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North Korea tests new missile engine 

North Korea has tested a new rocket engine as part of its efforts to build a missile capable of reaching the American mainland, US officials said. The news comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyangover the North’s nuclear ambitions. The Trump administration has made the issue one of its top priorities. Despite international condemnation, North Korea has increased its …

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Tanzanian: Teen mothers will not be allowed back to school

Tanzania President John Magufuli has said girls will not be allowed back to school after giving birth during his administration. He accused civil society organisations, which have been urging the government to permit teen mothers to re-enter the education system, of being used by foreign agents. The president was addressing residents of Bagamoyo during a three-day tour of the Coast …

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US man ‘gave top-secret information’ to Chinese agent

A former US diplomatic officer has been arrested and charged with giving top-secret documents to a Chinese agent. According to an affidavit, Kevin Mallory, a 60-year-old from Virginia, is said to have travelled to Shanghai in March and April 2017. He also failed to declare $16,500 (£13,000) in cash found in two carry-on bags when travelling through Chicago airport, said …

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Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference

Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya’s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four-day forum organised by the Ministry of Health at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday. They have been isolated in a city hospital, but health officials say the number of people infected may rise. It is …

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative’s initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation. Facebook has faced criticism for being …

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US withdraws protocol visas for former Presidents, MPs

The government of the United States of America has stripped protocol visa allocation to top Ghanaian government officials including former Presidents and Members of Parliament on non-official visits. The directive means that all former presidents including John Dramani Mahama, and John Agyekum Kufuor will have to book an appointments or join a queue like other Ghanaians seeking a visa to …

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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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