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Customs and Border Protection officers at New York’s JFK airport said they captured two more passengers who attempted to smuggle drugs by strapping packages of cocaine to their legs. The most recent seizure came when two men tried to bring more than 10 kilos of cocaine into the United States...
Nigerians have been shocked and bemused after huge piles of cash have been unearthed in various parts of the country in recent months. Journalist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at what is going on. In February, $9.2m and £750,000 were discovered by Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, in a...
Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding. The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained. The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded...
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...
Two of Zimbabwe’s best known opposition figures have agreed to form an alliance against President Robert Mugabe. Long-time Mugabe critic Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice-President Joice Mujuru say they will work together in next year’s election. However, it is not yet clear which of them will be the presidential candidate. Mr...
Parents in Zimbabwe can now pay the school fees of their children using livestock. That is the announcement from the country’s government. Zimbabwe’s Minister Lazarus Dokora has said that managers of schools must be willing to accept the new mode of payment.  The Finance minister of Zimbabwe, Patrick Chinamasa has already...
A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six...
Taiwan’s parliament has approved a bill banning the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption. The bill also prohibits those using a car or motorbike from pulling their pets alongside them on a lead as they travel. Anyone caught breaching the order faces a large fine or up to two...
Police have banned political protests across the Democratic Republic of Congo, setting the stage for possible violence if the opposition goes ahead with planned anti-government demonstrations today. All protests of a political nature would be "stopped", Colonel Mwana Mputu told UN-sponsored Radio Okapi. The main opposition coalition has called for nationwide...
A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons Leader David Lidington has said. He told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” following a “serious” incident. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said police told...
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