Nigel Farage, the divisive politician at the heart of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, on Wednesday threw his support behind Donald Trump's bid to become US president, with a rabble-rousing speech. Farage, the outgoing leader of the UK Independence Party, was instrumental in the surprise Brexit vote that rocked Europe in June, painting the decision as a chance for fed-up Britons to take back control of their country. The parallels are there," Farage told a rally for the upstart Republican nominee in Jackson, Mississippi.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday he has full confidence in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is under police investigation over a suspected spy unit at the tax service. Zuma said he could not intervene in the investigations despite the negative impact the probe has caused on the economy, according to a statement released by the presidency. The rand, which had tumbled since Tuesday in response to the investigation, extended gains to 1.3 percent after Zuma's statement. (Reporting by James Macharia; editing by John Stonestreet)