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Turkey’s Deputy Speaker cautions against Fetullah links in Ghana

The Turkish parliament’s deputy speaker said on Wednesday that Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO)-linked schools were not only a threat for the security of Turkey, but also for other countries where the terror group is active. In a meeting with the head of the Ghana-Turkey Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Sualihu Alhassan Dandawa, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Yasar Tuzun drew attention ...

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Merkel clinches Germany coalition deal

Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU) have finally hashed out a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) that could break months of political deadlock in Germany. Negotiators have agreed on the division of key ministries – one of the last hurdles towards forming a government. It could end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September. But ...

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Kenya deports Miguna Miguna over Odinga ‘swearing-in’

Kenya has deported opposition supporter and lawyer, Miguna Miguna, following his role in the unofficial swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga as “the people’s president”. Mr Miguna has boarded a flight to take him to Canada, where he is a citizen. The government says Mr Miguna renounced his Kenyan nationality, which he denies. Ahead of the mock inauguration, the government ...

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South Africa: ANC holds ‘fruitful’ talks with President Zuma

South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, has postponed a top-level meeting that was expected to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future. Instead the ANC released a statement saying it had held “fruitful and constructive discussions” with him. Mr Zuma is under growing pressure from members of own party to resign amid corruption allegations. Earlier on Tuesday, parliament took the extraordinary ...

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Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai ‘critically ill’

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say. Local media quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister – who is being treated for colon cancer – is suffering from weight loss, exhaustion and muscle thinning. During his political struggle against ex-President Robert Mugabe, he has been beaten and imprisoned ...

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Jacob Zuma: ANC leaders call NEC meeting for Wednesday

South Africa’s ruling party has called a meeting of its top body for Wednesday, amid growing pressure on President Jacob Zuma to stand down. In a statement, the ANC said that the meeting was called to discuss the “management of the transition” between the Zuma and Ramaphosa administrations. On Monday, senior politicians held an emergency meeting in Johannesburg to discuss Mr ...

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Asia markets join global stock plunge

Asian markets plunged on Tuesday as investors dumped stocks following heavy falls in the US in anticipation of higher interest rates. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index suffered its biggest one-day point drop since 1990, before recovering. It comes after the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst drop in more than six years on Monday. A strengthening global economy and healthy corporate ...

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Two Kenyan TV stations back on air

Two private Kenyan TV stations are now back on air after being shut down for seven days. “Government switches NTV and KTN News back on after seven days,” privately-owned NTV said on its live feed on YouTube. But the stations are only available on pay TV platforms. Two other stations – Citizen TV and Kikuyu-language station Inooro TV – remain off ...

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Zuma ‘rejects ANC request’ to step down

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has defied his party and refused to step down, according to media reports. He and senior members of the African National Congress (ANC) held talks on Sunday but no details of their meeting have been released. Facing corruption allegations, Mr Zuma was replaced as ANC leader in December. Party leaders, who may be trying to oust Mr ...

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Paris attacks suspect in Belgian trial

The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks has gone on trial at a Belgian court over the gun fight that led to his arrest. Salah Abdeslam was escorted by two masked police officers, and refused to stand when requested to. “I do not wish to answer any questions,” he said when asked to confirm his identity. Abdeslam ...

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