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Sudan’s ex-spy chief banned from the US

The former head of the Sudanese intelligence service, Salah Gosh, has been banned from entering the United States because of his alleged involvement in human rights violations. In a statement, the US State Department said it had credible evidence that Mr Gosh was involved in torture when he was in charge of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Members …

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Ugandan musician dies after abduction and torture

A musician who was close to Ugandan pop star and opposition MP Bobi Wine has died of his injuries after being abducted and tortured. Allinda Michael, known by his stage name Ziggy Wine, was managed by Bobi Wine’s Firebase Crew music label. He was kidnapped on 21 July on his way to recording studios in the capital, Kampala. He was …

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Sudan crisis: Military and opposition agree constitutional declaration

Sudan’s ruling military council and main opposition coalition have agreed on a constitutional declaration which will pave the way for a new period of transitional government. African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt made the announcement early on Saturday, without giving any details. Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April. Protracted talks over the …

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US government orders first federal executions since 2003

The US federal government is to resume executing death-row inmates after a 16-year hiatus, the justice department has announced. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement he had directed the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to schedule the executions of five inmates. Mr Barr said the five had been convicted of murders or rapes of children or the elderly. The …

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Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed on stage in China

Hong Kong actor and film producer Simon Yam has been stabbed while speaking on stage at a promotional event in China. The star, who has appeared in numerous award-winning films, was in the city of Zhongshan when the incident happened. Video shared on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, shows a man approach the stage and lunge at the actor …

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UK ambassador to US quits amid Trump row

Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration escalates. Theresa May said Sir Kim’s departure was “a matter of deep regret” after the ambassador said it was “impossible” for him to continue. Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson has faced strong criticism for failing to fully support …

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Hunt for SA celebrity couple who skipped court

Arrest warrants have been issued in South Africa for two celebrity musicians after they failed to appear in court. In March, Mampintsha, whose real name is Mandla Maphumulo, was charged with assault after a live video showed him hitting his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, known by her stage name Babes Wodumo. The two musicians have reportedly since reconciled. According to News24, …

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Sudan military council, opposition reach power-sharing agreement

Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, setting off street celebrations by thousands of people. The two sides, which have held talks in Khartoum for the past two days, agreed to “establish a sovereign council by rotation between the military and civilians …

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US confirms Iranian missile has shot down drone

A US military drone has been shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, US officials say. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, near Kuhmobarak in the southern province of Hormozgan. IRGC commander Maj-Gen Hossein Salami said the incident sent “a clear message …

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Sudan’s military council denies attempts to disperse sit-in at army headquarters

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Sunday denied reports that it attempted to disperse a sit-in by thousands of Sudanese protesters in front of the army’s general headquarters in Khartoum. “A number of social media and local media outlets circulated reports that there were attempts by the armed forces and other regular forces to disperse the sit-in by force,” the …

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