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Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports the AFP news agency. He was also involved in …

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China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday). Rescue teams are frantically searching …

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Los Angeles police shoot at pit bull but kill teenager

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies mistakenly shot and killed a teenager when a bullet ricocheted off the pavement during a dog attack, they say. The 17-year-old died when a “skip” round struck him in the chest at around 03:40 local time on Thursday. Two officers fired shots at the dog, …

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Why a Ugandan farmer gave land to a refugee

In less than a year, a camp in northern Uganda has taken in more refugees than any other in the world, and all of them from war-torn South Sudan. Here in Bidi Bidi it can take you one hour to drive from one end of the camp to the other. …

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UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse

Eight princesses from the UAE have been convicted of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants by a Brussels court. They were given 15-month suspended jail terms and ordered to pay €165,000 (£145,000; $185,000) each, with half the sum suspended. They were accused of holding more than 20 servants …

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Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads, the government has said. It is hoped the move will improve access to education in a country where many cannot afford sanitary products like pads and tampons. According to the UN’s education agency, one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses …

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May offers EU citizens post-Brexit status

EU citizens legally resident in the UK will be entitled to the same rights as British citizens after Brexit, the UK prime minister has told EU leaders. “No-one will face a cliff edge,” Theresa May said at a Brussels summit. A new “UK settled status” will grant those who have …

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May offers EU citizens post-Brexit status

EU citizens legally resident in the UK will be entitled to the same rights as British citizens after Brexit, the UK prime minister has told EU leaders. “No-one will face a cliff edge,” Theresa May said at a Brussels summit. A new “UK settled status” will grant those who have …

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South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the power. Opposition parties believe …

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#SocialMediaBlackout: South Africans tweet despite boycott call

A call for South Africans to boycott social media for a day to protest against high data costs has ironically seen #SocialMediaBlackout trend. Musician and activist Ntsiki Mazwai had urged South Africans to log off and not buy data to pressure mobile providers. Discontent over internet service charges in the …

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