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The playboy who got away with $242m using ‘black magic’

One day in August 1995 a man called Foutanga Babani Sissoko walked into the head office of the Dubai Islamic Bank and asked for a loan to buy a car. The manager agreed, and Sissoko invited him home for dinner. It was the prelude, writes the BBC’s Brigitte Scheffer, to one of the most audacious confidence tricks of all time. ...

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From the bush to the court: How Dzodze antelope met its untimely death

A Cape Bushbuck, a creature from the antelope family, wandered into the wrong place at the wrong time when it found itself at the Dzodze Magistrate Courtyard on Monday. The Bushbuck ended up filling the bellies of some individuals after it was caught and eventually slaughtered by residents and workers in the area. The Judicial Service Workers and National Disaster Management ...

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Convict with few hours to leave prison caught with drugs

A serving convict who had few hours to leave prison has been nabbed for allegedly possessing quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. Appearing before an Accra Circuit Court, Emmanuel Danquah pleaded not guilty to the charges of possessing narcotic drugs without authority. The court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh remanded him into Police custody to reappear on ...

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Nigeria: JAMB staff suspended over claims missing N36m was swallowed by snake

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, on account of N36m which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake in the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue State. The JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, told our correspondent on Sunday that the board was taking her through other disciplinary ...

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Nigeria: ‘Strange snake’ swallows N36 million cash in JAMB office

A mystery snake is said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and made away with N36 million cash. Before now, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centers, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to ...

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Breastfeeding mother sells milk to fund hospital bills

A young mother in China is selling her breast milk on the street to raise money for her sick daughter’s medical bills. In a video posted by Pear Video on the Miaopai video website, the mother and her husband explain they need to raise at least 100,000 yuan (roughly £11,250) for one of their children, who is in an intensive ...

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Police retrieve human head from shrine, arrest 4 suspects

The police have uncovered a shrine where it is suspected that some criminals fortify themselves before undertaking their illegal operations. Four persons were arrested at the shrine during the swoop at Akatapo, a village near Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region. The police also retrieved a human head in a black polythene bag which had been placed on one of ...

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‘I am thoroughly ashamed’: British lord resigns after arriving late to work

For anyone who has ever arrived late to work, an apology will usually suffice. But for one British lord, it was too late to just say sorry. It took less than 60 seconds for Michael Bates to arrive late, apologize profusely, offer his resignation and then leave the House of Lords on Wednesday. “I want to offer my sincere apologies to Baroness ...

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Doctor delivers baby on international flight

An off-duty doctor sprung into action on a long-haul flight when a woman sitting next to him suddenly went into labour on the plane. 27-year-old second-year urology resident Dr Sij Hemal successfully delivered baby Jake after his mother’s contractions started a week early on December 17. For Dr Hemal, who works at Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, the ...

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Kenya: Man rapes two goats to death

A Kenyan man is behind bars for raping his mother’s two goats to death. Mbithi Munyao, 35, is said to have dragged them from a grazing area for a sickening two-hour session. The terrified, bleating animals died of exhaustion as soon as he finished the vile attack, police have said. The animals’ bodies were presented as evidence before a shocked ...

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