US lifts Trump-imposed sanctions on ICC prosecutor.

The US has lifted sanctions on the International Criminal Court top prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The sanctions were imposed under former President Donald Trump over the court’s investigations into alleged war crimes by the US in Afghanistan, and US ally Israel Read More ...

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Gunman in Southern California mass shooting knew his victims.

Officials have identified the gunman in a shooting inside an office building in southern California that left four people dead, including a nine-year-old boy. The child died while being embraced by another victim, police said. The Wednesday attack in Orange, Read More ...

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Kurdish-led campaign under way to rid al-Hol camp of IS.

Kurdish-led security forces have made arrests inside a camp in northern Syria holding family members of Islamic State group members. The operation at al-Hol camp was aimed at rooting out IS followers after violent incidents, some fatal. Several dozen people Read More ...

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Report clears France of complicity in 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Meanwhile, France bears “heavy and overwhelming responsibilities” over the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a report by French historians says, but they found no evidence of French complicity. The expert commission that presented the report to French President Emmanuel Macron say France Read More ...

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Israel elections: Weary voters head to polls for fourth time in two years.

Israelis are voting in the fourth general election in two years in what is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The previous three elections – a record cycle – ended inconclusively. A unity government, which was Read More ...

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Biden eyes 4 July as ‘Independence Day’ from virus.

President Joe Biden has said he is hopeful that America can “mark independence” from Covid-19 on 4 July if people get vaccinated. In his first primetime address as president, Mr Biden said he would order states to make all adults Read More ...

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Senegal opposition leader Sonko arrested after clashes.

Prominent Senegalese opposition politician Ousmane Sonko has been arrested, his lawyer says. He is accused of disturbing public order in the capital, Dakar, as he travelled to court for a hearing in a rape case. His motorcade was followed by Read More ...

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Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has accused the Ethiopian government of trying to intimidate journalists following the recent arrests of at least four reporters covering the conflict in the northern state of Tigray. The BBC’s Girmay Gebru was Read More ...

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UN ‘outraged’ by suspect jihadist attack on aid facilities

The United Nations says suspected Islamists have attacked humanitarian facilities in north-eastern Nigeria. The UN said it was outraged that a hospital and the premises of several aid agencies had been set on fire or otherwise damaged. It said the Read More ...

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Rwanda’s Kagame faults ‘hypocrisy’ in vaccine supply.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has faulted the “hypocrisy and double standards” in the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. President Kagame made the comments in a tweet after the World Health Organization Director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said deals between rich nations Read More ...

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Mozambique loses its opposition leader Daviz Simango.

Mr.Daviz Simango, the leader of Mozambique’s second-largest opposition party, has died in neighbouring South Africa. Mr. Simango had been evacuated to South Africa on 13 February. A few days earlier, his wife tested positive for coronavirus, but when Mr Simango Read More ...

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Deadly winter storm sweeps Texas and US southern states.

A winter storm in the US has brought deadly freezing winds, ice and snow to many regions that rarely see such frigid conditions. In Texas, a surge in demand for electricity has led to widespread power cuts. The state is Read More ...

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US Air Force will conduct a global security review.

The US Air Force will conduct a global security review after an intruder entered the base that houses the presidential air craft, Air Force One. On Thursday, an unarmed adult male was able to access Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews and Read More ...

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Trump impeachment: When is his Senate trial and will he testify?

Donald Trump is about to stand trial in the US Senate for his role in the riot at the Capitol on 6 January though he says he won’t give evidence himself. The former president is the first in US history Read More ...

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Myanmar coup: US threatens sanctions over Aung San Suu Kyi detention.

US President Joe Biden has threatened to reinstate sanctions in Myanmar after the country’s military seized power. Myanmar’s army detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected leaders, accusing Ms Suu Kyi’s party of fraud over its recent landslide election Read More ...

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Biden adds South Africa to Covid travel bans.

The Biden administration has renewed Trump-era Covid-19 travel bans on non-US visitors from Brazil and most of Europe, including the UK and Ireland. The White House also imposed a new ban on South Africa over its virus variant. Former President Read More ...

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Biden to block Trump’s Covid rule change on president’s final day in office.

US President-elect Joe Biden is to undo one of Donald Trump’s last actions in office by blocking his decree lifting Covid travel bans on visitors from much of Europe and Brazil. Mr. Biden’s spokeswoman said now was not the time Read More ...

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Georgia Senate runoff elections: how they work and why they matter.

