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Kenya: Chinese-built bridge collapses two weeks after Presidential inspection

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The collapse occurred less than two weeks after president Kenyatta visited the site as part of a campaign tour before general elections in August. Kenyatta, who is up for reelection, has been emphasizing his party’s focus on infrastructure projects, like a new railway between Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa. The president promised to build the bridge in Busia county after ...

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Vatican treasurer charged with sex offences

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The Vatican treasurer and Australia’s most senior Catholic figure, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with sex offences in Australia. The charges relate to alleged “historical” incidents, police in the state of Victoria said. The allegations were made by more than one person, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton. Cardinal Pell, who is based in the Vatican, has vehemently denied ...

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Ethiopia asks for extension of Saudi amnesty deadline

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Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants expired on Tuesday without all of them leaving , the Ethiopian government has said. Communications Minister Negeri Lencho told the BBC that the government has asked for the amnesty to be extended. He said more than 45,000 citizens had so far returned but there ...

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South African court bans schools from religious favourtism

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The South Gauteng High Court in South Africa has declared that public schools should not favour any one religion over others. The Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy brought the case against six schools with a Christian ethos. In it’s application, the organisation argued that the schools’ decision to stop scientific teaching of the theory of evolution is an abuse ...

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Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the “criminal government”. His whereabouts ...

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US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

The suspected gas attack in Idlib province in April left more than 80 people dead and many more injured

The US says it has identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April. Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to order a strike against a Syrian air base. ...

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Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court

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US President Donald Trump has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling allowing his travel ban to be partly reinstated as a “victory for our national security”. America’s highest court also granted a White House request allowing part of its refugee ban to go into effect. The justices said they would consider in October whether the president’s policy should be upheld or ...

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Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

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Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces. A local official told the BBC that dozens of bodies had been buried, and 23 survivors were taken to the town, although one later died. African migrants ...

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Al-Qaeda hostage released after six years

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Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says. Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement on Monday. He was seized by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) along with two other men, one of whom was freed in ...

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Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

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Fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul. IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern Iraqi city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi officials say. IS has now been squeezed into a square mile of territory in Mosul’s ...

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