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Italy Rescues 13,000 Refugees Off Libya In Peak Season

Italy’s coastguard and vessels from other European nations have pulled 13,000 refugees from barely seaworthy and overcrowded boats off the Libyan coast in the mere space of four days. Traffickers are taking advantage of the calm summer weather, piling refugees on to flimsy boats when the sea is more placid so that the southern wind can push them into international waters. However, the flimsy rubber ... Read More »

Malaysia Reports First Case Of Zika Virus

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Malaysia has reported its first case of Zika – a woman who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus after a visit to neighbouring Singapore, where 115 people have been infected. The 58-year-old victim had shown signs of a rash and fever one week after coming back from Singapore late last month, officials said on Thursday. “We are carrying out control measures against aedes mosquitoes near ... Read More »

‘Racist School Hair Rules’ Suspended At SA’s Pretoria Girls High

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Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African high school have been suspended after anti-racism protests from black pupils, a local minister says. Pupils at Pretoria Girls High say staff often tell them to straighten their hair and they are not allowed afros. School rules would be suspended while an independent investigation takes place into the allegations, Gauteng province’s education minister ... Read More »

Apple Should Repay Ireland 13bn Euros, European Commission Rules

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Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission has ruled. After a three-year investigation, it has concluded that the US firm’s Irish tax benefits are illegal. The Commission said Ireland enabled the company to pay substantially less than other businesses, in effect paying a corporate tax rate of no more than 1%. Ireland and Apple both said they disagreed ... Read More »

Chinese Embassy Blast: Car Bomb Attack In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say. The suicide bomber died and three embassy employees, all Kyrgyz nationals, were injured, Deputy PM Zhenish Razakov said. China’s foreign ministry condemned the bombing as an “extreme and violent attack”. No-one has yet said they were behind the suicide bombing. Chinese ... Read More »

Colombia Ceasefire Ends Half-Century-Long War

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A ceasefire to end the 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and FARC fighters has gone into effect, with a full peace agreement expected to be signed in September. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has issued the order for its men to observe the ceasefire from midnight (05:00 GMT Monday). Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, said on Twitter: “This August 29 a new ... Read More »

Singapore Confirms 41 Locally Transmitted Zika Cases

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Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and says it expects more incidents to be identified. All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the country’s health ministry and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Sunday. The seven patients remained in hospital, the statement added. On Saturday, authorities had confirmed a 47-year-old ... Read More »

Gabon Election: Jean Ping Lays Claim To Presidency Win

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Gabon’s opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory over incumbent President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-rich African nation for nearly half a century. “The decision taken by the population is known now by everybody,” Ping told Al Jazeera on Sunday. ”Gabon is a small country so it is possible to know all the results right now,” he said. Ping, 73, said that ... Read More »

Zimbabwe: Anti-Mugabe Protests Turn Violent In Harare

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Zimbabwean police have used tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse an opposition rally protesting against police brutality in the capital Harare. More than 200 supporters, mostly youths, of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), took to the streets on Wednesday. Many protesters were reported to have been injured, but police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had no information on that. Riot ... Read More »

Somalia: Al-Shabab Gunmen Attack Beach Restaurant

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At least six people have been killed after al-Shabab fighters attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb before entering into a gunfight with security forces, according to police and the group. “A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there is exchange of gunfire. We have no other details so far,” Major Ahmed Ibrahim, a police ... Read More »

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