Nigeria missing as Africa agrees deal for Continental Free Trade

African leaders have signed an agreement to set up a massive free-trade area to improve regional integration and boost economic growth across the continent. The deal to create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed at an extraordinary summit in Kigali, Rwanda by representatives of 44 of the 55 African Union (AU) member states. “Our peoples, our business community and ...

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Kidnapped schoolgirls ‘freed in Nigeria’

The majority of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants from the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says. Nigeria’s Ministry of Information says 76 of the 110 schoolgirls were brought back in the early hours of this morning following “back channel efforts”. The army then “paused” its operations in the area to ensure “lives were not ...

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Turkey’s 18-month state of emergency causing gross human rights abuses – UN

The United Nations on Tuesday Match 20, 2018, called on Turkey to end its 18-month-old state of emergency, saying that the routine extension of emergency powers has resulted in “profound” human rights violations against hundreds of thousands of people and may have lasting impact on the country’s socio-economic fabric. “One of the most alarming findings of the report […] is ...

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Austin bombings: Suspect dead after detonating device

Austin bombings

A suspect linked with a series of deadly parcel bombs targeting Austin, Texas, is dead after a major police operation, officials say. The suspect was killed after detonating a device when officers approached his car off an interstate highway in the Round Rock area of the state capital. FBI agents are reportedly now carrying out an investigation at the scene. ...

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Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Volunteers try to clear a dam which is filled with discarded plastic bottles and other garbage, blocking Vacha Dam, near the town of Krichim on April 25, 2009. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there are also opportunities ...

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Zukerberg summoned to UK parliament

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been called on by a parliamentary committee to give evidence about the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica. The UK-based political consulting firm is accused of using the data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Damian Collins, the chairman of the Commons inquiry into fake news, accused Facebook ...

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Xi Jinping warns any attempt to split China is ‘doomed to fail’

Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has delivered a fervently nationalistic closing speech to parliament, painting China as the rising global power. Mr Xi said “achieving total unity” was the “collective hope of all Chinese people” and any attempts to divide it were “doomed to fail”. The speech was a strong warning against any attempt at separatism from places like Taiwan and ...

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Mississippi: 9-year-old boy kills sister over video game

A 13-year-old girl in Mississippi has died after allegedly being shot by her nine-year-old brother over a video game, police say. They said the boy grabbed a gun on Saturday afternoon after his sister would not give up the controller. He allegedly shot her from behind, and the bullet entered her brain. A local sheriff announced on Sunday that the ...

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Uganda investigates suspected ‘fake vaccines’

Two companies in Uganda are being investigated over the supply of suspected fake Hepatitis B vaccines to private health facilities. Uganda’s health ministry is quoted by the state-owned New Vision newspaper as saying there is a chance that the vaccines are genuine, but have had their labels changed. According to the National Drug Authority (NDA), which is investigating alongside the health ministry, ...

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Trump warned by Republicans over Russia inquiry

Donald Trump's use of Twitter to attack opponents is unprecedented

US President Donald Trump has been warned by fellow Republicans against interfering in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations. It came after he attacked Mr Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. In tweets at the weekend, Mr Trump reiterated that there had been “no collusion” between his team and Russia and called the probe a “witch ...

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