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China defends Africa projects

China’s President Xi Jinping has defended the country’s investments in Africa, saying they are not for “vanity projects” but are aimed at building infrastructure that would promote development on the continent. Mr Xi made the remarks ahead of the triennial China-Africa summit in the capital, Beijing. “China does not interfere …

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One dead in Dutch hit-and-run

A vehicle hit four people after a Dutch music festival in the early hours of Monday, killing one and injuring three before driving away, police say. Hours later police said they had found the van involved in the collision nearby and arrested a suspect. The incident took place at the …

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US imposes new 200bn tariffs on China

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items …

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Mali ‘spiderman’ to meet president

The Malian migrant, who dramatically rescued a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is due to meet Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta later today. Mamadou Gassam, dubbed “spiderman” for his daring rescue effort, had earlier returned to Mali to a hero’s welcome, as this tweet shows: He is …

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US to probe Trump campaign ‘infiltration’

The US Department of Justice will investigate whether FBI agents spied on President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign for “inappropriate purposes”. In a tweet, Mr Trump said he wanted to know whether his predecessor’s administration ordered such a move. The call comes after US media reports suggesting the FBI had an …

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Bill Cosby’s daughter Ensa dies aged 44

Ensa Cosby, the daughter of comedian Bill Cosby, has died aged 44, a spokesman for the family says. She died from a kidney disease in Massachusetts on Friday, according to spokesman Andrew Wyatt. Last year, she defended her father when he went on trial over allegations he drugged and sexually …

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