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Amnesty International tackles Gambia over death in detention of key political activist  

Authorities in Gambia must immediately investigate the death in detention of a well-known political activist…

Iran President, Hassan Rowhani

Muslim nations accuse Iran of supporting terrorism

Leaders from more than 50 Muslim nations accused Iran on Friday of supporting terrorism and…

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Merkel approves criminal probe into comedian who insulted Erdogan

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Friday that her government has given the go…

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Nigeria distances self from “gay partner” allegation against Swiss ambassador

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has distanced itself from a report suggesting authorities of the West African country are investigating the Swiss Ambassdor to Nigeria for allegedly sneaking his gay partner into the country.  Eric Mayooraz, the Swiss envoy, was alleged to have brought his same-sex spouse from Switzerland,…

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UN under fire for allegedly concealing another 41 allegations of sex abuse against peacekeepers

AIDS-Free World on Wednesday said it has received leaked information that 41 additional cases of sexual violence by peacekeepers have been documented by MINUSCA, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), following interviews with victims in Dekoa, a remote town in the country’s Kemo prefecture. In…

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#PanamaPapers: ​Headquarters of Mossack Fonseca raided by Panamanian police

Panamanian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Mossack Fonseca, the law firm from where massive data showing the offshore companies of some of the world's wealthiest and powerful people used, were leaked. The organised crime unit of the Panamanian police said it carried out the raid "without incident and…

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Panama president says tax evasion a global phenomenon

The President of Panama, Juan Varela, has criticised the singling out of his country for the various tax dodging schemes revealed in the massive data breach known as #PanamaPapers. “Panama does not deserve to be singled out on an issue that plagues many countries,” Mr. Varela said, adding that the…

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Former South African President Mbeki hails court ruling against Zuma

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has hailed a recent constitutional court ruling against incumbent President Jacob Zuma on his home upgrade case. The court ruled on March 31 that Mr. Zuma violated the constitution by ignoring the public protector's request for him to repay part of the state money…

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Suicide bomber attacks police station in Southern Russia

A suicide bomber and two accomplices were killed while attacking a police station in the southern Russian city of Stavropol on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported. The report said the attackers were unable to enter the police station. “No police or civilians were injured during the attack, the report…

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Chad holds presidential election as Deby vies to extend rule

Chad is voting in a presidential election on Sunday at which incumbent Idriss Deby is running for a fifth term in office. "I call on Chadians to vote in calm and serenity. Our country is starting from a long way back but the future looks bright. I ask all politicians…

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Nearly 100 dead in Indian temple blaze

A massive fire swept through a temple in India's southern Kerala State on Sunday, killing nearly 100 people and injuring more than 200 who had gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year. Thousands of devotees had packed into the Puttingal Devi temple…

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Azerbaijani journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, awarded UNESCO 2016 World Press Freedom Prize

Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist from Azerbaijan, has been chosen to receive the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. An independent international jury of media professionals recommended Ms Ismayilova in recognition of her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances. “Khadija Ismayilova highly deserves the Prize and I am happy…

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Madagascar prime minister resigns

The secretary general of the Madagascar Presidency, Ralala Roger, said country's government led by Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo resigned on Friday. “Resignation of the government was accepted by Madagascar's President Henry Rajaonarimampianina," Roger said. He added that those who resigned would continue to perform state duties until the appointment of…

President Xi Jinping

China says G20 summit about economy not politics

China has warned that the forthcoming G20 Summit it is hosting would be about economy and not political issues like territorial disputes. Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, on Friday in Beijing stated this ahead of the country's biggest diplomatic event of the year. He said the summit, expected to be…

Barack Obama

U.S. commemorates Rwanda genocide, pays tribute to 800,000 killed

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Friday said his government was joining Rwandans in paying tribute to 800,000 people murdered in the country’s genocide in 1994. Mr. Kerry said in statement that the U.S. government was committed to working with the people and government of Rwanda in preventing…

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Sudanese president pledges to step down in 2020

Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, has promised to step down in 2020 at the expiration of his tenure. Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, the 72-year old said his job was "exhausting" and that "there will be a new president" in 2020, when his current mandate expires. Mr. Al-Bashir, who has been…

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New Vietnamese prime minister confirmed

The National Assembly of Vietnam on Thursday elected and swore in Nguyen Xuan Phuc to serve as prime minister for the next five years, an official statement said. The statement said the 61-year old politician, who has served as Deputy Prime Minister since 2011, won 90 per cent of the…

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UN’s drug war ‘killing our loved ones’ — Activists

Families of drug victims across the world will march on the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 18 demanding an end to the global drug war. The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs holds this month and 50 families will be represented at the protest; nine‎…

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Djibouti expels Nigerian BBC journalist, others ahead of elections

Djibouti should ensure that journalists can report on presidential elections without harassment or fear of expulsion, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, condemning Djiboutian authorities' recent expulsion of a team of BBC journalists from the country. The BBC on April 4 reported that it had written to the government…

President Jacob Zuma

South African bank closes accounts held by Zuma friends

A South African company owned by friends of Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday that First National Bank (FNB) has closed its accounts due to a scandal over its relationship with the president. “Oakbay has received no reason whatsoever justifying FNB's actions. “We are already in the process of moving our…

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Six minors, five women impregnated by UN peacekeepers in Congo

Six minors were among 11 victims of alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that resulted in pregnancies, a UN spokesman has said. The allegations from the DRC came to light during the weekend as the UN had been embroiled in numerous…

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Nokia plans to slash 1,300 jobs in Finland

Nokia is planning to cut about 1,300 jobs in its native Finland, following its acquisition of France's Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement on Wednesday. A spokesman of the company declined to give further information on how many positions Nokia was planning to cut in other…

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Japan warns Chinese ships to stay away from disputed islets

Japan warned three Chinese coast guard ships on Wednesday to steer clear of its territorial waters near disputed islets in the East China Sea. The three ships, one of them apparently equipped with guns, approached the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands at around 10:10a.m. (0110 GMT), Japan's Coast Guard said. The ships…

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ICC terminates cases against Kenyan deputy president, Ruto

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday terminated the case against Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto, and journalist Joshua Sang. The ICC Trial Chamber V(A) decided by majority, with Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, that the case against the two accused be terminated. According to the majority, this decision does…

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Turkey re-launches airstrikes on PKK in northern Iraq

The Turkish military on Tuesday said it carried out renewed airstrikes on positions held by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Northern Iraq. Security forces said several PKK hideouts were destroyed during an operation carried out on Monday in Iraq's mountainous Kandil region, where the PKK has its headquarters. The…