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Kenya columnists quit Nation Media Group over ‘meddling’

Eight leading newspaper columnists have resigned from Kenya’s largest media group, citing a “loss in editorial independence”. In a joint statement, they suggested government interference in the Nation Media Group (NMG). NMG said it regretted the columnists’ position and it believed in “independence, fairness and balance”. The resignations come at a time when the government has been accused of cracking ...

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Gold castings of Mandela’s hands sell for $10m in bitcoin

Four casts of Nelson Mandela's hands were made by mining group Harmony Gold in 2002

Gold castings of the hands of South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela have been sold for $10m (£7m) in bitcoin. Canadian crypto-currency exchange firm Arbitrade bought four casts from South African businessman Malcolm Duncan. The firm said it planned to launch a global “Golden Hands of Nelson Mandela” tour to educate young people about the anti-apartheid icon’s life. This ...

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‘Smoking’ elephant in India baffles experts

A video of a wild elephant in India blowing out ashes has baffled wildlife experts around the world. Vinay Kumar, a scientist belonging to the Wildlife Conservation Society (India), filmed the 48-second video during a work trip to Nagarhole forest in Karnataka state in April 2016. He told the BBC that he had not released the video until now because ...

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Son of Angola’s ex-President named in $500m fraud case

The son of Angola’s ex-President José Eduardo dos Santos has been formally accused of fraud over the alleged illegal transfer of $500m (£350m) from the central bank to the UK. José Filomeno dos Santos is also barred from leaving the country, deputy Attorney General Luis Benza Zanga said. Mr Dos Santos is the highest profile person targeted in new President ...

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US to expel 60 Russian diplomats

The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK. US President Donald Trump has ordered 60 Russian diplomats to leave the country. Germany, France, Ukraine, Canada and various European countries have also expelled envoys. Russia called the moves a “provocative gesture” ...

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Egypt elections: Favourite Sisi seeks high turnout in polls

Egyptians polls

Egyptians began voting on Monday in a presidential election set to deliver an easy win for incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with turnout the main focus after all serious opposition withdrew complaining of repression. Polling stations will be open for three days and Sisi, a former military commander, has urged Egyptians to vote, hinting that he sees the election as a ...

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Russia fire: Children killed in Kemerovo shopping centre blaze

At least 48 people have died in a fire that tore through a shopping and entertainment complex in the Siberian coal-mining city of Kemerovo. As many as 41 children may be among the victims, and 16 people are missing, Russian officials say. The blaze started on an upper floor of the Winter Cherry complex while many of the victims were ...

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Former Catalan president detained in Germany

Carles Puigdemont

Catalonia’s ex-leader Carles Puigdemont has been detained by German police acting on a European arrest warrant. Mr Puigdemont, who is wanted in Spain for sedition and rebellion, was held crossing from Denmark on the way to Belgium, his lawyer said. Mr Puigdemont had been on a visit to Finland since Thursday. He has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium ...

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Paul Biya: Cameroon’s ‘absentee president’

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has been in power for 35 years. But while his longevity in office is a talking point at home, the time he spends out of the country has stirred international comment – as Paul Melly, an associate fellow of Chatham House, explains. Criticised by some for a supposedly “hands-off” style of rule, Cameroon’s President Paul Biya ...

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Cambridge Analytica-linked firm ‘interfered in Nigeria poll’

A brochure suggests the parent company of scandal-hit data firm Cambridge Analytica boasted of interfering in Nigeria's 2007 election - widely dismissed as lacking credibility

The company that became Cambridge Analytica boasted about interfering in foreign elections, according to documents seen by the BBC. Cambridge Analytica is embroiled in a storm over claims it exploited the data of millions of Facebook users. The BBC has seen a brochure published by parent company SCL Elections, it is believed prior to 2014. It claims, for instance, that ...

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