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Sani Abacha – the hunt for the billions stolen by Nigeria’s ex-leader

When Nigeria’s then-head of state Sani Abacha stole billions of dollars and died before spending his loot, it prompted an international treasure hunt spread over decades. The man hired to get the money back tells the BBC’s Clare Spencer how the search took over his life. In September 1999, Swiss …

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Cyclone Eloise brings floods to Mozambique’s second city Beira

Parts of central Mozambique have been flooded after Cyclone Eloise struck near the port city of Beira with wind speeds of up to 160km/h (100mph). Beira received 250mm (10 inches) of rain in 24 hours, according to Mozambique’s National Institute of Meteorology (INAM). Local officials and aid agencies are assessing …

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Covid-19: US tops 25 million coronavirus cases

More than 25 million cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed across the United States. Experts say the true number is likely to be higher. More than 417,500 in the US have died with the virus. The daily number of deaths has exceeded 4,000 in recent weeks – including on …

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Third time lucky for Joe Biden

A lifelong dream for Joe Biden comes true later with his inauguration as the 46th president. Third time proved the charm for Mr Biden – though there were some bumps along the way. Unlike previous attempts in 1987 and 2008, he entered the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination as …

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Trump pardons dozens in final hours, including ex-aide Steve Bannon

  In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump has pardoned 73 people, including his former adviser Steve Bannon, who is facing fraud charges. Another 70 people had sentences commuted, ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration at noon (17:00 GMT). Rapper Lil Wayne received a pardon and there were commutations …

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Earth’s oceans are storing record-breaking amounts of heat

Seas may have absorbed enough heat last year to boil 1.3 billion kettles of water Pandemic-related shutdowns may have spared Earth’s atmosphere some greenhouse gas emissions last year, but the world continued to warm. Water temperature measurements from around the globe indicate that the total amount of heat stored in …

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Lee Jae Yong: Samsung heir gets prison term for bribery scandal

SAMSUNG HEIR  Lee Jae Yong has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a high court in South Korea. The bribery case is a retrial of an earlier one involving the country’s former President Park Geun-hye, who was also jailed for bribery and corruption. Lee has …

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Yemen: This doctor saw Covid hospital empty after fake death text

AS WAR-torn Yemen braces itself for a second wave of Covid-19, one doctor recalls how she battled the pandemic alone after her colleagues fled the hospital, and the dramatic fake news that plagued the assistance when it eventually arrived. Twenty-nine-year-old Zoha Aidaroos al-Zubaidi recalls the moment she stood behind a …

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Migrant caravan: Guatemala blocks thousands bound for US

A GROUP  of US-bound Central American migrants has been met with truncheons and tear gas in Guatemala, where security forces blocked their path. Thousands of people were intercepted on a road near the border with Honduras on Sunday. The government said it would not accept “illegal mass movements”. An estimated …

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Covid: WHO team probing origin of virus arrives in China

A WORLD Health Organization (WHO) team has arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start its investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-awaited probe comes after months of negotiations between the WHO and Beijing. A group of 10 scientists is set to interview people from research …

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