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Zambians mock mayor of capital Lusaka for sleeping in public

Mayor of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, has become the butt of social media trolls after he was photographed sleeping in public. The photo which showed Wilson Kalumba, 53, in what was a deep sleep went viral on Zambia’s social media scene – Facebook and Twitter especially. The photo has sparked …

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Trump warns Pyongyang: ‘Do not try us’

US President Donald Trump has issued a stark warning to North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in an address to South Korea’s parliament. “Do not underestimate us. Do not try us,” he said, while also condemning the “dark fantasy” of life in the North. He addressed Mr Kim in his speech, …

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Syria ‘to join the Paris accord’, isolating US

The US is set to become isolated in its stance on the Paris climate agreement, after reports that Syria is preparing to join the deal. The Paris deal unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change. Syria and Nicaragua were the only nations outside the deal when it was agreed …

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Jacob Zuma expected to announce shock ‘free education’ plan

President Jacob Zuma is planning to make a shock announcement‚ introducing free education across the board through a controversial funding plan that flies in the face of the findings of the Heher Commission‚ government insiders say. The plan‚ apparently devised by Zuma’s future son-in-law‚ Morris Masutha‚ would also defy official …

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India award for burning elephant photo

An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire has won top entry in a wildlife photography competition. (Warning: The full version of this image is below – some may find it distressing.) Biplab Hazra’s picture shows a calf on fire as it and an adult …

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Man jailed for 27 years for plotting to murder US judge

An Indian citizen has been jailed for 27 years in the US for sending funds to al-Qaeda and plotting to kill a judge. Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, was awaiting trial on charges of sending money to the Islamist militant network when he offered an inmate $15,000 (£11,000) to murder the …

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Shamshad TV: Afghan channel hit in IS-claimed attack

Gunmen disguised as police officers have attacked a television station in the Afghan capital Kabul, with at least two people reported killed. The attackers lobbed grenades before storming the Shamshad TV building. Afghan security forces have ended the raid and the television station has resumed broadcasting. So-called Islamic State (IS) …

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Burundi orders unmarried couples to wed by end of 2017 – MyJoyOnline.com

Unmarried couples in the East African country of Burundi have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships through church or state registrations. In May, President Pierre Nkurunziza signed a new law which the government says will help protect women and create a more moral society, but some disagree. The law according …

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Sydney car hits classroom killing 2 boys

Two eight-year-old boys have died after a car crashed into a primary school classroom in Sydney, police have said. The incident at Banksia Road Public School also left three girls in hospital with injuries. Most of the other 19 children in the classroom were assessed at the scene by paramedics, …

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Nigeria: Kaduna provides ‘remedy’ for 22,000 teachers who failed primary four exam

The Kaduna State government has provided what appears a palliative ‎for the 22,000 teachers who failed the competency test conducted. Premium Times reported how about two-thirds of primary school teachers in Kaduna failed to score up to 75 per cent when the test, made up of primary four questions, was …

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