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Sierra Leone votes for new President

Voting is under way in Sierra Leone, where more than three million people are eligible to choose a new president, parliament and local councillors. In the capital, Freetown, long queues could be seen at polling stations even before dawn. President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping down after serving two five-year terms. His chosen successor, Samura Kamara, is being challenged by ...

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Ghana’s Kiki Gbeho appointed dep. Head of AU-UN mission in Dafur

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki on Tuesday announced the appointment of Anita Kokui Gbeho of Ghana as Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Ms. Gbeho succeeds Bintou Keita of Guinea, to whom the Secretary-General and the Commission Chairperson are grateful for her dedicated service during ...

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Top economic policy adviser for Trump resigns

US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump’s team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a supporter of free trade, was angered by Mr Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. In a statement released by the ...

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Canada: Doctors protest against increment of their salaries

In Canada, more than 500 doctors and residents, as well as over 150 medical students, have signed a public letter protesting their own pay raises. “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,” the letter says. The group say they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses ...

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US mayor resigns after ‘stealing’ $10,000

“My time today as your mayor concludes,” Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said Tuesday after pleading guilty to felony theft of property amounting to more than $10,000. The resignation comes after she admitted last month to having an extramarital affair with the former head of her security detail, Sgt. Rob Forrest, that dates back to 2016. At the time, her travel expenses came ...

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IS video ‘shows deaths of US soldiers in Niger ambush’

The widow of one of the troops killed later became embroiled in a row with US President Donald Trump

The Islamic State (IS) group has published a video purporting to show an ambush in Niger in which four US soldiers were killed last October. It is not clear why the release of the video – via an IS outlet on messaging app Telegram – was delayed until now. The video consists mainly of raw footage, including images apparently filmed ...

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Child marriages declining – UN

There has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages worldwide, the United Nations children’s agency says. Unicef estimates that 25 million child marriages have been prevented in the past decade. One in five girls are now married before they are 18, compared with one in four a decade ago. South Asian countries have seen the biggest reduction ...

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un meets South Korean envoys

North Korea's Kim Jong-un meets South Korean envoys

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a dinner for senior South Korean delegates – the first time officials from Seoul have met the young leader since he took office in 2011. The South Korean president’s office confirmed the meeting shortly after the delegates’ arrival on Monday. The 10-member team is in Pyongyang for talks partly aimed at restarting dialogue ...

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Listeria outbreak: SA markets clear polony, other meats from shelves

Supermarkets in South Africa have been clearing a popular sausage from the shelves after it was blamed for a food poisoning outbreak behind 180 deaths. The government identified the cold meat polony as the source of the listeria poisoning – but advised consumers to avoid all ready-to-eat processed meat. Customers have descended on the factories that made the polony, to ...

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IS releases video of ‘deaths of US troops’

The Islamic State (IS) group has published a video purporting to show an ambush in Niger in which four US soldiers were killed last October. It is not clear why the release of the video – on an IS outlet on messaging app Telegram – was delayed until now. The video consists mainly of raw footage, including images apparently filmed ...

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