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Two Dutch journalists kidnapped

Two Dutch journalists have been abducted in Colombia in an area near the Venezuelan border. Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender went missing at the weekend in Catatumbo, a region where several armed groups operate, including the left-wing ELN. They were searching for the mother of a Colombian child adopted in the Netherlands a few years ago. The Colombian authorities tweeted …

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Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth-dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access …

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US Muslim teen found dead after assault near mosque

Police in the U.S. state of Virginia have charged a man with murdering a 17-year-old girl after assaulting her as she walked with friends from a nearby mosque in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Authorities said there was a “dispute” between the two sides, and the girl’s friends fled as he got out of the car to attack her. The …

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Finsbury Park Mosque: ‘Several hurt’ as van hits pedestrians

Several people have been injured after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque in what police have called a “major incident”. One person was arrested following the collision near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. Officers were called at 00.20 BST and remain at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said. The Muslim Council of …

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Nigeria apologises to Saudi Arabia over Ramadan dates

Nigeria has apologised to Saudi Arabia after 200 tonnes of dates the kingdom sent as a Ramadan gift were found on sale in local markets. Dates are traditionally the first things Muslims eat when they break the Ramadan fast each evening. The dates were intended for people who had fled their homes because of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency. Nigeria’s …

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Tributes pour in for Zimbabwean musician Dickson Chingaira

Tributes are pouring in for prominent Zimbabwean musician Dickson Chingaira following his death at the age of 61 after a battle with leukemia. Fellow musician Thomas Mapfumo said that Zimbabwe had lost a giant, a true patriot and revolutionary whose music had inspired the black majority, the privately owned New Zimbabwe news site reports. . “We do hope he will …

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Nigeria food aid ‘stolen’

Officials in Nigeria say half of government food aid sent to people displaced by an Islamist insurgency never reached them. Nearly three-million people have been displaced during the eight-year uprising by Boko Haram militants. The spokesman for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said a new system, launched earlier this month, had drastically reduced the diversion of aid – a polite word …

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Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife shot dead

The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration. Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by an unknown assailant, the police say. The police add the motive is unknown and an investigation is continuing. The couple had been living separately since 2012 …

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Wife of new Lesotho Prime Minister shot dead ahead of his inauguration

The wife of Lesotho’s new Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is reported to have been shot dead on Wednesday by a gunman hours before her husband’s inauguration. 58-year-old Dipolelo Thabane was shot together with another woman while driving in a village 35 kilometers from the capital Maseru, police said without confirming the identities. “I can just confirm that a 58-year-old woman …

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North Korea says US student released ‘on humanitarian grounds’

North Korea released US student Otto Warmbier “on humanitarian grounds”, state media said Thursday, two days after he was evacuated from Pyongyang after falling into a coma while imprisoned in a labour camp. The 22-year-old University of Virginia student from Cincinnati had spent more than a year in North Korean detention after being arrested for stealing a political poster from …

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