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Tunisia’s Ennahdha party tops landmark local vote: state TV


Tunisia’s Ennahdha Movement has scooped the largest share of the vote in the country’s first free municipal elections since the removal of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his government in 2011, according to reports on state-run TV. The Ennahdha party reportedly won an estimated 27.5 percent of votes in Sunday’s ballot, ahead of the Nidaa Tounes party, which came second with an estimated 22.5 percent. In total, more than 57,000 candidates – half ... Read More »

Putin to be inaugurated for fourth term as president of Russia


Vladimir Putin is to be sworn in for a fourth term as president of Russia on Monday after winning the election in March. He has been in power for 18 years, whether as president or prime minister, and opponents have likened his tenure to the reign of a tsar, or emperor. Riot police confronted protesters against his rule in Moscow and other Russian cities on ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani Warns Trump Of ‘Historic Regret’ Over Nuclear Deal


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the US will face “historic regret” if Donald Trump scraps the nuclear agreement with Tehran. Mr Rouhani’s comments come as UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travels to Washington as part of international efforts to persuade President Trump’s administration not to abandon the deal. Mr Trump has strongly criticised the agreement, which he calls “insane”. The deadline for a ... Read More »

Lebanon Holds General Election For First Time In Nine Years


First parliamentary elections in nearly a decade introduces electoral law with proportional representation. Polls have opened in Lebanon, kicking off the country’s first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade. Sunday’s vote sees 583 candidates compete for the 128 seats in parliament through 77 rival lists, spread across 15 districts. Under the terms of a new electoral law that introduced proportional representation, voters will be casting two votes; one ... Read More »

Syrian rebels surrender last rebel-held area near Homs

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Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender an enclave north of the country’s third largest city after relenting to intense government bombardment and a debilitating siege. After withstanding seven years of bombing, rebels agreed evacuate the towns of Houla, Rastan, and Talbiseh in the countryside north of Homs, and allow government forces to re-establish state institutions. Al-Ikhbariya TV said on Thursday the rebels agreed to the ... Read More »

South Africa miners reach $400m settlement


South African gold producers have reached a settlement with lawyers representing thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung disease, in the country’s largest-ever class action suit. Officials said the six mining companies involved agreed to the 5bn rand ($395m) settlement on Thursday, Reuters news agency reported. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of minerswho contracted the lung disease silicosis, which is caused by inhaling fine silica dust and ... Read More »

India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue

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At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come. High-speed winds and lightning have devastated many villages, brought down walls and left scores injured. A spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office told AFP the death toll was the highest from such storms in at least 20 ... Read More »

Trump lawyer Ty Cobb exits Russia inquiry

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer for the probe into alleged collusion between his election team and Russia is out, the latest legal shake-up in the case. Ty Cobb will be replaced by Emmet Flood, an attorney who defended ex-President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings 20 years ago. The White House press secretary told the BBC that Mr Cobb had been considering retirement for some time. ... Read More »

Lowa approves ‘most restrictive abortion bill in US’

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The US state of Iowa has approved an abortion law banning most abortions once a foetal heartbeat is detected. Republican lawmakers passed the bill in back-to-back votes, sending it to the governor’s desk to sign into law. If it comes into effect the bill will ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and rights groups say it will be the country’s most restrictive. Critics ... Read More »

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut


Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down. The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients. According to Facebook, data about up to 87 million of its members was harvested by an app and then passed onto the political consultancy. The social network said its own probe into the matter would ... Read More »

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