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Jacob Zuma: Pressure grows on South Africa president to stand down


South African President Jacob Zuma is under growing pressure to step down following talks with senior members of his ANC party on Sunday. Details of the talks were not revealed but party leaders are to hold an emergency meeting on Monday. Mr Zuma, who faces corruption allegations, was replaced as ANC leader by Cyril Ramaphosa in December. Analysts say party chiefs want to avoid a ... Read More »

North Korea to send highest level official ever to South Korea

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North Korea’s head of state will go to Pyeongchang this week for the Winter Olympics, the most senior official to ever visit South Korea. North Korea confirmed Kim Yong-nam’s attendance at the opening ceremony, set for Friday. Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony. Although this signals a thaw in relations between the Koreas, experts say it unlikely to have any ... Read More »

China Accuses US Of ‘Cold War Mentality’ Over Nuclear Policy


China has urged the US to drop its “Cold War mentality” after Washington said it planned to diversify its nuclear armoury with smaller bombs. “The country that owns the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it,” China’s defence ministry said on Sunday. The US military believes its nukes are seen as too big to be ... Read More »

Mexico Finds Nearly 200 Migrants Hidden In Cramped Lorry

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Nearly 200 undocumented migrants from Central America have been found hidden in a lorry without food or water in north-eastern Mexico. The men, women and children were found crammed into the truck in Tamaulipas state just south of the Texas border, officials said. They had travelled from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and were bound for the US. Three people have been arrested on suspicion ... Read More »

Syria War: Turkey Suffers Deadliest Day In Afrin Offensive

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The Turkish military has suffered the deadliest day in its offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria, with seven soldiers killed. Five of the troops died when their tank was attacked in the Afrin region. PM Binali Yildirim vowed to make the militias “pay for this twice as much” and jets later struck Kurdish targets north-east of the city of Afrin. Turkey’s “Olive Branch” operation ... Read More »

Kenya TV channels still off air despite court order


Three of Kenya’s largest private TV channels remain off the air, despite an order by the country’s High Court suspending a shutdown. The government cut off KTN, NTV, and Citizen TV over plans to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga’s unofficial “inauguration” on Tuesday. The court suspended the ban for 14 days while the case is heard. There is no sign the government will comply with ... Read More »

Senate backs gender-neutral changes to national anthem

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The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that changes the text of the English-language version of the national anthem to make it gender-neutral. It now awaits royal assent by the governor general to become law. The move is set to change the words “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” in the anthem, O Canada. The private member’s bill from 2016 ... Read More »

Trump Russia: Republicans ‘materially altered’ memo on FBI


The US House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat has accused Republicans of amending a memo about claims of FBI surveillance at the 2016 election. Adam Schiff said Republicans had changed the text after it was voted on. The secret document was passed by the Republican-dominated committee but needs approval from President Donald Trump to be made public. It is believed to accuse the FBI of abusing ... Read More »

Trump order to keep Guantanamo open ‘sheer stupidity’


Donald Trump confirmed this week that he would keep the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open, a move experts say is unsurprising yet will likely mean that several dozen remaining detainees will not be able to leave the infamous prison. Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday stating that detention at the US-run prison camp in Cuba would continue. “Donald Trump’s a moron if he thinks Guantanamo ... Read More »

Police question Tariq Ramadan over sex abuse claims

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French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault. Two women filed complaints against Ramadan for an alleged rape in 2009 and an alleged sexual assault in 2012. Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Oxford, has denied the allegations. One of the women claims she was abused by the scholar in a hotel in ... Read More »

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