of small explosions near the Communist Party headquarters in northern China's Shanxi province.

Congolese rebel group M23 disarms

A feared rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Tuesday that it was laying down its arms immediately in a major development that held out hope of a new era of peace and stability in the violence-wracked region.

Tanzania sidelined in East African bloc

Tanzania has complained to the five-nation East African Community that it is being sidelined in discussions on future integration by members Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, highlighting strains in one of Africa's main economic blocs.

Tanzanian officials demanded an explanation after the three states agreed on a new railway that would link them up, but without connecting Tanzania

Vatican calls speculation over female cardinals “nonsense”

Reports that Pope Francis may appoint a woman as a cardinal are not "remotely realistic," a spokesman said.

Father Federico Lombardi conceded that “theologically and theoretically, it is possible” for a woman to become a cardinal but that is not going to happen.

‘Jews should flee SA’

South African Jews should emigrate to Israel as soon as possible because its “only a matter of time”, says former Israeli foreign minister and deputy prime minister Avigdor Lieberman.

He was responding to International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane saying South African ministers did not visit Israel and would not until the situation in that country had improved.

“Ministers of South Africa do not visit Israel currently. We have agreed to slow down and curtail senior leadership contact with that regime until things begin to look better.

“The struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle,” Nkoana-Mashabane was reported as saying by Sapa.

KZN teachers wear anti-ANC t-shirts

Teachers from a KwaZulu-Natal high school have displayed T-shirts mocking the ANC and its leaders at a Westville mall, the party said on Tuesday.

“We were shocked when we saw these T-shirts bearing faces of President Jacob Zuma, President Nelson Mandela and ANC NEC (national executive committee) member and former police commissioner Bheki Cele with derogatory captions,” provincial ANC spokesman Senzo Mkhize said.

He said one of the T-shirts labelled leaders of the movement as “fakers since 1994”.

It’s safe to travel to Mozambique

South Africa’s High Commissioner to Mozambique Charles Nqakula has assured South Africans who wish to travel to the country that it is stable after anti-government protests broke out in the north of the country.

Tourists planning to make their way to Mozambique this festive season have raised safety concerns and threatened to cancel their trips due to the violence in parts of the country.

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