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Tonga parliament building flattened by cyclone

The parliament building in the Pacific country of Tonga has been destroyed by the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years. Cyclone Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and caused widespread damage. Electricity lines were downed and roofs were torn off houses by the high winds. The government declared a state of emergency ...

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South Africa: ANC leaders to ask President Zuma to resign

Leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC party are meeting to decide the future of President Jacob Zuma. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask him to step down, says BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the issue was causing “disunity and discord”. Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of corruption charges ...

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today [Monday] following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who served two terms as President of Liberia from 2006 to 2017, is the fifth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize, which recognises ...

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Nigeria: ‘Strange snake’ swallows N36 million cash in JAMB office

A mystery snake is said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and made away with N36 million cash. Before now, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centers, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to ...

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ANC leaders meet to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future

Leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC party are due to meet to decide the future of President Jacob Zuma. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask him to step down, says BBC Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the issue was causing “disunity and discord”. Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of ...

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Egypt army swoops on Sinai Islamists

Egypt says it has killed 16 Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai in the north-east of the country. Dozens of targets including weapons dumps, motorbikes and cars were also destroyed, a statement from the military says. Four militants and 30 suspects were arrested, it adds. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the military to defeat Islamists in the region ...

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Boko Haram releases 13 hostages to Nigerian government

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has released 13 people who were kidnapped in north-eastern Nigeria last year, the government says. They include 10 women seized during an attack on a police convoy and three lecturers from Maiduguri taken during an oil exploration trip. President Muhammadu Buhari’s office said their release was facilitated by the Red Cross. About 20,000 people ...

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Russian jet ‘crashes’ after Moscow take-off

A Russian airliner carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed after vanishing from radar screens as it left a Moscow airport for the Urals, media say. The Saratov Airlines An-148 regional jet was en route to the city of Orsk when it went missing. An emergency services source has told Interfax news agency the plane crashed and there was “no ...

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‘Mere allegations’ wrecking lives – Trump

President Donald Trump says lives are being “destroyed by mere allegation” after two White House aides quit amid accusations of domestic abuse. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused,” Mr Trump tweeted. This week saw the departure of White House speechwriter David Sorensen and staff secretary Rob Porter. The White House has been criticised for its handling of the allegations and ...

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Another Trump aide quits over abuse claims

A speechwriter has become the second White House aide this week to resign amid allegations of domestic abuse. David Sorensen denies his former wife’s allegations he was violent and emotionally abusive. His departure comes just days after another Trump official, Rob Porter, quit over allegations of abuse from two ex-wives, something he denies. Questions have been raised over how long ...

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