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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 […]

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British Airways cabin crew start two-day strike

A two-day strike by some of BA’s cabin staff may disrupt flights at Heathrow airport on Tuesday and Wednesday. The strike, by 2,900 members of the Unite trade union, is in pursuit of higher pay for members of the so-called “mixed fleet”. Those are staff who have been recruited by BA since 2011, and who […]

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Trump son-in-law gets advisor job

  President-elect Donald Trump is to make son-in-law Jared Kushner one of his senior advisers. The 35-year-old played a key role in the presidential campaign and his new White House job will cover both domestic and foreign policy. Mr Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, is a property developer with a wide range of […]

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Chinese state tabloid warns Trump over one-China policy

  State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours after Taiwan’s president made a controversial stopover in Houston. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met senior U.S. Republican lawmakers during her stopover in Houston on Sunday en route to Central America, […]