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South Sudan’s former rebel leader sworn in as first vice president

Former rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as South Sudan’s first vice president on Saturday as part of a unity government with his former adversary President Salva Kiir, a tentative step toward peace after years of civ Kiir expressed optimism at the ceremony, despite huge challenges: former fighters have …

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Coronavirus outbreak edges closer to pandemic

In South Korea, coronavirus cases quadrupled over two days, as 144 people linked to a religious sect tested positive. In Singapore, clusters of infection have been traced to two churches, a hotel business meeting, a health products shop and a construction site. In Iran, an outbreak has seeded new cases …

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Japan reports 12 new coronavirus cases

Japan reported 12 new cases of novel coronavirus on Saturday, The country’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said. The new cases include three teenagers. Japan now has a total of 738 positive coronavirus cases: 99 on land and 639 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Cruise ship safety measures: Japan’s Ministry of …

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Ugandans ‘eat locusts’ after they devoured their crops

 People in Uganda’s northern district of Kitgum are eating desert locusts that have devoured their crops, according to Uganda Radio Network (URN) news agency. The agency reports that poor harvests in the area have forced residents to make locusts their alternative sources of food. But some were concerned about possible …

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Togo heads to the polls today

Voters in Togo will head to the polls on Saturday to choose their next president. Incumbent Faure Gnassingbé will face six rivals, including long-time opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre. Polling stations across the coastal West African nation will be open from 07:00 to 16:00GMT on Saturday. More than 3.5 million people …

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The Indian who calls Trump ‘god’ and worships him

Ahead of United States (US) President, Donald Trump’s state visit to India next week, an Indian man has begged authorities to let his dream come true by meeting President Trump as he has a life-size statue of Trump as a shrine in his garden which he offers daily prayers to. Bussa Krishna, …

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St Paul’s bomb plot: IS supporter Safiyya Shaikh pleads guilty.

A supporter of the banned Islamic State terror group has admitted plotting to blow herself up in a bomb attack on St Paul’s Cathedral. Safiyya Shaikh, of Hayes, west London, went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the London landmark and a hotel. The 36-year-old, born Michelle Ramsden, was …

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Fake dollar syndicate busted in Accra

Suspected hardened criminals believed to be Yemenis and Syrians – Sanousi Khalifa Mohammed and cousin Amel are in the police grips after countless failed attempts to arrest them, GhanaWeb has gathered. Reports say the suspects were on Thursday picked up by the Tesano Police Intelligence team at the Landing Restaurant …

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Coronavirus: Passengers leave Diamond Princess amid criticism of Japan

Hundreds of passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus have begun leaving a quarantined cruise ship in Japan amid heavy criticism over the country’s handling of the outbreak. One Japanese health expert who visited the Diamond Princess at the port in Yokohama said the situation on board was “completely …

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