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Israel PM Netanyahu Defiant In Face Of Bribery Allegations

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Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has hit back after police said he should be charged over alleged bribery cases. He called the allegations “baseless” and said he was certain the truth would be revealed. His government is “stable”, he has insisted, despite criticism from a key member of his coalition. A police statement on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to indict him for bribery, fraud ... Read More »

Stormy Daniels: Trump Lawyer Admits Paying Porn Star

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The long-term personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump has admitted privately paying an adult film star $130,000 (£95,000) in 2016, in a statement to the New York Times. It follows US media reports that the actress known as Stormy Daniels was paid to sign an agreement stopping her discussing an alleged affair. She first said she had a relationship with Mr Trump in a ... Read More »

South Africa: ANC ‘decides Zuma must go’

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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign after he refused to do so earlier, reports say. The reported decision to “recall” him followed marathon talks by senior party officials that continued into the early hours of Tuesday. If Mr Zuma, 75, still does not budge, he will face a vote of confidence in parliament that he is ... Read More »

Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation

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North Korea’s leader has called for a “further livening up” of the “warm climate of reconciliation” with the South created by the Winter Olympics. Kim Jong-un, whose nuclear bomb and missile tests have stoked international tension, praised the South for hosting his state at the games in Pyeongchang. Kim’s apparent Games charm offensive was led by his sister Kim Yo-jong. South Korean President President Moon ... Read More »

Second day of strike in Ethiopia

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Anti-government protesters in Ethiopia’s biggest region, Oromia, are on the second day of a three-day strike to demand the release of all politicians and journalists held during more than two years of unrest. Many roads were blocked and businesses closed during the opening day of the strike yesterday. Ethiopia’s attorney general has announced that charges of inciting violence against a leading opposition politician, Bekele Gerba, ... Read More »

Russia Saratov crash: Investigators comb crash site near Moscow

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Hundreds of Russian investigators are searching snow-covered fields near Moscow, where a passenger jet crashed killing all 71 people on board. The 65 passengers and six crew died when the Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes after take-off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Sunday. Bad weather, human error or technical failure are seen as possible causes. Officials do not see terrorism as a likely cause. ... Read More »

Trump warns Israel that settlements ‘complicate’ peace hopes

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US President Donald Trump has said Israeli settlements “complicate” the peace process with Palestinians and urged “care” over the issue. He also told an Israeli newspaper that he did not believe the Palestinians, and possibly Israel as well, were ready to make peace. President Trump angered Palestinians in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also threatened to withhold aid unless Palestinians agreed ... Read More »

ANC leaders meet to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future

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Leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC party are due to meet to decide the future of President Jacob Zuma. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask him to step down, says BBC Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the issue was causing “disunity and discord”. Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of corruption charges after nine years ... Read More »

Second Trump aide quits over abuse claims

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A speechwriter has become the second White House aide this week to resign amid allegations of domestic abuse. David Sorensen denies his former wife’s allegations he was violent and emotionally abusive. His departure comes just days after another Trump official, Rob Porter, quit over allegations of abuse from two ex-wives, something he denies. Questions have been raised over how long it took the White House ... Read More »

Egypt launches military operation in Sinai, Nile Delta

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Egypt has launched a “comprehensive” security operation against “terrorists and criminal elements” across the country, a military spokesman said. Colonel Tamer Rifai announced on Friday the implementation of a plan to push out armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert. “Law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the plan of comprehensive confrontation against the terrorist and criminal elements ... Read More »

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