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Nepali ‘menstruation hut’ ritual claims life of teenage girl

A teenage girl in Nepal has died after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a cowshed during a menstruation ritual that sees young women separated from their families and made to sleep alone. The victim, 19-year-old Tulasi Shahi, from western Nepal’s Dailekh district, was taking part in …

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North Korea hails ‘ICBM test’ success

North Korea says it has successfully tested its first “intercontinental ballistic missile” (ICBM). A state television announcement said the missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, could hit targets anywhere in the world. But the US and Russia said the missile had a medium range and presented …

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How did a $12 million bridge collapse in Kenya?

$12 Million Chinese-built Sigiri bridge in Western Kenya collapsed before it was completed. President Uhuru Kenyatta inspected the project two weeks before the collapse. (CNN)It was an embarrassing collapse for Kenya’s ruling party. On June 26, just two weeks after an “inspection” by President Uhuru Kenyatta, a $12 million Chinese-built …

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Helicopter attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have piloted the stolen …

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South Sudan declares famine in Unity State

Queuing for food aid - civil war and economic collapse are being blamed

A FAMINE has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. A combination of …

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Mike Pence  allay European fears on trip to Brussels

Donald Tusk (right) said the meeting with Mike Pence was "truly needed

THE US Vice-President, Mike Pence, has said the US under President Donald Trump remains committed to co-operation and partnership with the European Union. Mr Pence, speaking in Brussels, sought to reassure European allies worried by some of Mr Trump’s statements. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said the …

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Iraqi army resumes advance on IS bastion

An EOD team member looks for secondary bombs before the convoy can proceed further

IRAQI GOVERNMENT forces have resumed their push towards western Mosul, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Artillery fire could be heard  the distance, reports the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville, who is embedded with government troops. Launching the operation on Sunday, the army seized several villages. The …

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African leaders lack revolutionary experience — Mugabe

Robert Mugabe was a key figure in the fight against white minority-rule in the 1970s

ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe says the vote to readmit Morocco to the African Union (AU) shows a lack of ideology by some African leaders. Speaking to state media on his return home from the AU Summit in Ethiopia, Mr Mugabe said the lure of Morocco’s money had won over principle. …

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