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Trump at Vatican for talks with Pope

US President Donald Trump has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip. He arrived for the meeting along with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The meeting was keenly awaited as the two men have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and ...

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500 Islamic scholars pray for Nigeria’s ailing President Buhari

A total of 500 Islamic scholars from 14 districts of the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara have prayed for ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the country. This was disclosed by an official of the state who said the scholars recited the Holy Quran 100 times from Sunday night to Monday morning as part of the Nigerian public holiday Democracy ...

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Zuma: Crisis over rape and murder in SA

The spate of violent attacks on women and children in South Africa represents a “crisis”, President Jacob Zuma has said, as he visited the family of a three-year old girl who was raped and killed. Mr Zuma said that 19 children had been murdered so far this year in Western Cape, one of South Africa’s nine provinces. “We as the ...

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Mutiny in Ivory Coast

There’s been heavy gunfire in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast where troops have been staging a mutiny. Residents said they heard shots being exchanged from early in the morning, describing the gunfire as intense. Clashes have also been reported in the country’s second city, Bouake, where the mutiny began. The Ivorian military chief of staff said on Sunday ...

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Pope Francis on special trip to Portugal’s Fatima shrine

Pope Francis is embarking on a high-profile pilgrimage to Fatima in central Portugal, a shrine where he plans to make two shepherd children saints. It is 100 years since the two – and a third child – reported seeing the Virgin Mary while tending sheep. The third is also on the way to sainthood. Portugal has boosted security and reimposed ...

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1,968 Ghanaians deported in 2016

Statistics from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has revealed,1,968 Ghanaians who travelled abroad were either deported or refused entry after arriving at their destination. The breakdown of the figure shows that 1,245 Ghanaians were refused entry into various destinations abroad for failing to meet their respective entry conditions in 2016. This means the refusal of entry into various destinations of ...

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US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea. The system can intercept North Korean missiles although full operational capability is still some months away. Tensions have been rising around the Korean peninsula, with repeated threats from North Korea and the presence of a group of US warships and a submarine. North Korea ...

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France elections: Le Pen steps aside

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron. Ms Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations. Opinion polls ...

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US submarine arrives in South Korea as tensions rise

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army’s 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It has previously marked similar occasions with missile tests. Tensions have risen ...

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Senegal religious TV channel broadcasts porn film

A religious TV channel in Senegal has broadcast a hardcore porn movie, causing shock among many viewers.  Touba TV inadvertently aired the explicit content in the middle of the afternoon yesterday, between 13:10 and 13:30 local time. The embarrassing slip-up has not escaped the attention of the authorities either. The National Audiovisual Regulatory Council has demanded an explanation from the ...

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