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African countries borrowing like it’s the 1990s – IMF

Record commodity prices and low global interest rates have encouraged African countries to borrow as they did in the 1990s, but now some are struggling to pay up as their revenue slows along with economic growth. The debt of governments as a percentage of gross domestic product in sub-Saharan Africa has doubled in the past decade, heading back toward the …

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Uganda landslides: More bodies recovered as toll increases to 13

Eight more bodies have been recovered in Bududa and Sironko districts following landslides in Bugisu sub-region triggered by heavy rains, bringing the death toll so far to 13. The search and rescue team led by police and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) retrieved the bodies using an excavator on Friday and Saturday. However, more are feared dead as several people …

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Are you ‘brain-dead’? Turkey’s Erdogan slams French President Macron

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was dying reflects a “sick and shallow” understanding, telling the French president “you should check whether you are brain dead”. The comments drew a swift rebuke from the French foreign ministry, which summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Paris to protest over what a French presidential adviser called “insults”. …

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London Bridge attacker had terror conviction

The man who carried out Friday’s stabbing attack at London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences. The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured. Khan was shot dead by officers …

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Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust have been unveiled against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate corruption cases, the Attorney General announced on Thursday evening, marking the first time in Israel’s history that a sitting PM faces indictment in criminal investigations. During a final pre-indictment hearing last month, Netanyahu’s high-powered legal team tried to convince prosecutors to …

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Pence aide said Trump’s Ukraine phone call was ‘unusual and inappropriate’

The phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart at the center of Congress’ impeachment investigation was “inappropriate,” an aide to Vice President Mike Pence told lawmakers, according to a transcript released on Saturday. Jennifer Williams, a foreign policy aide to Pence who was listening to the call on July 25, testified that Trump’s insistence that Ukraine …

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Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled

A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck’s jab has now been approved by the World Health Organization. …

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Anger over detention of Nigerian journalist

Nigeria’s state security service says it is still detaining journalist Omoyele Sowore – who is facing treason charges – despite him being granted bail, because nobody came to claim him. But Sahara Reporters, the news website Mr Sowore founded, reported that his lawyers were denied access when attempting to collect him. Mr Sowore was arrested in August after calling for …

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Phone-spying software too expensive for me – Rwandan president

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has hit back at allegations that he spied on opponents through their phones, saying the technology needed to do so is too expensive. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Kigali on Friday, Mr Kagame said he wished he could afford the technology “to know more” about his enemies. A Rwandan exile living in the …

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Pelosi says public opinion shifting in support of impeachment inquiry

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Saturday that public opinion is now on the side of an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump following the release of new information about his conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Pelosi this week announced her support for an investigation after the surfacing of a whistleblower complaint that said Trump appeared to solicit …

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