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Trump Bannon row: White House lawyers threaten former aide

US President Donald Trump’s lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he has violated a non-disclosure agreement. The cease-and-desist notice accuses Mr Bannon of defaming the president in speaking to author Michael Wolff. Wolff’s forthcoming tell-all book describes the president as being unprepared for the job. Mr Trump responded by saying Mr Bannon had “lost his mind” ...

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‘Twice as many die’ in Africa after surgery

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say. But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to elective surgery – surgery that is scheduled in advance. The number of these operations is 20 times lower than the demand, the study ...

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10 explosive revelations from new Trump book

Donald Trump was “befuddled” by his election win, did not enjoy his inauguration and was scared of the White House, according to a new book. Journalist Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House also purports to lift the lid on Ivanka Trump’s secret presidential ambitions. The book details Mr Trump’s regard for media titan Rupert Murdoch, though ...

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Ex-aide Bannon has lost his mind – Trump

Former White House aide Steve Bannon “lost his mind” after he lost his job, US President Donald Trump has said. The president disavowed Mr Bannon after he was quoted in a new book describing a meeting between Mr Trump’s son and a group of Russians as “treasonous”. The Russians had offered Donald Trump Jr damaging information on Hillary Clinton at ...

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Ethiopia to release all political prisoners

Ethiopia’s prime minister has announced the release of all political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre which allegedly used torture to extract confessions. Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference charges would also be dropped for those still awaiting trial. The move was designed to allow political dialogue, he said. Ethiopia is accused by human rights groups of ...

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Ghanaian-born soldier dies in US trying to rescue neighbors from fire

Private Emmanuel Mensah went off to serve in the Army National Guard, but it was back home where he made the ultimate sacrifice. Mensah died trying to rescue people from his burning apartment building this week in the Bronx, New York, in the city’s deadliest fire in more than 25 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.   As Mensah’s father ...

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Zambia foreign minister resigns over ‘greed’

Zambia’s foreign minister has announced his resignation in a scathing Facebook post, denouncing the country’s “path of insatiable greed and shame”. Henry Kalaba said his decision was prompted by the “swelling” levels of corruption “perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution”. Analysts suspect the move is an attempt to pressure President Edgar Lungu, who is considering seeking ...

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Equatorial Guinea says it thwarted ‘coup’ in December 2017

The West African state of Equatorial Guinea said Wednesday it had thwarted “a coup” in late December mounted by mercenaries who sought to attack President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest-serving leader. In a statement read on public radio, Security Minister Nicolas Obama Nchama said: “Mercenaries… were recruited by Equatorial Guinean militants from certain radical opposition parties with the support of ...

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Leave or face imprisonment – Israel orders African migrants

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days. They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries. If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened ...

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Trump threatens stop to Palestinian aid over Jerusalem row

The US may stop aid payments to Palestinians who are “no longer willing to talk peace”, President Trump said. On Twitter, Mr Trump said the United States received “no appreciation or respect” in return for its aid. He also said his controversial recognition of the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital took the hugely divisive issue “off the table” ...

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