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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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Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a mosque last month. No official reason was given for Maj Gen …

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Human crisis in Congo ‘worse than Syria’

Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world, the agencies add. DR Congo has been hit …

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Russia election: Putin to run again for president

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president, in next year’s election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. “I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian …

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Person of the Year: Time honours abuse ‘silence breakers’

Time magazine has named “the Silence Breakers” – women who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its “Person of the Year”. The movement is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag which sprung up as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But Time says the hashtag …

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‘Abacha loot’: Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria

The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m (£240m) of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria’s late military ruler Sani Abacha. The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his son, Abba Abacha. Originally deposited in Luxembourg, it is a fraction …

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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in world first

US President Donald Trump will unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials say. But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The news comes ahead of an expected speech by Mr Trump on Wednesday. Arab leaders earlier warned …

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Nigerian governor’s sister made ‘Commissioner of Happiness’

A Nigerian governor has created a new role for his sister – as commissioner for happiness and couples’ fulfilment. Rochas Okorocha unveiled the post during the swearing in of 27 other new commissioners for Imo State. It is not the first questionable decision the governor has made in recent times. …

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Brexit: May faces pressure over Irish border

Ministers say no part of the UK will be treated differently in the Brexit talks as Labour branded their approach an “embarrassment”. No agreement has been reached with the EU after a DUP backlash against proposals for the Irish border. Brexit Secretary David Davis told MPs the government was close …

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Nelson Mandela funeral: ‘Millions misspent’

South Africa’s corruption watchdog has found officials misused millions of dollars during Nelson Mandela’s funeral four years ago. According to the report, 300m rand ($22m; £16m) was redirected from a development fund to help with costs. It had been earmarked for things like “sanitation, the replacement of mud schools and …

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