Pressure forces to Zuma resign
On the eve of a party no-confidence vote, South African President Jacob Zuma resigned Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, ending a turbulent tenure marred by corruption scandals that sapped the popularity of the ruling African National Congress and hurt one of Africa’s biggest economies. The resignation set the stage for Zuma, 75, to be replaced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has promised a robust campaign against corruption but will quickly face pressure to produce results in a country struggling with unemployment, economic inequity and more. Ahead of 2019 elections, Ramaphosa also has the tough task of rebuilding a ruling party whose moral stature has diminished since it took power at the end of white minority rule in 1994. The African National Congress had pressued Zuma and welcomed the resignation, expressing gratitude for Zuma’s "loyal service" during his nearly 10 years as president and encouraging party members to support Ramaphosa, now the country’s acting president.
Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black are going to be dads
British Olympian Tom Daley and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have announced they’re expecting their first child. The husbands — Daley, inset left, and Black, inset right — posted to Instagram on Valentine’s Day an image of them holding a picture from a baby scan. "Tom and Dustin are thrilled to share that they are expecting their first child in 2018," a Daley spokesman said. Daley, 23, and Black, 43, were engaged in 2015 and wed last year. Daley has competed at three Olympic Games, earning two bronze medals, and recently won gold in the 10-meter platform event at the 2017 world diving championships. Black is an American screenwriter and director who won an Academy Award in 2008 for his screenplay for Milk, a biopic of gay-rights campaigner and slain San Fransisco politician Harvey Milk.
All are organ donors by default
Senators have approved a new Dutch law that makes everybody a potential organ donor unless they decide to opt out. The new system narrowly passed a vote in the upper house of the Dutch parliament Tuesday. The lower house last year passed the legislation with a one-vote majority. The law’s drafter, lawmaker Pia Dijkstra, said under the new system — which is similar to donation laws in Belgium and Spain — every person over 18 who is not yet registered as a donor will receive a letter asking if they want to donate their organs after death. Those who do not respond will be considered organ donors, although they will be able to amend their status at any time.
To satisfy Greece, nation willing to add ‘qualifier’ to its name
Macedonia’s prime minister says his country and Greece have made significant progress toward resolving their quarter-century-old name dispute. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Wednesday that Macedonia’s government is willing to add a "geographical qualifier" to the country’s name — long referred to as Macedonia — which Greece has wanted. But Zaev said there are other outstanding issues, including what the Macedonian language will be officially called. Greece says that by using the name, its neighbor implies a claim on the Greek province of Macedonia and its ancient heritage.
Nation puts top human rights activist Asma Jahangir to rest
Pakistan bid farewell Tuesday to one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, who died this week of a heart attack in Lahore. Thousands — from family and friends to judges and human rights activists — attended the funeral service for feminist icon Asma Jahangir at the city’s Gadhafi Stadium. She was buried at a private ceremony later Tuesday. Jahangir, who was 66, served as chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and was widely respected for her outspoken criticism of militant and extreme Islamist groups. She was president of the Supreme Court’s Bar Association and a U.N. rapporteur on human rights, and also was on Time’s list of 100 most influential women. U.N. Women in a statement said, "Asma’s was a resonant voice in the world, advocating tirelessly for justice, equality and the human rights of all." — tbt* wires