The US state of Georgia is going to the polls for a second-round vote that will decide whether President-elect Joe Biden’s Democrats control the Senate. Mr. Biden’s party needs to win both seats in the state’s runoffs to gain full Read More ...

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Covid: New lockdowns for England and Scotland ahead of ‘hardest weeks’.

Everyone in England must stay at home except for permitted reasons during a new coronavirus lockdown expected to last until mid-February, the PM says. All schools and colleges will close to most pupils and switch to remote learning from today. Read More ...

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There is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic-WHO has warned.

Senior officials of the World Health Organization have warned that there is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic spreading across the world, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the final World Health Organization COVID-19 press conference Read More ...

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Joe Biden: ‘Enormous damage’ to US security agencies by Trump.

Agencies critical to US security have suffered “enormous damage” at the hands of the Trump administration, US President-elect Joe Biden has said. Mr Biden said his team was not getting the information it needed, including from the Department of Defense, Read More ...

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At least 7 killed in knife attack in northeastern China.

At least seven people have been killed by a knife-wielding attacker in north-eastern China, media reports say. Another seven people were reported wounded in the mass stabbing, which took place in Kaiyuan, a small city in Liaoning province. Police have Read More ...

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Covid: US President-elect Joe Biden gets vaccine live on TV.

President-elect Joe Biden has received his first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, saying he was getting the jab to show Americans it is safe to take. Mr. Biden joins a growing number of political leaders getting the jab, including Read More ...

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Italy announces Christmas and New Year lockdown.

Italy has ordered a nationwide lockdown over much of the Christmas and New Year period in an effort to combat a rise in coronavirus cases. The country will be under “red-zone” restrictions over the public holidays, with non-essential shops, restaurants Read More ...

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‘Democracy prevailed,’ Biden says after US Electoral College confirms his win.

Joe Biden has said the will of the people prevailed after his presidential election victory was confirmed by the US Electoral College. In a speech after the announcement, he said the US democracy had been pushed, tested, threatened and proved Read More ...

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Four lions test positive for Covid-19 at Barcelona Zoo.

Four lions at a zoo in Barcelona have tested positive for coronavirus. Three females – Zala, Nima and Run Run – and a male named Kiumbe were all tested after displaying mild symptoms. Two members of staff also tested positive Read More ...

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Biden picks ex-general as defense secretary.

US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen retired General Lloyd Austin as his defence secretary, US media report. Gen Austin, aged 67, will become the first African-American to lead the Pentagon. Gen Austin, who led US Central Command during the Obama Read More ...

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Trump orders withdrawal of US troops from Somalia.

US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of nearly all US troops from Somalia by 15 January, the Pentagon has said. The US has about 700 troops in the country helping local forces battle al-Shabab and Islamic State militants. Read More ...

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Biden kicks off presidential transition by pleading with Americans to wear masks.

Meanwhile, US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to curtail the spread of coronavirus. He told CNN he believed there would be a “significant reduction” in Covid-19 Read More ...

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US election: Appeal court dismisses Trump camp’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

A US federal appeals court has firmly rejected the Trump campaign’s attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared winner in Pennsylvania. The panel of three judges deemed the case was without merit, saying the Trump campaign had not Read More ...

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Biden to Name First Cabinet Members Tuesday.

US President-elect Joe Biden will formally introduce the first people he has chosen for his cabinet later, as the transition of power gathers pace. Many of the choices, already announced, are Mr Biden’s colleagues from his years in the Obama Read More ...

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Trump’s Eldest Son Tests Positive for Coronavirus.

US President Donald Trump’s oldest son has tested positive for coronavirus, according to his spokesman. Donald Trump Jr, 42, was diagnosed at the start of this week and has been quarantining at his bungalow since the result, the spokesman said. Read More ...

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Trump expected to order troop reductions in Afghanistan, Iraq.

The US military expects President Donald Trump to order a further withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, according to defence officials quoted by US media. Those in Afghanistan will be cut from about 5,000 down to 2,500 by mid-January, Read More ...

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US election: China congratulates Joe Biden on victory.

After nearly a week of silence, China has finally congratulated Joe Biden, a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said on Friday. The relationship between China and the US the world’s two biggest economies is hugely consequential. A trade war initiated Read More ...

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Joe Biden picks Ron Klain as White House chief of staff.

US President-elect Joe Biden has picked veteran aide Ron Klain to be White House chief of staff, his team say. Mr. Klain has served as an aide to Mr. Biden since the 1980s on the Senate Judiciary Committee and later Read More ...

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Joe Biden Is Projected Winner of US Presidential Election.

