Tunisian president accused of complicity in torture

Beji Caid Essebsi committed crimes while serving under Habib Bourguiba, commission alleges An independent commission set up to investigate crimes by the Tunisian state has accused President Beji Caid Essebsi of complicity in torture and his predecessor Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of corruption. A report by the Instance Verit et Dignit (IVD), or Truth and […]

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Murdered journalists were tracked by police with shadowy Russian links, evidence shows

(CNN)New evidence shows that three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic last year were victims of a well-planned ambush involving a senior police officer with shadowy Russian connections — and they were tracked from the moment they arrived in the country. Now, six months later, there is evidence that far from being the […]

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Why NASA chose Senegal to observe a frozen world beyond Pluto

Dakar, Senegal (CNN)On a night in August, an object called 2014 MU69 passed in front of a star and blocked its light. This phenomenon, called a stellar occultation, lasted just a second and was visible only in certain regions in Africa (more exactly in Senegal, Mali and Algeria) and in South America in Colombia. The […]

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Nobel peace prize goes to campaigners against sexual violence

Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad are jointly awarded Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this years Nobel peace prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for greater recognition of a grave but long-neglected problem, and may also bring hope to victims worldwide that their suffering […]

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Sierra Leone cancels $300 million airport deal with China

Hong Kong (CNN)Sierra Leone has nixed plans to build a controversial, $318 million airport outside the capital of Freetown with a Chinese company and funded by Chinese loans. Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, Sierra Leone’s Aviation Minister Kabineh Kallon said the current airport would be renovated instead. “I do have the right to take […]

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‘I looked at her lustfully, then kissed her,’ Mugabe on wooing his wife

(CNN)Robert Mugabe is no longer Zimbabwe’s president, yet his name and presence still dominate news and conversations in the country. Although, he was still married to his first wife Sally at the time, Mugabe could not resist Grace’s charms, he said in local media reports of the event. “Yes we got involved when Sally was […]

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Nigerian army claims ‘normalcy restored’ after Boko Haram attack

Eight people are thought to have died when jihadists seized Gudumbali on Friday Nigerias military has said it has restored order after Boko Haram fighters took control of a town in the countrys remote north-east, sparking fears about the groups resurgence. Scores of jihadists believed to be loyal to a faction backed by Islamic State […]

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Thomas Cook sued over illness at Egyptian hotel before couple died

Tour operator ordered to pay 26,000 compensation to family taken ill at same resort Thomas Cook has been ordered to pay 26,000 in compensation and costs to a family struck down with a gastric illness at the hotel in Egypt where a British couple were staying when they died suddenly last week. Newport county court […]

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Skyscrapers, trains and roads: How Addis Ababa came to look like a Chinese city

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)When Wang Yijun put Ethiopia’s most expensive real estate project on the market, he experienced a strange phenomenon. People preferred the lowest floors over those with panoramic city views. “Power cuts mean elevators in this city often don’t work,” explains Wang, the site manager. “So the bottom-floor flats became the most valuable. […]

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Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers Some of Africas oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus […]

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