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UN to intervene in Burundi violence, human rights abuses

The UN Security Council has authorised the deployment of a UN police force to Burundi to try to quell violence and human rights abuses in the country. The council backed a French-drafted resolution to send up to 228 police for an initial period of a year. Burundi earlier said it …

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Bikini-clad Swedish policewoman 'stops thief'

A bikini-clad Swedish police officer has been praised for tackling a suspected thief while she was off-duty sunbathing with friends in Stockholm. Mikaela Kellner told the Aftonbladet daily that she and a fellow officer pursued the man when they realised he had taken one of their mobile phones. She told …

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Brazil's Lula faces trial linked to Petrobras scandal

Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is to go on trial for obstruction of justice in a case related to the scandal at state oil firm Petrobras, court documents show. The multi-billion-dollar affair has already seen dozens of politicians and officials arrested. Lula, with six others, is …

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UNICEF Suspends Aid To Northern Nigeria After Convoy Attack

The United Nations Children’s Fund has temporarily suspended humanitarian operations in northern Nigeria, where as many as half a million people need assistance, after gunmen attacked a convoy and wounded two aid workers. Unicef said in a statement on its website that unknown assailants ambushed the convoy on Thursday as …

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‘Nigerians executed’ in Indonesia

Ambulances, some of them carrying coffins, arrived at Nusakambangan prison island earlier in the day Indonesia has executed the first four of 14 drug convicts on death row. One Indonesian and three Nigerians were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight local time (17:00 GMT), reports say. There has been …

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Australian cardinal denies child abuse claims

Australia’s most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has called claims that he sexually abused children “a scandalous smear campaign”. Details of alleged incidents have been broadcast by the country’s public broadcaster, ABC television. Police in Victoria state have confirmed they are investigating several allegations against the cardinal. Cardinal Pell’s …

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Obama: ‘We'll carry Clinton to victory’

US President Barack Obama has implored voters to help continue his legacy by carrying Hillary Clinton to victory at the polls in November. Mr Obama praised Mrs Clinton at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, as the most qualified person ever to run for the White House. He said voters faced …

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Trump 'encourages Russia to hack Clinton emails'

Donald Trump has “actively encouraged” foreign powers to hack his presidential rival Hillary Clinton, her camp says. Mrs Clinton did not hand over 30,000 emails as part of an investigation into her private email server as they contained private details. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find …

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Barack Obama's half brother 'voting for Trump'

US President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Donald Trump because he “comes across as a straightforward guy”. Malik Obama, a Muslim with Kenyan and US citizenship, also told the BBC that the Republican presidential nominee’s proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US …

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Malawi 'hyena' arrested over child sex

Eric Aniva, a sex worker known in Malawi as a “hyena”, was the subject of a BBC feature last week. An HIV-positive Malawian man, who says he is paid to have sex with children as part of initiation rites, has been arrested on the president’s orders. Eric Aniva, a sex …

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