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President Ramaphosa pledges ‘new dawn’ for South Africa

New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken of a “new dawn” in his first State of the Nation address. Mr Ramaphosa, who was sworn in on Thursday, promised to “turn the tide of corruption”. He also spoke of accelerating land redistribution and outlined plans to boost the economy and create jobs. His predecessor, Jacob Zuma, stepped down on Wednesday ...

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Ethiopia declares national state of emergency

A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. A statement by the state broadcaster said the move was necessary to stem a wave of anti-government protests. Hundreds of people have died in three years of unrest in the country. A 10-month state of emergency that ended ...

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Six Turkish journalists jailed for life for ‘coup links’

A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters. The judgement came as another Turkish court decided to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for a year without charge. The six were found guilty of links to US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed over the failed ...

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Oxfam sex scandal: Director promises justice for victims

Oxfam says it will set up a commission to investigate past and present allegations of exploitation by staff. Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima said it would “do justice” and “atone for the past”. She invited victims to come forward “for justice to be done” for them, saying she was “here for all the women who have been abused”. The ...

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Chinese TV gala includes ‘racist blackface’ sketch

A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties, an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up to lampoon black people, a practice known as blackface is seen by many as deeply offensive. The annual state media variety show is ...

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Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

The teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting, police say. Nikolas Cruz, 19, said he arrived on campus and began shooting students before abandoning his weapon and escaping, according to a court document. He has appeared in court charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The FBI has admitted ...

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‘100,000 orangutans’ killed in 16 years

More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and paper mills, continues to be the main culprit. But the research, published in the journal Current Biology, also revealed that animals were ...

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Lebanese presidency denies making U.S. Secretary of State wait at Palace

he Lebanese presidency denied that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been kept waiting ahead of a meeting with President Michel Aoun on Thursday at the presidential palace, where he sat for several minutes before his Lebanese counterpart greeted him. Television footage showed Tillerson sitting in a room alongside an empty seat before Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil walked ...

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Ramaphosa takes over as SA president

Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. He was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president. MPs from the ruling African National Congress broke into song at the announcement. In a speech to parliament Mr Ramaphosa, 65, said that corruption was on his radar. ...

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister ‘surprisingly’ resigns

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned, the country’s state TV reported. No reason has yet been given for the decision. Mr Hailemariam also stepped down as chairman of the country’s ruling coalition. His departure comes amid months of anti-government protests in Ethiopia’s largest regions, Oromia and Amhara. In the latest violence, 10 people were killed and dozens ...

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