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Botswana police ranked Africa’s best, Nigeria at bottom of global report

Africa’s best police service is that of Botswana despite being ranked 47th best in the world. This is according to the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) released by two bodies, the International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The index ranked the …

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Portia de Rossi accuses Steven Seagal of sexual harassment

Actress Portia de Rossi has accused actor and producer Steven Seagal of sexual harassment. The Arrested Development actress, who is married to US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, made the allegation in a tweet posted on Wednesday night. She alleges that during a film audition Mr Seagal told her “how …

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Celebrating bridegroom shot in genitals

Celebratory gunfire – seen here in Iraq – is commonplace in the Middle East and other parts of the world An Egyptian bridegroom has been seriously injured after he was hit by shotgun pellets fired by a guest celebrating his wedding. The groom suffered grave injuries to his testicles, thigh …

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Zimbabwe renames airport after Robert Mugabe

Harare International Airport has been renamed after Zimbabwe’s current President, Robert Mugabe. Transport Minister Joram Gumbo justified the decision on the grounds that Mr Mugabe was a “war hero” and “African icon”. There is tension about who will succeed the man in power since 1980, with a number of key …

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North Korea responds: We’re done listening to Trump’s threats

North Korean officials were closely watching US President Donald Trump when he addressed the South Korean National Assembly Wednesday, but they say they weren’t listening. Though the American leader’s tone was more subdued — and he proposed what some perceived as a conditional olive branch — officials in Pyongyang authorized …

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Togolese football star Adebayor angers anti-government protesters with comment

Togolese international Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor has attracted some fury from anti-government protesters after his brief comment on the political crisis in the country. The captain of the Togolese national team who plays for Turkish top flight football club İstanbul Başakşehir said in a recent interview that the protesters should first …

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Pupils killed playing with ‘grenade’

At least six children have been killed and 25 others injured in an explosion at a primary school in north-west Tanzania, witnesses say. Reports say the pupils were playing with a grenade they had found. Three were pronounced dead at the time they arrived at hospital. The others succumbed to …

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Zimbabwe vice president asked ‘healers when Mugabe would die’

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has accused his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, of consulting traditional healers to find out when the 93-year-old would die, as he schemed to take power, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports. Mr Mnangagwa first spread rumours that the president intended to retire in March, Mr Mugabe said but …

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Germany to recognise third gender for intersex people

Germany’s top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a third gender on birth certificates. It would make Germany the first European country to offer intersex people the choice of identifying as neither male nor female. The case was brought by a registered female whose chromosome …

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Nigeria targets recovery in record budget for 2018

Nigeria has set out its budget for 2018, aimed at helping the economy recover from its first recession in 25 years. President Muhammadu Buhari announced a record budget of 8.6 trillion naira (£21.4bn) to modernise its infrastructure. Africa’s largest oil producer climbed out of recession in 2017 after a sharp …

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