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Nigeria’s President Buhari urged to take sick leave

A group of prominent Nigerians has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, to take medical leave, amid growing concern about his health. There was an “apparent deterioration” in his health following his failure to attend the last two cabinet meetings, the group said. Mr Buhari took about seven weeks of medical leave in January, and flew to the UK for …

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Ex-Guinea minister in bribery case tells jury that payments were loans

A former Guinea government minister accused of laundering $8.5 million in bribes he took in exchange for helping a Chinese conglomerate secure mining rights told jurors in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday that the money was a personal loan. Mahmoud Thiam, taking the stand near the end of a week-long trial, said Chinese tycoon Sam Pa was a friend who …

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Kabul bomb attack targeting Nato convoy kills eight

A suicide attack on a convoy belonging to the Nato mission in Afghanistan has killed at least eight people in Kabul, officials say. The victims were all civilians, a government spokesman said. About 25 other people were injured, including three US service members. The attack on the group of military vehicles happened next to the US embassy during the morning …

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I dont sleep at public events, I only pretend – Kano State Governor

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that blackmailers who accused him of not working but sleeps at public events, know nothing ‎The Governor stated this during an interactive session with labour unions as part of May Day celebration at the Government House, Kano. He said that his political opponents could not differentiate between sleeping and pretending. “My opponents always …

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We’ll pay for missile defense system in South Korea – US

After President Trump set off a furor over who should pay for a U.S. missile defense system that’s being installed in South Korea, his national security chief said Washington will pick up the check. For the time being, at least. White House national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told his South Korean counterpart that the U.S. would continue to …

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Donald Trump: N Korea’s Kim Jong-un a ‘smart cookie’

US President Donald Trump has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “pretty smart cookie”. Speaking to CBS, he noted Mr Kim had assumed power at a young age, despite dealing with “some very tough people”. Amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme, he said he had “no idea” whether Mr Kim was sane. The North Korean leader …

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French forces kill militants in Mali forest

France says its forces in West Africa have killed or captured more than 20 militants in a forest near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso. A statement by its regional force said air and ground forces were involved. It did not identify the militant group. A French soldier was killed in the area earlier this month. Mali suffers frequent attacks by …

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North Korea warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’

South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered the threat of nuclear war from North Korea. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula and began exercises with the South Korean navy late on Saturday. The South …

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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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