Democrat Joe Biden has been declared president-elect, but President Donald Trump is challenging the result, alleging electoral fraud. The Trump campaign – yet to provide any strong evidence of fraud – is pursuing lawsuits in several key states. Individual states Read More ...

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USA president Joe Biden plans to tackle climate change.

President-elect Joe Biden has a plan to tackle climate – and it has been described as the most ambitious of any mainstream US presidential candidate yet. Much will be made about Biden’s pledge to re-join the Paris climate agreement, the Read More ...

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Joe Biden vows to ‘unify’ country in victory speech.

Joe Biden has said it is time to heal the US in his first speech as president-elect, vowing not to divide but to unify the country. Mr. Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump following a cliff-hanger vote count after Tuesday’s Read More ...

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Joe Biden is planning to address the nation in his home state of Delaware.

In a related development as reported earlier, Joe Biden is planning to address the nation in his home state of Delaware. Some aides had suggested he might declare victory if more states were projected in his favour, pushing him over Read More ...

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Biden overtakes Trump in Pennsylvania as Georgia heads for recount.

A recount will be held there in the presidential race, after Joe Biden edged ahead of Donald Trump by a margin of about 4,000 votes. But Georgia’s Senate races have also become nail-biters as the contests for the state’s two Read More ...

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Thousands Attend Cameroon Burial Of Killed Children.

Meanwhile, thousands of people turned out to bury seven schoolchildren who were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Cameroon’s south-western city of Kumba last month. Parents of the children told the BBC that their loss was deep, and no amount Read More ...

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Trump & Biden, Who wins US presidential sit?

Donald Trump and Joe Biden each claim to be ahead in the US presidential election, even as the final outcome hangs on a razor’s edge and both sides ramp up for legal action. The Trump campaign is challenging vote counts Read More ...

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How much could Joe Biden win the popular vote by & still lose the Electoral College?

Early results from the US presidential election between incumbent Republican Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden show a nail-biting race in crucial battleground states. Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in the potentially pivotal race of Florida with almost Read More ...

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US man jailed for burning historic black churches.

A young white man has been jailed for 25 years for burning down three historic black churches in the US state of Louisiana last year. He said he had burnt the churches to boost his reputation within his favoured music Read More ...

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Landslides kill at least 19 after heavy rain in Vietnam.

At least 19 people have been killed and dozens are missing after torrential rains caused by a powerful typhoon triggered landslides in Vietnam. Typhoon Molave slammed into the coast near Da Nang city, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The Read More ...

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Philadelphia rocked by fresh unrest after police shooting.

Philadelphia police in US have said hundreds of looters are ransacking businesses in the city in a second night of unrest after police fatally shot a black man. Police reinforcements as well as the National Guard have been deployed. Officials Read More ...

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Australia child abuse: Police arrest 44 suspects and rescue 16 children.

Australian police have arrested 44 men across the nation on suspicion of possessing and producing child abuse material. Sixteen children had been removed from harm in the process, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said. The arrests followed a year-long investigation Read More ...

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Afghan air strike on religious school leaves 12 children dead.

At least 12 civilians have been killed in an air strike on a religious school in the northern Afghan province of Takhar, local officials say. They said the strike on the madrassa in the village of Hazara killed 11 children Read More ...

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Vietnam landslide: Rescuers search for survivors at barracks.

A frantic search is under way in Vietnam to find 11 soldiers whose barracks were buried by a huge landslide as the country battles its worst floods for years. Eleven bodies have so far been pulled from the remains of Read More ...

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Biden says Florida seniors ‘expendable’ for Trump.

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has criticized Donald Trump’s handling of Covid-19, while courting elderly voters in the key battleground state of Florida. He told them that the president saw seniors, who have been more at risk in the Read More ...

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Trump refuses to take part in virtual TV event with Joe Biden.

US President Donald Trump has refused to take part in a virtual TV debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Earlier the commission deciding the 15th October Miami debate’s format said it would have to take place remotely. It made Read More ...

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Deadly flash floods hit France and Italy.

Heavy rains have caused flash floods in south-eastern France and north-western Italy, killing at least seven people on both sides of the border. Storm Alex has destroyed dozens of houses and washed away roads in a mountainous border region. Coastal Read More ...

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Trump Covid: President criticised over drive-past.

Medical experts are questioning Donald Trump’s decision to greet supporters in a drive-past outside the hospital where he is being treated for Covid-19. There are concerns the US president, who wore a mask, may have endangered Secret Service staff inside Read More ...

