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Uganda reggae star arrested

Ugandan reggae star Robert Kyagulanyi – better known as Bobi Wine – has been arrested, local media are reporting including the government owned New Vision and the privately owned Monitor He is campaigning as an independent for a hotly contested vacant seat outside Kampala in a by-election that is due to take place on Thursday. Both papers say no reason …

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BET Awards 2017: Biggest moments from the show

The 2017 BET Awards did not disappoint. The four-hour award show was hosted by comedian Leslie Jones, who kept the laughs coming. The evening featured performances by Bruno Mars, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled. Here are the top moments you might have missed: Kendrick Lamar wins big Kendrick Lamar took home the award for best male hip hop …

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Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces. A local official told the BBC that dozens of bodies had been buried, and 23 survivors were taken to the town, although one later died. African migrants …

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Three journalists leave CNN after retracted article

Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted. Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a …

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Brazil’s President Temer charged with corruption, but vows to fight on

Brazil’s top prosecutor charged President Michel Temer with bribery on Monday, but the embattled conservative leader vowed to fight on. The bribery charge filed by Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot swept Temer into the forefront of a giant graft scandal that has engulfed Latin America’s biggest country over the last three years. Although several past Brazilian presidents and scores of other …

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Zimbabwean pastor arrested after ‘praying’ with students

Zimbabwean protest pastor and ThisFlag citizen movement leader Evan Mawarire has been arrested again by the police on Monday while “praying” with protesting University of Zimbabwe medical students. He was picked up among students who were protesting an increase in fees from $450 to $900 and also an extension of their semester to 15 weeks. Police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed …

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US Supreme Court partly lifts Trump travel ban injunction

The Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect, a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case that has stirred heated emotions across the nation. In the meantime, the court said …

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Rwanda’s Kagame sticks to used clothes ban despite U.S. threats

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has stated that his country will proceed with the ban on used clothes despite threats by the United States to review trade benefits to Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. He told local media last week that Rwanda will choose to grow its local textile industry at the expense of being a member of the African Growth and …

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Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The White House event had been held every year since President Clinton’s tenure. The Eid al-Fitr feast ends Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast and focus on charitable giving. But US Secretary of State …

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South Africa prisoners entertained by ‘strippers’

Inmates at a South African prison known as Sun City were treated to “strippers” as part of an official event. Pictures circulating on social media show two scantily-clad women in thigh-high boots pressing themselves up against orange suited men at Johannesburg’s Medium B prison. On Monday, the Department of Correctional Services confirmed the veracity of the photos. A full investigation …

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