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Ethiopia: Five killed by police at religious festival

At least five people have been killed in northern Ethiopia after security forces fired on a crowd at a religious festival who were reportedly shouting anti-government slogans. Many more were injured in the incident in the town of Waldiya. Angry protesters have blocked roads and businesses are closed. There have …

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Deadly violence over disputed Honduras election result

One protester has been killed in clashes in Honduras between riot police and demonstrators who dispute the result of November’s presidential poll. Police fired tear gas and cleared roadblocks made of burning tyres across the country. The death occurred in the northern town of Saba. The protest was organised by …

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Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

A joint police and military operation found the captives Two American and two Canadian citizens kidnapped in Nigeria on Wednesday have been freed, police say. The group, who were ambushed in a forested area north of the capital Abuja, were found during a joint military and police operation. Two of …

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Pope Francis ‘slander’ comment angers Chile abuse victims

Pope Francis has triggered anger in Chile after accusing victims of a paedophile priest of slander. Francis said there was “no proof” for their claims that abuse by Father Fernando Karadima had been covered up by another man, Bishop Juan Barros. “There is not one single piece of proof against …

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Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick a billionaire after $8bn investment deal

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick will become a billionaire, after investors agreed to take a large stake in the ride-hailing firm. A consortium led by Japan’s Softbank is buying a chunk of the company from existing shareholders as well as new Uber shares in an $8bn ($5.8bn) deal. Mr Kalanick, who …

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Guinea healer held over faking hundreds of pregnancies

Police in Guinea say they have arrested a healer for conning hundreds of women into believing they were pregnant. N’na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that caused them to bloat and look pregnant. For her services, patients …

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Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media. Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, in March 2015. Gargol was found strangled to death near a …

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