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Trial of Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré, to resume

The trial of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré on charges of crimes against humanity,…

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Azerbaijan jails investigative journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, for exposing President’s family corruption

Investigative reporter and ICIJ member Khadija Ismayilova has been sentenced to seven and a half…

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Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe to review joint development authority

President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in Abuja that Nigeria and Sao Tome & Principe must…

Chief suspect in Bangkok bombing case arrested

Chief suspect in Bangkok bombing case arrested

Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said that authorities have arrested the main suspect in a terrorist attack in Bangkok that killed 20 people and injured more than 100 in August. He said on Tuesday in Bangkok that the suspect, a foreigner, was arrested on the Thai-Cambodian border. "He is foreigner,…

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Former TV reporter suspected in shooting deaths of US journalists

Authorities of the US state of Virginia say they are looking for a former employee of WDBJ-TV over the killing of two journalists, reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, during a live interview on Wednesday. Police suspect Vester Flanagan, a former employee of the TV station, was…

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Ghana man joins Islamic State, family says

A 25 year-old Muslim from Ghana has traveled to an Islamic State training camp, becoming the first known recruit from the West African nation to join the militant group, his family said on Tuesday. About one third of Ghana's population of 27 million are Muslims. They have long co-existed peacefully…

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Indonesia Muslim Council wants man called “God” to change name

Indonesian Council of Muslim Scholars has told a man whose name means God to change his name on Tuesday or risk being denied social services. A photo of an identity card belonging to the 42-year-old carpenter called simply Tuhan, the Indonesian word for God, was widely shared on the internet…

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South African ex-police officers convicted of killing Mozambican

Eight former South African police officers have been found guilty of a horrific assault on a Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, which led to his death. Footage of the incident which was filmed on a mobile phone at a busy street on the outskirts of Johannesburg in February 2013 was…

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Sierra Leone releases last known Ebola patient from hospital

Sierra Leone on Monday released its last confirmed Ebola patient from hospital and began a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus, a medical source said. "Today is without doubt a day for celebration and reflection on the thousands of lives lost during this devastating crisis," said Sean…

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France awards highest honour to men who thwarted train attack

French President, Francois Hollande, presented on Monday the country's highest decoration to four men credited with thwarting an attack on a Paris-bound train, saying that they had prevented "a massacre". American friends Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and a British man, Chris Norman, were received at the Elysee Palace…

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Death toll in British air show could be as high as 11 – London police

The London Police said on Sunday that the number of dead in the crash of a military jet taking part in an air show in Britain could be as high as 11. It said the victims were primarily pedestrians on a busy road in southern England, where the Hawker Hunter…

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Authorities piece together profile of Paris-bound train gunman

Authorities across Europe are stringing together a profile of the man suspected of opening fire on a Paris-bound train. They are investigating whether the Kalashnikov-toting attacker who was stopped by a group of passengers was driven by political motives. French officials have been cautious about categorizing the incident a terrorist…

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Italian navy rescues 3,000 migrants in Mediterranean

The Italian navy rescued 3,000 migrants aboard more than a dozen boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday after receiving requests for help from 22 vessels, the coast guard said. Operations are continuing and it is still unclear where the people will be taken, a spokesman said. Europe is struggling to…

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21 killed in Somalia suicide bomb attacks

No fewer than 21 people were killed in two separate suicide car attacks in Somalia on Saturday. One of the attacks took place in Mogadishu and another at a military training base in the southern port city of Kismayu, police and military sources said. Islamist militant group, al Shabaab, has…

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3 people killed, 4 injured in U.S. shooting

Local media reported on Thursday that no fewer than three people were killed and four others injured in a shooting in the U.S. State of New York. The report said the shooting took place Wednesday night after a basketball game outside the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester, south of…

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Italian President Mattarella says terrorism can trigger World War 3

Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, says the risk of terrorism can cause a third world war (WWIII). He said this on Thursday in Rome, in his message to the 36th Annual Rimini Meeting, in which he appealed for unity and solidarity among peoples and cultures. Mattarella noted that terrorism being fed…

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South Africa blocks Pistorius’ early release

South Africa's Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, has stopped Oscar Pistorius’ intended release on parole 10 months after the former Paralympian was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Mr. Pistorius was billed to be released Friday after serving just a sixth of his term. South…

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Crashed Indonesian plane ‘totally destroyed’ — Official

Officials of the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency have announced that the crashed Trigana Airline plane is totally destroyed. The plane, which had 54 people on board, went missing on Sunday in a remote area of Papua New Guinea. Efforts by rescuers to reach the crash site, after villagers…

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Bangkok bomb attack targeted at tourists – Thai defence minister

Thailand’s defence minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, has said that Tuesday 's bomb that killed 21 people at a busy junction in the capital Bangkok was deliberately targeted at foreigners in order to hurt the country's tourism and its economy. Tourism is one of the mainstay of Thailand contributing over 20 per…

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Wreckage of missing Indonesian plane found

Searchers in hunt of the missing Indonesian plane with 54 people on board have spotted the wreckage of the Trigana Airline plane off a mountain side. The plane, carrying five crew members and 49 passengers, including five children, was travelling from Jayapura, the provincial capital, to Oksibil, near the border…

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 Plane carrying 54 people missing

An Indonesian plane with 54 people on board has gone missing in a remote region of Papua region, aviation officials have said. The plane, Trigana Air ATR 42, lost contact with air traffic control just before 15:00 local time (06:00 GMT) after taking off at the Sentani airport in the…

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Nigerian Customs Service promises Niger Republic easy cargo transit across borders

The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Custom Service, Abdullahi Dikko, has promised the Republic of Niger easy transit of cargoes to facilitate trade between Nigeria and Niger. Mr. Dikko, represented Kohn Atte, the Deputy Comptroller-General (Finance Administration and Technical Services), spoke when a delegation of Nigerian Shippers Council and Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission…

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Human Rights Watch links AU Forces in Somalia to Wedding Killings

African Union (AU) forces in Somalia (AMISOM) should impartially investigate the killing by alleged Ugandan army troops of six men at a wedding on July 31, 2015, in the Somali port town of Merka, Human Rights Watch said Friday. The investigation should be carried out with maximum protection for witnesses,…

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U.S. owes Cuba millions of dollars, Fidel Castro says

Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, on Thursday told the U.S. that it owes damages to Cuba stretching to `millions of dollars’, In a message published Thursday, on his 89th birthday, the former Cuban president said his country would not stop fighting for peace and the well-being of all humanity. Mr. Castro…

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Britain lodges formal protest with Ecuador over asylum to WikiLeaks founder

Britain said on Thursday that it would lodge a formal protest with Ecuador over its decision to provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, in its London embassy, and so prevent his extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes. British Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire, said Ecuador must recognise that…