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Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years for crimes in DR Congo

A former Congolese rebel leader has been sentenced to 30 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Fighters loyal to Bosco Ntaganda carried out gruesome massacres of civilians, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said in July. Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers. The sentence is the ...

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CAMEROON: Dozens trapped underground after deadly landslide

Fourteen people have died and over 40 are trapped underground following a landslide on Monday night in Baffoussam, western Cameroon. Rescue workers are frantically searching for survivors but each passing minute dampens hopes that they will be found alive. Regional governor Fonka Awa Augustine told the BBC that people had built houses on hilly ground, despite government warnings, and a ...

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Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign. Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.” He was born on 21 February 1924, ...

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Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul

A bomb has exploded in a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 63 people and wounding more than 180. Witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. The explosion happened at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT) in an area in the west of the city mostly populated by Shia Muslims. The Taliban ...

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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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