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Ivory Coast Vice-President Daniel Kablan resigns

Ivory Coast’s Vice-President Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned. His resignation follows the sudden death of the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly last week. The secretary-general of the Ivory Coast presidency, Patrick Achi, said that Kablan Duncan, was leaving “for personal reasons.” The vice-president had put in his resignation letter to President Alassane …

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Coronavirus: California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike

California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike of coronavirus infections in America’s most populous state. Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered an immediate halt to all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, zoos and museums. In the worst-affected counties of the south-western US state, …

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Yves Rausch: German police hunt ‘dangerous Rambo’ in Black Forest

German police backed by helicopters are hunting a homeless man in the Black Forest, who is reportedly armed with pistols and a bow and arrows. The manhunt was launched on Sunday in Oppenau, south-west Germany, about 25km (16 miles) from the French border. Media reports say Yves Rausch, 31, wearing …

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Buhari: Nigeria’s corruption war ‘real and active’

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly reacted, for the first time, to the suspension of the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency. President Buhari said the suspension of Ibrahim Magu is an indication that Nigeria’s fight against corruption is “real and active”, according to a statement released through a spokesperson. …

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Poland’s Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote

Poland’s incumbent President Andrzej Duda has narrowly beaten challenger Rafal Trzaskowski in Sunday’s presidential vote. The National Electoral Commission said Mr Duda had won 51.2% of the votes. It is Poland’s slimmest presidential election victory since the end of communism in 1989. One of the major issues of the election …

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Iran explosions: Officials deny reports of fresh blast

Iranian officials have denied reports of an explosion west of the capital Tehran on Thursday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts to hit the country in recent weeks. Social media users reported hearing explosions in the nearby cities of Garmdareh and Qods, state media said. It is not …

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Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque

The world-famous Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul – originally founded as a cathedral – has been turned back into a mosque. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the decision after a court annulled the site’s museum status. Built 1,500 years ago as an Orthodox Christian cathedral, Hagia Sophia was converted …

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UK universities comply with China’s internet restrictions

UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China – which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access. But it means students can only …

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US Supreme Court to rule on revealing Trump tax returns

The US Supreme Court is set to decide whether President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records can be examined by Congress and prosecutors – a ruling with potentially huge political consequences. Mr Trump refuses to share documents concerning his fortune and business. His lawyers argue he enjoys total …

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Pandemic could push 49 million Africans into poverty’

THE AFRICAN  Development Bank (AfDB) has said that 49 millions Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty by the coronavirus pandemic. The AfDB said on Tuesday that West and Central Africa stand to be most hit by the economic slump. The bank projects that the economy will rebound from the …

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