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News from the Global South


Al-Shabab claims Somalia plane attack
Somalia's main Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out a bomb attack on a passenger plane that blew a huge hole in its fuselage.

Uganda's leader in poll debate U-turn
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni takes part in his first televised debate ahead of Thursday's presidential poll after earlier declining.

Top Kenyan wins key war crimes ruling
International judges in the case of Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto disallow the use of recanted witness statements.

Brazil deploys soldiers over Zika virus
More than 200,000 Brazilian soldiers are sent across the country to warn people of the risks of the Zika virus.

Pope condemns Mexico 'drugs cancer'
Pope Francis urges Mexico's leaders to provide 'true justice' to citizens hit by drug violence, on the first day of his visit to the country.

Chinese spend 1.2 trln yuan overseas in 2015
Chinese consumers spent 1.2 trillion yuan ($184 billion) overseas last year, with over 60 percent going to luxury goods, according to an estimate by Fortune Character, a luxury market consultancy.

Chinese investors bid $1.2 billion for Norwegian software-maker, FT says
A Chinese investment consortium is offering $1.2 billion for Norway's Opera Software, which provides services for apps and web browsers, the Financial Times reported, citing Lars Boilesen, Opera's CEO.

HSBC leaning towards maintaining London as its headquarters, FT says
HSBC, Britain's biggest bank, is leaning towards keeping its headquarters in the UK, 10 months after it said it was considering a move back to Asia, to Hong Kong or other cities, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the process.

Chinesemake another US acquisition: Chicago Stock Exchange
A Chinese-led investor group is buying the Chicago Stock Exchange to list Chinese companies on it, and may start an equities exchange based in China.