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India: Five arrested in Delhi over assault on Nigerian

Police in the Indian capital Delhi have arrested five people after a video circulated showing what appears to be a mob severely beating a Nigerian man. They have also detained the Nigerian, whom some residents accused of theft. The video shows four or five men using sticks to beat a man of African appearance who has been tied to a ...

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Malawi: Five lynched for behaving like ‘vampires’

At least five people have been killed in southern Malawi after they were accused of behaving like vampires. The UN says it has pulled staff out of two districts as the vampire scare sweeps across the south of the country. According to reports, the victims were killed by vigilante mobs who suspected them of drinking human blood as part of ...

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Kenya: Raila Odinga bows out of election re-run

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of the October 26, 2017 election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll after finding irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable”. ...

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Nigeria: 20,000 teachers to be sacked for failing exams meant for pupils

Authorities in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna State say more than 20,000 primary school teachers will be dismissed as they failed to pass examination tests meant for their pupils. This is coming amid apprehension that most primary and secondary schools in Nigeria are churning out half-baked students. Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai said qualified teachers would be employed to replace the dismissed teachers. ...

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North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. They also ...

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Liberia votes today: George Weah, 19 others vie for presidency

Liberians are set to go to the polls to choose a successor to Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the race to succeed her. Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of ...

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Rohingya crisis: Children die as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

At least 12 people have died after a boat packed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized near Bangladesh, officials say. Several people are missing after the incident in the Naf River late on Sunday. It is thought up to 100 people – including children – were on board. A rescue operation is now under way. Dozens of Rohingya ...

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Tunisian health minister dies after charity marathon

Tunisia’s Health Minister died of a heart attack on Sunday after taking part in a charity marathon to help battle cancer, officials said. Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres (yards), and then making a speech at the start of a race in the coastal town of Nabeul aimed at raising funds to build a clinic for ...

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Daca Dreamers: Trump outlines demands for new deal

The White House has outlined measures, including funding for a controversial border wall, that US President Donald Trump insists should be part of any new deal on young undocumented immigrants. Mr Trump is also asking to speed up deportations and hire thousands of new immigration officials. Last month he ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), that protected nearly ...

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Huge cocaine haul seized in tugboat in Atlantic

Nearly four tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated $260m (£200m) have been seized by international law enforcement officers in the Atlantic. The drugs were found on a boat between Portugal’s Madeira and Azores islands. Officials found 165 individual packages of cocaine weighing 23kg – a total of 3.7 tonnes – concealed beneath the vessel’s cooking area. It is not clear ...

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