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Floods, Mudslides In Colombian City Of Mocoa Kills 254 People, Including 43 Children

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More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more are missing after torrential rains triggered severe flooding and mudslides in the city of Mocoa, in southwest Colombia, according to a statement released by the army. Heavy overnight rainfall caused several rivers to overflow their banks, sending mud and debris crashing on to...

China Vows Fresh Smog Crackdown As Toxic Air Shrouds Beijing

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China’s smoggiest cities have pledged to ramp up the battle on pollution after air quality deteriorated in the first few months of this year, the China Daily reported on Monday, as smog blanketed the capital, Beijing, and the surrounding region. Top officials from seven districts in Beijing, Tianjin and cities in Hebei and...

Pope Francis Calls For Peace In Congo DR

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Pope Francis on Sunday called for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, urging an end to the bloodshed in the troubled Kasai region. "News continues to arrive of bloody clashes in Kasai in the Democratic Republic of Congo — fighting which drags in victims and displaced persons," the pontiff told...

Trump Ready To 'Solve' North Korea Problem Without China

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US President, Donald Trump, has said the United States will "solve" the nuclear threat from North Korea, with or without China's help. "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you," he said in an interview with UK newspaper, the Financial Times. Pressed...

Former Speaker Of Brazil's Lower Congress Sentenced to 15 Years For Graft

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Brazil's former speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, was found guilty and sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on corruption charges on Thursday, according to the ruling from a federal court. The former politician's defense team said they would appeal the decision but Cunha will remain imprisoned pending...

South Korean Court Approves Warrant For Ousted President To Be Detained For Up To 20 Days

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Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye was behind bars in the Seoul Detention Centre on Friday after her arrest, on charges including bribery, in a corruption scandal that has brought low some of the country's business and political elite. She is accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure...

Israel Approves Construction Of First New West Bank Settlement In 20 Years

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Israel has approved the establishment of its first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades. Israel's security cabinet approved construction, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiates with Washington on curbing settlement activity. Thursday's unanimous vote in favour of the new settlement in an area Israelis call Emek...

US Wants UN Troops In D.R. Congo Reduced Ahead Of Long Delayed Elections

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The United States wants to cut by a quarter the troop cap for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, said diplomats, despite warnings by France and others against drastic changes to the world body's largest and most expensive operation. The United States wants the troop cap to be...

South Africa's Rand Plunges After Finance Minister's Sack

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South Africa has fired its finance minister, sending the currency plunging. The rand nosedived 4% against the U.S. dollar after President Jacob Zuma ousted Pravin Gordhan and a slew of other top ministers overnight, tipping the country into a new round of political turmoil and economic uncertainty....

South Africa's President Sacks Finance Minister Gordham, Appoints Malusi Gigaba

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma sacked finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a cabinet reshuffle after days of speculation that has rocked the country's markets and currency, replacing him with home affairs head Malusi Gigaba. A statement from the president's office just after midnight on Thursday said Zuma had also appointed Sfiso...

Fired Trump Aide Michael Flynn Wants Immunity To Testify

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President Donald Trump's ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, wants immunity to testify on alleged Russian election meddling, his lawyer says. Robert Kelner says his client "has a story to tell", but needs to guard against "unfair prosecution". Mr. Trump said that Mr. Flynn was right to ask for immunity, accusing Democrats of...

Kim Jong-Nam’s Body Arrives In North Korea

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The body of Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has arrived in Pyongyang, Chinese officials say. North Korea had requested the body, but has not confirmed its identity. It was released as part of a deal under which nine Malaysians previously prevented from leaving North Korea have now...

EU Sets Out 'Phased' Brexit Strategy

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The EU has outlined its strategy for Brexit negotiations, suggesting talks on a trade deal could begin once "sufficient progress" is made on a separation settlement with the UK. The draft guidelines, issued by European Council President, Donald Tusk, argue for a "phased approach" in talks. The draft will be sent to...

Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii Judge Places Indefinite Hold

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A US federal judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended the suspension of President Trump's new travel ban. Judge Derrick Watson's ruling means Mr Trump will be barred from enforcing the ban on six mostly Muslim nations while it is contested in court. In a lawsuit, the US state says the ban would...

Wife Of Former President Of Cote D'ivoire, Simone Gbagbo Acquitted Of Crimes Against Humanity

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An Ivory Coast judge says former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been found not guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Kouadio Bouatchi said Tuesday that Gbagbo was acquitted. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she participated in a committee that organized abuses against supporters of her...

Article 50: May Signs Letter That Will Trigger Brexit

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Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president, Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this...

EU Court Lifts Travel Ban On Gaddafi's Daughter, Aisha

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ordered that a travel ban imposed on the daughter of former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi be lifted. The EU had imposed sanctions during the Libyan revolution in February 2011, banning Gaddafi and members of his family from entering or transiting through EU member...

South Africa's Anti-Apartheid Veteran, Ahmed Kathrada Dies At 87

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Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada has died aged 87, his foundation says. He is due to be buried on Wednesday at a private ceremony, but President Jacob Zuma has said that flags should fly at half mast in his honour and that public memorial service will also be held. Mr...

Ghana President Bans Purchase Of Government Vehicles

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Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has banned the purchase of new state vehicles, as the government continues to look for more than 200 that it says went missing under the previous administration, local media report. The moratorium applies to all government ministries, departments and agencies, according to Joy Online , which quoted a letter from...

Trump To Roll Back Obama Climate Change Policies

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US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration's plan to tackle global warming. The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions. The executive order also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency's budget. Regulations on...