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North Korea tension: US ‘armada’  not sailing to Korean peninsula

The USS Carl Vinson (left) and other warships were in the Indian Ocean over the weekend

A US aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea – but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged. The US Navy said on April 8 that the Carl Vinson strike group was travelling to the Korean peninsula amid tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Last week …

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Theresa May to seek snap election for  June 8

Theresa May

UK PRIME Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on June 8. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said …

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Ethiopia rejects UN investigation over protest deaths

Protesters from Oromia and Amhara have been complaining about political and economic marginalisation

ETHIOPIA’S PRIME Minister has for the first time rejected calls by the UN and EU for independent investigations into the deaths of hundreds of people during months of anti-government protests. Hailemariam Desalegn has said that Ethiopia is able to carry out the investigations itself. Protesters from the Amhara and Oromia …

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Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas

Malcolm Turnbull says the changes will put Australians first

AUSTRALIA WILL  introduce stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas, the government has said. The 457 visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries – the majority come from India, the UK and China. But PM Malcolm Turnbull said it will …

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Zimbabwe marks independence amid cash crisis

Mr Mugabe is the world's oldest leader

ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, 93, is due to address a rally to mark 37 years of independence, amid a worsening cash crisis that has forced the education ministry to announce that school fees can be paid in the form of livestock or labour. The ministry’s permanent secretary Sylvia Utete-Masango was …

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Ndileka Mandela: ANC rejection ‘heart-wrenching’ — brother

Ndileka Mandela argues that nobody can articulate how her grandfather felt as a politician, a father and a family man

THE ELDEST granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an anti-apartheid icon, has been urged to reconsider her decision no longer to vote for the governing African National Congress. Ndileka Mandela, 52, has been told she should instead help revive the party. She had earlier stated she …

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Kenyan health minister meets doctors after strike ends

Kenya Health Minister, Cleopha Mailu, has visited patients and staff at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi

KENYA HEALTH Minister Cleopha Mailu has visited patients and staff at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, days after doctors called off their three-month-long strike. Medical workers have been returning to work over the past few days and hundreds of patients have been seen. Mr Mailu denied claims that foreign doctors …

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Syria conflict: Aircraft pound rebel-held eastern Damascus

Rebels reportedly attacked Jobar to relieve military pressure after losses elsewhere in the city

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT forces are reportedly bombarding eastern areas of the capital, Damascus, a day after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive. Activists said opposition-held parts of Jobar had been targeted repeatedly by aircraft and artillery, amid fierce clashes along the frontlines. Air raids were also reported in neighbouring Qaboun and …

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Norway is happiest place on earth

Happy Norwegian fans at an international football game in 2009

NORWAY IS the happiest place on earth, according to a United Nations agency report – toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position. The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while …

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Kenyan doctors to sign deal to end strike

The doctors, seen outside court yesterday, feel the deal is a victory for them

DOCTORS IN Kenya have agreed to end their three-month strike over pay and conditions following mediation by religious leaders. The doctors’ unions and the government are due to sign a deal after seven days of negotiations led by the Religious Council of Kenya. The council intervened after doctors’ leaders were …

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