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Top South Africa court okays secret ballots in Zuma no-confidence vote

The United Democratic Movement petitioned the Constitutional Court after Mbete rejected its argument that since parliament chooses the president by secret ballot, it should be able to use it to remove him. She has previously said she did not have the power. Zuma, who came to office in 2009, is due to step down as head of the ANC in December, and as national president ahead of the 2019 general election.



Helmut Kohl, the chancellor who reunited Germany, dies

In Brussels, European flags were lowered to half-mast in tribute . "The longest serving Chancellor in modern German history , Chancellor Kohl was a friend and ally to the United States as he led the Federal Republic of Germany through sixteen pivotal years", Trump said in a statement .



Malta denies Saudi Arabia has cut diplomatic ties

Turkey has been leading efforts to defuse a diplomatic fallout in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on June 5. "Why they didn't submit their demands yet?" But by applying pressure on gas-rich Qatar through sanctions, "we have a golden opportunity to break this support", he said.



Alwaleed Bin Talal Pledges Loyalty to New Saudi Crown Prince: Twitter Account

The royal decree did not nominate a new deputy crown prince, a post relatively new in Saudi Arabia , where kings have traditionally chosen their own successors. He worked closely with Washington after the September 11 attacks, helping to share intelligence to thwart more attacks. "This is extremely disruptive in the context of Saudi Arabia, there is a very complex royal family, the inheritance of the throne, the distribution of other benefits has been extraordinarily complex for decades".



One Year Later, Victims of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Remembered

Forty-nine people died and dozens more were injured as a result of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in recent USA history. Victims' families and survivors cried, hugged, grieved and supported one another as the victims' names were read aloud during the overnight ceremony.