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South Sudan Labour Minister Resigns

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Uncomfortable with the inconsistency in President Salva Kiir’s leadership, South Sudanese Labour and Public Service minister, Gen. Gabriel Lam, has resigned. He is a member of the opposition faction headed by Mr Taban Deng Gai, Africa Review reports. Gen. Lam said he was unhappy with the direction President Kiir was leading the country. President Kiir...

Hundreds Of Migrants Sent Back To Senegal From Libya

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At least 174 Senegalese migrants have returned from Libya where they were detained whilst attempting to cross the Mediterranean.  Abdoulaye Niass, one of the peoplewho returned today, told me his situation in Libya was dire:   “We were in prison. I spend almost 4 months there. We went there because we wanted...

Samsung Heir Lee Jae-Yong Arrested In South Korea

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Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has been placed under arrest in South Korea, accused of bribery and other charges. The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms...

Robert Harward Turns Down Trump's National Security Adviser Offer

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US President Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser has turned down the job offer. Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward was widely tipped for the post after Mr Trump fired Michael Flynn on Monday. A White House official said Mr Harward cited family and financial commitments, but US media said the sticking point...

D.R. Congo Election: We Cannot Afford $1.8bn Cost – Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia

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The Democratic Republic of Congo will not be able to afford an agreed presidential election this year, the government says. Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia said the cost of organising the poll, which was said to be $1.8bn, was too expensive. Last year the government and the opposition agreed that new elections would...

Kim Jong-Nam: More Arrests Over Airport Poisoning

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Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Malaysia. A female Indonesian suspect and a Malaysian man thought to be her boyfriend were both detained on Thursday. A woman travelling on a Vietnamese passport has also been...

Gambian President 'Appoints New Chief Justice'

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President Adama Barrow has appointed a Gambian lawyer and former UN prosecutor as chief justice of the country's supreme court, ending a series of controversial foreign appointments to the position by exiled former leader Yahya Jammeh, AFP news agency reports.  Hassan Bubacar Jallow has served in the appeals chamber of the...

Michael Flynn: Trump's National Security Adviser Resigns

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US National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office. Mr Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia's ambassador before his own appointment. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy. US reports earlier said...

Oroville Dam Risk: Thousands Ordered To Evacuate Homes

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More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate their homes after an overflow channel at the tallest dam in the US was weakened by heavy rainfall. The emergency spillway of the 770 ft (230m) tall Oroville Dam was close to collapse, officials said. The excess water has now...

Trump Loses Appeal Court Bid To Reinstate Travel Ban

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A US federal appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump's attempt to reinstate his ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court that halted the order. Mr Trump responded with an angry tweet saying...

UN Salutes Somali’s New President

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The UN Assistance Mission in the Somalia (UNSOM) has congratulated former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi on his election as Somalia’s new President. UNSOM Spokesperson Joseph Contreras, said on Thursday that the UN and the wider international community are ready to assist Mohamed in addressing the myriad challenges that await his Government. Contreras...

Red Cross Suspends Operation In Afghanistan

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has suspended operations in Afghanistan after gunmen shot and killed six local staff members in northern Jawzjan province, spokesman Thomas Glass said Thursday. The six staff members were shot dead on Wednesday morning in the Qushtepa district while two others are missing. The...

Closure Of Dadaab Refugee Camp Blocked By High Court

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The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was issued last year. The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high...

Russian Opposition Leader Found Guilty Of Embezzlement

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Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin. But Mr Navalny, who denies the charges, has vowed to take part in the race regardless. It was not immediately clear if...

Vatican Defends China Invite To Organ Trafficking Summit

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The Vatican has defended its decision to invite China to a conference on organ trafficking despite its record of using executed inmates as organ donors. The head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) admitted he did not know whether the practice was continuing but said he hoped to encourage change. Human...

Justice Department Argues For Restoration Of Trump Travel Ban

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The Justice Department argued Tuesday that a federal appeals court should overturn a district court judge's order halting President Trump's executive action suspending travel to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim nations. The hearing before the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges was the greatest legal challenge yet to the...

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Confirmation Slowest In History

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The confirmation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s cabinet by the Senate is the slowest in history since the time of the first U.S. President George Washington, with five confirmation out of 15. The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Trump’s fifth cabinet official and Education Secretary Betsy...

French Ex-President Faces Trial Over Illegal Campaign Finances

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Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18m euros (£15m; $20m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied that he was aware of the overspending. He lost the 2012 race to Francois Hollande, and failed in his bid to run again in...

Rwanda Fires 200 Police Officers Accused Of Corruption

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Rwanda's government has dismissed 200 police officers implicated in corruption, reports AP news agency. AP adds that police spokesman Theos Badege said there would be ``no mercy'' for corrupt officers.  The dismissal of the police officers was approved by a Cabinet meeting last Friday chaired by President Paul Kagame. Rwanda has been hailed...


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