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London tower block fire: What went wrong at Grenfell Tower?

Investigators are trying to establish how a fire in a London tower block was able to spread so aggressively and so fast. A renovation of the building was completed in 2016. Cosmetic cladding was added to the outside, with some experts suggesting it could have acted as an accelerant.     Source: BBC

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Cameroon’s Catholic bishop Balla Benoit was murdered – Catholic bishops

The Catholic Bishops Conference in Cameroon says the late bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Balla Benoit did not take his life as has been widely reported but that he was brutally murdered. The Bishop was reported missing early late last month after leaving his residence one evening. His vehicle was later seen near the River Sanaga with what was believed …

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Duterte takes a rest as Philippine city burns

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn from public duties this week because he is tired and needs to “rejuvenate”, his spokesman said Thursday as government forces battled Islamist militants in the biggest crisis of his rule. Duterte, 72, has not been seen in public since Sunday and missed a scheduled appearance the following day at annual Independence Day celebrations in …

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Rebel Wilson wins defamation case against magazine publisher

After a three-week trial, Rebel Wilson has won her defamation case against Bauer Media. Wilson claimed that a series of articles run by Bauer in 2015 damaged her reputation in Hollywood and ultimately led to her losing roles, and that the publisher presented a view that she had crafted a persona of herself to help make it in the United …

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Trump gets nine more trademarks approved in China

Authorities in China have provisionally approved nine more trademarks for the Trump Organization that had previously – and inexplicably – been rejected. The company now owns the right to use the Chinese version of Mr Trump’s name for various products and services. It comes as the US President fights allegations that his businesses create potential conflicts of interest that may …

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC calls for arrest of ex-Libya leader’s son

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was released by a militia in Libya last week after six years in jail. The son of late leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is wanted for alleged crimes against humanity during the rebellion that ousted his father in 2011. His location is unclear. The …

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Mozambicans express disgust over $3.8m luxury vehicles for top MPs

Mozambicans are upset after the leadership of the country’s legislature purchased 18 luxury vehicles for an estimated $3.8m. The outrage which was big on social media is believed to be against the background that the southern African country was in the midst of an economic crisis. The purchases are largely seen as insensitive on the part of the lawmaker. Leader …

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Rio ex-governor sentenced to 14 years

The former governor of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state has been sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for corruption and money laundering. Sergio Cabral served two terms as Rio state governor from 2007 to 2014. He was accused of received kickbacks from construction firms in return for awarding them lucrative contracts, such as a petrochemical plant in …

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Kenya building collapse: 2 kids and a woman rescued after nearly 24 hours

Two children were pulled alive on Tuesday from the wreckage of a seven-storey building in a residential area of Nairobi, rescue services said, nearly 24 hours after the building collapsed. The Kenya Red Cross said the two children were rescued from the rubble minutes apart. The body of a woman was also found. The children were rushed to hospital. “We …

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London fire: Flames engulf tower block

A huge fire has raged through the night at a west London tower block, with eyewitnesses claiming people were trapped inside. More than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where hundreds of people are thought to live. London Ambulance said 30 people are receiving hospital treatment. The BBC’s Andy Moore said the whole …

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