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Nigerian President sends get well soon message to Trump, wife.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other leaders around the world in wishing the US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, a quick and full recovery from Covid-19. According to a statement from the Nigerian presidency, Mr. Buhari expressed Read More ...

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Trump & First Lady to Enter Quarantine after Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus.

US President Donald Trump has said he and the US first lady are in quarantine after one of his closest aides tested positive for coronavirus. He tweeted that both he and Melania Trump were now awaiting their own test results Read More ...

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Kim Jong-un apologizes for killing of South Korean official.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has issued a rare personal apology for the killing of a South Korean official, Seoul says. Mr. Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the “disgraceful affair” should not have happened. South Read More ...

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Trump says he will name Supreme Court nominee Friday or Saturday.

US President Donald Trump has said he will name his nominee for Supreme Court justice by the end of the week, and urged the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm his choice before the presidential election. The plan has launched a high-stakes Read More ...

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Trump’s plan to replace Ginsburg an abuse of power.

Donald Trump’s move to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election is an abuse of power, his Democratic rival Joe Biden says. Mr. Trump has said he will next week nominate a woman to Read More ...

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Lebanon’s largest prison grapples with COVID-19 outbreak.

Lebanon’s largest prison is grappling with coronavirus outbreak. A security source told the BBC that about 200 prisoners had contracted Covid-19 in Roumieh prison, located close to the capital, Beirut. Earlier this week, it was reported that prisoners had staged Read More ...

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Former model Amy Dorris says Donald Trump sexually assaulted her.

US President Donald Trump has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a former model in New York in 1997. Amy Dorris told the UK’s Guardian newspaper that Mr. Trump groped various parts of her body and forcibly kissed her as Read More ...

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Israel to impose a new national lockdown.

Israel is to impose a new national lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus with tough restrictions coming into effect on Jewish New Year. The country’s second lockdown begins on Friday and lasts at least three weeks. Prime Minister Benjamin Read More ...

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France coronavirus death toll tops 10,000.

France has recorded almost 10,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, marking its highest single-day count since the start of the outbreak. Health authorities reported 9,843 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Thursday(10th September 2020), surpassing the previous daily record by Read More ...

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Afghan VP Amrullah Saleh escapes deadly bomb attack in Kabul.

At least 10 people have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul that targeted the first vice president, Amrullah Saleh. Mr. Saleh, a former head of the Afghan intelligence services, escaped with slight burns on Read More ...

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Another war suspect arrested in London

A man has been arrested in London on suspicion of war crimes during the Liberian civil wars. The 45-year-old man is accused of offences relating to the country’s first and second civil wars between 1989 and 2003, the Met Police Read More ...

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VATICAN: “Continue on the Path of Dialogue,” Say Pope Francis Concerning Nile Dam Controversy.

VATICAN: “Continue on the Path of Dialogue,” Say Pope Francis Concerning Nile Dam Controversy Pope Francis has asked representatives of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to dialogue and come to agreement concerning the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Read More ...

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“Since Covid-19 is not even closer to end, lives should be saved” Dr Tedros said.

Nearly six months after the new corona virus first emerged, the COVID-19 pandemic is “not even close to being over”, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned. Speaking on the eve of the grim Read More ...

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Evariste Ndayishimiye sworn in as president of Burundi.

Burundi’s newly elected president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been sworn in this afternoon(0f 18 June 2020). No foreign heads of state were present when he took the oath of office in the administrative capital, Gitega, where he pledged to defend the Read More ...

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Burundi’s new president to be sworn in.

Burundi’s newly-elected president, Evariste Ndayishimiye is due to be sworn in today(18 june 2020) – two months earlier than planned. The fast-tracked ceremony comes after his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza died suddenly last week. Mr. Ndayishimiye is a former rebel leader, Read More ...

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Pope Francis on aftermath of COVID-19.

We must think of the aftermath of COVID-19 so we are not unprepared The Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development underlines the commitment in favour of “local Churches to save lives and help the poorest”. Five working Read More ...

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A Togo opposition leader has accused authorities of setting up fake polling stations.

Agbéyomé Kodjo made the accusation against President Faure Gnassingbé who has been in power since 2005 when he took over from his father. The president’s office is quoted by AFP news agency as denying the accusation. Provisional results indicate that Read More ...

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Three Ugandan businessmen are reportedly being held in Rwanda.

Peninah Karungi, a wife to Bosco Nkwasiibwe, one of the detainees said last night that the victims were arrested by Rwandan security operatives on Thursday morning and that their captors also confiscated an unspecified amount of Rwandan Francs from the Read More ...

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