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Bill Cosby ‘used power and fame to prey on woman’

A witness in the Bill Cosby sex assault trial has told the court he drugged and sexually abused her in 1998. It is the same method he is said to have used in the alleged 2004 attack on Andrea Constand he is on trial for. Mr Cosby, 79, denies the charge. His lawyer says she agreed to sex and has …

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Virgin Australia plane evacuated over note ‘threat’

A Virgin Australia plane has been evacuated after a threatening note was found on a domestic flight from Sydney to Albury, police have said. Passengers were forced out an emergency exit window of the 68-seat plane after it landed safely in Albury on Tuesday. A male passenger, 30, was arrested and charged over a “document threatening death or grievous bodily …

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Morocco to become part of West Africa

West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco’s membership application despite the country being in North Africa. But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join. King Mohammed VI was not at the summit because Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited. Morocco’s application …

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South Africa opposition party suspends Helen Zille over colonialism tweets

South Africa’s main opposition party has suspended its former leader after she tweeted that colonialism was not all bad. The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) said Helen Zille’s remarks undermined its reconciliation project. The party is holding a disciplinary hearing on the case. The anti-Apartheid activist could face expulsion. Her tweets led to a storm of criticism in March. …

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Faure Gnassingbè is new ECOWAS chair

President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbè is the new chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He takes over from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Togolese leader became the new ECOWAS President on Sunday, 4 June, 2017 at the 51st Ordinary Session of the Heads of ECOWAS in Monrovia, Liberia. Mr Gnassingbe will head the sub-regional body …

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Turin stampede: 1,000 injured, Italian police say

About 1,000 people were injured in the Italian city of Turin after a firecracker provoked a stampede on Saturday night, police say. Thousands of football fans were watching a live relay of Juventus’ Champions League final against Real Madrid in Cardiff when a bang was heard and rumours of an explosion spread. At least two people, including a seven-year-old child, …

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Trump touts travel ban, pledges support to Britain in wake of London attacks

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump touted his so-called travel ban Saturday in the wake of the London terror attacks, while also pledging assistance to Britain. Without referring explicitly to London, Trump wrote on his personal account: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an …

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Hackers leak emails from UAE ambassador to US

Hackers have released the first series of emails taken from the inbox of the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba. The Intercept reported on Saturday that the emails, released by a group called “Global Leaks”, show a close relationship between al-Otaiba and a pro-Israel, neoconservative think tank – the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The hacked emails, …

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London attack: 12 arrested in Barking after van and knife incidents

Twelve people have been arrested after the London terror attack which left seven people dead and 48 injured. The arrests in Barking, east London, followed a raid by police at a flat owned by one of the three attackers. A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed …

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Prime Minister May: ‘enough is enough’

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday the three terrorist attacks in Britain in the last three months, including Sunday’s at London Bridge and Borough Market are “bound together by the evil ideology of Islamist extremism.” There is “far too much tolerance for extremism in our country,” May said. “We need to be more robust in identifying and stamping out …

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