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Zimbabwe presidential rivals both signal election victory, result due soon

HARARE: Both leading contestants in Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election signalled they had won on Thursday as a nervous nation awaited the official results three days after voting. International observers urged the electoral commission to release the tally as soon as possible to avoid further violence after three people were killed on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa claimed victory, saying President Emmerson Mnangagwa knew he had lost…

PTI begins coalition talks with independents, parties

Imran Khan's party said it has begun talks with independents and small parties to form a coalition government after a resounding triumph in Pakistan's general election. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won 115 seats in Wednesday's ballot, short of the 137 needed for a simple majority. The latest tally, which was updated Saturday afternoon following long delays, showed the outgoing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in distant second place with 64 seats. Khan's party has begun reaching out to potential…

Amazon rivals turn to legal fine print to stem Whole Foods strategy

SAN FRANCISCO: Whole Foods Market met a new foe this summer during talks to lease a top retail space in a San Francisco mall: the Target next door. As City Center mall’s largest tenant, Target Corp had a say over changes to the property. According to people familiar with the lease discussions, Target balked at sharing the mall with Whole Foods because it feared competition from the grocery chain’s new owner, Amazon.com. Early attempts to persuade Target failed, and Whole Foods may now have to concede certain Amazon…

FBI probing if Uber used software to interfere with rivals: Wall Street Journal

SAN FRANCISCO: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing to see if Uber had used software to illegally interfere with its competitors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The investigation is focusing on Uber’s program that could track drivers working for rival service Lyft Inc, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the investigation. The investigation is being led by the FBI's New York office and the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, the Journal said. Uber faces criminal probe over software used to…

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play. Paris Saint-Germain -- owned by sanctions-hit Qatar -- are poised to sign Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee of 220 million euros ($256.54 million), more than doubling the previous record. "The announcement of Neymar's transfer to PSG was piloted among the high ranks in Qatar as a sort of communications strategy that would…

Man United cannot buy to weaken rivals anymore: Mourinho

LONDON: The days of Manchester United weakening their Premier League rivals by poaching their best players are a thing of the past, manager Jose Mourinho has said. United, who have bought Robin van Persie from Arsenal and Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur in the past, have not brought in a player from a top-four rival since signing Juan Mata from Chelsea in January 2014. "Football has changed in the three years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. This is the new football. Do you think I can go to Tottenham and buy…