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Boy, 12, drives himself 1,300km across Australia

The boy would have driven along roads like this one, outside Broken Hil

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy who was apparently trying to drive across Australia has been stopped by police 1,300km (800 miles) into his journey. The boy was pulled over in Broken Hill in the New South Wales (NSW) outback on Saturday. April 22, 2017, after a patrol noticed the car’s bumper dragging …

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Emir of Kano ‘investigated for corruption’

The emir (C) clashed with the government when he headed the central bank

ONE OF Nigeria’s most powerful Muslim leaders, the Emir of Kano, is being investigated for alleged corruption, an official has said. Muhammad Sanusi was being investigated by the anti-corruption agency in northern Kano state – his seat of power – following several complaints of money being misappropriated, agency head Muhyi …

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Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head in just under two weeks' time

CENTRIST EMMANUEL Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer – and ran without the backing of an established party. After topping Sunday’s vote, he is …

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Somalia drought fuelling piracy – US Africa command head

The number of pirate attacks peaked in 2011 before dropping to zero as a result of naval patrols

THE RECENT rise in piracy off the Somali coast has been partially fuelled by drought and famine, a top US army officer has said. General Thomas Waldhauser, head of US Africa Command, said there had been half a dozen attacks in the last month. About three million Somalis face food …

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Why Vietnamese villagers are holding police hostage

Villagers initially seized 38 people but that number has now fallen to 19

RESIDENT OF a village outside Hanoi are holding policemen and officials hostage in a week-long stand-off over a land dispute. Local authorities have fled and residents now control the village. They have built barricades to keep police out and the situation is very tense, as the BBC’s Vietnamese Service explains. …

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Dutch weapons smuggler convicted for selling weapons to Liberia

Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2012

A DUTCH businessman has been sentenced to 19 years by a court in The Netherlands for aiding a war crime over his dealings with Liberia. Guus Kouwenhoven was accused of selling weapons to Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor during the country’s civil war. The Dutch News website said he sold …

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No doubt’ Syria has kept some chemical weapons — Mattis

The OPCW says 'incontrovertible' tests show sarin or a similar nerve agent was used in Khan Sheikhoun

THE US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, has said there can be “no doubt” that Syria retains chemical weapons. Gen Mattis also said the Syrian government had moved its warplanes in recent days, speaking during a visit to Israel. He said Syria would be “ill-advised” to try to use chemical weapons …

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Kony is no longer a threat — Uganda’s army

Joseph Kony founded the LRA in 1988

UGANDA’S ARMY says it has begun pulling its forces out of the Central African Republic where they have been fighting members of the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA, led by Joseph Kony, were notorious for terrorising the population of northern Uganda in the 1990s and …

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Deadly attack near Egypt’s St. Catherine monastery

St Catherine's monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai

ONE POLICEMAN has been killed by gunmen who opened fire on a checkpoint near St Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai, officials say. Another three police officers were injured in the attack several hundred metres from the church entrance. So-called Islamic State group said its fighters carried out the attack. …

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China renames districts in disputed India state

The Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh earlier in April

CHINA HAS renamed six districts along a disputed Himalayan border region with India, in a move seen as “retaliation” for a visit by the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader, 81, had visited Arunachal Pradesh in India’s remote north-east earlier in April (this month). China had said the visit had …

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