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Pope Francis calls for change to the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis has called for a translation of a phrase about temptation in the Lord’s Prayer to be changed. The current wording that says “lead us not into temptation” is not a good translation because God does not lead humans to sin, he says. His suggestion is to use “do not let us fall into temptation” instead, he told Italian ...

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Ramaphosa believes South Africa’s President Zuma rape accuser

A leading contender to replace President Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa’s governing ANC has said he believes the woman who accused Mr Zuma of rape over a decade ago was telling the truth. Mr Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, told a local radio station: “Yes, I would believe her.” In 2006 Mr Zuma was found not guilty of raping ...

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May in Brussels for crucial Brexit meeting

Theresa May has arrived in Brussels following overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border. The PM and Brexit Secretary David Davis are meeting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier. Details of an agreement are expected to be set out at a joint news conference within the hour. If the border question has been settled, ...

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Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Liberia’s Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run. This means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – ex-footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai – can go ahead. The electoral commission will now set a date for the delayed vote. Liberty Party’s ...

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Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general sacked

Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a mosque last month. No official reason was given for Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru’s removal. Army chief Gen Tukur Buratai gave him ...

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Jerusalem status: Saudis condemn Trump’s announcement

Saudi Arabia has condemned the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, amid growing international criticism of the move. In a statement, the Gulf kingdom said President Donald Trump’s announcement was “unjustified and irresponsible”. But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as “a historic day”. President Trump’s move reversed decades of US policy. The fate of Jerusalem is one ...

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Indian drone crashes in China

An Indian drone has “invaded China’s airspace and crashed” on its territory, Chinese state media said. Zhang Shuili, deputy director of the western theatre combat bureau, said the incident took place in “recent days”. He did not give an exact location. He was quoted in Xinhua news agency as saying that India had “violated China’s territorial sovereignty”. The two countries ...

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Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process. The fate of the ancient city is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel called Mr Trump’s move “historic” ...

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Time honours abuse ‘silence breakers’ as Person of the Year

Time magazine has named “the Silence Breakers” – women who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its “Person of the Year”. The movement is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag which sprung up as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But Time says the hashtag is “part of the picture, but not all of it”. ...

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Zimbabwe court postpones former finance minister’s bail hearing again

A Zimbabwean court has postponed to Thursday the bail hearing of former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades. Chombo, who did not appear at the court on Wednesday, was detained after the military seized power in “Operation Restore Legacy” mid-November, which it said was meant to remove “criminals” around former President Robert ...

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