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Human remains point to blast on Egyptair flight MS804

Sources in the Egyptian-led investigation committee said on Tuesday in Cairo that the initial forensic…

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Chinese blogger detained for ‘provoking trouble’

Chinese authorities should immediately release blogger and commentator, Wei Manyi, the Committee to Protect Journalists…

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BBC censored during Obama’s visit to Vietnam

Authorities in Vietnam ordered a British Broadcasting Corporation team to stop reporting on U.S. President…

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ECOWAS Parliament urges Liberia to reconsider proposal on becoming Christian state

The ECOWAS Parliament has called on Liberia to reconsider aspects of its constitutional review where proposals have been made to make the country a Christian state. Members made the call following the presentation of Liberia’s country report at the parliament’s ongoing 2016 first ordinary session in Abuja on Friday. Members…

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Egyptair jet crashes with 66 aboard amid terror suspicion

An Egyptair plane crashed on Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board amid suspicions that a terrorist act was involved. Egyptian authorities said an extensive search was underway jointly with Greece for the wreckage of the Airbus A320 that went missing earlier in the day while flying…

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59 passengers, 10 crew members missing as EgyptAir flight disappears from radar

EgyptAir flight MS804 travelling from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from the radar, the airline has tweeted. The plane, which took off from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 11 pm local time on Thursday, had 59 passengers and 10 crew members on board. According to EgyptAir, the plane…

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Another U.S. whistleblower gets N995Million reward for exposing SEC violations

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday announced that it would award between $5 million and $6 million to a former company insider whose detailed tip led the agency to uncover securities violations that would have been nearly impossible for it to detect but for the whistleblower’s information.…

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Somalia: 8 Simple Steps to Bury Your Own Country, By Abukar Arman

Cacophony is the coming together of multiple sounds that create an awfully unpleasant, if not unbearable audio to listen. However, chronically discordant politics tend to create its own cacophony that leads to mental and intellectual dissonance that could have far reaching ramifications. So between now and August, when a new…

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Belgian scientists say three new earth-like planets can sustain life

Leader of a research team from the University of Liege, Michael Gillon, has said his team discovered three planets orbiting around a nearby dwarf star known as Trappist 1. Mr. Gillon said on Monday in Brussels that the discovery was the outcome of a research project the team undertook five…

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U.S whistleblower earns $3.5 million award for aiding investigation

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced a whistleblower award of more than $3.5 million to a company employee whose tip bolstered an ongoing investigation with additional evidence of wrongdoing that strengthened the SEC’s case. The SEC noted that whistleblowers should be encouraged to come forward and…

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Tanzania cuts live parliamentary coverage, ending vital news source for citizens

By Murithi Mutiga/CPJ East Africa Correspondent On April 19, the live coverage of proceedings in the Tanzanian parliament ended as a government decision to halt the service went into effect. The move, announced by Information Minister Nape Nnauye in January, has led to protests from the opposition party and journalists' groups,…

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Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, suspended for ‘lying about country’s budget’

The Brazilian senate has suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The senators voted 55 to 22 to suspend the president to allow for her trial over allegations she broke the country's budget laws. President Rousseff is facing impeachment for allegedly lying about the country's budget, to hide deficits. Her salary, residency and…

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Ugandan minister warns media not to cover opposition protests

Ugandan authorities should cease attempting to intimidate journalists in an effort to keep them from covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Ugandan Minister for Information and National Guidance Jim Muhwezi on May 5 warned journalists that any news outlet that reports on opposition protests over the conduct…

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#PanamaPapers: South African govt. opens public registers for beneficial ownership of companies

The South African government has opened public registers to help tackle the issue of hidden ownership of companies and to promote accountability and transparency in its financial system. At the Open Government Partnership Africa Regional meeting, the South African government unfolded a National Action Plan (NAP) that included a commitment…

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Sadiq Khan elected first Muslim mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, on Saturday emerged the first Muslim to be elected mayor of London. Mr. Khan’s success at the polls is even more remarkable as it came at a period of heightening Islamophobia in Europe. His victory however underscores the reputation of…

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Turkish Prime Minister to resign amidst rift with president

The Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, has announced that he he is stepping down from office after an irreconcilable rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Davutoglu announced on Thursday that he will quit office after the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on May 22, the…

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Toddler rescued 3 days after building collapse in Kenya

The Kenya Red Cross said rescuers pulled out a one-year old girl from the rubble of a building on Tuesday morning in Nairobi, more than 72 hours after it collapsed following heavy rain. Red Cross spokeswoman, Arnolda Shiundu, said the rescued baby was severely dehydrated. She said the baby was…

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WhatsApp blocked in Brazil, CPJ alarmed

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by a judicial order to block WhatsApp in Brazil for 72 hours. A judge ordered telecommunications companies to block the messaging application as of 2 p.m. local time today for failing to turn over data in a criminal investigation, according to press reports.…

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FACT CHECK: Does malaria kill an African child every 30 seconds?

Researched by Vinayak Bhardwaj With the outbreak of zika virus disease in South America, attention turned away from the world’s most deadly mosquito-borne disease: malaria. While it’s no longer the leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa, malaria still accounts for 10% of child deaths. In raising awareness, organisations in…

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Paris attacks suspect, Abdeslam, extradited to France

Paris attacks suspect, Salah Abdeslam, was transferred to France early Wednesday, the Federal Prosecutor of Belgium has said. According to the prosecutor, the suspect, who was extradited from Belgium, was transferred in pursuance of the European arrest warrant issued against him on March 19 by France. The operation took place…

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Turkish prime minister rules out Islamic constitution

Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, on Wednesday cleared the ongoing controversy in Istanbul that Turkey is not planning to introduce an Islamic constitution. He said this while speaking before the parliament that the clearance was because of a call for an Islamic constitution from Parliament Speaker, Ismail Kahraman. Mr. Davutoglu…

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UN council set to lift Code d’Ivoire arms embargo

The UN Security Council is set to lift a 12-year-old arms embargo on Code d'ivoire on Thursday and renew the UN peacekeeping mission for a final year, France's UN envoy said. The West African state is world's top cocoa grower and has emerged from a decade long crisis that culminated…

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South Sudanese rebel leader sworn in as Vice President

Riek Machar, South Sudanese rebel leader, has been sworn in as the country's Vice President, in a move to end his 28-month conflict with President Salva Kiir. A UN-operated Radio Miraya and journalists at the airport said on Tuesday in Juba that Machar was sworn in immediately after flying to…

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U.S. accuses South Sudan of frustrating peace deal

​T​he U.S. State Department on Tuesday in Washington accused the South Sudan's government of refusing to give landing permission to planes carrying Riek Machar, saying such action was inimical to peace deal. It also accused both sides in South Sudan's two-year conflict of blocking peace efforts. The department said Mr.…

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Israel admits imprisoning 438 Palestinian minors

The Israel Prison Service on Sunday in Tel Aviv lamented that the number of Palestinian minors held in Israeli prisons had soared following a wave of violence that started in October. A spokesman for the prison system said 438 Palestinian minors were in the prisons' custody in February, up from…