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Trump bans transgender people in military

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US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in “any capacity” in the military. He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited “tremendous medical costs and disruption”. The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of ...

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Zimbabwe: Three women arrested for raping pastor

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Three women have appeared before a court accused of gang raping a pastor who went round to their home to demand money they owed him. Western Commonage Magistrates Court in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, heard how the holy man was grabbed and forced onto a bed and then stripped. The three women Sandra Ncube, 21, Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, 23, and Mongiwe Mpofu, 25, ...

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France wildfires force mass evacuation

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Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires. Some 4,000 hectares (15.4 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast, in the ...

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Nigeria has over 50% of the world’s out-of-school children

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More than half the world’s children who are not being educated are in Nigeria, the country’s government has said. Acknowledging the scale of the problem the education ministry’s permanent secretary Adamu Hussaini said it was “sad to note” that Nigeria had 10.5 million children out of school. This is the first time senior officials have admitted the size of the ...

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Nelson Mandela: Ramlakan book on final days withdrawn

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A controversial new book about the last days of former South African President Nelson Mandela has been withdrawn by the publisher. Mandela’s family had complained that the book, written by his doctor of almost 10 years, contained personal details. The publisher said it had pulled the book “out of respect” for the family. It added that the author had told ...

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Buhari ‘expected back from UK within two weeks’

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A Nigerian state governor says he expects President Muhammadu Buhari to return home from the UK within the next two weeks. Governor Rochas Okorocha was a member of a delegation who met the president in London on Sunday. Mr Buhari has been receiving treatment in the UK for an unspecified illness. His absence has led to some anxiety in Nigeria, ...

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Poland’s President Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees. Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland’s parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country. Before they become law, they require approval by the president. The changes have also set Poland’s right-wing government on a collision course with ...

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Mugabe gives sister-in-law $60,000 birthday gift

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 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has given his sister-in-law $60,000 (£46,000) as a birthday gift, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports. It says that the gift was to thank Junior Gumbochuma, who is the first lady’s eldest sister, for helping to Mr Mugabe’s children. Mrs Gumbochuma is a pastor and the Herald reports that the president used the opportunity of her birthday celebrations ...

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Nigeria’s President Buhari seen in London

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Nigeria’s president has been pictured in London for the first time since he left his homeland almost 80 days ago. President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, came to the UK for treatment for an unspecified illness. On Sunday, he met governors from his party for lunch and was very cheerful, according to a government statement. His absence has led to some anxiety ...

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San Antonio: Eight found dead in truck in Walmart car park

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Eight people have been found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, in the US state of Texas, police officials say. Twenty others were in critical or serious condition, with some believed to be suffering heatstroke or dehydration, and taken to hospital. Police did not say where the vehicle came from, but confirmed that the ...

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