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Ex-Pope marks 90th birthday with beer

Benedict XVI, who resigned as pontiff in 2013, has celebrated his 90th birthday with a mug of beer and the company of visitors from his native Bavaria in Germany. Photos by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano of the celebration showed Benedict sipping a beer. His brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, also joined the party and enjoyed a beer. Looking happy, the …

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Buhari suspends spy chief after $43m found in Lagos

Nigeria’s foreign spy chief Ayo Oke has been suspended after anti-corruption officers found more than $43m (£34m) in a flat in the main city, Lagos, the president’s office has said. Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into how the spy agency headed by Mr Oke came into possession of the money, his office added. Mr Oke has not yet commented. …

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Mali ‘Islamist militant attack’ kills five

Five Malian soldiers have been killed by suspected Islamist militants on Tuesday in the northern city of Timbuktu, BBC Afrique reports. According to an official statement, the soldiers were killed in a raid carried out at dawn on a camp in the remote Gourma Rharous area about 120 km (75m) from Timbuktu. Officials have blamed the deadly attack on what …

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UN staff held hostage by South Sudanese militiamen in DR Congo

South Sudanese former rebels are holding about a dozen UN staff hostage in a refugee camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN official said Tuesday. UN officials were negotiating to try to win the release of the employees from the MONUSCO mission in DR Congo, said the official, who asked not to be named. “We can confirm that …

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US gunman kills three ‘in race attack’

Three white men were killed and another wounded when a black gunman opened fire in Fresno, California, in a suspected race attack, police have said. Kori Ali Muhammad shot 16 rounds in 90 seconds in the shooting spree on Tuesday, said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. He shouted “God is great” in Arabic as police arrested him but this was a …

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Beyoncé asks court to dismiss $20 million ‘formation’ lawsuit

Beyoncé is seeking to dismiss a $20 million lawsuit over the “Formation” music video filed by the family of late New Orleans-area YouTube star Anthony Barré. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Barré’s sister that claims Beyoncé used clips of his voice in her “Formation” music video without permission. …

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Orbital to launch cargo to space station Tuesday

A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship, nestled atop an Atlas V rocket, is poised for take off during a 30-minute launch window beginning at 11:11 am (1511 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The cargo …

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Saturn moon has necessary conditions for life, says NASA

An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space agency said. The plumes have …

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French election: Le Pen pledges to suspend immigration

One of the frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, says she would suspend all legal immigration to France. The National Front (FN) leader told a rally that she wanted to stop “a mad, uncontrolled situation”. Polls suggest she is neck and neck with centrist Emmanuel Macron, ahead of Sunday’s first round of voting. Mr Macron …

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