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Trump congratulates African leaders for making his friends rich

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday was met with silence when he congratulated the leaders of African countries on the continent’s economic progress. He said, “I’ve so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They’re spending a lot of money.” Trump delivered the remark at …

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Nine elephants electrocuted accidentally

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Nine elephants were electrocuted by electric power lines while drinking water from a leaking pipe at Dukwi village near Sua Pan in Botswana. The elephants hit the overhead power lines which fell into the pool of water and electrocuted them, a wildlife news portal Africa Geographic reported on Wednesday. The …

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Mexico: Strong earthquake topples buildings, killing scores

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A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing at least 44 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, officials say. The capital’s airport has suspended operations after the 7.1 magnitude quake, and buildings across the city have been evacuated. People were feared trapped under the rubble …

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North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme

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North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme. In a strongly worded statement, the foreign ministry called a new round of restrictions imposed by the United Nations “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility”. Meanwhile, the US and South …

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African leaders arriving in New York for 72nd U.N. General Assembly

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African leaders will join their global counterparts in New York when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) officially kicks off on Tuesday September 19, 2017. Whiles some leaders have already arrived in the United States with their entourage, others will depart today. Most likely, a majority of them will be …

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Breaking: North Korea ‘fires missile’

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North Korea has fired a missile eastwards from its capital, Pyongyang, towards Japan, media reports say. Japan said that the missile likely passed over its territory and has warned residents to take shelter, local media report. South Korea and the US are analysing the details of the launch, the South’s …

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Kenyan opposition boycotts new parliament

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Opposition MPs in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to address it after a court annulled his election win. They say that parliament should not have been convened until after the election re-run slated for 17 October. The MPs instead …

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North Korea slapped with new UN sanctions

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China and Russia have joined a unanimous UN vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The council voted 15-0 to back the US-drafted sanctions resolution banning exports of coal, lead and seafood. Pyongyang has claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb and …

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Eye of Hurricane Irma hits Florida Keys

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The eye of Hurricane Irma has hit Florida’s southern islands as a category four storm, forecasters say. The storm is lashing the low-lying Keys with winds reaching 130mph (209km/h). Florida Governor Rick Scott said he was “very concerned” about the state’s western Gulf Coast, where the storm is expected to …

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Hurricane Irma lashes Caribbean islands, Florida braces for hit

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Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, howled past Puerto Rico on Wednesday after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands with roof-ripping winds, drenching rains and pounding surf on a collision course with Florida. At least four people were reported killed on four different islands by …

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