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Blogger ‘who insulted Islam’ freed after 5 years

A Mauritanian blogger who was jailed for more than five years after being convicted of blaspheming the Muslim Prophet Muhammad has been released. Rights groups had waged a long campaign to secure Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’khaitir’s release. He had been due for release in 2017 but the government refused saying he could be lynched. Conservative Muslims had demanded his ...

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Japan’s labour minister says high heels at work are ‘necessary’

A Japanese minister has said it is “necessary” for companies to enforce dress codes that require women to wear high heels at work. Takumi Nemoto, Japan’s health and labour minister, defended the controversial practice. “It is socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate,” Mr Nemoto said. He reportedly made the comments at ...

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Sudan crisis: Death toll from crackdown rises to 60

The number of people killed in a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has risen to 60, an opposition group says. Members of a feared paramilitary group are reported to be roaming the streets attacking civilians. The violence began when forces of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) opened fire on unarmed protesters on Monday. The military has ...

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BREAKING: Theresa May steps down June, 07

Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement in Downing St, she said she had “done my best” to honour the 2016 EU referendum result. It would remain a matter of “deep regret” that she had been unable to ...

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80 Nigerians arrested for eating during Ramadan fast

The Islamic Sharia police in northern Nigeria’s Kano state briefly detained 80 people accused of eating in public, rather than fasting from dawn to sunset as Muslims are required to do during their holy month of Ramadan. The Sharia police, known as Hisbah, say the people were arrested at different times across the city of Kano in the past couple ...

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21 Indian students kill themselves in a week after IT blunder

Up to 21 students have killed themselves in the last week in India after an IT glitch led to them failing their exams. The victims, from Telangana state, include at least one boy who threw himself in front of a train and another girl who burned herself to death, local media reports. Ministers have admitted there were ‘major failings’ with a ...

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At least 5 killed in Burkina Faso church attack

At least five people including a Senior Pastor have died following an attack on a protestant church in Burkina Faso, Sunday. Security and local reports say the attack took place in Silgadji, 60 km from Djibo, the capital of Soum province in the north of the country. “Unidentified armed individuals attacked the Silgadji Protestant Church, killing four worshippers and the ...

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Chinese businessman becomes a chief in Nigeria

A leader of the Chinese community in northern Nigeria has been crowned, or “turbaned”, as a chief by the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The emir holds a lot of influence and is a religious and cultural leader in the region. At a traditional ceremony in Kano Mike Zhang took the title of Wakilin Yan China, meaning the leader ...

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