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Another Fire Outbreak As A Building Goes Up In Flames In East London

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Less than two weeks after a fire outbreak led to the deaths of at least 79 people in London, the city has recorded yet another fire incident.   Residents of a block of flats in east London have been evacuated from the building where the fire broke out.   London Fire Brigade said flames...

Battle For Mosul: Destruction Of Al-Nuri Mosque 'Shows IS Defeated'

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Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (ISIS). Iraqi forces say ISIS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government...

 

Barclays Charged With Fraud In Qatar Case

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Barclays PLC and four former executives have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and the provision of unlawful financial assistance. The Serious Fraud Office charges come at the end of a five-year investigation and relate to the bank's fundraising at the height of 2008's financial crisis. Former chief executive, John Varley...

Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide – UN

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Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday. That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but is more than six million...

US Sanctions Will ‘Complicate Relations’ – Putin

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New US sanctions on Russia approved by the Senate will complicate the countries’ relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a TV interview Saturday. “Of course this will make Russia-US relations more complex,” Putin said in an excerpt from an interview due to air in full at 1700 GMT on Rossiya-1...

Trump Adds Washington Lawyer John Dowd To His Legal Team

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President Donald Trump has added a veteran Washington lawyer to the team representing him in the investigations of possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia, including the criminal probe being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. John Dowd, who has represented key figures in a variety white-collar criminal matters and...

ECOWAS Health Expect Meet To Chart A New Course For Maternal And Child Health In The Region

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Health experts and partners from 15 west African countries are meeting in Abuja, the Nigeria’s capital to chart a new course for hospital reforms and maternal and child health in the region. Ahead of the 18th assembly of health minister from the ECOWAS region on Friday, director general of the West...

London Fire: Death Toll Rises To 17

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At least 17 people died in a massive fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, police said, as they warned that figure could rise further.

Special Prosecutor 'Investigating Trump For Possible Obstruction Of Justice' Over Comey Firing

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The Special Counsel overseeing the probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow is said to now be investigating the President himself for possibly obstructing justice over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. When Mr Comey appeared before a Senate committee last week, he confirmed that he had told...

Congressman Steve Scalise, Four Others Shot At Alexandria, Virginia, Baseball Field

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among five people wounded Wednesday morning when a rifle-wielding gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The Republican lawmaker was standing at second base when he was hit in the left hip amid a flurry of bullets, witnesses said. After dragging...

Ghanaian who lost fingers to frostbite in trek to Canada gets refugee status

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A Ghanaian immigrant who lost his fingers due to frostbite while crossing the the US -Canadian border has been given asylum Razak Iyal entered Canada with a fellow Ghanaian, Seidu Mohammed, on Christmas Eve, after they had walked for hours through waist-deep snow. The two left the US on Christmas Eve last...

Panama Dumps Taiwan For China

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Panama and China announced on Tuesday they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the world’s second-largest economy. The move prompted an angry response from Taiwan and will likely further strain ties between Taipei and Beijing, which considers the...

Maryland, District Of Columbia Sue Over Payments To Trump Hotels

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The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Monday filed a lawsuit claiming that government payments to President Donald Trump's businesses violate the U.S. Constitution. Payments to the president's enterprises from foreign and domestic governments through his hospitality empire draw business away from Maryland and D.C. venues and...

Melania Trump And Son Move Into The White House

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Melania Trump and son Barron have moved into the White House - five months after her husband Donald took office. Mrs Trump and the couple's 11-year-old son had stayed behind in New York so Barron could finish the school year. The decision was seen as unusual by some, as she was the...

Kenya Thwart Terror Attack Planned By Somali Militants

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Kenya has seized six men suspected of planning an attack sponsored by the al-Shabab militant group from neighbouring Somalia, the head of Kenyan police says, reports Reuters news agency. "The six had been dispatched from Burhanche in Somalia by their commanders to launch attacks in Kenya," Joseph Boinnet, the inspector general...

Macron’s Party Set To Win Parliamentary Vote In France

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France’s prime minister has declared victory for President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party in the French parliamentary election’s first round, as projected results show his centrist bloc on course for a massive majority to push through his pro-business reforms. “France is back,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Sunday, as he said...

ECOWAS Approves Morocco’s Membership Application

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The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has in principle, approved Morocco’s membership application, despite the country being in North Africa. Ecowas is made up of 15 West African nations, none of which shares a border with Morocco. Members enjoy free trade and movement of people. Morocco’s application comes after it...

Zuckerberg Praises Nigeria’s Lola Omolola

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has praised a US-based Nigerian woman who runs a secret Facebook group where members discuss "everything from marriage and sex to health issues and work problems". Female IN or FIN group was founded two years ago and has more than one million members. Mr Zuckerberg said the group...

Bill Cosby’s Criminal Sexual Assault Case To Begin In Pennsylvania

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Comedian,  Bill Cosby, goes on trial for sexual assault on Monday, June 5 in Pennsylvania, the culmination of years of allegations that have torpedoed his show business career. He arrived at a court in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, accompanied by actress, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy Huxtable...

Qatar Row: Five Countries Cut Links With Doha

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar has denied. The Saudi state news agency, SPA,  said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing...