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Mark Zuckerberg finally gets his Harvard degree


acebook founder Mark Zuckerberg features in a long line of university dropouts who became millionaires after founding technology companies – Bill Gates and Steve Jobs among them. But 12 years after leaving Harvard to work on Facebook full time, he has returned to pick up his degree. Zuckerberg founded what …

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Yahya Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from state


The Gambia’s former president stole “at least” $50m (£38.4m) from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has said. Yahya Jammeh is accused of withdrawing the money via a state telecoms company. A court has ordered all his remaining assets in The Gambia to be …

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Princess Mako to lose Japan royal status by marrying commoner


A member of Japan’s royal family, Princess Mako, is to surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner. The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25, whom she met while studying together. Japan’s imperial law requires a princess to leave …

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Facebook post lands Ethiopian politician in trouble, faces jail term


Ethiopian opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye has been found guilty of encouraging terrorism for comments he made on Facebook. He was arrested in December 2015 as a wave of anti-government protests in the Oromia region was gathering momentum. The authorities objected to several posts including one in which he said the …

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Desk roadblock after school is demolished


Primary school children have used their desks to block a major road in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after their school was demolished. The Kenyatta Golf Course Academy was knocked down at the weekend following a land dispute. They were joined by their parents and teachers as they chanted: “We want our …

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Mutiny in Ivory Coast


There’s been heavy gunfire in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast where troops have been staging a mutiny. Residents said they heard shots being exchanged from early in the morning, describing the gunfire as intense. Clashes have also been reported in the country’s second city, Bouake, where the mutiny …

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We want big guns to fight al-Shabab not AK-47 – Somalia

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Somalia’s president has called on the international community to lift an arms embargo on his country as government soldiers battle to regain territory from the armed group al-Shabab. Speaking on Thursday at a Somalia conference held in London and attended by world leaders, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, said …

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Trump-Russia investigation: Michael Flynn ordered to hand over papers


A US Senate panel investigating Russian interference in last year’s election has issued a rare formal demand for documents from President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser. Michael Flynn has failed to voluntarily co-operate with the investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee says. He was forced to resign in February after …

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Ghanaians react as Whatsapp goes down


Subscribers in Ghana have expressed frustration following news that social media app WhatsApp is down. The outages have been reported in Europe and Brazil. No explanations have been given but a spokesperson for the company said the problem has been recognised. “We’re working to restore service back to 100 per …

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