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Thousands fired over fake certificates in Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked nearly 10,000 civil servants for having fake education certificates. He was responding to the release of a government report into fraudulent qualifications in the public sector. The education minister said that some had been using their relatives’ school certificates, while others did not appear on official records at all. President Magufuli has given those …

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Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel

Japan has dispatched its biggest warship, in the first such operation since it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military. The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters. The US ship is heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region, including the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group. North Korea has threatened to …

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Eminem sues New Zealand governing party over ‘Lose Yourself’

Eminem has taken New Zealand’s governing party to court over a music track it used for a campaign ad. The US rapper says the song, used in the 2014 advert by the National Party, was an unlicensed version of Lose Yourself, one of his biggest hits. But the party’s lawyers argue it was not actually Lose Yourself, but a track …

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Dubai becomes first city to get its own Microsoft font

Not content with having the world’s tallest building and biggest shopping centre, Dubai has become the first city to get its own font. The typeface, designed with Microsoft, comes in both Latin and Arabic script, and will be available in 23 languages. Government bodies have been told to use it in official correspondence. But given the human rights record of …

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World Bank To SERAP: “We Have Searched Our Databases But Can’t Find Anymore Information On Abacha Loot”

The World Bank has told Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) that it “cannot locate any additional information on the projects executed with recovered stolen public funds by the late General Sani Abacha.” According to the response sent last week to SERAP, the World Bank Access to Information Appeal Committee said, “In response to your request under case number AI4288 …

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T.I. finally responds to Tiny’s divorce papers

T.I. had been keeping it vague when it comes to the status of his marriage until recently, even going so far as to ignore the divorce papers Tiny served him back in December, but it seems like the couple of nearly two decades are ready to make some decisions. According to RadarOnline, Tiny’s ready to get on with her life, …

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Pope heads to Egypt to mend ties with Islam, reassure Christians

In keeping with his inclusive approach to his role, when Pope Francis visits Egypt on Friday he will meet with the head of the most important institution in the Islamic world as well as leaders of the nation’s embattled Christian community. Pope Francis goes to Egypt at the invitation of Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar University, the …

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Brawl breaks out after protestors storm Macedonia parliament

Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker. A brawl broke out injuring at least 10 people, including the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who was left with blood pouring down his face. The protesters, supporters of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO party, are demanding new elections. Politics in the former Yugoslav republic …

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Ransomware attacks around the world grow by 50%

Ransomware attacks on businesses around the world rose 50% last year, research into successful cyber-breaches shows. Its popularity means malware is now responsible for 51% of all the incidents analysed in the annual Verizon data breach report. This analyses almost 2,000 breaches to find out how firms were caught out by cyber-thieves. It also found that measures taken by some …

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Beyoncé offers US college scholarships

Beyoncé is offering four US college scholarships to mark the one year anniversary of ‘Lemonade’. The ‘Run The World (Girls)’ hitmaker has launched Formation Scholars, which will award scholarships to female students to “encourage and support [those] who are unafraid to think outside the box”. A statement posted on her website reads: “To add to the celebration of the one-year …

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