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Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of boys freed

Hundreds of schoolboys kidnapped last week from a boarding school in north-western Nigeria have been released, local authorities have told the BBC. A spokesman for the governor of Katsina state said 344 had been freed and were all in a good condition. However, other reports suggest some remain in the …

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Eswatini’s PM dies after testing positive for Covid-19

The government of Eswatini says Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has died, four weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus. A government statement said Dlamini, 52, died on Sunday afternoon in hospital in South Africa. No cause of death was mentioned, but Dlamini had recently been receiving treatment for Covid-19 in …

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EU observers give indication how 2020 polls were manipulated

European Union observers in the just ended Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana have given pointers to how results were manipulated. According to observers, results were not publicly displayed in 17 polling stations they observed. The observers however noted, “voting was conducted in a generally peaceful atmosphere and voting procedures …

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Namibia auctioning 170 elephants over drought

Drought and human-wildlife conflict is forcing Namibia to auction off 170 “high-value” elephants. “Due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, coupled with human-elephant conflict incidents, a need has been identified to reduce these populations,” an advert in the state-owned New Era newspaper on Wednesday noted. The advert placed …

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Coronavirus: Merkel, German states consider tougher restrictions

Germany’s federal government and states are considering tighter COVID-19 restrictions, such as dramatically reducing the number of people at private gatherings and compulsory mask wearing for school students.  On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss potential new measures with the heads of the country’s 16 states via video conference. A draft document …

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