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Greece-Turkey earthquake kills Two on island of Kos

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A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say. The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said. At least 100 others were …

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Jailed Cameroon journalist named winner of top press freedom prize

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Radio France International’s Hausa service journalist Ahmed Abba who was sentenced to 10 years in prison this year by a Cameroon military tribunal has been named the 2017 International Press Freedom Award recipient. The annual prize is awarded by media rights body Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to honour journalists …

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Republican attempts to replace Obamacare fail

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Republican efforts to find a replacement for President Obama’s healthcare system have collapsed. Two Republican senators said they opposed their party’s proposed alternative, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form. The party has been divided on the issue, with moderates concerned about the effects on …

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IOM Chief regrets death of African migrants on Mediterranean

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Chief of mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Sylvia Lopez-Ekrah, has bemoaned the alarming number of Ghanaian youth risking their lives in the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in search of greener pastures.  For instance, last year alone recorded close to 6,000 young Ghanaians who arrived in Italy …

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Queen Elizabeth picks Ghanaian for top post at Buckingham Palace

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The Queen of England has picked the first black man to hold the role of equerry, one of the most important positions in the royal household. Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, an Afghanistan war veteran and officer from the Household Cavalry, is thought to be preparing to take over the …

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North Korea missile: US confirms long-range test

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The US has confirmed that North Korea tested a long-range missile which some experts believe could reach Alaska. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it a “new escalation of the threat” and warned that Washington “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea”. Pyongyang claimed on Tuesday to have successfully tested …

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Mugabe donates cattle, cash to AU

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Zimbabwe has auctioned cattle worth $1m (£770,000) to raise money for the African Union (AU) Foundation to help end the “donor dependency syndrome”, President Robert Mugabe has said. He added that he had donated 300 cattle from his herd, and other Zimbabweans doubled the number as they wanted to contribute …

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Gulf row: Qatar given 48 hours to agree to demands

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Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands or face further sanctions by 48 hours. The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group’s 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network, expired on …

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