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    Gabonese VP takes over amid president’s illness

Gabonese VP takes over amid president’s illness

Gabon’s top court has ruled that the vice-president will chair the cabinet in the absence of President Ali Bongo (pictured), who remains in hospital in Saudi Arabia.Bongo had been in the Saudi hospital after suffering a stroke last month.The decision, announced by the constitutional court on Wednesday, was the first move to fill the vacuum left after Bongo was admitted [...]

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    Angola shuts 34 churches

Angola shuts 34 churches

At least 34 churches have been shut in Angola following an operation dubbed Operação Resgate (rescue operation).Orlando Bernardo, national police director for communication, said 19 churches were shut in Cabinda province, 11 in Luanda and four in Malanje province for operating illegally.Recently, the government said more than 50 percent of churches operating in Angola were foreign, mainly from the DR [...]

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    CNN sues White House for barring reporter

CNN sues White House for barring reporter

CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday over the revocation of press credentials for Jim Acosta, White House correspondent.Acosta’s questions and reporting has been a frequent target of criticism by Trump.“We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,’’ [...]

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    ‘She doesn’t need Amnesty’s award’ — Myanmar defends leader

‘She doesn’t need Amnesty’s award’ — Myanmar defends leader

Government officials and citizens of Myanmar have defended Aung San Suu Kyi, their leader, after Amnesty International revoked an award given to her in 2009.The human rights group revoked the Ambassador of Conscience, its highest award, which it gave Suu Kyi during her 15-year house arrest in 2009.The group said Suu Kyi has shown indifference to the atrocities committed by [...]

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    Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Myanmar leader

Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Myanmar leader

Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s "shameful betrayal" of the values she once stood for.On 11 November, Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s secretary general, wrote to Suu Kyi to inform her the organisation is revoking the 2009 award.Half way through her term in office, [...]

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    198 dead in Congo’s worst Ebola outbreak

198 dead in Congo’s worst Ebola outbreak

Almost 200 people have died in the latest Ebola outbreak to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since August.According to the nation’s health ministry, there are more than 300 confirmed or probable cases."At this point, 319 cases and 198 deaths have been registered," Oly Ilunga, the country’s health minister, said."In view of these figures, my thoughts and my prayers [...]

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    Philippines court orders arrest of 89-year-old former first lady

Philippines court orders arrest of 89-year-old former first lady

The Philippines’ anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos.The court gave the order after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of Ferdinand Marcos, her husband.Marcos is famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewelry and artwork.She was charged with making seven bank transfers totalling $200 million to Swiss [...]

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    Jeff Sessions resigns as US attorney-general at Trump’s request

Jeff Sessions resigns as US attorney-general at Trump’s request

Jeff Sessions has resigned as US attorney-general following a request to the effect by President Donald Trump.Sessions said he "upheld the rule of law" during his time in office.“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Trump.“In my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law – a [...]

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    79 students abducted in Cameroon regain freedom

79 students abducted in Cameroon regain freedom

All the 79 students abducted from Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, Cameroon, have been freed.Samuel Fonki, a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, confirmed their release on Wednesday.The students were kidnapped on Monday along with their principal, a teacher and a driver.“Praise God, 78 children and the driver have been released. The principal and one teacher are still with [...]

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    First ever Muslim women elected as Democrats take over US house of reps

First ever Muslim women elected as Democrats take over US house of reps

Two Muslim women emerged victorious as Democrats took over the US house of representatives at the midterm elections on Tuesday.Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, Democrats from Minnesota and Michigan respectively, will be the first Muslim women to serve in congress.Massachusetts will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.The result [...]

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