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France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron. Ms Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations. Opinion polls …

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South Sudan President accused of meeting Rebels

Sudan on Monday warned South Sudan to cease its support of rebel groups at war with Khartoum, accusing its president of meeting with rebels last week in a rare public statement from Khartoum’s intelligence agency. Sudan regularly accuses its neighbour of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions that run along its southern border. South Sudan …

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US submarine arrives in South Korea as tensions rise

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army’s 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It has previously marked similar occasions with missile tests. Tensions have risen …

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North Korean university names detained US citizen

A North Korean university has named the US citizen detained on Saturday as Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim. The Korean-American lecturer had taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) for several weeks prior to his arrest. The investigation into Mr Kim was for matters “not connected in any way” to the university, PUST said. Mr Kim …

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Cuba Gooding Jr. pays tribute to late father with Instagram post

Following news of Cuba Gooding Sr.’s death on Thursday, the soul singer’s son, Cuba Gooding Jr., shared a beautiful tribute to his father on Instagram. On Friday, the actor shared a photo of The Main Ingredient’s “Greatest Hits” album that he captioned, “Eternal.” Gooding Sr. served as the musical group’s lead singer from 1971, according to Billboard. The singer was …

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Gambia’s gets first visually impaired female MP

Gambia President Adama Barrow has appointed a visually impaired woman as a member of the country’s 53-seat National Assembly. This appointment makes Ndey Yassin Secka-Sallah the first female visually impaired member of the country’s National Assembly. Ndey Yassin Secka-Sallah who is a former broadcaster at the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) was appointed early April as one of the …

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Egypt: ‘World’s heaviest woman’ loses half her weight after surgery

Egyptian Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, reputed to be the world’s heaviest woman has reportedly lost 250kg after undergoing surgery in an Indian hospital. At the time of her admission, she weighed over 500kg. The Times of India reports that the 36-year-old is now able to fit into a customized wheelchair and to sit for longer periods. Earlier in March …

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Nigeria charges 53 over ‘gay wedding’

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding. The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained. The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May. Homosexual acts are banned in socially …

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