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Nigerian chief suspended by Lagos governor over fake kidnap

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A Nigerian traditional chief in the state of Lagos has been suspended after he confessed to faking his own kidnap. Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the incident was “an embarrassment to the state”. He said in a statement that investigations had found that Chief Yusuf Ogundare had conspired with his family to frame a rival chief for the disappearance. ...

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Turkey to mark anniversary of coup attempt

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Events will be held in Turkey later to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup in which at least 260 people died and 2,196 were wounded. A faction of the army tried to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but the attempt collapsed. Since the coup, the government has dismissed more than 150,000 employees from state institutions in ...

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Two tourists die in Egypt stabbing

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Two German tourists have been killed in stabbings at a hotel beach in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egyptian officials say. At least four other people were injured and a man has been arrested. The suspect is being questioned by police to determine his motives, the interior ministry said. The knifeman initially killed the two women before injuring ...

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Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of ‘close relative’

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Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under President Trump’s travel ban, a judge has ruled. The order, by District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, is a fresh legal blow to Mr Trump’s immigration crackdown. The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly. That decision, made last ...

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China rejects foreign criticism over Liu Xiaobo death

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China has rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer. It said the case was an internal affair and that other countries were “in no position to make improper remarks”. The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion”, died in a hospital in China aged ...

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Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

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China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61. The Chinese intellectual and activist, who championed non-violent resistance as a way of overcoming “forceful tyranny”, is the first Nobel peace prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, the 1935 recipient, who died under surveillance after years confined to ...

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Dangote invests $4.6 billion into farming in Nigeria

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Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $3.8 billion in sugar and rice and $800 million in dairy production in the next three years as the company seeks to expand and deal with a shortage of dollars in its home market of Nigeria. The conglomerate plans to increase its production of sugar to 1.5 million ...

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Report reveals Turkey’s coup orchestrated by President Erdoğan

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Last year’s failed coup attempt in Turkey is nothing but a false flag orchestrated by Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayip Erdoğan and his henchmen to create a pretext for a mass persecution of critics and opponents in a state of perpetual emergency, a new detailed study titled ‘July 15: Erdoğan’s Coup’ by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) concluded. Based on ...

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Nigeria’s President Buhari to return ‘soon’ – Osinbajo

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President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” and will return home “very soon”, says Nigeria’s acting head of state Yemi Osinbajo. He made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday morning, after visiting Mr Buhari at the London hospital where he is being treated for an unspecified illness. Mr Osinbajo, now back in Nigeria, said he had discussed a wide ...

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Somali schoolteachers arrested for ‘al-Shabab meetings’

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Somali authorities have arrested seven head teachers who they accuse of meeting al-Shabab militants. They are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favour the Islamist group’s ideology. Each of the principals is responsible for around 1,000 students, ranging in age from seven to 15. Al-Shabab has been waging a war against Somalia’s federal government for ...

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