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Syria air strikes: Theresa May faces MPs’ questions

Theresa May is to face MPs’ questions about her decision to authorise air strikes against the Syrian government. Opposition parties say MPs should have been consulted before the UK joined the US and France in bombing three Syrian sites, in response to a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma. Labour has called for the law to be changed …

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Spy poisoning: Russia expels 60 US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure

Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK. Russia’s foreign minister said other countries that expelled Russians could expect a “symmetrical” response. It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in …

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Russia expels US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure

Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the country’s St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK. The moves were announced by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England. …

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‘AU must address issues of unity and stability in Congo DR’ – Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the news of the continuing and deepening crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is leading to the massive displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, is very depressing. According to President Akufo-Addo, it brings into sharp relief the urgent necessity for the continental body, the African Union, to rise to …

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer. “He died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters. Mr Tsvangirai’s career was marked by a long political …

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RCS Africa head welcomes Gambia back to Commonwealth

The Africa Head of the Royal Commonwealth Society John Apea has welcomed the readmission of Gambia into the Commonwealth. Mr Apea believes the return of Gambia is a testament to the Commonwealth’s commitment to democracy, equality and rule of law. Gambia under its former leader Yahya Jammeh pulled out of the Commonwealth in 2013, describing it as a neo-colonial institution. …

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Gambia rejoins Commonwealth as it seeks to rebuild world standing

Gambia has rejoined the Commonwealth, the tiny West African former British colony’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, five years after its now exiled former authoritarian leader withdrew his country, calling it a “neo-colonial institution”. During his 23-year rule, Yahya Jammeh, who fled Gambia a year ago after regional militaries launched an operation to remove him, repeatedly clashed with British authorities …

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UN calls on Kenya to end ongoing TV station suspension

The United Nations has criticised the government of Kenya for keeping three independent television stations off the air, despite a court ruling ordering the state to lift the suspension. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the stations remained suspended for a third day on Friday “in spite of an interim order by a Kenyan …

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CNN anchor tears up over hero soldier from Ghana who died in Bronx fire

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota got emotional Friday morning while talking about the soldier who died saving people from a fire in the Bronx in late December. Camerota was leading a panel on “New Day” that was discussing reports that President Donald Trump decried immigrants from what he is alleged to have called “shithole countries” like Haiti and some in Africa on …

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South African court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

South Africa’s top court has found that parliament failed to comply with its duties in holding President Jacob Zuma accountable over a public funding case. The ruling said parliament must now set out rules for impeachment proceedings, but it remains unclear whether this will lead to any impeachment. The court was hearing a case brought by opposition groups who wanted …

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