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21 teens likely killed by something they drank, ate or smoked

21 teens likely killed by something they drank, ate or smoked

SOUTH AFRICAN authorities investigating 21 teenagers found dead at an east coast tavern over the weekend said the youths were probably killed by something they ate, drank or smoked, ruling out the earlier-touted possibility of a stampede. The still unexplained deaths of the teens, some of whom were celebrating the end of school exams and others a birthday party, have brought an outpouring of grief and shocked a nation accustomed to injuries linked to a binge-drinking culture. "It is either something they ingested which will point to poisoning, whether its food or drinks, or it is something they inhaled," Unathi…
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Tunisian judges extend strike over sackings for fourth week

Tunisian judges extend strike over sackings for fourth week

TUNISIAN judges decided to extend their national strike for a fourth week in protest against a decision by President Kais Saied to sack dozens of them, a joint statement by the judges' unions in the country said. It said the fourth week of the strike will start on June 27. Saied dismissed 57 judges on June 1, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists - charges that the Tunisian Judges' Association said were mostly politically motivated.
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Nigerian senator, wife held for plotting to harvest child’s organs

Nigerian senator, wife held for plotting to harvest child’s organs

A Nigerian senator and his wife were remanded in custody in London charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy brought into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs, the BBC and police said. Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting, police said. Ekweremadu is an opposition senator in the southern state of Enugu, and also a former deputy senate president. Police said they had been alerted to the alleged plan following reports made of possible offences under modern slavery…
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In Gaddafi’s hometown, little hope for Libya’s future

In Gaddafi’s hometown, little hope for Libya’s future

ANGUS MCDOWALL and AHMED ELUMAMI THE people living in the ruins of Sirte's 600 Block district have waited years for help removing rubble and rebuilding homes damaged by warfare, but despite a new Libyan government making the city its headquarters, they have little hope of change. They live in apartments where bullet holes let in the winter cold and summer heat in shell-pocked buildings that look structurally unsound. "Each government comes and takes photos of the damage and does nothing for us," said Badr Omar, an English teacher who lives in two rooms behind bare concrete blocks, the front part…
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Hostel in Rwanda for UK asylum seekers prepares to take children

Hostel in Rwanda for UK asylum seekers prepares to take children

ANDREW MACASKILL THE hostel in Rwanda where Britain plans to send migrants under its controversial asylum-seeker deportation policy is preparing to house children, its manager said, with the prospect of youngsters being sent there with their parents. Under an agreement struck in April, Britain will send tens of thousands of migrants who arrive on its shores illegally more than 4,000 miles (6,4000 km) to the East African country. The Hope Hostel, where the asylum seekers will stay for about nine months after they arrive, is currently building a mini football pitch and a basketball court. Elisee Kalyango, the manager of…
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Nigerian state to allow individuals to carry guns against bandits

Nigerian state to allow individuals to carry guns against bandits

NIGERIA'S Zamfara state will start issuing licences to individuals to carry guns to defend themselves against armed gangs of kidnappers causing havoc in the country's northwest, the state's commissioner for information said on Sunday. Armed gangs are rife across Nigeria's northwest where they rob or kidnap for ransom, and violence has been increasing, where thinly stretched security forces often fail to stop the attacks. The gunmen, known locally as bandits, operate from remote forests in the northwest and their deadly attacks and kidnappings, targeting villagers, farmers and travellers, have increased since the start of the year. Zamfara and neighbouring Kaduna…
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Angola’s ex-leader in intensive care

Angola’s ex-leader in intensive care

ANGOLA'S former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Africa's second-biggest oil producer for nearly four decades, is in intensive care at a clinic in Barcelona, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported, citing a source close to him. The Angolan government did not respond to a request for comment on Friday, but on its Facebook page said the former leader had suffered a deterioration in his health. Dos Santos, 79, has been receiving medical treatment since 2019. "Following the information about the deterioration of the health condition of the former president of the republic Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President Joao Lourenco…
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Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine as G7 leaders gather

Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine as G7 leaders gather

RUSSIAN missiles hit an apartment block and kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, in strikes U.S. President Joe Biden condemned as "barbarism" as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions against Moscow. Up to four explosions shook central Kyiv in the early hours, in the first such attack on the city in weeks. "The Russians hit Kyiv again. Missiles damaged an apartment building and a kindergarten," said Andriy Yermak, head of the president's administration. A Reuters photographer saw a large blast crater by a playground in a kindergarten that had smashed windows. Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk said one…
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Burkina Faso gives civilians 14 days to evacuate ahead of military operations

Burkina Faso gives civilians 14 days to evacuate ahead of military operations

BURKINA FASO'S army has given civilians two weeks to evacuate vast areas in its northern and southeastern regions ahead of military operations against Islamist insurgents. The West African country's army this week ordered civilians to leave two large "military interest zones" to protect them but did not specify how long they would have to evacuate or where they should go. One of the military zones is a rural area of around 2,000 square kilometres (772 square miles) bordering Mali in the northern province of Soum. The other covers about 11,000 square kilometres on the southern border with Benin and is…
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Prince Charles followed rules on charity donations, his office says

Prince Charles followed rules on charity donations, his office says

CHARITY donations accepted by Britain's Prince Charles were handled correctly, his office said after a newspaper reported that he received 3 million euros ($3.2 million) in cash from a former Qatari prime minister, some of it in shopping bags. The Sunday Times said that Charles accepted three lots of cash that were given to him personally by Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani between 2011 and 2015. "Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were passed immediately to one of the prince's charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct…
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