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Central Africa Republic: The country with no teachers

Rivals have been fighting in the Central African Republic since 2013. In the chaos the school teachers have quietly disappeared so now parents are going through crash courses to replace them. Farmer Apollinaire Zaoro knows a thing or two about planting. While his maize and cassava grow in the field, …

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Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back flag-waving protesters close to the embassy complex north of the capital, …

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14 UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo attack

At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu province. Five Congolese soldiers also died. …

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Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to the militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. Israel’s military said it hit weapons sites early on Saturday. Two people were killed, a Gaza hospital said, bringing the deaths in Israeli strikes and gunfire over the past day to …

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Zuma to appeal ruling banning him from appointing prosecutions chiefs

President Jacob Zuma will appeal the judgment of the High Court in Pretoria, in which he was found to be too conflicted to appoint the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP). A full bench of judges ordered on Friday that the deputy president must appoint the NDPP for the remainder of Zuma’s term. …

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Pope Francis wants to change line of ‘Our Father’

Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father”, the best-known prayer in Christianity. Pope Francis has suggested he wants to make a change to The Lord’s Prayer, widely known among the faithful as …

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Court sets aside appointment of Shaun Abrahams as prosecutions chief – MyJoyOnline.com

President Jacob Zuma cannot appoint, remove or suspend the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria has ordered. Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, who read out the judgment, ordered that the deputy president must appoint the NDPP while Zuma is president. Mlambo said …

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Same-sex marriage officially signed into law in Australia

Same-sex marriage has been officially signed into law in Australia, a day after MPs overwhelmingly approved a historic bill. Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed off on the law on Friday – a formality required to enact the legislation. The vote on Thursday set off rarely matched celebrations in parliament, including …

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Liberia elections: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Liberia’s Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run. This means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – ex-footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai – can go ahead. The electoral commission will …

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Liberia elections: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Liberia’s Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run. This means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – ex-footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai – can go ahead. The electoral commission will …

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