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The operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State militants is progressing faster than planned, the Iraqi prime minister says. Haider al-Abadi said the move showed "rapprochement" and unity of purpose between Iraqi and Kurdish forces. His comments came as Kurdish fighters launched a large-scale operation east...
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday arrived in Lome, the capital of the Republic of Togo to a rousing welcome from residents, at the commencement of his 3-day visit. President Akufo-Addo, who made the trip to Togo by road, was met at the Aflao border by the Togolese President,...
Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris, says she believes her father was murdered. In her first in-depth interview, Paris told Rolling Stone she was convinced Jackson's 2009 death was "a setup". The singer died from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol. His doctor Conrad Murray was later found guilty of involuntary...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has given his sister-in-law $60,000 (£46,000) as a birthday gift, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports. It says that the gift was to thank Junior Gumbochuma, who is the first lady's eldest sister, for helping to Mr Mugabe's children. Mrs Gumbochuma is a pastor and the Herald reports...
At least 40 people have been tested HIV positive in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where an unqualified doctor had allegedly used a single syringe to treat all of his patients in the area, according to local media reports. The news broke on Tuesday, months after the victims, including children, were diagnosed...
More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia's state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a...
All 955 workers from a gold mine in South Africa have been safely brought back to the surface. They had been trapped underground since a power cut struck on Wednesday night. "Everybody's out," said James Wellsted, a spokesman for the operating firm Sibanye-Stillwater. He said there were "cases of dehydration and...
Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling banning Jehovah’s Witnesses after the justice ministry called on it to dissolve the “extremist organisation”. Supreme Court judge Yury Ivanenko said Russia had decided to close down “the administrative centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the local organisations in its fold and turn...
Donald Trump has said a "big day" is planned on national security, including an announcement to build a wall on the border between the US and Mexico. The new US president is expected to sign several executive orders regarding immigration and border security over the next few days. They are likely...
A wife had to be rescued after her husband's parents flew from India to Florida to beat and imprison her for being "disobedient", police said. Devbir Kalsi, 33, and his parents Jasbir, 67, and Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, were arrested on Saturday after his wife Silky Gaind, 33, raised the alarm. She...
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