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South Korean ex-president’s friend jailed

A close friend of South Korea‘s former president has been jailed for three years for corruption. Choi Soon-sil’s conviction for soliciting favours for her daughter is the first in a wide-reaching influence-peddling scandal which brought down President Park Geun-hye. She had acted for years as an adviser to Ms Park, who has been impeached and is also on trial. Choi …

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Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described UK plans to ensure the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit as “a good start”. However, she said there were “many, many other questions” about Brexit and there was “still a lot to do”. The UK proposal was unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. …

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Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Sir Ketumile Masire, who was Botswana’s second President, has died aged 91. He had been hospitalised in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at Bokomoso Hospital since June 18. The Board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) issued a statement last night announcing his death. Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, GCMG (born 23 July 1925 in Kanye, Botswana) …

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Accidental alert warns California of an earthquake that happened in 1925

An algorithmic error told Californians they’d be in for a major earthquake on Wednesday, but the earthquake had already happened ― in 1925. The automatically generated report from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that a magnitude 6.8 quake would occur in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara. Alerts were sent for a M6.8 in California. This was …

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Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads, the government has said. It is hoped the move will improve access to education in a country where many cannot afford sanitary products like pads and tampons. According to the UN’s education agency, one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period. Some girls reportedly lose 20% of …

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Oscar banned for mammoth eight games after inciting China brawl

The former Chelsea midfielder has been slapped with a massive suspension for smashing a ball at two separate players deliberately Former Chelsea attacker Oscar has been banned by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for inciting a brawl in Shanghai SIPG’s 1-1 draw on Sunday. he Brazilian kicked the ball violently and purposefully against two Guangzhou R&F players, resulting in a …

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Somali star is first hijab-wearing model on the cover of top US magazine

19-year-old Somali fashion star Halima Aden has again made history as the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of the top American women’s beauty magazine Allure. She donned Nike’s high-performance hijab on the cover of the July issue with the caption: “This Is American Beauty”. Halima Aden was born to Somali parents at a refugee camp in Kenya and made …

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Chile considering joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Chile has announced that the country will consider a joint a bid for the 2026 World Cup. Arturo Salah, the president of Chile’s football association, made the comments Tuesday in Russia, with Chile preparing to face Germany on Thursday in the Confederations Cup. The United States, Canada and Mexico have already announced plans to submit a joint bid for 2026, …

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Angola’s VP ‘faces corruption trial in Portugal’

A Portuguese court has ruled that Angola’s Vice-President Manuel Vicente should face trial over bribery allegations, the AFP news agency reports quoting Portuguese media. He is accused of trying to bribe magistrates to shut down a corruption investigation against him. The alleged bribes were made to Portugal’s former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, who also faces charges as part of “Operation …

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Gambians’ impatience ‘understandable’ – Information Minister

Gambia’s Information Minister Demba Ali Jawo has told the BBC that he understands the impatience of those who are frustrated by the rate of change since President Adama Barrow was elected nearly seven months ago. The minister said it was impossible to improve everything straight away after more than 20 years of authoritarian rule by former President Yahya Jammeh: People …

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