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AU Ambassadors Demand Apology From Trump Over Racist Remarks

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African Union ambassadors to the UN demanded an apology from US President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa. The group of over 50 nations in a statement said, “The AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by the President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump. “The remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and ... Read More »

China Demolishes Christian Megachurch

uthorities in northern China have demolished a Christian megachurch in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”. China’s officially atheist Communist authorities are wary of any organised movements outside their control, including religious ones. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (“Golden Lampstand”) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in Linfen, Shanxi province. Its demolition began ... Read More »

Ethiopia Bans Foreign Adoptions

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Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns they face abuse and neglect abroad. Ethiopia is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by US citizens, accounting for about 20% of the total. Celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from Ethiopia. However, in 2013, a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted ... Read More »

Iran Drug Law Change Could Spare Thousands On Death Row

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Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has said all cases on death row can be reviewed. The move is set to be applied retrospectively, meaning some 5,000 prisoners could escape execution. Iran executes hundreds ... Read More »

Up to 100 Refugees Feared Drowned Off Libyan Coast

Between 90 and 100 refugees are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after their rubber dinghy sank off the coast of Libya. The inflatable boat was carrying more than 100 people when it went down off the eastern city of Khoms on Tuesday, said Ayub Qasim, a spokesman for Libya’s coastguard. Rescuers found just 17 survivors clinging to the boat’s wreckage, Qasim said. Al ... Read More »

Ethiopia Bans Foreign Adoptions

Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns children face abuse and neglect abroad. Ethiopia is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by US citizens, accounting for about 20% of the total. Celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from Ethiopia. However, in 2013, a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian ... Read More »

Iran Drug Law Change Could Spare Thousands On Death Row

Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has said all cases on death row can be reviewed. The move is set to be applied retrospectively, meaning some 5,000 prisoners could escape execution. Iran executes hundreds ... Read More »

MH370: Private Company Signs Deal To Resume Missing Plane Search

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 will be resumed after the Malaysian government struck a deal with an underwater survey company. US firm Ocean Infinity will only be paid if it finds the aircraft. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the country has an “unwavering commitment to solving the mystery of MH370″. The plane disappeared on 8 March 2014 en route from ... Read More »

California: Rescuers Search For Mudslide Survivors

Rescue workers in southern California are searching for survivors after mudslides and flooding in which at least 13 people have died. More than 30 miles (48km) of the main coastal road have been closed and police said the scene “looked like a World War One battlefield”. A group of 300 people are reportedly trapped in Romero Canyon neighbourhood east of Santa Barbara, with rescue efforts ... Read More »

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Issues Threats And Olive Branch

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is “always on my table” and warned the US it will never be able to start a war. In a televised new year speech, he said the entire US was within range of North Korean nuclear weapons, adding: “This is reality, not a threat.” But he also offered a potential olive branch to South ... Read More »

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