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Hope Hicks: White House communications chief resigns

Hope Hicks

Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, is to step down as White House communications director. The 29-year-old former model has been by Mr Trump’s side for years. The news came a day after she testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee, but White House sources said this was not the reason. She is the fourth person to ...

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Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in South Sudan

Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It says civilians have been tortured and mutilated, and villages destroyed on an industrial scale. The conflict between government factions ...

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BBC launches 2018 Komla Dumor Award

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fourth year. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and ...

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Syria war: Scores of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes

Bombardments by Syrian government forces have killed scores of civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus, monitors say. If confirmed, it would make Monday one of the deadliest days for the district since it came under siege in 2013. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 100 civilians, including 20 children, were killed by ...

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BBC starts Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria

Two new language services have been launched by the BBC World Service for Igbo and Yoruba speakers in Nigeria and West and Central Africa. Their digital content is mainly aimed at audiences who use mobile phones. Igbo is primarily spoken in south-east Nigeria and Yoruba in the south-west, as well as in Benin and Togo. The new services are part ...

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Ethiopia declares national state of emergency

A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. A statement by the state broadcaster said the move was necessary to stem a wave of anti-government protests. Hundreds of people have died in three years of unrest in the country. A 10-month state of emergency that ended ...

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North Korea made $200m flouting sanctions, UN told

North Korea earned nearly $200m (£141m) last year by exporting banned commodities in breach of international sanctions, a UN report says. The report by a panel of experts said several countries including China, Russia and Malaysia had failed to stop the illegal exports. It said there was evidence of military co-operation with Syria and Myanmar. Pyongyang is subject to sanctions ...

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CIA chief says China ‘as big a threat to US’ as Russia

Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as concerning as Russian subversion, the director of the CIA has said. Mike Pompeo told the BBC that the Chinese “have a much bigger footprint” to do this than the Russians do. As examples he cited efforts to steal US commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals – ...

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Some BBC male presenters agree to pay cuts

Some of the BBC’s leading male presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards have agreed to reductions, either formally or in principle, the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan said. It follows Carrie Gracie’s resignation from her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and ...

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Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page. Organisations on Facebook may see the popularity of their posts decrease as a result, the firm acknowledged. The changes ...

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