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South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

South African police have used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to try and disperse anti-immigrant protesters in the capital, Pretoria. A low-flying police helicopter has also been deployed amid a stand-off between local protesters and foreigners, with both groups reportedly armed with sticks, bricks and knives. President Jacob Zuma had called for calm […]

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Court questions whether US travel ban is anti-Muslim

An appeals court has questioned whether President Donald Trump’s travel ban discriminates against Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry for all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries, until it was halted last week. Judge Richard Clifton asked whether it could be discriminatory if it affected only 15% of the world’s Muslims. He […]

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French ex-president ‘to face trial’ over campaign finances

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case, judicial sources say. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 22.5m euros (£19m; $24m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied that he was aware of the overspending. He lost the 2012 […]

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Brexit plan to be published in government White Paper

    The government’s Brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later. The White Paper, which was promised after pressure from MPs, comes after the Commons voted to allow the PM to begin the Brexit process. MPs backed the European Union Bill by 498 votes […]

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African leaders consider AU reform

  African Heads of State at the ongoing Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are considering proposals aimed at reforming the continental body, so as to make it more relevant to the needs and aspirations of the African peoples. At a retreat organized by the AU Commission for […]

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We will not pay for Trump border wall- Mexico

  Donald Trump Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s border wall, the country’s president has said in a message to the nation. Enrique Pena Nieto said he “lamented” the plans for the barrier, adding that “Mexico doesn’t believe in walls”. But he made no mention of cancelling or postponing a trip to Washington on […]

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No Gambian money missing, Barrow spokesman says

New Gambian President Adama Barrow’s spokesman has denied that any money is missing from Gambian state coffers following allegations by an adviser to Mr Barrow that about $11m had disappeared. Halifa Sallah told the BBC’s Alastair Leithead that The Gambia’s central bank and all other banks in the country were “functioning normally”. Earlier Mai Ahmad Fatty […]

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Gambian minister ‘quits in protest’ amid political impasse

Gambian information minister Sheriff Bojang has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, reports say. Efforts to contest the results were “an attempt to subvert the express will” of the Gambian people, he said in a statement, Reuters news agency reports. State television reported that Mr Bojang […]