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Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence

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President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release. She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to...

May Rejects 'Partial' EU Membership In Brexit Speech

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The UK will not retain "partial" membership of the EU once it leaves, Theresa May will say in her much-anticipated Brexit speech. The PM will tell other European countries the UK wants to trade with them "as freely as possible" but will not be "half-in, half-out" of the EU. Her speech is...

Yahya Jammeh, Hit By 'Resignations'

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Three senior government ministers in The Gambia have resigned, as President Yahya Jammeh defies calls to step down when his term expires on Thursday, the opposition Fatu network news site reports The ministers of foreign affairs, finance and trade - Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Abdou Kolley and Abdou Jobe respectively - had handed in their resignations, it reports.  Last...

Search For Vanished Malaysian Airliner Suspended

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The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared three years ago with 239 on board has been suspended. In a statement, Australia, Malaysia and China said the decision was taken with "sadness" after a fruitless search in more than 120,000 sq km (46,300 miles) of the Indian Ocean. Families of the victims...

China Warns Against Being Blocked From Its Island

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Chinese state media have warn that blocking china from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to "devastating confrontation". The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the U.S should deny Beijing access to new islands in the south china sea. Two state-run papers carry editorials...

Barack Obama Ends The Policy That Grants Residency To Cubans

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President Barack Obama has ended the longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas. The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach us soil to become legal permanent residents after a year. In exchange, Havana has agreed to start accepting Cubans who are turned away or...

Adama Barrow Says Jammeh Should Not Seek Asylum

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The winner of December's presidential election in The Gambia says there is no need for President Yahya Jammeh to seek asylum and he is confident direct talks can solve the crisis. Adama Barrow told the BBC he was confident he would be sworn in next week despite his rival's refusal to...

Australian Minister Sussan Ley Resigns Over Expenses Scandal

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Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley has resigned after using a taxpayer-funded trip to purchase an apartment on Queensland's Gold Coast. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had accepted Ms Ley's resignation on Friday. Entitlements scandals have engulfed Australian politics in recent years. Mr Turnbull has now pledged to set up an independent watchdog,...

Donald Trump Promises Report On Election Hacking

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Donald Trump has promised to issue a report within 90 days on allegations of Russian hacking during the US presidential election campaign. In a series of tweets, the president-elect called the claims "made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives". US intelligence agencies have accused Russia of interfering in the election by hacking party communications. They...

Tearful Joe Biden Awarded Freedom Medal By Obama

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President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his "faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service". The award comes as both men prepare to leave...

Trump Organisation Handover Plan Slammed By Ethics Chief

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The director of the US Office of Government Ethics has criticised Donald Trump's plan to hand control of his business empire to his sons before his inauguration on 20 January. The plan does not match the "standards" of US presidents over the last 40 years, Walter Shaub said. A Trump lawyer said...

Obama Speech: Democracy Needs You, Says Outgoing President

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President Barack Obama has called on Americans to defend their democracy in his farewell speech in Chicago. "By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place" than it was eight years ago when he took office, he told thousands of supporters. But he warned "democracy is threatened whenever we take it...

Sudan Diplomat Escapes 'Sex Charge' in US

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A diplomat from Sudan was arrested in the US for allegedly "grinding on a woman" in a subway train in Manhattan, but he was released and the charges were dropped because he had diplomatic immunity, US media quote police sources as saying.  The 49-year-old diplomat, named in reports as Mohammad Abdalla...

Gambia's Information Minister Flees

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The Gambia's Information Minister Sheriff Bojang has fled to neighbouring Senegal, in a sign that President Yahya Jammeh is facing resistance from within his cabinet over his refusal to hand over power when his term expires on 19 January.  In a statement, Mr Bojang said Mr Jammeh's decision to challenge his...

Trump's Son-In-Law To Be Named Senior Adviser To The President

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Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be senior adviser to the president. The 35 year old businessman turned political strategist played a key part in his father-in-law's presidential campaign and his new position is expected to test the limit of federal anti-nepotism rules. The move comes ahead of a Wednesday news...

Donald Trump Calls Meryl Streep 'Overrated' After Globes Speech

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Donald Trump has hit back over Meryl Streep's criticism of him as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Mr Trump tweeted: "Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. "She is a Hillary flunky who...

Fourth Gambian Radio Station Shut Down

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Another private radio station has been shut down by Gambian authorities, deepening the ongoing political crisis in the country, the AFP news agency reports Paradise FM is the fourth radio station to be ordered off air this month.  Plain clothes policemen claiming to be acting on information ministry orders told the station...

President Buhari To Host Gambia Talks

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President Muhammadu Buhari is to host four other West African leaders today in an effort to avoid violence in The Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to hand over power later this month after losing an election. Senegal President Macky Sall, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone Vice-President Victor...

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Resigns

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Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned and dissolved the government in a move that had been expected following the approval of a new constitution and parliamentary elections last month, Reuters news agency report.  "I have tendered my resignation and that of the government," he said at the Presidential...

Syria Conflict: Russia 'Starts To Reduce Forces'

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Russia is starting to withdraw forces from Syria and its aircraft carrier group will be the first to leave, the Russian armed forces chief says. The announcement comes days after Russia and Turkey negotiated a ceasefire in Syria which is largely holding, according to the UN. Russia has carried out air strikes...


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