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Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz rejected on Tuesday a cabinet proposed by his new prime minister, dealing a blow to efforts aimed at turning the page on a crisis that has threatened to destabilise the coup-plagued West African nation. Carlos Correia was appointed premier on Sept. 8 following weeks of political turmoil triggered by Vaz's dismissal of Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira and his government over a row between the two rivals within the ruling PAIGC party. After more than a month of political haggling, Correia submitted a list of ministers to the president on Oct. 2.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday that he would like nothing better than to see Jordan Spieth battle Jason Day in Sunday's Presidents Cup singles on the course that bears his name. A match-up of the two best players in the world who have carried off three of the season's Majors is a mouth-watering and likely prospect, said Nicklaus, who himself won 18 majors and has captained the US side four times in Presidents Cups. "Put it this way, if they want to play each other there's ways it can be made to happen," the 75-year-old told AFP on the eve of the US versus International team match play event at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics flagged a nearly 80 percent jump in quarterly profit Wednesday, as sales of chips and displays offset stiff competition in smartphones from Apple and cheaper Chinese rivals. Samsung predicted operating profit of around 7.3 trillion won ($6.23 billion) for July-September, up from 4.1 trillion a year earlier and 6.9 trillion won the previous quarter. The firm's flagship smartphone business is struggling against fierce competition, sandwiched between top-end rivals like Apple's iPhone and lower-end devices from fast-growing Chinese outfits including Xiaomi.