Nigerian wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award


A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency. She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September. The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, ...

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Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi does not fear global ‘scrutiny’

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she does not fear “international scrutiny” of her government’s handling of the growing Rohingya crisis. It was her first national address on the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh. She said that most Muslims had not fled the state and that violence ...

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Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islands

American military units were evacuated from the US Virgin Islands on Sunday

Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, says the US National Hurricane Center. It is moving roughly along the same path as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region ...

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Armed LGBT student shot dead by Atlanta police


Police in the US state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, leading to an independent investigation. Police encountered Scout Schultz at a campus in Atlanta after a call about “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday, officials say. Footage has emerged apparently showing Schultz, 21, refusing to obey multiple police commands to ...

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Hamas says it is ready to hold first elections since 2006


The Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is ready to dissolve the committee that rules Gaza and hold a general election for the first time since 2006. It also said it was aiming for more talks with rivals Fatah as it aims to end their decade-long feud. Hamas representatives have been meeting senior Egyptian officials in Cairo. In a cautious ...

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Rohingya crisis: ‘Last chance’ for Aung San Suu Kyi

More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has “a last chance” to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head has said. Antonio Guterres told the BBC that unless she acted now, “the tragedy will be absolutely horrible”. The UN has warned the offensive could amount ...

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Zanzibar arrests 20 over homosexuality


Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say. The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids education programmes. Earlier this year, authorities banned many private health clinics from providing HIV/Aids services, saying they encouraged gay sex. Homosexuality is a crime in ...

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Parsons Green: Man arrested over Tube bombing


An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a terror offence in connection with Friday’s attack on a London Tube train. The man was held in Dover on Saturday by Kent Police and taken to a local police station. The arrest is “significant” but the terror threat level remains at “critical”, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. ...

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Audit shows no hacking of Kenya vote system: French firm


An audit of the electronic system used to tally votes in Kenya’s cancelled presidential poll showed no manipulation of data, the French biometrics firm that supplied the system told AFP Friday. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has accused the company, OT-Morpho, of being complicit in alleged rigging of the election, which was declared null and void by the country’s Supreme Court ...

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Ballot papers for Liberia’s elections to be printed in Ghana, Slovenia

Angel Carbonu

Printing companies in Ghana and Slovenia are printing the ballot papers for Liberia’s October 10 presidential elections. This was announced by the country’s National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome George Korkoya, explaining that the ballots for the House of Representatives will be printed in Ghana, while ballots for presidential candidates will be printed in Slovenia. “We’ve concluded discussion that the ...

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