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Turkish journalist arrested for posts on social media

Turkish authorities should immediately release Hayri Tunç, a reporter for the independent news website Jiyan,…

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Somalia arrests aviation officials over plane bombing

Somali security officials have confirmed the arrest of aviation officials they believe planned the bomb…

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CAR: Why UN must strengthen peacekeepers — Amnesty International

Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless…

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Guinea journalist shot dead during clash at political meeting

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting in Guinea today of El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for the news websitesGuinée7and Afrik, and calls on authorities to ensure justice is served. Mr Diallo died on the way to the hospital after being shot during clashes outside a meeting of Guinea's main opposition…

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New wave of violence displaces thousands in South Sudan, says UN expert

A UN independent expert in Sudan has warned that in the last two weeks, a new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur. NAN reports that independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN…

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Two TV stations ordered off the air in DR Congo

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the decision by the Democratic Republic of Congo's government to close two privately owned news channels, and urges officials to allow the channels to resume broadcasting immediately. Lambert Mende, the Congolese minister of communication and media, released a statement on January 20 saying…

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Over 100 people unaccounted for after South Africa mine collapse – Union

More than 100 people were unaccounted for after a gold mine in Mpumalanga province in north eastern South Africa caved in Friday, a union official said. According to the report, private emergency services said 49 miners had so far been brought to the surface. South Africa's mines are the deepest…

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Zimbabwean Supreme Court strikes criminal defamation laws

The Zimbabwean Supreme Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that criminal defamation laws are unconstitutional as the laws go against the press freedom provided by the country’s constitution. The court's panel of nine judges, led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, ruled that all laws assigning criminal penalties to defamation contradict guarantees…

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US reports first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

Health authorities in Dallas, Texas, said they have received confirmation of the first transmission of the Zika virus through sexual contact. Zachary Thompson, Director of Health and Human services in Dallas County, confirmed on Wednesday that that the case involved an individual who was infected with the virus after contracting…

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South African President, Jacob Zuma, proposes to partly pay for controversial $15.3m home improvements

South African President, Jacob Zuma, has proposed to partly pay for controversial state-funded improvements to his rural home. Mr. Zuma's office said in a statement on Wednesday in Johannesburg that it was left for the auditor-general and finance minister to determine how much money he was liable to pay Public…

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Donald Trump slumps as Americans kick-start presidential race

Against all expectations, bombastic billionaire and Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, lost the Iowa Caucus, the first primary votes in America’s 2016 general elections, Monday, February 1. It was a humiliating defeat for Mr. Trump who announced his candidacy for President of the United States last June 16, and was…

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Netanyahu rejects French ultimatum on Palestinian statehood

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called on Sunday for a more "sober" approach toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He spoke while dismissing a French proposal for an international peace conference for a solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The proposal on Friday by French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, for an international peace…

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African leaders to beg Burundi President to accept AU force

African leaders at the AU heads of state and government summit in Addis Ababa have decided to send a delegation of presidents to meet Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza, to try persuade him to accept an AU peacekeeping force in his country. So far Mr. Nkurunziza has flatly rejected what he…

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Man arraigned for trafficking in 10 children from Niger Republic

A 50-year-old man, Luku Labi, who allegedly trafficked 10 children from Benin Republic into Nigeria, was on Thursday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos. The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful import and confining children. The prosecutor, Rita Momah,…

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Turkey arrests 10 ISIS recruiters in Ankara

Turkish police on Monday arrested 10 people in the capital Ankara, accused of being recruiters for the Islamic State extremist group. The police said in Ankara that the arrests followed a crackdown on Islamic State in the country, amid growing concerns over terrorist activities. Turkey blamed Islamic State for a…

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China indicates interest in Nigeria’s honey, other products

The deputy director-general of Fujian Province of China’s Foreign Affairs, Wang Ming, on Monday announced the growing interest of the province’s manufacturing companies in Nigeria’s natural products. Mr. Wang told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that major manufacturing companies in the province were interested in honey and…

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Hungary to keep migrants away – prime minister

Hungary will never again allow migrants to pass across its territory, nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. “The (migration) route can go any way it wants, but it is certain that it will not go through Hungary,” Mr. Orban said in an interview. Hungary was a part of…

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Ghana workers protest against high utility tariffs, fuel price hikes

Ghanaian workers across the country, mainly in the public sector, on Wednesday staged demonstrations in the various regional capitals, against increases in utility rates and fuel prices. A report from Accra said thousands of workers, clad in red and black dresses, were also demanding the withdrawal of a new tax…

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World’s oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

Yasutaro Koide, a Japanese, aged 112, who ​wa​s officially recognized as the oldest living man by Guinness World Records​,​ is dead. A report from Tokyo said that Mr. Koide, who was hospitalised in the central city of Nagoya, died from chronic heart failure. He was born in 1903, the year…

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20 killed as gunmen attack hotel in Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou

No fewer than 20 people were confirmed killed as gunmen on Friday night stormed a hotel popular with Westerners in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, after detonating two car bombs outside, the BBC is reporting. A combination of French forces and elite Burkinabe forces are still exchanging gunfire with the…

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$1.6bn U.S. Powerball jackpot to be split between 3 winning tickets

The winners of the record $1.6 billion U.S. Powerball jackpot had yet to emerge early on Thursday. However, lottery officials say the massive prize will be split between ticket holders in three states - Tennessee, California and Florida. Each of the three winning tickets is worth $528.8 million, the California…

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U.S. largest ever lottery prize hits $1.5 billion

The Powerball Lottery jackpot hit $1.5 billion on Tuesday, making it the largest-ever U.S. lottery prize as well as the world's biggest potential jackpot for a single winner, according to lottery officials. The grand prize in Wednesday's drawing is the world's richest lottery jackpot that could go to a single…

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47 candidates to contest Benin Republic presidential election

The Republic of Benin's National Electoral Commission, CENA, said 47 candidates have filed their papers to contest the country's presidential election billed for February 28. It said in a release on Wednesday in Cotonou that among the candidates are economic operators, former ministers, Members of Parliament and two army generals.…

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Suspected Boko Haram bomber kills at least 13 in mosque

A Cameroon senior local official said suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and wounded at least one in an attack on a mosque in northern Cameroon on Wednesday. The official in the Far North region of Douala said on condition of anonymity that the attack was linked to an…

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24 million children out of school – UNICEF

No fewer than 24 million children in crisis zones in 22 strife-torn countries are being deprived of education, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has said in a report. The report was released in New York on Tuesday. The analysis highlights that nearly one in four of 109.2 million children of primary…